TARGET!!! MAKE A DEAL!!!

Target and other stores have a problem with a simple solution. They can not compete with Amazon on price. They simple don’t have the over head of running thousands of stores all over the country. They have an advantage that. Amazon simple doesn’t have. The shopper is sitting in the sore with his hands on the product. MAKE A DEAL!. I bet in most cases they wouldn’t even have to meet Amazon’s price. If they can get a little off and have it RIGHT NOW is HUGE!

Even better keep selling the Kindle, but every time someone seems interested, in one, offer and on the spot unadvertised discount for  a competitor’s product. Use Kindles to sell IPads. Home sellers have been doing this for EVER. You notice an open house one week end and that is exactly when your yard sign goes up.

Basically it comes down to Target forgetting how to sell. If you have an interested buy IN YOUR STORE, with the product IN HIS HAND, and you can’t figure out a away for him to leave with it, then YOU ARE THE WORST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD.

 

Target, signaling its growing irritation with its rival Amazon, announced on Wednesday that it would stop selling the online retailer’s Kindle e-readers.Enlarge This Image Matthew Staver/Bloomberg NewsUnpacking Kindle Fires at a Target in Denver in November. Target has sold Kindles since 2010.Add to PortfolioAmazon.com IncTarget CorporationGo to your Portfolio »Target, with almost 1,800 stores, is one of the bigger carriers of Kindles in the offline world, though most of the devices are sold at Amazon’s Web site.Like other big retailers, Target has been trying to figure out how to stop Amazon shoppers from visiting Target stores to check out products, and then buy them online from Amazon. It is a practice encouraged by Amazon; over the Christmas holiday, for example, the company offered a promotion on its Price Check app that gave shoppers 5 percent off any item scanned at a store.

via Target, Upset With Amazon, Will Stop Selling Kindles – NYTimes.com.

Dap: NY Times

Google Drive for Linux Is on the Way | PCWorld Business Center

Someday Linux will no longer be an afterthought. Even to companies that rely so heavily on Linux for their products and internal processes.

The Google Drive launch has been one of the big announcements of the week, but it was a fairly unequivocal disappointment for one vocal category of users: Linux users are justifiably miffed that the new cloud storage service doesnt support the free and open source operating system.

via Google Drive for Linux Is on the Way | PCWorld Business Center.

Dap : pcwolrd

Unacceptable Apple

Apple, and it customers have been trying to deal with there latest and greatest security threat, know as the Flashback malware.  Apple has finally released tool to identify and remove the malware from a system … for Lion users ONLY:

In its ongoing battle to clean up the Flashback malware mess, Apple has now released a standalone removal tool.

The downloadable utility is available exclusively for Mac owners running OS X Lion. It will not run on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or earlier versions.

A description and download link are available here. The accompanying security bulletin says “This update is recommended for all OS X Lion users without Java installed.”

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It is bad enough that because Apple controls it update process so much so tightly that when 3rd party security updates are released that they are not pushed to users in a more timely fashion. But when a fix is made available it is ONLY available those running the very latest major release of OS X even when ALL releases of OS X that care Java are effected. Just me but I think that if you are going to spend money software security support should be available to at least the last 2 major releases. Just sayin’

Get 50GB on Box.net for LIFE

This is cool. I am already a user of BOX. I keep copies of my latest resume there and link that with my Linkedin account. So that when people visit my Linkedin profile they can download my resume.

One of our big goals is to make it easy for users to access and manage their content from anywhere, without worrying about storage limitations. That’s why we’re making your Android-powered device even more powerful by giving you 50GB in the cloud. Yup, you heard us right: Now any Box personal user who downloads Box for Android will get 50GB free for life.  This promotion ends on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:59pm PST, so grab your free 50GB on Box by following these steps:1. Visit the Android Marketplace and download Box for Android2. Log into your account or register for a new one directly from the app3. Start sharing and collaborating in the cloud4. optional but recommended Tell the world how you’ll use your 50GB with the hashtag #Box50GB

via Android Users Get 50GB FREE. Get Your #Box50GB and Enter the Box Mobile Giveaway | The Box Blog.

Dap: Lifehacker

When Legislators attack … the Internet

There are those who think that Net Neutrality, is a government takeover of the Internet, when it is actually reasonable regulation that preserves how the Internet works today. If one wants an example of a Government take over of the Internet … Google SOPA and PROTECT IP. These are disgusting set of laws that will give government and large media companies direct control of the DNS system in order to block users from accessing sites that are thought of being  places of piracy, as well as having their payment accounts canceled. I really can’t do this topic justice but please watch the below video. It explains it better than me.

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

 

Please contact you Senator and Congressmen in Washington and encourage them to appose these bills. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a great tool that will help you send a message to representatives in Washington. Please take advantage of it, and help put a stop to these lubricious ludacris laws.

RIP John McCarthy the father of LISP and modern AI

The American scientist invented the computer language LISP.

It went on to become the programming language of choice for the AI community, and is still used today.

Professor McCarthy is also credited with coining the term “Artificial Intelligence” in 1955 when he detailed plans for the first Dartmouth conference. The brainstorming sessions helped focus early AI research.

via BBC News – Artificial intelligence community mourns John McCarthy.