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Pas De Deux: Carrier or Device? on iPhone’s Bandwidth

14 Sep
Oinc, Oinc? (and wheres my MMS?)

Oinc, Oinc? (and where's my MMS?)

Been mulling this one over the whole weekend, thanks to an FB Friend’s Feedback on earlier postings about the issues raised by so-called “Bandwidth Hogs”

Upon my venturing to read into the future of these issues, specifically into the market’s future being segmented much like PC’s and Apples are today now, I asked:

“… if you had a chance to look at the latest blog entry… did you read me dissing Sprint for what amounted to a weekend incommunicado on my Blackberry? and this is about fifty miles from their corporate HQ?”

And about Palm, Nokia, Motorola and all the others: I feel that this is a time of consolidation, and that the main beneficiary, since you’re also reading ’em trades, will be RIM; I mean, a recent issue of Fortune mentioned that since the iPhone’s launch, sales have tripled worldwide to about 3.4 billion USD, and they hold here in the U.S. a steady 50% market share…

… and just by the anecdotal evidence I’ve seen in my immediate family down in Venezuela, both millenials, boomers and x’ers appear to be craving for RIM’s products, as after all – and I’m not 100% sure about what I’m going to say – the iPhone has a very limited footprint, network-wise, given this exclusive deal with at&t.

Bottom line?

I can easily see the same pattern we had with apples and pc’s a couple of decades ago, with RIM in this case playing the role of Microsoft, fighting tooth and nail to keep their corporate clients on price and base functionality, whilst apple caters to those well-heeled enough to pay extra for the ease of use and “no need to compromise” as the most recent ad implies…

End of the day, competition may breed innovation, but consumers may simply decide to vote with their wallets (i.e. Verizon’s current BOGO on BB’s) and polarize the market with a couple of dominant brands that offer an installed base of mature and/or properly developed applications, which at the end of the day, are what have made IBM, Microsoft and many other stalwarts what they are today…

IMHO, of course!

To these comments, my friend stated in various responses…:

“Apple products have never been about feature lists. In fact, they’re often well behind on features. They just do what they do better. But, yeah, AT&T has been a royal pain in the butt. They had no idea what theywere signing up for with the iPhone. Way beyond their capacity… [There are] lots of elements at play: networks, devices, OS’s, apps. Still such a developing market, it’s too early to read any tea leaves… And how does app development and availability contribute? BTW and for the record, I think competition is good.” (JL, 2009)

... So whats MMS for, again?

... So what's MMS for, again?

Development and Availability are key, definitely, and when one ponders the true monetary factors (i.e. ROI, TCO) of the SDLC aspects (Sofware Development Life Cycle) that are involved in supporting TRUE applications, not just betas of widgets and gadgets a single guy is developing, but the threaded and secure kind of applications that are the lifeblood of a larger outfit, is where we may see the real battle lines drawn…

… and sadly, as though it may not be the best nor the sleekest, we have somehow managed to endure decades of dominance of the Windows setup, which if you recall, had a lot to do with the binary setup Apple chose NOT being able to communicate with the ASCII that mainframes are still using; in other words, sometimes a legacy application, given its higher monetary value, will trump all other considerations, as the cost of migrating an existing app … to an entirely new platform, when sometimes all you’re truly doing with the app is basic data entry (I/O) and querying; there, as the current market share numbers attest, the established and mature apps that still run on not only mainframes, but mid-range setups such as an AS400, an NT4 server running SQL Server 7, etc, whose data is valid and whose cost has been paid for for a while, may hold back the lines as moving everything over to a better yet more expensive platform.

Still Smokin!

Still Smokin'!

All about the money, dude, and as you know, BB/RIM is already cranking up its development efforts in a way where developers benefit more than them; which echoes what Microsoft has done to keep such a dominant presence in the market.

The best part? That all these back and forths, as you mentioned elsewhere, push innovation into new areas, DO give us better choices, as perhaps an SMB about to start operations may eventually find that using Open Source and an Apple Back End infrastructure DOES payoff in the long run – given, of course, that they can find the developers, first, and second, that they can pay them their fees.

So what do you think, reader?

  • Would the lines still be drawn as they are today, as cheaper yet more “compromising” platforms allow for legacy applications to survive for a few more years?
  • And is the availability of programmers still the core issue when it comes to embracing any platform?

Firefox Update…

10 Sep
Mozilla FireFox, the current browser of Choice...

Mozilla FF 3.5.3

So this morning, after seeing my computer crawl whilst browsing, I finally yielded to applying an update; of course, being aware of this one PC being the “main” one at home, I judiciously applied a System Restore point (Yup, XP SP3) prior to it, as there were also other updates waiting from Microsoft… so from my Crackberri, I posted whilst waiting for the tablet-top to reboot (Yup, a Compaq-HP TC1100, right!)

… Reboots after Mozilla Firefox 353 install… Keeps fingers crossed, that nothing is broken (and thanks the Heavens for system restores!)…

… That and the computing power in one’s Smartphones, that is also a reason for a sigh of relief… [COMPUTER’S UP…]… Let’s see then?

… back to Drucker (and apropos FF update!) “Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information…” ~Peter Drucker … seriously, CPU is not peaking anymore… but what else may be lurking? [CHUCKLES]

So here I am now, again, watching my Task Manager NOT peaking… and hoping that anyone reading this post may share their success stories – or otherwise! – with this neat little package of Open Source!

Francisco Jose Palacio

Luddites Redux: The Social Media Chapter

9 Sep
Luddite Redux?

Luddite Redux?

Personally, I find it rather disheartening to hear these “Luddite” kind of arguments being thrown out at new technology, specially when some of us are aware of the fact that the increasing number of users is merely fueling the ability of the developers to crank out more and more features, and getting some decision makers to start thinking about these “fads” as real business tools, which can help people communicate with each other – and make money in the process.

Today’s argument came from what I’ve come to consider as the proverbial well, Twitter:

@SocialMediaList Social networking: Filling a need or creating one? http://bit.ly/3o5k49 …. 3 minutes ago from twitterfeed

Upon review of the article on the link, penned by Dave Churchill, and after finding that his main angle merely derived on some early adopters now perhaps having moved on to the latest and greatest craze – precisely because of them being early adopters, perhaps?

So this simple fact gave Dave the ammunition to tell himself that, “For my part, I’m going to risk life without social networking…” an argument much like the ones we used to hear – and still do, believe me! – about more mature technologies such as email, texting, and uploading videos to the web (which according to the heads at Google, is not only worth the hassle and money of expanding one of the largest infrastructures ever deployed out in the cloud, as the adage about “a thousand words” echoes in the clips and snippets loaded to it every minute) which, if we are to believe half the hype of certain product launches, are key to key consumer demographics.

Point being, every time I personally hear someone decrying the push others have imposed on them, as in Dave’s case it was a matter of both challenging his age, but also, challenging his need to expand outside the boundaries of what he used to consider to be his job, I can vividly depict the many instances in the history of technology, specially in the last few centuries, where a group of established users challenged the advantages of newer technologies.

Not that I was glad to read his work on the online edition of his publication, which allowed me to get in touch with his point of view at the click of a mouse, but that as we all hear the bad news about the newspaper industry settling into the latter chapters of its history, and as many others have been reshaped by the Internet, is there room nowadays to disregard the advent of such changes?

I for one try to at least find out the “angle” or better, the rationale behind why not only millions of users are congregating in these “watering holes” of information, but also, why are corporations putting their money, sometimes subtly or sometimes with a lot of gusto and bravado, behind them?

In the case of Social Media, a recent article in Fortune stated, much like I’ve been mentioning since I started getting more and more into the application functionality of Facebook, that the time for corporations to start asking for these feature sets in their Enterprise Groupware was near, as those of us in technology know how comfortable it would be to migrate from a large and distributed Exchange organization, for example, onto an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service, the newest moniker for the old ASP, or Application Service Provider business model of the late nineties), thin-client and mobile enabled private, secure version of that same software that we learned to use so well, whilst being facetious with our friends?



… or was it a work notification in there?

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