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Comment: Re:American car companies... (Score 1) 413

Switching costs ... somewhat. Now that you have a few years experience with another browser MS isn't the incumbent. they don't have to just match others in features they need to offer something good enough to be worth switching + likely using something different than on your phone/other device.

Comment: Re:Get a game console (Score 1) 249

Yep that is the choice I guess. It is along the lines of the Apple ecosystem though: limited selection: people trust apple to build a solid system at a few different price points for them. They don't expect 20 options for video cards, harddrives, processors etc. A couple choices of each is usually all they are given. The store promised a safe AND easy place to find apps for your device. It has done a reasonable job at the first point but the clutter makes the second one next to impossible. Type VLC you'll get dozens of options only one/a few of which are true VLC the rest just let you stream from your media server. The effort involved in reading all those descriptions even when you had a pretty good idea of what you are looking for in the first place is painful, add to that the chance that you might be paying for each attempt to get what you want and then the store is doing a big disservice to customers: it isn't exactly like you have a returns department or any sort of support for a lot of these apps.

Comment: Re:Browse, not search (Score 1) 249

But that is the solution you've chose when you chose to force people to use your store to sell/buy for your devices. By operating the store/setting the bar to entry you are implicitly choosing what should be there. Walmart doesn't sell anyone's crap even online. At some point you have to say we have n types of cereal any more will just be clutter. If you are the n + 1 guy trying to enter the store you are screwed but that is part of determining if you have a business and not just a "me too" product you felt like hacking together on a weekend.

Why do developers have a right to build whatever they want on your platform? If your platform is closed like Apple is they/you don't: get over it. If they don't want a Playboy App it won't exist. If they don't want to support Flash it won't exist. Etc. If you don't like it build for windows or linux, make it a web app instead etc. If your app is really that good it will help people move away/encourage these closed stores to be opened up.

Comment: Re:Browse, not search (Score 1) 249

I agree. All app stores I've seen do this. Some just have Games all together, some go one level deeper: games -> puzzle. What is needed is games->puzzle->"like" minesweeper. To keep the subcategories small I'd suggest limiting the number of apps. Sorry we've reached our limit of 20 Tetris like games please do something original.

Comment: Reduce the size (Score 1) 249

Allow at most say 10 apps in a particular niche (say todo lists). Any app older than 2 years goes away (or are really buried like you don't get them in searches you have to page though them at 20 apps a page till you find them). You can still access it if you've purchased it in the past but it no longer is available for viewing/new downloads. New submissions with minor changes from existing apps are not accepted (ex: yet another tetris clone with different music or point system). There needs to be a balance between choice and chaos: you don't see every plumber in the country in the phone book because only a few are relevant to you. Similarly with software, to a lesser extent perhaps but still true: there is only so many ways to keep a list of things that makes sense when using a finger sized input device. Keep a few options and dump all the new skin clones.

If you are going to offer a curated store of apps for your platform you should really curate: pick the best or best examples of different approaches to the space and dump the rest.

Comment: Re:I don't assemble computers. (Score 1) 391

by ILongForDarkness (#47593447) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

I agree. I'm often okay but the thought of putting my own thermal paste on a $1000 CPU and hitting the power switch kind of frightens me. I get paid well the money I can save picking out the parts and building my own I could have made in the same amount of time doing something I'm good at. I didn't get a masters degree so I can be the guy with the wrench in his hand.

Comment: Re:Its dead Jim! (Score 1) 149

by ILongForDarkness (#47557535) Attached to: Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

No I'm thinking sub saharan africa, Malaysia etc. The Indian middle class is still poor in terms of people I want to get money from (maybe if I was living there selling into the market wouldn't be an issue). But ( the world bank calls middle class $2-20 a day so even at the high end we are talking people making $600 a month. I pay about that a month for my commute to work. MS might get some money out of these countries but it won't be anything like the Windows business in its hayday did.

Comment: Re: Linux Blu-Ray rip (Score 1) 152

by ILongForDarkness (#47557467) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

HDD space is cheap too tough, ~$0.50 a DVD uncompressed. Compressed it is pennies. I don't need the greatest image quality for almost all movies (say romantic comedies, normal dramas, etc). The few CGI droole factories that come out every year sure I can see wanted the best quality because that to be honest is 90% of the plot of Transformers/X-Men etc.

DVD not going the way of the dodo: I don't know game consoles are having a relative hard time (yeah they are selling well now but only because they went what 7 years between updates?). People getting Netflix and such. Internet getting faster and faster (I'm getting 150 at home and can get 350Mbps if I wanted it) streaming is going to be the way things go. A lot of laptops ship now without a disk drive. In a few years I suspect desktops will go the same way. You'll be stuck looking for old game consoles or DVD players in 10 years I think because nothing you get will come with a way to read physical media anymore.

Comment: Re:Its dead Jim! (Score 1) 149

by ILongForDarkness (#47551313) Attached to: Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Yeah and so does everyone that makes both. Desktop/laptop is still a large market though. My understanding is Macbook has the largest market share of all models. That said I'm sure it helps that apple has very few models vs something like Dell or Lenovo. But 5M very expensive items at 30%+ profit margin still makes a good dent in anyones profit/loss.

Comment: Re:Its dead Jim! (Score 3, Insightful) 149

by ILongForDarkness (#47549837) Attached to: Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

It's funny it is kind of the Mac v PC battle of the late 80's-90's. Platform wins. I have a Lumina 920 and it is a great phone. Win phone is fun to use. But ...: not a lot of apps for it. Not that I care much. I'm not into social media crap or a dozen other things. What it does really well right out of the box: hotmail, gmail, facebook contacts all automatically merged (after logging into the relevent apps of course) and shown in one place. It doesn't matter if someone's hotmail has their phone number but their mailing address is only saved on there FB page: it all shows up in the same contact. Dido: things like birthday's and holidays: automatically figured out and notified.

That is pretty much all I needed from a phone: contacts in one place and access to FB for the 1-2 times a month I actually check it. But: I am not the typical smartphone user. MS missed the cool factor boat by a couple years and now have to bribe people (sometimes literally by supplying in house devs to help support a big name app get ported to the platform) to develop for it. Since people aren't sure if they can find the app they want on WinPhone they just go for an Android or iPhone. Them giving out WinPhone for free now will maybe get them a better market share in the low end phones for the developing world but: if you are giving away the software what is the point being in the business? (If you are hoping on making money on selling apps you don't want the entry level 3rd world population as your customer base either).

Comment: Re: Linux Blu-Ray rip (Score 1) 152

by ILongForDarkness (#47549349) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Realize replying to an anon so not likely to see this but: do you think DVD players will be around in 10 years? If so how much of a pain will it be to get it hooked up to your tv/computer? When is the last time you've dusted off a VHS player to watch an old movie?

Everyone's different but generally I only want to see a movie once. Most movies I don't care about and the few I feel I must watch because of cultural relavence: Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman, LoTR etc are so main stream that I'll have hundreds of choices of where to download them for years and years to come. The rest I pretty much don't care if I miss the latest Seth Rogen movie: if I can get it cool if not I'll watch something else.

Comment: Re:Linux Blu-Ray rip (Score 1) 152

by ILongForDarkness (#47532655) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Not to mention the worst part of discs: having to get off your ass every couple hours to swap out discs. Add to that the clutter of a bunch of discs around, people with bad habits like stacking them on top of each other outside of the case, putting them in the wrong case, touching them with their fingers etc.Inconvenient, clutter and easily damaged/obsoleted when the players go away. Time to go. I don't know why I bothered but a few years back I bought a bluray player. I've rented exactly one video to try it out. Since then I just use my 150Mbps internet connection and creativity. Don't have to go to a store twice (once for the rental once to return) every time I want to watch something. The day it is available I have it no waiting for it to come back etc.

The days of publishing as a useful business are gone. Books make sense because some people still like the feel of paper but for music and video there is no value added, actually negative value added since it is less convenient than downloading.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor