Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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You must be young. Sony was the king of elegant design in consumer electronics, before the rise of the ipod. Growing up, if you didn't have a Sony walkman/discman/minidisc, you were roundly mocked.

Sony always worked better from day one, looked better, and lasted longer than anything else.

DING DING DING DING! We have a winner.

I think they would be a much better consumer electronics company today, if they had not entered the record and movie business. That started their crippling of products to proprietary drm laden formats.

^^Bonus points^^

This hit the nail square on the head. Once Sony got into the content business their fate was sealed. The proprietary formats were relentless and now Sony and the RIAA are so joined at the hip that I no longer purchase or recommend their products to anyone.

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I can see why a company like Sony would get into the content business.

It's an often repeated mantra. It isn't the internet providers or the owners of the glassfibre in the ground that get rich. It's the content creators. "infrastructure" isn't where the money is.

So Sony wanted to be in the content business, instead of only creating the "underlying infrastructure".

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