April 2008

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Blu-ray player sales down despite format victory

CNET: “But more likely is what NPD’s high-def video analysts have been harping on for a while: that DVD is ‘good enough’ for most consumers.”


Waking up in the morning is so hard because you know the best part of the day is already over

The Editors: “It appears that the rules of journalism for 2008 dictate that discussions of policy and the working of our democracy are completely beyond the pale, an insult to the integrity of the system which keeps us up-to-date on what Obama’s crazy ex-minister recently said, who got attacked by a bear, who got attacked by a shark, where Lindsay Lohan and friends were spotted, and other burning issues of the day.”


Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Gin, Television, and Social Surplus

Here Comes Everybody: “Here’s something four-year-olds know: Media that’s targeted at you but doesn’t include you may not be worth sitting still for. Those are things that make me believe that this is a one-way change. Because four year olds, the people who are soaking most deeply in the current environment, who won’t have to go through the trauma that I have to go through of trying to unlearn a childhood spent watching Gilligan’s Island, they just assume that media includes consuming, producing and sharing.”


Thursday, 24 April 2008

Traders’ raging hormones cause stock market swings

New Scientist: “‘Maybe bubbles and crashes are coming from these steroids,’ Coates says. While it may be that less money would be made, ‘maybe if more women and older men were trading, the markets would be more stable.’”


Friday, 11 April 2008

Windows is ‘collapsing,’ Gartner analysts warn

ComputerWorld: I always wonder whose research subscription leads to a report like this.


Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Fire and Motion

Joel Spolsky: “The flat-earther corporations pat themselves on the back for having read Thomas Friedman’s book and consequently dispatching their customer feedback e-mail to a team of dirt-cheap service reps 10 time zones away from their headquarters. They never have to be troubled again with what their customers need, want, say, or care about.”


Tuesday, 8 April 2008

2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners - EDITORIAL WRITING, Citation

The Pulitzer Board: “No Award”


Monday, 7 April 2008

Daily caffeine ‘protects brain’

BBC: “She called for more research into whether the same effect could be seen in humans.”


Friday, 4 April 2008

Understanding Apple (Apple now the #1 Music retailer)

Scott Berkun: “When else in history has a BMW, a Rolex, a Four Seasons, successfully transitioned into a Honda, a Timex, or a Holiday Inn? It’s rare. When high-end brands go mass market, they rarely get it right. But Apple made the transition in a handful of years without anyone even noticing.”