The Only Apple x Killer is Apple

All these crazy commercials and talk about the new Droid phone makes me smile. I think back about all the proposed “Apple x killers (x = Mac, Newton, iPod, iPhone) and what makes me smile is there is no third party Apple product killer and I do not see any in the foreseeable future.

The only real threat that these products have/had is actually Apple itself. Either Apple will kill it internally (Newton) or will create something bigger and better that will replace it’s own product.

So even though I enjoyed the Droid commercials – it all sounded a bit familiar (recently with the “iPod killer” Zune) – which come on, who knows someone that has one and has got you so excited you had to have one?

Companies may try and copy, add new functionality that people want…but when it comes down to it, there is just something about those Apple products…

Have a great weekend!

How to Quiet stamps.com Sales Reps

Stamps.com got my contact information a few weeks ago and have been hounding me every other day after answering their three initial questions:

  1. How much does your company spend on postage a year? My response: I think I buy maybe 3-4 books of stamps.
  2. How much do you spend on shipping packages? My response: I have never sent a package.
  3. Do you wish you did not have to go to the post office to save time? My response: Yes.

From that, I got: “Well we have a great solution for all your postage needs. Our package starts out at $191 a year…” I laughed and said thanks.

Since then, it has been “Let me send you information…” “Have you tried our software yet…?” I always say no, and that I have not had time yet, and do not have time now. Someone called me today and told me they would “download software onto my computer for me right now – it will only take a few minutes” Not that it is impossible to download software on a remote computer…but she definitely did not have a clue about the terminology she was throwing around. Personally, she sounded a little drunk and as soon as I told her I had a Mac, she said “oh, have a nice day”.

Moral of the story – sometimes having a Mac that does not run software is not a disadvantage.