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SNS Subscriber Edition Volume 16, Issue 3 Week of January 21, 2013



The Geographical Fate of Personal Computers




In This Issue




The Geographical Fate of Personal Computers


The Inventors

The Followers

The Countries

The Markets

The Slowing US Engines

The OEM/ODM Mistake

Destructive Destructionism


Quotes of the Week




Mercantilist M&A:

Running by China Rules


Takeout Window


Dilbert vs. Microsoft

Google's Answer to Passwords

Politics Over Banking:

Currency Wars II




In Case You Missed It...

Members Making News


Upcoming SNS Events

& Media Links


In Other House News...


New Members' Welcome

How to Subscribe

May I Share This Newsletter?

About SNS

About the Publisher

Where's Mark?


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Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software; by Steven Johnson (Scribner, 2002).







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The Geographical Fate of Personal Computers


There is an old joke that ends: "I don't have to run faster than the bear; I just have to run faster than you." And, although the gazelle is faster than the lion, both know that the gazelle's flash muscles will soon run out of sugar and/or oxygen, and nature will take its course.


While it is true that the worst thing that can happen to a "fast follower" (such as Microsoft) is the disappearance of all competitors' taillights after each is sequentially destroyed, one has to remember that it may be even worse to be one of those competitors, the moment creativity starts to lag.



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