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How big is Apple now?

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Would you believe as big as Microsoft and Intel combined!

Well I wonder what Michael Dell thinks of this:

Snipped from TUAW!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/06/06 at 00:08

Apple’s flair for the remarkable artistic statement

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Companies use all kinds of graphics to get attention. But I believe that Apple finds remarkable graphics to highlight it’s quality of business. Here’s the latest example:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/01/19 at 09:18

I can’t imagine any CEO saying the truth so clearly about it’s biggest competitor

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Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07
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but Steve Jobs said it openly and as usually he said it eloquently:

The trouble with Microsoft is they have no taste. They have no taste and I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way.

Steve Jobs 1996

IMHO it was true then and it’s truer than ever. But Gates is a lot richer on paper than Jobs and that’s a fact!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/12/13 at 01:10

I just installed the latest 10.6 version of OS/X for Macs

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard Logo
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so I was intrigued when I saw this picture image of a real snow leopard in Afghanistan:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/01 at 03:53

I read a blog post this morning that said the computer industry is shamed by the delivery of Snow Leopard

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Uncia uncia.
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I just got a sense of what the article’s author was saying. In the space of less than 1 hour I have installed Snow Leopard in my iMac Silver Black ‘puter. And all seems to be A OK, for now!

I won’t even bother commenting about Windows Whatever and it’s upgrading processes that are arcane and long winded. I am becoming dimly aware that PC has “learned to fight back”, whatever that means. But there are so many shareholders of MSFT out there that I can’t expect much else from Biz pages except excuses and promises of improvement on Windoze.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/30 at 07:32

Microsoft’s latest financial results were negative

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John Hodgman as PC and Justin Long as Mac
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I’m an iMac user or more importantly I’m a Mac OS/X user. Sometimes I have to help my wife sort some things out on her Vista platform and the experience always convinces me that I never want to use a Windows platform ever again no matter how much cheaper it is.

So I was intrigued by this blogpost by Jon Gruber that was mentioned in the NY Times:

Microsoft is no longer ignoring Apple’s market share gains and successful “Get a Mac” ad campaign. But the crux of these ads from Apple is that Macs are better; Microsoft’s response is a message that everyone already knows — that Windows PCs are cheaper. Their marketing and retail executives publicly espouse the opinion that, now that everyone sees Apple computers as cool, Microsoft has Apple right where they want them.

They’re a software company whose primary platform no longer appeals to people who like computers the most. Their executives are either in denial of, or do not perceive, that there has emerged a consensus — not just among nerds but among a growing number of regular just-plain users — that Windows PCs are second-rate. They still dominate in terms of unit-sale market share, yes, but not because people don’t recognize Windows as second-rate, but because they don’t care, in the same way millions of people buy metric tons of second-rate products from Wal-Mart every hour of every day.

That’s the business Wal-Mart wants to be in — selling a zillion cheap low-margin items and turning a profit on volume. That’s not the business Microsoft is in.

And in mobile software, the fastest-growing segment of the computer industry, Microsoft’s platform is both inferior and unpopular. Their plan to address this is to change its name.

I’m not arguing that Microsoft will collapse. They’re too big, too established for that to happen. I simply think that their results this quarter were not an aberration, but rather the first fiscal evidence of a long, slow decline that began several years ago.

I’ve always thought that this day would come about. Is it really here? Is Microsoft Windows really in a long term decline? Does it matter to the world? To me? To Microsoft shareholders?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/01 at 05:16

The heavy hand of Microsoft

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In my mind it begins with the image of Steve Ballmer heaving chairs, which is either a myth or too true to type. Then there are those ads that now maintain the a desirable PC is all about size of RAM, Hard Drive et al. Now there is the new ad for IE 8.0 and it reeks of fear-mongering to a ditzy female PC user who appears stupid and half mad.

Is it just me or does MSFT today act like GM did for the last 50some years!

There are companies that pay attention to unproductive methods/attitudes and remake their image, like IBM. And others that do the right thing naturally ala Apple and Google.

And then there is Microsoft big and bad!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/06/12 at 08:12