Another sign that the iPad is moving closer and closer to replacing many PCs. I assume the small screen size will be a blocker to some actions being simple, but those aren’t mainstream. My guess is most people most of the time will be fine with using the tablet for graphical tasks. Pros will still need a bigger monitor. This is analogous for me with using simple Google spreadsheets for trivial lists but shifting to Excel on a PC when I need to do real crunching. Photoshop for iPad Live Demo (Eric Reagan/Photography Bay) TECHMEME | MARCH 31, 2011 http://pulsene.ws/19CCj Eric Reagan / Photography Bay: Photoshop for iPad Live Demo — Here’s the promised live demo of the killer … Read more
Even I know better, and I don’t know music
I don’t have much taste in music, it’s a well-established fact. But even I know that listing Pearl Jam as an influential band today is silly. When was their last song that anyone listened to? “Daughter” maybe? I loved Pearl Jam in the 90s, I went to their magnificent concert in Magnuson Park, saw them at the Gorge. But tastemakers and trendsetters they are not.
And the rest of the full list (you need to click through from the meta-article to the article) is worse. Green Day?
Amusingly enough the list at the end which had Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes is probably closer to reality. And even that is so incredibly limited as much of the trending music today is DJ driven.
Four-lane road. At a stoplight. In the right-most lane. Person next to me seems distracted, maybe reading or talking on the phone or texting. No idea. But the traffic from the right is a freeway offramp so they come screaming up that thing. There is a break in the traffic but the other side’s light is still green. And suddenly this idiot runs right through the red light. And you knew she was going to do it, you just knew she never looked up at the light, just sort of senses traffic was slow and so went.
She came within feet of getting t-boned by the guy coming in off the freeway. He slowed but sort of couldn’t believe that with a full green light for him there was a car there. But he slowed…. and thereby avoided a really serious accident.
I passed the offending driver at the next light and peered into her window and she had no idea. Somewhere out there today is a person who just dodged a bullet of her own firing.
This goes for software too
I read Lefsetz frequently. It is repetitive for sure. And his logic goes off the rail sometimes. But there is truth in them thar hills.
This post is about the music business but could equally be about software. Have fun, don’t sell out, leave money on the table, enjoy the ride, and most importantly have fun.
I have been told that drivers elsewhere in the US are better. I don’t know. But Seattle drivers are a blend between stupid, slow, distracted, ignorant, and fast. All at the wrong time. This morning the driver in front of me was either writing a check, editing a manuscript, juggling… hard to tell as she piloted her car through traffic, weaving all the way.
And of course later we had one of my favorites: signaling after the fact. Um yes, now that you are stopped in the left turn lane waiting for the light, good time for the signal. You wouldn’t have wanted to click that on before making the move left to, hm, alert people you were turning left. I know some Euro drivers think the only proper signal is a horn, but if you are going to use a signal it only works before the action.
I miss France. Crazy drivers, sure. But survival means unaware drivers aren’t driving anymore.
What if? Why not?
Nice article but the punch is at the end… always ask why not? What if? Why does it need to be that way?
The answers really might be the equivalent of “because” but often when you ask questions you find the answers are squishy or more often there really isn’t an answer. That seems to be the sweet spot, the moment where innovation can happen.
Warren Buffett: Social Networking Sites Are ‘Overpriced’
Is there a bubble for social networking sites? Surely. This doesn’t mean there isn’t value or that several will turn into solid bets.
But Groupon? Really, 30 billion? They sell coupons. I don’t know how this works in other locales but I have yet to see a single deal from Groupon that even makes sense. They are frequently for places nowhere near where I live. But even worse for them is that copycat sites are eating into them already. LivingSocial for instance does a much better job in my area in terms of relevant offers. But the key point is neither really is offering something unique and worse there is no network effect, I can switch back and forth without any negative impact. Contrast that to Facebook for example; if I switched to a clone I would lose my network.
I am looking forward to seeing all the IPOs happen though. It’s fun to watch the press gush, gnash their teeth over the new bazillionaires, and then circle like sharks two years later as the company struggles and they can write “we knew it all along”. Good fun for everyone.
Podio Threatens To Replace All Your Project Management Tools
Project management software is essentially in the same place it was ten years ago. When pushed most people use an Excel spreadsheet (probably after trying Google Docs and realizing it’s not quite there yet). The world is crying out for something better. Is it Podio?