56 posts • joined Tuesday 18th October 2011 08:19 GMT
So if one extrapolates that viewpoint the decision on whether the UK stays in / out or indeed shakes it all about regarding EU membership will come down to a fight between the "corporates" many of which pay no taxtaxes and yet demand all the benefits of membership........
e.g. Banks, Financial Institutions, Car Manufacturers etc will lobby for the UK to stay in the EU to retain access to the large market, whilst Apple and others will lobby for us to leave so that they can carve up the EU into discreet markets and pricing for its products.
The UK's population with our major concerns regarding immigration, population explotion and the resultant pressures this is placing on the NHS, our education system, affordable housing and the social security system will not even get a vote......................
is it me or is this article inaccurate?
Really Serco only amassed £1.82m in Govt contracts last year...................
should that be £1.82bn?
Maybe £1.82m is what Stafford is getting as a pay off.....................or
May be if Serco provided the numbers for this article then perhaps the editorial team and the MOJ need to look wider.............Serco unable to provide the correct numbers for anything!!.....................
Re: Great, more unsecured data
A scub bag hackers wet dream.
ah an dlets not forget the Chinese Govt Hackers and
Eastern European Criminals meal ticket to a millionaires lifestyle of riches borne from exploiting the wealth of unprotected data.
and thats before the Govt or NHS decides to off-shore its storage to a mud hut on Guam
another FUBAR project
Re: Capita confirmed that Pinder will "receive no payments for salary after his retirement"
I bet most of the employees would like to give him a Golden Shower on his way out the door.....
After all thats what he appears to have done to them in recent years...........
Vince Cable and the Govt will find nothing and do nothing
Another sorry tale of greed, misrepresentation, pre-packaged failures, tax evasion and huge self interest on the part of the VC.
The impact as we can all forsee are job loses no doubt ahead of Christmas, personal hardship for those unlucky people employed by those companies, loss of pensions and pay and a consequential impact on their families.
The investors in such a vehicle will no doubt be insulated from such trauma if not rewarded for their investment while everything burns around them............
Moral compass off point........................nah
Govt contracting - cluster fecks and the public money tree
Govt contracting is infected with billy big bollox, wanting an all encompassing solution to world peace, for a cheap as chips price, for a decade long contract term with no accountability in Govt and all risk transferred to the successful bidder
they cannot articulate the need, the benefit or scope of the requirement; often compounding this situation by seeing no value in the preferred bidder doing a detailed needs analysis before final contracting.
That how we get all too common HS2 projects / contracts, Aircraft Carriers contracts and PFI hospital deals..........PFI schools blah blah........
All too depressing when one reflects on the fact that these tossers squander so much public money.
Contract for lightbulb supply and installation at £2000 a pop anyone?.................please!!!!
Re: Typical behaviour?
Indeed having worked in Global IT Outsourcing and Consulting for over 10 years this practice is very common even in the mature markets; where do you think companies like Infosys got the idea from.
Its a big race to the lowest price point or lowest common denominator across most industry sectors and countries.
Along with the very passionate forum post about 18th century coal mine owners and haves and have nots; the other aspect that needs to be considered is Societies "rampant consumption" of all natural resources without consideration for how sustainable this practice is; Energy being the latest example.
If we consume based on Wants and not Needs
If we consume without a care for where the resources come from
If we consume without questioning the sustainability of our behaviour
If we fail to understand and act upon the laws of supply an demand
Then we are sealing our own fete and that of future generations.
Perhaps paying more for energy might be the catalyst for a behavioural change in Society?
So should the Government take action on the Energy companies?
Re: And some sour grapes too.
Perhaps since MS acquired Nokia's mobe business there is an opportunity to integrate the two products streams and rebrand.
What about the Microsoft Lemon?
It is sour, pithy, makes your eyes water when you part with money or look at someone else with an Apple.
It performs like a Lemon; built badly on a Friday afternoon when the Roberts on the production line are already dreaming about the first weekend beer or WD40.
Nah............. that would be too sensible.
Cogs whir in MS HQ nah feck it lets just retain two competing products lines and self distruct instead!!!!!!!!!!!!
The new definition of "literally getting things done"............yeah right on man
Re: Resale value
You get what you pay for; 2 weeks short of the warranty expiration on my iPhone5 the wake sleep button start to play up intermittently; worst kind of nightmare, no consistent fault scenario, how do they sort this.....
I booked a slot at the local Apple Store Genius Bar; Beardy Genius saw me within minutes of my time slot (on the weekend too), ran some diagnostics and immediately swapped out the handset for a new one. No questions......
Microsoft, HTC or Samsung or BB would have given me the runaround for 3 weeks and then said you are out of warranty "feck off" or pay for a new handset.
For the time being Apple have attractive, quality products with good customer service at aspirational price points that are just about in reach of a good slice of market share that sustains their business vision / goals.
The issue for them is simple do they
A: follow the mass market into a death spiral of over supply of evermore capable products that Consumers rarely use to their full extent or
B: stay at the premium end of the market which no one can touch them at, work on brand loyalty (evidenced by the recent appointment of Ahrendts from Burberry) and watch the bottom feeders devour each other or drown in the over supply product inventory.
mmmmmmmm tough choice..........
As I say for the near future Apple have my business.
I agree with most of what you have said.................
This is clearly a topic you feel strongly about and I agree with most you have written
WFH is not for all personality types or indeed types of work.
As you said in one of your posts the Football fans would feel isolated on WFH and it would drive them to endless IM chats or to leave the company. Many managers cannot effectively manage if they cannot count the widget production per head at the end of the day....
I have also WFH extensively since 2000 and find it useful as you say when you need to concentrate, crack a problem or write proposals but its not for everyone.
I also think that in some cases a team needs to be together to bond as a team and reach optimal performance. Now this does not mean permenant co-location does it does mean that the managers or leaders have a strategy that takes the team through the Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing phases.
Otherwise I think you are spot on in terms of your assessment of these moves by HP and Yahoo.
Re: they should have purchased Nokia
So are you saying that sometime ago Microsoft decided Nokia was an aquisition target.
Did they plant Elop in there as a Trojan Horse to get the full skinny on whether it was a financially attractive target.
He may have advised Microsoft to only go for the Device's business unit as the rest had no real value to Microsoft.
Maybe in return for his "vast" Golden Handcuffs payout from his Microsoft contract and his Golden Hello return to Microsoft contract Elop might have been tasked with driving the Nokia Share price down 60%.
This could have in effect funded the purchase price of Nokia Devices for Microsoft.......
Anything underhanded about that?.............
All above board?............
Nokia shareholders disadvantaged?............
Wonder if Mr Pearlstein backed this horse as well?
next claim in his pipeline perhaps
Re: Hardly a deterrent - ah how do you spell detergent
Most squaddies have left school before completing formal education and have by the MOD's own records a reading age of an 11 year old child.
Many when I was involved in the MOD DIIF project needed help with PC literacy, simple word processing, email writing and online self service MOD benefits claims.
Yeah Dads Army sets the right tone and expectation......I can see them tripping over themselves as they try and get both left feet in front of the other whilst wielding their pitch forks which they have managed to snag their capes on...............lol
Or is it
Keystone Cyber Cops running in ever decreasing circles.....
And lets not forget that Fujistu were late the NHS NPfIT nose in the Govt Trough party and if I am not mistaken they were the first provider to be binned by the Govt for poor contract performance.
So, yes the Broadband contract terms must have been very onerous for them not to bid.
Re: "poor negotiating capability"
I too was at the Coalface as you put it.
The primary cause of the contract failure could be put down to a NPfIT vision that was not fully supported by the SHA's let alone the Trusts.
When we started to engage the Trusts they were in the dark regarding the Vision, contract and the impact on them. we had to sell the Vision all over again to those Trusts; many of which had already made investments of commitments to local suppliers or some of the big players.
Then the "individual" who headed the negotiations for NPfIT left and the rest is history........
Big bang solution rather than implement and iterrate
Poor contract management on both sides
Scope creep of monumental proportions
Software solutions unproven and delayed in development
Trusts undermining the Vision and Contract as they had already made a local decision for a solution
Delays driving Trusts to dis-engage with the NPfIT programme
The lord god that is Clint Eastwood had a term for this "CLUSTERFUCK"
But hey, no harm...... no one died.........no accountability.......... wait for the dust to settle and try again next decade......
Re: A lot of paper ...
However the issues with the NHS is one of arrogance, convenience and luddites.
After all we have been talking about the paperless office for deacdes and no commercial business has acheived it; so why would a Public Service with no commercial incentive to do so trail blaze this issue. Especially one that has a history of having Change forced on it resulting it a concerted effort to undermine and resist the necessary Change.
It simply wont happen and we will look at another £10bn wasted and more public sector halfwits and government types walking away shrugging their shoulders saying "nowt to do with me mate".....not my fault.
Quite simply without hard Acoountability these guys should not allowed to have access to such funding at all; they cannot be trusted with just pocket money.
Whether its Government and Civil Service spending £millions with 1000's of suppliers of paper clips, pens, printer paper, light bulbs.
MOD buying choppers that cannot fly in clouds and fog, attack helicopters when they have not ticked the box for pilot training, building the SA80 rifle instead of buying the AR15.
Police forces this week being called to accoiunt for why the dont consolidate their purchasing power for simple equipment like boots, stab vests, handcuffs, cars etc.
Quiet simply Public Sector offers poor value for money and that is the principle reason Taxes go up to pay for their poor performance and value for money.
Bin the lot and start again...................
Re: So the man who helped the NHS wast £10Bn should be in charge of MS?
Small but important correction, I believe the article states that Lawrie joined CSC in 2012, by which time the NHS contract was well and truly toast.
If anything Lawrie ended a contract that was not working since its incept in 2003; and in some respects it was a contract that was doomed to failure. Designed and contracted by the NHS Ivory Tower and imposed on the SHA's and Trusts..... immediately establishing a multi-level game of them and us divides that could not bridged by the contract winners to achieve consensus to make the contract work.
Re: Is this really surprising
To which I hope your response is................
Well if you did they job properly first time you would not need my services.
closely followed by.................
24/7 emergency plumbers charge extra for such services, thats the business I am in.
and closed by......................
well do ya what me to fix your mess and help you keep your customer without paying penalty fee's or what?
Nice darts mate
Re: It's all about arse covering or as they might say Risk Management
With so many Govt Contracts..............
1. going spectacularly wrong
2. going over budget
3. failing to deliver
5. offering poor or no real value
cant wait for HS2 as the lord god Client Eatswood would say "its a cluster feck" in the making
money better spent on airport capacity inline with the Govt mantra that our economy will only grow through export to emerging economies................ something that they appear to have forgotten about.
I agree; having been in Retail, IT Service and Consulting for a few decades now, the High Street or indeed Bricks and Mortar are far from dead.
What is very well demonstarted by Apple Stores is the social / personal sales experience, the service, the product quality and warranty.
I can only imagine your situation; however taking the time to visit and Apple Store and benefit from in my opinion the well trained and enthusiastic staff; also benefit from the many informal training sessions are the types of service that will define High Street stores of the future. Its the only way they can compete.
I would also agree that Richer Sounds also fit into this same category of high street survivors that are defining the new bricks and mortar sales experience.
Interesting that along with all the brands mentioned in this string that Jessops has not been mentioned........it has rather quietly come back to the high street................
particularly when it is Govt that in some cases also get "stiffed" with picking up the tab for the pension schemes of such companies.
So to summarise the the Liquidator / Adminstratot vultures you can iamgien generate just enough cash to cover the secured debtors and their own fee's and frankly screw anyone else.
Perhaps a bit of risk and reward for the Adminsistrators might not go amiss. Word hard, harvest all the cash and liquidate all the assets to the max that way you get paid.
Instead of taking the easy option of selling a "pre-package" adminstration service which seems the original creditors and HMRC cheated out of £millions only for the same owners to buyt the assets back and start the scam all over again.................
Morally and Ethically corrupt at best. Criminal most likely..........
Re: Modern commerce, UK stylee
Count me in,
then lets crowdfund the stock acquisition and sit back and...................
either what the revenue / profit roll in or more likely..............................
the debt pile up to kill the seed capital...................
then we can just walk away having not risked any of our own money......genius
perhaps even try the whole thing again until someone catches on and we need to do a runner.......
Re: Greedy sales people
You hit the nail on the head oh wise one............. I watched Wall Street 2 film yesterday which if you listen to the dialogue it makes some interesting points about a massively corrupt society.......
which I feel boils down to a simple distinction
Socialism > Capitalism > Greed.
Sadly there is too much greed and self serving self interest all over the place; MP's pay rises, massive pay off's for so called public servants, CEO's not just with their noses in the trough but practically immersed, even regulatory bodies.................massive payouts for ex FSA staffs as that Quango is closed.
No doubt we will hear in the coming weeks how many of those that got paid off from the FSA have immediately found new jobs in the Treasury, Bank of England or replacement organisation. Just like yesterdays stories of NHS payoffs as 174 departments as part of the restructure / cost cutting were closed to be replaced by 214 new ones.
Thats apparently progress..........................EPIC FAIL!!!!!! again
Re: A union doing what it should be doing...
Unite, yeah vote rigging and unionised pay deals that seem out of touch with reality. Way to go!!!
Just read how Unites people at DHL who are a subbie to JLR are about to call a strike as they try to secure pay deals for various closed shop staff types of 20% and 13% over the next 2 years.
Reality check anyone at Unite?
Are they really trying to kill what little business growth the UK economy has?
Re: One Hundred and Eighty ?
Another fine example of screwed UK Public procurement.
Dont know how many you want
Dont know the solution options
Dont know who owns the budget
Get a load of suppliers who are all rigging the market to bid
Get loads of proposals in that are all the same price and spec
Professional Procurement play a game of "ip dip dog shit" and choose ............ the winner
which strangely enough is the bidder that has won the contract for the last 3 tenders
Same old same old.......
We commission aircraft carriers with no planes available to fly off them
we then change our minds and respec the aircraft and the carrier and huge addtional expense
we procure attack heliciopters that cannot be flown because we did not tick the box for pilot training
we procure transport helicopters that cannot fly if its cloudy because we did not tick the box for radar
we design and build and inferior rifle for the Army rather than buy an off the shelf product like the AR15
The list is endless evidencing a profligate public sector who continue to dip their hand in our pockets via taxation when their procurement projects over spend. This sorry mess is all headed up by shadu mandarins and celebrity politcians who are all in it fr themselves.............
A sorry state indeed.
Re: Margin might be thin
Do KIA still honour the 7 year warranty on a Pride even after its been hit by 17 depleted uranium tipped shells?
Does that come under the anti corrosion and perforation warranty?
The Americans really know how to deal with greed, I wish the UK would grow a "pair"
This is the correct course of action; although it looks like the brothers have been carved from the same stuff.
It kind of looks like Gilberto got off lightly having "allegedly" paid everything back. In doing that so readily and easily it suggests that he made sooooooooooooo much more in kickbacks and bribes.......
No pain so whats the deterant for next time.............. mmmmmmmmm
Re: It's not that hard to see the problem
So in summary there are many effects that are causing the drop in PC sales of frankly any type.
1. We are pretty much all cash strapped... Governments, Companies and individuals all are
2. Hardware is lasting longer....... or perhaps we see no genuine advantage in following each and every minor tech upgrade.
3. The PC market is staturated in terms of both supply and a declining demand
4. The green agenda is growing so people are recycling and exploiting older technologies as there is no compelling reason for change.
5. Windows 8 is therefore a train wreck in slow motion as a result of all of these factors; its the wrong product at the wrong time in the cycle of the global market. What I mean by this is when most of your User base are still happy with XP or Windows 7 and the hardware manufacturers haven't yet created the market for touch screen PC's and Laptops........ why oh why would you launch Windows 8.....................
Cos you are Micrososft and you believe that you can walk on water and create the market on your own......... I believe the Yoof's call that an "EPIC FAIL"................... bye bye Balmer!!
Re: Backtrack much?
Agreed, Apple know how to market to maximum effect Microsoft clearly have no clue at all.
However I have to disagree on a couple of points; I use MS for work and productivity apps and Apple for mobile devices and entertainment. So I think the decision on what to buy and from where is a little more complex.
But yes, no one in their right mind is going to be fooled by this market move. First they have to fix Windows 8 or junk it and start again. However as a sign of their poor marketing capability; launching a touch screen based OS when touch screens have not reached the appropriate tipping point was a big mistake.
Perhaps they missed a trick in cutting a deal with major hardware manufacturer to launch a bundled solution rather than go it alone with the Surface when they have such a poor track record in hardware development...................
Perhaps Ballmer should stick to speccing and ordering Super Yachts.................Doh!!!!
Re: Train wreck in waiting
I prefer Train wreck in slow motion...........
Allows the bidders to "rinse" network fail for more money as the project delays and then subsequently gets cancelled with out delivering any tangible value. NHS care records system me thinks; HMRC benefits programme.
As regards where do they get these people from simples.......................... offer enough Wonga and the flies start circling...........................
Yup I was there......... initially called Patient Records and then as the shitstorm grew due to Homer's car design changes and failure to deliver frankly anything on time so...... lets re-brand and call it Connecting for Wealth.... sorry Health.
That bought the suppliers and the Labour party at least till the 2010 general election. Then it became the Coalitions job to wield the axe after which the blame game starts with no one held to account for the cluster feck that the project became.....
It all started with such good intentions too...........
Re: Same old story the anatomy of the fail
The projects need to be smaller and not allowed to grow to "Homer's Car" proportions (google homers car for a great picture). Yes; risks have a cost and should be reflected in the price (yes I have been on the dark side of private supply to the public sector)
They need to be evolution not revolution; deliver something and when you do iterate rather than try and nail a solution for the next decade in the first attempt......
The projects need to be protected from political party influence and disruption. Sadly in ages now far gone we could get consensus across Government and the political landscape to invest in the countries infrastructure and needs.
Sadly nowadays it seems to me that celebrities like Brown, B-Liar and Cameroon are too caught up in celebrity politics and their own personal gain to care about the country they claim to represent.
Re: Love to get one of the USB sticks but.......
Here yah go dual core stick from Japan; better made than the Chinese variant, more useful and reliable.
Re: For that money . . .
I agree MS are targeting the wrong market segment with the wrong product. Kind of like the scene out of the film The Untouchables "bringing a knife to a gun fight".
The Surface should indeed be positioned against the MBA as that is the only way it will gain market share. Going head to head with iPad when already "years too late to the party" is just insane and will certainly see Balmer dethroned............... perhaps in more just one way...... ;-)
Re: Why renew anyway?
The trouble with this point of view is that "PC are not a necessity".
I suggest very strongly that PC's are "increasingly" a neccessity as evidenced by them being included in "baskets" when calculating the inflation rate.
They are included in these "baskets" as we are increasingly "reliant" on PC's to access banking, local government services, insurance provisions, pensions, online food shopping and communicating with loved ones.
Therefore is the PC a neccessity? if not now then very soon. As regards how that drives retail buyers behaviour; well if it starts to run slow, generate errors or fail then it will get replaced.
But that will not be driven by any balance sheet depreciation calculation or IT strategy for example.
What an intelligent approach;
I am not as technically proficient as you but nonetheless I have still bought by last two PC's from the Dell Outlet and variously over time increased the RAM or replaced the OS with Win7 Pro.
Currently I am looking to replace my desktop and have been looking once more at Outlet / Refurb type hardware rather than New.
Certainly after all the press and forum traffic I am body swerving the "train wreck" that is Win8.
What I find most confusing though is the Intell / AMD processor roadmap / specs. Now trying to focus on Intell i3 > i7 generation 2................. I think.
Re: @Pete 2
I agree with you..............
We had all the Bankers threatening to leave the UK financial services sector for more sympathetic countries when they got bashed and taxed for "significantly contributing" to the causing the banking crisis.
I ask you how many actually left? Few.........
Has it damaged the performance of the Financial Services sector in the UK? No!!
Are we feeling the pain? No!!
Should we have already prosecuted and jailed some of those Feckers? Absolutely
Such as action would once again re-establish the "moral hazard" or fine tune their "Moral Compass"
Finally corporations did leave the UK when we had through necessity apply higher corporation taxes to allow us to recover from the "banking led economic crisis". This was only right and proper as clearly based on other posts on this forum; Corporations have clearly profited massively in the good times. Now its payback.
That said now that Corporation and other taxes are coming down how many of those corporations are coming back to the UK.
In short the UK Government has to "grow a pair" and get tough rather than lube up and flash the sheriffs badge each time Corporates make threats.
Re: News Flash!!
The UK Govt keeps most of what it steals.....mmmmmmm not sure about that.
Apart of course from the Billions it pays to be part of that corrupt club called the EU and the Millions it contributes in Aid to countries that are growing bigger and faster than the UK, or that have such endemic corruption that the Aid doesn't actually benefit anyone other than the Tyrants and WarLords......
Re: No real surprise
Oh and dont forget the fact that even the "doorman" at HMRC towers seems to be empowered to cut Goldman Sachs a massive Tax rightoff without any approval from Govt or higher powers in HMRC.
Re: Sorry still the same universe.
Great and insightful comments as always.
I also believe that in the current economic climate "Corporations" just don't have the confidence or budget for big change; be that Big Data or migrating their Desktop Infrastructures to the next WinTel solution dispite buring bridges like licensing support being removed. They want incremental change that demonstrates value early, that they can therefore justify and that there already overstretched organisations can absorb.
I also believe this behaviour is linked to an article last week about "Corporations" historically being sold the entire "sweetie shop" by software sales guys resulting loads of "shelfware licenses decaying like rotting veg. The result being that "Corporations" and perhaps the IT Directors are more sceptical of Software Sales picthes and overtly aggressive sales guys predicting doom......
Finally I am not sure any IT Director has a 10 year strategy, they might at best have a 5 year horizon. However I bet if they put their 5 years plans on the desk and compared the last 15 years there would be some significant shocks in terms of Vision vs Reality.
Turd rolled in Glitter; I have not heard that one before. What a gem LOL.
I often use the phrases "polishing a turd" or "putting lipstick on a pig"
all very appropriate re: Symantec products as a retail user I have seen my home PC's all slow down or suffer random and lengthy auto update events.......... frustrating as hell.
Based on this string, could be time to move on as well.
Re: Mandated? You must be kidding!
As a previous contributor said what happens to the built in tech when rust inevitably starts eating away at the car and water starts fusing the electrics?
Where will the inbuilt SatNag send you when adverts become the driving force behind the recommended route it suggests, yeah Google we have seen where you are going with this.........
What happens when a hacker or pissed off employee corrupts the SatNag and dumbed down drivers just follow the SatNag's directions slavishly off the eadge of the nearest cliff like Lemmings!!!!!!
As the lord god that is Clint Eastwood says "this is a cluster fluck" waiting to happen
Re: High End
Or like Mercedes you develop A, B and C classes to try and provide a feed for the more expensive models of the E and S class.
It is True Mercedes are never going to compete with the mass market provides of cars line Ford, Toyota and Nissan etc. But they will eat away at the size of that segment as many people are aspirational
But be in no doubt Mercedes and many of the other premium brand manufacturers investigate and deploy marketing strategies to attract new buyers for their products from other demographic groups.
Re: I'm no expert, but...
Market Leader in what..........................
If you look at pretty much all of Apples more portable devices iPhone, Pad and Pod they are all devices which increasingly drive Users to online content be that Music from ITunes or Apps from the Apps Store. Get it yet?
Apple if they are at all interested in being a Market Leader, I doubt it is in Mobes. More likely downloadable content. Apps Store brings in $10bn in revenue since it opened......... Thats market leading and I would suggest that iTunes is also a market leader in its segment. And of course Apple are doing quite well in the Mobes market also. Oh and before I forget they Leader the market in MP3 players having defined the market to start with.
I might recommend taking a wider perspective on what Apple is about; the many millionaires Apple has created amongst its staff and shareholders would also say its market leading in terms of shareholder value returned.
Re: If terrestrial bandwidth is so valuable...
Totally agree the poliforation of crap TV that came with Freeview/sat and the bandwidth reschuffle needs addressing. And to avoid doubt I not talking about empowering Broadcast Nazi's however here's the thing....
How much better off would we all be without the following for starters:
Ambulance chasing legal firms offering no cost personal injury claims support
PPI claims management firms
Commodities Brokers manipulating the prices of "life sustaining necessities" for huge personal profit at the cost of millions of lives around the world being lost
24/7 gambling sites
Impotent Governments seemingly powerless to control the behaviour of multi-nationals to ensure they pay their way in society.
Apologies Rant over.
Welcome Request - more of the same but perhaps a little more polish
Well done The Reg,
Data is everywhere and much of it is biased and confusing; please carve yourself a niche by providing a forum for enthusiastic technology users, many of which such as The Anonymous Coward contribute widely and generously from which I have personally benefitted. This is where data becomes actionable/useful "information"
Technology is all pervasive and will continue to be so, therefore if we are to benefit from this mega-trend we need to share our knowledge. This perhaps starts with The Reg and its many thought and comment provoking articles which I feel are in the main good.
I agree the literary content need brushing up (grammar, spellings etc), however as a low level "power user" I look forward to the morning emailer and frequently find many articles of interest.
You might also want to test and indeed share the "background and credibility" of the contributors of the articles as this could be where review objectivity or literary quality standards are dropping off.
Of greatest value to me are the comments that these articles spawn, as exampled by todays "comments regarding NAS storage"; an issue I have been trying to solve for about a year now as a prolific digital photographer in my limited spare time.
In summary, keep dong what you are doing; the tech focus is a sweet spot for me; the articles need a "polish" as perhaps the contributors do or The Reg needs to put a more robust editorial process in place.
But that aside; focus on retaining the most valuable asset "your Users" and those that contribute to the forum comments.
Re: burning bridges
I respect and appreciate the enthusiasm of America's however their self centred attitude when it comes to interacting with the rest of the world and their "shoot, aim, ready" attitude to global business remains one of the most frustrating aspects of working with and for American owned/based companies.
Re: Surely the blue shirt buyers will buy into it to.
But surely the blue shirts are incentivised to sell Apple products, so that will come first.
As regards then getting the blue shirts to update the maps that might take skills that they do not have' Apple may as well pay Apes with peanuts to get the job down. They would have a better shot at a quality outcome......
I foresee loads of people walking aimlessly in circles and bumping into each other as they focus on their smartphones trying to get some place....
Looks like we are doing Apples Product Pricing strategy for them, competition around the £200 price point give or take 15%, iPod Touch at £170 for entry level and the current iPad 3 at £399 entry level. Ergo price the mini at £200 > 250 for entry level.
I would hope they price the Mini at a point that takes the fight to the competition rather than ignore the competition and bank on the iLemming factor......... mmmmm starting to sound like an iLemming myself perhaps.
Personally I agree with AC in that the 7inch form is too small, too compromised and therefore appeals to a niche that wants an eReader perhaps. They will not pay a premium when there are such good devices already established out there such as the Kindle, Sony etc and new devices coming from Barnes and Noble etc
I guess we will find out in the next week or so and look forward to yet more launch day queue's and availability issues ensuring shipping misses the important holiday season.
Happy days are here again..............
and yet still no Micro Sims for Apple devices
Left Virgin after over 5 years as they are not able to deliver micro sims or Apple phones.
Joined Voda who seem to have poorer network coverage and call connection rates, but now carry just one device.
You pays your money and makes your choice....