Imitation Not Innovation

From my first post on the Mac Mini, the Microsoft apologist attacked, saying it was no big deal, that nobody wanted that form factor anyway. Other apologists posted links to Wintel boxes that were “the same thing.” — And they were the same thing.– Just 4 times the size and almost $2000.00 but other than that, they were the “same thing.” (The ones that were shipping anyway, most were vaporware.)

I predicted at the time a flood of copycat products, just as the PC world has been following Apple for 2 decades now. I just didn’t know how pathetic the start would be…

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Intel shows off Mac Mini-like concept PC

SAN FRANCISCO–Intel on Wednesday showed off its living room PC of the future–and it looks a lot like the Mac Mini.

As part of a speech at the Intel Developer Forum here, Vice President Don MacDonald demonstrated several concept PCs, including the Sleek Concept Entertainment PC–a square, metallic-colored device that was immediately reminiscent of the desktop computer Apple Computer introduced earlier this year.

It’s unlikely that Intel itself would build such a device. The chipmaker often uses its twice-yearly developer events to try to spur creativity among computer makers. [Editor’s note: Correction, Apple already spurred creativity, Intel is trying to spur imitation.] Past efforts have seen PCs twisted into all sorts of shapes and even embedded in an Ottoman foot rest.

An Apple representative declined to comment on Intel’s concept PC.

Thus far, the concept PC is just a piece of plastic, literally, although its design showed a clock display and optical drive in front, with ports such as USB, optical audio and FireWire in the back.

So the PC world is atwitter because Intel brought an empty plastic box to a trade show and said, “Ya know we could put a computer in here.” You’ll excuse me if I’m underwhelmed.

Now in a few months, those same apologists will be talking about their mini PC’s and telling everyone about how cool it is… but by then the Mac users will already be on to the next new technology. Lather rinse repeat.

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