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How large companies take a good idea and screw it up

April 27th, 2010 by Bruce Allen

I know I'm not the only one out there who questions the business philosophy of Apple. Their actions always indicate they will go to absurd lengths to conceal their intellectual property, thus keeping the profits flowing, shareholders drooling with delight, and competitors in the dark. Yet a company that makes money by selling pc's, laptops, and phones, deliberately makes their number 1 product more difficult to get and use, and at the same time, less appealing, by keeping the iphone exclusive to the worst provider in the world(for their size). Isn't that like saying, "We don't want to sell alot of these things."? If that's the case, some other large company will be happy to provide what people want: A smartphone with a 5 inch screen, they are able to use with at least 3 or 4 providers running an os with a good amount of useful apps. This is why Android market share domininance is enivitable. Despite droids little shortcomings right now, users and developers alike are extremely annoyed with the iphone business model. The intuitive development tools for iphone, and simple integration with itunes fall way short of making up for keeping the phone locked up. The iphones day has come to an end. Dell will be glad to sell boatloads of the streak when it comes out to those tired of unlock tools and overpriced unusable phones everytime a new firmware release comes out.

Affordable technical help and consulting

October 31st, 2008 by Bruce Allen

Implementing and Maintaining technology doesn't have to be a hassle or cost your entire life savings to accomplish. There are so many available resources to use at your disposal this day in age. When those same resources are exhausted you normally have to call for help. This is usually in the form of a nerdy guy on the phone or a large commercial business here in the states that wants to charge 3 times what the work is worth and put all people in the same income classification that they have 2-3 hundred dollars to spend repairing a $500 pc or server. Whether you have inherited millions or inherited debt and poverty, Affordable technical help is available here for people that need it. The deal here is, The work is done completed or problem is fixed, or I don't ask for pay, period.

I've always felt that If you can't make something affordable, why bother doing it? If more people felt that way, this would be a much more interesting world, believe me.

Free Software reference

October 31st, 2008 by Bruce Allen

Over the years I've run across quite a few unique and very useful software packages in the open source domain that I want other people to discover as well. I've put links to them in the bottom left nav panel.


Warning to people who have purchased a laptop from a large electronics store.

October 31st, 2008 by Bruce Allen

The quality coming out of these best buy specials showing up on my test bench is disturbingly surreal. The machines I've been seeing don't even have a year of life on them and they require a new mainboard or drive. I highly recommend avoiding them like the plague and going with something like an Asus Eeepc.