DARPA & JEFF
This post is prompted by a Silicon Valley microprocessor manufacturer with sticky fingers. Obviously the company understands the value of this technology, but instead of paying for it, they tried to rip me off. So they floated a balloon to see if I would fold. It’s proof the company knew the rights had not been sold. That means Silicon Valley has no deal in place with anyone claiming to act for me and knows no one is authorized to act on my behalf.
That’s exactly why I don’t like Silicon Valley: with the enormous amount of money high-tech companies have at their disposal, they’d rather steal my technology than pay for it. I had to write this company and tell them to desist.
Why did this major player in the computer industry try to rip me off? Here’s some background:
The history of digital technology is miniaturization, higher performance, and lower prices. Lower prices means shrinking profit margins. The technology to turn a SmartPhone into the equivalent of a desktop or laptop PC is around the corner. In order to remain competitive, companies will cannibalize their technology streams by using technology in a low margin product that was meant for a more expensive platform.
The Tablet PC caught Silicon Valley napping. When the iPad was launched, it was thought to be a niche product. The industry didn’t realize that for many consumers traditional PCs were over-engineered. Silicon Valley had been selling machines they wanted consumers to buy instead of selling machines consumers wanted to buy.
The Tablet PC was a hit.
The Tablet PC is actually a bridge product. Consumers won’t need the bridge when the SmartPhone comes of age. Consumers don’t want two or more devices doing the same thing when one device meets their needs. It’s inevitable that the SmartPhone will win. All the Billions of R&D money spent by Silicon Valley to compete in the Tablet PC market will be up in smoke if it can’t be morphed into a SmartPhone. There will be a burst in Cloud services triggered by the SmartPhone until improved technology in processors and memory makes the Cloud redundant.
Large companies can intimidate you out of your intellectual property. Keep important correspondence, including envelopes. You may need it.