Re: Free Sat-Nav?
- From: "Brimstone" <brimstone@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:31:16 -0000
"Ret." <xxx> wrote in message news:AYydnZ2vdtiBsP3WnZ2dnUVZ8oadnZ2d@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Adrian wrote:As you say, the Apple logo is always prominent, I'd say that Apple give or lend the laptops.%steve%@xxxxxxxxxxxx (Steve Firth) gurgled happily, sounding much like
they were saying:
The hardware is a known set,
This is not a bad thing, but it's also hardly true. Microsoft have
struggled for years to make Windows work on just one processor
architecture. Their one attempt to diverge onto the Power platform
was an unmitigated disaster.
Meanwhile Apple have ported their operating systems from Motorola
68000 to RISC to Intel and back to RISC with vastly differing
peripheral chipsets and even differing Big/Little Endian
architectures. Unlike M$ which can barely get applications to work
across minor architecture revisions, Apple have mnaaged to support
their own legacy software and other OSen within OSX.
You forget one minor detail, though.
Apple control their hardware. With the exception of plug-in
peripherals, the driver base is known, is within their control, and
is very, very small.
Compare that to Windows. Sure, there's one basic processor
architecture. But there's rather more to it than that. Chipsets.
Reference designs vs tailored designs. Proprietary bios, firmware and
hardware. Umpty-three thousand different possible combinations within
the basic box.
Just look at the various Hackintosh projects. The OS-diddling is the
easy bit. Collecting the correct hardware to build something that'll
work right is the tricky bit.
Apple must pay a fortune to movie companies. To watch US movies you would think that everyone by everyone but everyone uses a Mac. Every time someone on a movie opens a laptop - it has the Apple logo on the lid!
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