Re Thoughts on Nodenet

Brian D Williams (
Tue, 9 Jun 1998 07:12:05 -0700 (PDT)

From: "Warrl kyree Tale'sedrin" <>

>When people cite that example, I often wonder what their intent
>is. When I inquire, I usually find they are citing it as an
>example of the technically superior system falling to an inferior
>system with better marketing.

>But on closer examination I find that Beta's technical superiority
>over VHS has no significance in context; while VHS early on
>developed a critical technical superiority over Beta, that was not
>matched until it was too late to help.

Huh? Next to a Betamax, VHS looked like someone drawing with dull
crayons, it wasn't until they developed Super-VHS that the quality
was compatible.

VHS's success came from being much cheaper than Beta, I also side
with those who say it was because Sony chairman Akia Morrita
wouldn't allow Beta to be used for pornography.

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