You might want to get your ears checked, or borrow the wayback machine to revisit the majority of consumer press reviews of the first two generations of the MBA.
"Overpriced for what you get" was just the lead in...
Utter nonsense.Except for those using mobile devices that might like to actually have a consistent, smoothly operating user experience in the future. Flash on mobile really doesn't work all that well.And the personal (even small business) computer world used to depend on BASIC for commercial applications. And 20mA current-loop interfaces for printers.
Things change, and tech development usually moves toward better performance and utility, or at least the potential for them.
Just normal corporate domestic tax rates. You don't have a problem with that, do you? On which they pay taxes to the countries in question. You'd prefer they were double taxed on offshore income? Why do that, when they've got sizable foreign operations to run?
The Infinite Loop site itself started out in the mid-70s as Four-Phase Systems headquarters. (They're long gone, but were a venture by ex-Fairchild people to make the first all-LSI minicomputer systems.)
It's been tweaked since then, but started out with pretty good usability, including features like tapping into the AC system to preheat water fed into the water heaters for the bathrooms. Nice for the time.
I worked there when I started out as a tech writer, going across...
Since when are USB, FireWire 400/800, DVI-I, miniDVI, HDMI, miniDisplayPort and Thunderbolt non-standard "connections"?
What PC is made with all of the above, plus Serial and parallel printer ports and a 20mA current-loop connector? By your own argument, all commercial PCs "fail to include standard connections".
[/QUOTE]Whenever the neighbor's kid wants to hook up his MacBook to the TV, he has to run home to get an adapter. Apple products routinely need special cables in...
Sure, but they don't all count equally.
You can shove a lot of bare bones boxes into call centers and onto warehouse inventory desks for relatively little. Each one doesn't help the bottom line (or stock price) nearly as much as do sales to end users who want what a slightly more expensive system can provide them.
This wouldn't have looked quite as silly if you'd posted it ten years ago.
Given the increase in marketshare, both U.S. and internationally, over the past three or four years, it just looks like either a poor troll, or failed sarcasm.
Whoever wrote that "news" failed to notice the increase in Mac sales that has continued since the iPad was introduced.
You need to either switch to decaf, or get your money back from your recreational pharmaceutical supplier.