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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Who's Afraid of Google? Everyone.

A few days ago I posted about how Google is a strong company. Here is some more evidence.

"It seems no one is safe: Google is doing Wi-Fi; Google is searching inside books; Google has a plan for ecommerce.Of course, Google has always wanted to be more than a search engine. Even in the early days, its ultimate goal was extravagant: to organize the world's information. High-minded as that sounds, Google's ever-expanding agenda has put it on a collision course with nearly every company in the information technology industry: Amazon.com, Comcast, eBay, Yahoo!, even Microsoft. In less than a decade, Google has gone from guerrilla startup to 800-pound gorilla." from Wired Magazine

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My list of Things to Be Thankful For
Aglets: those little plastic things on the ends of your shoelaces
My Dogs
A Fairly Understanding and Patient Wife
Flush Toilets
4 day Weekends
The Bangater Highway: a silly pseudo-freeway with poor traffic management named after a Governor who hired his brother to build $200 million in pumps to drain the Great Salt Lake that have never been used in over 20 years. Ok just kidding. I hate this road
The Freedom to have ROADRAGE on Bangater
A working Car
ESPN
My garage
My family
Sunshine
Ergonomic Keyboards
My IPOD
Donuts
Rotating Microwave plate
Freedom of Speech to bash Oil Companies and Sundance
Cherry Coke
Mexican Food
Dilbert
Google
The ability to laugh
Bulk Hand Sanitizer
Wal-Mart: Despite the parking lot rage I feel.
The millions of countless people who made this country what it is and have made me who I am.
Mountains
Mike Brooks who wrote this letter to the Deseret News because it made me laugh
When did Boozer retire?
When did Jazz player Carlos Boozer announce his retirement?
I must have missed it. Though $65 million does make for a nice retirement package.
Nike Air Shoes
Pajamas
Guitars
Nerf Footballs
Toys R Us
Terrell Owens getting Fired
Free Turkey from work

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Frenzy Marketing.Using Fear to Get Consumers to Purchase
Lately the American consumer has been getting the shaft economically. Recently it was high gas prices, then high heating oil/natural gas prices and now Microsoft's XBOX 360. The last few days of television has included numerous reports on the new gaming system XBOX 360. It isn't surprising since its Christmas buying season and Xbox fans have been waiting more than 2 years for the 360.

What I find appalling is the method in which each of these bastard companies ExonMobile, Questar Gas, and Microsoft has promoted their product. These companies have used fear to sell product and make record profits. The oil companies used the fear of terrorism and natural disasters to boost profits to stratospheric levels. You might argue that these companies weren't responsible for either terrorism or natural disasters and you are right but they certainly didn't do anything to dispel the myth that we were running out of gas. Gas prices were raised due to perceived decrease in production and perceived increase in demand due to fear. Average Joe Consumer thinks well if I don't buy gas today by tomorrow it will be more expensive or there won't be any so I better buy today because I have to get to work. Suddenly inquires by the government and prices miraculously go down.

Questar did the same thing in Utah. They started announcing that there would be considerable shortages of natural gas and that their suppliers were going to raise prices. Questar then convinces the Utah Utility Commission that we need another rate increase. For those who don't know that is 2 rate increases in 4 months for a total increase of 45%. FYI: Questar is only dependant upon the market for 18% of its natural gas supply.

Xbox 360 is now being marketed the same way. Microsoft is creating frenzy among its buyers by creating demand by inventing an artificial lack of supply. Utah stores have not been allowed to release supply numbers but many news sources have come out saying that Wal-Mart who is a majority supplier only has 15 units at each of the Utah stores. "Microsoft has conceded that an ambitious plan to launch the console worldwide within a few weeks will mean fewer consoles initially in North America." MSNBC. Microsoft is manipulating supply to boost press coverage. The shortage has become headlines for papers and top news on television. This coverage is free to Microsoft and is creating for more demand. You cannot convince me that Microsoft wasn't prepared for this release. The date of the release has been public for more than a year. The system was announced almost 3 years ago. Microsoft has plenty of Xboxes waiting in warehouses and as we get closer to Christmas more of it will be released. Bill Gates didn't become the world's richest man by being stupid. He knows business. This is manipulation of the market that I think is wrong. On last nights news a clip was shown of two women fighting over a Cabbage Patch Doll back in 1985 when there really was a supply problem of the hottest Christmas toy. Check eBay for the exorbitant prices people are buying and selling Xbox 360's. My point is how can business ethics allow companies to market and sell products solely based on fear. Fear from being able to get to work, fear from being able to heat their homes, fear that little Johnny will be disappointed on Christmas. Maybe its shame on America for allowing companies to market and sell to us as though we are sheep.

Now damn it were can I get my Xbox?

Monday, November 21, 2005

Game Over
Rivalry weekend or the proclaimed Holy War between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah is now over. Once again the Cougar fans are hanging their head in shame. Can we blame it on poor coaching? Maybe a little if the majority of the inside running game fails and the outside running has been successful maybe we shouldn't call an inside run in overtime when its 2nd and 10. Can we place blame on the players? Hell Yes.. The BYU defense gave up an average of 412 yards a game including 2 first down passes at 3rd and 20+ downs vs Utah

Quote of the Weekend:
"We were more concerned about trash talking," said BYU running back Fahu Tahi.

Running Scared.
Tina Kunzer-Murphy, the Las Vegas Bowl executive director, left town without extending an invitation she was prepared to give if BYU had won. I guess it doesn't say much to offer a bowl bid to a 6-5 team whose six wins include teams who haven't won more than 5 games a piece. I believe that there are too many bowl games and too much money being thrown at football programs. I don't believe that football pays for other sports. If that were true BYU wouldn't be cutting sports programs left and right. You might have an argument with title IX but they have cut women's programs also.

I think that if BYU was truly run by inspiration that most sports would need to be cleaned up or eliminated but then again if BYU was run by the church why would we need a signed and endorsed honor code. Didn't Satan offer up a plan to take away free agency?

Keywords: Brigham Young Football Sucks, BYU Sucks, BYU Football Sucks BYU Football Pass Defense Horrible Pass Defense Sucks. BYU always Loses to UTAH. University of Utah's Biotch

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