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Spindler calls in air strike (Mark H. Anbinder)
(topical, smirk, computers)

[Leaked from a friend at Apple; we don't know who wrote it.]


Stock Price Increases 50%

"We'll do it better," Says Microsoft

CUPERTINO, Calif. ------- JANUARY 18, 1996 ------
The massive pile of smoking rubble near Interstate 280 here in Cupertino
was not the result of an earthquake or natural gas explosion, as officials
first believed.

It now appears that the terrific explosion and fire at Apple Computer
headquarters was the result of the first corporate-initiated airstrike on
U.S. or California soil in U.S. history.

Sources within Apple have told newspapers that, in an effort to save Apple
from an internal coup that would result in the breakup and sale of the
company, embattled Apple CEO Michael Spindler called in elements of the
California Air National Guard, based at Moffet Federal Air Station in
Mountain View, Calif. to bomb and strafe his own headquarters.

Spindler allegedly called the California Air National Guard late last night
and ordered the airstrike, using an Apple Macintosh Quadra A/V with
experimental sound cards to simulate the voice of California Governor Pete

Within Apple, Spindler is seen as a hero. "Cool! He called in an airstrike
on his own position to save his company," said one internal Apple
applications developer, who gave his name as "Scooter." "It was like one of
those cool movies about, like, you know, Viet Nam, that I read about it on
the Web, dude."

A memo to key staffers, reportedly written by Spindler himself, explained
the need for the air strike to counter moves by Apple managers and board
members to oust him in a corporate coup and to simultaneously increase the
company's marginal revenue. "Existing Macintoshes, both those in use and
those in warehouses, will instantly become collector's items and therefore
increase dramatically in value," according to the memo, which went on to
explain that "this action will therefore increase our margins on existing
stock with  no cost to our sales and manufacturing operations." Spindler,
said to be  ailing, is in seclusion. Attempts to reach him by phone mail
and fax were unsuccessful.

Apple stock shot up 50% on the news, as Wall Street apparently agreed with
Spindler's strategy. "Blowing up his own headquarters was a stroke of
genius," said one Wall Street analyst. "This is the kind of pure creative,
self-destructive genius we used to see when Steve Jobs was at Apple. It's
like the old days. Mac is back!" Overall, computer stock stocks rose 75% as
a result of the Apple news, then plunged 80% later in the day on rumors
that Dan Dorfman had been seen having lunch with Jim Clark and Marc

The Spindler airstrike memo, obtained via Internet e-mail by this reporter,
was fragmented and missing key information. Apparently, the strike was
planned for January 1, but key aides to Spindler did not receive the
e-mail until yesterday due to routing table buffer problems
and addressing  errors.

Cupertino city officials issued a statement at 10:00 PST this morning
calling the air strike "an unfortunate incident that, while we hope we will
all gain something from it, we hope it did not offend anyone of any race,
creed, color, religion, thought process or emotional state, and we must
emphasize that the City of Cupertino had no role in this incident if it
did." Class-action lawsuits against Apple and the city, alleging emotional
trauma resulting in a lost train of thought, loss of computing resources
and interrupted Internet access have already been filed in California State

Later, when told by federal officials that the city will qualify for both
federal disaster relief funds and labor department funds for unemployment
and job training programs as a result of the destruction, Mayor Bob Mellow
said, "Cool. We applaud Apple and Mike Spindler for having the vision and
courage to take this decisive action, and hope that our earlier statement
was taken in the spirit in which it was meant."

In Redmond, Wash., Microsoft announced plans to build and detonate several
networked low-yield nuclear devices at its own headquarters some time in
1997. "This is a project we already had underway," said a spokeswoman for
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. "We just decided that the marketplace won't
be  ready for it until 1997. Or 1998, if we decide that's when we really
want to do  it. Or maybe later. Right now, we're hiring additional staff,
developing new technology and getting ready to copy Apple's idea, strategy
and  execution.  Oops, I meant to say that we're evaluating previously
extant competitive actions." The project, dubbed Curtains '97, is expected
by analysts to be complete some time in 1999.

Apple announced it will sue Microsoft in federal court over the "look and
feel" of the use of explosive devices in business and home computing
product strategies.

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