• Subject: Re: What IS an "AS/400" ??????
  • From: email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (James W Kilgore)
  • Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 22:51:45 -0700
  • Organization: Progressive Data Systems, Inc.


I don't believe that Joel was making a statement of NT superiority. 
Actually, from the earlier posting I read, it quoted the article which
gave a convoluted -IBM already has what NT aspires to be, so the AS/400
is a contender-?  How biased can a reporter get? <g>  It's sort of like
saying that when Russia launched Sputnik, that put them in second place!

Not to go too far off on a tangent, but I recall reading "We present the
news, they present propaganda."  This was from the USSR.

IMHO, technical superiority has -no- relationship to marketing success.

I concur with your statement, and it does coincide with Joel's, it's all
about the marketing.

The Beta/VHS technical superiority vs market dominance should be a
business school teaching model.

The same could be said about OS/2, Token Ring, and I pray NOT the

Larry Bolhuis wrote:

  Tis IBM that can and should claim technical superiority with both OS/2
> AND OS/400.  It's marketing stupidity that's IBM's claim to f(l)ame! <bg>
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