Tech standards are important. They're, well, standards. They shape the way the world works, ideally. So if you wanna influence your little world, you probably wanna shape (or maybe even create) standards. Take Apple, for example.
The conversation about Snow Leopard's compatibility with older hardware has been dominated by complaints that it won't support PowerPC—something we've all known for months. But Snow Leopard will have some mixed implications for more recent hardware, too.