Tethers: Bad For Business

from the yup dept

Siva Vaidhyanathan has written up a quick article explaining how the new trend of “tethering” (linking your device to only your components whether its coffee makers, printers, electronics companies, and specifically music players and music download stores) is bad for business. Giving customers fewer options, fewer opportunities to make their devices useful and fewer reasons to buy seems like an obviously bad business decision. Suing others who make your devices more desirable seems doubly stupid, but, like some people, “I guess I just don’t have a head for business.”

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Tethers: Bad For Business”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
1 Comment
Doug Coulter (user link) says:


Does anyone make a printer these days that doesn’t require proprietary everything, and fail to force you to buy these expensive supplies even when the old ones aren’t really used up yet?

I have some HP injets. Horrible, never buy one again. Thought I’d be smart and invest in a Magicolor 2200 from Minolta, much worse. The Minolta even has fuses encased in plastic parts that have no electronics in them, that are blown at a certain number of copies by the electronics. Then you have to buy another, unless like me you happen to x-ray the part, see the blown fuse, and dig through the encapsulant to replace it, after which 10,000 more copies are available. Price of simple plastic part with foam rubber roller? $150. Now I can’t see any other messages on its lcd screen because it’s complaining my drum life is low — yet print quality is still perfect. I can buy a new refurb printer for less than that will cost me, or maybe hack the linux it runs and find out how to turn this off I suppose. And so on — there’s more on this model, but it’s long and boring. I hear similar tales of woe from everyone I ask. I do need a printer to run my business, and no, my 20+ yr old Okidata dot matrix (which still works!) won’t quite cut it.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...