Friday, October 17, 2008

Niche PC Ideas

In general, the Windows PC is ultra-commoditized. It is very hard to do anything to earn a higher margin. My ideas for carving out a niche would be:
  • Crapware (aka, Trialware)-free (because right now Best Buy is getting some people to pay an extra $75 for this)
  • Built-in backup (software, but also a mirrored hard drive)
  • One or two very modest design and engineering touches--such as the Mac-style magnetic power cord
  • The crowning glory would be easy-to-use virtual machines (VMWare), so that you could always roll back to a pristine install

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