Good Ballmer quote catch:
Do you have an iPod?
No, I do not. Nor do my children. My children — in many dimensions they’re as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I’ve got my kids brainwashed: You don’t use Google, and you don’t use an iPod.
Do Ballmer’s kids sneak a few furtive Google searches when Steve’s not looking? Inquiring minds want to know.
More seriously (and as Barry points out), and without reading overly much into Ballmer’s glib comment, it is typical of Microsoft that it would find no embarassment in using edicts to dictate product use. It is, of course, reminiscent of certain declining North American auto makers that demand employees only drive their cars to work.
[via Barry Ritholtz]
[Update] Robert Scoble points out in a comment to this post that his son is a well-known Apple nut, and that Scoble pere has neither been fired nor derided for Scoble fils crime. A fair point. Mind you, Scoble saying that his son uses Apple gear doesn’t carry the same weight as Ballmer (joking) that his kids don’t, but if I’m going to engage in selective empricism I might as well be selective in both directions.