Friday I tried to buy a new sound card, I looked for something NOT Intel but I couldn't find any in the Technology Plaza in a big city, they say they don't sell it anymore.
I will try online but is a bad sign for the future.
It's a big bucks environment, just dirty tactics.
Which reminds me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD_v._Intel
Agreement: In November 2009, Intel agreed to pay AMD $1.25 billion as part of a deal to settle all outstanding legal disputes between the two companies.
That's a lot of money, of course you all know that.
If AMD makes a piece of Hardware which works better than the equivalent Intel product I'd much rather buy it. They can at times come up with a whole new slant on things.
As far as buying a Computer; I think it's been covered. It's a day by day proposition.
Microsoft: they will stumble and fall one day, and a whole new way of thinking regarding Computing in the retail sector will emerge. Hope it happens soon.