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Weblog:   Mac mini - the "just enough" computer
Subject:   Perfect is the enemy of good, and market share
Date:   2005-01-19 06:38:09
From:   rluttman
I've been a mac user for eons, use a PC only with a gun at my head. As an engineer and quality professional, I deeply appreciate the mac difference and am more than willing to pay the "apple tax". I don't give a damn about market share. But then I spend a lot of time on my computer managing databases and web sites. That mac difference means a lot to me.


On the other hand, even though I was born and raised in Detroit and made cars like everyone else, cars to me are four wheels and a motor. I drive a 10 year old Geo Metro. Why? Gets 40+ mpg, starts when I turn the key, and hauls the groceries and the soccer stuff. Goes better in a New England winter than the Hondas, Toyotas, and VWs my wife has gone through over the last 10 years.


I don't drive for a living, nor do I have a long commute.


Same for people and computers. Most people don't spend a lot ot fime on the computer. They just want to email, surf the web, write something now and then. The mac difference to them was not worth the extra money.


Now Apple has a computer that is:


a. just good enough
b. priced in the cheap enough neighborhood



The mac difference - which gets better with every spam, spyware, virus, and windows crash - now more than offsets the additional cost.


For those of us who want more than a "just good enough" computer, we can hack this box into a home iLife server. We know what's lurking under the hood.


Somebody has to pay for all these great Apple innovations, and to keep them coming. If that means shilling to the masses and bumping the market share up a bit to generate more cash flow, I am all for it.



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