Monthly Archives: March 2009

23rd Mar, 2009

Recommended reading

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A brutal, ruthless monopolist resorts to hardball tactics, including lawsuits, license revocations, and finally its multibillion-dollar acquisition power to kill off upstart rivals. Nope, it’s not Microsoft. Great piece by Ashlee Vance in today’s NY Times about IBM killing off threats to its incredibly lucrative mainframe monopoly. Will be interesting to see how IBM responds. In the past they’ve often just gone dark on publications that run critical articles. That’s one reason you don’t often see anything negative about […]

19th Mar, 2009

Schwartz: We've got those bastards at IBM right where we want them

By | March 19th, 2009|Tech|Comments Off on Schwartz: We've got those bastards at IBM right where we want them


Yes, the ultimate conquest is about to take place, as Sun launches a daring reverse takeover of IBM and completes its journey to rule the industry. This anyway is how I expect MLP might position the deal. Sure, IBM will try to describe it as buying up a weaker rival for a few billion dollars. But internally, the Kool-Aid drinkers at Sun will know better — what’s really happening is that […]

10th Mar, 2009

Oh Woz

By | March 10th, 2009|Tech|1 Comment

9th Mar, 2009

Alley Insider closes the gap — today only 9 minutes behind AllThingsD

By | March 9th, 2009|Tech|7 Comments

Check it out, people. My man Dan Frommer of Alley Insider is slowly gaining on his Apple-watching nemesis at AllThingsD, John Paczkowski. This morning at 7:16 a.m. PT, Paczkowski was the first to re-report the non-news coming out of some Chinese publication that Apple is preparing an oversized iPod Touch, aka a netbook. Just nine minutes later, at 10:25 a.m. ET, Frommer struck, re-reporting Paczkowski’s own re-report. It’s an amazing performance by Frommer, who last week was running […]

6th Mar, 2009

Benioff steals a page from the Jobso playbook

By | March 6th, 2009|Tech|9 Comments


A reliable source at Microsoft informs me that this Maybach parked in a handicapped space belongs to CEO (and supposed student of Eastern religion) Marc Benioff. This happened at the Borg’s Silicon Valley campus where Benioff was attending a TechCrunch roundtable. Photo was snapped and Twittered by someone else at the show. See the original photo here and the Twitter feed here. I’m just taken aback that a humble, modest […]

5th Mar, 2009

Oh snap! Jon Stewart smacks down CNBC

By | March 5th, 2009|Tech|16 Comments

5th Mar, 2009

Kutiman's YouTube jam

By | March 5th, 2009|Tech|1 Comment

I just discovered this cool video on Andrew Sullivan’s blog. Go check it out here. Guy takes random YouTube music clips and combines them into a mashup. Brilliant.

4th Mar, 2009

Daily blog roundup

By | March 4th, 2009|Tech|6 Comments

To save you the trouble of reading them all, here are the highlights.

Palm earnings suck. See AllThingsD, or for a vastly different take, AlleyInsider. 

Amazon does a Kindle app for iPhone. See AllThingsD, TechCrunch, or VentureBeat.

A bigshot is leaving MySpace. See AllThingsD (6:15 p.m . ET last night), Alley Insider (6:25 p.m. ET, a full ten minutes later), GawkerWag (7:14 p.m. ET), TechCrunch (no time stamp but seems to be a few hours later). 

3rd Mar, 2009

Tech blog roundup

By | March 3rd, 2009|Tech|21 Comments

I wrote recently about how the economics of blogging kind of sucks. But I neglected to mention the fine contribution to journalism and world knowledge that blogs represent. One of the great things about the blogosphere is the unique information that each blog provides. For example, today Apple announced some new machines. In the old days you’d just have to read about that in the newspaper. Today you can set up a feed reader or just bookmark a bunch […]

2nd Mar, 2009

Slow day in the magazine business

By | March 2nd, 2009|Tech|9 Comments

Got this today from a fellow filthy hack who is wasting away at one of the world’s leading business magazines and apparently didn’t have a deadline to meet today. Much love, my underutilized comrade.