He’s entitled to make his own choices, but I just think this is ridiculous. Apple is not an oppressive authoritarian regime. It’s a company. A place you work for. A place that pays you to be there for part of your life.
California has some of the best laws in the country, by my understanding, for protecting the rights of employees to pursue endeavors freely outside of their employer’s control.
There only real restrictions on Buzz’s right to participate in a friendly developer community interview are that he:
- Can’t do it at work, or via work’s equipment.
- Can’t discuss information covered explicitly or implicitly by his NDA with Apple.
- Can’t directly compete with Apple.
He also has the right to just plain not feel like doing it anymore because he’ll feel embarrassed, uncomfortable at work, whatever. These are all legitimate reasons for not wanting to do an interview – just wish he’d decided so before agreeing to do the show.
The way it has been presented on his blog make it sound like Apple employees are prevented from having public lives. This is obviously not true: just look at all the Apple employee blogs! It’s too bad Buzz is letting the flawed notion get to him as strongly as it apparently is.
For some historical perspective, the spirit of CocoaRadio is very much in line with the old “Factory Floor” articles done by MacTech, which *frequently* featured Apple insiders. These interviews spanned the ranks from Nick Kledzik down in the ditches working on Interfacer to Avie Tevanian shortly after he was brought in with NeXT.
This google search for MacTech “Factory Floor” articles featuring the phrase “at apple” yields a large number of these articles. While we’re suffering a drought of public representation from current Apple employees, at least we can still go back and browse these interesting developers from the past.