Before this, in the blogging age, there was a weight given to prose pieces, and Facebook and Google preserve some of this, but the expressiveness of HTML through linking, quoting, using images inline, changing font weight and so on, is filtered out by the crude editing tools they make available. —infographic plague
It was fascinating to see them all get cell phones. First they declared them unnecessary. But then they became addicted. I think my mother’s generation depends on mobile phones more than we do, if for no other reason than they’re not that mobile. —my mother wants an iPhone
As of November 27, 2009, Call Of Duty games had sold 55 million copies for $3 billion in revenue [since being released in 2003]. —Wikipedia
“Don’t expect them to stay with you 15 or 20 or 30 years…That’s not going to happen,” Mok says. “They will stay with you as long as they see certain things, including personal growth or personal value enhancement, whether that’s financial reward or career aspirations. But only think about being able to retain them for two or three years. If nothing happens, they will leave after their first year of employment.” —The CIO’s lament: 20-something techies who quit after 1 year
And don’t miss the Hacker News rejoinder:
Maybe in a different era it would make sense for a developer to be loyal to the company she works for. But we don’t live in that world anymore. Management has done its damnedest to commodify labor and has more or less succeeded. So, let’s be commodities! But if management wants to burn us like oil, they should expect to pay the market rate for it.
Apps, formerly called software or programs, are driving platforms these days. Apps, wrapped into a convenient delivery package, are the magic that Apple and Google learned to use to surround their operating systems with amazing user experiences that transcend the idea of a traditional operating system.
I really like the sentiments represented by this scene – the leisurely slowness of taking breakfast with a book contrasted by the stacked plastic chairs outside a convenience store. But, most of all, I like her posture, her attitude.
My lessons from 2011 – start with small experiments, learn from their outcomes and continuously improve over time.
Over 120 years later, Jicky is still being sold, making it the oldest fragrance in continuous production.
It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached a point in the markets where having a long-term view means having an opinion on what will happen in the next 6-12 months.
“Lots of analysts rely on connections and it is usually that what they are doing is gathering information and not doing any analysis,” he said. “I don’t have any such inside connections. What I have is Internet as my connection as it is more valuable to me than those special connections.”
Ultimately the freemium model is a strategy that increases the catchment of leads as a result of using your product as the primary marketing vehicle through which you deliver a funnel to. Take care to structure your website so that every aspect of the content you are creating is designed to deliver a site visitor into a product experience or isolate them for followup through a traditional enterprise sales process.
For me the mechanics of a freemium business are some of the most interesting to be involved with in a modern software as a service company. The implications of billing and provisioning system dynamics, how you structure your website content, surface funnel analytics, build upselling cues into your application, and manage high volume sales nurturing processes are incredibly complex but increasingly normal for the B2C and even B2B markets.
We’re back from a trip to The Netherlands and Belgium. I’ve got all the photos I took (and some I stole from Kim), but here’s a first batch of a selection of them, working backwards chronologically.
See more in the full set, and Kim will have a whole lot more some day (and not just of weird and casual stuff, like I tend to post).
This is a little "home archeology." Our relatively young home was built in 1949 and under the large kitchen add-on we have, there’s (at least) two structures: an old porch that was left there stupidly as a support beam and the remnants of an early kitchen floor – two or three levels of it! This tile is from one of those kitchen floor layers.
When we redid the support under our kitchen we found pieces of this tile. I found these outside the side kitchen door the other day, some how having migrated to there.
From a 2007 interview:
In the 20th century, we were focused mostly on the practical, utilitarian side of design, and later we were driven by technological advancements, marketing and business plans. In the 21st century, instead of design just fulfilling the basic needs, doing certain things or resolving particular problems, people will seek deeper, greater and longer lasting product experiences. nonobject benefits from not being constrained, as compared to design practice today, which benefits from being constrained.
Think of that pleasurable, tactile feel of the iPhone, or the way you want your Moleskine with you, or whatever objects you like to keep around you and on your person all the time.
Having enjoyed the benefits of their own empire for the last 50 years and pocketed tax cuts during the Iraq war, the 21st-century Tea Party movement is now grumbling about paying for power.
You get what you pay for.