The corporate desktop is becoming fragmented as users run from Microsoft as fast as they can. Currently they mostly go to the Apple Mac, only because they haven't found Chrome yet. Even at work, most everything folks do is in a web browser.
I'm a Linux sysadmin and have been converting engineering developers to Ubuntu though. I'm a long-time Windowmaker user and love the interface. I put that in front of an engineer, give him a 20 minute walk-through and they leave their Apple Mac behind forever. Windowmaker is VERY easy to customize. It's fast and has a very clean look. Totally intuitive and easy to use. If you're an engineering develper, there's no better desktop platform than Ubuntu with Windowmaker.
My Sparc 2 was fine as a mail, DNS, http, DHCP and http proxy server. Rock solid. I used it as a proxy server back in the day when my internet connection was a phone line to Best Internet Services. My son had a Win 95 PC on a thin-net line to the Sparc 2 and the http proxy got him out to the web over the dial-up IP connection.
Sun made good hardware back in the day. I had a Sun Sparc 2 I ran Solaris 2.7 on until it was about 14 years old. Imagine trying to run anything on a PC or a Mac that was 14 years old and expect it to hold up. The only reason I retired the Sun box was that I just wearied of running my mail/DNS server at the house off my DSL line.
A. You start out with $2 million and then you start gigging.
How many professional musicians do you know and play with?
Many professional musicians do work part-time at other jobs (day-jobs) to make ends meet. Many teach and do other things besides playing to make what money they can. Very few can actually make a living just performing, and it's only the very, very tiniest percentage to who get to fame and fortune.
People who make their living in music do so because they really aren't cut out to do anything else. I know. I'm married to one. She owns about $100,000 in instruments and makes about $45,000/year as a professional violinist.
I don't know ANY musicians who think they are due Great Wealth. They just want to make a living and pay the rent like the rest.
What's kind of funny in this discussion is that in the San Francisco area, the general population is complaining about all the techies at companies like Twitter, Zynga, etc who have taken over much of the city. Rents are going through the roof. $2500/month gets you a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment these days. More in better neighborhoods. Folks here are talking about how the techies are all self-indulgent and act entitled. Pretty much the same way you talk about artists.
Clearly you don't.
There is so much more depth and content in a novel than could possibly be explored or shown in a movie. I thought this film was well done for what it was.
Frankly, I felt the same way about "John Carter". The only real complaint I have about that film is the name of it. They should have kept the original Edgar Rice Burroughs title of "Princess of Mars".
The problem with wealth being concentrated in the hands of the few is that their wealth doesn't circulate. It is the middle and lower classes who spend most of their wealth on goods and services. The wealthy spend a very small portion of their resources on goods and services, so their money stays tied up and out of the larger economy.
The economy is consumer driven and if the consumers do not have the money to spend, then there's little economy in which to employ workers, create goods, services and greater wealth.
If you automate away all of the jobs, who is going to buy your goods?
Ideally Executive Management works to maximize shareholder equity, but that's only true in your MBA textbooks. Remember Enron?