Sniggering at John Dvorak is harsh, but fun

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.

  • Anon

    …and being horribly, horribly wrong. This was also the man who claimed that the likelihood of cable modems succeeding is “zilch”; that the death of the wiki as a concept is “just a matter of time”; that “you suck” would be the top tag in folksonomic classification schemes; that the “System Idle Process” is hogging all his CPU in Windows XP.
    What a career. Quite frankly I’m surprised he still has his job.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/ianbetteridge Ian Betteridge

    Well, you have to remember: being a pundit isn’t about being right so much as being entertaining. It’s the classic Rupert Murdoch approach to journalism: it’s entertainment, not information.