My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

July 3, 2012 10:40 pm
Technology - Bill Davidow - What Happened to Silicon Values? - The Atlantic

Excellent points, however I think the author misses one major component of the issue, and that is that in a lot of cases consumers aren’t technically customers. Sure Facebook and Google have to keep us happy to an extent, but ultimately the money is being made elsewhere. Unlike the tendency of others commenting on this dilemma I don’t see this as a definite threat, but it certainly creates incentives that could make decisions that are harmful to the single person enticing. It is still wrong for business practices to exploit and abuse the consumer, but what these businesses do has changed and that has played a major role in the shift in mindset.

January 7, 2012 12:04 am
Why Best Buy is Going out of Business...Gradually

"Best Buy is futilely focused on the mathematics of market share.  It’s groping with questionable expansion in Europe and China, and with services such as its recently-acquired Geek Squad subsidiary.  (It also bought Napster in 2008, then sold it to Rhapsody this year for an undisclosed amount.) What else has the company got? Management, at least, still believes it has competitive advantages–advantages that even make it attractive to shareholders."

The article brings up some compelling points, but the real question is at what extra cost does a bricks-and-mortar based company have to give in order to widely match the service?  Personally I have had no problems with any of the Best Buy’s I have gone to and being a former retail worker myself I can confirm that no 2 stores in a chain are the same.