Paul Thurrott is at it again!!

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  1. The_Roo macrumors member

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    Paul Thurrott from Windows IT Pro.com is at it again. This time he writes about the possible new headless iMac and the iPod. Below is the text he wrote. What do you guys think?

    Cheaper iMac? Who Cares?
    With the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2005
    wrapping up yesterday, many members of the technical press are turning
    their attention to this week's MacWorld Expo, an annual event held in
    San Francisco that highlights the rabid nature of the Apple Computer
    fan base. As usual, rumors are swirling around this year's MacWorld
    event, and many observers expect to see a $500 iMac based on outdated
    PowerPC G4 processor technology. But anyone who's interested in such a
    device is missing the point: Apple conceded the PC market years ago,
    and its line of Macintosh computers now constitute little more than a
    niche market. No, the news from MacWorld this year will be all about
    consumer electronics and whether Apple can do anything to build on the
    iPod's success before Microsoft's PlaysForSure cabal crushes it like a
    bug.
    Although Apple's historically secretive approach to new products
    has served the company well and driven excitement for its trade shows,
    the company will have to do something particularly impressive to
    thwart the momentum that's now building for Microsoft's Windows
    Media-compatible digital media platforms. At last week's CES 2005
    show, an amazing array of companies showed off software, online
    services, portable devices, set-top boxes, and other products that
    build on Microsoft's platforms. Despite being a leading player in the
    MP3 market with its successful iPod, Apple wasn't at the show. And the
    only products at CES that were even remotely related to Apple were a
    few white iPod add-ons that got buried in a sea of
    Microsoft-compatible products.
    If CES is any indication of trends in the consumer electronics
    market--and quite obviously it is--Apple has a lot of work to do.
    Instead of partnering with a host of other companies the way Microsoft
    has, Apple has partially opened the gates to its proprietary
    technology only to select companies such as HP and Motorola. By going
    it alone, Apple has guaranteed that it will reap the short-term
    rewards of the iPod's success, but questions remain about the
    company's long-term viability, especially given the similarities
    between Apple's iPod strategy and its failed Mac strategy.
    Meanwhile, Microsoft has even started to court its competition. At
    CES 2005, the software giant announced a partnership with TiVo, the
    leading digital video recording (DVR) company, which makes a product
    that competes with Microsoft's Media Center PCs and Windows XP Media
    Center Edition (XP MCE). In addition, Microsoft is partnering with a
    variety of online music and video stores that compete with its own
    services.
    Will Apple announce similar partnerships this week and extend the
    iPod's reach? Perhaps. Either strategy change would certainly have
    farther-reaching consequences than yet another iMac. And given Apple's
    past MacWorld performances, I think it's safe to say that we can
    expect something a lot more exciting than an underpowered computer.
     
  2. kettle macrumors 65816

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    This guy just writes to get hits from angry Mac bods.

    good job on not putting a clickable link.

    I don't like the way he writes.
     
  3. Jalexster macrumors 6502a

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    He is a sad man who runs from the truth, and gets his facts wrong. Just ignore him.
     
  4. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000

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    The Limbaugh of the PC world. Incapable of recognizing Apples good points he manages to downspin everything done that computer users in general should be calling for.
     
  5. bartelby macrumors Core

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    It must be a sad existence being a champion for Micro$oft, I have much sympathy for the bloke!!! ;)
     
  6. Jalexster macrumors 6502a

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    After reading artilces with things like (not a direct quote. Taken from memory):

    "In Windows, when you log in, you have the start menu to go to. You have a purpose. On Mac OS X, when you log in, you have no place to go, you just mouse around aimlessly"

    You really start to hate him. But there are funny parts, like saying the following about Microsoft's routers: "It dosen't get any better than this". Hey, ever heard of Linksys?
     
  7. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    you got to love his ignorance, if apple were indeed the junk that he thinks they are then great, blab on abouot them. i have no loyalty to apple. if microsoft bring out something that isnt compromised in seconds and is as nice to use as osx is then great.... ill think about my options again

    but intill then they can stick it
     
  8. liketom macrumors 601

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    Bet he can't get laid as well , you can tell in the way he writes
     
  9. virividox macrumors 601

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    hes a poor misguided man :) just be glad u saw the light
     
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  11. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I'm inclined to as well actually. Sure Microsoft aren't much completion at the moment, but they are getting ready to "strike". And as proven with the whole OS thing just having the best of a product doesn't mean ****, Microsoft can still de-rail them simply because of their size and influence, Apple have got to be very careful.
     
  12. 5300cs macrumors 68000

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    First thing that came to mind:

    Paul Thurrott.
    Who cares?
     
  13. kettle macrumors 65816

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    You can imagine that unlike people who have a welcome door mat, this guy has a Start mat so he knows how to leave his house in the morning.

    How do people who need a start button, remember what a mouse is for when it doesn't have mouse written on it?
     
  14. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    its his ignorance that gets to people.. simply dismissing apple machines its idiotic,

    what have apple got to be careful of?
     
  15. kettle macrumors 65816

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    All of it?

    or just the bare crux on which he hangs the rest of his wasp nest poking remarks?
     
  16. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Sure, the guy's a prick, but he's a prick with a point in this case IMO.
    When Microsoft want to, and are ready to, every vendor on the face of the planet will be using Microsoft based systems/technologies because they partner with them. Apple are so stuck in their ways, and secretive, that they won't let anyone in. This could wind up hurting them in the long run, regardless of if their product is actually better or not.
     
  17. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    im struggling to see his point at all, let alone agree with it :D


    i just the whole point of apples being against shipping there os' with others hardware, against all the rule the world stuff that mr gates and friends (who i respect very much for achieving what he set out to, using piracy to gain global domination was a maaster stroke)

    apple like making good products for a hell of alot of people (not a spot on the amount windows touches but still millions of units sold) they will always make a good margin of profit no matter what micrsoft do (unless they start shipping there os's with there on hardwar and making its quality better than apple, but i cant see that) they will always have the me and yous of this world that dont want microsoft bull crap

    bill gates respects apple for what it is, and im sure if he was honest he would say yes,,, apple make beeter products than us, they make a better os than us, anyway ive got to go and count my money and look at my 95%market share (know what i mean?)

    if apple wanted to make in roads into microsofts market share then they could easily do it by changing a few thing around (could go into them but my hand is cramping from this god damn pc keyboard) and with better marketing
    but for some reason they dont, i suppose because they are not fueled by money and percentage

    i feel ive gone right of topic but it just flowed :) so there ;)
     
  18. iGav macrumors G3

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    No... I was being facetious, I hope his thingy turns green and drops off.
     
  19. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    :) my thingy turned green once

    it didnt fall of though :D
     
  20. kettle macrumors 65816

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    sorry, I should have had a bit more faith and flowed with it.

    His way of writing is so over the top that it sows doubt and I thought I was missing something well veiled but important.

    I'll ask AL-Famous for seriousness detail regarding the green thingy infliction.

    AL-FAMOUS - how painful and is it enough?
     
  21. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    it hurts, its ichy and its SORE

    we are talking about a catus aint we??
     
  22. Jalexster macrumors 6502a

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    The thing about Microsoft is, is that they have good ideas, but bad implementations. Take Windows Media Connect. I can buy or rent a movie online, download it, and then go to my TV, select the movie, and it will get automaticaly streamed from my computer.

    This is a great idea. However, Microsoft's implementation will be really, really crappy.

    Microsoft:
    Good Ideas. Bad Implementations.
     
  23. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    True enough, but who sells more at the end of the day?

    Sure the Windows users are currently loving iPods and iTMS, but when MS is ready, and they have made deals with everyone under the sun, who will all these people go running back to? This is where Apple need to watch out.
     
  24. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    That article was a good read and i thought he was right on the money. If you actually look and read the article he makes some very valid points. I didnt know Apple wasnt at CES.
     
  25. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    The guy raises some good points, but fails to to look for other answers' but he won't like what he hears. Apple doesn't do CES, because it would be drowned out by all the other stuff being released and announced. And add to that that Apple would be surely overshadowed by anything M$ has to offer, even if it were doggy dodo in a bag withe M$ logo on it.
     

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