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  • Microsoft Vs Sony: Game On! [View article]
    I think another factor in pushing the XBox sales up will be the offer of a Blu-Ray player. This has been a deciding factor for those who reduce entertainment clutter and consolidate, which Microsoft and Sony both appear aimed toward as a market segment. "Why buy three or four items when you can get it all in one?" From the reports I've read so far, they will be almost identical in hardware specs.

    There is also the built-in integration for a home network based upon the Windows platform that will be enticing. Although the current PS3 does allow for some functionality (I stream mine from a Windows 7 Home group), the XBox 720 will fit in like the Apple iProducts do on an Apple network.
    May 2 05:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Finds A New Enemy In The Browser Wars [View article]
    I would have to strongly disagree with your initial statement about "Microsoft made quick work of one of the browser pioneers, Netscape." While there was certainly competition, what caused the decline was their own development issues and what drove the nail in Netscape's coffin was AOL. When AOL acquired Netscape, they completely changed the look and feel of the browser to fit with the current AOL look, while simultaneously producing a product that was unusable; literally! Don't you recall the failed launch of Netscape 6, where the installer wasn't even guaranteed to successfully install the application? As someone working in IT support at the time, I can assure you that Netscape/AOL is what killed Netscape, not Microsoft.
    May 2 05:34 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The right-to-work issue in Michigan isn't going unnoticed by labor unions. UAW President Bob King was at the state's Capitol building leading a protest against legislation that would allows workers to opt out of unions and not pay dues. The state House passed the measure yesterday by 58-42, sending it along to the Senate. Though the Big Three are deathly quiet on the issue, it wouldn't be a stretch to imagine weakened union laws in Michigan could help bottom lines. [View news story]
    I find it interesting that something as rooted in American values as freedom of choice is such a contentious issue. It goes to show that unions have indeed outlived their purpose, when to stay alive they must force their membership with the aid of government.
    Dec 7 09:04 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment