Monthly Archives: October 2011

25th Oct, 2011

Yahoo has become the Paris Hilton of tech

By | October 25th, 2011|Tech|7 Comments

My latest on the Beast, regarding the rumors about Google and everyone else wanting to buy Yahoo. Money quote:

Yahoo has turned into the Paris Hilton of tech companies—a ditzy, dopey outfit that remains enormously popular even though nobody, including Yahoo itself, seems to know exactly what Yahoo does for a living. And like the heiress, for reasons that most sane people can’t understand Yahoo continues to attract a string of potential suitors and to find itself the subject of […]

24th Oct, 2011

The Jobs backlash begins

By | October 24th, 2011|Tech|22 Comments

That’s the title of my piece that just went up on Daily Beast, and it’s what I kept thinking as I pored through the Isaacson biography, which landed on my iPad last night. Much of the stuff in the book is not new, but much of the stuff that is new is kind of disappointing to people who want to view Steve Jobs as a kind of messiah figure. The stuff with Lisa, the complaints from Jony Ive about […]

19th Oct, 2011

How to stop the Westboro Baptist Church

By | October 19th, 2011|Tech|16 Comments

A town in Mississippi figured out a strategy. If you’re in Cupertino, you have two hours to swing into action.

19th Oct, 2011

Real Housewives of South Boston

By | October 19th, 2011|Tech|4 Comments

“New York Stankees.” Heh. Dear Lord, please make this TV show.

19th Oct, 2011

Wall Street's Apple Panic

By | October 19th, 2011|Tech|2 Comments

That’s the headline on the article I posted on the Daily Beast last night after Apple reported its earnings. Gist is: Everybody take a deep breath. Apple turned in amazing numbers. The forecast for holiday quarter was strong. The stock hasn’t bounced back yet, but it will. Also keep in mind that Apple didn’t miss; Wall Street did. Apple forecast $25 billion in revenues, and beat that by quite a bit. The number that Apple “missed” was the Wall […]

18th Oct, 2011

iPhone 4S "yellowgate" is a figment of your imagination

By | October 18th, 2011|Tech|13 Comments

18th Oct, 2011

Idiotic Westboro hate squad will try to picket the Jobs memorial service

By | October 18th, 2011|Tech|6 Comments

Says on Cult of Mac that these rambling inbred hate-mongers are planning two protests — one at Cupertino High School and another at the mothership. One is tempted to ask why, but with these people what would be the point? “Because we’re crazy and nasty, and we believe in some ridiculous ancient superstitions but in fact don’t even correctly understand the meaning of the superstitions we supposedly […]

17th Oct, 2011

Losing face

By | October 17th, 2011|Tech|3 Comments


Episode 9 of The Double D Guys podcast, titled “Losing face,” is ready for a listen right here. Or you can get it on iTunes, as always. This week Dave Thackeray and I wonder why nobody would buy any Facebook shares in the recent SecondMarket auction. Then we try to talk each other into getting an iPhone 4S. Dave doesn’t want to commit to a two-year contract. (He has […]

17th Oct, 2011

The pincer movement that could kill Android

By | October 17th, 2011|Tech|3 Comments

On one flank, the ever-popular-and-showing-no-sign-of-slowing-down iPhone; on the other, a fresher looking (and not hampered by patent attacks) Windows Phone, with Nokia carrying the flag. That’s the argument of Ewan Spence. It’s worth a read.

16th Oct, 2011

"I am going into fashion and it's like the official phone of the industry."

By | October 16th, 2011|Tech|5 Comments

That’s what “fashion publicist Adam” (not the guy in the photo above) told Reuters as he purchased his iPhone 4S in New York. People are switching from BlackBerry, Nokia and Android. Once again, Apple seeing record-breaking sales. The momentum is not just continuing; it’s growing. Has any company ever been this hot?