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Re: [News] Everyone Gains, Except Windows

BearItAll came up with this when s/he headbutted the keyboard a moment ago
in comp.os.linux.advocacy:

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Apple's EU sales are thrice as nice
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | The European business of Apple Computer had sales of $4.1
>> | billion (Â2.2 billion) in the 12 months to the end of September
>> | -- more than the combined total for its 2002, 2003 and 2004
>> | financial years.
>> `----
>> http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2095-2415362,00.html
> I wonder if PC World is largly responsible for that. Since they gave the
> a primary display position.

I wonder who they had to blow to get away with that?
Not that I've noticed any Macs on display in my local megastore lately (not
that I go in anyway, and I ride past it every single day).
I really must pay them a visit and see if their staff are any more
knowledgable than they were three years ago...

> When you see them in their isle after you have viewed a few XP machines,
> Macs do look very impressive.

They do indeed. Last time I tried to get a demo of a dual G5 in a KRCS Apple
franchise, I discharged a fat static charge through the chassis and blew
the motherboard. They weren't happy at me for some reason and asked me to
I was looking forward to checking out the HUUUUGE music panel they had on
display, too :( Looked like the bridge of the Enterprise, there were so
many controls...

> The pretty or non-existant boxes, no big box 
> you keep bashing your ankles on under the desk.

Not happened to me. I have all my workstation boxen safely stowed in a rack.

> A menu interface that seems 
> to have everything you can think of that a computer ought to do. The whole
> thing looks like it would be very easy to work on.

It is. Gimme.

> I can imagine the whole display being very attractive to people. They
> improve it further though, because there isn't really enough information
> around the Mac units telling the customer what they are and what their
> advantages are. Those of us who are a bit geekish have to remember that
> they are a lot of people out there who don't read PC mags or spend time
> online keeping up with what is going on in the computer world. PC World
> needs info on display answering the customers more obvious questions.
> The alternative would be to ask the staff.


> No, stop giggling, some people do 
> try that.

Those would be the people who have had little to no experience buying
electronic gear of any description. Try asking, for instance, a staffer in
John Lewis about the big-screen Sony plasma TVs. Or the JVC component
systems. Blank looks all round...

Maplin are as bad these days. They used to be staffed by people who /knew/
stuff about the intricacies of hobby electronics. These days they're all
about appliances, the component side is constantly shrinking and the staff
barely know how to operate the registers.

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