Linked by David Adams on Sun 22nd May 2011 02:26 UTC
Apple Mac sales in the enterprise during Apple's last fiscal quarter grew a whopping 66 percent, significantly outpacing the rest of the PC market, which grew just 4.5 percent in the enterprise. The data from Apple's previous fiscal quarter was highlighted on Friday by analyst Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company. He said though he originally viewed success in the enterprise as a "one-quarter blip," it now appears to be a "durable platform" for Apple.
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RE[3]: Corporate Fanboys
by Neolander on Sun 22nd May 2011 07:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Corporate Fanboys"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

This. Your company must be very rich to throw good computers away after 2 years. Everywhere I've ever went, it's possible to see lots of machines being 5-years old or more, and I can guarantee you that they were not worth $1000 (no serious GPU, 512MB or 1GB ram...).

Unless, of course, you think that to be usable, a computer must run the latest release of the OS you put on it. But if we forget for a moment how disputable this is (fixed purpose machines which work well in their current setup only need security updates, not feature updates), I've heard that Leopard was not exactly light on resources at release time either. More like competing with Vista for the title of most bloated OS of these times ;) So it's likely that lots of macs were not able to run it.

Plus, in terms of upgradeability, Linux and BSDs used in combination with the right software beat them all by a large margin.

Edited 2011-05-22 07:28 UTC

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RE[4]: Corporate Fanboys
by JAlexoid on Sun 22nd May 2011 08:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Corporate Fanboys"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

This. Your company must be very rich to throw good computers away after 2 years. Everywhere I've ever went, it's possible to see lots of machines being 5-years old or more, and I can guarantee you that they were not worth $1000 (no serious GPU, 512MB or 1GB ram...).

Unless, of course, you think that to be usable, a computer must run the latest release of the OS you put on it. But if we forget for a moment how disputable this is (fixed purpose machines which work well in their current setup only need security updates, not feature updates), I've heard that Leopard was not exactly light on resources at release time either. More like competing with Vista for the title of most bloated OS of these times ;) So it's likely that lots of macs were not able to run it.

Plus, in terms of upgradeability, Linux and BSDs used in combination with the right software beat them all by a large margin.


+1. Average corporate IT policy is PCs are upgraded once every 4 years. 3 years is a very good place to work for a dev. Usual in software development is 4 years, considering you'll get RAM upgrades and maybe HDD/SSD upgrades.
For regular users - until it becomes unusable.

Heck, I still use my old development machine(replaced last year after 4 years) at home for development work.

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RE[5]: Corporate Fanboys
by lucas_maximus on Sun 22nd May 2011 10:10 in reply to "RE[4]: Corporate Fanboys"
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2009-08-18

I do most dev on a Pentium III with a 1GB of ram on Windows 2000/XP ... Legacy Code.

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RE[5]: Corporate Fanboys
by echo.ranger on Mon 23rd May 2011 18:25 in reply to "RE[4]: Corporate Fanboys"
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2007-01-17


+1. Average corporate IT policy is PCs are upgraded once every 4 years. 3 years is a very good place to work for a dev. Usual in software development is 4 years, considering you'll get RAM upgrades and maybe HDD/SSD upgrades.
For regular users - until it becomes unusable.

Heck, I still use my old development machine(replaced last year after 4 years) at home for development work.


The reason 3 years (or sometimes 4) is very popular is due to corporate accounting. You can amortize the cost of a new desktop computer over a 3 year period in the US, so in many shops they will use a 3 year replacement path regardless if the old PCs are working or not (and why I can find some fantastic deals buying off-lease used corporate PCs at very low prices). Combined with the speed increase of CPUs and memory size/cost over a 3 year period, its generally assumed that a replacement computer (say, $1500) will bring much more value to the business if the individual using it (with, say a $50,000/year salary) will be more productive.

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