Winner-Takes-All?

Rich Skrenta’s post about Google and the Third Age of Computing is starting to make the rounds, here and here.

It would be foolish to ignore Google, it is after all the 800 pound gorilla on the block at this time, but others have been there before, IBM & Microsoft to use Rich’s example, but they are still around and are still forces to be reckoned with.

And to single out Google as the only player would be to ignore everyone else out there. It would be like showing up on the plains of Africa, rightly concluding that the elephant was the largest animal there and ignoring the rest of the ecosystem around you. I would suggest that termites are the dominant player out there and not elephants. I certainly saw more termite hills than elephants when I was out there.

I also saw a lot of volcano chimneys there, which were probably there before humans became bipedal.

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