Linked by David Adams on Wed 6th Oct 2010 16:51 UTC
Apple Let me tell you, when what you teach and develop every day has the title "Innovation" attached to it, you reach a point where you tire of hearing about Apple. Without question, nearly everyone believes the equation Apple = Innovation is a fundamental truth--akin to the second law of thermodynamics, Boyle's Law, or Moore's Law. But ask these same people if they understand exactly how Apple comes up with their ideas and what approach the company uses to develop blockbuster products--whether it is a fluky phenomenon or based on a repeatable set of governing principles--and you mostly get a dumbfounded stare. This response is what frustrates me most, because people worship what they don't understand.
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by deathshadow on Sat 9th Oct 2010 06:51 UTC in reply to "RE: WHAT INNOVATION?!?"
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The snob factor has a lot to do with it -- it's why like four or five years ago over on the parallels forums I made the joke of Apple being the Ikea of the computing world. Alleged quality that doesn't exist with artsy fartsy followers who don't put any thought into the fact they're spending three times as much for lower quality furniture than you could get at the purple building.

Which is when one of the users there (brettW) explained Ikea thus:

"IKEA is a fully immersive, 3D environmental adventure that allows you to role-play the character of someone who gives a **** about home furnishings. In traversing IKEA, you will experience a meticulously detailed alternate reality filled with garish colors, clear-lacquered birch veneer, and a host of NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS (NPCs) with the glazed looks of the recently anesthetized."

Remove the garish colors and go with bland boring hospital ward white, and you've got an Apple store.

It's bad when one longs for a return to the ugly beige just for variety. At least the G3's were colorful - even if it did give them the "Fisher Price my first computer" reputation.

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