Monday, September 11, 2006


What? Printing Billing Practices are Being Questioned? How Dare They!... and Yet More Stuff, Including 50-Year Old Hard Drives

Printing industry billing practices are being questioned. (I immediately thought: Again?)
WSJ Reuters
Again, executives are shocked, shocked, I say, at how malleable print costs are... And that reminds me of...
An angry murmur starts among the crowd. People get up and begin to leave. Rick comes quickly up to Renault.
Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Renault: I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
The display of nerve leaves Rick at a loss. The croupier comes out of the gambling room and up to Renault.
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Renault: Oh. Thank you very much.
(Hear this famous scene from Casablanca at
I still remember a retired typographer who told me that his retirement was based almost exclusively on what he made from author's alterations. Yet another market that desktop publishing killed. Rats! You can't even make money on other people's mistakes and sloppiness any more!

Industry profits data came out today. I discuss that, and the dramatic changes in sales/employee data in the latest "Data-to-Go" package for $50. Profits went up a bit. Good news, but not enough good news. If only we could get author's alterations back again.

GM is seeking integrated/cross media campaigns
The invited guests to General Motors Corp.'s first Media Partner Summit include executives from Time Warner, Viacom, Universal, Walt Disney Co., Google, NBC Universal and Hearst Corp., who will meet with GM Chairman-CEO Rick Wagoner; Mark LaNeve, VP-vehicle sales, service and marketing; and Mike Jackson, VP-marketing. One goal of the three-and-a-half-hour meeting is to forge more cross-media deals and integrated, multiplatform marketing opportunities.

The hard drive is 50 years old! C-Net has a good story about it. I still remember what a good deal I got when I paid just $1000 for a 100MB drive. Now you can get 300GB for less than $100!
Will we still need hard drives? Samsung unveils chips that will support 64GB flash memory

Top Internet properties according to AdWeek
chart PDF

Good article by Mike Santoli in this week's Barron's about how the perception of risk has changed since 9/11/01
Economist Brian Wesbury writes about the post-9/11 economy's resilience

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