On May 6, 2007, at Sunday, May 6, 20072:33 AM, John Willkie wrote:
However, the argument tends to fall apart, since Macs are found most often in environments where “time has no value” like at home. In environments where time has money, like business, Macs have only significant penetration in a few niches.
Oh come on, John. PCs don't dominate businesses because "time is money", they dominate because they've been historically cheaper to buy, and that's what matters to bean-counters. Study after study has shown that workers are more efficient on Macs, and that Macs last longer without needing upgrades, making them a better value in the long run. But bean-counters rarely care about the long run; they want to impress the boss with how much money they saved this quarter.
There is a noticeable shift occurring, most visibly with laptops. Superior resistance to spyware, attractive industrial design, effective marketing (including the iPod family connection) and an overall "coolness" factor are making more and more people take a serious look at Macs.