Oh, I never had a problem with Core OS's academic bent...enjoyed it actually. I was more commenting about the unique sort of tension that existed there, and that managing that tension while also developing kick-ass software is a relatively impressive feat. Also, you're right about the "I can do it better than anyone" attitude regarding fixing things that he wrote...but then my experience was that this was a pervasive attitude at Apple. The only way you could get someone to listen to you was to not only do it better but prove that you had done it better. So, maybe that's not the best attitude for a manager to take, but hardly out of the ordinary (for Apple).
I also feel that as time moved on, Bertrand was making more bad decisions, but that this might have been a consequence of pressure from the top. It may not look like it to the outside observer, but there is a major metamorphosis going on at Apple internally. I think this move will be for the best for Bertrand. As for Apple... * shrug *
...oh, and thanks for bringing back memories of the Core OS "you're doing it wrong, stupid" lessons I got so familiar with. If only we could all be so perfect as Core OS! ;-)