Monthly Archives: September 2011

The New World

The EyeSeth Godin: “Job creation is a false idol. The future is about gigs and assets and art and an ever-shifting series of partnerships and projects. It will change the fabric of our society along the way. No one is demanding that we like the change, but the sooner we see it and set out to become an irreplaceable linchpin, the faster the pain will fade, as we get down to the work that needs to be (and now can be) done.”

This makes me go hmmmmmm. A lot of what I’ve been feeling for the last three years revolves around this very idea. I’ve been too afraid to pull the trigger. Maybe some day I’ll be forced into doing it?

Amazon to buy Palm?

VentureBeat: “Who will save what’s left of Palm from HP’s bumbling? It could be Amazon, as the online retailing giant is in serious negotiations to snap up Palm from HP, VentureBeat has learned.”

That would be awesome beyond belief. It’s obvious based on their moves with the Kindle Fire Amazon doesn’t want to be beholden to an OS vendor. This could be a great move for them and the entire webOS loving world.

Oh please, oh please, oh please, click buy!

Kindle Fire

Yesterday Amazon announced its long awaited 7″ multi-touch tablet, dubbed the Kindle Fire. If you’re into computing you probably heard about it. I haven’t held the device, much less used one, but I think Amazon has hit a home run. I predict this will become the second most popular tablet device on the market in short order. I’m not sure what their current Kindle sales numbers look like, but Amazon will push this device hard around the holidays. They’ll sell.

Why they’ll sell

People like my wife is why they’ll sell. She’s had a Kindle for at least three years now and loves it. She has a large library of books in her Amazon library, she’d like to have a tablet, and, here’s the crazy one, she likes to play Flash based games on Facebook. That’s right Flash. The Kindle Fire, according to the website, “Supports Adobe® Flash® Player.” That means she can play all those games she likes. The Fire is also a media player. You can listen to your music library and watch movies. Hey, if you’re an Amazon Prime member you can stream movies and T.V. shows for free from their library of over 10,000 titles. Not bad. Oh, and you get all this for $199.00.

$199.00?

Can you believe that price? I can’t. I figured it would come in around $350 to $400. Amazon has just taken over the low end of the tablet market with, what appears to be, a great device. This brand new, ready to be fully supported by Amazon, device is priced only $50 above the TouchPad that HP is abandoning. Unbelievable, and unbeatable, price.

Kindle Fire

What about the software?

Do people care about the operating system? Well, sure, some of us do. There are those of us that care deeply about the operating system. Some will say Amazon doesn’t care, others will completely disagree. I think Amazon does care about the OS, that’s why they played the ole sneakaroo with Google. It’s rumored they took a cut of Android, prior to Honeycomb, to use as their new tablet OS. I’d say it was genius. Not only will the Fire become the second most popular tablet device, it will become the top Android powered device, much to the chagrin of Google. I don’t think Amazon really cares that deeply about Android, but they needed an OS for their new device. It was a means to an end. They’ve equipped the Fire with a great set of software pre-installed and they have their own App Store with fully vetted applications. That’s important. They’re building a safe ecosystem for their users and creating an OS to build their future on. For Amazon, it’s all about the user experience.

I think things are going to get very interesting in the tablet space.

Kindle Fire

Movie line of the week

Watchin' it on the big screen!Good morning movie liners. I really struggled to come up with a line today. It’s been a while since that happened. Here’s the line, good luck!

Alright! You, sir? How about a shave? Come and visit your good friend Sweeney! You sir! Too, sir. Welcome to the grave… I will have vengeance. I will have salvation… Who, sir? You sir! No one’s in the chair. Come on, come on! Sweeney’s waiting.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

Collapse in Boston

Boston Herald: “The Red Sox had a chance to force a one-game playoff in Tampa today regardless of the Rays’ fireworks, but they managed to screw that up in appropriately pitiful fashion, blowing a 3-2 lead in the ninth, in part because shortstop Marco Scutaro inexplicably stopped running a la Luis Aparicio in 1972, and then with finality when closer Jonathan Papelbon [stats] couldn’t protect a 3-2 lead in the ninth.”

Washington Post: “These days, there’s no boatman in a dark cowl to take you over to the other side where the souls who wail for eternity are found. They’ve got an elevator now. Just push the “down” button. Don’t worry; you can’t go too low. Pick any rung. Mr. Dante has fine punishments arranged at every level. New rules: No more eternal damnation. They let you out next opening day to try again. Excuses, fine, they’re permitted, too. But for now: Go to hell.”

In their final month of baseball the Boston Red Sox went 7-20, and failed to make the playoffs. Unbelievable. At one point they looked unbeatable, absolutely unbeatable, then this.

I’m glad I’m not a Red Sox fan.

No Gadget Holidays

Gadgets and gizmos are fun, I have to admit that. I’m hopelessly addicted to my iPhone and Twitter, there’s no denying it. So why does that need explaining?

I like to visit

Our family has always tried to get together for the holidays, especially Christmas, and over the past few years we’ve hosted Thanksgiving. I love the holidays! It’s a time for family and friends to get together and make merry. A big part of what makes it so special is sitting around talking about random stuff. The stuff that goes on in our day to day lives, the stuff that makes life what it is.

With the introduction of smartphones and tablet devices it’s way too easy to “feel bored”, have that desire to check your tweet stream, post a quick picture to Facebook, or send a text to your friend. Not this year.

You Grinch!

I really hope our family doesn’t feel that way. I know our daughters may have an issue with it, tough. This is about family, no just about you or me, it’s about the collective Fahrni clan.

I can’t make people abide by this rule, I can only hope they will because we’re actually going to ask folks to agree to do this. Kim, my wife, will have a special basket set aside to collect devices as you enter our home, or you can leave it in the car. We really hope folks will agree to this so we can have some much needed, and desired, uninterrupted time to visit. Yes, we love you that much!

It’s all about the people in the room. The wider audience can wait a few hours while we enjoy the company of each other.

P.S. – Old school technology, like a standalone camera is encouraged. (no, not the one on your phone or tablet, but nice try!)

New Facebook? Sounds like a Weblog.

ArrrrrrBrian Solis: “Timeline is a new kind of profile, one that lets people tell their story in a visually-rich and artistic fashion. In addition to aesthetics, Timeline is essentially a social home page for all that moves you, from media to experiences to people. The biggest difference you’ll notice is presentation. Starting with the substantial image that you choose to depict your persona, the new format essentially turns your profile into a Flipboard-esque (magazine) pictorial rich with updates, content, and connections…all designed to tell your story, your way. Don’t be confused by the name however, Timeline is much more than that, it’s essentially a storyboard for your digital and real life as told by what you share and what others share with you.”

“Timeline is the story of your life,” said Mark Zuckerberg “All your stories, all your apps, express who you are.”

It sounds just like a weblog, imagine that? I don’t need a siloed service to provide that. I already have it, I have a weblog.

If you care about your content, you should publish it yourself, you don’t need Facebook as much as they’d like you to think that. Use Facebook as a connector, drive traffic back to your weblog and your content. It is your content, right?

The Facebook Fool

The FoolNumair Faraz: “If you are entrusting your life data to Facebook, or if you are depending on Facebook and its platform for your livelihood, beware. In the real Facebook world, there is no trust, and there is no friendship — there is only money and power. Think really hard — really, think — before trusting Facebook or its employees with anything. Don’t be a Facebook fool.”

Walled gardens and all.

Just a little dramatic

A wonderful boquet of flowers.Joe Hewitt: “The Web will be just another app that you use when you want to find some information, like Wikipedia, but it will no longer be your primary window. The Web will no longer be the place for social networks, games, forums, photo sharing, music players, video players, word processors, calendaring, or anything interactive. Newspapers and blogs will be replaced by Facebook and Twitter and you will access them only through native apps. HTTP will live on as the data backbone used by native applications, but it will no longer serve those applications through HTML. Freedom of information may be restricted to whatever our information overlords see fit to feature on their App Market Stores.”

I’m mostly ok with most of what Mr. Hewitt has to say in this post. Native clients are still provide the best shot at a great User Experience, in my humble opinion. The web in all its glory is just a network, why not use it? I don’t care if the browser is my default window, why would I? It provides a lowest common denominator experience, not the best experience.

It sounds like he wants a web browser with the power of a desktop application. Why not just write desktop applications? Is it because he wants a common host? Maybe, maybe not?

It also seems like Mr. Hewitt is a glass half empty sort of fella. Most of his recent posts seem, at least to me, to be all gloom and doom. It’s not that bad, really, it’s not.