Wednesday, 27 April 2005
What amazes me about this article is the 'glaring oversight' that M$ have made in leaving this problem in their mail system. Storage is cheap and has been for several years now, so there is no excuse for M$ to be reticent about overcoming the capacity issue.
Again, this is the Ultimate Monopoly dictating a hidden upgrade path which users only stumble across when a) it's too late and b) they don't have the time/resource to find and implement another solution.
Monday, 25 April 2005
I've always felt a certain fear & loathing of the Murdock empire: the right-wing 'balanced viewpoints' of most of his press, the nepotism (elder son runs Fox, younger son runs Sky), and just the plethora of his portfolio - monotheic opinions voiced through many, often obscured, channels. In a profession seeking 'the truth', he seems to control an awful lot of varieties of it. All of which makes this latest speech thoroughly fascinating. Is it merely pandering to popularism, or is it a genuine rallying cry? Does it matter which, as long as it's him saying it? My brief stint in media has taught me one thing: the closer to the top you get, the more people will try to gun you down. Clearly, it's this sort of foresight that has enabled him to survive as long as he has.
Friday, 22 April 2005
Thursday, 21 April 2005
Thursday, 14 April 2005
Sure, they were clobbered by the 3G license bonanza, but then they have the gravy of SMS fees (this extra channel costs them nothing - an accidental, and lucrative bonus). It would seem that this is not enough, and that they want to continue making money for no effort (of their own). This, coupled with their silly restrictions on phone functionality (eg. no bluetooth DUN on provider-locked phones), and their insistence on hefty GPRS charges, makes me wonder whether there are serious problems in the health of that market.
Is it too competitive? Not competitive enough? The key difference between this network and the internet is that the internet is open, whereas the global mobile network is factioned - regionalised and cross-charged. Could you imagine your ISP charging you 50% of your takings for your website? Could you imagine the eBays, Amazons and Googles of this world working in that context? They messed it up once with WAP; GPRS is still hovering in the early-adopter stage, and, unless they loosen their grip, 3G and proper data services will also stall. Leaving them, at least for a while, in another consolidating market. Stop charging for air, guys, and let the consumers breathe a little more.
Thursday, 7 April 2005
Records and books traditionally cost nearly as much to reproduce as produce. It's only when we get to the digital age that reproduction is as easy as drag 'n drop. And while some have been making hay while the suns shines, others have been quietly buying up all the fields. Ultimately, I suppose, the consumer will still get their hay. But at what cost to progress? Imagination and innovation are what drew me to information technology. To threaten those is to threaten the heart of this incredibly progressive industry.