Valleywag Contributing Editor, Ryan Tate, found himself in a heated email debate with Apple's CEO sometime after midnight on Saturday, after sending an email complaint to Steve Jobs about the new new Apple ad, "What Is iPad?"
The misguided email battle was launched Friday night, when Tate took exception to Apple using the the word "revolution" in reference to their iPad.
"If (Bob) Dylan was 20 today, how would he feel about your company? Would he think the iPad had the faintest thing to do with "revolution?" Revolutions are about freedom," Tate asked Jobs in an email.
Steve Jobs finally responded to Mr. Tate via email almost 3.5 hours later, at 12:52 A.M.
"Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin', and some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away. It is." - Steve Jobs wrote back.
Tate goes on to detail his wildly mind-numbing skirmish with Jobs in a long winded post that's more about "hey look at me everybody" than it is about making a real point.
In the end, Steve Jobs strikes a crushing blow that blasts Tate into oblivion. The fatal zinger email hit at approximately 2:20 A.M. after Ryan took a mostly lame and off topic swing at Apple by writing;
"I don't like Apple's pet police force literally kicking in my co-worker's door." Tate wrote, referring to the police raid on Gizmodo Editor, Jason Chen's home over the kidnapped iPhone prototype.
That's when Jobs fired back with his iPhaser set to "kill".
"You are so misinformed. No one kicked in any doors," Jobs wrote, "You're believing a lot of erroneous blogger reports."
"As for us, we're just doing what we can to try and make (and preserve) the user experience we envision. You can disagree with us, but our motives are pure.
"By the way, what have you done that's so great? Do you create anything, or just criticize others work and belittle their motives?"
Even though Ryan Tate did not plan to pick a fight with Steve Jobs last night, he actually did and then had his ego obliterated in the otherwise useless exchange.
As expected, Ryan never did post his answer to the question, "what have you done that's so great?"
I think we can all interpret what Ryan's awkward and uncomfortable silence means.