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Apple Is Doomed: The Phony Sony Parallel

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Apple Is Doomed: The Phony Sony Parallel:

This isn’t to say that Apple can’t be contaminated by the toxicity of success, or that the spots of mediocrity we can discern here and there (and that were present when Steve was around) won’t metastasize into full blown “bozo cancer”. But for those interested in company cultures, the more interesting set of questions starts with how Apple will “Think Different” from now on. Jobs was adamant: His successors had to think for themselves, they were told to find their own true paths as opposed to aping his.

From a distance, it appears that Tim Cook isn’t at all trying to be Jobs 2.0. But to call his approach “legal/bureaucratic” (in the Weber sense), as Colony does, is facile and misplaced.

[Interesting analysis. Loving “bozo cancer” though. That’s a useful term of disdain.]

Written by Daniel

April 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Posted in news, tech

Disruptions: Start-Ups Keep Revenue at Zero to Cash In on Acquisition – NYTimes.com

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Disruptions: Start-Ups Keep Revenue at Zero to Cash In on Acquisition – NYTimes.com:

Indeed, this madness was invented in the late ’90s and helped perpetuate the first dot-com meltdown. “Mark-to-mystery was developed as a large part of the last bubble, but it’s gotten a lot worse this time around,” Mr. Kedrosky said.

When this next bubble pops — and it will pop — the idea to make no money can finally pop, too. Then investors can start working with companies to build businesses that have long-term financial goals, instead of just building a short-term mystery.

[Bad news all around. Money remains the root does it not?]

Source: Daring Fireball

Written by Daniel

April 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Posted in news, tech

Trimble Navigation to buy SketchUp

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Trimble Navigation to buy SketchUp:

Google’s purchase of SketchUp a few years ago struck me as curious, but they used it as the platform for Google Earth models. Now, selling it strikes me as curious. What does this mean for Google Earth? Maybe they haven’t figured out how to shove it into Google+, so they’ve lost interest.


Source: Coyote Tracks

Written by Daniel

April 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

Posted in news

Good Quarter for Amazon

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Good Quarter for Amazon:

Revenue is up year over year, although profits were down. This caught my eye:

“I’m excited to announce that we now have more than 130,000
new, in-copyright books that are exclusive to the Kindle Store –
you won’t find them anywhere else. They include many of our top
bestsellers – in fact, 16 of our top 100 bestselling titles are
exclusive to our store,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of

So 16 percent of bestselling titles are exclusive to the Kindle Store — and the
Department of Justice is investigating Apple’s iBookstore. Got it.

[I’ve nothing to add.]

Source: Daring Fireball

Written by Daniel

April 27, 2012 at 6:18 am

Posted in tech

Selling to people who havent bought yet

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Selling to people who haven't bought yet:

No, they won’t respond to a better-than-them pitch. Instead, they’re much more likely to respond to a new statement of their problem and a new statement of the solution. Don’t ask them to announce that they were wrong when they decided that they didn’t need a tablet, a survival kit or an anti-impotence drug. Instead, make it easy for them to make a new decision based on new information.

[A lesson that needs to be heard in many fields.]

Source: Seth’s Blog

Written by Daniel

April 23, 2012 at 7:40 am

Posted in news

Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier

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Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier:

It’s a little bigger than a Macbook Pro power supply, and twice as thick. It has a clever water reservoir, any .5 liter or smaller water bottle snaps into a fitting, and will supply 6-10 hours of vapor, depending on the setting.

Berlin apartments are as dry as a brush fire, so we also ran it all day in the living room, and even in a large room, it made the air so much more pleasant. Then we ran the Air Swiss all night for the baby, and again it performed perfectly. That’s day and night for 30-days non-stop; it’s built solid.

The only drawback is that there is a rather bright blue light that illuminates the vapor when the unit turns on, which changes to a red light when the water bottle is empty. If you’re a light sensitive sleeper, it might be an issue.

[Heh. I like it.]

Source: Cool Tools

Written by Daniel

April 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Posted in news, tech

Yom HaShoah design

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[Incredibly powerful design from Yom HaShoah, the day of remembrance for the Holocaust and the victims of that evil.]

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Written by Daniel

April 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

Posted in design, personal


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