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Let me think, they fired half their staff, destroyed the revenue stream, made an odd statement which pushes tablet/mobile use cases under the bus. I'll pivot and rearrange the deck chairs.
1 week ago on Condition One founder unexpectedly kills business model, lays off half of its staff
@katherine susan The RAM was more of a defect of the Intel's Atom chips which don't do more than 2GB in the chipset. The AMD C50 and C60 chipped Acer's came with Win7 x64 and 2GB, will take 8GB SODIMM's no problem, if Acer had mounted the second SODIMM socket 16GB would have been simple.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on As ereaders and netbooks fall, “good enough” goes with them
@libssd You focus on Intel Atom netbooks which typically came with XP or Win 7 (Non) Starter 32-bit, and were architectural limited to 1 or 2GB of RAM. Acer's AMD netbooks started at 2GB Win7 Home 64-bit and were all expandable to 8GB of RAM, and had 11" 1366x768 screens. And while not rockets, they sucked considerably less than the Intel ones. That they often cost $150-$299 represented utility over speed.
4 months ago on Why are Chromebooks so popular on Amazon?
@matthewcmoore Indeed, and WalMart and Target generally have more competitive pricing than BestBuy to start with, which also skews the results. I have a Target Red Card, so get 5% off purchases with that, and free shipping. Target's main problem is very thin stock levels, and lack of a Will-Call online ordering. WalMart's issues are ones of localized pricing, where different stores within say a 30-mile radius often have very different pricing, store managers have some control, and price differences with the online site pricing. Many of these can be resolved by talking to a CSM, or simply Will-Calling a product for in store pick up. This tends to be a "hey look at this pricing on my smart phone", and not some protracted argument with a blue shirted drone.
BestBuy has Will-Call, but it's not as slickly performed as WalMart. Stock levels, and site vs store pricing is a problem, I think they are using a system from the 60s or 80s, rather than the 21st Century. Pricing is generally competitive for On-Ad merchandise, the local WalMart has been aggressively down pricing CD/DVD release to match BestBuy pricing automatically.
5 months, 1 week ago on Showrooming is real, Best Buy is the big loser, and Amazon is eating everyone’s lunch
@JenniferSiegler Then again, I've need understood the vast sums wasted by Big Cola pushing brands that even those dwelling under rocks are familiar with. The ROI has to be below the noise floor of any measurement metric.
It's a product available everywhere, and when you want a choice the darn restaurant chain has already made the biggest one for you.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Resistance is futile. Yet, they resist: How Madison Ave. wastes clients’ money by denying reality
@dewaynelehman Enjoying my non-contract Galaxy S II, on T-Mobile's 4G, perhaps $40/m for unlimited talk/text/data, a fraction of what VZ has every offered me. I rarely miss the coverage VZ had, but I'm sure glad to be off their tinny voice channel. I'm not sure why everyone hates T-Mobile.
HSPA+42 works fine for me, VZ can keep their LTE, crapware and contracts, screw them.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The Nexus 4 is a warning: If you’re going Android, you’re following the carriers’ rules
@joewardpr Indeed. Absolutely no benefit to Amazon to buy NetFlix, I'm not sure the customer base has much value, a bunch of people have both, the players usually support both, if you can sign up for one you can figure out the others. If NetFlix went away, or hiked it prices tomorrow, I'd get the rest of the family switched over in a jiffy.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Netflix must ponder its endgame strategy
@thegraphicmac It's frustrating that the content providers just don't get it, there is plenty of ways to monetize their wares, but the just keep whining about piracy and torrents.
A lot of things I want to watch are either unavailable, or via DVD only. Amazon Prime streaming gets a lot of that business, either via their free or rental content. I'd probably drop Netflix completely if my daughter didn't enjoy all the children's series and cartoons.
When I just can't get the streams I want I'll get the discs and share them with my extended family, I'm not paying for stuff in the cloud I can't share.
More of this. Kevin and Lacy just a fantastic video. Well worth watching the whole thing.
7 months ago on PandoMonthly with Kevin Systrom post-event recap
@doubleotech I don't know Sarah's motives, but she's on the money on this one. Honestly I'm surprised no one reached out to her from the company last week based on the accuracy she landed that punch. It's got to be one of the most monumentally stupid moves ever, and is compounded by the lack of some "Yeah that was stupid, let's re-up your subscription now with some sweeteners" email to the customer base.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Does $15 Change Your Mind? Brian Lee Starts to Woo ShoeDazzle Customers Back