My daily readings 08/16/2010
Hacker News | Fred Wilson’s vision of a family CRM service
Hacker News | Brilliant talk by John Cleese on creativity.
Hacker News | Welcome to the new decade <span class="“> – Annotated
Amusing, but only until you really think about it.
Java was always a restricted platform. Sun’s lawsuit with Microsoft established that.
Google is hypocritical, but they haven’t even come close to the “evil” of Microsoft in the glory days of “The Evil Empire.” Microsoft used to have secret monopoly agreements with people. Google are openly disclosing their agreements and taking the flak.
Apple isn’t a monopoly unless your definition of monopoly is “Controlling their own platform.” Do they monopolize the Internet? No. Do they monopolize the market for phones? No. For phones that can access the Internet? No. Apple doesn’t hold a monopoly and definitely hasn’t done anything to abuse their so-called monopoly.
For example, MSFT shipped IE for free and killed Netscape. Apple shipped iTunes for free on the Mac and killed… Who exactly? Not even the celebrated Panic was killed as a company, just one product for a niche computer. Now Apple won’t allow Flash on the iPad. Let me know when Adobe closes its doors.
Finally, the word “underdog” is not synonymous with the phrase “also-ran.” Does anyone really think the bully that has gotten fat and can no longer beat up the new kid in the neighbourhood is now an underdog?
Hacker News | Sorry, Steve: Here’s Why Apple Stores Won’t Work (2001) <span class="“> – Annotated
With all due respect I think you miss the point of punditry.
The point of good punditry is not to convince someone you are right and have them follow you blindly. It’s to take an insight that you have and transfer that insight to other people by explaining the thought process that led you to that insight. In doing that a good pundit expects the people who receive their insight to then evaluate it on an on-going basis and those people need to use their own knowledge to judge the original insight’s accuracy.
So it isn’t about having the reader say “that guy is right” as much as it’s giving the reader something to think about.
To use this as an example I think this guy was right when he wrote the piece. He had no way of foreseeing the iPod/iPhone/iPad and their halo effect. But as a reader in 2001 people should have taken this piece with all the negatives it lists and weighed it against Apple’s strengthening product line. Then used all that knowledge to form a new opinion based on it.
Google Chrome To Phone, Soon With Phone To Chrome (TCTV)
Five Rules For How To Make Things Go Viral (TCTV)
Memory Inception: Three Keys To Creating A Great User Experience For Your Product
CourseSmart For iPad: Free App With 90 Percent Of ‘Core Textbooks’ Available
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.