I am feeling very speculative today so I thought I would throw out a hypothetical situation that wouldn’t at all surprise me should the events actually unfold. As the title of the post suggests, I suggest an anaolgy: Canonical and HP are currently heading on a trajectory that may later leave analysts comparing them to the Microsoft and Apple of the 80’s and early 90’s. Let’s talk about it.
NOTE:This is a non-technical post about a technical topic. If interested, keep reading. If not, move on, I won’t be offended.
We all know that one of the best reasons to learn from history is so that we might not repeat it, yet another fact of life is that history has a notoriety for repeating itself. Consumer level technology is a fun place to watch these axioms at work. The world of technology moves at an fast pace, for many reasons, and as a result those of us who are both into history and technology get to watch history cycles loop very quickly. With technology, the trick to not failing as in the past is to make slight enough adjustments that the concepts that once inspired the great ideas are still there but the actual application has altered enough to become more feasible.