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Resistance is futile: Steve Jobs wants you to be integrated

by pcchan on Oct.19, 2010, under Tech company misbehaving

After listening to Steve’s high-pitched rant from Apple’s earnings call I’m left with 2 strong impressions: (continue reading…)

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Windows Phone 7 is a big disappointment

by pcchan on Oct.17, 2010, under Products to avoid, Tech company misbehaving

The more I read about Windows Phone 7 the worse it looks. Instead of building on their strengths and just fixing what was broken they are abandoning all the good features from the previous Windows Mobile to just offer a subset of what Apple has. It’s as if they just decided to take the “if you can’t beat them join them” approach. Sadly in a market dominated by Apple, Androids, and Blackberrys there’s simply no room for an “Apple imitator”.

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iPhone4 reception problem: stupid users should know better

by pcchan on Jun.25, 2010, under Products to avoid, Tech company misbehaving

The widespread reception problem with the iPhone4 which will cause signal to drop from 4 bars to no signal in some cases are apparently a user error according to Steve Jobs. Stupid users! Steve Jobs not only knows best in terms of how you should use your phone and what you can run on it but now he’s purposely design the iPhone4 to force users to hold the phone a specific way for your own good! It is definitely NOT a design flaw!

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“Apple can go screw themselves”

by pcchan on Apr.10, 2010, under Tech company misbehaving

Says Lee Brimelow from Adobe. This is in response to Apple’s latest iPhone/iPad OS SDK’s license agreement which seemingly prohibits developers from using Adobe’s upcoming CS5 feature to output apps to the iPhone. Although this move is mainly aimed at Adobe it will also ban developers from using any non-Apple development platform for iPhone apps.

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The curse of Hector Ruiz

by pcchan on Oct.29, 2009, under Tech company misbehaving

One of the biggest pieces of news in the high-tech industry for the past 24 hours was the revelation of AMD’s ex-CEO and current chairman of AMD’s infamous GlobalFoundries spin-off  Hector Ruiz as the senior executive who gave out insider information in the Galleon hedge fund scandal. Investigators are still trying to figure out Hector’s motives but I would not be at all surprised if it turned out to be just unintentional stupidity on Hector’s part.

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Hope Blockbuster has learned it’s lesson

by pcchan on Sep.03, 2009, under Tech company misbehaving

Back in March the Blockbuster DVD-by-mail service decided to punish their loyal subscribers by crippling the exchange-at-the-store option. This effectively eliminates the only competitive advantage Blockbuster has over Netflix, namely the ability for subscribers to return their mail-rented movie at the store and get another movie instead of doing it all by mail and having to wait. It really doesn’t take a MBA degree to predict that this move will have a huge negative impact on Blockbuster’s bottom line as their subscribers get pissed-off and leave. Sure enough in Blockbuster’s most recent financial filings they reported a $40.7 million decrease in by-mail revenues due to a 34% decrease in subscribers. Doh! Now I just received an email from Blockbuster titled “Great News About Your Account” where they tell me my in-store exchange limited has been increased to 5 per month. Yeah it’s slightly better but still not great. Hopefully they’ll eventually return things to the way they were in their attempt to win back their customers.

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Apple Farm pt.2

by pcchan on Aug.31, 2009, under Tech company misbehaving

Man there is just no end to Apple’s tyranny as iPhone users are once again slapped in the face when Apple forced the developer of the iStat app to remove a very useful “Free Memory” function from their app (from the iStat site): (continue reading…)

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Apple Farm pt.1

by pcchan on Aug.30, 2009, under Tech company misbehaving

The company Apple and their legions of brainwashed fans never ceases to amaze me. However, in the whole Google Voice fiasco Apple may have gone too far and is now at risk of exposing their true nature to all their fans who were fooled up till now. This time Apple has gone downright Orwellian by blatantly rejecting the Google Voice app and then to say “we didn’t reject the app” with a straight face. Even if they change their mind now and accept the app it doesn’t change the fact that they initially rejected it.

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