Friday, October 25, 2013

Twitter may be the greatest communication platform in human history to-date

As we make our way through 2013, I continue to find people who dismiss Twitter, saying "I'm not interested in hearing what someone had for lunch." Like any technology, uses for Twitter run the spectrum from useful to useless, from meaningful to banal, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

However, I think more people would benefit from Twitter if they understood what it represents. I find Twitter to be one of the greatest communication platforms ever invented. I think it takes a rightful place at the top of an august assembly of the most significant paradigm-shifting communication platforms in human history.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Steve Jobs era at Apple over...again?

@gkaizer's recent Computerworld article, Moves, mistakes prove Steve Jobs era at Apple over, say analysts covers analyst reactions to Apple's recent moves under Tim Cook's leadership as indicative that the company Steven Jobs built is now a "very different company." The differences are, indeed, very concerning, but not for the reasons cited - those reasons are actually symptoms of one reason that went unrecognized and, even though it is no secret, it apparently still needs to be spelled out.

Monday, November 5, 2012

It's all about power

My last post talked about power, which seems to be the theme of late. This time, I'm talking about the single, most important app on my Samsung Galaxy Note - Juice Defender.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

First, you get the power

Why do so many coffee shops offer wi-fi, but nowhere near enough power outlets? I've walked in and out of four coffee shops in an area one night and found none with a seat near the too-few outlets (if there were any at all, which was not the case in every shop).

I can't understand the value of advertising "We've got Wi-Fi" when there are so few power outlets. If there were enough, I'd have sat down and, out of a sense of obligation, I'd have bought something with exorbitant profit margin baked in.

Anyway, I discovered an area in a shopping centre that had a few tables, chairs...and power outlets along the wall.So I pulled up a chair, plugged in my laptop and my Samsung Galaxy Note, and turned on the Note's mobile hotspot feature in order to wirelessly connect my laptop to the internet. 

The best part is, I didn't have to give some coffee shop $4 for a drink.