Wednesday, June 01, 2011

At&t-mobile merger

It's really hard to not get behind Sprint's objections to the Att & t-mobile merger but it's going to happen. I'm a customer of both Att and t-mobile. I really don't like Att but my taste for Apple products and love of not getting screwed on early termination fees are keeping me there for at least a couple more years. Also, I'm not willing to jump to another carrier until the LTE/4G smoke clears. Who wants to re-live HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray or Beta vs VHS?

It's really like driving a shitty car. The car is junk and you know it, but it gets you where you need to go and you have all the little work arounds figured out for all of it's quirks.

Hey Att how does it feel to have your network compared to a 1984 Honda Civic?

I tell you how it feels...they don't care as long as your bill gets paid.

“While we take this customer feedback very seriously, we believe that churn, not surveys, are the best indicator of true customer satisfaction because it reflects the most important way people vote, namely, with their feet,” AT&T spokeswoman Meredith Adams said.

Yes, customers wanting to avoid early termination fee's is a sign of customer loyalty.

Must be nice to be that big...and that's why they shouldn't get bigger.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Is Amazon trying to get a good look at a steak by sticking it's head up a butcher's...

Amazon has launched two apps this week and one has me wondering if they may have something here. For starters they launched cloud drive. To me this is just a dropbox competitor and really a logical extension of the S3 product to the consumers. What is cloud drive? One simple answer, cheap storage in the sky. Those of us who already know how to work S3 already have access to the same thing. This is just a nice wrapper for the rest of the world.

The second product is Cloud Player. This is the interesting one. Now Apple has pretty much locked the portable music device market with the iPod, iPod Touch, etc, etc. But the one thing everyone has been looking to Apple for is online storage and backup of their music (you know...that new data center they built). Oh and to be able to play it from any machine would be nice. Has Amazon looked at where Apple has lacked and beat them to the punch with Cloud Player?


Amazon has been positioning themselves as an Infrastructure company with series of pay for use data center products. Maybe they have looked at how people purchase and use online content and realized that they have to much to loose by risking money from selling the steak (i.e. end user experience). Instead they are focusing on what they do well and have experience with on a large scale and that is building the infrastructure to handle product fulfillment. If anything Amazon has put an unwanted expectation on any offering from Apple. I think this is a good move for consumers. Right now it may be confusing but until we get past the WWD 2011 we won't know if Apple has something to say about this development or not. If not we will be disappointed and if so it better be really good and not another MobileME.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Online/Electronic Magazines and why I haven't taken the plunge

I own a Kindle.

I own an iPad.

The large majority of the books I purchase and read are on these two devices. 90% Kindle and 10% iPad. But the one thing I don't read on the iPad or Kindle are periodicals. Why you may ask. I've been asking myself the same thing and I've come up with an answer. Cause there are two many choices and two many vendors.

For example, if you read Men'sHealth logic would tell me just to go to Amazon or iBooks and look for it there. I associate Amazon and iBooks as the Borders and Barnes & Noble of electronic books (sorry guys). In the good old days of book store utilization if I couldn't find it at Borders and I go to Barnes & Noble. But back to the example, Men'sHealth, if you are in the app store you will see a Men'sHealth app...why? There is also Zinio who is trying to be the Kindle/iBooks for periodicals. They also have Men's Health but it's the UK version.....that makes sense right? No it doesn't and this is the main problem I have with Zinio. Lots of magazines but they seem to be for the rest of the world. US versions are hit and miss so buyer beware in their store.

Is this Zinio's fault? No, I think the publishers are struggling with a changing business model.

Here is another question. Why can't I convert my tree killing subscription of Men's Health to the electronic version, even if I have to use their stupid app? I've sent emails to the publisher asking this and I haven't heard a word. In fact, I wouldn't mind paying $5 to convert the subscription. No answer from Men's Health.

People constantly complain on the Kindle subscription reviews because they don't feel that they are getting value. This perceived lack of value occurs because they can read and entire magazine in an hour. If you remove all the ad's from the magazines (because ads are graphic and the Kindle doesn't lend itself to full page color ads) they are much thinner. This is like complaining to DishNetwork that the Discovery Channel stinks because your DVR allows you to skip the commercials. Think about how small a Cosmo would be if you took out all the ads.

Magazines are a different reading experience and I think the iPad will shine for this form of media. It comes the closets to replicating the experience and that's what will have to happen for periodicals. Magazine are more graphic intensive. But having said that, Magazine publishers should probably not focus on their own apps and decide to either give into the Apple machine or throw their weight behind someone like Zinio. The magazine publishers are going to shoot themselves in the foot by fragmenting the delivery platform of their content. We've seen this happen time and time again. Content creators do well when they do that...create content.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

How realistic is it to update a blog from the iPad

So I log into blogger.com the google blogging site. I can type in the subject of the article but can't edit the text field of the blog post unless I click the edit HTML tab. So at this point I would say that without an app to do this with i would say this is a minor FAIL. I state that it's minor because I can edit type in the text.

Adding an image is a major FAIL because there is no way to get the picture off of iPad or at least a way that I can figure out.

Typing is O.K. But it slides around on my lap So putting in lots of text without he Bluetooth keyboard at this point is not a lot of fun. I say at this point because lets face it. The iPhone wasn't a treat until I got used to it and now i consider all other smarts phones seem like a royal pain the the rear now.

All of these things are the result of being an early adopter of the technology. I'm not down on the iPad it's just the simple fact of the way things are now. Thank goodness the predictive typing works as well as it does. It truly keeps this from being the train wreck that it could be using this.

That's all for now.

Monday, April 12, 2010

iPad vs Kindle 2

After a week of using the iPad and having owned a Kindle 2 for little more than a year I have come to this conclusion.

E-ink is better for reading than the iPad. The iPad is great and it's cool to have both iBooks and Kindle Reader on the same device. iPad is a better overall device. But when it comes to reading straight text E-ink is less straining on the eyes.

Now who will win the battle of the backpack? They will both be there. The Kindle is so light weight I'm not going to notice it. I don't think Kindle can pull off the kind of universal platform like the iPad for applications and I don't think it should try. I think they both have their places. It's all about the right tool for the job.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My blog sucks...but I'm working on it

I have a couple of posts I've been working on. So stay tuned.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Evernote

So I pulled the trigger today and moved from a free loader at Evernote to a "Premium" member. To tell you the truth it feels good and the $45 per year seems like a good deal over all. If you don't know what Evernote is or does, check out the website http://www.evernote.com.

Basically it's Google Notebook but about 100 times better. It's a place to store notes, scanned articles, web clippings, etc. More importantly, if you do PC support or work in IT, this is where the ability to have your notes on your iPhone becomes unbelievably handy. Not to mention that with you paid subscription you can take pictures of business cards with your iPhone. Load them into Evernote and the OCR function makes that card searchable.

Now, there are issues with the OCR but this thing works pretty well.