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March 27, 2007
  • Verizonvsvonage It is one thing when someone like Jim Cramer jabs Vonage constantly for business reasons, that can actually be pretty humorous. What is not funny is the possibility of once again paying inflated prices to telephone companies due to Verizon’s attack on Vonage and subsequent winning of round one. Make no mistake, Vonage has had a key hand in changing 135 years of traditional ideas and usage patterns relating to what we call the telephone. These changes have had a dramatic impact on pricing and moving VoIP from techie to mainstream.

    What I do not understand is the relative apathy and lack of true outrage among consumers in general with regards to the Verizon ruling. Sites like TechDirt (for which I have previously disagreed) have covered it well and point to the ludicrous nature of granting a permanent injunction when Verizon seems to have no other interest than stopping innovation and keeping inflated prices. The judge states the following (as noted at TechDirt):

    Mar 27, 2007 at 08:47 AM in Companies, Legal, Patents, Take Notice
March 22, 2007
  • Adobeversusmicrosoft For those of you that questioned my assertion that many Adobe products will not work or be supported on Windows Vista, CNET and Information Week reported this today:

    Adobe to CS2 users: Want Vista? Upgrade
    Adobe Has No Plans To Make Current Products Windows Vista Compatible

    While some people might find the following statement amusing:

    "Another reason is, how many customers are really on Vista in the installed base, and is it worth the work, especially in the creative customers? And we have no desire to really showcase Microsoft's technology," Chizen said.

    I personally find that sort of statement to be offensive and anti-customer. Why? Adobe Creative Suite cost customers a thousand-plus dollars per copy, while Acrobat, Photoshop (fill in the product blank) customers paid hundreds per copy. Now, if customers want to to use Windows Vista - whether via upgrade or new machine - along with current Adobe software (not just older versions) they must upgrade (translation: spend thousands more). Products  like Creative Suite, Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver must all be upgraded to the new - yet unreleased - version.

    Mar 22, 2007 at 01:00 AM in Business, Companies, Software
May 15, 2006
  • In my prior post about Yahoo! and the quote attributed to Terry Semel, I had actually been posting about how the Internet does not really allow for complete competition complete market control. Thus, no reason to believe anyone has "no chance". Why? Because as I was going to say, there is no natural monopoly to form. Oh sure, you can talk about this or that regarding Microsoft - clearly there is fodder. But all things aside, proprietary systems like hardware are much easier to lock down. What keeps a person from switching to a different search engine?

    At any rate, this article from The Economist - Is Google The New Microsoft (subscription required) touches on exactly this point. For those without a subscription to The Economist, here is a free link to the complete article simply retitled Google = Microsoft. (This site may require free registration)

    At any rate, as the article rightly points out, among other things:

    "Try to avoid using Microsoft's software for a day, particularly if you work in an office, and you will have difficulty; surviving a day without Google is relatively easy. It has strong competitors in all the markets in which it operates: search, online advertising, mapping, software services and so on. Large firms such as Yahoo, which previously farmed searches out to Google, have switched to other technologies. Google's market share in search has fallen from a high of about 80 percent to about 50 percent today."

    Additionally, it touches upon the fact about why Microsoft and IBM were able to command such success. Point being? Yahoo! should not be promulgating notions about the search business being over. If it is for them, then indeed it will be.

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    May 15, 2006 at 10:03 PM in Business, Companies, News, Search Engines
November 18, 2005
  • Several times I have brought up Network Solutions and the poor pricing to value ratio they seem to provide. I have also brought up some other annoyances... Am I some anti-Network Solutions zealot? No. As I have noted, I was a Network Solutions customer for years (and now feel embarrassed by that).

    I still have several domains with NSI as they are not up for renewal and I have not wanted to take the time doing the necessary work to prepare to move them. Note that I stated they are not up for renewal...

    Why have I been receiving renewal notices under the headline "Final Renewal Notice"? The domains in question are not scheduled to be up for renewal until April and September of 2006!?! I really wish Network Solutions would stop using scare tactics and start focusing on services. Email like this is little better than spam - it is untruthful, unsolicited and provides little value. 

    Nov 18, 2005 at 12:52 PM in Companies
August 17, 2005
  • has an article titled Dell Satisfaction Takes Deep Dive. Unless there are some major changes or frustration level acceptance is recalibrated - this hurts the whole computer industry.

    I have long purchased Dell machines and had been quite happy with them. When I got my first non-Apple PC, I built it. Why? Because it was cheaper and had everything I wanted it to have - I did not have to swallow whatever CompanyX was throwing at me (and charging for). This is a great solution when it is for yourself; building a single PC is as simple as going to New Egg and takes little time after the parts are acquire... But I digress.

    When I started purchasing Dell products, they offered the same level of customization that I had when I built them. Thus, when ordering systems for business (or home), Dell became my place of choice. The systems never looked the flashiest, but they often had at least the option of great components, and the price was certainly in range. Furthermore, when buying any computer you depend on (much less 5, 10, 100+), support becomes an issue. Dell used to have good support, along with decent choice; neither is the case anymore.

    Aug 17, 2005 at 03:56 PM in Companies, Computer Hardware
July 22, 2005
  • NsisklI have finally made the decision to take the pains of moving my domains away from Network Solutions. Secondly, I am also recommending to and helping clients, family and friends transfer as well. I had been reticent about transferring for various reasons including the worry about sites being unavailable, or transfer issues. However, all of that changed with the latest barrage of email from NSI regarding the special deal of 11.99 per year. It so happens that I received this "Limited Time Offer" during the same time frame that I had many domains coming up for renewal...

    Jul 22, 2005 at 01:34 PM in Companies