Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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by unclefester on Fri 26th Aug 2011 10:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by phoudoin"
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But the point is that at DOS time circa 86, the Macintosh was offering both a better hardware platform and a better, graphical, operating system.
And still, it lost its market share to an inferior hardware and a inferior software.

Back in 1986 the Mac was little more than an expensive toy.

The vast majority of "proper" computers were purchased by businesses. Macs were actually vastly inferior to PCs for business use.

Most businesses used PC for three things CAD, spreadsheets and word processing. The Mac was basically useless for all of these purposes due to a tiny 10" monochrome screen, limited software, low performance and almost no peripherals.

In 1986 most people who needed to use a computer already had expertise in using them and had no real need for a GUI.

Mac "defects" circa 1986:

- no high end graphics (so no CAD or games).
- no professional CAD software
- high price
- tiny 10" monochrome screens
- obsolete processor (68000 8MHz)
- very limited RAM (4MB maximum)
- very expensive SCSI harddrives
- non standard networking
- limited software
- very limited choice of peripherals and printers.

Back in 1986 my brother was using a HP 386DX-16 16MB workstation PC (he's a surveyor). No Mac available could have possibly replaced this machine.

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