yet neither is bigger than Big Oil... but I guess it's only a new gadget away.
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They must be the best since they have the highest profit margins.
If Big Oil and M$ could improve their margins, I'm sure their popularity would improve. It's strange that people buy the most from the low margin businesses they hate the most.
If a company sells something I like for the right price, I buy. Otherwise I don't. I presume other people do the same. I do find the fascination in this forum with the value of Apple interesting. Why care about them any more than any other company? It's not like it's hard to find outfits with billions in market capitalization that everyone knows about.
Hey I'm a fan of Apple computers and I'm working with a power mac but I'm not sure that Apple having a bigger market capitalization than Microsoft is a good thing. Seriously if your only supplying a much smaller % of the market but your company is worth slightly more than your competitor on the stock market who is still supplying the lion's share of the market then where is the value for the stock holder?
I don't get it. Does anyone who understands the stock market well want to explain it.
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The only one's who are sad are the one's who dislike apple's success. Us "Gullible mac fanboys" totally ruin their day
If you were constantly having problems, you needed to quit installing so much crap or adding cheap 3rd party drivers/hardware. You don't need Steve Jobs to do that.
Happily, Toshiba, Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc (or if we're talking phones, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, etc) fanboys know no one gives a rat's ass about what kind of hardware they like so they don't blather incessantly about it.
If Apple really were so great, it would have taken over years ago.
As for your scanner problems, Windows should not be held responsible if you buy cheap crappy third party hardware that comes with poorly written drivers. There are plenty of products that work fine. People have fewer problems with Apple because you do not have the option of trying to use all this much cheaper 3rd party stuff. But this is not inherent to the OS.
Consider the Flash brouhaha with iPad. Apple doesn't want Flash on the iPad because they say it will make it not run as well and they'll get blamed. Apple is right about that. So they solve the problem by not letting consumers make that choice. But again, this increase in stability has been achieved through policy and not through technical superiority.
I will grant that many new Windows machines never run well, even if they are free of garbage. Especially at the lower end of the price range, you'll see some really low quality components. If you buy decent hardware, you won't get these problems. If you want a more accurate comparison of Apple hardware with Windows alternatives, compare it with the stuff in a similar price range, not the stuff at the bottom of the barrel.
I own both stocks but don't make the mistake of thinking that Apple is successful because of their computers. They are in the current position based on their other devices not their computers. I sell software to fortune 500 companies for a living, you know how many companies want our software on Apple, 0%. They are still primarily used for personal use, students and for creative design. MS still owns the corporate desktop. Apple gets a big margin advantage as they are selling to low volume customers and can get higher prices. MS is selling to big corporations who negotiate huge volume discounts. In addition MS sales get hurt by piracy much more than Apple does. MS is also struggling on the mobile device side as Apple and Android have stronger products.
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I'm talking about a computer less than a year old here. These problems should NOT appear on a computer that new. It should take atleast 3 years. Another thing that bugs me is when I accidentally click F1. Help files take AGES to come up and I'm stuck till it finally appears so I can close it again.
If you knew a guy who took every single McDonald's ad campaign and then had t-shirts and bumper stickers printed of the slogans, like "I'm Loving It!" and "You Deserve a Break Today." If this person took every possible moment to inform you of the day-to-day performance of McDonald's stock prices, and was completely incapable of seeing a Burger King wrapper without having a fit, that would be a really, really, really annoying human being.
But for whatever reason Apple fanboys find this to be acceptable behavior.
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I use an 8 year old machine at home and have none of those problems. I often go months without shutting it down or rebooting. I had my previous machine for 8 years too. The newest machine anyone in our office has is 3 years old and many are older. We do not experience these problems.
As far as building bikes go, there's little point in getting a "custom" bike if all you're getting is something that's made from a less common cookie cutter. Meet my commuter:
It looks like a regular road bike, but it isn't. Aside from extra bottle bosses under the DT, routing for lighting and computer wiring along the fork and frame, and braze ons to take the rack I had built for it (below)
rear stays have been extended 20mm so I won't kick the panniers I mount when I'm commuting. The builder used info I provided to select tubing that would provide the sort of ride I was looking for. Naturally, size was tweaked so it fits perfectly (he put a couple spacers in the steerer tube just in case, but after 6 months I had it cut).
In any case, defining the problem away by not letting things interact is not a sign of a superior system. Rather, it is a sign of a philosophical choice to limit options to reduce the number of things that can happen.
Microsofts margins will be much higher, since their product is an intangible. They don't manufacture hardware, they write code. Apple makes hardware, so has far higher overhead. Given the point spread between the two, and look at their nut they have to carry to achieve that market placement, MS is in a much healthier position, even with the lower gross.
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Time to sell pcad. The bubble could burst any day now.
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