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Today's Penny Arcade made me laugh before I even clicked to view the comic: "The Microsoft Zune: 2006-2006." What Jobs orchestrated yesterday was an assassination. He named names -- Microsoft, RIM, Palm, Nokia -- put up screenshots of their products, mocked them, and pulled the trigger. It was merciless. He waited until all the manufacturers had their chance to make their CES announcements and then he announced his own product that won't come out for six months. He killed the with vapor, with words. My opinion was that the Microsoft Zune was perhaps a generation behind the iPod in refinement: with one more iteration you could imagine the Zune being on par. The 3G iPod launch on Windows was hardly stellar. Microsoft was finally understanding the need to integrate the hardware and software experience. So we must take a little bit of pity on the Zune, still learning to stand up, while Jobs stood over it with a shotgun held to its head. Perhaps it was the merciful thing to do.

When I saw the first iPod announcement, I was among those that went WTF? It wasn't the first hard drive mp3 to market and I imagined others would be able to meet the form factor quite easily. I underestimated the importance of software. Yesterday, though, even d's mom in Tennessee had heard about the iPhone. It was the front page of CNN. Billions of dollars in market cap shifted hands.