Laptop stickers are stupid.
I'm setting up a Samsung Windows laptop for my son, and, as I have done dozens of times before, I'm spending 10 or 15 minutes removing the stickers that Microsoft and Intel require their OEM partners to blight their hardware with.
These stickers are stupid.
Samsung and other companies actually design and build some really good-looking hardware. But then these garish, ugly, sloppily applied, visually annoying stickers are right there destroying the aesthetic of the hardware, and killing the out-of-box experience.
I know, it's a small thing. But it's also a symbolic thing.
As a consumer, the stickers tell me that the coalition of companies that contributed to the product are incapable of working together even on small details to improve my user experience. It tells me they have no respect for their own product. It tells me they don't appreciate aesthetics. It tells me they're stupid.
The strangest thing about it is that the stupidity exists solely to tell me exactly who is so stupid.
OK, so Intel: You're stupid. And Microsoft: You're stupid. It says so, right there on my laptop.
Apple is trying to take over the market in large measure through aesthetically pleasing hardware and great out-of-box experience, and you're too stupid to even do the simplest and cheapest thing imaginable to compete in these areas.
Stupid. (Pic props: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pchow98/5895034009/ )