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Day May 23, 2012

5by5 | The Critical Path #39: The Locus of Power

Dan and Horace take a nostalgic trip through the automotive industry. Horace asks why should a 20 year old car (which he happens to own) be replaced? Why are cars built to be disposed of and why aren’t they meaningfully improved based on new jobs to be done? In this episode we look at the auto industry as a proxy for other “network-based” industries which reach plateaus of innovation and can go no further. Plus, Horace challenges readers to guess what car he drives.

via 5by5 | The Critical Path #39: The Locus of Power.

Show notes:

(Answer to the quiz question here).

The PC market overview for Q1

In terms of units Windows-based computers made up 78% of all PCs sold in Q1. That was an increase from the 74% in the previous quarter but a decline from 90% a year ago. OS X based computers were about 3.7%, a decline in share both q/q and y/y, something the company attributed to a transition quarter.

The following chart shows the composition of vendor volumes with tablet and traditional form factor computers included:

iOS computers (i.e iPad) were 11% of the market, declining from 13% last quarter but increasing from Q1 ’11′s 4.2% share. Apple reported that the iPad was not at supply/demand balance and thus could have sold more units.