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Sony Needs to Get Its Act Together

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The “Weekly Rant” column was featured in the PC Mechanic Newsletter since 2005. Topics relate to some aspect of technology, which include opinions on hardware, software, new technology, technology companies, and computing standards.

What happened to the quality products of yesteryear at a reasonable price? What happened to pride in one’s products and to stand by it with a steadfast guarantee?

Unfortunately, those days are gone. Gone are the days of the Zenith TV that will keep working for 20 years or more. Gone are the days of rock solid hardware and software that are released once and never needed to be touched again to “fix” something afterwards.

Sony has seemed to have botched several things in the past number of years. Most recently, of course, is the ongoing battery recall (as mentioned in this week’s Editor’s Perspective).

Other situations include Sony’s tendency to overprice their products, such as the PS3, which not only drives away potential customers, but developers as well.

Or, how about products that won’t actually do what they’re supposed to do, like a recent blu-ray drive.

This, of course, leads to Sony’s tendency to indulge in its copy protection paranoia, so far as to engage in underhanded tactics.

Also, their line of thinking that proprietary formats will help protect their content actually hurts their business. Just take a look at Betamax, UMD optical disks, and now, blu-ray. Especially take note of the first two and how much they were (and are) used today in favor of more “open” media formats.

Sony wants to control the so called “signal”, but the technically literate won’t use something that is known to fail, too expensive, too restrictive, or potentially damaging to other hardware or software. Sony needs to wake up (or get lucky) if it’s going to survive much longer.

(Originally published in the newsletter)