749 posts • joined Friday 20th July 2007 10:02 GMT
Have you seen how many GB you get? Surface my ar*e.
He's the 44th richest person in the world. He must be doing something right!
I wonder if he misunderstood Apple stores.
"They (in my experience) offer minimal customer service apart from selling goods, and, particularly in the case of Dixons, are only interested in what else they can sell you (extended warranties etc).
As such, they have a minimal staff, and often those staff who are there are only really interested in selling more stuff.
When people go into these stores, they know this. They expect it."
No they don't. They go into Dixons/PCworld because they want a fix for their (usually Windows) computer which they do't understand and are so non tech-savvy that they 1) believe the ads and, 2) believe Dixons/PCWorld will solve their problems. They also have enough 'pride' that they know what's needed that they'll pay dearly for the cable which they could have bought elsewhere at half the price. I feel sorry for the Dixons/PCWorld staff who are demoralised and working for a company which has no interest in them at all, let alone the customers.
Why is Microsoft copying Apple's retail ideas? BECAUSE THE RETAIL SYSTEM WORKS! And THAT's what Browett didn't understand and will never understand. Still. he made a lot of money from Apple's error of judgement (Can't call it a 'mistake' can we?).
"Browett was used to selling value-for-money products"
No he wasn't. Almost all of the products in his stores were NOT value-for-money.
Browett ... was an agency used by Apple to Headhunt him? If so, they too should be given the heave-ho.
At my local Apple stores in Manchester (Trafford and city Arndale) you can't get a Genius appointment for the next three days. This is either Browettisation or loads of Apple stuff either not understood or returned. Hmmm... makes you think.
As for the Bullring Apple Store they now give you oxygen to help you through the 'experience'.
When Google went public a year ago, it famously said in the papers accompanying its offering that its motto would be “Don’t do evil.”
So, Eric, What happened?
If Browett has his way there'll be ONE blueshirt left in the country but he will know about Maps (so long as you've paid the £39.99 to be covered).
Surrey Council will save money by going with BT.
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So we get past the headline which gives the impression that it's the iPhone only and we read later... "The iPhone-maker, which also produces kit for Nokia, HP, Dell and other big tech names..."
No wonder you don't get invited to Apple functions. You must list yourselves with the other Apple-haters who post here.
The fact is that ALL the tech companies use crap-paid labour in China for cheapness because they want to get as much money as they can for shareholders, Apple included. But we (US and UK) all did the same not so long ago... it's how we built up our empires. The Chinese are only doing what we did and probably learned from us!
All I needed to read was "Ballmer predicts ..."
Good for a laugh.
"Gross margins were pretty much flat.
The firm has been through a series of restructures under previous boss John Browett including redundancies, store closures and reformatting and a revamp of customer services."
And Apple gave him a job?
The Chinese are only doing what WE did (US and UK) not so long ago. They, too, are using child labor/labour just as we did to increase their market penetration. They'll get the same laws we have eventually.
"Nokia and Samsung have teamed up..."
Says it all, really.
What are you meanings? It is raining dogs and cats here. My name is Kevin and your calls is important for us. Capita is very pleased your callings today. We are hopings you will be with us tomorrow mornings or forever I need the money.
"The owner of British Gas has come under fire for paying chief executive Sam Laidlaw about £4.4m in salary, shares and benefits last year, despite flat profits and rising consumer energy tariffs" (Telegraph)
Someone has to pay poor Sam his salary (or is it remuneration), otherwise, how could he pay his gas bill?
Poor fellow, didn't go to Eton or Cambridge.
Oh, did they forget the bit about IBM systems being used by the Nazis to identify Jews in the last World War?
How soon we forget.
The European dimension...
Now that wouldn't happen to be because of the gross distortion caused by Apple's prices (at least in the UK) would it? Apple have their own US$ to GB£ calculator which doesn't resemble anyone else's, even their own apps. Aren't apple connected to Disney? Same fantasies!
Well IBM could always bid for a UK scheme for IT.
They'll make millions and won't have to do anything.
Microsoft doesn't make mistakes...
It has 'errors of judgement'
I suppose it's top people don't have wages or salaries
they'll get 'remuneration'.
"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance."
And he's still in charge of Microsoft.
Long may he stay!
I,too, voted against Labour because of ID Cards.
I shall hurt the Toreens in the only way I have (so far) in the Ballot Box if this stupid Bill is approved.
If you REALLY want to know what Bilge is up to with his Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, just look up his dad and see what HE was up to. He wasn't related to a little man with a strange moustache (AFAIK) but they had the same ideas!
Surface? Remember Zune and Kin? Microsoft are desperately trying the Apple model with their stores and manufacturing and every now and again they drag Bilge out to counteract the Monkey Man.
No need to worry.
It is to do with IT and anything with IT in it will be cocked-up by the government and then written-off after about 18 months. It will be run by Fujupyou ... with your money which HMG thinks it owns (well, it does, actually).
Re: You would
Don't like it up you do you?
It WAS Mr Hitler and he did come from Linz in Austria.
So ... the've actually GOT morale at Crapita?
Come on! What did you expect from an organisation which gave a papal knighthood to Rupert Mudroach?
Or like BBC online where we're 'allowed' to comment on the Chelsea Flower Show but not on the unlawful imprisonment, the miscarriage of justice of Sam Hallam.
Nobody ever got fired (pun intended) for ordering Lenovo (IBM) machines.
Because they are all dead from smoke inhalation!
David Willetts told assembled IT bods in London that companies should 'fess up to their security boobs.'
Brown envelopes at dawn?
(Some of us remember)
Sounds like a NuLabour idea.
Mission creep? Big Brother not only watches you but has his fingers in your bank account, too.
They could get into ballooning.
They could get into trains.
They could get into airways.
They could get into speedboats.
They could get into supply of telecoms ...
They could just carry on doing what they do well.
If the Kindle Fire is not improved from the US version then iPads have nothing to fear.
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