Jan. 1984: How critics reviewed the Mac – Apple 2.0:
San Francisco Examiner, John C. Dvorak, 19 Feb. 1984:
"The nature of the personal computer is simply not fully understood by companies like Apple (or anyone else for that matter). Apple makes the arrogant assumption of thinking that it knows what you want and need. It, unfortunately, leaves the “why” out of the equation — as in “why would I want this?” The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse’. There is no evidence that people want to use these things. I dont want one of these new fangled devices."
It's a little bit unfair picking on John, as I'm sure that everyone who's ever written about technology has got at least one thing equally badly wrong. But hey, it's fun – and John's made an excellent career out of pulling no punches and hedging no bets in his writing.
Over the weekend, Dave Winer posted a blog entry which suggested that it would be fine to pay off America's debts simply by printing money. I wouldn't normally bother responding to something like this, but Dave has a quite a bit of standing with some people, and it would worry me if no one bothered to counter what he's saying.
That's because what he's suggesting is a dangerous course, one which should only be used in the direst of emergencies, and which could potentially end up withe U.S. economy heading into Zimbabwe-style hyperinflation. More importantly, to me at least, it's a path that the British goverment is reported to be considering, too.