Automotive Industry in the US

I want to preface this note simply by saying that I am a car guy.  I really like cars and read numerous car magazines.  That said, neither me nor any of my family members work in the auto industry.  With that said, let’s dig into the post:

I work a for a small high tech company and we live and die by our products.  We compete with larger companies in virtually every deal and need to prove the value of our solution or we lose.  If we cannot maintain our competitive edge then our competitors will win the deals and my company will eventually go under.  This is the "survival of the fittest" mentality of business today.  A company must innovate and provide compelling products versus their competitors or they will die.  That is, companies that have great ideas flourish while those that cannot innovate will fail.  This is not a bad thing, but keeps our economy strong by pruning out companies that cannot compete effectively.

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Taj Boston Hotel

I recently went into Boston for a night to celebrate a special occasion.  As part of the trip, we needed to find a hotel that had a good location and reasonable rates.  I reviewed a number of options including the Four Seasons and New Ritz, but the cost of those options was prohibitive.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Taj Boston had very compelling rates.  I always knew that the hotel was in a fantastic location. (It was previously the Ritz before they opened the new one.)

I was a bit uncertain about the Taj having not stayed there before, but decided to try it out.  In summary, I was very impressed.  We had a fantastic time at the hotel and the staff was outstanding.  I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a really nice and relatively inexpensive place to stay in Boston.  Here are a three highlights:

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The long awaited touchscreen Blackberry Storm was released today to long lines and sold out inventory.  It seems that the launch was a bit botched since a last minute problem was identified which limited the amount of phones available for sale.  As the title says, the reviews of the phone were mediocre.  Crackberry.com has a complete list of reviews.  It is ironic, I was ready to go out and stand in line to get one today and decided to hold off due to the questionable reviews.  In short there are two issues which are holding me back:

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Southwest has this ongoing ad campaign on TV where they talk all about their no hidden fees model.  They promote the fact that they do not charge check-in, phone reservation or window/aisle seat fees.  I cannot vouch for any of these except the last.

Southwest is correct when they say that they do not charge for window/aisle seats.  They cannot do this since they don’t assign seats!  That said, IMO experience, they do something very close that in my opinion is only marginally different from charging for premium seats.

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I just posted about a comparison between a Point and Shoot and Medium format camera.  After thinking about it, I realized that I have never defined what a point and shoot camera is and contrasted that with digital SLR.  In the sections below, I will discuss these two types of cameras and the differences between them.  I will provide some key considerations when choosing between them.

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