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Yes, I was rude, and... (m) (archive)

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Posted by jslick on April 26, 2000 at 15:14:23:

In Reply to: Racial profiling and targeting with posted by racial comments is unacceptable behavior on April 26, 2000 at 05:58:08:

: Focus in on products, quality and price performance. Along with any experience to share about use of products and service received.

: You owe Jim Conforti and the members of this list an apology for your rude, racial slur comment.

: : : : : : Ok, I know this has been talked about a lot recently but I couldn't find a definative answer. Does anyone have the ECIS intake and the JimC INTAKE software?? I know JimC wont sell the intake software unless you have his intake, but $449.... damn....

...I sincerely apologize to anyone who took offense with my reference to "Shinola". Perhaps the term is offensive to someone. It was certainly not intended as a racial remark. I don't know which ethnic or racial group might take offense, but had I been aware that it could be taken as such, I would have refrained.

What I intended, in my clumsy style, was an implied association to the worn out old expression, "so-and-so doesn't know sh*t from shinola". I belive, in that context, "shinola" simply referred to boot blacking. The implication is that a buyer may not distinguish between two apparently similar choices.

That said, I certainly don't mean to suggest that Jim C is an incompetent software engineer, as he has obviously proven his exceptional technical prowess, and has earned the respect of his customers.

What I was vaguely suggesting, is the obvious lucrative marketing link between software version and intake version. And I am not the first to observe this.

Evidenced in other posts, some people think the product designer has excessively ambitious marketing goals, by requiring an additional charge for supposedly different software to match a new intake. Some posters to this board took issue with this, and seemed to think this was, so to speak, "boot blacking". That is, the customer can't see the difference, and doesn't justify the extra cost.

Instead of "shinola", I should have said "snake oil", but I suppose that too would have offended someone. Oh well, no harm is intended.


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