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Old 02-01-2006, 08:02 PM   #57
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Some thoughts on the "market share" question

Hi again all. Fun reading this thread, and how quickly it grew today.

As I said earlier, I use both types of systems, and prefer one. Reading through the thread though I thought the market share question regarding Mac was an interesting one.

We're all Airstream owners here, or looking to be Airstream owners. What's the market share of the RV market that goes to our silver palaces? If we were to place a lot of weight behind market share in our decisions, would we currently own an Airstream? I made my decision based on what would work for me, and that was an Airstream.
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Old 02-01-2006, 08:07 PM   #58
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We're all Airstream owners here, or looking to be Airstream owners. What's the market share of the RV market that goes to our silver palaces? If we were to place a lot of weight behind market share in our decisions, would we currently own an Airstream? I made my decision based on what would work for me, and that was an Airstream.
Hmm... Maybe 5-7% of RV owners buy Aorstream products. 5-7% of computer owners own Macs. Coincidence?
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Cool I Love AAPL !

I JUST LOVE APPLE !!!

Bought 100 shares early in October 2004 & still holding.

Once had an Apple Classic (great unit all-in-one) & rented a Prodigy connection. Later on to CompuServe, then MindSpring. Traveled with that Classic like I do my lap-top today, ... way-back-when.

I must be lucky, using my trouble free PC ... although it is a constant blocking, filtering, scanning process to keep it that way. System restore has made life much simpler for us common untrained users. And, of course, one can link to most all fixes through Google ... too bad we need the fixes!

A recently updated back-up external hard drive also seems to be required equipment for the PC user!
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Old 02-01-2006, 08:45 PM   #60
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I JUST LOVE APPLE !!!
Bought 100 shares early in October 2004 & still holding.
Let me see . . . (checking historical prices on Yahoo) . . Apple was trading around $40 back in Oct '04, and it's now in the mid $70's, figuring in the split back in Feb '05, you have a
3-BAGGER!

Congratulations
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I am encouraged that nearly 40% of respondents to this survey own macs at the time of this post. I grew up on Apple products before the years when IBM owned the corporate world and before and during Apple changing the direction of computers by introducing an operating system that would eventually be poorly copied by Windows. (It should be noted that big business and open standards (not Microsoft but IBM) has forced me into the PC world. I owned Apple machines in the mid-to-late 70's. It should be noted that the PS/2 machines from IBM didn't show up until 1987 or so.

In the engineering world I lived in starting in undergrad, Mac was the system of choice. Not to say that we didn't use higher powered workstations for heavy load (for the time) computing.

Apple has always offered a better total package (hardware and software performance) in my personal opinion.
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... Apple changing the direction of computers by introducing an operating system that would eventually be poorly copied by Windows.
Which Apple stole from Xerox after Jobs took a tour of the PARC facility.
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Which Apple stole from Xerox after Jobs took a tour of the PARC facility.
Actually, Xerox gave the technoloy away. The board and mgmt of Xerox took a look at the mouse and GUI and laughed the engineers out of the room.

The engineers were the ones who knew what they had and were miffed that Xerox would give the info away as they did. Not sure if Apple bought it, I can't recall, but it was not stolen from Xerox. Gates took the GUI from Apple who got it from Xerox, so if there was any theft, it was done by Microsoft, but even that is a somewhat harsh description of what Microsoft did...but clearly Gates took the idea off the Mac that Jobs had lent him.
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Wait - It split 3 times since we bought it 95. How many bagger is that???

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Let me see . . . (checking historical prices on Yahoo) . . Apple was trading around $40 back in Oct '04, and it's now in the mid $70's, figuring in the split back in Feb '05, you have a
3-BAGGER!

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Wait - It split 3 times since we bought it 95. How many bagger is that???
Actually, you should have sold it in 1995 when it was $10/share, and bought it back at on Christmas Eve 1997, when it was $3.28 (split adjusted).

From 1995, you would have a 7-bagger. From Christmas 1997, it would be a 22-bagger. If you had sold in 1995, bought it back in 1997, and sold today, it would be a 70-bagger, but no one is that lucky.

You are better off taking the 80% out of the middle, than trying to time the market.
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I just wish we bought 1000 shares then... Think about it.

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Actually, you should have sold it in 1995 when it was $10/share, and bought it back at on Christmas Eve 1997, when it was $3.28 (split adjusted).

From 1995, you would have a 7-bagger. From Christmas 1997, it would be a 22-bagger. If you had sold in 1995, bought in 1997, and sold today, it would be a 70-bagger, but no one is that lucky.

Of course you are better off taking the 80% out of the middle, than trying to time the market.
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Since 1995 Apple has had two splits.
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Which Apple stole from Xerox after Jobs took a tour of the PARC facility.
Whatever. It was Apple that actually marketed the ideas to the people. Xerox was just sitting on it. And if Apple hadn't done so, Gates would have had nothing to copy and you would still be using DOS and competing heavily with CPM arguing the merits of amber or green screen text.
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And if Apple hadn't done so, Gates would have had nothing to copy and you would still be using DOS and competing heavily with CPM arguing the merits of amber or green screen text.
Or I could be using Apple ProDos. Mine came with a green screen.
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Ugh, ProDos. That takes me back . . . I actually still have ProDos sitting in the basement on 5 1/4" floppy.
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