Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Feb 2012 20:15 UTC
Apple Way back in 2005, only a few months after I joined the OSNews team, I interviewed Wim Schermer, founder and then-owner of the largest chain of Apple "Premium Reseller" stores in The Netherlands, MacSupport (now iCentre). In fact, Wim Schermer was the first Dutchman to buy a Macintosh - the original Macintosh, that is - in The Netherlands, and went on to start his Apple reseller business in 1988. While the interview covered many aspects, one thing always stuck with me: Schermer was concerned about what would happen to his business if Apple were to open an official Apple Store in The Netherlands. Seven years later, his concerns are becoming reality.
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RE[4]: All aboard! All aboard!
by frderi on Mon 13th Feb 2012 22:11 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: All aboard! All aboard!"
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Considering who wrote it, does it surprise you?

Not one bit. Any chance Thom sees to throw dirt at Apple here at OSBlog, he takes with both hands. He's the type of person that rather goes on to promote copycat companies like Samsung which shamelessly rip off established products of Nokia, Apple and Blackberry instead of promoting true innovation. If he were old enough to live trough the eighties during the launch of the IBM PC like we were, he'd be your typical PC clone zealot.

In any case, he's doing his dutch countrymens stereotype a lot of justice : speaking before thinking, being loud, and generally being obnoxious.

Edited 2012-02-13 22:13 UTC

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RE[5]: All aboard! All aboard!
by MOS6510 on Mon 13th Feb 2012 22:23 in reply to "RE[4]: All aboard! All aboard!"
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Well, there are arguments on both sides I guess.

Thom can defend Google and Samsung, the don't care. We can put thing straight for Apple, they don't care.

But it keeps us busy and coming back.

The 80s werd the golden age of computers and innovation. The PC and the clones killed that.

I'd buy a ride on a time machine back to the 80s.

And not all Dutch are annoying, they just like to have heroes and bad guys.

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RE[6]: All aboard! All aboard!
by zima on Thu 16th Feb 2012 23:58 in reply to "RE[5]: All aboard! All aboard!"
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The 80s werd the golden age of computers and innovation. The PC and the clones killed that.

I'd buy a ride on a time machine back to the 80s.

You're looking at it through rose (cinder?) colored glasses. Badly.

Sure, there were all those different architectures, but they were severely limited in what one could actually do with a computer.
Yeah, explosion of many approaches (natural for any early field), but most of them were not worth to keep around; just like with golden age of comic books, or arcades, or specific kinds of cinema, and so on.

The kind of progress brought on with the PC and clones made computers really useful, opened real ways to tinker, eventually brought to the masses / lowered costs of advanced capabilities. And anyway, microcontrollers of today are quite diverse (but available at much lower prices than was the case in the 80s, to tinker), and quite universally more capable than microcomputers of the 80s...
Overall, digital revolution is, at large, only the thing of the "noughties" (and still ongoing in this decade, for most of human population)

Essentially, you sort of cherish a retreat from the state of affairs where around 30% of the world population has access to PC; you long for circumstances where maybe only 3% could have it (but I guess that's fine with you, since you would be one of the few "privileged" people)

But then, you being a fan of perfect Apple, I can see why you would like such state of affairs... that's pretty much a stated goal of Apple - they completely openly claim their unwillingness to target "lesser" people (the majority of humanity with not enough disposable income) and their unwillingness to license any supposed innovation they bring to the market (preferring to outright block other entities, other companies from using similar things, from bringing those things to people who are not good enough for Apple)

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