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Biggest Rivalries in Computing History

By midian182 · 16 replies
Oct 19, 2016
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  1. Pepsi vs. Coke, Edison vs. Tesla, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, history is filled with famous rivalries, but few have matched the intensity and, quite often, the viciousness that comes when two tech industry giants clash heads. Chartering their path from the dawn of computers to the current digital age, here are the five biggest rivalries in computing history.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,858   +2,809

    And to think that one of these days none of these giants will exist anymore.
    SalaSSin likes this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,424   +1,711

    These rivalries grew from the lack of innovation, like thorns on dry land they did.

    As a testament to stupidity and greed, we shall see Apple acquired by McDonald's and Intel by Coca-Cola.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2016
    Philip Pyne likes this.
  4. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 113   +24

    Sega mario and nintendo sonic? come on...
  5. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 145   +55

    I think that's the joke, honestly...
  6. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 113   +24

    something like AMD Celeron and Intel Athlon. I can't stop laughing now. why have you explained it to me?
  7. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 145   +55

    Dammit :D
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,337   +810

    No Nvidia vs AMD/ATI?
    And MS vs Sony could get in the list because of PS vs Xbox
    gregzeng and Darth Shiv like this.
  9. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,758   +591

    Didn't you know Apple is the single biggest pain in the *** ever? They sue everyone for everything, hence why they're 3 out of 5 of the biggest rivalries... You'd also think Sony vs Nintendo vs Xbox would be a good one. Nvidia vs AMD would spark too much trolling in the comments section so it makes sense to not include it, besides we all know who's winning that rivalry and who has the future proof hardware. ( :
    gregzeng and Squid Surprise like this.
  10. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,658   +1,419

    Competition continues to drive innovation and for all our sake, I hope it never ends. NASA now depends on competitive contractors to resupply the space station and the most serious talk of heading to MARS is by contractors, not the government. While some of the greatest innovations came from the government, it was the private companies that turned it into usable, salable products. Competition isn't usually pretty, but it gets the job done and for a price the consumer will pay. If we could force more competition and less "partnership" on our drug companies & health providers, we would all benefit from it and until the Government gets off it's duff and uses this approach we will all loose. There are many more such examples and just as many opportunities for some bright young start up to step in and take control of the industry.
    H3llion likes this.
  11. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Addict Posts: 193   +107

    What rivalry? They need each other. Microsoft invested 150 millions to save Apple from bankruptcy in 1997. Microsoft needed a worthy competitor to avoid being dismantled because of the antitrust law.
    gregzeng, H3llion and Puiu like this.
  12. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +316

    Whether it's Intel vs. AMD or AMD vs. Nvidia, I don't really consider either to be a true "rivalry" because you have a clear dominating power. INTEL and NVIDIA are laughing at AMD/ATI. They have no choice but to go low while Intel and NVIDIA go high. The Intel + Nvidia computer solutions are the absolute best on the market and command a higher price.

    I'm using a Core i7 with 32GB of RAM and a Titan X running three 20" monitors and a 4K TV (silently) as I write this. It's the best computer system I've ever owned or imagined.

    As for "console wars"...

    PS and Xbox are a weak rivalry.

    The 3rd party developers have given up on "exclusives" and they would rather produce for the PC, PS and XBOX so they can maximize their profits.

    When I was a kid in the 80's, we had TRUE console wars.

    Nintendo vs. Sega was as nasty a campaign as Trump vs. Clinton - with NEC waiting in the background to try and make a case for a 3rd party - always remaining on the fringe.

    The exclusives for Nintendo and Sega "made" the consoles. Unfortunately for Sega, Nintendo's games were more accessible. When I was a kid, we didn't have as many game stores as we do now. It was either Toys R Us or KB toys for the average consumer. Now you have grocery stores and corporate game stores everywhere...all being dominated by online downloads which make it so you needn't leave your parent's basement to purchase a new game.

    One of the big issues was finding new games. I wasn't easily able to get a new copy of new releases because many sellers didn't have them. Had to go to the import shops in many cases until the days of CD-based games made games easier to mass-produce and easier to purchase.

    Ultimately, Nintendo and Sega fell behind because of Sony's embrace of CD-based games. Sony beat Sega because Sega let 3rd party development falter by producing too many systems that were difficult to develop for (a mistake Sony made in PS3 and corrected in PS4).

    Microsoft did the smart thing: build a console using off-the-shelf PC equipment.

    Ultimately that's the way to go - making the consoles more like PC.

    Unfortunately it feels like the only real difference is the controller, but we all know exclusives make all the difference.
  13. anarchoprimitiv

    anarchoprimitiv TS Rookie

    no we don't....enlighten us
    Bigtruckseries likes this.
  14. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,758   +591

    Nice try, but not really.
  15. MayoSoftware

    MayoSoftware TS Rookie

    But Coca-Cola is licensed to be in ALL McDonalds - so that starts another argument...
  16. gregzeng

    gregzeng TS Enthusiast Posts: 48

    Many other computer battles are history, or still continuing.
    Microsoft vs Digital Research (CP/M). Atari vs Amiga. IBM vs Apple. Unix vs Linux. Yahoo vs Google. Microsoft Bing vs Google.

    Siri vs Google.
    Debian Linux vs Redhat Linux.
    Android vs Android-derivatives.
    Chrome web browsers vs Chromium derivatives.
    East-Asian factories vs East-Asian re-packagers (Apple, HP, Dell, Gateway, etc).
  17. gregzeng

    gregzeng TS Enthusiast Posts: 48

    Added to my previous comment: another important continuing battle is APPLE vs Civilization.

    Apple stole its iPhone "innovation" from the Sony smartphone: shape, camera placement, etc, using East Asian manufacturers, re-packaged under its own USA name. As Donald Trump says, they are the major exporter of jobs from the USA, and the main reason for the non-payment of morally deserved taxes to nations selling Apple products. Most other companies were forced to follow Apple's tax-robbing "innovation".

    Apple further forces an iTax on its users by avoiding ISO hardware standards. They force the iSheep to avoid USB a, b & c standards, forcing Apple iSheep into expensive, rare options, as long as they can. Rather than using common terms like HD or "Full HD", they create their own meaningless word "Retina Display". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retina_Display https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_(connector)

    Lucky for Apple, most technology writers are unaware of how Apple re-packages and ignores the original creators of Apple's "innovations". This is reinforced by the international biased USA patent system which enforces "USA" patents into USA-ownership, ignoring the creators of the "innovation".

    The iSheep will be deprived of wireless recharging, unless the USA para-military (law-enforcers) decide again to wage another battle in the war against the EU, Samsung, etc.

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