When Phones and PDAs Merged

November 20, 2011

John Gruber posts a photo of this misleading 2007 presentation for the original iPhone: This is true as far as phones go. But back in 2004, there was the Tungsten T5: The Tungsten T5 cost around $400, less than what the first iPhone debuted for. It was a sophisticated device doing almost everything you needed, […]

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No, Steve Jobs Did Not Solve the Innovator’s Dilemma

October 28, 2011

From the Harvard Business Review blog by James Allworth: To disrupt yourself, for example, Professor Christensen’s research would typically prescribe setting up a separate company that eventually goes on to defeat the parent. It’s incredibly hard to do this successfully; Dayton Dry Goods pulled it off with Target. IBM managed to do it with the […]

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The Problems with Steve Yegge’s Rant About Google+

October 15, 2011

Many people are talking about Steve Yegge’s rant that was mistakenly posted publicly on Google+ complaining about the lack of platform thinking at Google. As far as viral content goes, this had it all. It had much insider information (negative and positive) about Amazon, talks about Microsoft and Facebook and then praises much of Google, […]

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Laid-back Browsing and The Future of The Tablet

October 3, 2011

Cédric Beust analyzes the threat to Google from Amazon’s Silk browser: I really don’t see the threat, here, especially not the one coming from Amazon’s Silk browser being used as a cloaking proxy for its users. Yes, Google will not be getting browser hits directly from Fire users, but let’s face it: no matter how […]

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Amazon Lights a Fire in the Tablet Wars

September 28, 2011

It was not much of a prediction when I wrote this in May, but finally Amazon has announced their competitor to the NOOK Color in the form of the Kindle Fire. Call that more of a terminator rather than a competitor, because I cannot see the $249 NOOK competing with the $199 Kindle. Also, say […]

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Better Technology for e‑book Readers

May 20, 2011

Nicholas Carr has a detailed critique about the drawbacks of electronic book readers: E‑books are much more rigid. Refreshing discrete pages of text on a fixed screen is a far different, and far less flexible, process than flipping through pliant pages of fixed text. By necessity, a screen-based, software-powered reading device imposes navigational protocols and […]

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The Personal Cloud

May 10, 2011

Cédric Beust talks about moving his music to the Amazon cloud: This move got me to step back and look at the bigger picture, and I realized the the Cloud had been slowly but steadily sneaking up on me these past years. I never really noticed it and I never made the conscious decision to […]

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Mac Owners are Richer

April 26, 2011

The Hunch blog has an interesting piece on the cultural differences between a Mac person and a PC person. Samples: 54% of PC people have completed a four-year college degree or higher. The same can be said for 67% of Mac people. PC people most prefer McDonald’s fries (34%) followed by steak fries (22%). Mac […]

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Google as Pirates?

July 12, 2009

Bruce Eckel, one of my favorite book authors, has a thinly disguised anti-Microsoft screed titled “The Cathedral and the Pirate” with Google Chrome OS used as a bludgeon. Apparently, Microsoft is a cathedral and Google is the pirate which can run rings around the cathedral — oops, mixed metaphor — galleons. Eckel also compares Microsoft […]

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Why Google Chrome OS is Overrated

July 11, 2009

Farhad Manjoo of Slate takes down the upcoming Google Chrome OS: But here’s the crucial sticking point for Chrome: Because it’s based on a Web browser, every app developed for Chrome will also run perfectly on Windows or the Mac. By definition, then, Microsoft and Apple machines will always be able to do more than […]

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