RobertXCringely is defining four pillars (or models) of the computer industry in 2006
And worth comparing with PhilipGreenspunsFourModels
: Intel reprasent "hardware". Something which is being inescapably commoditized.
: "Dinosaur" software industry. Essentially wedded to the outmoded idea of "owning the single, winning platform" in a world where there will be a multiplicity of rival platforms. (Apple are also a kind of MicroSoft.)
- Yahoo (Greenspun 1 model)
: See themselves as a media company.
: Sell data dynamically generated by proprietory algorithms.
IBM, an expensive consultancy getting by on legacy contracting, and in a downward spiral of cost-cutting and lowered services
Sun, why don't they do something else?