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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Enough with the assaults and the killings

This is not a social outcry. I just came across yet another article on some technology killing/launching an assault on another. This one from CNET News said something along the lines of "Microsoft will step up its assault on Adobe Systems' customer base with the release early next year of its Expression line of design and development software." You've heard this refrain before. Sparkle was rumored to be the Flash-killer. Origami was rumored to be the iPod killer.

C'mon guys. Can we stop all this talk about assaults and killings, and rely on fact, logic and reason to present objective thought over sensational insinuation? Isn't that what differentiates a blogger from a journalist?

I'm not entirely sure, but I think John Gossman made this analogy: The 1939 Packard was the first car to introduce air-conditioning. And that was a big deal! Later, in 1941 when Cadillac introduced it's model with air-conditioning, there weren't any press reports of "Cadillac is the Packard-killer". I wonder why?

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  • The problem with this, of course, that Microsoft has a long history of killing off its competitors. Can understand it seems a bit paranoid or ridiculous - but there will be some raw nerves for many years to come. Have you noticed all the large listed online businesses (Yahoo, eBay, Amazon etc.) are all browser based, not Windows based. There's a reason for that.

    The car industry does not have the single dominant player that PC's do. We'll see what happens to Adobe from here..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 28, 2006 at 11:33 PM  

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