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Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better

In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, when the pigs take over the farm, and set up their workers’ paradise, the mantra of the revolution, repeated ad infinitum by a Greek chorus of bleating sheep, is “Two Legs Bad, Four Legs Good”. Which pretty much sums up the level of debate we’ve had in the camps of the Motorola/Macintosh and Intel/Microsoft alliances for the last two decades. It’s also a war that’s been fought on two fronts – from the mud-bogged trenches of the Mac/Windows jihadists to the free-flowing desert warfare of the Intel/Motorola skirmishes. And, as any general will tell you, a war fought on two fronts is bloody hard work, with the principal sufferers along the way being the confused and shell-shocked civilian population.

But one part of that war is heading for a conclusion: Apple is switching to Intel. Let me say that again: Apple. Is. Switching. To. Intel. It’s like watching Martin Luther walk up to the church door in Wittenberg and nail a piece of paper to the door only to find that, rather than the 95 Theses of Contention, it’s an advert for a lap-dancing club. So it’s probably time for a little reflection, not to mention eating of crow. I’ll have ketchup with mine…

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