Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Apr 2010 12:20 UTC
Editorial Car analogies are quite popular on internet discussion forums, and ours is no exception. The problem with these analogies, however, is that they are usually quite flimsy, and a recent popular one is no exception. A number of people are now arguing that computer makers' move towards closed platforms (Apple, Sony, and so on) is akin to people no longer being able to service cars on their own. This analogy, which looks sound on a superficial level, breaks down when you spend more than five minutes contemplating it.
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Pertinent analogy
by twitterfire on Thu 8th Apr 2010 12:41 UTC
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If you want to make a true analogy with cars, you can compare Apple with a chain of Gas Stations which forces you to buy lazy, expensive cars from them (cars) if you want to buy gas (Mac Os X).

You can even compare Apple with a car maker that sells lazy, expensive but well designed cars (iPod, iPhone, Ipad) that forces you to buy expensive gas from them (AppStore, iTunes).

You can compare Sony with a car maker that advertises and sells nice cars(PS3) equipped with hifi stereo(boot other OS), but for some weird reason, after you buy the car from them, sends it's employees overnight to steal your stereo .

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