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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specialists
by jack_perry on Thu 8th Apr 2010 13:24 UTC
jack_perry
Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually, specialists are allowed to service Apple computers where I live. They're even called "authorized specialists" and can display the Apple logo on their advertisements, despite not being part of Apple.

I don't know if they service iPads, iPods, or iPhones, though; I know only that they service the usual Mac equipment. There isn't an Apple Store for quite a ways in any direction where I live, so I reckon they must make a lot of good money.

Or have I misunderstood what you're getting at?

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RE: specialists
by kvarbanov on Thu 8th Apr 2010 13:32 in reply to "specialists"
kvarbanov Member since:
2008-06-16

Oh, come on, I've had enough with those guys from Apple ... wherever I turn - Apple is behind the corner, come on people, get out of the shell, there are other interesting things in our virtual lives. And yes, I drive modified V6, it's quite straightforward though and anyone can service it - the same with the computers - I own only hand-built pieces with Linux on them, why would I want to be stuck with only one vendor and have no control over MY machinery ?

Edited 2010-04-08 13:34 UTC

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RE[2]: specialists
by flanque on Thu 8th Apr 2010 13:40 in reply to "RE: specialists"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Normal users don't want to do this, member?

They just want it to work.

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RE[2]: specialists
by Gryzor on Thu 8th Apr 2010 13:50 in reply to "RE: specialists"
Gryzor Member since:
2005-07-03

What makes you think that the majority of the people care about that? You haven’t been able to even update your phone since the first mobile phones. Go update your Nokia n70’s symbian. Not close to possible (and if possible, not nearly really useful).

Why is a “PC” different? People have had no trouble using their phones for the past 15 years. If you could, for example, add MEMORY to a smartphone, how many people would do it on their own and how many people would simple take it to the store and say: more memory. pay. Go.

Users -normally- don’t care about that. You do. I’d like to (but I don’t care, have other things to do). But most people doesn’t.

There aren’t any statistics that I have, but all my co-workers, friends, family members, etc. that use any sort of computer, couldn’t care less about servicing their computers (on the contrary!). Some of them are professional software developers, not the “typical” user.

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