We solved the price shock problem by only looking a BEV prices.
We were replacing our 2007 Audi A3 so we had no idea about current car prices and features.
For us, VW ID.4 Pro S AWD seemed to priced normally.
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My DEC pension (which became an HP pension and then an HPE pension) went to Fidelity for administration. Worked well. Now, it is at and owned by Prudential. So far, so good.
But, it is only $405/mo (no COLA) for the next 30 years (spousal survival).
Thankfully, not critical to our retirement.
This is not Apple's fault.
This is the fault of a developer who found an excuse to shift customers to a subscription model.
The old price of AccountEdge was $300. So, about $100/yr for tiny/small businesses.
The subscription is $480/y for my one-person business.
My tiny business will use TinyBooks for accounting going forward. Not sophisticated, but will do the job.
For most people.
WIndows "whatever" is good enough.
Their current PC is good enough.
Even for me, the nerd, most stuff is good enough.
In the late-90s and early 00s, I bought a new computer every time Intel doubled the CPU speed. Every 18-20 months.
In the 2005, I switched to Macs and upgraded every 2.3 years (sold them before AppleCare expiry).
Now, my new iMac just replaced a 5-year old iMac (which was good enough, but I wanted a new machine and can write it off for business.)
Good enough does not augur well for the industry.
"the Install disc that came with it. If you can remember where you put it."
The install disc is in the box your Mac came in.
You did save the box? Of course you did as it increases the price you get when you sell your used Mac.
Only idiots don't save all the Mac packaging.
Very good analysis and reporting.
There is no strategy.
Someone who wants an iPhone (there's an app for that) is not going to buy a Windows Mobile phone no matter what the price.
Someone who wants a Crackberry is not going to buy a Windows Mobile phone no matter what the price.
In 10 years, 3/4 the phones in world will be smart phones.
Apple, RIM, Google, Palm, Nokia and Microsoft are the current players.
In 3 years, Microsoft will be gone along with one other.
In the dumb phone market you can have many players as there is no ecosystem to construct and support.
In the smart phone market, there will be fewer than 5. (There might be one just for China as the market is large enough.)
Snow Leopard is only $29 USD. This is not an upgrade price, but a complete copy of the OS.
Family Pack is $49. Only 5 legal installations, but there is not activation system.
In fact, you could buy the single version for $29 and install Mac OS 10.6 on every Mac in your house.
I will buying the Family Pack because $49 is so cheap for my 4 Macs anyway.
"a marketing bonanza for Redmond" ?
Leopard is "good enough".
By the time people with PPC machines feel compelled to upgrade to Snow Leopard, their machines will be at least 4 years old. Time to buy a new one.
PowerMac G5 last sold in August 2006.
iBook G4 last sold in May 2006.
PowerBook G4 last sold in Aprill 2006.
Mac Mini G4 last sold in February 2006.
What are they going to sell?
Zunes - they have one model (Apple has 4)
PCS - they have zero models (Apple has 5-8)
Mice and Keyboards - excellent selection (Apple sucks)
Monitors - they have zero models (Apple has 3)
X Boxes - great (Apple has zero)
Phones - oh no. No products.
Software - puleeze. No one goes to a store to fondle software. Just ask Egghead.