|Re: A Worthwhile Strategy?|
Message #4 Posted by donald wallace on 25 Oct 2005, 8:49 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by Howard Owen
Yeah that ipod thing really surprised me. Someone was asleep at the wheel and then tried to bluff it through. I feel that people would want to sue Apple Corps.... donkey ;-)
HP, though... Come on. Poor HP. Great company. Very old and solid.
Very hard to continuously adapt in a world with markets that change so fast. In a new field as the product life cycle runs, profit margins start big and end up ephemeral.
Also, firmware bugs in computing equipment are a real pain but it's really hard to make a computing item totally bug free as we all know (you guys perhaps better than me, I am no programmer). Same with hardware bugs. That was why micros were invented, you could modify the design in firmware rather than at the logic gate level.
I notice a lot of you guys are quite cranky at this or that model
but there is also some genuine personal preference stuff in there too, which of course is totally cool. We are all "selfish human beings" who want it just our own way, me included.
I can't help wonder whether the bugs are as bad as you all say. I guess they must be. I am confused about what modern machine I would buy (I'd like a graphing calc to muck around with but don't need one).
I have made my peace that the golden era of Western Civilization is well and truly gone and from now on I'll be happy to dodge the H5N1, fallout from petrol/oil prices going nuts and the odd cyclone...
I for one have much more serious, pressing issues to worry about rather than calculators.
But I sure enjoy seeing people helping each other chewing the fat and poling their resources. What an interesting forum. Thanks guys.