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Trip Report: Nader's conference on Microsoft
From: Mitch Stone[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>>format, they flocked to VHS and abandoned beta. This phenomenon is called
>>"tipping" (like, tipping the scales). The result was that lots more movies
>>were available on VCR and so even fewer people bought beta. Result: beta is
>Thanks for posting this fine analysis.
Really! That was very enlightening.
To continue this analogy a little further:
if Win95/98/NT4 = VHS format [actually bogus, as VHS is
a stable standard, MS os interface is a moving target.]
Applications = Video Tapes
Who 'owns' the VHS standard?
>From what I understand, or read somewhere, what happened was
Sony tried to 'go it alone' and establish Beta as a VCR
standard, and all the rest of Japan Inc. electronics got
miffed and ganged up on Sony and pushed VHS thru (actually
sounds a little familiar, if you equate early Sony VCR's = MS
at the moment).
While on that subject, I'm appreciating Mr. Mueller's arguments
more and more - for a long time US companies justified their
domestic monopolies as necessary to be 'globally competitive'
with Japan Inc., MITI, etc.