Thursday, October 06, 2011

STEVE JOBS - Difficult to work for because of his overbearing attention to detail, but it was the secret to his success.

What I find amazing about Steve Jobs that no one is mentioning is his success with Apple Stores. Xerox, IBM, Atari and Gateway amongst others quickly gave up trying to run Retail stores, only losing money on their operations. Apple makes bundles of money from their stores and is still expanding; and those stores were over seen in all detail by Steve. And even after all their success he was still looking for ways to improve them.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

RIP ZUNE : Microsoft's attempt of gravy training off Apple's iPod MP3 player was never much of a success, and yesterday Microsoft gave up the ghost, declaring
the end of ZUNE.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Second worst Business Decision this year: Netflix is busy watching its stock plunge and its subscribers disappear with its' recent price hikes. I guess Bank of America wants to similarly shoot itself in the foot. After umpteen years of pushing Debit Cards, they now want to charge a monthly fee for their use. I never have had a debit card, despite tellers begging me over the years. One just doesn't have the same leverage in a dispute with merchants. With a Debit Card, the merchant/bank has your money already. With a Credit Card, they don't. Many's the time I've had a merchant refund my money after a problematic purchase ONLY because I had used a Credit Card, and could ask for a Charge Back. Story here: Then I like the affinity Credit Cards that give me points toward Hotel Stays, Airline Tickets, Room Credits on a Cruise, etc, etc.

Many friends and colleagues tell me that today (Monday Oct. 3) they'll be applying for a free debit card with their credit union, and ceasing all relationships with Bank of America.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Not so valued by AT&T this year. The last 3 years AT&T allowed owners of iPhones to upgrade to the new model with full discount after 12 months of ownership. This year even 15 months isn't enough.
I ordered my iPhone 4 Day 1, but I'm not allowed full discount yet. No "Discount" = No Sale

As a valued AT&T customer, you qualify for a discounted iPhone upgrade at two-year commitment pricing plus $250, along with a two-year commitment and an $18 upgrade fee. Please proceed with the online upgrade process for pricing details. You may qualify for a full discount on a standard iPhone upgrade on 12/02/2011

Really stupid of AT&T
; It will cost me $175 Early Termination Fee to cancel my iPhone account, and Then I can get ~$400 on Ebay selling my iPhone 4; so it makes economic sense for me NOT to stay with AT&T.