The Art of The Farewell Email
Mrs Oh certainly has my sympathies.
I've been in that position, just not as bad as hers. It was during the dot-com days when things started going down hill. We had just finished our year-end reviews and my managers said I was doing excellent work. My review went really well and I was pleased.
One month later when the economy was getting really bad I was let go. My manager pulled me into a meeting to talk and said I was letting go due to performance reasons. Nothing had happened in that one month. When I asked how I was being let go due to performance reasons when just a month prior I had been given a good review he merely said, "This is not up for negotiation."
It really sucks when the company is just beginning to tank and they don't want to admit that the company was on a fast track to bankruptcy (people were already being let go before me). So, in order to cover their asses, they tell you, "Hey, it's your fault." That's just cowardly BS (as Mrs Oh says). It made me particularly cynical since this was my first job out of college and I had worked so hard (internet start-up).
In the year following, more and more people were being laid off until it reached a skeleton crew of people who supported old projects.
Since then I've seen companies do various things of questionable morality such as laying people off during maternity leave (which is basically illegal).
So Who's Running Apple Now?
No, you aren't. But it's besides the point. Someone can be an asshole and a great leader too. When it comes to Apple products, people aren't buying them because the CEO shares his toys in the sandbox.
Radiohead Says Name Your Own Price for New Album
I'd like to offer a perspective different from the PR stunt that people seem to think it is.
Perhaps they are just artists. Granted, they've probably made enough money from their prior albums to no longer need to worry about money. They are treating their music like a piece of art. Real art should be free and open to the public (which is why public museums in London are free to the public). If this was their intention then I applaud Radiohead.
Personally, I'm a fan but not the biggest fan. I would've liked to sample the album beforehand but their reputation and previous albums are good enough for me to put money on the line.