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Fri 24 Jun 2005
Category : Commentary/PerfectEnough.txt
We know that Mac users love their Macs, while PC users... Well, how much do PC users care about the PC? Perhaps, this is in direct proportion (and response) to the care that had gone into building it.
I've finished reading "Perfect Enough - Carly Fiorina and the Reinvention of Hewlett-Packard" but there's this part I'd like to quote. It's the part where the McKinsey experts (!) were taking the HP directors through the merits buying Compaq :
You see those shiny HP and Compaq laptops in the computer superstores. Not a scrap of soul in them. They weren't built primarily to be used by people. They were built "to post a slim profit".
Windows is "open" and Unix is proprietary. Why are big corporate guys so smart? DEC, Tandem, Compaq, even the IBM PC - they're all gone. And we're still using Macs. For whom does the death knell toll?