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  • Is Apple The 2000 Cisco/Microsoft Of Today? [View article]
    What people forget is Amazon is starting to charge sales tax for various states including California. They dumped a lot of their associates because of this. Associates were people who drove traffic to their site for a small cut of sales. When people have to pay sales tax, they will have to think twice whether it is a better bet just buying locally.
    Also, their shipping lately has been below par even for Prime customers. This will also be something to look at moving forward.
    Feb 4, 2013. 12:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 February 'Feel Good' Factors For Apple Fanatics [View article]
    Yes, a little girl playing "I'll be home for Christmas" on her ukulele for her grandfather was so smug and complacent. Playing "Heart and Soul" on an iPad and mini iPad is so smug and complacent.
    What would Steve do? Stay Calm and make insanely great products.
    Feb 3, 2013. 11:50 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 February 'Feel Good' Factors For Apple Fanatics [View article]
    I have been wanting to buy Apple for a long time, but I do not want to buy it at 650-700. I waited till it got under 500, so right now I have 10 at average of 472.00. I intend to be long Apple because it is a quality company that I believe in. Some people think short term, but I take the long view.
    Feb 3, 2013. 03:49 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Growth Story Is Over [View article]
    The bashing of Windows wouldn't have been so potent if the criticisms were not spot on.
    Feb 3, 2013. 03:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Growth Story Is Over [View article]
    I have worked at large companies that had both Macs and PCs and a dedicated IT department. I was responsible for major upgrade of 250 PCs that all needed various upgrades to prepare for a software and os upgrade for a transportation company. I was in charge of researching and setting up a brand new laptop pool for our company. I have also worked at a University computer labs. IT in any company is more than a glorified help desk, but research, dealing with vendors, troubleshooting networks, hardware, software, and planning for the future. It is not just taking user calls, but organizing employee training of systems.

    Defense companies do not have to worry about the bottom line or productivity levels as companies in other categories do. There is productivity loss with PCs no matter what era you speak about. PCs do take more man hours to support than Macs and I do not care how big or small your company is. I have seen Macs and PCs work in real world situations in business.

    Maybe because I was a contractor or not intent to making IT my ultimate career goal on many of these projects, it was in my interest to set up systems that would benefit the company in terms of TCO and not to support the need for a continued large IT department. The end user was also my client, I do not like seeing users dependent on calling IT. I want people to be productive so they can get their work done and go home and have a life. As an end user, I hate being dependent on IT to get me back up running (fortunately I know enough to get myself up running, but sometimes because of protocol I have had to wait for someone). I want to focus on my work. I can focus on my work with a Mac.
    Feb 3, 2013. 03:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Growth Story Is Over [View article]
    I am not sure if you can say most IT professional prefer windows for their devices because they have data that it is superior or because it is just what they are used to. Having been an IT professional for years supporting both platforms, I can tell you Macs were more stable and PC/Windows took more man hours to support. There is also data to support that the TCO or Total Cost of Ownership. Perhaps IT professionals like it because it guarantees job security, but those of us who have moved up from IT appreciate being able to be more productive and focused in our new jobs. I paid my dues in IT, do not want to have to have to do it on my free time or when I am working on projects. Scientists, artists, writers, business people, and people from all walks of life use Apple because of quality, stability, superior customer service without needing to support and IT guy.
    Feb 3, 2013. 02:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple The 2000 Cisco/Microsoft Of Today? [View article]
    I posted something to this effect on another thread. I am already seeing small businesses turning into MAC houses, even software development and financial companies. When take a look a the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) Macs make more sense for companies just the way they are. I think that people stick on the initial purchase price without understanding the cost over time to support a pool of PC based products. Macs have proven themselves for years in large scale in educations. Educational institutions save money from having to spend so much on IT.
    Feb 3, 2013. 01:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Brand-Image Matters More Than Innovation [View article]
    Actually, the Samsung commercials will backfire. Samsung's advertising are mean-spirited and turn off people who they should be luring away. The commercial where a man and woman are trying out their Samsung phones the company bought them shows that Samsung users are sexist and pretty unpleasant, and unproductive people. They are entranced by the bells-and-whistles but do not really get anything done. These commercials give no one a reason to be a part of this supposedly too hip and snarky for you group of users. I have had a long discussion with people who were not even Apple users who were extremely offended by the commercial on all sorts of levels. It portrayed the woman as an idle, idea stealing, unpleasant woman. It portrayed the men as part of a men's club that would dump work on this unpleasant woman. All of the people were unprofessional and unproductive.

    Much of the Samsung ads are at the level of Junior Highschool kids trying too hard to be hip and prove themselves. Apple users are not the clueless people who they portray us to be. Apple users are successful in many fields.

    I do not mind Samsung making fun of Apple users, as much as that they portray their own users as so unpleasant and seem to hold them in contempt to show them as backstabbing, boastful, mean, and unproductive. In fact, recently I noticed the commercial I am talking about was edited to show the guys to have already planning to have lunch so it doesn't seem so sexist.

    I am not sure if Samsung deserves the loyalty that its users are trying to project. I do not think that Samsung is going to win any converts with their campaign.
    Feb 3, 2013. 12:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 February 'Feel Good' Factors For Apple Fanatics [View article]
    The reason MacWorld is not as big is because 2009 was the last year Apple showed up to MacWorld. MacWorld has been a shell of its former self. There is this thing called the Internet where you can find out every new product and app you want. There is social media that replaces people having to get together and meet. Conferences in general are getting less and less attended these days. Conferences are not what they used to be in the 1990s. The ROI at conferences generally are suspect. Apple knows how to do product announcements and releases without MacWorld.
    Nothing to see here, move along.
    Feb 2, 2013. 08:41 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Apple absolutely has to make an iPhone with a bigger screen," iPhone 5 owner Henry Blodget declares. While Apple (AAPL +0.1%) insists on using relatively small display sizes to guarantee effective one-handed iPhone use, devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S III (4.8" display) make the iPhone 5 look "puny and sad in comparison."  The iPhone 5's display size doesn't seem to be affecting its U.S. position much, as Strategy Analytics' numbers demonstrate, but international markets appear to be a different story. [View news story]
    iPhone has multitouch screen where you can zoom in. My eyes can no longer focus on their own, but I can look up something quick on the browser of my 4 just fine. I can look up to see what restaurants are around or the closest store. I am not even sure 7 inches is enough for me to read a lot of material. If I want to read a lot of material iPad or MacBook Air is what I prefer.
    Feb 2, 2013. 07:43 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "Apple absolutely has to make an iPhone with a bigger screen," iPhone 5 owner Henry Blodget declares. While Apple (AAPL +0.1%) insists on using relatively small display sizes to guarantee effective one-handed iPhone use, devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S III (4.8" display) make the iPhone 5 look "puny and sad in comparison."  The iPhone 5's display size doesn't seem to be affecting its U.S. position much, as Strategy Analytics' numbers demonstrate, but international markets appear to be a different story. [View news story]
    My observation is that people are texting more than calling each other. This is not only teens, but adults and business folk. Our lives are busy and we have meetings, concerts, practices, kids sports games, and other places where just a note that you are running late, on your way, or reminding someone to pick up milk. While I think that the iwatch is cool, phone calls are waning.
    Feb 2, 2013. 07:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "Apple absolutely has to make an iPhone with a bigger screen," iPhone 5 owner Henry Blodget declares. While Apple (AAPL +0.1%) insists on using relatively small display sizes to guarantee effective one-handed iPhone use, devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S III (4.8" display) make the iPhone 5 look "puny and sad in comparison."  The iPhone 5's display size doesn't seem to be affecting its U.S. position much, as Strategy Analytics' numbers demonstrate, but international markets appear to be a different story. [View news story]
    Question. Would you pick a phone with a larger screen over an iPhone even if that phone had glitches and was not built with high quality materials? How important is a larger screen and what would you be willing to give up for it?
    Feb 2, 2013. 07:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Apple absolutely has to make an iPhone with a bigger screen," iPhone 5 owner Henry Blodget declares. While Apple (AAPL +0.1%) insists on using relatively small display sizes to guarantee effective one-handed iPhone use, devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S III (4.8" display) make the iPhone 5 look "puny and sad in comparison."  The iPhone 5's display size doesn't seem to be affecting its U.S. position much, as Strategy Analytics' numbers demonstrate, but international markets appear to be a different story. [View news story]
    Honda cars are more solid than Toyota, Ford, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Dodge, Kia, Volkswagon, even Suburu.

    In your mind the comparable automobile is a BMW or Lexus, or Mercedes Benz. Fair enough.

    Hondas are in a different tier than all those other cars except for hyper expensive luxury cars. Honda has a better resale value, they have high customer satisfaction even though they are more expensive than Toyota, Ford, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Dodge, Kia, Volkswagon, even Suburu and offer practically no incentives or cash back or upgrades. Hyundai offered me a deluxe version of their car for the price of a standard one.

    You pay more for a Honda because it was a better car. It wasn't the hip car or the ones with the latest bells and whistles. People who own Honda own them for ridiculous long time. My mother-in-law has one from when Bush Sr. was president. We won't have to go car shopping for about 10 years or more.

    So there. ;-)
    Feb 2, 2013. 07:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 February 'Feel Good' Factors For Apple Fanatics [View article]
    Cramer's show is like PeeWee's Playhouse for investors. He is not an advisor, he is not a journalist, but an entertainer of sorts. In March 2009, Jon Stewart kind of breaks it down while Cramer watched.

    http://bit.ly/WmnKO9

    You should watch the entire interview because I think that it is not only network news that fails us as citizens, but financial news as investors. I especially like the clip Jon shows about how Cramer would talk down Apple stock.
    Feb 2, 2013. 06:54 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Apple absolutely has to make an iPhone with a bigger screen," iPhone 5 owner Henry Blodget declares. While Apple (AAPL +0.1%) insists on using relatively small display sizes to guarantee effective one-handed iPhone use, devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S III (4.8" display) make the iPhone 5 look "puny and sad in comparison."  The iPhone 5's display size doesn't seem to be affecting its U.S. position much, as Strategy Analytics' numbers demonstrate, but international markets appear to be a different story. [View news story]
    As an example of what I mean, this year we had to go car shopping and we test drove almost every maker. We ultimately bought a Honda, because even though it did not have the latest and greatest bells and whistles, Honda was solid. When you shut the doors you heard and felt quality. Sometimes having more features offers more to go wrong or get old when the novelty wears off. Other car makers would give you deeper discounts, upgrades, and financing, but Honda was just a better investment. Our Honda will last a long time, because we don't turn in a car just so we can get the latest and greatest gadgets.

    I feel the same way about Apple products.
    Feb 2, 2013. 06:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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