Monthly Archives: March 2012

30th Mar, 2012

Month of Microsoft: Gmail v. Hotmail

By | March 30th, 2012|Tech|27 Comments

My good friend Barbara Darrow of GigaOm just posted an awesome rant about Gmail and other Google apps. (“Hey, new-and-improved Google, please fix your apps.”) This was prompted by a Marissa Mayer appearance where she said Larry Page is really focused on products and users, and really wants to streamline everything at Google. (Have you noticed lately, with Page’s one-year anniversary as CEO approaching, the way the people around him are out beating the drums about what a great […]

28th Mar, 2012

Month of Microsoft: Xbox is great, please give us more of same

By | March 28th, 2012|Tech|39 Comments

Farhad Manjoo makes some really good points in this piece called “Apple Doesn’t Need to Make the TV of the Future” arguing that Xbox already does many of the things that people keep dreaming Apple might do with an Apple TV product sometime in the future. Things like voice commands and hand commands are already there with Xbox and Kinect, and if you haven’t used one yet, you should. It’s amazing. And yes, Microsoft has run ads about this, […]

26th Mar, 2012

Android phone or condom? By the name alone, it's hard to tell

By | March 26th, 2012|Tech|4 Comments

A dear friend just sent a link to this stunning analysis which compares the names of various condoms with the names of various Android phones, and finds a stunning overlap. Desire, Ultra Thin, Sensation, Indulge, Intensity, Wildfire — you get the idea. Nice work. I would note that my beloved Droid Razr Maxx is not on the list, but probably should be.

23rd Mar, 2012

Month of Microsoft: Ouch, Rovio. That hurts.

By | March 23rd, 2012|Tech|4 Comments

Rovio, maker of Angry Birds, tells Bloomberg it won’t create a version of Angry Birds Space for Windows Phone, because the platform is so tiny. “We want to be on all screens, but we have to consider the cost of supplying the smaller platforms,” a Rovio guy says. I don’t really give a crap about Angry Birds, but still: Ouch.

22nd Mar, 2012

Why I love the Alta Peruvian Lodge

By | March 22nd, 2012|Tech|4 Comments

We went skiing in Utah last week. The snow wasn’t great. But we had the most amazing family trip we’ve ever had, all because of where we stayed: the Peruvian Lodge at Alta.

If you’ve been there, you know: It’s been around since 1950, and it’s not the swankiest place in the world. A lot of the rooms have just a sink, no bathroom. There’s even a dorm […]

22nd Mar, 2012

Month of Microsoft: The biggest surprise is I'm not missing Android

By | March 22nd, 2012|Tech|7 Comments

I’m a couple weeks into the experiment and one thing that strikes me is that I’m really not missing Android, which is odd because that’s the adjustment I had expected to find the most difficult. There are lots of little things that I like about the Android software. And in terms of hardware I really love the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx that I’ve been using for the past few months. I didn’t want to give it up. But it turns […]

21st Mar, 2012

An update on Glancee, a friend-finding app

By | March 21st, 2012|Tech|1 Comment

A couple weeks ago I wrote a piece for Newsweek about Highlight and Glancee, two apps that combine GPS data with your Facebook profile so that you can find people who are physically nearby you and see who they are, what you have in common, and so on. Both apps were gearing up for SXSW, and Highlight was getting lots of hype from people who believed it would be the big “hit” of SXSW this year. That didn’t happen.

But […]

21st Mar, 2012

Month of Microsoft: Only 6% of Windows users bother with Media Center

By | March 21st, 2012|Tech|7 Comments

An old friend wrote in to ask the following regarding my “Month of Microsoft” project:

Hey I’m a little late to your series but I am really curious — did the Xbox folks even mention Media Center? It’s IMHO the best Microsoft product ever; but I am afraid it is geting mothballed in favor of Xbox live video (and soon tv). Of course, this being MS, their […]

21st Mar, 2012

Good article on tech addiction

By | March 21st, 2012|Tech|4 Comments

James Temple of the San Francisco Chronicle says he’s an addict and describes the symptoms that will be familiar to most of us, I’m afraid. Basically it’s an inability to let go, and it is only getting worse in the age of smartphones. I’m not as intense a user as a lot of people. In fact I often feel guilty because I don’t keep up with every […]

20th Mar, 2012

Save the Rich

By | March 20th, 2012|Tech|1 Comment

I just found this on YouTube. It reminded me of when I worked at Forbes. Enjoy.