Is there a limit to our single-use production and consumption?

I worked as a sales representative in a few places, and I’ve seen the scale of products being wasted. Didn’t sell? Throw it out. Burn it, tore it, waste it. Why can we afford such mass waste of our resources?

I must ask: does the environment have a limit  to single-use goods production? By single-use I mean everything that breaks down and can’t be repaired  in a reasonable price. Today if your toaster, smartphone, computer or car breaks, very often it’s cheaper to purchase a new one, than repairing the old one.  We don’t have limitless supplies of resources necessary for production and distribution of consumer goods. It has to stop or otherwise we’ll run out of plastic, metals or other materials we use to manufacture our devices, cars, furniture, tools and other goods. Continue reading

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The future of Samsung

Samsung surveyIn terms of global market share, Samsung is No. 1 in flat-panel TVs and memory chips; it is No. 2 in mobile handsets; it is one of the top suppliers in other home appliances. It’s a juggernaut, but don’t be deceived Nokia was a rockstar once, Microsoft was omnipotent and now…well they don’t have the best days of their lives. But Samsung has them currently. As we speak, their market share and revenues are rising. We see this mostly from the tech perspective – their Galaxy line is a strong competition to Apple’s products and like it or not – that’s one of the best things you can tell about a mobile devices company these days. But as first clouds on the horizon appear, the company must introduce new strategies into its plan. There are a lot of potential hazards waiting for the company of this size.

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The mighty will fall – Google isn’t innovative in mobile

Google is just too damn big, and I think it may soon fall apart, todays Google is very similar to yesterdays Microsoft with Windows system. Chrome has started to function as a more then browser, it can display more features on sites, but you have to write the site especially for Chrome, remember a browser for which you also had to write special code? Called IE6 and very unliked by Mountain View fellows… The second thing is the Android which main advantage is the size. All developers problems and complaints are irrelevant, because as soon as they realize the size of this platform, they will stop coding apps for iOS and change to Android. Thinking like true Steve Ballmer or someone similar… Continue reading

How the Flintstones looked at the mobile industry

nokia 8110I ran into a great post by Michael Mace regarding differences between European & American phone use. The post is from 2006, so it’s just before Apple came in and turned everything upside down with the iPhone, the Android? The author probably hasn’t heard of it at that time. It is a great lesson of history to read how the author in 2006 perceived the mobile industry, 5 years is a big time period for mobile technologies, especially when we are talking about the period before&after the first iPhone. Some things were the same, some have changed and some were predicted :) The full post is available here. I’m going to cite just the best parts of it. Continue reading