I wonder how many times Steve Ballmer laughed about the iPhone after pooping all over it in this 2007 interview. My guess: Not many. Don't worry Steve, here's the rest of the top 5 assclowns who dug their own grave:
Assclown Number 5: Ed Zander, Motorola CEO/Chairman and amateur juggler, 10 May 2007
How do they deal with us?
Yes, how would they deal with you now that Motorola is almost dead, Ed?
Assclown Number 4: John C. Dvorak, tech columnist and professional assclown at large, 28 March 2007
Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone… What Apple risks here is its reputation as a hot company that can do no wrong. If it's smart it will call the iPhone a ‘reference design' and pass it to some suckers to build with someone else's marketing budget. Then it can wash its hands of any marketplace failures… Otherwise I'd advise people to cover their eyes. You are not going to like what you'll see.
What we don't like to see is you, John, getting into these bags of hurt all by yourself.
Assclown Number 3: Jon Rubinstein, Palm CEO and former Apple Vice President, iPod Division, September 27, 2005
Is there a toaster that also knows how to brew coffee? There is no such combined device, because it would not make anything better than an individual toaster or coffee machine. It works the same way with the iPod, the digital camera or mobile phone: it is important to have specialized devices.
Exactly like the Palm Pre, Jon, which is a smartphone and a cheese slicer.
Assclown Number 2: Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO and zoologist, 30 April 2007
There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It's a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I'd prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.
Re-reading that must hurt. If you are Steve Ballmer.
Assclown Number 1: Ed Colligan, Ex-Palm CEO, Bono's pal, and stamp collector, 16 Nov 2006
We've learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in.
Apparently, Ed, they walked right in, stole your lunch, your dinner, your wife, your car, your horse, and all your pudding. And then they ate it. And pooped it out.
Special Bonus Assclown: Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's chief strategist and famed red herring tin can collector, 30 Nov 2009
The development of mobile phones will be similar in PCs. Even with the Mac, Apple has attracted much attention at first, but they have still remained a niche manufacturer. That will be in mobile phones as well.