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Keyboard “Quiver” for Gamers

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QuiverStandard backpacks aren’t long enough to hold a keyboard. And it’s so uncool to cart a keyboard around in its box. Now the Keyboard Quiver, a new, ergonomic keyboard case might become an essential tool of the gaming trade, holding a keyboard, mouse, headphones, cables, power cords and even MP3 players.

"The Quiver is the first bag specifically designed to meet the needs of competitive gamers," says Ken Newman, Director of Marketing for Falcon Safety Products, manufacturer of the Dust-Off brand. "Through our partnership with the World Cyber Games, we had an opportunity to work closely with professional gamers on the development of a product that would meet what we saw as an urgent need for the protection of sensitive and expensive gaming gear. Throughout the design process of the Quiver, we worked side-by-side with Dust-Off sponsored Team X30 and incorporated many of their suggestions into the Quiver's final design. Essentially, the Quiver is designed by gamers for gamers."

Measuring 21"x12"x6", the Keyboard Quiver is manufactured from a heavy-duty cotton canvas and features a single, over-the-shoulder strap that can be fitted for left or right handed use.
 For added comfort the strap is padded, and to keep a gamer connected while on the move, the strap also features a pouch designed to hold a cell-phone or PDA.

The outside of the Keyboard Quiver features three main zippered compartments. The zippered pocket on top of the case can hold a MP3 player and also features a headphone slot. The upper compartment can hold a mouse or other personal effects and the bottom compartment is designed to hold a set of headphones. The bottom compartment is also expandable, via a second zipper, to fit larger sized, bulkier headphones or additional gear.
Additional compartments include a mesh pocket for cables and other accessories, bands to hold cleaning accessories such as Dust-Off keyboard dusters, and slots to hold CDs, DVDs or game discs.

The Keyboard Quiver

The Coming Credit & Finance Crunch

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Let’s not talk ourselves into a recession but let’s face the fact there are economic forces beyond our control. So much so that Steve Jobs felt compelled to draft a letter to all his employees, saying “Our stock is down because we are buffeted by forces beyond Apple.”

The sub-prime housing credit scandal in USA will leave 15 million families in homes with negative equity. That credit crunch has extended into European banks.

EC Commissioner, Charles McCreevy in his Feb. 6th speech called CREDIT CRISIS & AFTERMATH says, “..what we saw – not just in the United States - but in parts of Europe as well - was a market progressively moving towards an assumption that one could indefinitely rely on mortgage refinancing with ever-rising debt on the back of ever rising asset values and permanently low interest rates.”

The recent European scandal with a rogue trader at SOCIETE GENERALE didn’t help calm the bankers and financial sector. And where do banks get money when they need it?  They tighten up credit, they look to their customers.

The banks may not look to you but they may look at your suppliers or your customers. The reason we refer to a “logistics chain” is the fact that we are all financially chained together. What affects USA today, may affect Europe tomorrow. What affects your supplier can affect you the day after tomorrow.

The head of IMF says there are general economic factors at play that could create the “perfect economic storm.” In I.T., we may get lucky and weather it. We are a resilient industry.

But we can also help ourselves.

At least one credit manager we know has a sign on his desk: “Don’t forget. It’s all about the money.” In .T., we have great products and services but to stay in business you need a department that bills, collects, and analyses financial data in a timely fashion.

Isn’t it strange that we have industry conferences for retail buyers, channel managers, marketing mangers, programmers and even for our end users…but nothing for our finance managers and credit managers?

And so much of their work seems to have been left to “on-the-job” training.

The Solution
In May 2008, the ECFC (European Credit &Finance Congress) will bring together financial and credit managers from high tech companies. Much of Tier 1 is already committed because of our sponsors.

Think how valuable it is to learn about better credit practice, how to limit fraud, how to best use credit insurance, and what tools and services you can use to best control your business financially.


Think of what your credit and finance people can learn talking to colleagues and other professional experts.

The general economy may force us (as vendors, as distributors, as retailers) to re-examine credit lines, to re-negotiate new credit with our suppliers, to tighten up our financial positions.

If not, the dwindling margins and tough competition in I.T. may be reason enough to improve the skills, practices and business networks of our financial and credit departments.

Please pass this important link on to your Financial Department…

The ECF Congress

Will Myfaveshop Revolutionise Etail?

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Former DSGi CEO John Clare and Lord Saatchi (of advertising agency fame) will launch (with big promises) Myfaveshop, a social networking internet retail venture.


While online shopping is currently very functional, Clare says Myfaveshop wants to recreate the social side of shopping online. In the prod demo, you can see that buyers get to “choose their own store design” and the products inside.

The site, expected to launch in 2008,  will charge retailers for the right to be on the site, as well as taking a cut of all sales via a commission charge.

It’s no accident that the demo focuses on “electrical” and the brands that Clare knew well at DSGi.

Myfaveshop Demo

EU Reconsiders Copyright Fees

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ECMore than a year after the EC abandoned a similar effort, European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, says (again) he wants to simplify copyright levies in the EU.

For example, levies on MP3 players range from 0 to 15 Euro depending on the country. According to EICTA, fees have more than tripled since 2001, when the EU passed its copyright law for the digital age. The law permitted copying of copyrighted works such as music for personal use, but allowed individual member states to set levels of levies to help compensate artists.

McCreevy launched a parallel initiative to extend copyright protection for performing artists from 50 years to 90 years. Both initiatives will require political approval from national governments.

Back to the Future of Copyright in EU

Dell Launches EMEA PartnerDirect

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 Lacking any more quick wit about the channel being inefficient middle men, Dell is supplementing its classic direct sales approach.

According to Josh Claman, GM Dell Channels EMEA, the pricing strategy would enable resellers to sell Dell equipment at the same price as Dell and still achieve “good margins.”

Despite being anti-channel for decades, Dell recently signed deals with large European retailers such as Carrefour, DSG and Tesco.

Video of DELL’s Deal for Partners

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