I love Rick, but...
He's so far off on Facebook, it's not even funny. Rather than taking offense on behalf of adidas-flipflopboy, and resorting to the easy putdown on the Zune, he might have taken a look at the numbers.
Facebook is underpants gnome personified. 40 million users, only meaningful source of revenue is Microsoft's ad deal. But people want us to believe it's worth $15 billion?We've all seen how this goes. Remember 2001, anyone? These businesses turn out to be worthless (skype anyone?) while those who declared them must-haves fade into the woodwork.
Balmer did the right thing by facing facebook. If he throws any more money at the ridiculous fad (yeah, that's what it is... Geocities 2.0) I'll run to Redmond and deliver him a personal dopeslap.