Archive for June, 2011

Ouch…

AppleInsider | Apple rumored to move production of custom A6 chip away from Samsung in 2012.

That’s a lot of business.

Anyone besides me think it has a little to do with the whole copy-cat lawsuits going on right now?

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

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Wow…no kidding.

I’ll let the linked article speak for itself.

I’ll second the opinion.

Gmail’s Most Ridiculous, Idiotic, Intrusive, Useless Feature Ever. Google Apps, Too..

Nothing says peace and quiet…

Like a concrete saw, a jackhammer and a trio of landscapers with line trimmers right outside your office window.

/Postal Mode On

The Death of RIM?

 

The more I read, the more I think we are seeing the slow and painful death of RIM.  And that saddens me.

I used a Blackberry for years, and it was great.  They were pioneers and really pushed the envelope of business communications and mobile technology.   But somewhere along the path, RIM got lost. They wandered too far into the woods and couldn’t find their way out.  There were too many trees in the way.

The article linked below offers one of the best takes on this situation I’ve seen.  The author talks about RIM as a business company trying to appeal to consumers, while Apple was a consumer company learning to appeal to business.  That’s a really telling statement and I think it’s right on.

RIM never really “got” the whole idea of appealing to general consumers.  They were always a business tech company.  They missed the market, and they are suffering for it.

The problem is that RIM’s business model worked great in a world where Business Devices were separate from Personal Devices.   People kept devices and things separate.

The world changed.

Gone are the days when people have multiple devices.  I see it in my own company.  People buy personal devices (for what ever reason) and want to use them for work as well as their personal lives.  It’s a natural evolution.  Our lives are more and more connected to the internet, cloud, friends, work, family, apps…you get the idea.  The lines between and work and “personal” have blurred.

So when RIM announced the Playbook in a rushed attempt to compete with the iPad and required the device to be tethered to a Blackberry….well, the writing was pretty clear.  The device was pretty much universally panned by the media and consumers.   That crashing sound you’re hearing?  That’s RIM’s stock falling into the basement.

So as we wait and see what will become of RIM, there’s a good lesson to be learned here.  Never underestimate the power of consumers to shift a market, and a product to lead consumers along the path.

Check out the article below.  It’s a great read.

Pay close attention to the last couple of paragraphs.  The author raises an interesting point, and may be showing us a bit of what’s to come.

Gregs Bite: RIM and Nokia death throes | MacTech.

Good but a little sad

 

Progress is a good thing.  Especially when it has an opportunity to do something beneficial.  You know, something like eliminate waste, help people, save the planet and so on.

But some times it’s a little sad also.

When I was a kid, I remember clearly each year when the new phone book arrived.  Now, ours wasn’t anything like the phone book in L.A. (I grew up in a tiny town) but that’s not the point.

The point is that each year, when the new phone book arrived, I got the old one to do with as I wished.

Instant fun!!

I did all sorts of things.  Paper air planes, Pirate hats, wrapping paper for imaginary presents to my parents. I built Space Bases. I used the pages for school projects, to draw, to make cut-out snowflakes.   Whatever my imagination could come up with, I had stock material in the old phone book.

Rarely did pages ever go to waste.

So when I read the article below, I have to admit it gave me a bit of a nostalgic twinge.

Eliminating an estimated 1,800 tons of waste paper is a good thing.  That’s a lot.

But I can’t help but think of all the paper airplanes, Pirate Hats, and Space Bases that are going to vanish along with them.

 

California stops automatic phone book delivery following pressure from Verizon — Engadget.

Yes, but…

 

 

do you have to buy them in bulk?  Say a case of 20 or more?

Motorola Xoom Now Available at Costco for $500 | Netbooknews – Netbooks, Netbook Reviews, Smartbooks and more.

I find it very interesting that we are seeing such a proliferation of ways to buy Android tablets, and yet, it doesn’t seem like too many people are actually buying them.

I’ve admitted to being a bit of an Apple Fan Boy, but in reality, I love technology and gadgets.  So it’s disappointing to me to see the Android tablets not getting the market penetration they deserve.

Maybe Costco is the answer.

But I doubt it.

Pandora IPO…I don’t get it

Pandora, the music service that lets you customize a “channel” on your computing device has just IPO’ed to much success.

Investors gobbled up shares in the company (this after some potentially shady stuff on Pandora’s part) and the value of the stock took a nice climb.

But what really are the investors buying right now?

It’s important to know that Pandora has yet to make a profit.  That’s right it’s bleeding money on a pretty good scale.

Granted they have lots of subscribers and users.  That’s good.  But where are they making money, or where will they make money?

While I’m all for speculation on future performance of a company, I’d have to think and look long and hard before I invested in a company positioned in such a way.

I’m wondering if they hype over the company didn’t out weigh a bit of common sense.  Maybe?  Anyone?

Time will tell, but I hope this isn’t a bubble about to burst.

After all, I like Pandora and use it a lot.  I’d hate to see it fold in on itself.