signor_john - 3:04 am on Dec 9, 2009 (gmt 0)
Why not go back to the pre-Google days, when free search engines like Infoseek, Altavista, and Hotbot reduced demand for subscription and pay-per-search databases? Or the early Internet days, when free newsgroups, ftp servers, etc. killed off demand for proprietary online services? Or Microsoft's bundling of a winsock into Windows 95 instead of charging $20 like the popular add-in of the Windows 3.x era, Trumpet Winsock? Or the bundling of monitors and keyboards into computers like the TRS-80, Apple II, and first-generation IBM PC, which took business away from vendors who'd sold those products as add-ons to computers from the S-100 era like the NorthStar Horizon?