The "C" Branch

Jaded commentary on random shit, with an extra helping of cynicism, satire and general contempt for society & Western culture, religion, politics, celebrities, technology, business & more.

Sep 27

Happy Birthday, Google!

Today is Google’s 9th birthday. Over the course of these past 9 years, Google has not only itself changed, evolved, and improved, but it has also helped change, improve, and evolve the entire internet. Google’s constant drive of technology into the future with new, creative, and innovative ideas and the development of new technologies helps provide new opportunities for internet users each and every day. Google provides a wealth of opportunities for the average end-user, the web designer, the developer, the advertiser, the blogger, and just about every other type of internet user. No matter who you are, or what you use the internet for, Google has something cool for you that is effective, easy to use, and reliable. This is perhaps why Google has remained so popular and well-reputed, and has stuck around for so long, with hopefully an unimaginably long future ahead of it as well.

Thanks to Google’s many resources and easy usability, The “C” Branch has been able to team up with Google to help cover the costs of running the site through Google AdSense. More recently, The “C” Branch has been able to provide yet another new site, Go Surf Now, an internet start page that provides easy access to links to the most commonly used websites as well as Google search, news, and a plethora of other valuable resources.

We encourage you to take an opportunity to improve your web experience while supporting both The “C” Branch as well as Google. We work hard to make Go Surf Now what we hope to be the best startpage you could use. Please feel free to check it out, set it as your homepage, bookmark it, and use it for all your internet searching and starting needs.

In conclusion, The “C” branch offers a warm congratulations to the Google for it’s many years of service to the internet community as well as its support of our community, and wishes for it a wonderful future filled with many more good things to come. Happy birthday, Google!

Sep 24

Monday Snicker

Garfield, Monday September 24, 2007

Sep 22

Enough About the iPhone Already!

Apparently, many iPhone users are still really having a hard time with the price drop…writing letters to Steve Jobs, writing angry and distasteful blog entries, protesting, inciting riots, burning people at the stake, etc. etc.

So, since I’ve just about had it with hearing about this, I thought I would set things straight once and for all.

When you go buy technology, or anything, really, you can be positive that not too long after the product comes out, the price will drop significantly. Either a newer product will come out at the same price of the previous one, or, after a few months, the company will just drop the price since the product has been out a while, or one of about a zillion other reasons for this will cause this. This is standard marketing technique, and is in some way part of nearly every company’s sales marketing strategy. People who want your product right away buy it at a high original price right when it comes out. People who are interested but don’t want to fork out the money right away are willing to wait for a price drop. Once you lower the price into their price range, for whichever reason you do it, these people then buy your product. In some cases they buy previous model if you lowered its price with the release of a newer model; in other cases they buy the latest, which you have simply lowered the price for after being on the market a while. All that matters is that both audiences have now purchased whatever it is that you’re selling. This is quite an elementary concept, really, and I see no need to elaborate further.

Technology companies provide one of the best examples of this marketing strategy. Apple, in particular, has traditionally demonstrated it across its entire product line across the years. It is extremely evident with the iPod. Apple is constantly coming out with newer iPods and lowering the prices of the previous models. Apple also has reduced the prices of iPods without the release of a newer model. This is consistent with nearly every product Apple releases.

For example, I chose to not immediately purchase an iPod when Apple released the second generation iPod Nano. At their release, Apple was selling them for approximately $250. A few months later, Apple reduced this price to approximately $200, and at this point I went ahead and bought myself an iPod Nano, saving about $50 just by waiting a few months after its initial release. Because I observed the pricing trend on Apple’s previous iPods and other products, and because I was aware of this very common marketing strategy which Apple uses, I was able to predict that the price would be lowered and not purchase my iPod until I could do so at the lower price.

It is basically common sense that Apple would lower the prices of the iPhone models shortly after their initial release. Apple did not force anybody to go buy an iPhone when they first came out. If you did, then that was your choice and you need to take responsibility for what you did. You still got an outstanding product, and you even get a refund because you and others like you have whined so much about it. So, if you feel you’ve been taken advantage of or “cheated” or “insulted” or some other word you found in a thesaurus, I don’t want to hear about it any more, because I’ve clearly demonstrated right here that you haven’t.

If I hear another word about the iPhone and the price drop and how allegedly “unfair” it is, I’m going to slap someone. You lose, give it up. K Thx Bai.

Sep 17

Monday Snicker

and that's when i knew

Sep 07

iPhone Customers Get A Refund

I was on Apple’s website last night and stumbled accross a link to a letter from Steve Jobs to iPhone users. Intrigued, I decided to see what it was about.

Apparently, Apple has decided to dramatically drop the price of the new iPhone by $200, after it has only been available for two months. This makes good sense as it employs an outstanding marketing strategy with the holiday season quickly approaching. However, the decision has infuriated many existing iPhone customers who paid $200 more for their phones less than two months ago. Consequently, many of these people sent in complaints to Apple.

Quite shockingly, Apple has actually decided to offer a $100 refund to anyone who purchased an iPhone at the original price. However, in yet another great marketing strategy, Apple is offering it as an Apple store credit only.

I’m not exactly sure how this is supposed to make sense, but I still think it will pay out huge for Apple. If you buy a product, you obviously agree to pay what it says on the price tag, and know, especially with technology, that that price will go down significantly and fairly quickly in the near future. Nonetheless, Apple not only has given all existing iPhone users another reason to buy more stuff from them (who will no doubt spend more than $100), but also has just lined up a zillion new iPhone users with the dramatic price drop. So is this something that is really costing Apple money? I highly doubt it, it will probably pay off better than anybody can imagine.

To read more, you can read Steve’s original letter here.

Sep 05

To My Old High School Classmate

Yeah, you, the one who thought you were so smart posting a comment on my blog.

Way to go! You conveniently submitted your blog comment from the school’s IP address, which makes it extremely easy to trace. You probably thought you were so badass, saying hateful and insulting things toward a well-respected and popular blogger.

I just thought I would inform you that I have submitted your comment, along with it’s technical information, back to the administrators at the school, who have easy access to which computer in the building accessed my blog at the particular time your comment was submitted, as well as what user account was logged in on that computer. So, basically, in accordance with the acceptable use policy you signed at the beginning of this school year, you are subject to applicable punishment if the administration and director of discipline so wish to enforce the policy. I sincerely hope that they do.

Regardless, I’ll assume your comment is an indication of how jealous you are of me and my blog and take it as a compliment. Thanks and have a wonderful day!