You're wrong again. Mercy, when will you ever get a clue?
This piece you wrote on hardware companies rescuing the under-served segments of the desktop market: where ever did you get that bright idea? Exploring such a dud theme betrays your ignorance of the fundamentals of your beat.
The problem of course is Windows, Microsoft, their narcisistic weltanschauung, their combative proprietary view of business and customers of all kinds (who don't know better) and this network effect we are working to unwind.
"In my view, the world would be better off if the biggest computer companies started catering more to the non-IT part of the market, where most computers live."
Sit back and let companies do this for us, you say. Relax and let the elegant, unfettered forces of capitalism -- the Invisible Hand -- guide us to Utopia, you say. Well, as Tony Montana said, "Look at you now..."
You can't be that stupid. Do you even have a PC? I know those IBM Selectrics are nice but, geeze...it's two thousand & five...sorry, two thousand and SIX!
If you're talking about hp, Dell and even the parts of IBM which are dependent upon Microsoft -- they're just dumb extensions of Microsoft. They couldn't possibly attempt to exert an influence on PC customers; Microsoft merely slaps them down -- contractually. Hardware is irrelevant to what you think you're talking about.
This is what Linux does so effectively: cater to different segments of the population. For evidence I only need to reference the Little Green Laptop story out of the MIT Media Lab. Negroponte's baby will not be running Windows, FYI. Have you paused lately to consider why this device does not use Windows?
I would add, regarding your traditional uncharitable views toward open source and open standard software, that disruptive innovations are not created in a day. It appears your imagination is too dull to accommodate the remotest possibility. Like so many others long in the tooth, you appear to be fearful of the threat Open Source & Free Software and open standards represent to your career base, rooted in an obsolete world. So many of your readers are retired and have no way to confirm your tired and dusty themes until their 401K Plans start to erode. If you are afraid of open standards (like OpenDocument, for example), then you are afraid of the Internet itself.
Walt. I hung up reading The Wallstreet Journal because of Capitalist Tools like yourself. It's a junk paper -- like Fox or CNN, it is pablum for the infirm. Yourself? Smug as David Coursey. Open your mind or retire. Either way, it won't be too soon.
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