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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Comment by Soulbender
by Soulbender on Fri 26th Aug 2011 00:25 UTC
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Wow, cry me a river.

You might consider it a bizarre analogy but if you think about it, just like Robin Hood, the PC took from the haves and gave to the have-nots


That;s because it is a bizarre analogy. Are you saying computers should be a priviliege only for the rich? That's what the analogy implies.

That the PC managed to grow so quickly is the result of many factors but they all hinged on a single event that changed the course of history: Microsoft's theft from Apple.


Microsoft and the PC was bigger than Apple even before Windows came along. Are you saying MS stole DOS from Apple?

Microsoft was given access to the Macintosh early on and made its own copy of Apple's operating system. In addition to user interface concepts, Microsoft incorporated actual code from Apple into their software.


Really, is that so? On what know facts do you base this allegation?

One need only point to Apple's ability to out-scale the PC manufacturers competition for products like the iPod,


Except at the iPod came out, what, close to 30 years later when manufacturing has become much cheaper?

Macbook air and the iPad as examples where Apple larger scale drive down prices and demonstrated that high prices aren't a part of Apple's internal culture as is often perpetuated in PC-centric forums.


Except that the Macbook and iPad are comparatively expensive.

They were the ones that would have been owners of 95% of the market and not 5% as is the case now.


That's what happen when you screw up.

It was a badly written contract and mitigated software patents that lost them their dominant position in PC computing's history and allowed others to benefit from their innovations and first mover advantage.


I had always wondered if Apple's computers would have grown as quickly as the PC market had done if allowed to run its intended course without Microsoft playing the role of Robin Hood.


Jesus, just stop with the sob story already.

The iPod and iPad are both perfect barometers to answer that question.


Really? How are products created decades later under completely different circumstances any indication of that?

Can we really blame Apple for not wanting the past to repeat itself


The goal does not justify the means.

Edited 2011-08-26 00:27 UTC

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RE: Comment by Soulbender
by JAlexoid on Sun 28th Aug 2011 20:54 in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
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2009-05-19

Except that the Macbook and iPad are comparatively expensive.


They are expensive. PERIOD. Just like a €100'000 Ferrari is expensive. Their value is appropriate for the price, but they are expensive nonetheless.

My first PC that I could use for programming cost $600. If Apple style pricing would have dominated the industry, I probably would have ended up as a builder or something like it(due to lack of experience in programming).
If Apple wins and destroys all PC manufacturers today - Indians, Russians and Brazilians are screwed. As basically no one there can afford $600(+$200) for a Mac Mini(+Display) or $1000 for an Apple laptop.

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