Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Nov 2010 21:22 UTC
Legal A little over two months ago, OSNews had a bit of a run-in with Commodore USA's CEO, about how I felt about the company and its rather dubious business practices. This led to a legal threat we laughed away here at OSNews, but laughable or not, a legal threat is a legal threat, and it never sat well with me that it was never retracted or apologised for. Well, that changed today.
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Thu 4th Nov 2010 22:21 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

I can respect that. He’s probably too much of an ’80s power business man to fully understand the best way to interact with potential customers here on the interwebs, and I don’t blame him for that.

Some advice, Barry:

* Demonstrate a good, working product and if exciting enough, the readers will practically do the advertising for you

* Let customers be creative and let go of control of where that goes. The viral stuff happens when people are supported in doing their own thing

* Focus on the details

* Don’t talk business-talk, buzz words and product strategising synergies on the Internets. It simply does not work. Talk technical and honest to us

* Learn to laugh at yourself, as well as others ;)

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by fran on Thu 4th Nov 2010 23:18 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

While we are on lecturing....

We should all take to heart that there is difference between being Dick and being Frank.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by gus3 on Thu 4th Nov 2010 23:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
gus3 Member since:
2010-09-02

You forgot E[a]rnest!

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by jgagnon on Fri 5th Nov 2010 11:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

One can be cooked on a grill and the other... ???

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by emerson999 on Fri 5th Nov 2010 04:24 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
emerson999 Member since:
2007-12-08

Don't forget that he should seek treatment for boneitis if it shows up! It's the bane of the 80s buisnessman!

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Eddyspeeder on Mon 8th Nov 2010 03:10 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

As for the "demonstrating" part, could the third point ("I would like to ship something") perhaps be interpreted as a promise to send in a machine to the OSNews editorial staff for review? (as was done recently for another product - http://www.osnews.com/story/23969/AT_T_s_Samsung_i897_Galaxy_S_aka_... )

Thom isn't the kind of stoic man who sticks with "I said I don't like it so I won't ever like it." A good example is how he originally compared aluminum Macs to his IKEA frying pan, then buys an improved design little over a year later (see links below). If the Commodore should exceed his expectations, he'll change his opinion and be honest about that.

http://www.osnews.com/story/21953/Apple_One_Large_Depressing_Metall...
http://www.osnews.com/story/23917/Apple_Unveils_Stunning_New_MacBoo...

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