Business

What’s with the complaints about stores being open on holidays?

Over the past few years (what, 5-10?) there has been a lot of outcry over people who have to work major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. People even call for boycotts of these stores, hold protests, etc… Honestly, though, where is this coming from? Employees working these holidays is nothing new! Continue reading

So you want to help our economy…

Everywhere we look it seems that our economy, while we’re told is better than it has been, is still not as strong as it was in the past.  Granted, a lot that drives the economy is “consumer confidence” (confident consumers buy more while less confident consumers tend to spend less), very little can be done to change the public perception of the economy (as a whole).  People who are in well paid, full time employment are more likely to spend more (not just things that are needed but also luxury items) and are also able to save better for tough times that might come ahead, thus softening the blow when the economy does start to shake.

There are many little things we can do to help out our economy as well as keeping jobs in the USA.  Sadly, many people choose to go the “cheap” route which is one of the killers of our economy and job market.  Sadly, most of these do involve us spending more money but over the long run it will help our economy. Continue reading

There’s a domain you want to use but someone else has it? It may be cheaper than you think!


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You have an idea for a website or business and know what domain you want so you try to register it but you notice someone else has it.  Typically, the first thought is “what a cyber-squatter” or “great, now they’re going to want millions of dollars for it”.  Sadly, though, in most cases neither is true.  Unless you have a trademark, had it longer than the domain, and the domain infringes on your trademark then you might be dealing with a squatter (but also possible they do not know about your trademark).  For example, if I owned Adobe.com and used to as an informational site about building houses with mud, Adobe (software) could not go after me for the name (as long as I had no computer related ads etc, too).  As for being greedy, domain prices are like a pyramid.  The higher you go in price, the fewer domains sell at that price. Continue reading

Sprint, Softbank, Clearwire, and Dish

Full disclosure:  I work for Sprint and I am a shareholder (I would also like to keep my job!).

Some people may question the legality of posting something like this but not only is all information in this post 100% public but if investment firms and US lawmakers (all with a conflict of interest when making statements like these) can make statements on the subject, then I can, too.

There is a lot of fear-mongering going on now against the proposed Softbank buyout of Sprint.  The issue is that this is nothing more than an attempt to make a quick buck at the cost of tens of thousands of jobs and millions of customers. Continue reading

5 Biggest Losers from the AT&T / T-Mobile buyout.

A lot of people in telecom are watching the AT&T / T-Mobile merger but many more people need to watch what is going on.  We’re looking at the foundation of another MABell but this time we could have two MABells and with wireless as opposed to the big wire line behemoth that was broken up in 1984.  AT&T should remember this well.

Everyone thinks that if the government allows it then it is good for everyone, right?  Wrong.  Clearly the big winner will be AT&T – they’ll have roughly 130 million subscribers or close to 1/3 of the US wireless consumer base.  Verizon would be second with 101 million and Sprint would be third with 50 million.  Just to give a hint at the spread, Metro PCS would be fourth with a whopping 8 million.

So, who would be the losers? Continue reading