Did You Get Your iPad on Black Friday?

Target-Black-FridayApple was pretty secretive on their Black friday sale. Target seemed to be the best option for an iPad this week and people stood in line for their black friday deal as early as 8 PM Thursday night. So did you get a new iPad Air or iPad mini?

After scouring the ads, I chose to stand in line at Target last night. They offered a $100 gift card with purchase of an iPad Air or $75 for an iPad mini. I got there at 7:50 expecting about 25-30% of the crowd was heading toward the iPad line.

Walmart offered $100 gift cards for iPad mini. Best Buy also had a gift card deal. Apple store only had a $75 card, didn’t advertise their deals and also didn’t give any deal for a Retina mini. So hopefully the 20% waiting in front of me for iPads won’t deplete the inventory too bad.

Once the doors opened, the line moved quicker than a one horse open sleigh. Of course, that was the first line. The second line was the true wait – people anxious for their iPads for the holidays.

What was interesting was the people I talked to in line already had iPads. This was either an upgrade or they wanted to get a second tablet for their families. One person was waiting for a Nexus 10 tablet, but decided to get the iPad as well.

Target was also ready for this event as most people got the iPad they wanted. They did run out of 16 GB iPad Air at about 9:30 PM. I was in line for a 32 GB model anyway and I saw a lot of iPad minis getting sold, too.  You could even get 2nd and 4th generation iPads that night.

I tweeted VegasBill during the event, who also was waiting in a Target store line in Vegas. I shouted out “This is what it will look like in a couple hours”.

I don’t normally do Black Friday. Those years I did, I was always disappointed because it was 4 in the morning and we would have to wait 6-8 weeks for rebates of specials.

This year was a bit different. I wasn’t too upset on the 2+ hour wait and I got the iPad Air I was looking for. Best part – I got a gift card which I could use at that moment if I wanted.

I did suggest that next year Target should talk with Starbucks and get a mobile barista to stand at the iPad line selling coffee…

Oh Apple, Splendid Acephalous

We’ve all seen the pattern and can recognize it. Successful organization has successful charismatic leader. Something happens to remove successful charismatic leader from organization. Then, organization looses coherence and suffers, or worse. This seems to be a very common pattern that occurs with most leaders and most organizations.

Even Mom and Pop restaurants suffer this fate. Restaurant does great as long as Mom and Pop are directly involved. Once Mom and Pop are removed (or remove themselves) from the picture, the business is never the same and may well fail.

When Sam Walton died back in 1992, I was certain that Walmart as an organization would probably either suffer some sort of meltdown or even outright failure. I turned out to be wrong. The thing that Sam Walton was highly effective at was that he was able to inspire as many of his employees as possible to make his dream of Walmart their own dream and put something of themselves into making that dream happen. With this structure, the organization did not depend on Sam Walton as its motivating identity force. Sam Walton inspired his employees to make their own success of Walmart.

Steve Jobs did exactly the opposite. Steve Jobs set himself up as THE motivating entity at Apple, with everything revolving around him. He not only was the primary motivating force for his employees, but incredibly this sense of identity also extended to customers. Steve was able to take Apple to heretofore unknown heights.

Unfortunately, it all depended on his continued existence.

Oh Apple, Splendid Acephalous

Corpulence Unmatched, Clinging To Dysfunction

Best Of Everything

Alas, No One Now To Point The Way

Wal-mart and Movies in the Cloud

Ultraviolet This past week Wal-Mart announced exclusive disk to digital service using Vudu. The way it works is the consumer would bring down his or her DVDs or Blu-ray discs to their local Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart would then create a digital copy of that disc on Vudu.  Vudu is a content delivery network which is available through over 300 devices including PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This is the first attempt to introduce the UltraViolet system to the public on a large-scale. The Ultraviolet system works like a locker in the cloud . It was created in 2008 by most major Hollywood studios and their partners . Consumers store the digital rights to the DVDs they own in this locker. They then can watch the movie on any device that carries Vudu. The UltraViolet system can handle a multiple number of DRM technologies, which Hollywood continues to support. However so far consumers have not looked favorably upon the UltraViolet system so this is the first really big test to see if this system can work or not.

I see several problems with this system the first is that you physically have to bring your DVDs or Blu-ray disc down to local Wal-Mart and stand in line, how many people are going to do this. The second is it does not work with all movies in fact any movie distributed by Disney cannot be added. Disney is not a part of the UltraViolet consortium. Third you can’t watch the movie on a iPad or iPhone,(except in the Safari browser) remember Steve Jobs was on the Disney board and iTunes is a competitor to Vudu.  Fourth you are putting it in a locker that someone else controls, Which means at any time they can change the combination or take away the key or close the whole system down and you have no say in it. Also you don’t get any of the extras and no subtitles on English films. Fifth most movies especially older ones are already available through other means such as Netflix or Amazon or iTunes often at a cheaper rate. Sixth if you want to watch the movie on your computer it will be in standard definition, not full HD. Finally most sophisticated users already have ways to rip their DVD’s without having to carry them down to the local Wal-Mart and stand in line. I will be surprise if this is successful, sophisticated tech users will not use it and normal will not understand or trust it. I wonder if Wal-Mart will offer this automatically when you purchase a new DVD or BLu Ray, that may help add to its popularity.  Will you use this system, will your parents, or is dead before it gets off the ground?

Build a Custom Gaming PC at Walmart.com!

Honestly, this comes as quite a surprise. I would have never thought Wal-Mart and iBuyPower would team up to bring a custom gaming PC builder to Walmart.com but, that’s exactly what they have done and Walmart says there are over 10,000 combinations available.

Custom rigs start out at $599 and we can choose between 5 different cases. We’ll also be able to include up to 8GBs of RAM and a 2TB hard drive so there’s plenty of room for all those games. We won’t have to worry to much about graphics as there are 9 different cards from AMD and NVIDIA to choose from with the 1.5GB GeForce GTX480 at the top of the list. Intel and AMD processors, including the i5 and i7, will also be available depending on your customizing needs. They have even provided 3 different optical drive options including a Blu-ray writer!

Usually when I think of places to throw a custom gaming rig together Walmart is not at the top of the list. However, if you’re looking for something affordable this could be the way to go. If you want to start building right away head over to the Walmart.com Builder right now. It looks like the $599 base model is on sale for $579 so get over there and start customizing — that fresh copy of Portal 2 wants to play!

GNC-2010-07-26 #596 Gamma Ray Findings Not Good

Gamma Ray Findings not good whats that all about? Listen to learn more. Lots of tech news rare daytime recording was pretty nice. Lots of great feedback on the last show. The hotline is now open for your comments on todays show at 619-342-7365. You PR people are getting sneaky out their, they almost got a comment through during the show today unchecked.

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Do Regular People understand Public Lives were Living?
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GNC-2010-02-12 #551 New Studio Layout

Fellows, our wives always know best we are often to stubborn to realize it. The new Studio layout is pretty good needs some tweaks but I think it will make for a better video experience over the long term. Lots of tech, lots of ancillary discussions about tonights show. While I was down and out sick one day this week a lot was accomplished and I have plenty to share in the tech world.

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President Obama Admin wants to track your phone without warrant?
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Gaming Sales EXPLODE when Discounted!
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GNC-2009-11-20 #529 Get ready for the 24hr Podcast

I have announced my tentative date for the 24hr Podcast, lots to cover between then and now. But as always it is my pleasure to do that 24hr show. Need to pick a charity for this year. Suggestions are welcome. Production of the video portion of the show is really improving, have a few more things to work out but I am happy with process. Back to a normal show flow next show.

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Shuttle at ISS all is well.
Yahoo to Index Twitter Immediately!
14 Free Mac Developer Apps.
Apple and Others Quality Control.
FTC going after Fraudulent Check printer.
Azure comes out of Beta Jan 1st!
Are these folks stealing from you?
Pirate Bay Alive and Well!
California to add Border checks for TV’s
The REAL Mars research game!
Smile for the Camera Please!
What are you doing is no What’s Happening!
Hypocrites!
Going Free doubles a companies Business.
Senate to put Hammer down on Phrama, Professors and Book Publishers!
Walmart new Copyright Police!
The destruction of Live Music in America!
Tradeup to Bluray for $15.00?
Hackintosh back in Action on Atom!
Windows 7 Sales Explosive!
Check WiFi on American Airline Flights!
Google Chrome the Announcement!
Google Chrome OS do I really want this?
Will this list support Google Chrome OS?
Windows Home Server Update Coming!
Pandora has amazing conversion rates!
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GNC-2007-12-28 #328

This is the last show of 2007 what an amazing year and you all have been an amazing audience. I look forward to a even more exciting 2008!

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Looking back at 2007
TV to Loose 28% of Audience?
$40K to Fill iPod
Web 2.0 Effects Instructions
Why no Free Audio Hosting?
Walmart Kills Video Download Business
Don’t be mad at Call Center Software
Windows Home Server Bug Corrupting Data
Brits torching traffic Cameras
HDMI Switch
Apple and Fox Team Up for Movies
Ten Twitter Lessons
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Music Download Wars
Progress at ISS
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GNC-2007-05-25 #270

No more Jet Lag have a great show for you lots of content. I talk a little bit about some of the website action that has been happening this week as well.

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GoDaddy and Indy 500
iPod Amnesty
DNS Hacking
Cell Phone Terminology
Walmart and Dell
Lazy Mom
Mac Mini RIP
Heartbeat Mouse
Credit Card via Search
Managed Copy
WebJay Dead Poll
Saturn Clumps
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GNC-2007-02-13 #242

Next stop the Windy City and a special podcast from Chicago with the RawVoice Crew and Mom. Great show tonight with lots of great links and tidbits

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Do you care about RSS?
IDG to go Digital
OS X on Windows Machine Possible!
WiFi for Criminals
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Google Radio Ads
Google Supplemental Index?
Using DOS in Vista
400 Million in Podcast Ads?
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Nokia E90
Steve Jobs DRM Bait
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Azuerus calling home to Mama or the RIAA?
Cell Phones DRM PlayforSure
P2P Effect on Music Sales
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Veoh Re-Launch
ISS temp loss of Power!
Saturn Moon Spray?
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