Originally Posted by Vincent Ferrari
How is this flamebait? ... Michael Dell's statement stands as one of the most important moments every Apple fan remembers in the long-running Mac vs. PC wars... The irony is too good not to post.
I like the ironic part where you answer your own question. It's a long-standing part of the "Mac vs. PC [flame]wars", and you can't figure out how bring it up is flamebait?
Secondly, when this was said, Apple was literally being kept alive solely by capital injections from another -- let's leave it unnamed
-- company who needed the "competition" for anti-trust reasons. Apple was literally a dead platform; almost every other major developer except this one had stopped releasing for Apple, including Adobe and Lotus.
With this context in mind, Dell's comments very much make sense from a free-market capitalist point of view; Apple was not able to support itself and was a very dead system, and in a free market should have either been bought out or liquidated. Which is exactly what Dell suggested. (Instead, the capital injections kept them alive enough to purchase NeXT and recreate their entire product line.)
Dell is no where near that point. Their stock is down roughly 75% from a peak around January 2005, but Apple itself is down 50% from their peak in January 2008. And instead of pointing out specifics, I'll simply recommend that you acquaint yourself with their actual numbers
. While not spectacular, they are certainly healthy numbers, and are no where close to the level of Apple's sickness during the time period in question.