[FoRK] Oracle buys Sun; Now owns Java; Becomes a hardware player

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Apr 21 00:52:33 PDT 2009


Luis Villa wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 10:41 PM, Tom Higgins <tomhiggins at gmail.com> wrote:
>   
>> On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 2:23 PM, Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> wrote:
>>     
>>> Apple's success is because of their razor-like focus on real
>>> consumers. Apple wouldn't compromise that for roughly all the money on
>>> Earth. Sun wouldn't know a real consumer if it hit them in the face.
>>> Huge cultural gap there.
>>>       
>> Gota agree on this. Apple knows its bread is buttered by pumping out
>> disposable/autoobsoleting  gizmos that their fan base will buy in a
>> subscription like manner.
>>     
>
> You forgot 'damn polished' gizmos. I continue to be amazed that no
> other high tech firm even approaches the level of attention to detail.
> It shouldn't be that hard to do... all you need is a leader who is OCD
> about quality.
>   
They do polish.  However their laptops and desktops are not in the 
disposable category.  They are top of the line, and they do give a big 
premium.

sdw
>   
>> Things like servers...not so much. Heck,
>> what are their margins on OSx?
>>     
>
> I assume similar to their margins on the new low-end ipods, which are
> about $23 in parts, apparently, for a $100 device. All margin all the
> time, baby.
>
>   
>> Maybe IBM can buy BEos out of the grave:)-
>>     
>
> All the BeOS people went to Palm... not sure where they are now.
>
>   
>> -tom(and why did they give up the think pad market?)higgins.
>>     
>
> Low margins.
>
> Luis
>
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