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Can Cisco Become a Consumer Electronics Company?

December 29, 2008

To Cisco's competitors and there are many, the company is a monster. Almost impossible to compete with on a level playing field. In the past I have mentioned how the way Chambers and company acquires and integrates new companies into the fold is better than just about any other company and only Oracle is as talented.

Om Malik does point out a severe weakness the company has... Its inability to compete in the consumer electronics business in a serious way.

Here is my favorite part of his post:

How does a company that gets big fat margins from selling expensive equipment (and paying its sales team accordingly) live with the razor-thin margins of consumer entertainment gear?





UPS Driver Hurls Package

December 28, 2008

When you have 425,000 employees, some will definitely do things which embarrass headquarters. Such is the case with this UPS driver who seemed to try to make a basket with this package. No word on how many points he will get for this one but odds are he received at least one pink slip followed by the words, "Don't let the door hit you in the rear on the way out."




He is pretty lucky in fact the resolution of the video is not great enough for him to be recognized.

This is yet another example of how the web can take over a company's branding and messaging in ways they cannot control.




Google Android vs. Apple iPhone

December 26, 2008

Trying to find a reason to purchase an Android-based phone instead of an iPhone? If so, check out this article which describes the state of Android, the future and finally some applications you just can't get on an Apple-powered phone. At least not today.

If by the way, Android phones from HTC are not your cup of tea, rest assured Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung and maybe others will be coming out with their own Android devices as well.

TMC and Objectivity

December 25, 2008

Objectivity is the subject of today's thoughts - primarily because I came across a pretty harsh criticism of me being biased towards a particular vendor. I was going to link to the posts where an anonymous individual decided to skewer me but I then realized that the poster could be a short seller of the stock of the company in question or perhaps a disgruntled former or present employee.

Seldom, I do get criticism from people saying I am biased towards or against companies. They say I brownnose or they say I am in the pocket of this company or that.

TMCnet For iPhone on Apple's Site

December 24, 2008

iPhone Apps: First Microsoft and now HP

December 23, 2008

Is there no end to the Apple competitors developing iPhone apps? Moreover... Once the genie is out of the bottle, can they get it back in again. I think not.

Silicon Valley Closes for Christmas

December 22, 2008

While the tech industry was immune from much of the slowdown in this recession during the first part of the year, the economic crisis which took hold in September of certainly changed all that. Now, many Silicon Valley companies are closing for an extended time during the holidays and obviously there have been many layoffs.

My take?+ If things do pick up next year and this is a short-lived slowdown, it may be a good thing to have extra time to spend with your family. My advice? Enjoy the time off.

We're No Shrinking Violet Says Nortel's Carrier Chief

December 20, 2008

Nortel is an interesting company from the perspective that they have an inherent advantage in their product development as they cater to two separate markets - enterprise and carrier, which need similar products. The company can afford to easily sell carrier-class products to enterprise customers making them more reliable than what many competitors offer.

But all the advantages in the world don't mask the company's recent earnings which were below expectations with carrier revenue down 24% and they certainly can't easily offset the billions of dollars of debt the company has.

I said this in a recent post:

Turn an iPhone into a Hard Disk

December 20, 2008

Vonage Executive Compensation Out of Line

December 19, 2008

I received an email after my post on Sylantro wondering why I don't bring up companies like Vonage when I talk about corporate failures. Specifically I was sent a link to Vonage VP/CFO/Treasurer's page on Forbes where they show his annual compensation to be just under $2 million dollars.


 

Attached to the link, the following thoughts:
  It is because of this man that the company has never made a dime and artificially depressed VoIP prices to kill off competition and ensure the VoIP industry remains under pressure for years. This is a very difficult accomplishment .


While we can't blame John Rego for all the problems over at Vonage, I can't understand how anyone at any company can be taking home this kind of money when the stock price looks like a ski slope.





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