Monthly Archives: February 2013

Twitter, Facebook and Exhibitionism

Twitter and Facebook both rely, fundamentally, on the same underlying human behaviour: exhibitionism. That might sound a little strange; after all, exhibitionism is usually personified by those oddities we see walking around Times Square in NYC in their underwear, begging … Continue reading

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webOS is Palmed Off to LG

So Palm – or what is left of it, i.e. webOS – has been sold yet again. The number of deals around the creator of the handheld market, and, by extension, the smartphone, just keeps growing. First it was PalmPilot, … Continue reading

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Why We Ignore Inanities in Facebook/Twitter But Not in Email

Imagine the following scenario. You are in the middle of your working day, and take a quick break to check in on Facebook or Twitter. Someone posts the following, very common, drivel: “Spent ten minutes waiting for coffee machine at … Continue reading

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How to Destroy Innovation: Treat Your Most Innovative Employees Like Children

For many years, Yahoo was a poster child for the Internet boom. It was the first successful Internet portal, did a lot of innovative work on the technology front – both server-side and Web browser-side – and hired and gave … Continue reading

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Video/Audio vs Text – Effectiveness vs. Efficiency

In a previous post, I discussed how audio/video, because of their 1:1 nature, are more “analog” or perhaps “serial” in nature, and thus highly inefficient compared with text/images, which are n:1 and are thus “digital” or “parallel.” David Wenner noted … Continue reading

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iPad Can Replace a Mac – For Some, Not for All

Cult of Mac, unsurprisingly a Mac-loving Web site, has an article from Feb 5th claiming it is mostly possible to replace your Mac laptop with an iPad, or at least the new iPad 128GB (nicknamed by many the “iPad Pro”). … Continue reading

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Why video and audio are analog or serial, and text is digital or parallel

I had the pleasure of participating in an interesting discussion on the value of text vs audio/video on avc.com yesterday. The gist: non-interactive multimedia (audio/video) are a powerful way to get information to consumers (in the sense that they consume … Continue reading

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Does Wintel Become Windell?

The rumours of an impending deal to take Dell private have finally come to fruition, with a $24.4BN buyout deal. This isn’t surprising. Besides the particular challenges Dell faces, ones that are easier to deal with as a private company … Continue reading

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