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The Tech Snowball

Posted: July 10, 2011 in Ramblings

I’ve been playing around with Google+ the last few days and I have discovered why I think that Google+ and all other Facebook contenders will not be on par with Facebook for many years. Facebook isn’t that good, it’s workable, but in general (for me anyway) it’s a rather annoying piece of software that changes in ways that are odd and make the it less intuitive instead of more intuitive, yet I still use it and will probably continue to use it more than Google+, but why? It’s because everything is already there, I’ve got 6 years worth of pictures on there, I’ve got a slew of old/saved messages and even though it’s horrible and getting worse Facebook chat is one of the easiest ways to quickly get in touch with my friends. Pretty soon we’ll all be signed up for Google+, except for the haters of course, but how many of us will really maintain 2 social network sites and how many of us will have it and barely use it?



If you’ll excuse me for a moment I’m going to put on my finance cap (for those who don’t know I majored in finance in college) and talk about taxes and why they’re bad for the internet. Recently California has passed a law requiring local affiliates of companies like Amazon to collect sales tax and this only does 1 thing, it hurts the local businesses. Companies like Amazon are big enough and agile enough to shift the distribution network (also I’m a logistics consultant) fast enough that they can avoid these taxes that are placed on them by the states, and the ones that suffer are the affiliates who are losing massive chunks of their business. Which in turn creates less money to be spent on things like bills, business expenses and salaries and when the salaries start to drop it can create a massive domino effect that can go from people not being able to buy local products (hurting local business people), to having to cut back on purchases all together (hurting your local retailers), to if salaries drop enough that people are forced to move to less expensive housing (hurts your property taxes) and so on and so forth. So when politicians who have already spent all of everyone else’s money want to tax something like purchases on the internet all they are doing is losing tax revenue in other places. I’m not saying that we should get rid of taxes altogether, they are a necessary evil, I’m saying that the people in charge should look at the waste that they have built themselves and try too cut the fat before they look to people like Amazon for a payday when all they are doing is hurting the people in their state.

I’ll leave you with this quote from former Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall “The power to tax, involves the power to destroy.”


Is Hulu Dead in the Water?

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Links, News, Ramblings
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I was reading this article by Peter Kafka and the basic jist of the story is that the Owners of Hulu (News Corp, ABC and NBC) aren’t willing to give their own creation exclusive rights to programming because their is too much money to be made on the outside market by selling content to companies like Dish and Direct. While many people love Hulu, I’ve never been that big a fan of it, the commercials were always too long and the streaming was always too iffy for me to really see it as a viable option. However, with reports of $500m in revenue for Hulu there must be a lot of people who like the online service. Without the exclusive contracts for Hulu that it’s parents won’t give it I don’t see how it survives as viable competitor in the streaming world, why go to Hulu when you can stream all the same content you want via your dish? The parents of Hulu, obviously no longer want their child becuase they are trying to sell it and as for me I don’t see too many buyers for it, who would want a product that won’t have the ability to remain competitive?


That didn’t take long

Posted: June 22, 2011 in News, Ramblings
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Yesterday, I was walking through Walmart and saw the DVD value bin except for it wasn’t for DVD’s it was for Blu-ray’s.

This was an incredible sight to behold, granted the movies in the bin where really awful but still Blu-ray for $5 that’s pretty insane. I didn’t expect there to be a $5 bin for Blu-rays for a while and yet here it is. I think that more and more Blu-rays will be showing up in this bin due to people streaming and Blu-ray’s becoming outdated (yes we all know my theory on this). There will always be a place for physical media in our society, some people won’t want to stream or won’t have enough bandwidth to stream and some people are just tech adverse, but for now it appears that the place for a lot of Blu-rays will be the $5 bargain bin.


An Open Letter To Apple

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Ramblings
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Dear Apple,

We’ve had some good times (iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, Retina Display, Angry Birds) and we’ve had some bad times (No white iPhone, always being behind in hardware, etc….) but now is the time to put down the ultimatum, I have seen the future of the mobile device and it is Windows 8

While I have been an avid supporter of you, I supported you when the droid had better hardware, and during antenna gate, and when the “unbreakable” glass of the iPhone 4 turned out to be the most fragile iPhone yet. I stuck by you when we couldn’t have apps, and before GPS in the phone, I even stuck by you when you took away our unlimited internet. However, now is the time though Apple, with a lack luster iOS5 presentation we can only assume a lack luster new device is to follow and if that is the case, I quit. No more do I want to be tied down to such a closed system, from a company who promises to be my friend. I want a much more open and rich user experience then the one you seem content to give me. You must blow my mind soon, or I’m ditching your iPhone for something better

-Jacob D. Ingalls

Things I don’t use anymore

Posted: June 3, 2011 in Ramblings

As tech has progressed we have devices and services that cover a lot of the things we either use to use or things we use to do. So here’s my list of things I just don’t have any use for anymore

  1. A Camera – I am not a DSLR kind of guy, yes I do wish I could take better photos with my iPhone (come on optical zoom), but I don’t care enough to carry an actual camera around with me anywhere. Yes I have a 12 mega-pixel camera at home but I didn’t even pack it on my recent trip to Disney because I knew I wouldn’t ever use it.
  2. A Phone book – I get these things on my doorstep every so often and the immediately get thrown in the trash because I either use the internet or my phone to look up numbers/addresses and directions.
  3. Game Discs – Since I found Steam, I’m not sure that I’ve bought a single physical game disk. I love being able to open up a program and run a game without having to insert a disk for the anti-piracy stuff.
  4. DVDs – I can’t say this is a never use, but it’s a rarity that I put a DVD in my player, between streaming Netflix and Amazon VOD I don’t ever have to put something in the player
  5. CD’s – This one is cliche but I haven’t bought a physical music CD since the summer of 2004

Commercials are the Devil

Posted: June 2, 2011 in News, Ramblings

Recently Hulu and Miramax annouced that a lot of Miramax movies will now (or shortly) be available on Hulu which apperntly is a big deal because Hulu is a “free” service. However, to anyone who might be excited about this i just have to ask “Have you ever tried to watch a movie on Hulu?” the people who answer no to this question are the only people who might be remotely excited about this deal because watching movies on Hulu sucks harder than [Insert cliche porn reference here]. The bigger drawback to this deal for most people is that the majority of the movies are on Hulu+ and you still have to watch the commercials. Hulu needs to understand that we are becoming a commercial-less society and they should change their strategy as such. I would guess that the majority of us hardly ever watch something as it happens (besides sports) just so we won’t have to watch the commercials. Maybe I’m wrong, but I just don’t see this deal being worth the $$$ that Hulu spent