Market speak for computer companies during my geek-life:
My first glance:
IBM = titans, Microsoft = nerds, Apple = hippies, Atari = artists
My High school years:
IBM = clumsy old titans, Microsoft = business nerds, Apple = misguided hippies & artists, Atari = dead
My College years:
IBM = business nerds, Microsoft = titans, Apple = hippies on life support, NeXT = futurists
IBM = researchers, Microsoft = clumsy old titans, Apple = colored plastic iMachines, NeXT = artists, Be = futurists
IBM = futurists, Microsoft = business school, Apple = titans & artists, NeXT & Be = long gone
My point? I’ve seen most of these companies grow, shrink, dominate, follow, and some even disappear.
It’s been a wild ride to watch, and as Apple sits seemingly at the top of the mountain again (arguably the first time since 1978) I felt the need to show this cyclic nature.
You younger geeks out there can perhaps get a little context.