Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: This morning I read two fine articles here on ZDNet that looked at price. Jason Perlow touched on price in his "Der Frankenputer" piece, and Andrew Nusca took the subject of price head on in his piece "Culture of cheap: How discount computers cost the consumer". But what effect does price have on a consumer?
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: If you ask me, Apple is getting dangerously close to putting itself in the line of fire from an antitrust bullet. And when it comes, it'll have nothing to do with the iPod or Mac OS, but instead it's the way Apple manages the App Store.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: At its annual financial analyst day last month, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed that the Starter edition of Windows 7 would be limited to devices with small screens, small keyboards and low-power processors. Say hello to the "Microsoft tax".
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: Last summer it emerged that a large number of NVIDIA GPUs were failing due to thermal issues. Most OEMs, after a littler persuasion, handled the issue in a civil and dignified manner. However it's taken Sony over a year to admit that some of its notebooks were affected.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: If you are one of those people who spent close to $2,000 on a shiny Sony Vaio notebook, you should know that your ability to run XP Mode in Windows 7 has been deliberately disable ... by Sony.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: It's been around 30 months since Windows Vista hit the General Availability milestone, and in that time the OS has only managed to claw some 18% of the OS market share. Compare that weak market share to the aging Windows XP, which even today commands an impressive 73% market share. With Windows 7 now only a few weeks away from the General Availability milestone, it's interesting to wonder what effect 7 will have on XP and Vista market share.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: Apple has grown to become one of the most influential tech companies on the planet. One trick that Apple has employed to great effect is the Reality Distortion Field (RDF). But lately I can't help but feel that Apple has grown so big, so fast that it has outgrown the protective shield of the RDF and is now having to face up to the sort of criticisms that all multi-billion dollar companies face?