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March 29, 2006

Nerds

In the past two days we have watched a movie on how the personal computer PC all got started. this movie was quite interesting.. i never knew that is how Bill Gates started his company, in a garage. I would have to say that Bill is really lucky that that one man wasn't home and only his wife and she kicked him out. other wise i really don't think he would have been as sucsessful as he was... its kinda lucky like i said.. Still its really kinda cool how they didn't work like everyone else.. no set time some times they didn't shower they just worked till they finished what they were doin... they also didn't have normal desks and offices they had couches and soda. this movie kinda lets me know that anybody can start a business of thier own... i say this becuase Bill Gates probably never even thought that any of this would be happening to him before he started it he might have just had an idea... but the $50,000 turns in to billions of dollars like so easy.. i now i know its not that easy but he made it seem easy...
Back to the movie.. i wonder how the company, that Gates bought that patten from, feels about selling it for only $50,000 to later find out that it is worth billions of dollars now.. i know if that were me i would feel kind bumbed. Overall the nerds are pretty cool people and the movie was a good one i enjoyed it. i don't really have any questions that i can ask for this blog so i just wrote what i thought...

March 21, 2006

Microsoft

Today in class we talked about how Microsoft was the dominate PC applcation software and how they became this power house.. We talked about LUCK.. and after reading this article i think Microsoft is a really lucky company... First when IBM asked them to the operating system for its new PC. from there the company became more popular and even more popular when they went public with the company.. then when Microsoft had Word and Excel come out it was a big hit because they bundled thier products.. They reason Lotus and Word Perfect failed was because they tired to match Microsoft instead of trying to figure out a new bussiness model of thier own...

Audible.com

Audibles idea seemed like it was such i good idea.. they seem to have everything that you would need to make the customers happy.. why is it they failed.. what went so wrong...

well i think it failed becuase in 1995 i was just getting started using the internet a lot. i never knew about audible.com i had only heard about Napster and KaZaA, instant messanger, msn encata... i didn't really know a whole lot more at the time. so i think it failed because it was so new.. in 1995 i don't think they had things like ipods and mp3.. they just weren't that important.. audible.com was ahead of the times i would say... but when i look at the article it just doesn't make any sence because they had in increase of listeners and they had some major shareholders. i don't understand how the share of stock went from $1 to 0.50 when the company was doing so well..

Instant Messaging Standards

The issue I think in this article is when Microsoft and Yahoo! had the ability to send messages to users on the AOL network. AOL did not like the idea of them having access to their IM so they blocked their access to their network by changing their protocols that are used to communicate with AOL’s servers. Microsoft then modified there software so AOL became accessible to MSN users again. AOL later put up another block and Microsoft again passed that block, this happened a few times. Eventually Microsoft gave up because the “techniques AOL used to lock its system could pose a security threat to both companies customers? (The Long Battle). Then Trillion came in and they were compatible with MSN, Yahoo!, and ICQ. They were also compatible with AOL. So AOL had to block Trillion, but unlike Microsoft, Trillion did not back down. They welcomed Trillions service for a while and did not block the servers. So now only some times will AOL and Trillion work with each other.
The stakeholders of this case I think are the people who are using the instant messenger services. The most popular age group would be teenagers and young adults. Other users would be people at the work place. Not every user has the same IM. Some people who talk to other people from both AOL and MSN do not always know if they are able talk to someone from AOL, it would switch all of the time because MSN hacks in to AOL so they can talk to each other. The other stakeholders could be the people who are in charge of the companies who try and block and unblock the other IM’s.
I think that this issue exists because friends have different types of instant messenger services and they wanted to be able to talk to everyone without having to download the other services. Another reason this issue exists is because other users what to be able to talk to their friends on AOL from their different form of IM. AOL does not want anybody else to use their IM except AOL users. AOL is the most used IM service so they see it as why should they have to share. If a user wants to talk to someone on AOL then AOL wants they to download and use it from them and not the others. They are leading service they want to keep it that way. So if more people just decide to use AOL and not use the other forms of IM then the value of IM to those users becomes lower. Each company was just trying to make their companies better and easy for their customers to keep interest for their users.