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Sony's days of selling you a proprietary DRM-encrusted rootkit and then detonating it may be all in the past

In our first year of operation, many slammed DailyTech for "overtly negative Sony bias." 

This was pure folly, of course, as 2006 was the advent of Sony's perfect storm.  Oops, did I wordsmith a cliche? Perhaps so, according to some public relations department at a university better known for its hockey players than English professors.  But let's not let some Reuters hack ruin the fun.

Post-2007 Sony is the new pre-2006 Sony.  It's only been seven days into the month, and already things are looking way up for the company.

The HD DVD / Blu-ray debate is not a done deal, but with Warner already siding with Blu-ray, what else is there to say?  Forbes, known better for its predictions that don't come true than ones that do, says Paramount is next.  Who cares anyway? The media already crowned Blu-ray the winner.

And who could forget the 2006 DRM-rootkit debacle the decimated Sony's public relations.  The company was quick to throw its developer under the bus -- a sweet cash settlement and typical B2B litigation followed.

In one brilliant stroke, Sony amended all wrongdoings by dropping DRM.

And to make things even sweeter, the company is pretty far ahead in OLED research and vows to make the PS3 profitable this year.

Maybe this is Sony's year to give back its 2006 losses.  OK, so there's still the exploding battery debacle.  But now at least Sony has something to do with the next 359 days of the year.

Yes, it's a leap year if you were playing at home.

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RE: Well...
By Blight AC on 1/8/2008 12:57:30 PM , Rating: 4
The original Playstation for Sony was a great success for them. From having no Console systems, to the #1 console on their first try is pretty amazing, not even Microsoft could pull that off with it's massive advertising budget.

That's something to write home about.

RE: Well...
By BrownJohn on 1/8/2008 2:42:39 PM , Rating: 2
yes, and they only continued that success with the PS2. Considering how well the PS2 did, and how much revenue it generated at its peak, i'd say pre-2006 Sony was pretty impressive

RE: Well...
By BansheeX on 1/11/2008 1:23:12 PM , Rating: 2
And prior the PlayStation, they created and sold the SPC700 synth chip to Nintendo for the SNES (a technological marvel for its day and a key feature over the Genesis). Sony is also responsible for 3.5" floppy and CD-ROM. Of course, I grew up and used these formats in this time period, so I am more appreciative of it than 14 year old 360 fans who come on DailyTech with these preposterous ideas about Memory Sticks subverting the marketplace and RootKit being more than just an idiotic mistake relevant to more than itself. It's true, they're not the source of every industry innovation. Far from it. But they're one of the better companies overall to have around. Instead of pissing all over the PS3, people should look at what companies like NEC and Philips brought out for consoles. Even if the evil argument worked, I'm not taking benevolent lameness over the PlayStation.

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