You know ... I have an IQ of 154 - I have tested as high as 170 on some tests, but I don't go around bragging about it.
[ok, ok I just mentioned it ... which seems like bragging, but I'm trying to make a point here]
I hate egotrip websites that portray the sentiment ... this site and my job - are all about me and how smart I am ... how I will make money off of your visit ... see ... I have comments ... see I have advertisers which seem to endorse me.
One web entity that has always rubbed me the wrong way, mostly due to his ego; is Bill Palmer. Bill has been around the Mac Web for some time. He started the sites; iPodGarage, LoadPod, MacMischief, BillPalmer.net and probably a dozen others that no one cares about. Each site has commentary from Bill that is usually nonsensical, poorly thought out, or just recycled generic editorial content that is passed off as original.
These sites are very rudimentary, advertising banner whoring sites. Each site consists of nothing more than advertisements for click through revenue.
These sites offer ads for MacMice, for Free iPods (read as scams), and a few Google Adsense ads (which I questioned here).
When LoadPod first started; I inquired to be the local market affiliate. I was told someone had already filled the position. I called this person and they knew little about the iPod, Macs, and even electronics. I doubt the local affiliate for LoadPod has gotten much business, but I wish him well. LoadPod is essentially a CD to iPod digital transfer service. I decided to develop my own idea based around this concept, but stretching it into an all encompassing digital transfer service. I called it 3sinapod.com. I haven't really done much with the concept due to time constraints. But, it's a great idea. And, like many great ideas, when the inventor is the star of the show, it usually spells trouble.
This is one reason I like Apple. Steve Jobs has a passion for inspiring creativity. This is his main motivation for any decision he makes. He doesn't get behind an invention because it will make Apple or Pixar billions - he gets behind something if he believes in it. He trusts his team of engineers to supply him with the products to make Apple a company to envy.
I consider; Jack Campbell a genius at marketing, Nick Ciarelli a genius at writing, and Paypalsucks.com to be a genius move by the competition - these people are better suited as management. Bill Palmer is such a person.
One thing all of these entities have in common - money is king. Money is their sole motivation. Damned be the way to get it. Each has a drive that is very uncommon. But the motivation is all to common - do whatever, however, whenever ... without forethought to integrity, ethics, or common sense - to get money. Instead of doing things to make people come to you (like Apple does) - these people do things at the expense of others and the very items they promote or the industries they serve.