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This weekend I’ll be saying goodbye to a friend I didn’t think would be leaving me this soon. We’ve had a great relationship together but we have both come to realize it will never work out for the two of us. This tumultuous ending comes as a surprise to very few but it doesn’t stop it from being a remorseful breakup. Others had made the decision long before me. Some never even gave them a chance. But this weekend ends the longstanding relationship with me and a physical keyboard on my phone.

Oh QWERTY key I knew you well. You’ve always been a friend to me allowing for quick opening and typing out of long detailed and complex thoughts. You’ve allowed vibrant use of my vernacular without worry for word addition or misunderstanding. You’ve allowed me to be my own personal typist and spell check. But our time together is coming to a close.

Why you ask? Well to be blunt it is because you’re becoming so very outdated. I can honestly say there never was a time when I felt you kept up like the rest of the pack but I loved you regardless. You gave me something that the others couldn’t. You gave me text confidence and for that you were always priceless. I remember when we first met. I was so nervous but it became an instant love affair. My text message limits sky rocketed as I found I could always find just the right things to say with you. No longer did I have to worry about clumsy T9 or mistake prone on screen. You were mine to express myself how I saw fit. You were always known so well like we’d been together forever. You were simple… but I think that is where the problem in you lied.

Your simplicity became your biggest burden. With more and more phones being able to accept after market keyboards via Bluetooth why should anyone feel pigeonholed to keeping you around oh QWERTY key? With your addition of girth with no added power more and more users flocked away from you. Why add the inches just to type a little bit faster? The onscreen keyboard wasn’t that bad right? Well it was for me. I held out as long as I could. But you didn’t seem to hold out for me.

What happened to us? Why did you stop coming around? I use to see you and maybe 5 of your friends a year but now I’m lucky if even one good one of you comes around. You also never seem to excel. You’re not terrible, but mid-range at best. Why can you never be a blockbuster? I feel you’re never supportive much after the start of the relationship. You sort of just fall to the side and are forgotten. So now it’s my time to do the same.

I want to say I’m sorry. I really do. I always supported you. I never thought that this joy had to end. But for me it really does. You’re just not reliable anymore. I can’t trust you’ll be around when I need you. Do I think I’ll find better? No I really don’t. But I think that I’ll have to make due. I’ll find alternatives and ways to make things work until the hurt of losing you is just a mere memory.

It was great while it lasted old friend. Maybe one day down the line we can meet again in another fashion. Maybe I’ll run into a cousin of yours that is compatible with what I need. But for right now I have to say goodbye. I have to turn away and not look back. But you’ll always be the physical keyboard in my heart.

So I have been putting off making this post since the creation of this blog. Mostly because I have all the words to fill it but I reallllllyyyy didn’t want to do all the link finding and fact checking. I honestly think I’ll just post the rant while the passion is there and at another time follow-up with silly things like… facts.

So you may or may not know it, but for being such a technologically advanced country we are consistently being put over a barrel and taken for our internet. We aren’t even the top 10 of best internet speeds in the world.

This can be related to a myriad of problems.

  • Other countries are just establishing methods for connecting to the net therefore can adopt the most recent technology. We have had internet since the days of dial-up and are slowly upgrading technology with has a cost to dig up old lines and place in new ones.
  • With new legislation if internet providers upgrade one area of the nation they are being pressed to upgrade the rest of the nation. Having to upgrade technology for the whole country (including middle america) will cost companies more than the profit they would receive from it. More rural areas don’t have the populations to promote sales and services of new technology but are being left in a “dark age” which only drives away from people moving there.
  • There is a competitive market in other countries which drives down prices and promotes technological dog-fighting. It also offers more options for the consumer to get the internet connection they “want” instead of what the company is willing to offer them.
  • The average household doesn’t realize they are being screwed on pricing. They take their bill at eye value and since there is no better comparison you pay what you owe.

So we have high bills? This is America we make the extra revenue so we can pay for more premium services right? (cough healthcare cough) But our services aren’t even premium. Companies aren’t even providing the services that they advertise. Recent studies have shown the major disparities in what companies offer and advertise.

But how do we as the consumer change any of this? Well that is a hard shot in the dark. We can attempt to support the smaller ISP providers popping up locally or even regionally. But most of these companies buy their bandwidth from the larger providers anyways. Cell phone data plans were getting to a point where you could live without a major provider but with every company now putting download limits and caps you can’t cut the cord just yet.

With streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify taking over the net and increasing download rates across the nation we will need quick internet reform before we too fall into a “Dark Age” of internet progression. 1gps downloads are obtainable now and not at the exponential prices being offered. The paltry services being given such as “Road Runner Lightning” show that the companies understand a need for change but it seems nickel and diming the consumer is more important than actual progression.

A lot of these issues are presented in recent Net Neutrality arguments but that is such a clusterfk that it will probably never pass any sort of legislation in a viable matter that helps the consumer. So right now I’m at a loss for words. I would like to open this up for discussion on the “how” we can make this better. Any tricks people have used to stop feeling sodomized by their bill every month?

 

 

So last Wednesday 9/7/2011 I had the pleasure of being an attendant of a “Free Cee-lo Green Concert” with a friend of mine. I am always weary of the word free these days especially when a company is promoting such as free. As we get to Hard Rock Live at Universal I quickly come to the conclusion that this is going to be some sort of spectacle.

Marketing 101

Samsung + AT&T presents... your next four hours in marketing

I was unaware of the “Summer Krush” campaign until I had entered the doors and boy was I going to get a lesson tonight in marketing. Quickly I became aware that this event was going to be used to promote the Samsung Infuse 4G (Exclusively at AT&T) as the MC of the evening reminded us about every 30 minutes and probably 50+ times during the evening.

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I wanted to take a drink every time they said the whole spiel

So it’s a marketing event. That’s cool. They had little kiosks everywhere featuring the phone and accessories as well as games you can get on Android. They had a neat set of displays that showed the phone could be connected to an HD display so you could game on a big screen. Angry Birds was prominently featured. They had swag of all sorts from shirts, cups, cap stick, and various other nonsense. I am fine with all of this. In fact I think this is a great way to get a captive audience to view a product they never would have cared about educated about a product. It helps to know I am interested in changing careers to marketing in the near future so I am always interested in spectacles such as this.

They even had something I had heard about in tech blogs but never seen in person. They had a live-feed Twitter wall. Two projectors on each side of the stage displayed a very Matrix-esque mesh of current Twitters that had mentioned @SummerKrush. This is another great marketing ploy as it not only got people to use Twitter to promote their concert and thus their product to all of their respective audiences, but they offered prizes for random tweets they would show. The wall was a great idea and I think a lovely party favor. People tweeted random nonsense just to get on the wall. At first you could tell the monitoring was strict and only the most devote “Please @SummerKrush let me win a ____” but as the night progressed and the marketing team started hitting the sauce more racy tweets such as “I wanna grope this girl in front of me @SummerKrush” and more showed up on the board. It provided mild entertainment in what we would soon realize was a much longer ride than we invested in.

But wait... there's more

I swear they kept letting people in until there was no floor space showing

They really packed the house for this one. They had two lines outside. One for people who had signed up for this event prior (and thus were emailed tickets instead of requesting them from the site) and then the people who had just printed them off from the site. We waited outside for a good 45 minutes after doors were suppose to open it even started raining. Whatever it’s a free concert going to work through the small faults regardless. Little did we know that Cee-Lo wasn’t going to hit the stage until 10:10. So we sat as a captive audience while their MC pimped AT&T being the most wonderful network and this phone being the second coming of Christ himself. They even gave away a guitar and phone to people from the tweet wall. All the while we got top 40 Billboard Pop hits dating back to 2000. It felt very much like a high school prom with more drunk under age kids than I care to be near and their creepy chaperone parents.

They made no mention on when Cee-lo would get on stage and sort of shrugged off any mention that he was even playing that evening. A lot of the crowd feared we had been suckered and Cee-lo would “mysteriously” not be able to play that evening. The tweet wall humored up as they couldn’t control the influx of “I don’t care about phones or guitars WTF is Cee-lo!!!” posts. I can attest that I even mentioned them to get this point across.

As all hope was lost the curtains finally opened at 9:45 to show a filled stage with plenty more AT&T/Samsung promotions. The band had yet to even do a sound check as a few of the roadie crew scrambled around the stage. I’ve been to plenty of concerts and maybe it was me but no one of the crew seemed anywhere near concerned about the ability of the equipment they just needed it setup so they could play and get the hell out of here.

Finally after 10 Cee-lo finally hits the stage

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I am very happy that he did not phone in his performance. It is very hard to tell how artist will perform at these promotional events as the crowd is normally not their “fans” and they are paid at a far different scale as if they were touring themselves.

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The audio was atrocious and I couldn’t understand a single word he said during non songs but him and his crew played their hearts out. They played singles from Cee-Lo’s stand alones such as “Closet Freak” and “Fuck You” and happily played some from Gnarls Barkley with “Smiling Faces”, “Gone Daddy Gone” and of course “Crazy” There was even a song or two from his latest album Lady Killer.

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He rocked an all girl band and came out in all black with a blinged out pistol necklace and a watch that could land a Jet with only its sparkle. I was a little saddened I didn’t get to see one of his many multi-color Mississippi Pimp outfits or even a bathrobe but once again free concert.

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I was reminded again that this was a free concert as he says he is on his last song… at 10:45. What? Two hours of waiting for a 45 minute concert? He performs two more songs instead of one (oooh bonus) and the night is wrapped up pretty quickly.

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This event taught me a few things. Mostly, this is how to throw a marketing event. It was so “inspiring” so to say it got me to write this post about it. Even if I didn’t want to I have helped not only promote their phone and concert series. It also made it so I must now make sure to pay and see Cee-lo next time he comes into town (if he comes back into town) because I really would like to see him perform at full capacity with proper band tuning and instruments. All and all it wasn’t a completely horrible time. It wasn’t the best investment of the 5 hours I spent during the event but for the price of parking at Universal it wasn’t a waste of my money. Would I do it again? No, most likely not. But they did pull me in for this one, which in a marketing world is a win for them.

Ok Google, we get it. You love your Chrome it is your baby and brain child and setting the internet on fire with growing attachment rates by the day. You killed the use of Google Toolbar on other platforms to support Chrome more. You are constantly tweaking and creating add-on’s for your baby like +1 Button for all and Offline usage of Gmail. But I have a question. Why isn’t Chrome a fully tooled Google Experience? I know it is trying to be a browser but as anyone that uses Chrome knows… it can do so much more. You may know that I am an android phone user and one of the main reasons for this is I was already a hearty Google user. I have multiple active gmail accounts as well as Calendar, Reader, Maps, GTalk, Picasa and anything else they have to offer. It was one of the reason why going to Android was so flawless. It imported my contacts and made everything a dream for me.

I can’t do everything on my phone though (no matter how much I want to) and I am not ready to become a Chrome OS user. (though I know some who are making the leap) When I open my Chrome it is pretty much perma-linked to open Gmail, G+, Reader, and now Google Music. I have to log into these sites or some will auto-log depending on the last time I was here. Maybe I am being selfish here but I want the experience to more match what my phone has to offer. When opening a Chrome window I wouldn’t mind “logging in” and during that session all of my Google sites work as such. Also I want the cross functionality that my phone offers. Send to calendar? Send to Gmail? Share in Reader? I want all these at the click of a button. I want Google to be more program than browser interface. I use Chrome more often than any other item on any of my computers. That beats out Firefox, Windows Media Player, VLC, Word, everything. Chrome has my soul!!!

XKCD said it wonderfully with this comic

All I ask it a little more functionality. I want my Google programs to be always present whether I am in the actual website or not. I want with a shortcut key my calendar pops up or maybe even Google music so I can switch song. I want Chrome to be more of an experience than a browser. Maybe it is already there and I have yet to find it. I am more than happy to be lead in the right direction. What do you think is missing from your Google/Chrome/Android experience? What could be added to give a more wholesome experience for you?