What about those people who purchased a new 286 with DOS and Word on it? 
Didn't they pay a multiple of what a person now has to pay for a new PC 
with Linux on it?  Shouldn't MS be forced to give them a copy of the 
latest MS Word that will work on that machine?  And be as full featured?

Or would you feel better if IBM operated the way they used to in the past. 
 Obsolete the S/34 and come out with the S/36.  If they did that with the 
400 would you then feel better?

Or, why doesn't GM do free upgrades on my 1987 Oldsmobile?

Just upgrade people.

Rob Berendt
Group Dekko Services, LLC
Dept 01.073
PO Box 2000
Dock 108
6928N 400E
Kendallville, IN 46755

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RE: Scoop on v5r3 CL enhancements

Mr. Barsa,


===> Interrupting a "work stoppage" to express the opinion that this is
ENTIRELY reasonable.  Can you locate somebody with a brain up in Somers or

I'd like to see this opinion passed along to somebody who can actually
understand this stuff *and* DO something constructive, and remind them 
already paid these amounts, in advance.  Anybody who's paid up to 10X the
going prices for 400 chips and hard drives and memory and such, 
relative to pSeries prices,) has paid-in-advance.  As well as those who've
paid the interactive tax.  Paid-up-in-full-in-advance.  (In fact, I doubt
IBM had to even touch zProfits, and the iDivision profits probably covered
the costs of the new SOA (state-of-art) chip plant in East Fishkill. 
my swag.)

Btw, as far as distribution costs, I understand you can buy an entire 
electronically, from iTunes for about $10 retail.  So mebbe IBM could farm
that part out if it "costs" much more than that.  And although I'd hafta
swag at the True Costs (vs. IBM-internal-bean-counter costs), I understand
the divisor is somewhere between 250,000 and 750,000 in total...  That's
what it's been in the past, anyway.



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| Enough to pay for PTF development and distribution costs divided by the
| number of buyers.  Certainly, at the low, more than a few hundred 
| certainly, at top, low thousands.
| Al
| Al Barsa, Jr.
| Barsa Consulting Group, LLC
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| 914-251-9406 fax
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