Daily Archives: August 1, 2011

Apple The Unnatural

Apple’s rise continues but few others are getting a bite

Anyone could develop software to run under Windows, but only software approved by Apple can run on its iDevices – which is why the software giant Adobe is so threatened by having its Flash animation program banned by Steve Jobs. In addition, Apple takes a 30% cut on every “approved” program that is sold. Microsoft, in contrast, was never able to levy a tax on developers selling Windows-compatible software. So while Bill Gates and co prospered mightily from their dominance of the market, other people prospered too – to the point where Microsoft claims that for every dollar it makes from Windows 7, other companies earn $18.52, and predicts that this ecosystem will sell “more than $320bn in products and services revolving around Windows 7”.

In contrast, the ecosystem based around Apple seems, well, puny. It includes all those people making chic cases for iPods and iPhones, the thousands of developers writing apps, the record labels taking their rake-off from iTunes songs, the audio manufacturers making yet another docking station for iPods, and so on ad infinitum. It’s not negligible, but it’s not industrially significant either. And it all goes to show that, in the Apple economy, only Apple gets really rich. Watch out, Exxon.

Nature does not like or grant monopolies. Monopolies fail.

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Sony Finally Admits Reader Stock Is All Gone

Go to Sony’s site and the front page leads people to believe they can order any model of Reader:


Click = big

Go past that charade and you’ll learn:

PRS-350SC: Out of Stock
PRS-350PC: Discontinued
PRS-650BC: Out of Stock
PRS-650RC: Discontinued
PRS-950SC: Out of Stock

See the screensnaps after the break.

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The Ultimate Value: Trust

The nuclear disaster in Japan is illustrating — yet again — what happens when trust is violated or is allowed to rot:

Doubting Assurances, Japanese Find Radioactivity on Their Own

The corrosion of trust, at first aimed at faceless bureaucrats and lawmakers in distant Tokyo, now includes governors, mayors and city councils as well, a potentially unsettling trend because it pits neighbors against neighbors. That trust may also be hard to restore: under pressure from concerned citizens, bureaucrats in Tokyo have expanded their monitoring, but many people doubt that the government’s standards are safe or that officials are doing a thorough enough job of testing.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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