Linked by Adam S on Thu 21st Aug 2008 13:13 UTC
Windows Steven Sinofsky, who oversees Windows 7 development, has really committed to keeping us in the loop on the new Engineering Windows 7 blog. In today's post, "Measuring the Scale of a Release," he discusses whether or not Windows 7 will be a "major" or "minor" release. It's a pretty good piece that really makes some good points. Read on for our perspective.
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RE[3]: Comment by Hakime
by tomcat on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 18:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Hakime"
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Yup, because paying extra to get a quality product which will not only work better than the cheap product from day one, but also keep working long after the cheap product has ceased to function is a sure sign of an idiot.

I've used quite a few laptops over the years (Mac and Windows), and have observed a fairly consistent rule-of-thumb: Laptops last no longer than 3-4 years. Desktops last 5-6 years (and possibly even longer). You can dance around these statistics (yes, they're anecdotal, your mileage may vary, etc), but I think that you'll find that most people will disagree with your idea that Macs will "keep working long after the cheap product has ceased to function". Laptops just aren't built to last, no matter how much you pay. Part of the problem is the need that laptops are designed to meet. They need to be lightweight, so they lack a lot of things that would be present in a desktop. For example, they don't have a steel chassis, they move around a lot and are exposed to lots of shock and vibration, they run hot because they lack a sufficient fan. You could fry an egg on the bottom of some of them. Seriously. So, really, this idea that you're going to get a lot more mileage out of a Mac laptop than a low-cost Windows laptop is just pure fantasy. You may be able to find people that can use a laptop for more than 3-4 years but, then again, they're probably the kind of people that only use the machine sparingly or not at all, not your typical user.

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