I am certainly not the first person to notice the peculiar “race to the bottom” that happens when products are commoditized. But it is been much in my thoughts recently as I observed the annual tragedy of holiday price wars. How can a company economically produce a DVD player, tablet computer, or even a string of Christmas lights at the prices we see today? Working conditions, … [Read more...] about The Downward Spiral: How Economic Pressure Turns Commodities to Junk
Archives for November 2011
iTunes Match is a great new service from Apple, allowing subscribers to “match” their iTunes music library with the online iCloud version. This allows people like me with large MP3 collections to “upgrade” to the official Apple iTunes Plus 256 kbps music files. But iTunes Match often stumbles over music files, marking some as “Not Eligible” and seemingly not recognizing others. … [Read more...] about iTunes Match Does Not Like VBR MP3 Files: Here’s How to Fix It
Although delivered a month late, Apple has finally shipped the complete cloud integrated version of iTunes. This includes iTunes Match, a much awaited feature allowing both online streaming of music and “upgrading” library content from the iTunes Store. Here's how to upgrade your old low bit rate MP3 files with high quality 256 bit AAC replacements from Apple's server. Best of … [Read more...] about How to Legitimize and Upgrade Your Music Library Using iTunes Match
The time has come to take sides on the core question of storage for virtual servers: Do you want storage intelligence to live in the hypervisor or the array? Most administrators are already lining up on one side or the other, unintentionally casting their vote while the rest flounder. But the storage industry must wake up and embrace the divide. Hypervisor Huggers … [Read more...] about Are You a Hypervisor Hugger or a Storage Stalwart?
Verizon Wireless has a promotion running in November that doubles the data allowance for 4G phones. This is a great deal compared to competitors, and it comes with Verizon's excellent 4G LTE coverage and performance. But it only applies to smartphones, not MiFi "mobile broadband" devices, and the offer ends in December. Let's hope they offer similar promotions for 4G data … [Read more...] about Verizon Offers Double 4G Data (But Not For MiFi)