We've noted in the past how the widely read tech columnist John Dvorak's raison d'etre these days seems to be just to show off how little he understands about technology and business, but that's not entirely accurate. He seems to also be on a mission to prove he's getting pretty grumpy as time goes on, too. One of his latest pieces, for Dow Jones, is a bizarre rant about the cell phone business. Presumably, the idea behind these columns for a financial newswire is to provide some insight into the technologies relevant to companies readers might want to invest in. Dvorak concedes "I have no investment insight into the business", so he instead treats readers to his personal feelings about mobile-phone etiquette, his rather unsubstantiated view that the industry took a step backwards when it switched from analog to digital networks, and the revelation that his real problem with cell phones is that he's cheap and thinks they're too expensive. These three factors really seem to be holding the carriers back -- just check out the latest quarterly results from the likes of Verizon and Cingular. So long story short, don't invest in the mobile industry because John Dvorak is cheap, and thinks people that talk on their phones are rude -- with advice like that, watch out Warren Buffett, your days as the sage of investing are numbered.
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