Live Hard, Die Fast
From: Bugs Bunny (bugs_at_looneytunes)
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 12:52:03 GMT
Jeff Relf wrote:
> Hello Diogenes , You wrote ,
> " My Grandkids might see Linux on the desktop , but not me "
Why? Is he planning an assisted suicide on Dec 31st?
> Well , Let's see ,
> For as long as desktops have been popular ,
> say 10 years , Microsoft has dominated it .
Like a 73 year old constipated man on a toilet, who refuses to get
off...yes, I'd say so.
> So I wouldn't expect that to change
> for at least another 10 more years .
You're off by a factor of 0.10
> IBM is a good analogy ,
> although they have moved on to other markets ,
> they're still going strong .
IBM is a bank. They make most of their money from investments and
financing and real estate. Next after that is 'consulting' and
services. Software, hardware and the rest run a distant third.
What IBM the bank is doing is making a shrewd, sound, investment in
Linux -- putting down a mere $20M here and there and probably getting
back $20B in the long run.
> I don't see why Microsoft should be any different .
> The next Microsoft / IBM will probably be
> a cell phone company .
Possibly. But like biotech, the cell phone companies are already big
players. I can see their revenue go up with more java services, but no
> And if you knew which one ... You'd become really rich .
> But if you guessed wrong ... You'd lose everything .
> Hmm ... IBM's stupidity created MS ,
In the same way that you created your two kids, but was not able to
> maybe MS' stupidity will create the next big winner .
> I know I'd like to have a cell phone with a good selection
> of NNTP clients to chose from .
Hah -- the Basic Monthly plan would consume 80 of your annual income.
> I'd also like to have decent head gear to go with it :
> like a radio , a head-mounted display
> and big-ass headphones ... Maybe some day .