Re: SMTP push was useful to me then
Based on that domain address you were a lecturer at UCE.
For some reason the URL stuck in my head from way back.
19 posts • joined 17 Dec 2009
Way way back when I was a fresh faced graduate temping in a council office to fund a trip to Hong Kong I was exposed to the cost of outsourcing.
Siemens had the contract for Coventry City Council at the time and when a floppy drive failed in a PC it was going to be £40 for the engineer to come and look at the PC. Then when they saw it was a failed floppy drive they would go back to pick one up. The new, perfectly standard, 3.25" drives would then be charged at £80 and as they had to come out again there would be a second £40 fee for that.
This was a time when I could have walked into one of several computer component shops within 2 minutes of the office and picked a drive up for £14
While I could use my phone for it I prefer to have a separate player to save the battery on my phone for making phone calls.
I had to import it from the States but it's worked flawlessly ever since, compared to the small stack of iPods I have sitting under monitor waiting for me to do something with.
Personally I hope they do a revamp iPod Touch style based on the windows phone but without a phone.
Well you can get their kindle app from the regular Android market place. Also it's not necessarily Amazon but the rights holders such as the publisher being different in two different regions and having differing opinions on eBooks in general.
Of course with a little work you can easily circumvent the region lock and purchase direct from the states should the deal be cheaper.
And the most annoying thing is not that they cost the same as a paperback book from Amazon, in the case of the price set by a publisher they cost more.
Then to really twist the knife, when the paperback comes out because the price is set by the publisher on the eBook it wont drop in price until they update it manually. I find an email to said publisher usually does the trick.
I still object to paying MORE than a physical copy costs though.
simply don't by the Kindle or Sony.
Have a look at the BeBook. It supports almost any format you care to think of (though of course not Amazons own) and will manage DRM on epub and mobi should for some reason buy from somewhere that does.
Alternatives do exsist.
A resoned response.
The whole argument is also about Amazon want to be "publishers" on the kindle. which means of course they get a nice big cut of the profits and hand 30% back to the real publishers which is hardly going to cover the cost of editing, advances and type setting.
If Amazon want to be publishers they should do it all not just the bit they know makes them money and throw thier toys out of the pram if they do.
I do own an eBook. Titles purchased? 0. I'm still making my way through Project Guttenburg. But I would happily pay around $15 for a book if it's somethign I really want to read. Once it's dropped to paper back and a coresponding drop in price I would look to buying other authours. This is exactly the type of pricing MacMillan is talking about doing which Amazon was denying them.
If you want to point fingers and shout RIAA look no futher than the mighty Amazon. Sign up with them and to get the best deals you give them publishing rights and if you do sell your ebook elsewhere you are not allowed to sell it any cheaper than them.
Siemans had a terrifying hold on tech support. A couple of things I saw personall.
Floppy drive failed in a desktop and it was a cost of £40 for someone to come look at it, £80 replacement part (clearly gold plated) and then another £40 for the second visit to install it.
Power supply failed in a desktop. Again £40 for someone to come look at it. £200 pounds and a month wait for a new one then another £40 for teh technitian to come out again.
Most of the time people just did thier best without.
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