Time Runs Out for Monopolies of IT

IT may become complex over time but it is very simple at its core: logic. Software bugs are almost always logical failures although errors in documentation/standards also bite us. 2010 was the year that Apple brought forth the i-thingies and fans gloated. They could afford/choose the best technology so they told us how smug/snobbish they were. Now we know their emperor has no clothes.

In 2010:

  • i-thingies refused to work if you hugged them a little
  • i-thiniges could not run Flash because the emperor decreed it
  • i-thingies had buggy clocks

That’s Apple, a huge company with millions of fans who love Apple and see Steve as a fountain of TRUTH. M$ similarly crowed that “7” was selling like hotcakes even though that was all that was on the shelves for most consumers. WP7 flopped. M$ and Apple had numerous exploits by bad guys. M$’s share of units is down. Apple’s share is down. Even the fans admit the shares of the monopolists of IT are down.

ARM and Android are exploding and taking GNU/Linux along for the ride. M$ and Apple are standing still as this shockwave overtakes them. The monopolies cannot stand in competition. The monopolists cannot buy out the world. They just are not big enough to do that. Inevitably choice is creeping back into the markets for IT and the monopolies are shrinking until, in a few years they will just be ordinary businesses that must compete on price and performance.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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