[LINK] Fwd: Robert X Cringely on the future of the smartphone and desktop - as seen by Apple.

Jim Birch planetjim at gmail.com
Wed Sep 25 22:09:08 AEST 2013

Literally incredible = unbelievable

Which probably wasn't very well put, what I meant to ask was: do the people
who write these things actually believe this stuff, or are they saying it
because it sounds profound (ish), or are they just seduced by in their own
BS.  There is a pseudo-religious (?) fashion for talking about the rise and
fall of corporations and their products in revered mythological terms that
sounds like the Greek God stories.  If they said "These guys made X, and it
has lost popularity" it sounds a bit more normal.

- Jim

On 25 September 2013 21:43, Bernard Robertson-Dunn <brd at iimetro.com.au>wrote:

> On 25/09/2013 8:11 PM, Jim Birch wrote:
> > I find this kind of statement literally incredible, whether taken in it
> as
> > a direct statement, or as its implied negative:
> >
> > "Successful companies never get beaten or overtaken on their own turf -
> think
> > mainframes and IBM, Kodak and film."
> >
> > The prosaic rendition of the same is that a very large number of attempts
> > to overtake these large established activities, and, unsurprisingly, very
> > few, but some, have succeeded.  Rather than being a sparkling insight, it
> > is more or less what you would expect, isn't it.
> If it's what you would expect, why is it literally incredible?
> --

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