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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Comment by Gryzor
by Gryzor on Thu 8th Apr 2010 13:43 UTC
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Your second part is also incorrect.
A mechanic has to be authorized by the manufacturer to be able to service your ford. if YOU do it, you void the car’s warranty.

If you’re going to compare cars with computers (ridiculous but acceptable I guess), make sure you OWN a car.

I have THREE ford FOCUS, so I am entitled to comment on that. I am in Europe, so this is no “weird country law”. You CAN take your car anywhere, but only authorized mechanics can do your service (and preserve the warranty).

There are Apple Authorized centers (where I live, in Madrid, we have *NO* Apple Store, but a lot of Apple Authorized Centers), who can honor your warranty, order authorized apple parts and sell them. My Mac Pro had a faulty video card last month and THEY replaced it (and ordered the replacement card for me).

WIth the Focus, when I did the service I took it to Ford. It was expensive. The next time I went to another less expensive mechanic that was FORD Authorized and that meant that my warranty is still ok.

Before you ask, I have three cars because they belong to my company. I had other fords in the past (and hopefully never have another one).

The point is, tho devices seem to be heading in that direction (less serviceable), I don’t think that’s bad, even if you don’t have other choice but to take it to your manufacturer. Computer and Devices are less prone to require maintenance than 10 or 20 years ago also. The iPad as an example, there are less things that can fail in there than on any other Apple computer.

I understand your point, but don’t use bad analogies.

Edited 2010-04-08 13:44 UTC

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