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Messed up - @shanselman what I don't understand about this kind of mess is how Amazon ends up not sharing some of the blame. Not isolated!!
Re: Are events pushing Microsoft into becoming a hardware company? - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Steven, I think that the question that you raise and the implications for MS are important. The problem that I have here is that I can't get past the view of history that I read in this post, so I have a really hard time taking any of the rest of it seriously. Microsoft was not late to the smartphone game. The carriers are not strange new entities of which MS knows nothing. Redmond has been attacking this market with everything they have for probably a decade. Have you ever had a "pocket pc" or a "pocket pc phone"? I have. Long ago. I'll send you a couple if you want to have a look at them. I would speculate that rather than MS not knowing or understanding mobile phone carriers, the problem is that they were unwilling and/or not imaginative enough to do an end run around them. MS knows and understands the phone companies. That was probably their downfall in this segment, because a competitor took the same space they were diligently laboring in for a decade or more and completely..." - Todd McKinney
Re: Are events pushing Microsoft into becoming a hardware company? - http://www.winextra.com/tech...
"Steven, I think that the question that you raise and the implications for MS are important. The problem that I have here is that I can't get past the view of history that I read in this post, so I have a really hard time taking any of the rest of it seriously. Microsoft was not late to the smartphone game. The carriers are not strange new entities of which MS knows nothing. Redmond has been attacking this market with everything they have for probably a decade. Have you ever had a "pocket pc" or a "pocket pc phone"? I have. Long ago. I'll send you a couple if you want to have a look at them. I would speculate that rather than MS not knowing or understanding mobile phone carriers, the problem is that they were unwilling and/or not imaginative enough to do an end run around them. MS knows and understands the phone companies. That was probably their downfall in this segment, because a competitor took the same space they were diligently laboring in for a decade or more and completely..." - Todd McKinney
Re: Are events pushing Microsoft into becoming a hardware company? - http://www.winextra.com/archive...
"Steven, I think that the question that you raise and the implications for MS are important. The problem that I have here is that I can't get past the view of history that I read in this post, so I have a really hard time taking any of the rest of it seriously. Microsoft was not late to the smartphone game. The carriers are not strange new entities of which MS knows nothing. Redmond has been attacking this market with everything they have for probably a decade. Have you ever had a "pocket pc" or a "pocket pc phone"? I have. Long ago. I'll send you a couple if you want to have a look at them. I would speculate that rather than MS not knowing or understanding mobile phone carriers, the problem is that they were unwilling and/or not imaginative enough to do an end run around them. MS knows and understands the phone companies. That was probably their downfall in this segment, because a competitor took the same space they were diligently laboring in for a decade or more and completely..." - Todd McKinney
Re: Are events pushing Microsoft into becoming a hardware company? - http://www.winextra.com/opinion...
"Steven, I think that the question that you raise and the implications for MS are important. The problem that I have here is that I can't get past the view of history that I read in this post, so I have a really hard time taking any of the rest of it seriously. Microsoft was not late to the smartphone game. The carriers are not strange new entities of which MS knows nothing. Redmond has been attacking this market with everything they have for probably a decade. Have you ever had a "pocket pc" or a "pocket pc phone"? I have. Long ago. I'll send you a couple if you want to have a look at them. I would speculate that rather than MS not knowing or understanding mobile phone carriers, the problem is that they were unwilling and/or not imaginative enough to do an end run around them. MS knows and understands the phone companies. That was probably their downfall in this segment, because a competitor took the same space they were diligently laboring in for a decade or more and completely..." - Todd McKinney
Reminder: calendar item @ Wed Aug 3 11pm - Thu Aug 4, 2011 12am (Todd McKinney)
"yep, very well could be that I'm reading too much into this post. I guess my main point was two-fold: 1) Lotsa people you don't know, or even interact with, actually feel like thy have some kind of relationship with you. Lonely at the top, but worth remembering. 2) There has to be some way to make money off of that unstated but implicit relationship. Not that anyone here necessarily cares about that, but still, it might be a nice service to mankind if you could figure out how to make it more "real". Also, FWIW, anytime someone says something like "MBA Mondays can be a burden at times. I sit down in front of the computer each monday morning at 5am and churn out another post. It is work and it is not that much fun for me." you have to wonder if they're considering whether it's worth the effort or not. I was attempting to say very loudly "YES, IT IS"." - Todd McKinney
"yep, very well could be that I'm reading too much into this post. I guess my main point was two-fold: 1) Lotsa people you don't know, or even interact with, actually feel like thy have some kind of relationship with you. Lonely at the top, but worth remembering. 2) There has to be some way to make money off of that unstated but implicit relationship. Not that anyone here necessarily cares about that, but still, it might be a nice service to mankind if you could figure out how to make it more "real". Also, FWIW, anytime someone says something like "MBA Mondays can be a burden at times. I sit down in front of the computer each monday morning at 5am and churn out another post. It is work and it is not that much fun for me." you have to wonder if they're considering whether it's worth the effort or not. I was attempting to say very loudly "YES, IT IS"." - Todd McKinney
"Fred, sorry for not chiming in more in the past, but if you are weighing the value of this particular lecturn vs. having a physical room full of undergrads, please stay here. In many ways, you are a mentor and teacher for people who you don't even know. I, for one, appreciate it. I'm well past being able to spend my days sitting in a lecture hall and learning. I'm much more in the stage of my life where I am paying for my children to have those experiences. It would really sadden me if one of the best sources for inspiration and information for "post-graduates" were to get sucked into the abyss of higher education. I guess the way I would position it is that your dream is probably a very viceral manifestation of what you do on this blog, every day. It's a bit intangible, but so very real. From an investment perspective, and "how should the world work" angle, I think you're on to something. You provide me with value and useful insight on a near-daily basis, yet you have almost no idea..." - Todd McKinney
"Fred, sorry for not chiming in more in the past, but if you are weighing the value of this particular lecturn vs. having a physical room full of undergrads, please stay here. In many ways, you are a mentor and teacher for people who you don't even know. I, for one, appreciate it. I'm well past being able to spend my days sitting in a lecture hall and learning. I'm much more in the stage of my life where I am paying for my children to have those experiences. It would really sadden me if one of the best sources for inspiration and information for "post-graduates" were to get sucked into the abyss of higher education. I guess the way I would position it is that your dream is probably a very viceral manifestation of what you do on this blog, every day. It's a bit intangible, but so very real. From an investment perspective, and "how should the world work" angle, I think you're on to something. You provide me with value and useful insight on a near-daily basis, yet you have almost no idea..." - Todd McKinney
RT @eddie_willis: One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it. #kungfupanda
RT @shanselman: "What I lack in talent I make up for with intensity." - Jack Black
After 15 years of practice... - http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog...
Hmmm. Not sure which part of this I identify more with, but it's a pretty good story. - Todd McKinney
RT @BPGlobalPR: The good news: Mermaids are real. The bad news: They are now extinct. #bpcares
Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information - http://www.eff.org/deeplin...
RT @codinghorror: Metallica playing Enter Sandman, smooth jazz stylee http://www.youtube.com/watch...
RT @codinghorror: Metallica playing Enter Sandman, smooth jazz stylee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBmM79YadYM
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Very descriptive phrasing: "Vista is sinking rapidly to the bottom like the cast-iron turd sculpture it is..." http://www.stevestreeting.com/2010...
Digital Economy Bill - a preview http://www.boingboing.net.futu...
Giving Life to the Unmoving - http://www.kk.org/thetech...
RT @doctorow: When corporations weaponize copyright to use against civilians, they use artists as human shields #debill
Re: Do Social Games Need More Social Chaos? - http://charleshudson.disqus.com/do_soci...
"I don't know if it would make the games any more fun, but it would be interesting to see some experimentation with this. It seems like you could throw in some double realism - have some catastrophe hit the farm, then have someone from the government show up with a big check to soften the blow. That would potentially help with the acceptance issues, and if the player has paid money to obtain and/or build things, it would keep them from feeling cheated. Plus, it just reinforces the idea of government handouts to cure any and all problems, so you might win a Nobel prize or something for creating a game that promotes it. It might not be a bad idea to throw in some random "you won the lottery" elements. Have a company plant a cell tower on the farm and send the player a monthly check. For even more fun, the cell tower could eventually cause a bunch of the farm animals to come down with mysterious diseases." - Todd McKinney
Re: Do Social Games Need More Social Chaos? - http://www.charleshudson.net/do-soci...
"I don't know if it would make the games any more fun, but it would be interesting to see some experimentation with this. It seems like you could throw in some double realism - have some catastrophe hit the farm, then have someone from the government show up with a big check to soften the blow. That would potentially help with the acceptance issues, and if the player has paid money to obtain and/or build things, it would keep them from feeling cheated. Plus, it just reinforces the idea of government handouts to cure any and all problems, so you might win a Nobel prize or something for creating a game that promotes it. It might not be a bad idea to throw in some random "you won the lottery" elements. Have a company plant a cell tower on the farm and send the player a monthly check. For even more fun, the cell tower could eventually cause a bunch of the farm animals to come down with mysterious diseases." - Todd McKinney
Re: Do Social Games Need More Social Chaos? - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I don't know if it would make the games any more fun, but it would be interesting to see some experimentation with this. It seems like you could throw in some double realism - have some catastrophe hit the farm, then have someone from the government show up with a big check to soften the blow. That would potentially help with the acceptance issues, and if the player has paid money to obtain and/or build things, it would keep them from feeling cheated. Plus, it just reinforces the idea of government handouts to cure any and all problems, so you might win a Nobel prize or something for creating a game that promotes it. It might not be a bad idea to throw in some random "you won the lottery" elements. Have a company plant a cell tower on the farm and send the player a monthly check. For even more fun, the cell tower could eventually cause a bunch of the farm animals to come down with mysterious diseases." - Todd McKinney
One-Third of U.S. Without Broadband - http://www.marco.org/419981236
@sammygrl good luck with that. One day you will remember it fondly :)
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