25 Jul 05Arlo Rose Commits Acquisition Faux Pas.

Yahoo! announced today that it has acquired Konfabulator – the original widget system for OS X – which it will give away for free as a means of promoting its APIs.

Not widely reported, however, was an uncomfortable incident that occurred during the acquisition.

According to sources, negotiations between Yahoo! and Konfabulator creator Arlo Rose started slowly, but soon began to move faster and faster, building to a crescendo. When they finally reached their ultimate climax, Rose inadvertently blurted out Apple’s name.

Parties from both sides shifted uncomfortably in their chairs for a moment before Rose blurted out “Oh, my god, I’m so sorry!”

Rose insisted Apple “meant nothing” to him and said that he was totally committed to Yahoo!, even going so far as to rub the company reassuringly on the back.

Privately, however, Rose admitted that he still had lingering feelings for Apple, the company which has twice put him out of business.

“I don’t know why I can’t let go,” Rose admitted. “Apple has been terrible to me. And, yet, somehow I want more…

“We had good times! There were some great times! I mean… I know it was abusive. But there was love, too. Hot, JavaScripty love.”

For its part, Yahoo! expressed some reservations about getting into a long-term relationship with Konfabulator.

“This was really shocking and disappointing,” the company said. “Arlo seemed genuinely interested in me. I thought I wasn’t just a big pile of hundred dollar bills to him. Now I’m not so sure.

“I don’t want this to be a rebound relationship.”

Disturbingly, a confidant of Rose’s indicates he has been talking of another project for the Mac operating system – which will consist of a dock replacement and multiple desktops – just in the last few days.

“He’ll never be over Apple,” the source said.

No Responses to “Arlo Rose Commits Acquisition Faux Pas.”

  1. Sembazuru says:

    Number one!

  2. Sembazuru says:


  3. Sembazuru says:

    And I even read it beforehand.

  4. Ace Deuce says:


  5. Ace Deuce says:

    I’m so glad I got that new Konfabulator widget that alerts me when CARS has a new article up!

  6. Bellidancer says:

    Sad to see innovative Mac company, lose their Mac focus and get gobbled up by giant heartless tech firms. And in the process finally cash in and make the millions they deserve and were denied by Apple’s arrogance and market share.

  7. Post Mark says:

    Yahoo with Konfabulator—it must be superkalifragelious!

  8. Nxxx says:


    What have you done?

    The rest of the ‘net works okay, but my British Telecoms / Yahoo ISP only provides an unreadable bloodstained page with ‘Censored’ across it when I visit CARS.

  9. Appleswitch says:

    Safari Bookmarks bar RSS feeds!

  10. francsapa says:

    top ten man!!

    well, now let’s read it…

  11. francsapa says:

    there’s no such a thing like a healthy relationship! every relationship is a rebound one!

    oops, got to call my terapist… excuse me…

  12. 2000guitars says:

    doesn’t “Arlo” sound like he should be running an all night grocery store and videotape rental?

  13. Eric says:

    Best CARS article for a while! And the joke comments are good too!

  14. UhhhDude says:

    “doesn’t “Arlo” sound like he should be running an all night grocery store and videotape rental?”

    Actually, doesn’t he run Alice’s Restaurant, where you can get anything you want?

  15. ficko says:

    That’s a guthrie remark.

  16. Laffin' Dude says:

    Laffin’ again.

    I think even Arlo’s probably laffin’ at this one.

  17. Psyko says:

    Poor guy, he is just to good for his own good.


  18. Streetrabbit says:

    I heard it was Arlo who broke up Google and Microsoft. He’s such a hussy.

  19. way too excited says:

    OOH, OOH! New iBooks!

  20. styx says:

    wahoo!! number 20!!