A few weeks ago, I started telling friends my wild and crazy prediction that Apple will own a majority share of the personal computer market within three years. Apple's biggest weakness is in their vertical monopoly over their own hardware. OSX is fabulous, but their hardware is crap, let's face it. You simply have to figure the cost of Apple Care into any Mac purchase because you can count on some sort of hardware problem.
Despite this -- and who's to say Apple won't change its tune regarding hardware? -- Apple's star is definitely rising, while Microsoft's is in a self-inflicted crash and burn.
Paul Graham, in is post, "Microsoft is Dead," has the quote of the month:
Microsoft's biggest weakness is that they still don't realize how much they suck.
The same could be said for a number of companies. Graham recognizes that a number of folks will scoff at these assertions.