Who says you never get a second chance to make a good first impression? Well you simply have to hope thats not true if you are HP. When they first brought their TouchPad tablet to the marketplace the screams and howls about high pricing were loud and boisterous. It has taken Hewlett Packard a moment of rethinking and hearing the loud roar or lack of ringing cash registers to wisely reduce the price of the TouchPad tablet computer yet again all in hopes of competing effectively against Apple’s iPad. It is really an uphill battle against the market dominant Apple iPad 2. And points out how a complete ecosystem of apps is an important component in the battle. HP lags behind Apple and is pitted up against a whole horde of Google Android devices and eReaders.
So how much is a TouchPad now?
Hewlett Packard (HP
Q) dropped pricing of its 16GB version of theTouchPad tablet computer to $399, $100 off the retail price. This comes just after having already reducing the price $50 only days earlier. Making the TouchPad $100 less than the entry level Apple iPad
According to TNW, 20 years ago today, the World Wide Web opened to the public
Today is a landmark day in the history of the Internet. On 6 August 1991, exactly twenty years ago, the World Wide Web became publicly available. Its creator, Tim Berners-Lee, posted a short summary of the project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup and gave birth to a new technology which we now know has fundamentally changed the world and everything in it. Others such as Ted Nelson had a part in framing the vision that would evolve to become what we know and use. But that is a whole nother story for another time.
Training & Instruction
Internet and computer learning is going through gymnastic gyrations attempting to redefine and legitimize itself in the whole range of educational institutions and disciplines. Often these new means of learning range from masters courses at many of The Nation’s leading universities to more casual courses offered at places like The Learning Annex and at every other fly-by-night corner store training center or Boys & Girls Club.
So who is utilizing it? What used to be confined to Computer Science majors is now open to high school drop outs and middle-age career changers looking to ride the crest of the next big thing.
Much of it can be easily accessed as elearning online or easily bought right out of a box in bite-sized pieces in the discount bin at your local retail computer store.
Some of it is actually accredited, certified and recognized although much of it is basic, casual and very ad-hoc.
It can even come buried or bundled as tutorials and help files in your commercial applications or extracted from low-priced DVD’s at the local Flea Market.
Often it is produced by experts in the field but can also be a product of self-appointed experts and gurus (see the New Media Channel at The Learning Annex.)
The subject matter ranges from how to build a web page to Social Media and Web 2.0 or How to Hack, Crack into any and everything.
The fees can go from supposedly free to multiple years of debt and the soul of your first born.
None of this is a criticism. In fact I run a computer training center in East Oakland that focuses on bridging the Digital divide by offering training to elders and teens in one of the most economically depressed areas of town. I have come to rely and depend on these varied means of training and instruction to provide skills to the least of us. The more the merrier, the cheaper the better.
Informal training RULES!