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I agree totally, I used to work for a software publishing firm in the early 80's and we had Apple II and IBM PC products. The IBM software was sold for twice what the Apple software sold for, even though it was essentially the same code. I asked the president/owner why that was, his answer, "Because we can."
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As long as Windows based PCs are an open platform, I can build my own PC from scratch just by buying some stuff from Newegg.
Had a discussion with a co-worker about PC's and this very topic. Open platform... Build your own... Windows runs on it all...
If you step back it seems a bit odd that we put this kind of expectation on the PC while we don't on any other products. Automobiles, household appliances, cell phones, etc...
IMO Microsoft has done an amazing job supporting the plethora of hardware that gets thrown at it. But at a certain point it must gall them that Apple has far fewer headaches in this regard. As PC's become more and more of a commodity, it will be difficult for Microsoft to continue on this path and still make good profits.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. ~ George Washington
Open platform... Build your own... Windows runs on it all...
This has always been my reasoning to people about why OS X seems to run so much smoother than Windows. Apple only has to account for a few hardware configurations, all of which they control. Microsoft has to make Windows run on every conceivable hardware configuration that people try to use.
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America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. -Oscar Wilde
Wow, even the French showed a little more spine than that before they got their sh*t pushed in.[^] -Colin Mullikin