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Softletter Back Issue, February 1st, 2005

 February 1st, 2005 Open Source Business Models and Trends, Part I of II The 504b Option Benchmarks: OEM Best Practices Escrow Pro visions in M&A Transactions, Part II of II Cardfile: Mail Management Tools and Services

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Softletter Back Issue, January 31, 2005

S oftletter Back Issue, January 31, 2005 * Pricing and Value Approaches for Embedded Software * Patently Obvious * Benchmarks: Services Margins * Escrow Provisions in M&A Transactions, Part I of II * Cardfile: Google Tools and Sites

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The End of Hardware Devices as We Know Them

In 2006, when writing the second edition of In Search of Stupidity, Over 20 Years of Marketing Disasters, I made some observations about the future of Microsoft looked at through the lens of IBM’s fall from the pinnacle of high-tech power twenty years ago with the collapse of OS/2. “…IBM had become too large for anyone to coordinate its various components into a strategic “whole”; the company was simply too big to coordinate the differing agendas of its myriad numbers of divisions, business units, initiatives, alliances, channel, and so on, and so on, into anything resembling a coherent plan. At

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