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Google is the last of its trouble for Yahoo! Firings and zero hirings, and take over might be imminent.

Yahoo! as we know it will not exist. With a hiring freeze, employee firings, and critical transition in business strategy looming, the company that helped build the reputation of the Internet/Tech “new market”, has regretfully been relegated to the sideline- along with diminishing influence and market share, resulting in perpetual loss to its close competitors.

In September 2011, Business Insider’s Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry suggested Yahoo! must act fast to its (remaining) strengths, “because at the moment, the company brand doesn’t stand for much of anything”. It was a good point then, however, a point Yahoo! did not heed.

Read further:   DailyHarrison.Com

More delightful days for Jerry Yang and David Filo (co-founders of Yahoo!)

Ballmer CEO of Microsoft with presenter Ryan Seacrest @ CES 2012 (content.usatoday.com)

In the 2012 edition of CES (Consumer Electronics Show), Microsoft made the news for issues that weren’t really ideal for one of tech’s behemoths.

As usual, Steve Ballmer did his presentation with over zealous and over the top ‘pump up’ festival energy. Which is always expected.  They had the glitzy guest presenter (this time Ryan Seacrest) and keynote kitch and hooks.

But this year, the overwhelming news about Microsoft was the “end of participation” at future CES events.

Why? There are many. As eWeek.Com’s Don Reisinger explains, there are marketing questions which doesn’t make sense for Microsoft to attend the event any longer- at least for the foreseeable future.

And experience, this kind of inquiry goes on in many companies and marketing departments, throughout the world. No matter how big the show is (and how important it had been for the company) sometimes, the vision of the show and the needs of the vendor just don’t mix any longer.

But it’s by no means the end of any dominance of Microsoft. They will loom in the tech field for a long long time- no doubt.

So, Microsoft said good bye. A ‘swan song’ as the press have dubbed it.

Anyways, the more interesting news on this “swan song” situation, is the odd and a bit awkward approach to Microsoft’s presentation.

Take a look. See what you think.

It sums up how Microsoft is sometimes:  Big Idea, Great Participants, but Awkward at times.

Sources:  eWeek.com, CBSnews online, The Huffington Post, Forbes Video, USAToday

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”- Winston Churchill

Oblivious>>It wasn’t like I hated Apple products. I was just oblivious to them (Apple products), back then, like many millions.Sure, I’d heard and played around with some Apple products (Macintosh in grammar school), but never got around to thinking Apple computers and products would be influential in my future daily life.To me Apple was the “other” computer company, back when. It was the “alternative & much smaller” computer manufacturer and marketer in a large field of computer makers and marketers. It was for “designers” and “creative types”. And for sure, Apple’s business and marketing model was exactly that.

“Golden Age”>>It was the “golden age” of computer makers (aggregators) in the 90’s, as I recall. We, consumers, were drenched with new computer makers/brands every month (it seemed).Do you remember these computer brands? Apollo, Convex, Everex, Micron, Systemax, Wang? I surely do (FYI, I had bought 3 computers from Micron, way back when =D).Well, these were companies riding the Microsoft platform, and technically just “aggregators”. But hey, they marketed in magazines like “Computer Shopper” (remember how thick this tabloid sized magazine was?) like crazy! You can see the legacy in “aggregators” still today, for companies like Dell started, just as an aggregator.And this is what I’d thought our computing lives would be, forever. Filled with junky PC based computers, with just bad service and products.

Grammar School>>My consumer relationship with Steve’s products didn’t start to be intimate until 2008. However, my first experience with an Apple product was with the Macintosh, in my grammar school.  As with boys, I thought the new computers were very cool. Did play some cool.
You see, the more prevalent computers that my school invested in was the Commedor 64 (oh yea, Karateka!). The C64s were the legacy computers for the school. We all liked its chunky keys and cool games we could play on it. Can’t blame us, eh?
But suddenly, there they were, two (2) shiny new Macintosh’s. And they seemed very, very slick (well, to our grammar school minds).
The school (through our teachers) told us that these Macs were for “serious” learning. Never thought about why they’d say that, but I’m sure being very expensive was one of the big reasons they didn’t want us to use it without a teacher next to us when we used it. And of course, no “drinks, food, gum, etc” allowed.
We had some good fun with them, though.
However, the fun didn’t last, for when I went into high school, they only had IBM and typewriters to play with.
Perception>>It wasn’t until 2008 that I thought of using Apple products for personal use. Of course, because of so many Microsoft computers used, it was inevitable that I had a slight bias against Apple products. My ‘perception’ from 1993-2008, was that Apple products were very hard to use, were only great for designers, didn’t offer “serious” machines (unless buying the top flight Apple computers/servers), were very expensive, and that PCs offered more in its variety. After all, my employers were using Microsoft based PCs, so they can’t be all that bad, right?
These were true for a time, but it soon changed for Apple and my outlook on its products.
Gateway “drug”>>To make it short, I’d converted to Apple products, starting with the Nano and slowly building courage to invest in the iPhoneMac Pro laptop, and iPod Touch. Plus, many products that I’d given out as presents for special occasions. Ease of use and ‘dependability’ of use (for the long haul) is paramount. And, so far, your Apple products have been doing a great job.
In hind sight, one can call my experience with the Nano was that, it was the “gateway drug” into the world of Apple products. It was very cool.
What if?>>While watching the news about Steve last night, I’d asked my girlfriend, “what if the iPhone wasn’t there to push the concept of phones to another level?”  I’d say, we’d be stuck with “stylus” pens, bad mobile OS’, hand flip Nokia handsets, forever RIM Blackberry devices (all gray & black texts only), and still have Palm units to play with.
Cheers Steve>>Well, cheers to you Steve. Was good drama through out the years. I’m sure you gave it the very best. And hope the company carries through many more years with fabulous products.
I am pretty sure you were a quirky and as nasty/focused a person behind closed doors.  Those stories of you being demanding is culminated by your past and demands of your own future. I respect that to the fullest. You sure made an imprint in the world. Your persona and drama will last far longer than your company has long disappeared (hope not too soon, though).  Cheers.
PS  By the way, I do watch his Stanford commencement speech from several years ago, for inspiration, here and there. It’s a good one. Click HERE to see it.
Jason
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