Ah, yes....  The ole "double-whammy" clause...:-(

| -----Original Message-----
| From: midrange-l-admin@midrange.com
| [mailto:midrange-l-admin@midrange.com]On Behalf Of Leif Svalgaard
| Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 3:04 PM
| To: midrange-l@midrange.com
| Subject: Re: Changed to: Interactive Tax
| From: Adam Lang <aalang@rutgersinsurance.com>
| > So, basically everyone is saying:
| > If you need your AS/400 with interactive support, you pay X
| dollars for the
| > AS/400 and Y dollars for the interactive hardware.
| > If you don't want the interactive functionality, you just pay Y
| dollars for
| > the AS/400.
| > It sounds rather similar to the old 386 and 486 days.  You paid
| X dollars
| > for a CPU and an FPU and you paid less with the FPU disabled.
| > So Intel had a "FPU tax" in place? :)
| > Am I following this correctly?
| >
| No, it is worse than that. If you want to buy interactive capability, your
| AS/400 is automatically "upgraded" to the next software tier. E.g.
| from a P20 to a P30, and all sorts of vendors (incl. IBM) now come
| and want more money for their products (even if these are not
| interactive).

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