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The 2004 C-Business 50
April 1, 2004

Today's evolving C-Business landscape is like a Rohrschach test, in that the patterns look different to everyone that takes a peek. But in spite of—or perhaps as a result of—the explosive changes taking place in technology and business practices, the sector remains rich with possibility and continues to grow exponentially. Sometimes that success is driven by companies and individuals whose work is often overlooked in the larger scope of events. Other times, the success is the work of highly visible forces, who bring forth visionary ideas that rock the industry. All of which brings us to this year's C-Business 50. Each year, Custom Retailer

Control Issues
June 1, 2003

Are Today's Remote Interfaces Up To The Task? By Jessica Millward Count on Ozzy Osbourne to act as mouthpiece for a marketplace. In one of the first episodes of his family's popular reality series, the Ozz can't work his own video system, even though he's been provided with a customized remote control. The baffled hero laments to millions that "you've got to have computer knowledge to turn the TV on and off! I press one button and the shower starts!" It'd be comforting to chalk this comment up to substance abuse and/or overexposure to arena rock. But everyone knows Ozzy's not the only one,