Linked by Trans Onoma on Mon 26th Jun 2006 14:34 UTC
Apple Recent news tells us Apple is still struggling to gain market share in the personal computer market. That's too bad. While I have some beefy grieves with Apple (being that I am an IT "expert" and all that), their systems nonetheless beat the proverbial tars out of the typical Windows PC crowd.
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RE[2]: Agreed up until...
by transami on Mon 26th Jun 2006 19:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Agreed up until..."
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No point? Hmmm... I can't really see how it would be missed. But I'll block it out if it'll help:

1) Apple's desktop market share is still weak.
2) Yet Macs are great systems, esp. for Mom and Pop.
3) So why aren't more people Buying?
4) Offers answer: The learning curve and value for $.
5) Possible solution: create greater percieved value with "internet-age" flash Mac.

Also like to point out the "silly" compuer idea WOULD be usable out of the box for the basic things most Moms and Pops do: browse the internet, word proc., etc.

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RE[3]: Agreed up until...
by ralph on Mon 26th Jun 2006 19:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Agreed up until..."
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No, no point at all.

Let's see: The premise of the whole article is that Apple is great. This in itself of course doesn't mean a lot (what's great supposed to mean in this context?) and it's only based on, let's put it friendly, a very personal oppinion, backed up only by apparently happy parents.

Now based on this wholy uncritical and meaningless assumption, the author asks the question why Apple doesn't gain market share.

The problem with this is of course obvious. As Apple is per default considered great, a whole bunch of possible reasons go out of the windows from the beginning. They can't even be considered, as the basic premise is totally flawed.

As the author has now chosen to ignore any objective reason that might exist, he has to rely on hobby psychology.

We learn with amazement that people are afraid of change. Whether that's the case and whether that's really relevant for the question at hand isn't even discussed. Instead, once again the author simply assumes that's the case and only offers some anecdotal evidence (after all, his parents were also afraid of change in the beginning, or that's how he explains their initial refusal to see the light).

The solution in the mind of the author for this seems to be that Apple put out a product that's so affordable that people will overcome their fear of change, the author so skilfully analyzed before.

So, to sum it up, no, it doesn't provide anything resembling a worthwhile argument. It's just a badly written post by some Apple and Linux fan that really can't be considered an article.

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