October 29, 2006
October 23, 2006
New York Times runs a nice article today on why things like Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Netscape and so forth only happen in the Valley. It´s the unique mix of great science & technology + entrepreunership + (venture) money packed in a very small area that counts.
Lesson to be learned: Dont´t be a fool trying to copy them, find your own model to start a high-tech company. Behold of your economics and geographical constraints.
October 22, 2006
Not long ago, in last August 24th to be precise, the Economist cover announced the end of the Newspaper, “Who killed the Newspaper?” was their question. They argued that in a few decades most of the newspapers of the world would just vanish, as the web take over and the advertisement money flee to Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and the long tail of blogs, on-line games and social network sites. Still a few newspapers would manage to survive, but those few would have to reinvent themselves bla bla bla.
Well, if all will end up on the web, then some newspapers can indeed still manage to survive. But will they be really newspapers, or some other new category of media, merging it all? Look around the web, New York Times and CNN, what are the differences of these sites? Both have multimedia content, text, blogs, news rankings and everything media convergence made possible. Can you really say which one is a television network and which is a traditional thick newspaper?
I did not think so.
So more to the point, what should old and tired newspapers media moguls be doing to save their prrrrrrrrecious small decadent empires? Here my advice (it is free, so do not take it very seriously):
(1) Hire real smart people that understand the ways news are published on the brave-not-so-new Internet: web user interface experts, database engineers, AJAX masters.
(2) Let these guys experiment, benchmark and ask them a deployment plan.
(3) Find a way to sustain the project: Google addwords and addsense is a good start, but you should push your smart girls and boys to devise other great things.
(4) Go slowly, ask the readers their opinion and improve incrementally.
(5) Repeat the steps 2-5. Yes, that’s an infinite loop.
Ps: now and then you´ll probably also have to perform the first step again; bright people tend to get restless on a single job.
October 16, 2006
From the Book “Slow man” by J.M. Coetzee
´After that? After Sunday? I am not sure there will be any more, after Sunday. Sunday may well mark the last of your dealings with the Jokics, Mrs Jokic included. Of Mrs Jokic nothing alas but memories will reamin to you. Of her supple calves. Of the splendid line of her bust. Of her charming malapropisms. Fond memories, shaded with regret, which will fade with the passage of time, as memories tend to do. Time, the great healer.´
October 15, 2006
French Nouvelle Vague is pretty much a cover band that does a great job recording songs from what it seems a total random selection: Dead Kennedy´s, Madonna, Joy Division and more. My favorite clips are Eisbär (on the global warming) and Dance with me. If you like cool/slow music with a sixties touch you are going to love it.
October 11, 2006
All those domains are taken: itube.com, hetube.com, hetubes.com, shetubes.com, ittube.com, wetube.com, theytube.com. Some are of course for sale. I bet you can get a much better price than Google did.
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Meanwhile : Microsoft has acquired yet another company. Nobody seemed to care…
October 11, 2006
Last night Google released Google docs, which has a totally google look and very few left from former Writely (that they acquired a few months ago). They also merged the Spreadsheets within the same interface, so the plan of a web alternative for Microsoft Office is on the make. I have been using Spredasheets for managing personal finance and it works just fine. For the corporate realm though, it is a long way to go. But again, Google is pretty much an end-user-oriented company.
As for YouTube aquisition, I just copy and paste the opinion of Yu, I found in Blogoscope, very down to earth:
“Also google seems to have been fooled with the whole ‘wow they remind me of the ambitions of google a few years ago’. And thats always dangerous.”
October 10, 2006
This is lucid.
” A happier life calls for a little grasshopper with your ant.” , from the New York Times today.