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September 1st, 2012

Apple v. Samsung: The True Story

Apple v. Samsung. Everyone who thinks Samsung got shafted and/or that the decision was wrong should read this excellent article. It's not an opinion piece, by the way: It's full of actual facts about various patent cases and about the Samsung decisionmaking that the jury was presented with. Clearly, Samsung made a conscious choice to copy the iPhone, and they succeeded. Wildly. Apple was right to take them to court to protect their intellectual property rights, and the jury was right to decide in their favor. If you're on the fence about the decision, this one will definitely tip you over to Apple's side.
    
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April 19th, 2009

Microsoft’s ‘Apple tax’ claims are ’stupid,’ counters analyst

Microsoft's 'Apple tax' claims are 'stupid,' counters analyst. Microsoft is still trying to convince the world that Macs are too expensive and not worth the price. This article makes a good argument why, even when Macs actually are more expensive, they are a significantly better value. Remember, price alone does not determine the value of a product. If it did, we'd all be buying no-name-brand TVs, home entertainment equipment, and other household appliances. There's a huge difference in using Mac OS X versus Windows, and that--along with the entire suite of Apple software that comes with it--is the key differentiator that Microsoft would like you to forget (or remain ignorant about).
    
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October 29th, 2007

Computerworld Publishes “I Hate Macs” By Staffer/Blogger

I hate Macs - Computerworld Blogs

It’s been awhile since I read anything so asinine it got me riled up enough to write about it. I couldn’t believe the guy ranted on for a whole column without offering one shred of evidence or fact for his apparently deep-seated hatred of Apple, Steve Jobs, and all things Mac. This, my friends, is prejudice, pure and simple. How is “prejudice” defined?

PREJUDICE:
preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

Precisely. How such a rant ends up in a technology journal that wants to be taken seriously is beyond me. As a Martian, it’s just one more piece of evidence that you humans are not evolving as we’d hoped you would.

I wrote to Computerworld and to the author’s editor suggesting the writer be canned, and they defended him by saying they wanted to offer an “opposing view” about Apple. Huh? What opposing view? Aren’t “views” published by journalists in national magazines supposed to have some–I don’t know–factual weight behind them? Aren’t “journalists” like this supposed to be “experts” at the things they write about?

Yet how can someone be an expert yet have opinions “not based on reason or actual experience”? If you can stomach it, read the piece for yourself. Here’s a typical sample:

And I hate the products themselves. Overpriced, overhyped and underwhelming. Oh, I forgot, they have such “elegant” design. They just “feel right.” All the stubble-cheeked, pony-tailed, black-clad hipsters in the design department get it, but us dweeby drones doing the real work are just out of touch.

Gag me. I’ve always been a function-over-form guy. I don’t give a rat’s, uh, tail, if my computer is smooth and white and shiny. I just want to crank out the next project.

And don’t give me those phony cost comparisons that try to make the case that, all things considered, Macs are cheaper than PCs in the long run. Just look at the damn price tags. Spin it any way you want, Macs and the other iCrap cost more.

And innovation? My god, take the blinders off. I remember sitting right here several years ago when Apple came out with the great new feature on their iPods called “shuffle.” I couldn’t believe it. Before then, you couldn’t play your songs in random order? I had been doing that for years, literally. But then, I was into MP3s early on — my first music player was a Rio PMP300, one of the very first on the market. I didn’t have to wait for Apple to tell me they were cool. It took them a few years to catch on. Gee, where was the bleeding-edge innovation there?

iTunes 1.1 Had Shuffle Mode, Of Course!

This guy is so pathetic. Even on my non-professional website here, I fact-check like you wouldn’t believe. It’s one reason why it takes me so long to write an article. I happen to have a working copy of every version of iTunes back to 1.1 for Mac OS X, which came out in 2001. Guess what? It’s got shuffle mode. Of course it’s got shuffle! Only someone trying to find something to criticize would claim that Apple ever considered “shuffle mode” to be its innovative idea. Good grief. He’s probably confusing Apple’s marketing for the iPod Shuffle with the “shuffle” concept. In fact, nearly all of his opinions seem to be in reaction to advertising rather than to careful study of the actual products in question.

But enough of this… It was just so wrong I had to point it out. And I do hope Computerworld puts him back in the mailroom where he clearly belongs.

    
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December 6th, 2006

ZDNet Blogger Finds Apple Pro Laptop Cheaper Than Dell

Apple vs. Dell price war | Ed Burnette’s Dev Connection | ZDNet.com Here's another recent article confirming what I had reported a year and a half ago: Apple computers are no more expensive---and often less expensive---than comparable Dell computers. That comparison is even easier now that Apple is shipping its computers with the same kind of processor as Dell. All in all, Macs are simply better values all around, plus you get to use the best consumer operating system on the planet.
    
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September 25th, 2006

InfoWorld’s Editor Backs Yager’s Estimate of Apple’s Enterprise-worthiness

Steve Fox, InfoWorld: Apple avoids the "e" word I have to say this editorial surprised me... Fox's use of the phrase "smug superiority" to describe Apple users is one of the things that presses my buttons about Windows guys. But then he goes on to back up Tom Yager's recent article in MacWorld and InfoWorld addressing the top 10 concerns of enterprises about Apple. Of course, there's a negative "twist" to this, which is probably true---Apple doesn't appear to really want the Enterprise market, at least, not now. In what is undoubtedly a smarter strategy, Apple is trying to get a foothold in small-to-medium-sized businesses now. If that works, I'm pretty certain their ambitions will change. If it doesn't, they haven't risked nearly as much or lost as much face.
    
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August 15th, 2006

Macworld Confirms Mac Pro Is Way Less Expensive Than Comparable Dell

Macworld: Feature: Comparing prices: Mac Pro versus PCs Macworld has published an excellent, detailed article comparing prices on the new Mac Pro line with those on Dell's Precision Xeon-based line. The article is accompanied by a very thorough table showing all the specs for each machine, and the end result is unmistakable--and should be un-debatable, too: The Mac Pro dual-2.66GHz Zeon (dual core) is more than $1,000 less expensive than the Dell Precision 690 with nearly identical hardware specs. The Mac Pro comes in at $3,048, while the Dell will cost you $4,395! They can't be identical, of course, so here's what I can see of the differences in a quick scan:
  1. Apple (+): 16GB RAM, Dell (-): 8GB
  2. Dell (+): Faster Superdrive
  3. Dell (+): Nvidia Quadro FX 3450 is faster than Apple's, both have 256MB VRAM, both 1 dual-link, 1 single
  4. Apple (+): Four configurable PCI Express slots to Dells three non-configurable slots.
  5. Apple (+): Four Firewire inputs, 2 800MB, 2 400MB to Dell's 2 400MB inputs.
  6. Dell (+): Eight USB ports to Apple's 6.
  7. Apple (+): Optical Toslink Audio In and Audio Out, Dell has no optical ports.
  8. Dell (+): Various ports for legacy PC hardware (PS/2, Parallel, Serial)
  9. Dell (+): Dell 19" Ultrasharp 1970FP display (a $250 value bundled for free); Apple has no "free" display
  10. Apple (+): Software!! The usual great Mac bundle, versus nothing on the Dell.
  11. Great job, Macworld! Thanks for documenting this so carefully.
    
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August 9th, 2006

Phil Schiller: “We’re Going To Beat Out And Bust” the Expensive Mac Myth

Phil Schiller at WWDC: "We're going to beat out and bust" that myth about Macs being more expensive! I'm just getting around to watching Monday's Keynote presentation at the Apple WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC). This is a remarkable excerpt that goes to the heart of the argument I started making last year: Macs are not more expensive than PC's. In fact, they can be quite a bit less expensive depending on the model you're looking at. If I have time, I'd love to go back and update the study I did in April 2005 with the Apple and Dell models that were being sold then. It's great to hear Phil Schiller saying basically the same thing... which until now hasn't really been Apple's official "position" on the question. (I did note that Apple was linking a page on their site to my April 2005 article, though.) In this clip, he points out that a comparable Dell is about $1,000 more expensive than the new Mac Pro, and he urges those who understand this point to "bust that myth together... Let every one know: It's not true!" Powerful stuff indeed:
    
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