Consumers strike back against corporate overreach in the cloud-based economy.
I was excited to hear that Danger would soon open a developer site. The license agreement seemed OK except for the following: 8. Product WARRANTY Invalid. Developer Acknowledges and agrees that the download of any software (including licensed technology) onto or tampering with any t-mobile sidekick or other danger hiptop device shall invalidate the limited product warranty applicable to any such device. Basically, what they are saying here is “Hey, you use a Danger device for development, then kiss your warranty goodbye, even if its because of our own code”. This is very sad and one would expect more support from a company trying to foster a developer community. This portion seems short-sighted at best. The next thing is the concept of Developer dollars. Basically, you’re given some scrips. Ask a question and spend them, answer a question and get new ones. So if you’re just interested in developing apps and, when you run into a problem, ask questions in the forum, you will have to pay for it. A significant quote from their site again: If you ever run out, you’ll always be able to purchase more Developer Dollars with cold hard cash. Now that’s not very reassuring. How…Read More
Today, Earthweb and Internet.com announced that Internet.com was acquiring all of Earthweb’s content properties. For me, it’s an interesting announcement because I was involved in the building of both properties. When I left Internet.com in 1996 and went to Earthweb, I was in charge of building Earthweb’s properties into something competitive with Internet.com. At the time, there were already a few players in the news market and I decided that Earthweb’s best positioning was to stay focused on the developer community instead of trying to do just Internet related stuff. Many people (including a lot of people on this list) have asked me what I thought of this announcement. So here it is. Two roads converge In a way, today’s announcement was one that didn’t surprise me much. Over the years, I’ve stayed in touch with people at both companies and, as time went on, I came to realize that both properties should be integrated. Before Earthweb’s IPO, such discussions were held both at Earthweb and at Internet.com and there seems to seem some differing views on the subject. However, I had always been nagged by the feeling that the two properties (the developer.com network and the internet.com network) would…Read More