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I told you so…

By Brian | June 17, 2005 | Share on Facebook

Remember back in April of last year, when the EU successfully defended customer choice by crushing the big, bad monopoly power of Microsoft?

Well, as predicted, it turns out that a whole lot of time & effort has gone into defending a choice that no one wants:

PC makers snub Windows sans media player

“Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Fujitsu Siemens all said they have no firm plans to install Windows XP N, citing a lack of customer demand. A Dell representative added Tuesday that customers expect to have a media player included. . . ‘Customers purchase computers expecting them to come equipped with the capability of playing back digital media files, and it’s our obligation to meet this need. ‘ “

As I said in my original essay on the topic, Windows is not number one because of its quality; it’s number one because of its ubiquity. It’s only through the twisted logic of government-think that making the product less functional is somehow a good thing for consumers.

Topics: Tech Talk | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “I told you so…”

  1. Jeff Porten says at June 18th, 2005 at 11:04 am :
    Ugh. Far too much to say to fit in this text box. Maybe I’ll make this the first installment of that The Red and the Blue he-said, he-said thing we talked about.

    I call dibs on being the one to say, “Jane, you ignorant slut!”

  2. Brian says at June 19th, 2005 at 12:08 am :
    OK, for those who don’t know what Jeff’s talking about, I had once suggested that he & I start a blog together, where we could both post (generally) opposing viewpoints on the same topic & let the audience (limited as it is) weigh in on one side or the other.

    Except now, we both have blogs. Jeff – blog a response & put a link in the comments. people can click back & forth if they’re interested (how’s THAT for an assumption!)


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