What Microsoft Can Learn From Mac OS X Lion

This article makes a point which has been on the mind of Windows and Mac users for quite some time: namely, that Microsoft ought to stop selling so many versions of its OS. It's confusing, it's expensive, and from my point of view, underhanded. What Microsoft Can Learn From Mac OS X Lion They should [...]

New, lower pricing on web use photo licenses

I've decided to try something different, and lowered the prices for the web-use photo licenses (the 1 megapixel sizes) to $3 for personal uses and $5 for commercial uses. These sizes are great for article illustrations, or for header images for your websites, or even for desktop wallpapers. A typical 1 megapixel image is a [...]

A 27 GB hard drive for $276?

While cleaning up old paperwork, I ran into a receipt from late 1999, for a WD 27.3 GB hard drive with an Ultra 66 Cable. The price for that thing was $275.94 with taxes. Nowadays, I can get a 2 TB hard drive (that's 2,000 GB) for less than $150. How times have changed!

CableJive SoundDock and iStubz cables

Back in 2008, I bought a SoundDock cable from CableJive, which allowed me to connect my 1st gen Bose SoundDock to my Mac. Since we bought our SoundDock, Bose has come out with a 2nd gen SoundDock, which has a built-in auxiliary input, making the cable unnecessary. Still, we weren't about to buy a new [...]

The future is the past is the future

Back in late 2008, I heard of a technology that was touted as new: instant price matches, made available by scanning the barcode of a product in a store, through an iPhone app called Checkout SmartShop. I chuckled. This idea wasn't new at all. I worked for a company called BarPoint for a few months [...]

Premium gasoline dips below $3 per gallon

As I filled up my MINI a couple of days ago, I glanced at the pump and noticed the price of the premium gasoline: $2.77 per gallon. I couldn't believe it. I left the pump running and ran toward the street sign to take a photo. I just didn't think I'd ever see premium gas [...]

Price wars are bad for everyone

I believe a lot in equitable pricing. A product's price should be able to net its creator a decent profit -- not a huge profit, not a tiny profit, because that makes it hard to go on, and certainly not a loss. That's why I'm really annoyed with the recent price wars in the hardware [...]