Our look back at 2006. Vista. Digital Cameras.
HDTV prices and technologies. In the third quarter last year Circuit City made a profit of $10 million. This year, they lost $16 million. And sales were way up. The reason, in large part, is that the prices on flat panel TVs were so low that retailers lost money on them. Alfred spoke to someone from Best Buy - they matched all the prices of their competitors, even if they lost money on the sale.
Sony Playstation 3 vs. Nintendo Wii. Trends in notebook computers. Exploding Sony batteries.
The subject of the name "Google" came up. It's based on a very big number - a "googol" is 10 raised to the 100th power. Or, in other terms, 1 followed by 100 zeros. The mis-spelling is said to have been on purpose. An even bigger number is a "googolplex", which is 10 to the power of googol, or, 1 followed by a googol zeros. Our thanks to Chris for following up on this after the show.
There was the usual 30 minutes of listener phone calls. On the show were Joe King, Hank Kee, Alfred Poor and Michael Horowitz.
Gripes about Internet Explorer 7. Hank can't believe the number of problems with it. Joe tried to fall back to IE6 but couldn't. Steve Bass of PC World had so many problems with it, he reverted to IE6.
Google Check Out is competing heavily with PayPal. They are even offering significant discounts to get people to try it. And Google also just started selling domain names for $10. They are re-selling the services of GoDaddy and eNom, perhaps figuring they have better name recognition.
Joe likes TuneBite for moving files between different DRM systems. It's not free but the cost is moderate. Joe also liked Mozy online backup which he said offers unlimited storage space for $5/month. Their free service offers 2GB of storage space. You install their software and it runs constantly in the background uploaded changed files automatically.
For bargains the day after Christmas