USA is Becoming a Backwater

An interview with Dell reveals that Android tablets are selling like hotcakes all around the world but not in the USA. No matter. The USA’s hang-ups are the world’s gain because production is limited on the supply-side. China will likely absorb more than the USA could anyway.

“Dell will launch its highly anticipated 10-inch tablet in the Chinese market first, based on a emerging belief that the U.S. market isn’t mature enough for a successful Android launch, Dell executives told CNET today.”
see Exclusive: Dell spurns U.S. in launch of Android tablet in China

The world can make its own IT and does not need to accept the USA’s penchant for supplying products only from M$ and Apple. It’s a sad commentary that the country that led in technological innovation globally in IT for decades is becoming a fearful, confused, child-like entity in its old age. Is there Alzheimer’s for IT markets? Whatever happened to entrepreneurial spirit and risk-taking? In a global market he who hesitates loses. Dell has excellent products and refuses to sell them through its global channels. Does Dell have no salesmen? No imagination? No will? What an amazing spectacle. It’s like a train-wreck in 3D.

“And Thode believes the U.S. consumer isn’t ready yet. The Chinese consumer “is much more savvy” about tablet adoption he said.

Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, agrees. “The problem is that you have to educate the consumers about the experience,” he said. Consumers are used to comparing PCs based almost solely on specifications, i.e., price-performance–while tablets have more subtle distinctions based on the tablet’s overall “experience,” Shim said.”

see also Dell Signals Larger Android Tablet Troubles

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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13 Responses to USA is Becoming a Backwater

  1. Adrian Malacoda says:

    @Dave: No, the “FOSS mentality” typically values the freedom and control one has over their hardware when they use free software, not solely monetary cost. The $0 is a bonus brought about by the fact that FOSS can’t be arbitrarily priced like proprietary software can. WRT price, FOSS recognizes that a copy of software is a digital, easily copied (non-rival) good, whereas proprietary tries to pass it off as a rival good (the “you wouldn’t download a car” type analogy).

    It’s foolish to think that time and effort (among other things) are $0 just because of FOSS.

  2. Ray says:

    Wait, didn’t autocad made stuff for the mac now?

  3. Makes me want to be young again. When I attended university we had card-punches, Selectric typewriter terminals, and TeleType machines… We used mini-computers and mainframes. I did not see a microcomputer until about 1980. I bought a 6502 machine and the U had LSI-11s from DEC. They were awful but we managed to crunch numbers with them.

  4. oe says:

    Most in the engineering and technical departments will eagerly jump if given the chance to work on a Linux box instead of the two mainstream options. Check out most engineering departments (and the natural sciences) nowadays; its the beachhead in academia where its adoption penetration is high. My stepson reports when walking around his University that while most students laptops are Mac OSX or Win7 now, that when you go near the natural sciences of engineering, a big minority (he guess estimates 35-40%) run LINUX. These two colleges also have labs of PC’s running The Penguin. I think a lot of the big commercial technical software makers are very aware of this shift as a lot of them (Abaqus, ANSYS, Labview, Mathematica, MATLAB, among others but not Autocad due to a deal they struck with Redmond some time ago) and they have just scrambled or are scrambling to port to LINUX fast. These software makers dialogue heavily with their users due to the nature of the codes and have their finger in the wind as to how the technical computer user community is shifting. It seems a lot of them have concluded it’s “port-or-dieoff”

  5. Businesses look at the bottom line as far ahead as they can. Many look for every opportunity to escape the monetary tax (M$’s), the maintenance costs and the vulnerability of that other OS. Large numbers have plans to switch to thin clients that do not necessarily run that other OS and cloud services for which any OS will do. One reason businesses find Macs so attractive is that even with the higher capital cost maintenance is much less.

    2005 –
    “Demand exists: 70% of FLOSS users and 38% of non-users want to increase FLOSS use. Awareness of FLOSS leads to increased willingness to use it regardless of current use/non-use.
    More than a fifth of those wanting to increase FLOSS use want a complete migration to FLOSS.”

    2010 –

    * medium to large businesses that use GNU/Linux plan to increase use on servers
    * “Selective deployment based on objective targeting will yield the highest ROI and acceptance
    Rolling out Linux to power users, creative staff and highly mobile professionals can represent a challenge from a migration cost, requirements fulfilment and user satisfaction perspective. However, the needs of transaction workers and general professional users with lighter and more predictable requirements can be met cost-effectively with Linux without running into the same user acceptance issues. With groups such as this typically accounting for a high proportion of the user base, there is a clear opportunity to deploy desktop Linux selectively. Optimisation of the desktop estate is therefore likely to be achieved through a mix of Windows and Linux in most situations. ” – see
    Linux on the Desktop
    Lessons from mainstream business adoption

  6. Richard Chapman says:

    Nothing is free? Well then, when you add the cost of Microsoft’s not free on to what you call not free, Dave, you get a whole lot more not free than the GNU “not free”. So no matter how you define free or not free you still come out unmolested by Microsoft when you choose GNU’s Free.

  7. The Other Dave says:

    “Life is free. $0 is also free. I can do lots of stuff for $0 like check the weeds or the weather.”

    Life is most definitely not free. Nothing is free. There is the cost of time, cost of effort, cost of aggravation, cost of failure.

    Your weeding costs you time and effort. I’m not saying it’s not “of value” or “worth”. Only you can answer that.

    My point is the FOSS mentality seems to only ever look at the immediate monetary facet as a cost. Businesses do not see the world this way and wise people don’t either.

  8. Life is free. $0 is also free. I can do lots of stuff for $0 like check the weeds or the weather.

    With a bit of optimization, one can do a base install in a few minutes over the LAN. Copying a disc image may take only a few minutes more or less depending on protocol and size of data. I cannot even read the EULA.TXT in the time it takes some installations. At any rate, GNU/Linux costs less to install than running that other OS.

  9. The Other Dave says:

    “Instead, Pogson can do it for $0.00, so why would Windows even compete with that?”

    Are you saying that Robert’s time is worthless? That’s not very nice.

  10. Dann says:

    Then, oldman, you’d have to do the same with anti-virus, anti-malware, email scanners, probably through a Windows Server which would add even more cost, etc. etc.

    Instead, Pogson can do it for $0.00, so why would Windows even compete with that?

  11. oldman says:

    “I can solve many of those problems by making GNU/Linux servers available on the LAN and having software repositories ready to install locally in case any machine running that other OS should falter.”

    You can do the same with windows Pog.

  12. There have been a flurry of resumes sent out in the last week. I hope to get some responses this week. In any event my landscaping is making progress. Usually I return home about this time of year and find my yard overcome with weeds…

    The North is not a backwater. Some of the positions I have applied for have salaries of $130K and are in schools with the latest technology, unfortunately, often that other OS, but limited Internet access. I can solve many of those problems by making GNU/Linux servers available on the LAN and having software repositories ready to install locally in case any machine running that other OS should falter.

  13. The Other Dave says:

    Speaking of backwater, how’s life up North? Found work yet Robert?

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