What do you do when your best friend meets the new kid on the block who happens to be cooler than you and has better toys? You can pick up new toys, find a more loyal friend, or move to a new block. To be safe, you should try all three.
For most kids, where our parents settle down is rarely a function of our popularity, but in this particular case, we’re not talking about Johnny losing Sally to Tommy. We’re talking about Dell. The block is the U.S. market. The best friend is the domestic consumer. And the new kid? Well, kids is more appropriate, but the coolest one on the street is the guitar playing, cigarette smoking, surf board riding Apple, which has resumed its role as a harbinger of counter-culture radicalization of the PC marketplace.