Ok. Good. Afghanistan is about half way there. Perhaps you two could meet and settle your differences there?
As Schwarzzy said to the Predator: "Any where! Any time!" LOL!
Might be an unfair fire fight though. Both my son in laws are ex SAS, (Special Air Services), paratroopers, and both army trained electronic engineer graduates. They might be able to organize ordnance and logistics and give me a bit of an edge! Desert environment sounds good. After all, the Aussie diggers, (Rats of Tobruk), stopped Rommell dead in the desert in WWII.
But then I wouldn't be fighting a crazed, arrogant, egotisticial, self-righteous, know-it-all, dictatorial tyrant ... did I miss anything? .... like Hitler ... or would I? Oooooppss! That's a cheap shot! Or maybe we'll get lucky and someone will Mysteriously emigrate to Spain permanently!
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LOL! It took me 5 minutes to calm down and clear the tears from my eyes from laughing so hard just to post this ->
Check this interesting site Antipodes Map - Antipodal location for any map point
We are here exacty opposite side of New Zealand.
For all practical purposes and with guessing, I was pretty darn close wouldn't you say? Cosidering the size of the globe? And Mustang lives in western Australia. I'm assuming Mystere lives in Twin Cities because everyone else in that state doesn't own a computer. They fish.
Does this also take in consideration that the diameter of the earth is roughly 13 miles more in diameter at the equator than at the poles do to centrifugal force of spin?
Do not doubt the powerful and almighty OZ!.......And don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain!
kmint, that is very cool. From here, I end up off the west coast of Australia (way off)!
However, certain fundamentals never change, like good procuct, fillling a need, competitive price, the ability to convey the efficacy of your product to the consumer, reliable after sales follow up, etc, etc. Advertising is really only to get the consumer's atention. After that it's up to sales personnel to obtain their trust and show how your product meets their need. Then there's the after sales follow up to maintain that trust for repeat business.
And in between all of that a lot of snake oil and smoke and mirrors! lol!
It's interesting to note how a very large soap manufacturer some years ago held top marketing spot. They felt their position was so strong they no longer needed to advertise. Their fall from grace was meteoric.
Over the years M$ have usually come through, even though at times on the rebound from a total fizzer. And they have set the bench mark in terms of third party software/hardware being compatible to Windows. You know if you buy Windows most 3rd party stuff will work on it.
It's understandable for them to try and get their share of the exponentially expanding smartfone/tablet/portable devices market. However, I don't believe it is wise to do so at the expense of failing to cater adequately to the traditional desk top market, which has been their bread and butter sales for many years.
As you say, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out. If they move away from the DIY enthusiast market and become simply another Apple, then they truly will be in equal competition on an open, level playing field; and not enjoy the monopoly they've had for so long. Time will tell.
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I am not aware of a conspiracy.
It is more a corporation in a position of monopoly power - commonly referred to as a monopoly nowadays ( the direct translation from the greek is usually called a pure monopoly - and is used to describe e.g. nationalised industries and other state organs such as those found in the old Soviet Union and China ).
Marketing is a profession. Some of us have spent years obtaining qualifications and working in the field.
Things that are obvious to a marketing pro worth their salt, will often not be obvious to anyone else.
Much marketing these days is subltle and complex. In many cases the consumer is not supposed to know they are being manipulated.
It would less effective if they did know.
There is nothing odd about that.
People probably don't know much about surgical techniques, possible complications, etc - not unless they have spent the years studying and practising surgery.
That doesn't mean people are all stupid. They can't know unless they are a pro in the field.