November 29, 2008
Some lovely chocolate chipping this holiday.
Pascale is doing some nodding
Seems like a new thing to me this week. Some nods yes and some shakes no. Not quite 100% clear, but pretty indicative as answers to questions. Good going, Pascale!
Pascale and Chetan
November 28, 2008
Pascale since summer
Pascale has been in many pictures since summer, and here they are.
November 26, 2008
Blackberry's disastrous Storm
It obviously wasn't ready -- delayed and delayed to days before Black Friday. Smells bad. Like fear. And then....these reviews have been really ruff.
My favorite: When I try to enter my Gmail address, the Storm’s camera starts up unexpectedly, turning the screen into a viewfinder — even though the keyboard still fills half the screen. (R.I.M. executives steadfastly refused to acknowledge any bugs. I even sent them videos of the Storm’s goofball glitches, but they offered only stony phone silence.)
November 25, 2008
Green, so long
1. Meeting last night of entrepreneurs -- "green is a waste of time -- too risky"
2. Today Constellation Energy killed their demand response unit
3. Front page of NYT: Green is dying as energy costs fall
November 23, 2008
In the tank?
Brooks raving. (Almost as much as Wired for Peek...:)
Believe me, I’m trying not to join in the vast, heaving O-phoria now sweeping the coastal haute bourgeoisie. But the personnel decisions have been superb. The events of the past two weeks should be reassuring to anybody who feared that Obama would veer to the left or would suffer self-inflicted wounds because of his inexperience. He’s off to a start that nearly justifies the hype.
November 21, 2008
Pascale, and of course Morrissey
Peek on Live! With Regis and Kelly
Content over the phone
I love how low tech and high availability this product is. Call it. And listen to the radio program of your choice.
DVD sales down. Consumers vanishing!
Where are those consumer?
The independent tracking service Nielsen VideoScan paints a bleaker picture, reporting a 9 percent drop in overall DVD sales during the third quarter alone and a 22 percent decline in sales of higher-priced new titles
November 17, 2008
Wonderful movie! I have a soft spot for these epic desi films -- including the non-desi Darjeeling Limited, and the very desi The Namesake or Monsoon Wedding. And so forth.
But this Slumdog movie was terrific tonight!
November 16, 2008
Volume on the Apple App Store
November 15, 2008
Weekly Youtube address??
This is unbelievable. ChangeDotGov "the brand" is publishing weekly youtube addresses from Obama. It's really amazing and makes total sense; but I thought it was a total fake when I first saw it.
Cool sounding selections for FCC
Utilities! Welcome your regulators.
[I]n a final statement that's likely to send shivers down the spines of telecom company executives, she [Crawford] said that she believes internet access is a "utility."
November 14, 2008
What a month it's been for Peek!
November 12, 2008
USA Today: Peek is easier to use than iPhone
Tech gadgets fall into two categories: "Because-we-can" gizmos loaded with a battalion of features, or dirt-simple ones that do just one or two things well.
The Peek e-mail device I've been testing marches in the latter camp. It's refreshingly uncomplicated.
Peek is aimed at consumers who want to read e-mail or write new ones using a tiny Qwerty-style keyboard from anywhere, but who have stayed away from smartphones because they're too complicated or costly....
Pascale counts to 10!
Paz counted to 10 today!
One, two, three... you get the idea.
Games on phones
Some key numbers missing in this article, like: how much revenue to date for games on iPhone?
Overall, very little apparently -- $10 million maybe?
But only 3% growth in iPod revenues last quarter, a more efficient distribution channel for game makers (faster, cheaper), and a community of makers that are focusing only on the iPhone...suggests opportunity.
Of course, PCs didn't kill consoles, and portables didn't kill either of those. But games can be a category on any platform.
November 11, 2008
The end of the southern strategy
The Republicans are headed for "Southern Democrat" status.
Less than a third of Southern whites voted for Mr. Obama, compared with 43 percent of whites nationally. By leaving the mainstream so decisively, the Deep South and Appalachia will no longer be able to dictate that winning Democrats have Southern accents or adhere to conservative policies on issues like welfare and tax policy, experts say.
That could spell the end of the so-called Southern strategy, the doctrine that took shape under President Richard M. Nixon in which national elections were won by co-opting Southern whites on racial issues. And the Southernization of American politics — which reached its apogee in the 1990s when many Congressional leaders and President Bill Clinton were from the South — appears to have ended.
“I think that’s absolutely over,” said Thomas Schaller, a political scientist who argued prophetically that the Democrats could win national elections without the South.
The Republicans, meanwhile, have “become a Southernized party,” said Mr. Schaller, who teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “They have completely marginalized themselves to a mostly regional party,” he said, pointing out that nearly half of the current Republican House delegation is now Southern.
Mac vs Windows
By age segment, is the battle so lopsided?
November 8, 2008
People I like in politics
Now that the big O has won, I have to confess I think he's great. Since there's all this 'team of rivals' and 'I will listen to you especially if we disagree' stuff going around, here are some people I think Obama should involve centrally. I think now is the time for dream team stuff, not during the campaign.
From the Democratic wing of the Democratic party, of course:
- Rahm Emanuel is a killer choice
- Schumer should be a point man in Senate
From the rivals:
- Hillary would be an interesting choice to hand the health care reform to get it done 2008-style
- McCain - try to make him an ally on tax cuts?
- Richardson needs a job like State? Though State could be a good one to give a republican
- Defense would be a good spot for a Clintonite like Wes Clark? Or are we talking progressive types here?
On the other side:
- Jindal - is there a big job he could be offered? It would be a get b/c it would further slay the conservative comeback hopes
- Powell - make him a special advisor to the president or something like that -- no specific job
November 7, 2008
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November 2, 2008
Peek sale at Target. This week only