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How exactly is this whole power adapter and usb connector thing even relevant? Who sits down, and decides to buy a product based on the configuration of the included cables? I sure don't.

Nobody is arguing Apple hasn't done great things for the evolution of phones and laptops, but so have other companies. Least we all forget, Apple is the granddaddy of ripping off technologies (and good for them, we are better off for it).

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I grew up using a Mac. My dad first bought a Macintosh SE back in the late 80’s, and I spent my days playing breakout (or whatever it was called back then). I finally got my own machine in the mid 90’s, my sparkling little Performa 5200. I learned how to program on it, building little programs using a Pascal-like language. On my walks to school, there was a daily battle with all my PC owning chums, the evangelical nature was strong. After a stint using University machines, I picked up the first Intel Macbook back in 2006. My laptop died earlier this year, and I decided to simplify my portable life by picking up the New iPad. I’ve also owned a few different permutations of the shuffle over the years, enjoying it's simplicity and lack of features.

With news of the forthcoming retina 13 inch Macbook pro, I was contemplating getting a new laptop (the ipad is fun, but I miss coding on the go). But today, that thought officially died.

We are done, Apple and I. They have gone too far, and I can no longer support them as a company. Every dollar I spend on their products will go toward killing the very place I call home. I encourage everyone to vote with their wallets. If you believe Apple is hurting our industry, stop supporting them. Next time someone asks me for gadget/computer advice, I will be pointing them in a different direction.

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My advice, make the facebook connect a feature, not a requirement. I know this is no simple change, but you would get a lot of buy-in if you sell it as a value add.

"Setup your account! Don't want your friends to see your profile? click here! Want to see more people? Click here!"

So people connected through facebook can see everyone (minus their friends), and people who aren't can only see others who are not. Keep pushing them on facebook connect, when they do a search, tell them how many people they are missing out on! (3 results, 98 results if you click here!)

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But then how useful are URL's in an SMS? I would trade off a slight decrease in usability for dumbphones for increased legibility for PC/smartphones.

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While I agree that keeping track of what's been complete is important, it feels like a bandaid solution to a much bigger problem. While I dislike the waterfall method, it does give you the sense of moving towards a final goal. One of the problems of not setting larger/aggregate goals/milestones is the potential to be lost in the details, and to lose momentum and motivation. Many projects die an early death or go completely off the rails due to a lack of solid goals. Some people end up quitting jobs when they feel their company lacks direction.

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Amazing response. This is an even stronger case, as these clone sites are duplicating his business, and taking money right from his pocket in the process. He/She handled it in a standup fashion.

This makes the whole debate even stranger. The fella from Curebit messed up in a lot of ways (really, he couldn't even be bothered to host the content himself?), but on a scale of 1 to a million, I would put this whole mess at closer to 1. Let's be frank, any html/css/js you toss online can be sourced, it is the nature of the client side rendering world we live in.

Where do you draw the line, is it not okay to use someone else's javascript function? Is it not okay to use their mix of background colour and fonts? When we start to decide what is and is not okay, we start to create some scary precedence.

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I just assume any google.com url's are for G+, less surprised that way.

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Having lived through a company with long sales cycles (3-6 months +), they needed to pay sales people for the first 6 months, driving them down to full commission/zero pay after a year. So the experimentation was needed whether they were being hired on salary, or moving toward commission.

This is probably completely different for lower ticket items that have shorter sales cycles (like bug tracking software). But it also speaks to the risk they took, given that they weren't wasting money experimenting on the sales staff. (their effectiveness was quickly apparent).

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That's what happens when a company introduces its first successful product, but it isn't the steady state for a sales team, which will bring new account managers on for a long time after the product they're selling proves itself out.

An account manager hired into a 2-year-old sales team that has been making its quarterly numbers isn't going to be eased into commission comp.

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I couldn't agree more, Microsoft still has a chance to own the corporate side. If they buy RIM, there is a chance for leverage down the road to fight the consumer battle. As it stands, they are just fighting the tide.

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That's brilliant advice, I will make sure to send out a few extra invites this year!

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