And someone didn’t like it. Rather than go too far into why I think that Gruber isn’t right – and he may be, but he’s not yet – I’ll link to my most recent tech blog find: John C. Welch, who writes bynkii.com and co-hosts the Angry Mac Bastards podcast. I am honestly ashamed I hadn’t found this guy earlier, if for no other reason than he’s possibly the only person writing about Apple who’s more angry, derides more people and swears more than I do when he writes. Seriously: this guy drops f-bombs like I drop
beats dishes. And he’s awesome.
Bottom line: don’t mistake enthusiastically toeing the party line for capability. No one even knows what Kevin Lynch is going to be doing for Apple except, of course, Apple. The company that hired him. After they meticulously screened him, thoroughly interviewed him and almost certainly made him explain Gruber’s claim chowder quotables. It’s not like Tim Cook browsed over to Daring Fireball and muttered “Fuck me – not again.” I’m pretty sure they worked through their issues before they made him a job offer. And I’m pretty sure they made it despite his pro-Flash/anti-Apple delirium . I don’t know if JG’s scotch was going down particularly well that night, or it was because the Yankees, despite their bloated payroll, aren’t waiting for the postseason to shit the bed. Whatever the reason, I’ll chalk it up to an off night.
Just for a little while, can we pretend the John Browett thing was a one-off and give Apple a little credit for hiring someone that could possibly contribute greatly to their pretty-good-but-not-great online services presence? Even though it’s de rigueur to jump in Apple’s shit way before it’s warranted, a little restraint isn’t a bad thing either. Especially for someone who usually chooses their fights as wisely as Gruber.