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The Indefinite Article.

Friday, June 10, 2005

A Perspective from MacInTouch

MacInTouch Home Page:

"I think it is about time that someone points out that OS X has been around for 5 years and if you are still dependent on software that hasn't been updated in 5 years you have bigger issues than running that software on the newest computers 2 years from now."
So the counter-person at the coffee-place I am at this morning asks me if I like my new laptop. She specifically says new and I reply that it works well but is a couple of years old, I look down at my t-shirt (wearing it again--I swear I wear other t-shirts more often) and add that I got it in 2003. Two years may be thought of as a long time in computer years, but in real-time quite a lot can happen. It will be interesting to see what will happen over the next two.


  • just saw something posted on engadget that suggested that ibm may have been happy to get rid of apple. could apple have been 'forced' to make a move? and not a move that was really part of some grand plan?

    By Blogger Killy, at 3:50 PM  

  • To a degree, probably so. Apple isn't high volume. However, before working with Apple, IBM's chip making business wasn't all that hot at a consumer level. Before the upcoming round of game consoles, the other buyers of PowerPC chips were not high profile or super high volume (routers, printers and the like). When the G5 first shipped, Apple (and IBM too?) made forward looking statements that indicated that the G5 was supposed to have increases in speed that did not happen. This is not an issue for the game console market which uses the same processor at the same speed for years on end, but it is deadly in the general computing market.

    The linked article doesn't have its history straight. Since IBM never made G4 processors, there was a gap in Apple using IBM chips. Further, it wasn't IBM's fault (largely) that performance lagged--the G3 scaled up in speed well but Motorola's G4 did not.

    By Blogger Adolph, at 7:27 AM  

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