Monthly Archives: March 2012


Month of Microsoft: Gmail v. Hotmail

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… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

Month of Microsoft: Ouch, Rovio. That hurts.

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… Read more »

Why I love the Alta Peruvian Lodge

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… Read more »

An update on Glancee, a friend-finding app

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,… Read more »

Good article on tech addiction

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… Read more »

Save the Rich

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