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30
Apr
10

Dell & the Tegra2 Tablet? Forget it!

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/21/dell-looking-glass-tablet-leaks-tegra-2-coming-your-way-in-nove/

As if they haven’t brought enough mediocrity to the laptop and desktop, Dell has set their sites on the new tablet/pad space Apple has opened up in computer hardware with its iPad. in typical form, Dell will try to appeal on price –casting aside such nice-to-haves like usability and quality.
You couldn’t give me a Dell computer or peripheral. Their new products are garbage — loaded down with enough begware out of box to make the product unusable. Who are they serving? Customers or Vendors? Most of the products preloaded on their boxes are worthless or second-rate to begin with. How much LESS could Dell care about their customers? I wrote Jeff Clarke (head of Dell Mfg-Americas) a note expressing concern over the amount of begware and garbage installed on new Dell computers. The bastard couldn’t be bothered to even answer.

Yo Jeff: I have no interest in a second rate product sold and supported by outsourced sales teams. Dell NO LONGER has any real engineering competency (they laid them all off–cheap bastards) in the US – so they are relying on the Chinese copycats to help provide the technologies they are clueless on how to provide.

The effort to migrate mfg to the Chinese was so hopeless that Dell had to rehire a BIOS engineering buddy of mine (Dell HATES spending money on anyone competent) to hold their hands (via tele-conf) because the company now lacks any real problem-solving creativity.

Hopefully Dell bastards will be acquired soon. The best thing Mikey Dell could do for shareholders if he gave one shit would be to sell the company off in pieces, give the shareholders their money back & get out of the hardware biz. Yes, I know it sounds a little like the advice the egomaniac gave Steve Jobs re: Apple about 10 years ago when Mikey THOUGHT he was on top.

Yo Mikey Dell: YOUR COMPANY CULTURE IS IN RUINS & *YOUR PRODUCTS ARE NO LONGER LEADERS, THEY ARE PATHETIC LOW QUALITY CRAP. * Dell can’t even keep its contract with the State of Texas because the products and services the dell lemmings sell and support are so poor. Texas is the even company’s HOME STATE as well as its place of incorporation! If they won’t buy, who will? Neophytes? Transactional business?

The only good thing about the Tegra2 would appear to be its use of Android, Google’s mobile device O/S..
However, I’d still stick to Apple’s iPad and keep your eye on Palm|HP & RIMM’s forthcoming offerings.

29
Jul
09

Apple–why do you insist on screwing your iPhone customers?

Most people have speculated that Google Voice was rejected from the App Store at AT&T’s behest. The reason? Apple’s official line is that Google Voice duplicates features already on the iPhone—namely the Phone and Messages app. Of course, none of that holds water, considering the App Store is already full of alternate SMS apps and apps like Skype that sport a telephone dialer.
Limiting apps from the App Store is a gutless, chicken shit move. I have long been a proponent of Apple products but this is a great example of Apple S-C-R-E-W-I-N-G their customers and concerning themselves less with the community and more with their relationship with AT&T.  As an iPhone customer (2 times over now), I can attest to the fact that AT&T’s quality of service (QOS) is horrible in many US cities. Without the exclusive iPhone contract, I would no sooner use AT&T for my mobile communications than I would jump from a moving vehicle (both are painful- being an AT&T customer may be worse).  It is simply because of the iPhone that they can count me and so many others in their customer ranks.

Apple needs to wake up and realize that customer loyalty is a competency that they cannot afford to trivialize and allow to be frittered away.  Limiting the marketplace for the sake of (weak) alliances and partnerships is a mistake – and sadly one that Apple seems to have made.  And why?  I guess the money must have been good to sell out your soul.

03
Jul
09

iMac Upgrade

Paul was doing some edgy stuff in a VM when his iMac’s hard drive gave out.
After a few attempts at resuscitation, Paul went and bought a new drive and got some extra RAM while he was there.
I agreed to come over and help him with the install. Paul has good experience but had not cracked a lot of Mac cases. He did his research – finding a video on YouTube that we watched the way a football coach watches an opposing teams tapes (rewind play rewind play rewind play…). We were finally able to (carefully) remove the LCD and get to the drive. Apple couldn’t make this more difficult. With two of us, we were able to eventually get everything accomplished but what a pain in the ass!
Clearly there is a need for easy access to the hard drive for both the owner and the technician. I guess the greed-heads at Apple didn’t get that memo.




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