Re: "no longer requires DOS"

Rohit Khare (
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 14:40:43 -0400 (EDT)

chuckle... nice analogies. I'm waiting for the pile-on about
'anti-competitive' market for water...

The key is whether the 'hidden item' is a viable pivot point
of competition or no. Water and cooking skills are not significant
disintermediable components of the value chain. DOS is, however
insignificant the market has become in 1997.


> > But that's less relevant nowadays, since Windows 95 "no longer
> requires DOS".
> There is no reason for the scare-quotes. If you buy Windows 95, you
> don't have to buy a copy of DOS as well. Thus DOS is no longer required.
> If you buy a ham that says "no cooking required", do you get irate when
> you learn that the ham was actually pre-cooked?
> If you buy a sealed car battery that "never needs water added", do you
> get irate when you learn that there is actually water sealed in the
> battery?
> - Joe
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