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March 21 2015

Today in History: Co-founder of Twitter Sent First Tweet, 2006

• First wiki installation, March 1995
• Blogging term invented, April 1999
• Wikipedia opened, January 2001
• WordPress first released, May 2003
• LinkedIn launched, May 2003
• Skype launched, August 2003
• Flickr launched, February 2004
• Facebook launched, February 2004
• YouTube launched, February 2005
• Twitter first tweet, March 21, 2006
• iphone released, June 2007
• Tumblr launched, February 2007
• WhatsApp launched, February 2009
• Pinterest launched, May 2010
• iPad released, April 2010
• Instagram launched, October 2010
• Snapchat launched, July 2011
• Google+ launched to public, September 2011

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March 11 2015

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To the people moaning about the new MacBook

A little note in which I try to explain to myself and anyone willing to listen why most comments about the new MacBook are a bit, well, silly.

To the moans!

The biggest moan of them all: some are wondering why this laptop was even created in the first place*

*AND made available in gold, OMG.

People probably don’t understand the concept of ‘addressable audience’. Just because it’s not for you, it doesn’t mean it’s not good for others.

Like with the Apple Watch, the issue seems to be that there are people out there in the world who have more money to throw at Apple products than them, and it’s generating a kind of childish tantrum: if I can’t have it, or don’t think that through my limited understanding of the world it’ll actually be useful to anyone, then it must be a bad product (“glorified netbook”) and I should attack it or the people who will buy it (“fuck you money”).

We could spend hours discussing conspicuous consumption (as well as the fact that the term was coined by Veblen in the overall much poorer world of 1899). Let’s not.

Secondly, people are complaining its processor isn’t all that powerful.

People seem to forget that the big innovation is a power-hungry Retina display on a 12-inch screen that still gives you 9 hours of web browsing time.

The engineering feats required to achieve that are lost on people, as they should be. People who moan are often those who happen to know that the computer has a processor and all these other things in it. The people buying them en masse probably don’t know or don’t care, as infuriating as that might be (and it will increasingly be so).

This kind of comment usually comes from people who will dream up potential uses for the laptop that are fictitious even in their world; i.e. theywill never actually use the laptop for that purpose but are concerned about others who might want to. People’s concern for others and their use of money is really touching! Wish it would extend to other areas of life.

If they are indeed thinking of things they would like to do with it but can’t, as far as Apple is concerned there are more powerful alternatives of their own you can reach for: the MacBook Pro is at a very similar price point. If you’re into processing power, you are probably happy to sacrifice about one kilogram in exchange.

This compulsive need to cram a lot of features in seems like a symptom of not being able to afford owning products specialised in one thing, as opposed to one product with a million features.

The new MacBook is just that: immense freedom and pleasure for the man or woman who wants to do a lot of cordless web browsing and light editing, and carry around the laptop without adding significant weight to the bag carrying it. It’s must be really terrifying for some that these people with lots of money really exist.

Lastly, people are moaning about the fact that you need an adaptor — *all the time*.

You don’t really. Not at work today, not working freelance, and probably not in the future.

As far as Apple is concerned, they already have a way for you to connect your Apple device to a TV: it’s called Apple TV.

As far as they’re concerned, Magic Mouse connects to your Apple device via Bluetooth and doesn’t require a port.

As far as they’re concerned, they also have a solution to your cloud storage needs!

If you’re wondering about the USB stick, most people in the world of work have shunned it in favour of enterprise cloud storage solutions or their free-world alternatives. If they haven’t and have security issues, they are probably the kind of people who might not take issue with paying for an adaptor. I haven’t met them but I have a hunch, and so might Apple.

And — last but not least — as far as your battery is concerned, you’re not supposed to keep it plugged in all the time either.

Well, that’s it. I will end this note saying that I salute those who do understand Apple’s innovation and beliefs and see them reflected in each product: those with a smile in the mind right now.

Apple Gets Sweet Deals From Mall Operators

March 07 2015

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February 19 2015

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February 17 2015

Just because your pain is understandable, doesn’t mean your behavior is acceptable.
— Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience (via moaka)

February 10 2015

Technology & customer power

It is a very different world from that of the 20th century, and one that is moving ever more quickly in the direction of customer empowerment. Just consider for a moment the ongoing technological trends and drivers:

  • the availability of technologies (service-oriented architectures andthe like) that do away with the tyranny of siloed legacy systems;
  • the accelerating convergence of devices such as the PC, TV andmobile phone; 
  • the availability of software-as-a-service; 
  • the socially revolutionary effects of Web 2.0; 
  • new kinds of device connectivity to give access to new services (such as telematics: why shouldn’t a specially tagged undershirt recognize when a patient’s heart rate or blood pressure move out of acceptable ranges, and send a signal to the doctor?) 

Growing up with all of these technologies, the child of the internet generation has an understanding of the customer’s importance to any enterprise. Anyone born earlier has to make the conscious mental adjustment

From Creating and Delivering Your Value Proposition - Cindy Barnes, Helen Blake, David Pinder

Excerpt from Creating and Delivering Your Value Proposition - Cindy Barnes, Helen Blake, David Pinder

So much this:

Customer primacy was bubbling up in the second half of the 20th
century, when its most active supporters were not in the United States
or Europe, but in Japan. In the late 20th century, Mr Taiichi Ohno,
the genius behind the Toyota lean manufacturing system, said: ‘All we
are doing is looking at the timeline from the moment the customer
gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are
reducing that timeline by removing the non-value-added wastes.’4
A huge amount of wisdom is packed into those few words. It’s what
enabled Toyota to achieve customer focus and, in 2007, to become the
world’s No. 1 automotive manufacturer.
But, if you have been brought up in a Western-style consumer
society, you may not have thought through the reality or implications
of client/customer ascendancy. That is not meant in a critical sense. 12 Creating and delivering your value proposition
It’s just that you may well automatically accept the old client/customer
proposition that has now passed its sell-by date. Yes, you may
understand that information and communications technology has
enabled globalization, so that competitors are able to strike from
anywhere in the world, and quickly produce me-too offerings. Yes,
you may understand that the old sources of industrial strength have
evaporated. Yes, you may recognize that new technologies and new
competition have handed power to clients/customers, giving them
greater choice and the ability to exercise that choice. Yes, you may
accept that all of this has altered, and continues to alter, our world
in astonishing ways. But the old beat-up-on-the-customer model is
so embedded in our cultures and our mental models that mentally
and emotionally you still may not have taken on board the absolute
outcome of these shifts.”

February 05 2015

Facing the truth – that the world visits violence and poverty and discrimination upon people capriciously, with little regard for what they’ve done to deserve it – is much scarier. Because, if there’s no good explanation for why any specific person is suffering, it’s far harder to escape the frightening conclusion that it could easily be you next.
Believing that life is fair makes you a terrible person | Oliver Burkeman | Comment is free | The Guardian

February 04 2015

I was struck by how the descriptions of psychedelic journeys differed from the typical accounts of dreams. For one thing, most people’s recall of their journey is not just vivid but comprehensive, the narratives they reconstruct seamless and fully accessible, even years later. They don’t regard these narratives as “just a dream,” the evanescent products of fantasy or wish fulfillment, but, rather, as genuine and sturdy experiences. This is the “noetic” quality that students of mysticism often describe: the unmistakable sense that whatever has been learned or witnessed has the authority and the durability of objective truth. “You don’t get that on other drugs,” as Roland Griffiths points out; after the fact, we’re fully aware of, and often embarrassed by, the inauthenticity of the drug experience.
The Trip Treatment - The New Yorker
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