Monthly Archives: October 2008

21st Oct, 2008

I heart David Sedaris

By | October 21st, 2008|Tech|66 Comments

Check out this essay in the New Yorker about undecided voters. Money quote:

To put them [undecided voters] in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”
To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment […]

21st Oct, 2008

Flack watch: "This downturn is going to be good for us."

By | October 21st, 2008|Tech|13 Comments


As we head into the maelstrom of another economic downturn, flacks and spinmeisters will be rushing out to tell the world why the bad times are actually good for their companies. I’m already hearing people deliver some version of this, including the one that while many companies are going to get crushed, this particular company won’t suffer, because they possess the magical Anti-Downturn Potion, or they’re living inside the protection of […]

21st Oct, 2008

Sun to change ticker symbol again — now will be called DOH!

By | October 21st, 2008|Tech|13 Comments

Other ticker symbols considered included WTF, OOPS and OUCH. In case you haven’t heard, My Little Pony announced yesterday that they’re going to lose buckets of money and take some huge charges related to some acquisitions. See their press release here. Of course the villain in all this is the economy. Not My Little Pony. Nope, he’s been doing a great job. Like paying $4.1 billion for StorageTek, an […]

20th Oct, 2008

Much love to Aaron

By | October 20th, 2008|Tech|19 Comments

20th Oct, 2008

There is no bubble. There is no bubble. There is no — oops.

By | October 20th, 2008|Tech|6 Comments

Visionary entrepreneur Marc Andreeeessssen did a Churchill Club interview on Sept. 4 with Kevin Maney of Portfolio magazine. The transcript is here (along with a very unkind PhotoShop picture of Andreeeeeessssssen where they made him look like Beldar.) Money quote comes on Page 3 of the interview:

Does that create the danger of a new tech bubble?
If there’s been a crisis in a market, you don’t tend to have a new crisis in that market until the people who went through […]

20th Oct, 2008

Blodget: Yahoo will probably screw up layoffs, too

By | October 20th, 2008|Tech|12 Comments

King of all media Henry Blodget says here that while Yahoo is about to announce massive layoffs, which is a good thing, it’s probably going to screw up on the execution. Reason? Well, we’re talking about Yahoo, which Blodget calls “AOL II.”

20th Oct, 2008

Eric Schmidt palling around with guy who pals around with terrorists

By | October 20th, 2008|Tech|7 Comments

Google boss says he’ll endorse Obama and hit the campaign trail this week. Just FYI, to all you cynics who think Schmidt must be looking for favors, like Net Neutrality or approval on the Yahoo deal or just a general free pass on monopolistic behavior — it ain’t that. Seriously. Eric just wants to do a solid for a guy he likes. That’s all there is. Move along, folks. […]

18th Oct, 2008

Why is Jerry Yang still in charge?

By | October 18th, 2008|Tech|11 Comments

My latest Newsweek column, now up online here.

17th Oct, 2008

The "Apple tax"

By | October 17th, 2008|Tech|32 Comments

The Borg has been going around making noise about the so-called “Apple tax” — ie the premium you pay for using a Mac instead of a Windows PC. Mac fanboys dispute the notion. My sense as a user is that there may indeed be an “Apple tax,” but who cares? My Macs and other Apple products may cost a little more but the difference is small enough that I don’t really notice it and certainly don’t mind it. I […]

17th Oct, 2008

Apologies for the long hiatus

By | October 17th, 2008|Tech|21 Comments

Newsweek has been keeping me super busy lately, and things outside work have been a bit overwhelming too.  That’s left me no time for blogging. But I’m trying to get back on it. Much love to the folks who keep sending in material. I’m going to start posting it and please keep sending it along.