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« Why would you call them a Chimp, Eric? »
I simply borrowed the appellation from Mike Magee in this instance because he used Chimpzilla in the article to describe AMD. I'll permit him a little poetic journalistic license to do a take off on Gorilla Chipzilla.
<< I thought they were a classic Monkey... ie, no differentiated product. >>
They probably are. I've assumed Monkey as the proper appellation for our purposes.
Long time holder of the Intel gorilla here, I've have never owned a desktop or laptop computer without an Intel microprocessor inside, and probably never will.
Likewise any microprocessor based systems I've ever sold - small or large, and dating back to 1974 - including some stuff using Data General's excuses for an OS and IBM's (WARPed) OS2 derived from Microsoft's OS2, have been based on Intel architecture.
I'm excluding some ancillary stand alone systems IC components of a total systems solution that have used processors from Siemens (Infineon), ST, Hitachi, TI, or Atmel.
I have candidly never paid much attention to AMD (the company or the stock) although I do follow what they do with processors reasonably closely and I agree with Mike that we need AMD to keep Intel innovative. There is no denying that they have done so.
Meantime, I recently noticed that last year Ferguson and Morris, from whom Moore borrowed the theory of the competitive advantage that accrues from establishing proprietary (open) control of technology architecture, reprinted "Computer Wars: How the West Can Win in a Post-I.B.M. World," as "Computer Wars: The Post-IBM World."
Does anyone know if this is simply a reprint or whether it updates the original, 10 years later?
I haven't had too much luck with this sucker. I loaned a first edition given to me as a Christmas present by a former CEO of my company to a friend and never got it back. I bought a used (new) paperback copy, loaned that one to a friend, and never got it back.
I've been debating whether to buy a used first edition hard cover, or the new one ($35). If it's simply a reprint I'll travel "used." If it has been updated I'll opt for new.
I may chain the new or used copy to my credenza.
- Eric -