Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 27 June 2007 01:31Thinking of starting a business? How about doing it this way. First, make sure it is something that will be obsolete rapidly (like a computer). Make new models all of the time.
Then make an operating system that runs on the computer (like Microsoft or Apple OS) that continually changes and generally works worse in many ways than the previous edition.
Then make software that runs on these systems that works the same way. As soon as it has most of the bugs out of it, reintroduce the software again with a version that doesn’t work as good.
And for lots of money, too.
Then, while you’re at it, discontinue the tech support for the earlier versions so the consumer is forced to buy the new stuff.
It’s beautiful. The consumer is at your mercy. They have committed to doing everything with a computer and there is no turning back.
Forget what I just said. Without computers you wouldn’t get this newspaper or the online version each week.
It was neat having Dan and Katie here from Seattle for a few days last week. I always feel a bit younger when the younger generation is around.
Adam Kleiber’s wedding was the draw and we enjoyed being a part of it. Seeing the younger crowd now that they’ve been out of school for a decade or more is an enjoyable experience.
Next week we celebrate our freedoms on Independence Day and defend everyone’s right to express their opinion whether it aligns with ours or not.
The recent USD 410 bond issue was disappointing in several ways—not that it passed or didn’t pass, but because only 32 percent of the electorate bothered to get out and vote.
The fact is, it passed.
I’m not keen on the lawsuit either because generally the only winners are the attorneys. But this is America and anyone who wants to sue can do it.
I’m not a legal expert but I heard from a journalist who covers the Kansas Legislature that legislation is passed all of the time that makes lawsuits like the bond issue problem go away.
Regardless of the final outcome, it will be expensive.
I thought I had read that Ron Popeil, who invented the Veg-O-matic and many other products, had died. Then I found a Web site www.deadoraliveinfo.com that will tell you about a famous or semi-famous person’s status. According to the site, this Ronco guy is still alive.
Wait, there’s more….
The oddest invention they came up with was the “hair in a can” GLH Formula Number 9 Hair System (1992), which one sprayed on the head to look like hair.
We took quite a few photos over the past few days and the reality of aging on my part is getting very noticeable. Scary stuff.
When I was in my teens I remember going to LaVerne’s Radio & TV at 210 W. Date St. LaVerne Janzen had his repair shop there in the back of his garage.
It was filled with all kinds of TV and radio tubes. Back then everything had all sizes of tubes that plugged into the innards and made the things work.
LaVerne was always friendly and willing to check things out. Back then, repairmen also made house calls—which is quite rare these days.