My first exposure to Starbucks coffee was literally 10 minutes after I returned home after living a year in Costa Rica, so my experience with them didn't get off to a great start, I'll admit. But after I saw how they obliterated almost every local coffee shop in town, they are definitely NOT on my list of favourite companies. I much prefer The Coffee Rush or Wildflower Bread Company or some other local chain to the homogenized dreck that Starbucks serves up.
Seems logical. When AppleTV was announced, a bunch of people (myself included) were wondering why it had no built-in DVR. By adding video encoding/decoding to their computers, Apple will make playback to the AppleTV much smoother, and allow any Mac in the house to be a DVR.
"Indeed, when grouped together, on-demand viewing is not marginal at all -- it's the wave of the future, he said. With the exception of perhaps 10 major TV events, such as the Super Bowl and the finale of a show like 'American Idol,' the new generation of TV viewers will be watching shows on-demand, with a remote or keyboard in hand."
Now that we have a DVR in our house, my channel-surfing days are over, much to the joy of my wife. I no longer flick from station to station in the vain hope that something will attract my attention: I just go to the online programming guide, scan up and down my favorite channels and schedule recordings for anything that catches my eye. It's a whole new word of empowerment for the viewer, and one that will doubtlessly spill over into other media soon.
Don's on to something beyond just trying to sell workshops and DVD's. With free/cheap stock photography websites like The Stock Exchange and iStockphoto, the perceived value of a photographer's work to their clients is dropping fast, and it's up to professional photographers to show to our clients that there is a difference in the consistent quality of our work versus that of some schmoe with a camera who manages to crank off a lucky shot. Our stock in trade as a photographer is more than our work, it's our knowledge and experience, and Don's figured out how to turn that into another revenue stream. Sure, rates are dropping and the competition's tight. But good photographers find a way to prosper, no matter the circumstances.