Daily Archives: September 2, 2010

This Is HP

Enabling Paper-Like Displays: Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing

People tend to dismiss HP’s prowess simply based on the hardware they have encountered. That is a mistake.

This video is why I think the HP/Palm combo can make a real impact with webOS and a tablet.

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Protocols of the Elders of Google | Fair and Delightsome

By the time we have this sewn up, people won’t even think about “searching”, they’ll think about “googling”. They won’t check their “Email”. They’ll check their…”Gmail”.

via Protocols of the Elders of Google | Fair and Delightsome

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Slate: America’s Most Underestimated Company

How nasty and wrong have the critics been? In 2005, Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Morgan Securities, called Netflix “a worthless piece of crap with really nice people running it.” Today, that worthless piece of crap has a market capitalization of $6.4 billion. In early 2007, when Netflix first announced its plans to allow subscribers to stream videos instantly—rather than wait for DVDs to arrive in the mail—esteemed tech journalist Om Malik predicted that this move would “soon be relegated to the dustbin of failed ideas.” Netflix has more than doubled its subscriber base since then, and today nearly two-thirds of them use Netflix’s streaming video service.

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App Store Overload

The Great App Bubble

Apps don’t generate profit for developers. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has said, the App Store has generated more than $1 billion in revenue for developers. That sounds like a big number. But in this context it’s not. One billion dollars in revenue for the approximately 225,000 apps is $4,444 per app–significantly less than an app costs to develop.

I came across this article after I’d already had my own horror story with the App Store this morning.

I wanted to have a peek at what apps might be useful for getting things done on an iPhone or iPod Touch and encountered this:


Click = big

Seeing 3,652 possible apps is precisely the definition of TL;DR.

I bailed.

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Why Steve Jobs Wins, Part Eleventeen

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Formal axiomatic divination « reperiendi

The rest of the letter has been lost, but Yang Hui described the broad form of the changes in a letter to a friend; the Imperial Changes were a set of changes that we now recognize as a Turing-complete programming language, nearly seven hundred years before Turing.

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Self-Publishing Review | Blog | My Day on Kindle Nation

What may have appeared as a malicious price war with competitors on our part was merely the result of a bad metadata update we received [...]

via Self-Publishing Review | Blog | My Day on Kindle Nation.

Let this be the lesson to everyone out there who hasn’t been paying attention to metadata.  All that “little stuff” you’re ignoring can slit your throat in the end.

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Crime Always Pays: The Digested Read: DON’T BLINK by James Patterson

DON’T BLINK by James Patterson and Some Typist

via Crime Always Pays: The Digested Read: DON’T BLINK by James Patterson.

Oh. My. God.  It’s like a MAD magazine review parody — of a book that’s already a parody.  This is a must-read and you will laugh louder and louder as you read it.

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Amazon Locks You Out Of Kindle Account, Ignores You For A Month – The Consumerist

E-readers have a definite advantage over traditional dead-tree books when you’re going on vacation: you can bring a wealth of reading material in one small device. One difference, though: your analog bookshelf can’t lock you out. Your Amazon account can. That’s what Natalia writes happened to her. No one at Amazon has been able to fix the problem for more than a month now.

via Amazon Locks You Out Of Kindle Account, Ignores You For A Month – The Consumerist

This is very, very strange.  It’s the first bad report I’ve read of Amazon customer service.  They haven’t even gotten any money from me and my email exchanges with them have been exemplary!

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Mobile-review.com Samsung Galaxy TAB. First Look

When I saw the synchronization cable and charger for Samsung TAB I thought somebody left it from iPad. The form and color are the same and only the Samsung logo shows it is not an Apple product. Developers responsible for such an accidental coincidence must be fired. I do not believe that a product can look like its rival unless you intentionally make a copy.

via Mobile-review.com Samsung Galaxy TAB. First Look

This is just about the only coverage you need to read about the Samsung Galaxy Tab right now.  Detailed and cutting!

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