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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/15/2017 3:51:33 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
> "Apple's insistance that you really don't need to hot swap anything and don't need a DVD drive is just a little crazy.."

Not to mention that there are fewer and fewer devices that allow you to replace the battery yourself. UGH! I hate that trend. I'd prefer a phone that was a little thicker -- and give me back a user-replaceable battery! It doesn't even have to be hot-swappable. Then users could give up on Anker portable chargers and just carry around spare batteries.

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Michelle G
Michelle G
2/15/2017 1:48:27 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
WOW! That sounds like a terrible upsell. I haven't checked, but I'm pretty sure people still aren't loving these connected "infotainment" systems. 

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Michelle G
Michelle G
2/15/2017 1:39:43 PM
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I think it's good Google closed that project. I don't think modular phones make a lot of sense from a user experience perspective. Apple's insistance that you really don't need to hot swap anything and don't need a DVD drive is just a little crazy, however.

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maryam@impact
maryam@impact
2/15/2017 1:35:42 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
MichelleG absolutely and they have benefits to gain if a car is connected they are then connected with the owner! I saw a car recently that was marketing a technology package at 2K  not sure who was buying it since the items included were very rudimentary and should have been offered for free.

 

 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/14/2017 2:07:47 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
Unfortunately, even modular smartphones aren't going to be made any time soon. Google just killed its modular smartphone project, and I can't imagine any other company is going to try it. There's just too much profit margin on bundling features and marking up the price.

I remember when Apple used to build laptops with TWO modular bays so you could hot swap a battery for a optical drive or a ZIP drive..... those were the days.

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Michelle G
Michelle G
2/14/2017 1:30:47 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
Here here! You're onto something. Car makers could learn a little something from the woes of the cable industry. Bundling unwanted features isn't a real win. 

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Michelle G
Michelle G
2/14/2017 1:29:25 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
I'm sure it would help. There is much akwardness in these meetings w/sales people. They want to sell on pure emotion, then run a credit check. We mess with the natural order of things...

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/13/2017 7:55:51 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
The built-in car features just don't seem as upgradeable as sticking a smartphone on your dashboard, right? ANd I hate it when automakers bundle leather seats with features that don't need to be connected to leather or other trim options. Car dealerships... tsk tsk.

Smart features should be modular -- or as modular as possible. Because smart-things are going to need to be updated much faster than the building or car will....

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Ariella
Ariella
2/13/2017 10:55:17 AM
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Re: Building Effeciency
@Michelle LOL, you may have to review Dave Barry's piece on dealing with car salesmen to fortify yourself before going in. I forgot which book it was in, but it was very funny. Apparently, the salesman must reach a minimum number for calling the customer by name before they can move on to the deal.

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Michelle G
Michelle G
2/11/2017 3:27:02 PM
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Re: Building Effeciency
@Joe Yeah, that's what I meant. We go into a dealership with a pre-approved loan and tell them what kind of car we want. They don't know what to do with us. 

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