At readwrite, Dan Lyons covers the news that Dell is going private in a leveraged buyout led by a private equity company.
Back in the 1990s I used to cover Dell for Forbes, and I visited the company a few times. They were riding high then, and boy did they let you know it. They were perhaps not as arrogant as Apple is today, but close. I recall very clearly a conversation with Michael Dell where he told me that these little PDAs and phones were never going to be a big deal because who would ever want to read things on such a tiny screen? No, he assured me, the PC had a strong, vibrant future ahead of it.
And now here we are, and I'm thinking about "Ozymandias," and thinking how grateful I am that my high school English teacher made us read that.
Good luck, Michael Dell, and Godspeed. I am pretty sure that I will never use a Dell product, ever, for the rest of my life. But I suppose other people will. I will pray for their souls.
Michael Dell Goes To Hell
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