In both cases the shipments arrived with multiple mistakes and require two or more reshipments. Instructions were out of date, assumed you knew things, and didn't cover any safety issues. When I would write for help I'd frequently get an automated out-of-office message, followed by his response a few minutes later. Everything about the way this guy does business says "this is going to lead to disaster".
He would have been better off running a kickstarter on his RedFrog pick & place machine.
We're probably in phase 3... so what's the ETA on winning? Is there a pool going?
All the workstations would be thin clients - no data loss if someone forgot a workstation.
I'd mount the servers onto racks on wheels that I know will fit into the truck. They are also chained to the floor to prevent theft. In the event of an emergency the servers are unchained and turned off, then rolled out the door and into the vehicle. I would test this evacuation once a year. Possible bonus: You can now rearrange the server room with greater ease.
Of course you can wander outside the garden! Just don't expect Apple to help you if you fuck up. You knew the risks and now you're crying like a baby for help. Welcome to the real world.
I'm not protecting anybody. I'm explaining their point of view and why I agree with it. Your argument seems to be "I'm the customer and I'm always right! A company that's become successful should abandon it's successful methods to please me!". The first part's a tautology. The second is naive bordering on stupid.
I'll learn to quote when I want to spend all day arguing on the internet. Good day, sir.
Microsoft breaking up is a stupid idea on the face of it. If the fiefdoms are bad, how does making each department into a separate company make it any better? Who at MS is in charge of overall design? No one. There's your real problem. The biggest concern I have about Apple now is they've lost their head designer and no one has really stepped in to replace him. I worry the design teams will argue, fracture, and turn into MS.
How many cases of Apple censorship have there been, in total? "That's not the point! We need to open Apple up because they could censor us!" Fine. Stop the online circlejerk, go buy some Apple stock, and submit a motion at the shareholder's meeting.
What you call software lock-in I call DRM. Your "correct" solution is a low-hanging fruit of the poisoned apple variety - for every developer that can now successfully alter the system there's a thousand tech support calls from mr. clueless who read something on a forum, tried to circumvent the DRM, and has now bricked their device. No no no no no. If you're such a good developer then Apple's little tricks won't stand in your way.
I design products. I'm very familiar with carefully limiting user choice to increase product quality and overall user satisfaction. I would love to give you everything under the sun but I'd reach a point of diminishing returns and quality as a whole would go down. Want more choice? Buy from someone else. Control = Quality = Sales.
Put your money where your mouth is and design something better than an Apple product that has less censorship. Then we can continue this conversation. Until then Good day, sir.