Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Ouch, that's pretty ugly. Yeah, you could be right, people generally take the hard path for some odd reason, but for the P&C world it's more like the Mission Impossible path, so that aint gonna fly. Yeah, cut your losses and get out of the dead end road and take the soft path with Apple. Or, I guess they could stay there, frozen in time.
Not a developer nightmare (in the Cloud, of course, where Appliance Apple has a catbird seat and Microsoft has a foot in cement) as long they maintain workable browsers. That's a lot more important than some people stranded in the PC Land of the Lost. Well, except for Microsoft - It's a matter of life or death for them Hey, maybe they could just become a browser company
Yeah, that's too funny. Maybe I will get some Apple stock afterall - Definitely long.
They need a new path stuff rubbish for Apple, the Magic Path. They're lookin more and more like the hard path, cheap, easy, that leads to nowhere, and less the soft path, looks costly but gets easier and easier and leads to some promised land.
They're lookin cheaper and easy that actually gets easier and easier and gets you to the promised land, whatever that is: 'OMG, heaven help me, my mother friended me,' I suppose.
Buying stock? I finally got my credit card debt paid off and am looking towards buying a cheap commuter vehicle so that I can get to work in blizzards and such this winter. Stock isn't something that's on my radar.
Seems if your XP just do a back up , off the main drive and then wipe the drive and install . More work but simple enough , however you must be sure that your old hardware will be compatible with Win7 right down to even the smallest of controllers ?
yep, every driver and plugin will need to be reinstalled manually... if available. Good luck with that, who knows what will be compatible or not. Win users did not adopt Vista because it required a big hardware investment to support it.
Over 8 years ago we went through similar pains letting go of Classic. But then, mac users were are anxious and excited to buy new hardware to support the OS.
AAPL is trading at 165 almost exactly the price July 22, 2008 when I unloaded every stick of it to buy a house. They do seem to be officially recovered from the recession. Marge and I were chatting a few months prior that it would likely break 200. I think we were right we just didn't know that there was a small hiccup that was going to delay that break.
NASDAQ has broken the psychological 2,000 barrier and the Dow will follow soon breaking the 10K ceiling. All is right with the world. If you have a job. Unemployment is going to lag but surprising did not break the 10% line yesterday.
All of this spells long term gloom and doom for the Republicans because they wanted the recession to deepen under Obama's stimulus. Oh well, they can always pray for a large terrorist attack. You know Cheney is dreaming of that right now so he can say "I told you so." His fantasy would be the suicide bomber who takes out the Sears Tower is still wearing his Guatanomo jumpsuit.
However, the 10" market is huge - It's about the only part of that PC market with any spunk. I don't know what the magic is: Size, cheap, whatever, but it's what people want.
The primary driver for netbook sales is price. Some people that purchase them will claim portability, but if there were truly honest, they'd admit that something like a MacBook Air or even a Dell Adamo would be a better choice in that it has the portability with less of a sacrifice to the user experience.
This market segment may have "spunk", but it's not helping the companies that sell them. These are very low margin devices that help for bragging rights in terms of unit sold, but nothing else. People that buy these machines don't spend a fortune on software. Companies that sell them are in a race to the bottom end of the market. Apple is wisely ignoring this market. Their bottom line should make that clear enough. Look at Dell's stock as compared to Apple's for example. Apple's market cap is over $145 billion and Dell's is under $27 billion.
Stab in the dark: But I think this tablet thing could be one of those leisure consumption things that makes the grade. And it's an Apple.
It all depends on the price. Apple has to come in at $500 or under for this type of a device. The sweet spot for discretionary spending seems to be in the $200 to $300 range. If Apple comes in at the $800 range as some rumors suggest, this will like the G4 cube all over again - cool product with good reviews, but way over priced.
Apple doesn't want to make an Apple brand netbook because it's a losing proposition - a low margin product that would cannibalize sales of higher margin products. If Apple were smart, they'd have an iPhone OS like software running on the tablet and produce a product that can make decent margins at the netbook price. In short, they would be changing the rules. This is what they do best. Most people only use netbooks for e-mail and basic web surfing. Likewise, they don't need the full OS. Let's just hope Apple gets the price point right, otherwise, it's DOA, regardless how good it is.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Yeah, I suppose you're right.
Personally, I think a tablet would be pretty cool and very different, more robust than a smartphone/iPhone and much much handier than a netbook, as it's ready to go, not having to flip some lid. It would have to multi-task, however, or die on the vine, and a premium lithium ion anode-cathode would be nice, replaceable battery.
Personally, I don't lifestream, but it might be smart to have an Apple branded platform/aggregator/container/whatever for that, that works in realtime (like Wave) or at least push (like PubSubHubbub). The overwhelming majority of that stuff is pedestrian banality, but it is indicative of what I believe is a growing clarification of a shift from more archival or evergreen data forms (that will never go away, of course, as they have lasting value) to transient short shelf life data (that will have the greatest commercial value, as eventually informatics and visualization will mature to daily trending - disposable extremely critical data of extremely short shelf life - this is a high value product that will move glacially towards free goods status, if at all), basically a capitalist's wet dream.
At any rate, even in its banal infancy, it's pretty clear the world is moving forward towards that with lifestreaming junk, and perhaps Apple should also include an Apple branded platform for that crud, if only to maintain relevance, as it's pretty simple stuff. If anything, I would think Apple would want to have relevance as key appliances in the eventual informatics-visualization driven data world.
Of course, as usual, I have zero clue about this stuff.
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