That old expression "nothing succeeds like success" is a load of crap. Apple created a feeding frenzy for its new iPhone 3G and for its iPhone 2.0 software for existing 2.5G iPhones. Success, right? Problem is, they can't handle the traffic to upgrade and activate all those phones and now a lot of very unhappy people are sitting around with very expensive, very stylish paperweights. I'm one of them.
So this raises an interesting question: is this just a one-time blip or a sign that Apple has a lot of work to do before it can become a truly consumer-focused company?
P.S. My AppleTV is bricked, too. Nice going, Steve.
Update: So where I was getting the ubiquitous and really helpful (unknown error -9838), now I'm getting (unknown error -4). Progress? Who the hell knows.