Monthly Archives: September 2008

30th Sep, 2008

What the hell is happening to me?

By | September 30th, 2008|Tech|37 Comments

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 it. He’s hit the nail on the head. The arc of this narrative — from the Original Borg (IBM) and its mainframes, to the […]

28th Sep, 2008

Google bones an open source startup?

By | September 28th, 2008|Tech|17 Comments

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 mind and walked away. And the startup couldn’t raise money because the VCs felt burned. Money quote: “Recommendation: always beware of wolves dressed as […]

28th Sep, 2008

A MobileMe team member apologizes

By | September 28th, 2008|Tech|33 Comments

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 of corporate America. Also worth noting is the headline: “Why we fail (and will continue to fail).” That’s not exactly confidence-inspiring. Money quote: “The predictable […]

24th Sep, 2008

EmTech inanity

By | September 24th, 2008|Tech|70 Comments

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 and oblivious to the fact that an audience was sitting there, glazing over. A few people got up and asked questions and the geeks did […]

23rd Sep, 2008

Ukulele Shaft

By | September 23rd, 2008|Tech|17 Comments

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

23rd Sep, 2008

"Call Me Skeptical"

By | September 23rd, 2008|Tech|8 Comments

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

23rd Sep, 2008

Thoughts on G1 and Apple

By | September 23rd, 2008|Tech|31 Comments

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 fast and there were loads of different vendors and different standards and everyone was constantly leapfrogging each other with new features and nobody really knew […]

23rd Sep, 2008

Gloomy Vista

By | September 23rd, 2008|Tech|5 Comments

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

21st Sep, 2008

3G iPhone: Ads versus reality

By | September 21st, 2008|Tech|42 Comments

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.

16th Sep, 2008

Apple compared to Soup Nazi

By | September 16th, 2008|Tech|54 Comments

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 in a tough spot because they have to invest in developing apps without knowing whether Apple will allow them into the store. As Krazy […]