Open and/or free always beats closed and/or expensive?

| Comments (3) | TrackBacks (9) |
In the process of complaining that PSP binaries are signed, Wonderland delivers this gem:
Open and/or free always bests closed and/or expensive. Sony should have learned this when they chose ATRAC over mp3 - and look how much that cost them: far more than pirates ever could have. I guess this means no homebrew games running off the sticks then. *pout*

No kidding? I guess that explains why Linux and OpenOffice are the dominant office productivity systems and Windows and Office are relegated to the sidelines.

9 TrackBacks

Listed below are links to blogs that reference this entry: Open and/or free always beats closed and/or expensive?.

TrackBack URL for this entry:

online texas hold'em from online texas hold'em on June 7, 2005 2:34 AM

Check these: Consolidate texas hold'em Before that texas hold'em poker An example texas hold'em Read More

free online poker from free online poker on June 9, 2005 1:33 AM

Check these: At this point online poker At this point free poker online Read More

free movie ticket from free movie ticket on August 13, 2005 3:11 AM

free movie ticket Read More

party poker in tools from party poker in tools on August 15, 2005 5:49 PM

Take your time to visit some relevant information on strip poker online free demo Read More

Nokia 8800 Mobile Phone from Nokia 8800 Mobile Phone on August 17, 2005 9:18 AM

Nokia 8800 Mobile Phone Read More

500 11 5g Texas Holdem Chip Poker Set from 500 11 5g Texas Holdem Chip Poker Set on September 4, 2005 2:31 PM

You can also take a look at some helpful info about strip party poker palm texas holdem download free Read More

Nokia 9300 Communicator from Nokia 9300 Communicator on September 5, 2005 6:11 AM

Nokia 9300 Communicator - one of the best Nokia Communicator model! Read More

Nokia 6680 Mobile Phone from Nokia 6680 Mobile Phone on September 6, 2005 2:01 AM

The Nokia 6680 is the latest 3G effort by Nokia. The 6680 is armed with dual cameras: a 1.3 megapixel camera on the back, and a VGA camera up front. It is a Dual Mode phone, featuring UMTS and tri-band GSM operation (900/1800/1900MHz). Read More


The unstated assumption made is that you are in a free market system (no monopolies at work), and that the systems are comparable in functionality, and enough time has passed to overcome inertia. Linux and particularly OpenOffice have only recently begun to catch up in the office productivity space, and they're operating at a severe market disadvantage due to proprietary data lock-in that Microsoft obtained abusing its monopoly position.

Even at that, given a few more years, it may start making a serious dent. In the building where I work, there are already more OpenOffice installs than Microsoft Office installs. If you want to have a Microsoft Office install on your own machine, you generally have to come up with the money for it yourself.

This is mostly irrelevant to Sony, however, which doesn't have the same market position or proprietary lock-in that Microsoft does -- and every single venture into proprietary media that they have made has failed. Memory sticks, pushed primarily for their Clie PDAs, are not commonly used, and Sony finally gave up on the PDA market completely. The MiniDisc sells only in Japan. ATRAC is DOA.

And in the case of the PSP, the signed binary system has already been broken:

Yeah, Sony really failed with those proprietary PlayStation and PS2 games... er, what was I saying?

The "cheap beats expensive" argument has some merit, as long as the items in question are interchangable as far as the user is concerned. Examples go beyond ATRAC versus MP3. Witness Beta versus VHS and token ring versus Ethernet. (The fact that Sony's mistakes in this arena serve as commonly cited cautionary tales despite a three-decade spread makes me embarassed on their behalf).

However, extrapolating this to cover console systems, where the individual capabilities and available games serve as a relatively powerful differentiator, is a bit of a stretch -- see Wes' examples. Ditto for Windows and OpenOffice.

Leave a comment