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At OSCON, today’s popular social networking services were compared to the closed systems of the 1990s. In those days, it wasn’t uncommon to, say, need to be on MCI Mail or CompuServe to be able to send another person on one of those services a message. They were closed e-mail systems. People didn’t tolerate that, and the current argument is that they won’t tolerate walled gardens among social networking services either.

The problem is, though, that they are tolerating those walled gardens—in spades. How can anyone argue with 500 million users? The people voted, and there is the result. It’s unlikely at this point that we will see an open source platform turn Facebook into AOL.

The Key To An Open Source Social Network Is Still People

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The creeping feeling that Android is the new Windows becomes an overwhelming sensation the first time you boot up Droid X. Seven sprawling desktop screens, littered with widgets, oodles of little programs—the vast majority of which you probably don’t want or need. It’s overwhelming and utterly incomprehensible if you’re not the kind of person who’s seen at least two non-JJ Abrams Star Trek movies. The minutes lost to clearing them to get to a reasonably clean desktop, one press-and-hold-and-swipe gesture at a time, brought me back to the sullen days of removing crapware from whiny relatives’ Sony Vaios. Breathtaking hardware, filled to the brim with crap. Why would Motorola make this the first impression of its phone? Stuttering and confusion?

Gizmodo’s Matt Buchanan reviews the Motorola Droid X

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“Branding is the task of attaching a set of values to a company, product or service.”

Instead of only competing on product, price or technology. With branding, companies compete on value.

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The problem is that no one really cares what brands have to say about their product or service. No one cares about what values they use to describe what they want to sell.

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Good products communicate by being good products.

Mr. Brand Manager…tear down this wall! – Re-branding Branding via Thomas Petersen

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Like most carriers and telcos, Verizon believes it brings, well, everything to the table, and subsequently demands all the credit. Apple, meanwhile, is the only Intel partner on the planet that does not have an Intel Inside logo anywhere on or near its products. If any talks between these two have taken place, you don’t need a vivid imagination to guess how they’ve gone.

Apple: Sorry we haven’t talked in a while. Where did we leave off?

Verizon: We were discussing where our logo would fit on the back of your phone.

Apple: [click]

Matt Drance on why a Verizon iPhone is not likely soon.

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What we need to see is how Android 2.2 gets rolled out to existing handsets. I’m already getting blasted by owners of various Android phones wanting to know when their handset will get the update. The truth is I don’t know, and I’m not sure anyone does yet. The phone update process hasn’t changed — Google released Froyo to partners, OEMs decide if they want to release it for a given phone and then the carrier has to bless the update and actually roll it out. I suspect that many existing phones will never get Android 2.2, and that will be a pity.

James Kendrick on Android and Flash

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It doesn’t look from here that Apple have lost anything, what makes Apple special, still makes Apple special. The bigger market wants stuff that is free from viruses, self-contained, reliable and instant on. The bigger markets are buying Apple.

John Molloy on why Apple has no “Marketing Danger”.

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People talk about Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field, and I don’t disagree that the man has a quasi-hypnotic ability to convince. There’s another reality distortion field at work, though, and everyone that makes a living from the tech industry is within its tractor-beam. That RDF tells us that computers are awesome, they work great and only those too stupid to live can’t work them.

Fraser Speirs – Blog – Future Shock

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Car enthusiasts (and genuine experts like race car drivers) still drive cars with manual transmissions. They offer more control; they’re more efficient. But the vast majority of cars sold today are automatics. So too it’ll be with computers. Eventually, the vast majority will be like the iPad in terms of the degree to which the underlying computer is abstracted away. Manual computers, like the Mac and Windows PCs, will slowly shift from the standard to the niche, something of interest only to experts and enthusiasts and developers.

Daring Fireball: Various and Assorted Thoughts and Observations Regarding the Just-Announced iPad

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Given a difficult technology policy problem, lawyers will tend to seek technology solutions and technologists will tend to seek legal solutions. (Paul Ohm calls this “Felten’s Third Law”.) It’s easy to reject non-solutions in your own area because you have the knowledge to recognize why they will fail; but there must be a solution lurking somewhere in the unexplored wilderness of the other area.

A Free Internet, If We Can Keep It | Freedom to Tinker

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When the Mac first came out, Newsweek asked me what I [thought] of it. I said: Well, it’s the first personal computer worth criticizing. So at the end of the presentation, Steve came up to me and said: Is the iPhone worth criticizing? And I said: Make the screen five inches by eight inches, and you’ll rule the world.

Alan Kay: With the Tablet, Apple Will Rule the World – GigaOM

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There are fifty people applying for a job. Forty nine have great credentials and beautifully standard layouts on their resumes. One resume was hand delivered to the CEO by his best friend, together with a glowing recommendation about a project the applicant did for the friend’s non-profit. Who gets the interview?

Seth’s Blog: The ubiquity of competition was just what I needed to make my point about referrals being the key to getting the next job/gig.

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my observations living in london:

the remarkable about thing about the iphone is the type of people who have them. It’s the everyday person. They are not just tech geeks or media types – but old, middle age and young. And these people don’t care about open source. They want something that’s easy to use, reasonably priced and, now it seems, applications.

Most people who criticise the lack of iphone’s openess are either tech geeks or open source idealogues. If people can obtain the phone on 2 or more carriers then the phone is ‘open’ for them. They don’t care about apple’s apps approach. As long as there is plenty of apps to choose from then they are happy.

commenter on Henry Blodget article Hey, Apple, Wake Up — It’s Happening Again

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We have a saying in Hebrew that it’s much easier to look for a lost key under the light, than to look for the key where you actually lost it, because it’s dark over there. That’s exactly how (North American airport security officials) act,” Sela said. “You can easily do what we do. You don’t have to replace anything. You have to add just a little bit — technology, training. But you have to completely change the way you go about doing airport security. And that is something that the bureaucrats have a problem with. They are very well enclosed in their own concept.

Rafi Sela, the president of AR Challenges, a global transportation security consultancy on how Israeli airports handle security

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So, how to protect your ideas in a world where ideas spread?

Don’t.

Instead, spread them. Build a reputation as someone who creates great ideas, sometimes on demand. Or as someone who can manipulate or build on your ideas better than a copycat can. Or use your ideas to earn a permission asset so you can build a relationship with people who are interested. Focus on being the best tailor with the sharpest scissors, not the litigant who sues any tailor who deigns to use a pair of scissors.

Seth’s Blog: How to protect your ideas in the digital age

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Obviously there is a lot more to the story of Indian/Puritan relations in New England than in the thanksgiving stories we heard as children. Our contemporary mix of myth and history about the “First” Thanksgiving at Plymouth developed in the 1890s and early 1900s. Our country was desperately trying to pull together its many diverse peoples into a common national identity. To many writers and educators at the end of the last century and the beginning of this one, this also meant having a common national history. This was the era of the “melting pot” theory of social progress, and public education was a major tool for social unity. It was with this in mind that the federal government declared the last Thursday in November as the legal holiday of Thanksgiving in 1898.

In consequence, what started as an inspirational bit of New England folklore, soon grew into the full-fledged American Thanksgiving we now know. It emerged complete with stereotyped Indians and stereotyped Whites, incomplete history, and a mythical significance as our “First Thanksgiving.” But was it really our FIRST American Thanksgiving?

TEACHING ABOUT THANKSGIVING – Native American Culture

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Apple made $1.6 billion in operating profit off of the iPhone in Q3. Nokia, meanwhile, made $1.1 billion. Let’s put this in perspective. Recent numbers suggest Nokia controls roughly 35% of the worldwide handset market. Apple? About 2.5%.

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To people who follow Apple closely, this should be absolutely no surprise. It’s the same thing it does in the computer industry. Despite having a much smaller market share than its rivals, it makes more money than most of them. The key, of course, is that Apple maintains its high profit margins, while the competitors shuffle to battle each other for market share.

That’s not to say that Apple doesn’t care about market share for either its computers or the iPhone, it undoubtedly does. But it’s a secondary goal to running a successful business. A business which is now absolutely thriving in an awful worldwide economic environment.

While Rivals Jockey For Market Share, Apple Bathes In Profits

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The demands that are being created by the [Apple] (APPL) iPhone and other mobile broadband technologies threaten to outstrip the amount of spectrum available for commercial mobile, and it’s important for the country that we get long-term planning right because it takes time to identify spectrum and put it on the market.

A Chat with FCC Chief Genachowski – BusinessWeek

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What if, just like becoming a cannibal or painting your face green, you eliminated righteous indignation as an option in your list of responses to various situations, no matter how unfair? What if the people you work with weren’t permitted to indulge? Just think of how much more you’d get done and how much calmer everything would be.

Seth’s Blog: Righteous indignation

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Confidence of success, is almost success; and obstacles often fall of themselves before a determination to overcome them. There is something in resolution which has an influence beyond itself, and it marches on like a mighty lord amongst its slaves; all is prostration where it appears. When bent on good, it is almost the noblest attribute of man; when on evil, the most dangerous. It is by habitual resolution that men succeed to any great extent; impulses are not sufficient. What is done at one moment is undone the next; and a step forward is nothing gained unless it is followed up.

Manvotional: Difficulties | The Art of Manliness

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If you look at Microsoft’s customers, they’re only satisfied when they don’t look at alternatives. And most of its core customers are Windows Enthusiasts and Microsoft shop IT departments that are careful not to examine alternatives out of fear their faith might be shaken if exposed to some reality.

Why Can’t Microsoft Develop Software for Zune HD? — RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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There’s a lot of ways to work with appreciation. You can pull out a pen and paper and list all the things you love, the things you need, the things you depend on. You can remember someone or something that is no longer in your life. There’s also that famous workshop exercise where you have to eat a raisin or a potato chip very, very slowly.
But then there’s just the simple checking in right where you are, wherever you are and discovering the appreciation that is already present.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Weekend Meditation: Appreciation

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Perhaps the biggest challenge for business owners is developing the ability to see the “big picture” in their particular business and to make sense of all the various parts that have to be developed, maintained and orchestrated. It is easy to get caught up in focusing more on systems — doing things right — at the expense of understanding whether they are doing the right things.

Systemic vs. Systematic | E-Myth Worldwide

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People who love computers overwhelmingly prefer to use a Mac today. Microsoft’s core problem is that they have lost the hearts of computer enthusiasts. Regular people don’t think about their choice of computer platform in detail and with passion like nerds do because, duh, they are not nerds. But nerds are leading indicators.

Peeve Farm

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iPhones come locked so they can’t be used with other carriers, so people spend hours and plenty of money to ‘unlock’ them. That’s bear shaving. Better to figure out an easy way to pay AT&T their tribute so they can be truly unlocked…

Seth’s Blog: Bear shaving

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I get asked a lot why Apple’s customers are so loyal. It’s not because they belong to the Church of Mac! That’s ridiculous. It’s because when you buy our products, and three months later you get stuck on something, you quickly figure out [how to get past it]. And you think, “Wow, someone over there at Apple actually thought of this!” And then three months later you try to do something you hadn’t tried before, and it works, and you think “Hey, they thought of that, too.” And then six months later it happens again. There’s almost no product in the world that you have that experience with, but you have it with a Mac. And you have it with an iPod.

The Seed of Apple’s Innovation

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If you don’t like the way someone is acting, understand you can’t change his behavior, you can only change his circumstances. … Sure, people are willing to lie, break promises, willfully misunderstand, avoid responsibility and blame others. But why? They’re doing it because under the circumstances, it seems like the right thing to do.

Seth’s Blog: He’s doing his best

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The only reason to go to work, I think, is to do work. It’s too expensive a trip if all you want to do is hang out. Work will mean managing a tribe, creating a movement and operating in teams to change the world. Anything less is going to be outsourced to someone a lot cheaper and a lot less privileged than you or me.

The Last Days of Cubicle Life – The Future of Work

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It’s through space that air fills your lungs. It’s through space that your body moves. It’s through space in the vibration of the air that sound is heard. It’s in the gaps between veins that blood flows. Without the space between these letters, there would be no words for you to read -it would all be incoherent.
In this way, you realize something…
Emptiness truly roars. Silence speaks. Space gives birth to form.
It’s in the gaps that beauty is found.

How to Find Beauty in Life – Think Simple Now

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The iPhone is the client, the MacBook (they’re all Pro) the server, and you can bring it into the office and plug into the corporate Exchange server with one click. Never has the fear of Apple holding developers or users hostage been so overstated. Apple’s rigorous march forward and its deep understanding of what the market will want next is not only keeping them ahead of the competition but building the markets they will own tomorrow. They’re like WIllie Mays and the basket catch, making the hard stuff look easy. The market may have bounced down a bit on the Jobs no-show, but Steve and company — and the smiling developers — know better.

Why Apple wins. every. time. by Steve Gilmour

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Luxury goods are needlessly expensive. By needlessly, I mean that the price is not related to performance. The price is related to scarcity, brand and storytelling. Luxury goods are organized waste. ……. Premium goods, on the other hand, are expensive variants of commodity goods. Pay more, get more.

(NOTE: I’m paraphrasing).

Seth’s Blog: Luxury vs. premium

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Apple is known for its savvy marketing, but its campaigns seldom target the enterprise. Its core customer base consists of students, educators, creative professionals, and individual consumers, whom it courts with a brand message that’s equal parts Porsche and Picasso. Far from being a business darling, Apple paints the Mac as the anti-corporate PC: You either “think different” or shop elsewhere.

Desktop Linux: Why it may have lost its chance | Open Source – InfoWorld

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For us, it’s about doing great products. And when I look at what is being sold in the netbook space today, I see cramped keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small screens, and just not a consumer experience… that we would put the Mac brand on, quite frankly. And so it’s not a space, as it exists today, that we’re interested in, nor do we believe that customers in the long term would be interested in.

Daring Fireball

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Prediction: The effort required to outsource a task involving the manipulation of data of any kind will continue to decrease until it will be faster and cheaper to outsource just about anything than it will be to use in-house talent. What will you do today to ensure your prosperity when that happens?

Seth’s Blog: Sixty to zero

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While Microsoft is busy, fighting over the desktop Apple is busy getting people to carry the desktop with them. If you have an iPod Touch or an iPhone you know how much that product has displaced your laptop. You also realize that for most people an iPod touch or iPhone is enough computer. And this time “enough” is competitively priced.

by Chris Seibold Apr 14, 2009

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Whenever a trade association raises the barricades and tries to lobby their way into maintaining the status quo, they are doing their members a disservice. Instead of spending time and insight and effort reinventing what they do and organizing for a better future, the members are lulled into a sense of security that somehow, somehow, the future will be just like today.

Seth’s Blog: Beware of trade guilds maintaining the status quo

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The studios have a very long history of betting against technology people want, and on technology people don’t want. This is just another such case. The technology people want always wins in the end — no duh — and usually benefits the businesses who fought that technology to the death. Here’s hoping the technology people want — Boxee — doesn’t wind up benefiting the studios fighting it now.

Marc Hedlund on the Hulu/Boxee splitt

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Every Mac geek out there screams for this machine and screams most loudly when it comes time to buy a new computer. They look around and realize that there’s no way they need the power of a Mac Pro (and no way to justify the price) but they don’t want to feel locked in to an iMac or something. Why, they moan, doesn’t Apple make a machine for me? I want to be able to swap out the video card and really bump up the RAM.

If you’re that guy time to shut your pie hole. The reason that Apple doesn’t make that machine is because you, me, and about three other people really want it. Apple isn’t in the business of making computers for people who feel like stripping them down and mucking with the motherboard, the company is in the business of selling computing solutions to people who don’t want to mess with a computer. Face it, if you’re willing to swap out a video card and add a hard drive you’ve got both the time and expertise to trick out a Linux box or really make Vista sing.

Rick Ellis

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People like to conflate the concept of property ownership to that of data ownership. I mean it’s you right? You own your house so surely, you own your e-mail address, your name, you date of birth records, your identity. However when you go into the details, from a conceptual level, it doesn’t make sense.

You don’t nor need to own your data » By Elias Bizannes » article » Liako.Biz

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To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different, it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination, and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.

 Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, 1983

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Multi-tasking is dead. It never worked and it never will. Intelligent people love to sing its praises because it gives them permission to avoid the much more challenging alternative: focusing on one thing.

Timothy Ferriss

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If the CEO buys an iPhone, it’s a business device, no matter what the IT folks say.

MICHAEL GARTENBERG, ANALYST, JUPITERRESEARCH LLC, AND A COMPUTERWORLD COLUMNIST

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A world without failure is a world without freedom. A world without the possibility of sin is a world without the possibility of righteousness. A world without the possibility of crime is a world where you cannot prove you are not a criminal. A technology that can give you everything you want is a technology that can take away everything that you have. At some point, real soon now, some of us security geeks will have to say that there comes a point at which safety is not safe.

Dan Greer

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Linux users are never quite sure which one is the best distribution around. They have debates in their own community with twenty different users vouching for twenty different variations. They constantly have to keep figuring out workarounds to make all their software and hardware work together. They can’t just go out and buy a new accessory, assured in the knowledge that it will work. They are afraid to upgrade, lest things go wrong.

About Linux and Why Nobody Seems to Care – AppleMatters

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business projects have the advantage of potentially generating income, whereas IT security simply has “nothing bad happening” as the goal

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I bought a Sony HDR-CX7 last month. The Sony is a HD camcorder that record video and still images to Sony Memory Stick. It was while testing out the photo features that it suddenly hit me. This isn’t just a camcorder. This is a 4.6 megapixel image camera with a 10x optical zoom lens!

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Viewed from the perspective of economics, security is a trade-off. There’s no such thing as absolute security, and any security you get has some cost: in money, in convenience, in capabilities, in insecurities somewhere else, whatever.

Schneier on Security

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