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RCN Down, not out, rips into Rest of Cable Industry - Recently. A (We)Blog


  1. See Lance Ride

    brian on 2004.05.22
    at 01:07 am

    See Lance Ride

    Posted in: Sports

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  2. Pulpit Shaky

    brian on 2004.05.22
    at 12:34 am

    One of my favorite tech columnist/pundits is Robert X. Cringley (pen name, apparently). However, for the first time ever this week's column I feel is really quite off base. Now being who I am, I'm not really going to get into debunking this. I'm hoping John Gruber will take care of that for me, and to a much wider audience. But I'll say a few brief things here:

    1) I really don't know anything about the news broke by the New York Times the other day, so everything else here is my personal opinion as a Mac user for many years.

    2) Read the article (above) or else the rest of this won't make sense.

    3) Why would Steve Jobs want to make these divisions so it was easier to kill off the personal computer division of Apple, his baby? That's ridiculous. When he came back to Apple in the 90s, he axed just about everything, including peripherals and non-computer stuff (like the Newton). And you think he'd drop 25 years of personal computers for the upstart iPod? I doubt it. The Mac division won't "starve and die." with even the "tiny" amount of customers they have. Remember, volume-wise, Apple is one of the top five manufacturers in the world. Apple makes and sells a lot more computers than many companies who are not considered "going out of business."

    4) "Everything's ported to Intel, and all Mac users would upgrade, versus just a few million when the OS X change happened" Um, hello? Are you nuts? Why would people give up totally useful PPC machines, just to get new Intel-based ones? If God-Forbid that would happen, I would think there would be a rush to scoop up PPC-powered Macs.

    5) "what if IBM has no interest in supplying such a chip ("Cell")... for Apple?" Why wouldn't they want as many customers for their chip as possible? IBM and Apple are very friendly. Apple is a partner in the design of the PPC, not just a buyer of an IBM made chip, like the other companies RXC mentioned. So its unlikely IBM would have any reason why they would want to turn their back on one of their best partner/ customers. Crazy. They have a $3 Billion chip fab in New York State they built to create G5 chips, and they have to pay it off, baby!

    In conclusion: wow, Robert, maybe its the South Carolina water, but, damn man, what happened? This article is subpar.

    Posted in: Apple · Technology

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  3. Friday tabs, including Optima, Naked Rollercoaster riding, SBC strike

    jake on 2004.05.21
    at 06:51 pm

    Posted in: Design · Recent Events

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  4. RCN Down, not out, rips into Rest of Cable Industry

    brian on 2004.05.21
    at 01:08 pm

    RCN, one of the few companies trying to compete in the same markets as other cable giants is filing for bankrupcy. Their CEO wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. (I all but expect for that link to break, and soon.)

    ...the major cable companies still divide-and-rule territory. When one company buys close to another, the rivals simply exchange geographic service areas, so that each side can expand their local fiefdoms -- the same business model championed by Tony Soprano.

    It's very true, the 1996 Telecom Act did nothing to breed competition in the cable industry. Rates are up 40%, and companies have never bought each other up so quickly.

    Even more irritating to consumers is the way the cable giants package their programming. This may be the only business in the world in which you have to purchase a product you don't want in order to get the product you do... In some systems, cable operators own nearly 50% of cable programming... Can you imagine if Wal-Mart insisted that you buy a hairbrush when all you want is a toothbrush?

    {Thanks Rob and Adam for the pointers.}

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