June 27, 2010

I like this if I were a time traveler:

What would you do if you could travel back in time? Assassinate Marilyn Monroe? Go on a date with Hitler? Obviously. But here’s what I’d do after that: grab all the modern technology I could find, take it to the late 70’s, superficially redesign it all to blend in, start a consumer electronics company to unleash it upon the world, then sit back as I rake in billions, trillions, or even millions of dollars.

Love the cheesy photos – well cheesy only in the sense that they are now but wouldn’t be back in the 70’s. Nice.

Nokia. What can one say then wow how the mighty have fallen. We can say all we want that they have he feature phone market or they own rural india but the problem they are not in the growth markets. And if they ever did adopt android that would have to be admitting defeat – no?

I think the iPhone 4 is going to crush it. People I know who never even wanted one think they have to have one now. My friends or family who have old iPhones were considering something from android – not now. I think the defining innovation for this phone will be Facetime.

Curated app stores, despite app developers bitching, seems to be better:

Overall we estimate that $6,000,000 has been paid out to developers for games, and $15,000,000 has been paid out on apps. That is a total of $21,000,000, almost 50x lower than the amount paid out to devs on iPhone.

This really indicates how much of a cottage industry the paid Android Market remains, with insufficient sales numbers to warrant full-time labor for paid content. Other approaches, such as ad-supported apps, may prove to be more sustainable.

With time this will change as android continues to grow but it is no different than why I might be a mac versus a pc. I appreciate the difference in build quality, the available ecosystem and the gains in productivity. Apple has created a better app store with all the momentum but it could easliy change.

Congrats to Flickr on their new look and the kudos it is ganering:

For those using Flickr every day, such quirks will quickly fade and there’s no doubt that the redesign is a vast improvement. Flickr also claims that page load times are faster, though we didn’t notice a huge difference while previewing the test site. Still, loading a larger photo without slowing down the page will likely be good enough for most users.

Required reading:

Pixar’s approach to creativity is striking for two reasons. The first is that the company puts people before projects. Most Hollywood studios start by hunting down promising ideas and then hire creative teams to turn them into films. The projects dictate whom they hire. Pixar starts by bringing in creative people and then encourages them to generate ideas. One of its most successful recruits has been Brad Bird, who has presided over two Oscar-winning feature films, “The Incredibles” (in which he also provided a character’s voice) and “Ratatouille”.

It sounds so easy but pretty much everywhere I have worked products or maintaining them always seems to be more important than finding the right people and nurturing them. It is hard to do and means profits can’t be the first goal but it is probably better for the company in the long run. Some really nice takeaways in this article.

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