Linked by David Adams on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:13 UTC
In the News Hewlett-Packard Co. , the world's largest computer maker, is in talks to buy [database search software vendor] Autonomy Corp. for about $10 billion and plans to spin off its personal-computer business, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Is this an indicator of the Post PC Era?
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RE: Indicator of the future
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 18th Aug 2011 23:10 UTC in reply to "Indicator of the future"
Flatland_Spider
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2006-09-01

This is pretty much spot on, except you're discounting the design expertise Apple brings to the table. The other manufacturers settle for good enough, and they probably would have arrived at the same spot they are now.

For a counter-point, the standardization on a third-party OS enabled PCs to be come cheaper since software vendors only had to program for one OS, and the third-party OS allowed portability between hardware vendors, which also contributed. Standardization was bound to happen with Windows or something else; there were just too many hardware vendors for it to now happen.

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RE[2]: Indicator of the future
by zima on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 21:06 in reply to "RE: Indicator of the future"
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2005-07-06

the design expertise Apple brings to the table. The other manufacturers settle for good enough

Can we really say that after a long series which starts with Apple III (the one with completely inadequate cooling, Apple advising to drop the units from time to time to reseat the components), via similarly overlooking cooling and obvious user practices G4 Cube, the puck, numerous problems over recent years with cracking or discolouration of materials...

...up to the recent antennagate, an almost one year delay of introducing a white design of iPhone4, and the fiasco of button-less Shuffle?

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