Microsoft Proving Everyone Wrong

The com­mon belief was that Microsoft had a solid going con­cern busi­ness. Win­dows and Office fran­chises, while seem­ingly declin­ing, would remain pow­er­ful fran­chises keep­ing the com­pany alive for a long time to come. They had plenty of wig­gle room to exper­i­ment, fail, and recover. To fig­ure out how to execute.

Now, the only thing I can imag­ine is that they’re try­ing to prove every­one wrong about how quickly they can fail.

First a risky reor­ga­ni­za­tion. Then, Mr. Ballmer “steps down”. Now, Nokia?

This should be interesting.

Of course, not as inter­est­ing as my stock com­par­i­son between Microsoft & Apple.


The Things my iPhone has Replaced

Watch­ing help­lessly as the movers do their thing. I tried help­ing, they laughed and told me to sit down.

Ear­lier this week I had to fax some­thing (aren’t land­lords hip?). Down­loaded an app, and away I faxed.

The other day I saw some Cap­tain Obvi­ous at, I think Bar­clays, write some­thing about how phones are replac­ing cam­eras (uh, Kodak fell off the planet years ago). So the topic of mobile phones replac­ing other things has been on my mind.

Here are all the things my phone has replaced (or pre­vented me from needing):

    1. home phone
    2. news­pa­per
    3. alarm clock
    4. wrist watch
    5. auto GPS
    6. pay phones
    7. paper diary
    8. cam­era
    9. many books
    10. heavy brief­case full of files
    11. radio/iPod
    12. video cam­era
    13. audio recorder
    14. fax machine
    15. scan­ner
    16. pocket sub­way maps, includ­ing for places I travel
    17. bunch of mem­ber­ship cards, like Star­bucks, United, and Marriott

Just think. Before smart­phones there where whole economies around these things.

IT Idiocracy, Part I

A major com­plaint by IT against Apple is that Apple doesn’t share long-term roadmaps so busi­nesses can’t plan or man­age risk.

RIM, a com­pany closely tied to busi­nesses is in free-fall. Take a look at their 5-year plan, and based on their migra­tion to QNX (their exe­cu­tion to plan over the last 12 – 18 months), you can’t trust a thing they’re say­ing. The Play­book was a dis­as­ter, and now their new oper­at­ing sys­tem is pushed until late next year.

How are com­pa­nies react­ing? Are they react­ing? I’ve not heard any­thing, though I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily be in the know.

How good has RIM’s 5 year plan served IT at large corporations?

How are com­pa­nies mit­i­gat­ing the risk that RIM won’t be around in 5 years, which is cer­tainly in the real of pos­si­bil­ity at this point?

So, basi­cally IT gets their col­lec­tive panties in a bunch, mak­ing it a require­ment to have a 5-year plan, and do all sort of inter­nal plan­ning around it. When the 5-year plan is totally off the rails (I mean, RIM’s not even in sight of the freak­ing rail-yard at this point!), what? No col­lec­tive cor­po­rate response? What was the pur­pose of the 5-year plan in the first place? All that plan­ning? Were you just bored? Killing time? Ven­dor bash­ing? What?

Where’s the accountability?

Oh yeah, I labeled this “part I” because I’ve got a few obser­va­tions about IT idiocy (that I hear from friends and oth­ers, not nec­es­sar­ily based on my personal/current expe­ri­ence) in my head that I’m try­ing to fig­ure out how to share constructively.

What’s Going On At Google News?

OK, so by now it’s pretty well estab­lished that I nit-pick things, have an acute sense of obser­va­tion, and a big enough mouth to broad­cast my aston­ish­ment at the funny things I notice around me. I’m learn­ing how to be more pos­i­tive and keep my mouth shut more… but I just couldn’t pass this one up.

Was look­ing at Google News to see what’s going on up in Mass­a­chu­setts for the spe­cial elec­tion, and I noticed that a sec­tion on Israel and the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity had a weird side photo:

I’m pretty sure they didn’t want that pic­ture of the ten­nis player in there!

OK, curi­ous, but not really inter­est­ing… until I saw the arti­cle sec­tion on the elec­tion. Now, that’s a funny photo!

A lit­tle sex­ist, no?

So, what’s the deal? Now, I’m won­der­ing how Google comes up with the pho­tos that show up, and if someone’s hav­ing a good time at their expense.