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The detroit approach is to build cars that last unitl the final payment.
Then automagically begin to break.  The sweet spot is 100K miles

-----Original Message-----
From: Russell Hogg [mailto:russellh at x-soft.com]
To: ale at ale.org
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2002 2:47 PM
To: 'Irv Mullins'; 'ale at ale.org'
Subject: RE: [ale] petition




Forced obsolescence is already a factor in SQL server.
If I remember correctly, anything before 6.5 won't even run on 2000.  Not
even in "compatibility mode".

Russ


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-----Original Message-----
From: Irv Mullins [mailto:irvm at ellijay.com]
To: ale at ale.org
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2002 1:43 PM
To: ale at ale.org
Subject: Re: [ale] petition

On Friday 15 February 2002 09:23 am, Benjamin Dixon wrote:

> Which is unfortunate. But MS seems to realize that their strategy is not
> going to work too much longer. They still have a tight grip on the desktop
> market but it seems the growth potential of that market is capped. How
> much stuff can you possibly add to an OS before you can't add enough major
> features that its marketable as different from your previous release?

Exactly.
Both Microsoft and hardware manufacturers realize that continued exponential

growth just isn't going to happen. They have been relying on the old Detroit

approach (ever larger tail fins, more horsepower, lots of chrome) for a
while
now, but people are beginning to catch on to that scam.

If that won't continue to increase sales, then the only thing left is
forced obsolescence. They're working on that too. I predict that Microsoft
will soon attempt to make their software a subscription-only product, with a

monthly payment plan (assuring a steady income stream) and automatic
disconnection if you don't pay on time.

Will this fly? I don't think so, but it will be fun to watch!

Regards,
Irv




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