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Gross Margin on GOOG’s Nexus One Looks Good

The new Google Nexus One smart phone has a bill of materials of $174.15, according to a teardown provided by iSuppli.

The teardown analysis includes the hardware and component costs, but not manufacturing, software, accessories and royalties.

Google is selling the Nexus for and unsubsidized $529, or consumers can buy it for $179 with a two-year service agreement from T-Mobile.

The phone’s components and their costs are as follows::

* Baseband processor: Qualcomm, $30.50.
* OLED Display, Samsung $23.50.
* Memory, Samsung, $20.50.
* Touchscreen, Synaptics, $17.50.
* Bluetooth/WiFi chip, Broadcom, $8.20.
* Power management, Qualcomm, $2.50.
* RF Transceiver, Qualcomm, $2.50.
* Power amplifier, Skyworks and others $2.20.
* Power management, Texas Instruments, $1.20.

The rest of the iSuppli list includes $65.65 in a range of components from non-specific vendors; that includes $16.30 in stock electronic components, $12.50 for the camera.


Ad Hoc Reporting Tools Begin to Come of Age

Lately, I have been reviewing various web-delivered,ad-hoc reporting platforms for a client and I have been surprised at the improvement in overall quality that is now available for small budgets with limited technical skill-sets.   Many small and middle-sized businesses with insufficient reporting capabilities on their primary business transaction systems (POS/OLTP) have historically not had the money, time or intellectual resources to put many business intelligence (BI) products into their business operations and decision-making.  The time and cost of development for these systems was often in excess of what all but the fastest growing and most technically-savvy and resourced corporations  could afford.   It’s clear that the times have changed – or perhaps we are in the midst of change. Rapid change.   I would argue the latter.

Products like LogiXML and Pentaho are  examples of the sort of reporting product platforms I see as adding value to decision-making, data mining and trend analysis in many small businesses.  These products are easily configured and can be re-configured or rebuilt at any time. This allows businesses to “crawl-walk-run” in their adoption of an ad hoc platform.

The Microsoft SQL Service Analysis Services/Reporting Services 2005/2008 tools can be used to meet the needs of many of the reporting needs of businesses , however it appears to lack ad-hoc capabilities from what I have seen thus far.   Perhaps more study and diligence will reveal my ignorance first hand. <grin>  Stay tuned.



So What is Google Wave Anyway?

So just what exactly is Google Wave anyway?
Well, think of it as a replacement for email.  Not a replacement exactly, but more of an improvement.
So much of what we do in email is send redundant information back-n-forth– sending a reply to the reply… when new people come into a “thread” it can be difficult for them to get all the background/history of the matter, make introdutions with all participants and begin contributing. Google Wave attampt to create that “bulletin board”- like repository, while providing some nifty groupware and repository functions as well.
Still confused?
Watch this insightful video.


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.


Can all the airlines go bankrupt? please.

I realize that airlines view bankruptcy the way some of us view buying new wardrobes: just another necessity of life every few years— but the recent fee fiesta these assholes have been on would make even the biggest shylock grimace and makes one think we can’t be far off from several airlines folding.
Maybe they should consider charging for toilet paper? Or barf bags?
Better: how bout if we pay they’ll knock off that moronic safety announcement bullshit (extra $5? sure!) . If you don’t know how to put a seatbelt on by now, you shouldn’t be flying on a plane alone–you small brained primate.
As for the airlines — gvt propped-up oligopolists. This dead wood hasn’t given the customer the attn they deserve in almost 8 years (9/11 was the excuse all airlines used to shit on their passengers from a service perspective). All airlines service now sucks ass. There are still those airline industry employees who understand what service is and attempt to render it – but they are the exception. Instead, most airline employees are underpaid and pissed off — wage concessions now the norm for most of these folks. Most greet travelers with a scripted “may I help you” and little more than a “sucks to be you” when they and their colleagues drop the ball or are unable to fulfill the contract they made with you when you bought the ticket. But – hey–don’t blame them. They’re just doing their job… for 40% less than they did two years ago.
Anyone who flies understands the introduction of the Totally Stupid Assholes–oh, sorry–the TSA– did nothing for airport efficiency. How could it? they hired a large group of under-trained security guard types without a thought for process. Customers and efficiency be damned–we’re federal employees!


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.


Sen. Alan Grayson & The Federal Reserve Inspector General

If you weren’t worried about the US government’s bailout of private industry you will be when you finish listening to this clown bureaucrat. She talks, but the only thing that comes out is bullshit. How do we end up with no-nothing bureaucrats like this in such key roles? This woman would be a better candidate to be a greeter at Wal-Mart than to serve as Inspector General.

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