Archive for November, 2011

Kindle Fire Un-boxing and Revi…

Kindle Fire Un-boxing and Review: +1 http://t.co/SGiYSeFu My first impressions of Kindle Fire Tablet #kindle #kindlefire #cloud

Kindle Fire Un-boxing and Review: +1

I rarely write a new gadget “un-boxing” experience but feel compelled to share my experiense starting to use the Kindle Fire. Full disclouse I am a big Amazon fan-boy. I have been using Amazon Prime since it was first offered, been pioneering on the Amazon Web Services cloud for over 4 years, and the UPS person probably delivers an Amazon box to my house one to two times a week. Amazon Kindle Fire  is the intersection of Amazon Store, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Cloud.

This morning I have just returned from a visit to our UK office in Bracknell, and while travelling I tried to use my iPad 2 extensively, so the rapid shift to Kindle Fire will be a great compare and contrast time.

The Un-Packaging

Kindle Fire is shipped in Amazon’s new, unique, environmentally friendly packaging system. Most of Amazon’s small electronics are now shipped in a plain-looking cardboard box that acts as both the shipping vehicle and the packaging. It’s hard to explain until you see it yourself. Pull a tab to open the package and no there is finger-cutting plastic or hassles of extra cardboard to cut through. Contrast to Apple that prides itself on elegant packaging, which I can also appreciate. But let’s face it… the package is seen once and usually never again unless the device is sold. Apple feels they can justify the elegant packaging as part of their branding, but I’m sure the cost of Apple devices are higher because the packaging is more expensive. While Apple famously reminds you upon opening their goodies “Designed in California, Made in China,” Amazon could easily claim ”Designed in the Cloud, Made in China.”

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5 issues for our digital futu…

5 issues for our digital future http://t.co/2J8JRp5o “Data is the currency of the future” … @sonian been saying this since 2007

Great meetings in London talki…

Great meetings in London talking up #cloud adoption, #email #archiving and of course UK #football – lots of potential for cloud in EU

Group Coupons: Good for Products, Bad for Services

Long overdue rant relating recent experiences with group-buying services like Groupon, Living Social, Open Table, etc. Over the past few years I been lured to buy a coupon for a good or a service to get that rush for scoring “get a great deal.”

When the coupon is for a product, I have a great experience. The most recent was a 40% discount on a 2′ x 3′ printed canvas from a digital image file. The vendor delivered as advertised and I was thrilled with the results.

But when the coupon is for a discount on a service that will be performed by another individual, I have experienced a very disappointing buying experience. As the buyer, I feel a stigma from the provider because the service they are performing is at a  dramatically reduced price compared to the “retail price.” A recent negative restaurant experience turned me off to using a coupon service ever again for a meal. The waiter made a big deal about redeeming the coupon, and was vocally insistent I commit to “tipping” on the retail price and not the discount. It just felt really uncomfortable. I sense a “remorse” from the vendors that offer a service in a coupon deal. They really don’t want to honor their part of the bargain.

Buying a product with a coupon is a dispassionate interaction with a website. Buying a service is an uncomfortable interaction with another person who sneers with a “you pay for what you get” poor attitude.

So buyer beware when the coupon deal is for a lesson,  a haircut, a fortune-telling (yes really) or a meal.  Instead  enjoy the savings from a product purchase where there is no judgment passed by the seller.

Boundary breaks into network m…

Boundary breaks into network monitoring-as-a-service – http://t.co/KIxubVpU #cloud #cloudmonitoring #monitoring

VCs may drop $10M on this hot …

VCs may drop $10M on this hot startup http://t.co/2eEAVS9D #cloud #storage

Will Cloud Computing Make Ever…

Will Cloud Computing Make Everything (and Everyone) Work Harder? http://t.co/d06Y4Xwh #cloud #metaphorical

Status: arrive London, can’t g…

Status: arrive London, can’t get gsm working on my CDMA “world phone” … Plan b – use Skype on iPad #thefuturenow ?

@dschoettle Check out Sonos or…

@dschoettle Check out Sonos or Apple Airplay