PCH Prize Patrol Scam this is what one looks like in real life

So for those of you who have been following me on here and other places for a while you know there are some major things going on in my life and the last thing I need is to be scammed by some cheap crooks.

What kinds of things you ask? Mom has Alzheimer's Disease and doesn't even remember me. My father has congestive heart failure and I spend a lot of my time helping him with things he can no longer do. These things I do out of the love I have for them and will never stop until either they pass or I pass to the next life.

Out of my own choice I am divorcing my wife of 8 years because we got stuck into a routine of all work, no play, and together we were like oil and water, so best to move on from that.

So I get onto facebook this morning, and I know that a lot of you have seen my postings about entering Publisher's Clearing House and how for over 20 years I've entered and never won anything.

To my surprise I receive a friend request from none other than Danielle Lam of the Prize Patrol. I freaked. Not only is this woman a knock out and yes we men do dream about her wearing nothing but that coat and a smile, but that's another posting!! LOL

and what I noticed on this was a couple of things:

a. "Worked at" Publishers Clearing House

b. Prizepatrol

You see I've been following these folks since they landed on facebook and know for a fact that Danielle Lam STILL WORKS AT Publisher's Clearing House

and that Prize Patrol is the correct way of their spelling of that lovely truck with all the money in it.

So I decided to start a chat and boy oh boy did this get interesting. Read along through the chat transcript and you'll see things that you should be aware of as they try to scam you.

a. Prize Patrol, PCH, Danielle Lam, Todd Sloane, Dave Sayer will NEVER ask you to go purchase a MoneyPak card for $599.99 to claim your prize. EVER!!!!!
But these sick bastards did.

And we continue on with them scamming me. But wait?? You want me to be calm? You just told me I won $10,000,000.00 in a contest that I have been entering for 20 years and never won so much as a Dime? HELL NO I am not calming down. I am going to go fucking ballistic and tell the world!!! Oh but you want me to not tell anyone. Okay, this is fun. Ssssshhhhh!

So above is the scam. And the TRUE PRIZE PATROL WILL NEVER ASK FOR THIS. And see more details in the next snippet. They want me to purchase a Money Pak card for $599.99 to claim my $10,000,000.00 prize. HELL NO I am not buying a card. I know better. You should too.

So I tell them I am leaving to go to Walmart and that my hearing is not good so call my cell and leave a message or give me a number to call them back on. So they do!!!! Probably a burn phone, but someone should be able to track something.

209-568-4920 is the number. Anyone out there Police? SEAL? FBI? Want to get in on this and nail these bastards?

They're asking where I am and even with the misspellings I am pretty sure that Danielle and the gang would never tell someone who was winning some money from them to "MAKE IT SNAPPY" as seen below.

And so after waiting a bit I tell them that Walmart denies my payment. They now give me my "CODE" that I need to claim my prize. Unfortunately if I do try to claim this, the real Prize Patrol will laugh at me.

So even though I have no card for them, they're saying they're going to arrive within an hour and 45 minutes.

They don't read well because this message came next, and at the end, you'll notice the little Triangles, those indicate that they're no longer talking to me because they've either blocked me, or they deleted their page. We'll see shortly.

And sure enough the page has been deleted. Either by them or by facebook. Either way, the last image you'll see after this one is from the profile of the REAL DANIELLE LAM (yes she is TOO FINE) and it explains what PCH will and WON'T DO. They won't do ANY of this stuff above EVER to claim a prize. And I sure wish they'd arrive on my doorstep, but the chance of that happening or any large windfall of cash coming my way to help me get over the humps is pretty slim right now. I keep waiting for reindeer on the roof, but all I hear is bird droppings. LOL

Read this info below. It's from the REAL DANIELLE LAM And it tells what they will NOT do EVER. You never have to pay for prizes and you never get friend requests from them or private messages.

Please be aware that during this time of year there are some less than scrupulous people out there that will try and take your hard earned money. I am not one of them and neither is Publishers Clearing House. But there are people out there who will try to impersonate them. BEWARE.

And know, if you of anyone who can help me achieve my funding goal at the link below, please guide them to it. I could really use the help at this time and I so appreciate anyone contributing to this cause. But let's make it a WIN-WIN because that's in alignment with who I am.

Thanks and God bless.


SocialSafe - Sync & Preserve your Social presence

SocialSafe...ran across this purely by accident. If you've been reading the internet news recently there's been a big hoopla over facebook/instagram now claiming ownership of everything that post in the form of images (am waiting for them to do that with regards to writings and see how fast the 800 million or a Billion users leave and demand all of their materials be deleted and Apple swoops in to pick up the pieces.

Anyway when you upload images to a place online, it's great to have a way to preserve them or back them up somewhere just in case something like this comes along. I am sure this is not what the creators of socialsafe had in mind when they made the software, but when they read on twitter that I was having an issue using a service called "instaport.me" which was supposed to easily allow me to get my pictures from instagram, SocialSafe approached me and said we can do that and we don't keep your content.

Interesting, let me take a look. So I did and what I found was a really cool application that is super easy to install (I did the Mac version, PC users am guessing it's the same, but don't quote me).

After a quick download, I installed the application, launched it and found a simple interface

That lists your accounts, or let's you add them in easily. You put in your information, it asks for permission to access your account and then once in it scans for the information/images and offers to download from that site into your computer. Not hold things on a server, compress them, ultimately keep a copy of them there, and then download them. Social Safe goes from the site to your computer. They don't keep your images.

When you're ready to sync from an account, you press the sync button and you get a screen like this one which informs you that if you're syncing for the first time this might take a bit, and depending on how many images you're doing it could

Then once done it presents you a way to download them to your computer and save them. Once downloaded you can then delete the account from instagram or wherever you have it.

While you're downloading you can easily read through their tour by clicking a link in the app, it opens a small window like this one

and you can then read more about the features of the app and how to easily accomplish that which you need to do. Here's a couple of more images from the application tour

And once you're all done with everything, the application presents you with an easy to read "Journal" view like below

From this point you can add additional accounts, search through images, tags, events, and such. You can sync again, you can backup images from the app to your computer for storage elsewhere...Very, VERY COOL!!! Yes, this APP DOES ROCK!!!

Where do you get it? http://socialsafe.net/

What does it cost? There is a trial version. I would encourage you to sign up for a licensed version of this so you can back up all of your networks if you desire to do so.

What networks does it support? I thought you'd never ask!!

Facebook, Facebook PAGES, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Viadeo and more on the way!!

All I can say to these guys is I LOVE THIS SOFTWARE!!! Thanks for showing up when you did. I hope you sell a million copies of this today!

And yes this does get the DocMurdock™ APPROVED BIGTIME STAMP on it. Definitely use this as it does everything it says it does. Nice job to the developers. Steve Jobs would have been proud of this.

Thanks for taking time to read.

Michael Murdock, CEO

Rethink your Pretzel!!! DocMurdock APPROVED!!

Yes, we even put the stamp of approval on food products when appropriate. When I was first contacted by these folks I thought...hmmm....interesting, let's see what they send over.
I did not expect what I received which was an amazing package of superior product. Packed and shipped amazingly well, and fresh...WOW. They did include some additional marketing materials
as well as a shopping bag, the type you'd purchase at a Trader Joes or other kind of market. This so you can shop and tell the world that you love this snack. It's not just a pretzel, it's crispy and makes a great dipping crisp as well. The thing about dipping is you have to have strength in your product in order to stand up to the pressure of pushing something into a dip.

I love these!!! They're firm, they handle the pressure of the dip, they melt in your mouth, and the flavors they have...AWESOME!! Can you tell I love these? Well I do, and yes I have these bags here at the house, but I don't normally eat things like this so for me to even break one of these open is a chore. However, knowing them as I now do...Every football game is now a reason to try one of these out.

So, when you can, get over to www.pretzelcrisps.com and see what they offer, where to buy them and make sure to stock up because this stuff is AWESOME!!

And...it's also DocMurdock™ APPROVED BIGTIME!!

Best regards and happy dipping!

Michael Murdock, CEO
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Master Your Mac by Matt Cone - DocMurdock™ APPROVED

Sometimes when you least expect it, a good book comes along with information so well organized it just flows when you read it. Other times it stops you constantly, has you shifting back and forth and generally makes the reading more punishment than pleasure.

Matt Cone's "Master Your Mac" from No Starch Press is one of those informative, fun reads for those looking to gain control over their Macintosh computer and begin to better understand the power under the hood, without being slammed with all the technical mumbo-jumbo that others feel a need to add into their "missing manuals".

Back when the Mac was originally designed and created it was done so with the average person in mind. It was not designed to be complex or complicated but rather more of a tool that anyone could use to accomplish things that would take others longer periods of time.

In one of my many talks with him over the years since our friendship began in 1987, Steve Jobs would tell me "Mike, the Mac is simply an extension of you. We wanted it to just be a tool that allowed you to do whatever it was you were doing, faster, easier, and more elegant than other computers, and we've finally achieved that."

Steve would like this book. It's simple, elegant and achieves the goal of quickly informing the reader what things they can do with their Mac easily and without much if any additional help.

"simple ways to tweak, customize, and secure osx" is the subheadline on the cover. It fits. Simple is what the Mac was designed/created to be. Elegant and usable by the masses. And everyone wants to tweak something from time to time to make it better, and security is always a concern so good to get that taken care of as well.

I found this book a quick pick up and one that didn't stump me in ways that others have as I tried to figure out what they were really trying to say. Aptly illustrated but not overly so, the message is one that here's a tool, here's how to use it, and here's the picture for pure reference. BRAVO!

Part 1 Back to Basics takes you to some simple yet elegant information which will help you tune your experience on the Mac.

Part 2 Boosting Productivity is optimizing functionality of applications, understanding the display and multiple desktops, and also talking to your Mac.

Part 3 Automating tasks using AppleScript (yes, anyone can do this stuff and there's plenty of ready made scripts out there to help you as well.

Part 4 Managing your Life talks about email, spam and other things which slow us down

Part 5 Internet and Networks did you know that you can access your Mac remotely? It's true and it works quite well.

Part 6 Serious Security get down to the nitty-gritty on security and how to implement something to keep your Mac secure easily.

Part 7 Monitoring and Troubleshooting of course watching over things and if a problem happens being able to solve that...this covers it.

I'd stretch this out into many more pages of review, but for me this review is like the book: Simple, Elegant and informative.

Now all that you need to know is where to get the book and that's pretty much anywhere that books are sold, however you can also go and purchase it at http://nostarch.com/masteryourmac and get a free downloadable PDF version as well.

Thanks for reading and we'll see you again soon.

Michael Murdock, CEO

Why'd you do it?

So I got the first email and sluffed it off and paid no attention, then another one came and then another and so I thought I would clarify something.

Some of you have seen me post the following link: http://www.gofundme.com/1jqq4c
and have been asking why I would do this, isn't everything going just fine?

To be honest, it's going. It's not fine, but it's going. Change is a beautiful thing but it's not easy and this past year has been a helluva a move to the coast from Arizona back in 2011 so being here now is great and much has happened since the move out here that has been good and bad and now there's the shift and that's all good.

Financially it's been stressful. Having parents in assisted living has taken a toll on time to spend recruiting new clients into my processing business, and getting them to actually work their businesses and be successful at it is an education process. Some of them are coming along and that means i get to move on to promoting them even more so that they can make more money which also allows me to be paid.

I have transitioned out of some other businesses that I was involved in because they were costing me more to be in than they were paying back.

My father's health declined for a while after Mom took a header outside of their assisted living facility. I thought he was going to die based on her falling. She recovered easily but he was not so easy. So getting him to Doctors appointments 2 times each week cut 2 days out of the week which could be used for new business potentials.

Have I given up? Is that why I set up the page? Not hardly. Am not asking for a HAND OUT. I'm asking for a HAND UP. Same reason why I am selling some domains off instead of hanging onto them.

I am trying to climb a financial mountain in a big hurry and the fact that the wife and I are separated and divorcing is a bit of a financial strain that was not supposed to hit until February but it arrived earlier than that and has done a couple of things:

a. stressed things out a bit
b. created a great amount of resolve to be completely successful in everything that i do faster than possible.

Now here's the rub. Whenever anyone asks me for help, 9 out of 10 times I will drop what I am doing to help them in any way possible. Most of the time for free. That means I put aside my time, my finances and everything I am concerned about to help people out of love of them and who they are.

Unfortunately when doing that at the end of the month or in the middle somewhere when the bills come calling that means I may not be able to meet those obligations, but I did help others meet theirs. Is that bad? nope. I'll never stop helping others. It's in my DNA. I will give you the shirt off my back and put myself into financial duress to make sure that you rock on and are able to serve others.

So I went and put together a page to gracefully ask for a HAND UP so that I could buffer things a bit and get on top of this hill: http://www.gofundme.com/1jqq4c I put it out to see who would show up out of all the people that I've helped out there over the past few years of knowing them. Out of hundreds of them, only 1 so far has stepped up and he has the most respect out of all of the people I know and we've even butted heads in the past, yet he showed up and made a statement. I thanked him in a couple of places. He's very much appreciated. He set an example I hope is followed because I so appreciate the help.

Now you know the story. That's why the page is up. If you've ever been in a position that was uncomfortable and wanted to get away from it, then you'll know where I am. I have two parents in an assisted living facility that I am watching over and I am working to get a client portfolio built up for a new business and I'm in need of some assistance. To those who help, you will receive greater access to me than you've ever had before and I will help you with things you're trying to accomplish at rates that you could never get me at normally, and in the end you shall have earned my greatest love and respect for your kindness.


I truly appreciate anything and everything that you can do to help me realize this goal.

Thanks so much.

Michael Murdock

Happy Thanksgiving

There's a time when we all (those who celebrate it) pause to reflect on those things that we are thankful for in our lives and lifetime. Today is one of those times. Happy Thanksgiving. Allow me if I may share some things I am thankful for on this of all days...

As we move into this day of giving thanks and honoring that spirit within us and within others, I am pausing to reflect on the past 9 years of my lifetime. How in 2003 after being divorced for 25 years and dating for 20 of those that I decided to become committed to one individual. I met this person and life moved forward at lightning speed. As this year begins to come to a close, and as that relationship/marriage/friendship comes to an end it literally seems like a year ago that it all happened. Surely not 9 years ago the meeting, and 8 years ago the wedding. But yes it's been that long.

I'm thankful for every moment of these past years. The good, the great, the bad, the ugly, and the transition into being single once again. All of the lessons shared by the universe as time shifted and people grew gradually onto divergent paths. I wish both of us well as we transition into this new space we've both created for our individual selves. May we be amazingly abundant and educate many along their paths. (And yes if you're wondering, I did wish her a Happy Thanksgiving).

I'm thankful for my entire life. Every waking and sleeping and dreaming moment of it. It's so much more than I imagined it could be when I was in Heaven looking down and watching this world to see who I wanted to be my parents, where I wanted to land, how I wanted to evolve and what I wanted my destiny and legacy to be. A lot to be thankful for in 51 years.

There are many diamonds along the way that I've seen and shared time with. Some for brief moments, others for longer periods of time, and still others that I've been friends with and only recently able to kindle that friendship at a level of heat not exhibited EVER in the history of the universe. (You know who you are and well...YEOW! and thanks for arriving back into my life, you're amazing).

There's been much learned, much shared and even more coming as time in this space moves forward into a New Year shortly. There's much anticipation as we cross the terminator into that new year of 2013, a year ending in a 13...I see this as a lucky blessing for all of us to appreciate for our generations living a year with a number we normally place in the realm of mysterious and missing. Time to stare it down, own it, love it, and allow it to generate an amazing abundance in our lives.

I'm thankful for friendships of ALL. Those who've past from my lifetime. My good friend Steve Jobs. Thank you for saying hi that day in 1987 and for all the days afterwards that we shared time, tea, coffee, water, walks, lunches, and the amazing amount of muse you imparted to me as you were here and even when you've visited following your passing. Your spirit is one that lives on and is always welcome to come and visit. Thank you for all you taught, all you gave and the respect that you showed me during our times of communicating and interacting. I am truly grateful.

I'm thankful for all the others in the working and non-working realms that I've met and interacted with. Thank you for being part of my life and helping me to grow to who I am in this now. Thank you for allowing me to share with you and guide you and I hope that's been beneficial along the way and helped to enrich your time here.

I'm thankful for all the learning that I've amassed and continue to store from every experience I've had and every one shared with me. Every second of every day of every lifetime I am thankful for.

So as I close this out I just want to echo once again that I am eternally grateful for all that is. The good, the bad, the GREAT, the UGLY, because no matter what it's all part of the greater lesson that God is sharing with each of us in our own understandings of this universe.

I appreciate each and every one of you and I look forward to being able to spend more time with you as time moves forward, to helping more of you become amazingly successful in all that you do, and to helping each of you create the freedom in your lives to enjoy your time in the sphere and to share that time with so many more out there than you already have.

God bless you and your families on this day of Thanks, and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all that you are, all that you do, and all that you bring to this world of ours.

I love you. Happy Thanksgiving, live from Huntington Beach, CA.

Michael & Sophie The Wonder Dog

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And so the election happened...

And for the republican party it was like watching the sinking of the Titanic from a lifeboat. Sad and never ending until the final bell rang...or did it ring?

That's the question and what brings that question to light is so much that's been written as of late about votes not being counted, about dead people being registered and even winning a seat in the house or the senate, I'll get to that in a bit, but damn this is 2012!!! It's not the dark ages. We're using the best technology available or so we're told and it's giving away 100% of the vote to a DEMOCRATIC candidate in many places that are overwhelmingly REPUBLICAN??

I don't know about you, but when I smell a pile of bullshit, I ask myself where are the bulls? If they're not anywhere to be seen, then someone is lying and there needs to be an investigation.

WIth the polls that were done and people saying "I'm not voting for Obama" and then to have him given 100% of a vote somewhere where someone said I am not voting for him...the system is BROKEN.

I voted REPUBLICAN. I KNOW for a fact that I did so. I saw the screen, I saw the hardcoded print out of it so I saw that my vote as counted as REPUBLICAN and who I marked off in my vote was NOT OBAMA/BIDEN. It WAS ROMNEY/RYAN. So if the county where my vote was counted as 100% Obama, then the system is BROKEN and the votes need to be recounted.

I wish I could care if my opinion was unpopular. I have friends and an ex-wife who voted DEMOCRAT. I know because I was greeted by someone who saw me recently dancing in their car saying "OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA". The funny part is that they're dancing about the re-election. The sad part is they're financially damaged goods, barely making ends meet, and up to their neck in debt and being hounded by creditors because things are so much better now than they were 4 years ago.

Oh well, OBAMA all you want, but the system is broken and your guy got elected because MANY votes were not counted. MANY more were NOT counted than were not counted when BUSH/GORE tied things up with hanging chads.

And now the crux of this email is to call any and ALL REPUBLICANS/INDEPENDENTS who believe in the Constitution, the RIGHT TO VOTE, the RIGHT TO HAVE THOSE VOTES COUNTED and ANY LAWYER out there who would care to compare the size of the wheelbarrow's we both carry our GOODS in to stand and generate a motion with someone to DEMAND A COMPLETE RECOUNT of ALL VOTES for this election. That includes the MILITARY VOTES that were delivered the DAY after the election that have yet to be counted and we're being told will not be included because they were late????

WTF??? Not included because they were late??? COME ON!!! This is AMERICA. A VOTE IS A VOTE and a MILITARY VOTE which has been on its way back to the US to be counted...DO NOT DENY OUR MILITARY A VOICE. They're fighting to keep us FREE to keep that right to VOTE and not send us flying into the dark ages.

So RECOUNT. MY Bet is ROMNEY will WIN by a SUBSTANTIAL margin and Obama will LOSE. And things like this link below: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/petitions-to-secede-residents-of-arizona-others-sign-petitions-to-withdraw-from-us

Will fall by the wayside because people will see that this country will be headed in the right direction with the right leader, not with one that is hiding everything he does behind lawyers and seals and crap that's designed to mislead and misrepresent the Office of The President of The United States of AMERICA.

To have our states want to leave the union...SAD day in the USA. We're UNITED. At least we used to be. We can change that. My suggestion is don't wait. Do it NOW.

Thanks for taking time to read and believe me, the flame retardant suit is on and the flame thrower is ready. I am a US NAVY VETERAN and I believe in the 1st Amendment completely. So...GAME ON!!!!

Hey PIERS MORGAN!! How about reading this email on your show!! Anderson Cooper? You? Anyone?

Let's ROCK!!!

Michael Murdock, USN Disabled Veteran


The time we have with them is truly precious. They teach us much and we teach them as well. Appreciate the time you're given for there are times when it's short.

And so the world continues to spin...

It's Thursday

Steve Jobs…1 year ago

So today began like every other day except in the back of my head there was a thought hitting me all day long that said "It's been a year, can you f**king believe it!" and all day long the answer was "NO, I can't".

A year since the passing of a friend due to a disease that could have been wiped out years ago if only the focus of the world was more into helping the greater good than arguing over land or issues related to race, or things that really in the greater scheme of things matter less and less each and every day.

To only see the world through the eyes of the one Steve Jobs if just for a day. Well every day more and more I see things as he did and I smile as I do because his focus was truly on things that mattered and made a difference in lives of people everywhere. He had a vision and that was of a better, more connected world, one which was not based solely on money or the desire to be rich in the way that money makes you rich. His desire was that you be rich in other ways and it was up to you to reach inside of you and see those ways and bring them to the surface so that others could more readily appreciate you.

I met Steve many years ago on a sidewalk in Palo Alto, CA. He had turned the corner and was heading my direction and we casually greeted each other. Not always the recluse as some claim he was. The next day it was "Hey", and the following day it was "Mike, right?" and so on until it was a head peeking in the door of the store I worked at and a voice saying "Mike, got time for coffee?" and so on. I got to know the Man who others sought to hang out with but never could reach.

After those times of coffee and a muffin, I drank coffee, he didn't, but we did chat about much then, there was a parting as I left that particular store and went onto other things before heading to MacWorld one day and meeting the gang from PIXAR. Completely forgetting that Steve had purchased the company from George Lucas, I sought to know the folks at PIXAR because i really liked what they were doing in graphics and knew they had a future. I saw things for that company which have come to fruition along the way. It was fun when I did finally get to work there, because walking in the door, I was seen by someone I'd met a few years before and he said "Welcome to Pixar, your dream came true!" That was Steve.

And as time went forward I got to spend moments with Steve and listen to him as well as share ideas and observations with him. At the time I was a very reactive individual and he was fascinated by that as his zen-like state all the time at least around me was pervasive in clearing out the reactions and holding a space for brilliance to shine through. We talked much about the state of tech, about Apple at the time which was floundering, and about what the future of computing, and technology would bring to the world and the greater good of mankind.

Our conversations were and are private and not to be shared. Sorry, but when someone gives you a gift of their time at level of which Steve gave it, there's a degree of confidentiality which shall not be broken. Let's just say I feel honored and humbled to have shared time with him and to answer for him even the simplest of questions when he said to me at times "I don't get it." Yes, he was if anything human. As cancer proved that by taking him from us he was fallible. He also had an amazing heart and always wanted to know "How are you doing?" "Everything good?" Alright, let's talk about... and off we'd go, him in that unmistaken bouncing step of his, thoughts streaming quickly as if they were being played from a recording as he went on and on about things in tech, in life, observations about nature and its simplicity, the focus...well lets just say that at the time there was a focus on the future and what it would bring, but not any product specific observations although there was talk of VR and how it could be used in such a way to help people get unplugged from their desktops and be completely mobile at a degree unrealized in tech as of yet. I shared with him thoughts around sight and gesture based entry of text, but from the point of using the eyes and thoughts as the way to enter things. Thinking them vs. keying them in. He found that to be fascinating and for a while tried to think of how to create such a connection. We never sketched things out but I could see the wheels turning when we shared time on these things.

So today as the anniversary of his passing happens, I am filled with thoughts of those times we spoke. Of the jokes he played, of the song he hummed as he walked along in between thoughts, of his muse and his questions.

I laugh as I read what the "writers" of some of the "tech" blogs write about Apple being in the shadow and Apple not doing this or not doing that or falling on its side because Jobs is not there. But see, Jobs is there. He's ingrained in their thoughts. So what if the product intros are not the same flavor or flare as when Steve was around. Steve's watching from above. He's in a better place and he's fine with the way things are going.

Apple will continue on for a long time and as time moves forward, Apple will look to the past and understand that's been written and helped it get to where it is now, but it must look deep within and outside of the box as well to find those things which it can innovate or outrightly create which will help the greater good more than what it's got on the shelves at this time.

For those complaining about the hiccups in the maps program, the message is simply "things happen". Apple will resolve this issue as it finds out what resources it needs to draw on and how to evolve what the app should or shouldn't do. It was never meant to replace Google Maps at any level, it was meant as a demo for others to look at and program around as so many other apps are as well. Apple leads by example and then provides the tools needed for developers to create solutions from. That's why there's an SDK for developing software for a specific iOS version and there continues to be these as software and hardware evolves.

Now what Apple may wish to do is to encourage developers, even hold a contest for the best revision of the Maps app so as to draw out new potential programming resources for that project going forward. Apple has been known to groom talent from outside the company and then bring them in to help move things forward. iMovie is a great example of that. So management should not be sitting around twiddling its fingers over Maps. They should find some external talent, import it and never let this happen again. But that's the job of the current CEO, not the old one speaking from beyond.

In closing it was an honor to know Steve. It was fun to share time with him and to be a sounding board for even the simplest of things when he wanted to share a thought or a joke, or just to chat about whatever came to mind in the instant. Once he knew I was at PIXAR, he stopped by often and shared openly a lot with me. I am humbled by that time and am forever grateful to that first day we met and for all that came afterwards.

Thanks for the memories Steve. You will never be forgotten.