Don’t Give The People Want They Want

July 30, 2006

News that some record labels are delaying the availability of digital downloads, sometimes for weeks and weeks. Here are all these people waiting to give you money and you act like you don’t want it. And this is distribution on iTunes with DRM and everything. You don’t think that track is already on the P2P networks anyway. I don’t understand the logic of waiting on digital release. Some fans are actively telling others to go get the tracks they want off the P2P networks. If you will not make available what people want on a legit basis, you will force them into illegit practices. The fact is, many people are not going to go down to their retail store and pay for a CD. I know it hurts, but it’s the truth and the future. How the music industry can continue to frustrate and piss off it’s customers is amazing to me. I never saw that in any of the business books I ever had.


Another Dell Laptop Explodes!

July 28, 2006

Holy cow! I own one of these Dell models and take a look at the photos.

Dell Boom


Vista On Time? Maybe, maybe not

July 27, 2006

Like a frustrated parent Microsoft is now saying to it’s anxious customers and analysts, we’ll get there when we get there. Vista is on track to ship on time, but Microsoft says it will not ship it until it’s ready. I think we’re all getting a little tired of this already and pretty soon people will stop caring. Whatever Microsoft, I’m off to buy a Mac.


Free AOL – Too Little, Too Late

July 26, 2006
It looks like AOL really will drop all subscription charges for its on-line services including email. This should be announced around August 2nd. Unfortunately, for an already dying AOL, this is probably too little too late. Free email? Oh boy, you have been able to get free email from Microsoft, Yahoo and Google for a long time now. The real problem is AOL does not seem to have any kind of real strategy for the future. This move may keep them alive a little while longer, but it’s a band aid solution.

Yahoo Staking Out Mobile Territory

July 25, 2006

Yahoo may not have maps with live traffic on cell phones yet, but that doesn’t mean they are any less agressive than Google on the mobile front. Yahoo has reached an agreement with Motorola to put Yahoo Go for Mobile on Motorola cell phones. Yahoo has already done a similar deal with Nokia. Yahoo Go gives customers a suite of Yahoo services as an application pre-installed on certain cell phones. This gives Yahoo some awesome exposure in the cell phone space as Nokia and Motorola and the #1 and #2 cell phone makers in the world.


Another Condescending Blogger Survey

July 25, 2006

A survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project says while many see weblogs as an alternative to mainstream media, most bloggers run them as a hobby rather than a vocation. There are many interesting stats and numbers in the report about blogging in general but a strong trust of the research is that since bloggers are doing it for love (hobby) we should not take them seriously like regular journalists. Maybe bloggers are redefining what a journalist is. Just because someone is doing something as a hobby doesn’t mean their viewpoints and insights are any less valuable than someone else. Just because you are getting paid does not make you above everyone else. How about the New York Tims and the journalistic scandals that went down there? Now who do you want to believe?


Google Maps With Live Traffic On Cell Phones

July 25, 2006

I don’t think we’re there yet, but maybe the cell phone will become the true ultra mobile computer some day. Google has announced today Google Maps for cell phones and with the very nice feature of providing live traffic information. I still like Yahoo maps better, but Yahoo has no mobile component yet. Score one for Google.