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Fear, Hope, and Love with Electronic Gadgets and the Companies who Make Them February 5, 2008

Posted by Fast Follower in Apple, Blackberry, Dell, Directv, iPhone, iPod, Mac, Marketing, Microsoft, Quicken, Sprint, Verizon.

I wish I could take credit for this theory about why we as consumers engage with companies and their products. But I can’t. This comes from Seth Godin on his blog. It makes me think about many of the posts and comments on PTI about the electronic gadgets and services we all use. After reading Godin’s post, how many of the devices and the device makers fall into the Fear, Hope, and Love categories for PTIers?

What about Apple? Or iPod? Or iMac? Or iPhone? What about PPC-6700? What about Microsoft? Or Windows? Or Office? What about Sprint? What about Verizon?  What about Playstation? What about XBox? What about Slingbox? What about Blackberry? What about Directv? What about Quicken?  What about Dell?

Is there something missing from the 3 categories (fear, hope, love)? Interestingly, many of our posts are about complaints concerning the gadgets or services we use. Might there be another category called “Necessity” for why we buy and use certain gadgets (or continue to use certain gadgets and services while we face constant problems)?

Apple, Dell, and Microsoft October 9, 2007

Posted by Fast Follower in Apple, Dell, Microsoft.
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Y’all know that I’m now a certified Mac lover (although I do have a problem with how slow Aperture runs on my Macbook Pro.  So everything isn’t perfect).  Of course TI is…well….stubborn.  He’s anti-Mac without ever even trying one.  Remember, Mac people are all brainwashed by the Apple’s advertising according to TI.

What does all of the above preamble lead to?  Nothing relative to the subject.  I just like reminding our readers how illogical TI can be some times.

I did, however, find an interesting article with entertaining commentary over on CNN Money about Apple vs. Dell 10 years later.  Ten years ago when Michael Dell was asked at a conference what he would do if he were CEO of Apple, he replied,  “Shut it [Apple] down and give the money back to the shareholders.”