Monthly Archives: September 2008


What the hell is happening to me?

For the first time ever, I agree with something Richard Stallman says. See here. In a nutshell, he says the cloud is all about taking away your freedom and locking you into long-term contracts that you can’t get out of and which will exploit you terribly, which is why Google and others are salivating over… Read more »

Google bones an open source startup?

That seems to be what the CEO of the startup is claiming here. This little company was about to raise some VC money but along came “one of the biggest non-evil Internet companies” asking if they’d like to be acquired instead. They said yes, and waited, and waited, and then the non-evil company changed its… Read more »

A MobileMe team member apologizes

See here. A deep source at Apple assures me that this blogger is indeed a MobileMe person, and the big failure she’s talking about is the MobileMe launch, though she never actually says so in her blog. It’s worth noting that she’s not really apologizing for MobileMe’s suckage. Instead, she’s saying that fuck-ups are the nature… Read more »

EmTech inanity

Was at the EmTech conference at MIT today and suffered through a panel led by Robert Scoble with four geeks (Facebook, Six Apart, Plaxo, Twine) talking about the future of the Web. No prepared remarks, just totally random conversation. Basically they all just spewed whatever came into their heads, at top speed, interrupting each other… Read more »

Ukulele Shaft

Much love to Faddah for this one. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain plays the theme from Shaft. I have no idea why.

"Call Me Skeptical"

That’s the headline on my Newsweek article about the G1 phone. Find it here.

Thoughts on G1 and Apple

I’ll have a full story going up on Newsweek.com soon, but meanwhile something occurred to me today while I was watching the Webcast of the G1 phone from HTC and T-Mobile. It seems to me we’re seeing a replay of the PC wars from the 1980s, back when that market was small but growing very… Read more »

Gloomy Vista

My latest column for Newsweek, titled, “A Gloomy Vista for Microsoft,” is here.

3G iPhone: Ads versus reality

All I can say is this video totally captures my experience with the 3G iPhone. Except most of the time I can’t even get onto a 3G network at all.

Apple compared to Soup Nazi

See here. Tom Krazit says app developers are griping about Apple’s policies around the App Store. “No store for you!” is the rallying cry. Apparently people are upset because Apple wouldn’t allow an app called Podcaster which would let you download podcasts directly and sidestep iTunes. Now the developers are whining that Apple puts them… Read more »