Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Challenges to True Roaming

As a regular business traveler – and therefore one who regularly pays roaming fees or swaps SIM cards on my iPhone – I am attuned to the shifts in the mobile telecom market. One of the issues that has come to … Continue reading

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ESPN’s Big Red Warning Sign

ESPN has been slowly and (somewhat) quietly investing in live Internet streaming of its sports events. Recently, that quiet broke with a series of interviews, notably in the WSJ this week. As the interviews highlight, and I find impressive, ESPN … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Culture, the Incentives of DevOps

Traditional software development looks something like this: Product management defines the product specifications, gives it to technical leadership Technical leadership / architecture defines the technical specifications, gives it to the engineers Software engineering builds the product, gives it to quality … Continue reading

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Religion, State, and Operating Systems

A religion, a state and an operating system walk into a bar… A few weeks back, Charlie Stross wrote a great piece explaining the relationship between operating systems and religion. Just like religion, operating systems sprang from one “true” source, … Continue reading

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You Cannot Absorb a Culture By Acquiring It

Right at the start of the Web 2.0 phenomenon, I heard Esther Dyson speak at a conference in New York. If I recally correctly, she was the keynote speaker. Besides her technology investments, she sat on the Board of one … Continue reading

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Putting Optics on the Target

I love incentives. They can explain strange behaviours and can help motivate people (inside and outside organizations). Incentives are all about Target’s latest behaviour. After the last breach in which at least 40MM credit cards were stolen, Target’s CEO is now … Continue reading

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Oracle and easyJet

What does Oracle have to do – or not – with easyJet? Last week, I flew my first easyJet flight, Tel Aviv (TLV) to London Luton (LTN). Overall, the experience was positive. Purchasing online was easy, no games with return … Continue reading

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Emmy Awards for Piracy

HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones” has won numerous awards, including 8 Emmy Awards (full list on Wikipedia). Yet, according to HBO parent Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, the fact that Game of Thrones is also the single most pirated … Continue reading

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The Pogue-Mossberg Media Slam

In a period of just 3 months, the two top media technology writers – maybe the top two – have left their employers. In October 2013, David Pogue left the NYTimes to work at Yahoo. Then, at the end of December … Continue reading

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Even Wireless Beasts Listen When You Tweet

Fortunately for all, despite the rhyming title, this post does not announce my entry into a new career in poetry. About a month ago, a customer complaining about mobile service ended up drawing T-Mobile and AT&T into a public war … Continue reading

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