John Dvorak in PCMag:
Ever since Google CEO Eric Schmidt left the board of Apple Computer, a blood feud has been evolving between the two companies.
By evolving, he means it’s getting worse. How did it start?
It began with the conflict of interest accusations against Schmidt insofar as the Android phone was concerned. Schmidt was privy to the strategies regarding the iPhone and was also part of Google, which was making a competitive phone. So, he was out!
Schmidt is a thief and con artist. Apple should have dumped him years ago. What’s Google up to now?
Google said it was going to kick H.264 to the curb and will remove it from its Chrome browser. This is like shoving a dagger into the heart of HTML 5 and the new video tag. It also gives new life to Adobe Flash, the key video transport mechanism.
Remember Intel and AMD. That feud lasted 20 years. Who won? Lawyers.
The situation wasn’t helped by the Google laptop or all the Android tablets. I’m expecting to see some sort of proprietary search engine from Apple or see the company team up with Microsoft and promote Bing to the max with Apple Bing-Plus.
All that effort just to sell advertising on the screen? More screens, more eyeballs. More eyeballs, more money.
For writers, like myself, these feuds are fun, because they are often juvenile and worth mocking. This one could get ugly fast if Google actually makes some inroads with all its cloud ideas. But Apple, so far, has the upper hand. It has the hot products and the uber-buzz. Everyone is on pins-and-needles when Steve Jobs speaks or even shows up. Nobody flocks to see Eric Schmidt unless they are looking for a job or for some Google money.
How would Dvorak compare Apple and Google?
Apple is the Ferrari; Google is the Dodge Minivan. You can’t substitute one for the other in functionality. Apple is flashy. Google is workmanlike. Apple is crazy. Google is boring. Apple is the art department. Google is the accounting department. Both companies make money. That’s the only similarity.
Dvorak is spot on. Check on Hell. I’m sure it’s frozen.