So is the interactive "tax" a way for IBM to get money or a way for IBM to push people off the other technology? I am not starting a flame war. Just straight out curiosity. Adam Lang Systems Engineer Rutgers Casualty Insurance Company http://www.rutgersinsurance.com ----- Original Message ----- From: "James W. Kilgore" <eMail@James-W-Kilgore.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 2:09 PM Subject: Re: Changed to: Interactive Tax > Adam, > > The "interactive tax" is a phrase used by folks that don't understand economics > and how that economics plays into a vendors pricing schedule. > > It boils down to a user having two choices: > 1) spend money in software development to abandon the 5250 data stream and > change to a client/server model > 2) spend money on a "feature" to stay with the 5250 data stream > > In either option the user spends money. With option #2, IBM gets that money. > Therefore, some consider option #2 a "tax". > > What gets some peoples goat is that the 5250 data stream was created for the > S/3x series of machines and changing to a client/server model will require more > labor to do the same job that was done with 5250. > > More than likely that "client" is going to be a Windows based machine and we've > been spoiled for so long by the lack of problems with "green screen" 5250 that > we just don't want to go there. Instead of getting over it and moving on, some > would rather pout and whine and call the cost of stagnation a "tax". > > I've been trying to think of some non computer related story to tell that might > put it into perspective and the only one that I have personal experience with is > kind of lame, but here goes: > > I used to own three vehicles that required 92->95 octane, with lead, fuel to > operate. When the states changed to unleaded fuel I had a choice to make. Pay > money to convert the engines to run on unleaded fuel -or- every time I bought a > tank of gas, also buy a lead additive. (or add a little 105 octane airplane fuel > <g>) > > I could have labeled that additive as a "tax" to keep things the way they always > were. After all, the additive comes from the same company that sold the > unleaded, and abandoned leaded, fuel. > > So each time I bought the additive, I got something more. I got bitching > rights. I'm over it now. I still have one vehicle that used the high octane > leaded fuel, but I had the engine converted. Now, instead of bitching, I just > sigh and remember when.
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