This is a guest post by Stephen Johnston
Just like when any good celebrity worth their grits dies, we all go on a rampage to buy anything and everything that has to do with the late great entertainer. Oh yes Steve Jobs (R.I.P.) was a genius, but he was also a celebrity and an entertainer. A keynote delivered by him in a lot of ways was better than seeing Radiohead live in concert.
I've always had a love/hate relationship with Apple. In the late 80s they were the computers at school that I played Oregon Trail on. Then I would go home and play DOOM on my PC, which was much cooler at the time. Back then Apple was just a boring educational computer to me. I was always a PC user at heart, and although I wasn't enamored with Windows I would use any computer that allowed me to play X-Wing or Tie Fighter. And whatever happened to those?
Then began the Apple heyday, the early aughts, and I considered the new Apple to be something of an elitist brand. It was expensive, and I viewed it as something for people that lived on the coasts and kind of pretentious. I lived in Austin at the time, and to me it was like a BMW or Mercedes to my Honda Civic.
Now that I am old(er) I have lived on both coasts, want the fancy cars, and play my games on consoles; I can safely say that I am also on the Apple bandwagon. I'm currently typing this on my Macbook Pro which happens to be, perhaps the best computer I've ever owned. I don't own an iPad or iPhone yet, but I am beginning to fall out of love with Android and Google in general. I also don't own any Apple stock, but it is booming and people around me are constantly reminding me to buy in now because it is going to hit 1000.
I can't help but wonder if Apple stock is getting the same treatment as album sales that typically follow an entertainers death.
What do you think about Apple's stock / Apple in general? Are you with us, or against us? And before you say you’re against us don't forget about our iShark army with frickin lasers attached to their heads!
Dev/Code/Hack is a technology and business blog by me, Par Trivedi. I'm a software engineer and I've been writing code and managing teams for over a decade. This blog serves as a way to share thoughts and ideas about the tech/startup community, and also to educate newcomers to software development.