Daily Archives: April 9, 2012

Tweets Of The Day: Instagram Acquisition

These all appeared in my Twitterstream today. Half of them were RTs. I follow wonderful, witty, smart people on Twiiter!

Tweets in order from latest to earliest.

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R.I.P.: Computing Pioneer Jack Tramiel

Computer Legend and Gaming Pioneer Jack Tramiel Dies at Age 83

This is how it was back in the early 1980s.

Apple was cool, but Commodore was affordable.

I have no shame in saying that my first computer, a Commodore-64, was bought at a toy store, Toys R Us, for only $200.

Jack Tramiel made that possible.

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Sony’s Death Spiral

Sony to axe 10,000 jobs in turnaround bid: Nikkei

Japan’s Sony Corp is cutting 10,000 jobs, about 6 percent of its global workforce, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday, as new CEO Kazuo Hirai looks to steer the electronics and entertainment giant back to profit after four years in the red.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

First, Howard Stringer should have never been let near Sony, never mind being put in charge of it.

Second, the Japanese are too damned self-effacing for their own good. Howard Stringer would have been booted out on his fat ass within two years of his mis-management had he been here in America.

Third, notice the word I emphasized: profit. That’s nothing more than temporarily making the books look good. It says zero about long-term sustainability.

Fourth, this is not going to save Sony. Throwing overboard ten thousand people is an admission of defeat, period. That tells me that Sony has been so gutted and so bollixed that whatever good ideas might still be inside that company have no chance of getting any attention.

Fifth, it also tells me that those currently in charge of Sony wouldn’t recognize a good idea if it bit them in the ass and starting draining their blood by the pint. This might now be in the very DNA of Sony, since there were people inside Sony who advocated the Sony Reader should have had wireless from the beginning, yet were overruled and then ignored as Amazon triumphed.

Sixth, Sony used to be all about the display. Who has that reputation now? Samsung! Losing a core business like that is simply inexcusable. It would be like Nokia losing its phone operating system (oops!).

Seventh, all Sony is doing these days is Me-Too and zombie tech. Me-Too: Android devices that have nothing to recommend them. Zombie tech: How long can they keep milking PlayStation (which was created by someone who was forced out of Sony, Ken Kutaragi!).

Eighth, Sony has become legacy corporate. It’s now more interested in preserving the jobs of those who lead it than moving the company into a glorious future. Hunkering down instead of risking is little different from just being dead.

Previously here:

This Was Sony

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Dinosaur Regional Management

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Gee, Were The People Right After All?

OK, yesterday I saw my fourth Samsung Galaxy Note in the wild. It was being used by a young woman behind me in line at a supermarket in the Hood! I even asked her if it was a Galaxy Note. She said yes.

Does anyone recall this debacle from just last year?

That’s Jon Rubinstein holding up one of the smallest cellphones ever produced: the webOS HP Veer.

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