17 posts • joined Wednesday 21st July 2010 16:08 GMT
Squeezing the last drops
This feels like the Dinosaur incumbent squeezing the last drops out of an outdated business model. I think they need to see the writing on the wall, and accept that the current way of doing business does not have much longer to run.
The future has to be the customer paying for content to be delivered at their own convenience. The BBC iPlayer is, I think, the best current example of this. However, Netflix, Amazon and even IMDb feel like they are circling like vultures over the carcasses of the old media executives.
Perhaps when the fat cats have taken their comfortable retirement packages and retired to the coast the inevitable truth will become clear that change is not in the hands of the traditional controlling centre, but will be driven by the consumer ourselves.
Once you own the skies you control the battlefield?
The taliban still control Afganistan, Pakistan and Dagestan,,,,, No sign of air superiority achieving anything but longer lingering march of death (on both sides). The IED is still the 'killer' app. Once there is a way to find and destroy these, there will be another example of inimitable human ingenuity that will emerge from the minds of a desperate people with nothing left to lose.
A true stealth weapon would be something that crept in and created an an economy providing structure, reward of opportunity, and a hope of a future worth not dying for.
JD Sports in Poor Customer Service Shock!
nuff said really
not so limited
Although I can get my stuff delivered to home, it almost always seems to arrive when my wife is taking or collecting the children to or from school.
It is clearly not going to work for all, but there is a pretty big niche here I think.
Take it National
Sounds like a half decent plan on the face of it. Needs to be rolled out to all areas though.
The alternative plan?
Perhaps this is actually the 'plan'
Let some tameable skiddies loose to stir up public opinion in support of regulation (e.g. French Pres. Sarkhozy's recent speach) - so there is something else to focus on (apart from gov having no money, no gold, no clue).
Once they get too damaging, reel them in and put them on show, then roll out controlling legislation.
(Mind you, our western record of controlling guerilla forces that we set up is not exactly spotless, so there may be a problem here)
New FT.com case in point
The new ft.com site (http://m.ft.com) optimised for iphone/ipad to bypass Apple's restriction on the customer relationship is a great example of what can be done well. An optimised mobile experience instead of a platform specific app.
There are specific optimised versions for ipad and galaxy tab, so platform specialisation is still necessary and being done - but the FT / Pearson Group maintain the direct relationship with the customer; not Apple, Android, Samsung or the Carriers.
Content is still king in the end.
captive portal login
If you use a network with a captive portal to control security of access - e.g. conference centres, hotels, etc - the initial network is unsecured (no 'little padlock' icon), but you cannot go anywhere until you have put your voucher code / room number / username + password / etc.
In these cases, the network shows up as "unsecured" but _can_ be quite secure in fact, as you are being dumped into a walled garden (captive portal) first.
"for return to Earth" ?!
Surely: "for incineration as it burns up in the atmosphere from the friction of trying to return to earth" ?
What could possibly go wrong
Small, portable nuclear reactor - ready in a transporter box (ship) surrounded by huge amounts of explosive fuel (methane)..
What could possibly go wrong !??!!!
Trevor, OK, will wait for next instalment. Thanks for taking time to respond.
However, I am still with @Sebastian Brosig at this point - I am not yet convinced that it is worth the expense and overhead against ad-hoc others, especially for smaller teams.
Clearly the enterprise type functions, message archive retention particularly are important and missing from the free alternatives.
However, 37 Signals' Campfire product does well, and is integrated into Basecamp as a bonus. And does not require any setup, plus the conversations are filed against the project automatically.