From: Wesley Darlington (wesley at domain blackstar.co.uk)
Date: Thu 28 Jun 2001 - 12:22:18 IST
On Thu, Jun 28, 2001 at 11:16:48AM +0100, bscanlan at domain irish-times.com wrote:
> A SunBlade 1000 costs under $10,000 and ever so slightly pisses on that spec.
> (Without a monitor).
You are only able to buy this thanks to Microsoft.
If it hadn't been for Microsoft, there would be no commodity hardware
market. There would be no mass production. There would be none of the
cut-throat competition which has given us incredibly cheap and large
drams, stupidly large and cheap hard drives, ball-crunchingly fast
processors and bfg-ing graphics cards. Without the Wintel market
showing the likes of Sun how to build fast, cheap hardware the likes of
Sun simply wouldn't have bothered producing faster, better computers at
the rate they did.
> Don't really see how Microsoft's domination of the consumer Operation System
> market helped kept hardware cheap for the consumer all the same.
It didn't keep hardware cheap: it *made* hardware cheap. Microsoft brought
computing to the masses and didn't try to control the hardware platform:
that brought us *incredible* innovation in desktop *commodity* hardware.
As Kate and David have pointed out, it's the 600 million people who want
to run incredibly bloated Microsoft software that makes it possible for
you and I to buy amazingly cheap, incredibly capable computers to run
(relatively) non-bloatware very fast.
Thank $deity for bloatware,
thank $deity for Microsoft,
If it didn't exist,
we would have to invent it.
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