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GPBobby
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re: Top 10 tech blunders of 2012
GPBobby   12/23/2012 4:25:25 PM
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Why are we comparing a portable telephone with a desktop computer in the first place? I own an iPhone and a Mac. They're not interchangeable. If I could only have one, it would be the desktop. I've lived w/o a phone for years, and now credit them mostly with making payphones collectors' items. I rarely get anyone who uses one to answer - they're probably shuffling photo's between "friends," which I'm sure they "like," or keeping track of their morning Pilates which they may not. Long live the pc.

GPBobby
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re: Top 10 tech blunders of 2012
GPBobby   12/23/2012 4:25:25 PM
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Why are we comparing a portable telephone with a desktop computer in the first place? I own an iPhone and a Mac. They're not interchangeable. If I could only have one, it would be the desktop. I've lived w/o a phone for years, and now credit them mostly with making payphones collectors' items. I rarely get anyone who uses one to answer - they're probably shuffling photo's between "friends," which I'm sure they "like," or keeping track of their morning Pilates which they may not. Long live the pc.

DMcCunney
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re: Top 10 tech blunders of 2012
DMcCunney   12/23/2012 3:55:54 AM
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Hear, hear! And one question to ask is "Why did Apple do it?" The courts have simply become one more playing field in which companies compete, and attempting to throw legal spanners into others works is common practice. But you can argue Apple didn't really *need* to do this. The iPhone and iPad are fantastically successful, and are a major reason why Apple is in the position it is, with revenues and profits on its lines other device makers would kill for. And why Samsung is mounting an actual competitive challenge, Apple is in no imminent danger from them. It doesn't have to compete in the courtroom because it's doing so well in the marketplace. It made me think about personalities, ego, and the stamp CEOs put on their companies. Steve Jobs was exceptionally competitive, and took any challenges personally. Any company who seemed to be doing anything like what Apple was doing in a line Apple was in was seen by him as copying Apple, and the result was outrage and fury, and a determination to get the copier. Steve's vision and attitudes permeated Apple. I saw the lawsuit as an outgrowth of that. Steve would have been outraged and furious that Samsung was doing something like Apple when competing with them, and his reflex would have been to go for the kill. Apple is molded in Steve's likeness, so that's what it did. You can probably make a business case that it was ultimately time and effort that would have been better spent on other things, but corporate egos tend to be unbounded in cases like this, and the lawsuit was offended ego.

DMcCunney
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re: Top 10 tech blunders of 2012
DMcCunney   12/23/2012 3:55:54 AM
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Hear, hear! And one question to ask is "Why did Apple do it?" The courts have simply become one more playing field in which companies compete, and attempting to throw legal spanners into others works is common practice. But you can argue Apple didn't really *need* to do this. The iPhone and iPad are fantastically successful, and are a major reason why Apple is in the position it is, with revenues and profits on its lines other device makers would kill for. And why Samsung is mounting an actual competitive challenge, Apple is in no imminent danger from them. It doesn't have to compete in the courtroom because it's doing so well in the marketplace. It made me think about personalities, ego, and the stamp CEOs put on their companies. Steve Jobs was exceptionally competitive, and took any challenges personally. Any company who seemed to be doing anything like what Apple was doing in a line Apple was in was seen by him as copying Apple, and the result was outrage and fury, and a determination to get the copier. Steve's vision and attitudes permeated Apple. I saw the lawsuit as an outgrowth of that. Steve would have been outraged and furious that Samsung was doing something like Apple when competing with them, and his reflex would have been to go for the kill. Apple is molded in Steve's likeness, so that's what it did. You can probably make a business case that it was ultimately time and effort that would have been better spent on other things, but corporate egos tend to be unbounded in cases like this, and the lawsuit was offended ego.

Bert22306
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re: Top 10 tech blunders of 2012
Bert22306   12/22/2012 11:36:47 PM
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I would suggest that one "tech-related blunder" not mentioned in the article might be the 2012 lawsuit of Apple vs Samsung. I think that Apple came away looking like a schoolyard bully, that the jury came out looking like they had been poorly coached, with a foreman who appeared to have his own baggage-axe to grind, and that ultimately this caused courts elesewhere in the world to retaliate. The long-lasting effects might not be obvious yet, or who knows, there might be none, but I think it was definitely a blunder.

Bert22306
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re: Top 10 tech blunders of 2012
Bert22306   12/22/2012 11:36:47 PM
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I would suggest that one "tech-related blunder" not mentioned in the article might be the 2012 lawsuit of Apple vs Samsung. I think that Apple came away looking like a schoolyard bully, that the jury came out looking like they had been poorly coached, with a foreman who appeared to have his own baggage-axe to grind, and that ultimately this caused courts elesewhere in the world to retaliate. The long-lasting effects might not be obvious yet, or who knows, there might be none, but I think it was definitely a blunder.

JimJarvis
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JimJarvis   12/22/2012 4:17:35 PM
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Hardly a tech blunder. What 'considering outsiders' means is that there is more than one internal candidate. It'll be interesting to see what Otellini and the board come up with, and who leaves as a result.

JimJarvis
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JimJarvis   12/22/2012 4:17:35 PM
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Hardly a tech blunder. What 'considering outsiders' means is that there is more than one internal candidate. It'll be interesting to see what Otellini and the board come up with, and who leaves as a result.

Duane Benson
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Duane Benson   12/22/2012 8:07:16 AM
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Is a CEO issue a tech blunder or just a management problem?

Duane Benson
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re: Top 10 tech blunders of 2012
Duane Benson   12/22/2012 8:07:16 AM
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Is a CEO issue a tech blunder or just a management problem?

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