Two months ago I was sure it was a scam, I'm not so sure now, this might be it.
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I agree with much of what you say, but diversified is not something I would label Google, they sell ads, and it accounts for +90% of their revenue, then they have a small cloud operation going, but if anyone would eat into their ad business they would be toast.
I do not move them of my computer, I use a backup service called backblaze (www.backblaze.com) that gives you unlimited storage and continuously backup for 5$ / month, hassle free and cheap.
"What have we gotten from the moon?"
Million of kids in a whole generation interested in Sciences ? ROI comes in many flavors.....
I'd have $200 more if I'd used open-source.
Since we seems to be talking about Windows development, its probably cheaper to pay for Visual Studio then to supply your developers with an open source tool chain, man hours = expensive...
Some people (especially startups with no money) would not consider $200 "almost free".
If you do not have $200 after two years your company have probably failed.
What next? Microsoft suing a suddenly popular PC manufacturer because they've completely abandoned Windows and only ship with Ubuntu Linux, or an "advanced" option out of a list of free OSes including Fedora, CentOS, Debian, FreeBSD?
Don't give them any ideas
Once he is gone, hopefully Apple will become more customer choice friendly.
I doubt that Apples strategy works well in an "open" environment, everything is built on tight integration and vendor lock-in, just like in the 80's. I think if they change that formula, they will be "just another company" pretty soon.