“But will entrepreneurs, the lifeblood of the Valley, still come if the money’s drying up? “If anything,” Thiel says, “we’ll have a lot more talented people going into things like real engineering, as opposed to financial engineering.””—Peter Thiel - The view from the Valley - Sep. 30, 2008
But there is one problem and it’s not the fault of JoeLaz’s script which is purely intended to capture and present data from Last.fm. And it does that very well and presents it beautifully.
The thing is that I’m listening to a lot of music outside of the stuff that Last.fm captures. Right now last.fm captures my listening habbits from last.fm of course, plus songs in my itunes library and the hype machine. That’s it.
But i also listen to rhapsody a lot. Especially this week. And i listen to my sonos like crazy.
And i’m enjoying 8tracks more and more. None of those are autoscroblling to last.fm
Maybe we need a new service to emerge that keeps track of all of this and then does great stuff with it.
Because i know for sure that Coldplay wasn’t one of my top 5 artists last week.
“You like to pretend like the war started in 2007 — you talk about the surge. The war started in 2003,” Mr. Obama said. “At the time, when the war started, you said it was going to be quick and easy. You said we knew where the weapons of mass destruction were. You were wrong. You said that we were going to be greeted as liberators. You were wrong.”—Candidates Clash on the Economy and Iraq in the Debate - New York Times
This song is from the album “The Soft Bulletin”. It’s about 10 years old or so. Maybe because it’s a rainy day, maybe because of the market, maybe because I just wan’t thrilled with the debate last night, I really don’t know.
I went to bed thinking about the debate last night. Here’s what I thought:
(disclosure: i’m a democrat and voting for Obama)
1. At times Obama looked out of sorts and unsettled. He said the words “McCain is right” way too many times. His closing remarks seemed weak. He looked tired.
2. McCain on the other hand came out fighting. He was fast and loose with the facts but he delivered them with certainty and without skipping a beat. I bet if you read the transcript of the debate you would have sworn it was President Bush (except for the references to Maverick & Ms. Congeniality)
3. The debate in many ways reminded me of the Gore vs Bush debate. Everyone had high expectations for Gore and super low expectations for Bush. Since Bush held his own he scored big with the public. Even though I thought Obama did a better job, I think McCain exceeded some expectations.
4. I was surprised that Obama didn’t go after McCain on the Fanny/Freddie ties especially when McCain attacked him on earmarks. Obama’s response about $18B not being that much money was pretty bad.
5. Obama’s judgement is the issue here for me. Not his debating skills. Does he have the best judgement on issues like war, the economy, civil rights, education etc. I believe the answer is a resounding yes.
I haven’t read any of the expert opinions and I probably won’t. But I look forward to reading my friends blogs, comments, and tweets.
Oh, one more thing :)
Twitter was awesome last night. I had my laptop with me as we watched the debate and Twitter Election 2008. I learned a lot, laughed a lot and shook my head a lot at all of the various twitter updates. It was just fantastic.
“We have a number, $700 billion, that is just barfed up. It is jammed down our throats by the yutz’s who pulled the number out of their asses thinking that America can be pushed around if there is panic (why not, it’s worked since 9/11).”—my friend Howard Lindzon
For anyone using Twitter and Twitter Search these days it’s hard not to notice the activity around events.
Whether it’s during the G1 announcement, playoff games, the WWDC or political events like the RNC or DNC.
Those events trigger a heavy use of Twitter.
Last night the team at Twitter launched a special page at election.twitter.com. The idea is to display trending topics about the election as well as a filter of all Twitter updates in real time for the various candidates. Jack Dorsey the ceo of Twitter sums it all up the best with this tweet.
I’m really excited about this. Twitter & democracy in action!
You got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em, Know when to walk away and know when to run. You never count your money when youre sittin at the table. Therell be time enough for countin when the dealings done.
I am excited about the G1. And I’m really happy for my friends Andy Rubin and Rich Miner who were the founders of Android which Google acquired several years ago. Andy and I worked together at WebTV. It’s been a long road and a lot of work and sweat for those guys.
After reading a bunch of the reviews last night, here are my quick thoughts about Android:
1. Android is the right long term approach. The whole world is going to open and Android is determined to open up the last closed network. Lots of folks have talked a big game about open but Google is really doing it. Apple is sort of open and as Peter Semmelhack tells me time and time again, you can’t be sort of open if you are trying to provide an open system.
2. I use the browser on my iphone every day, multiple times a day. It doesn’t matter if I’m on Edge, 3g or WiFi. It’s a part of my daily life. It wasn’t like that in my pre-iphone days. the browser on the blackberry is just awful imho. I think over time Google is going to have a better “browser” on their platform than Apple. That is my guess. As they say, “Google was born on the internet” and that is a big difference.
3. The lack of MS Exchange support out of the box is a buzzkill for me. My office is dependent on MS Exchange. Most of my colleagues use a blackberry and the combination with MS Exchange works really well (understatement) for messaging, scheduling, etc. Using a G1 as my primary device won’t work until Exchange sync is available and I’m not holding my breath
4. Andy Rubin’s prior company Danger created the Sidekick which you can see helped provide some of the thinking behind the G1. The device is sophisticated the network does a lot of the heavy lifting. That approach is a winner and Andy knows how to make that work better than just about anyone.
5. Open software means that there will be all sorts of hardware supporting it. My biggest beef testing the Blackberry Bold wasn’t the physical design - it was the crappy software. A Blackberry Bold like device with Android software & services would be killer.
6. A number of people live blogged the event yesterday. Instead of going to those various blogs I just used Twitter Search and was able to see real time tweets about the G1. Amazing.
7. while I’m getting used to the iphone keyboard, the keyboard on the G1 is seductive.
8. The apps on Android should be better than iPhone. They can run in the background so you can run multiple apps at once.
“For years now, they’ve told us that we can’t afford—that the government providing healthcare to all people is just unimaginable; it can’t be done. We don’t have the money to rebuild our infrastructure. We don’t have the money to wipe out poverty. We can’t do it. But all of a sudden, yeah, we do have $700 billion for a bailout of Wall Street.”—Sen. Bernie Sanders on Democracy Now! (via glueslabs) (via toldorknown) (via tedr) (via rafer)
This song is a bit dark, deep and lonely. I’m not feeling that way at all, but I’m posting it anyway. It’s just good to remember and appreciate your real friends that care about you no matter what. I am grateful.
Oh, and plus, I just love The Who. The bass line in this song rocks :)
Blogrolls are fairly common these days. They show the readers of your blog who you read or respect.
I am always flattered and grateful when I happen to see my name on someones blogroll.
My favorite part about Tumblr besides the simplicity is the social element. It’s not just a publishing platform for me. Its a vibrant community and I’m meeting and making great friends in this community all the time. And if you are active on Tumblr then I would bet you are too.
That’s why I like the tumbleroll which you can see on the right sidebar of this site.
It’s like a blogroll I guess but it shows off who I am actually following on Tumblr. These folks show up every day in my Tumblr Dashboard.
Read the whole story but I’ll leave you with the last line of the article which I agreed with:
"The pessimistic assumption that new technologies will somehow make our lives worse may be a function of occupation or training. Paul Saffo, the futurist, says he could divide the technology world into two kinds of people: engineers and natural scientists. He says the world outlook of the engineer is by nature optimistic. Every problem can be solved if you have the right tools and enough time and you pose the correct questions. Other people, who can be just as scientific, see the natural order of the world in terms of entropy, decline and death."
“I’m waiting for the day when labels deliver something that the public couldn’t foresee. Like Apple’s Genius Sidebar. When do the labels come up with something that wows us instead of hamstrings us? Ineffectively.”—Lefsetz Letter
Cable companies have been doing a lot of things over the past 10 years as they made the switch to digital to make sure that they don’t become a “dumb pipe”. Thats a phrase you will hear over and over again if you have spent any time talking to any MSOs.
The telcos have been investing big time as well and want to make sure they also don’t become a “dumb pipe”. One bit of humor is that the “dumb pipe” description is really in reference to the POTS business and common carrier but that is for another post.
Cable companies and telcos investments are delivering all sorts of new products. It’s easy to make fun of these companies at times but we are getting better products & services. Faster internet connectivity, telephony, VOD, HD, DVRs, packaging, bundling, you name it. They have also been buying or investing in digital channels as well as needed or warranted. All of this in an effort to stay competitive. And to avoid being the “dumb pipe”.
But, I’m afraid that really isn’t enough.
Consumers are spending more time watching Hulu, downloading video from iTunes, streaming from Amazon, YouTube, Veoh and Netflix. All of it online. And while AppleTV, Roku, MediaCenter PCs, et al may not be the ultimate internet player today, the trend is undeniable. In 5 years (or sooner) video consumption online vs broadcast is going to flip on its head. Evolution.
If I were running a major cableco or telco I would do 2 things:
1. Buy Tivo. Forget that Tivo has patents. Tivo has a retail (no subsidies), cablecard friendly DVR that offers home networking, mobile access, expandibility and streams online content. Imagine the advertising capabilities. Imagine building FirefoxTV, imagine offering a TV version of search. Imagine launching the Tivo App Store and an SDK where a thousands developers could create a zillion apps. Game changer. The alternative is for cable and telcos to continue to hash it out with their current technology & set top suppliers Motorola & Cisco (formerly Scientific Atlanta).
2. Buy a popular video site. YouTube is now in Google’s hands. So that’s out. But they could buy another popular service and deliver a bigtime consumer branded experience. Hulu is the studios & networks attempt to control distribution and go around cable and telcos. Cable and telcos need to fight back and own one of these sites. Building one from scratch is one approach or they could probably buy one which would be faster and easier.
So which one of the major telcos or cable companies will do this first and put a real stake in the ground? Some will be leaders and some will continue to hope that their current vendor relationships will help them figure it out.
I’m writing this post using a new iPhone app called Tumble. It’s free and you can get it now. So far I really like it a lot. You can’t browse the Dashboard but you can post using any data type and you can upload photos from the iPhone camera roll.
I’m also using a brilliant new iPhone app called Summizer. It’s a 3rd party app that is essentially Twitter Search. I use it to track trends and also to search @bijan. It’s like the old version of twitter track but now as an iPhone app. And I really like how it can save multiple search queries. This app isn’t free but I think it’s worth the price of admission.
Update: holy smokes, with all due respect to Tumble, I just tried to Tumblrette thanks to the tip from Jacob and it rocks! You can browse the Tumblr Dashboard and get access to other cool stuff like tags and advanced post options.
“What is it they hate? Guiliani and Palin both made it pretty clear: community organizing. Community organizing is energized from below. From the periphery. It is the direction and facilitation of mass energy towards productive and cooperative ends. It is about replacing conflict with collaboration. It is the opposite of war; it is peace.”—Douglas Rushkoff (via fred-wilson)
FireFox has been my default browser for a long time. Fellow Mac users can remember just how bad life was when we had to use IE for the Mac. It’s was like we were second class web citizens and basically a complete after thought when it came to the web.
Then we got Safari which brought speed and a great look & feel.
Yet FF remained my default browser all this time.
When Google launched Chrome there were avid supporters and plenty naysayers. The supporters give Google credit for doing something more ambitious than just another browser. The naysayers had their doubts and worries. Time will tell if Google can fullfill their Chrome vision or not.
In the meantime, what do we want from our browser?
Here’s a bunch of random thoughts about the future of the browser
-All browsers should be open source. maybe that is shy way of asking for the OS to go open source. but seems to me that this just needs to happen.
-I’ve been wondering if Google should have proxy servers for Chrome users or not. Pros’s and con’s there. Proxy servers is how/why the Danger web experience works the way it does. More stuff in the cloud making the device smaller and simpler is a good formula.
-we need better online and offline sync. storiage is only going to grow in our devices. we gotta use it better as a friend to the cloud.
-I don’t want my browser to become cluttered my various social net profile data. We need a better system for having the browser learn about me.
-anyone have stats of the Firefox extensions downloads and developers vs iphone app downloads & developers?
-here’s a funny thing about the iphone browser. My favorite web services on the iphone are actually custom apps and iphone optimized sites. Browsing sites that aren’t optimized for mobile just dont’ work great. Doesn’t matter which browser you use. Try this site on an iphone. Point it to www.bijansabet.com vs bijansabet.com/mobile. Big difference. And the iphone browser is the gold standard right now.
-Where will the best mobile browser come from in 5 years? Microsoft, Apple, Google, Firefox or some startup. I’m guessing it will come from a startup.
-Completele customization. e.g. I want to be able to take the nytimes.com and move stuff around. Cross out articles, markup articles, draw on things, save things to the cloud, rearrange items, etc.
-somehow commerce & payments needs to be swifter, simpler and faster. I use PayPal but it feels stuck. Bank Of America’s online banking service is a clunker.are we going to get frictionless mobile payments in 5 years that works everywhere?
-this cnet article from 2003 is interesting to me. basically they wrote off the browser years ago. That was the time when MSFT “won” the browser war. How about this quote from the article:
"The message is that the Web browser isn’t designed for applications; it’s designed for documents," said Kevin Lynch, Macromedia’s chief software architect. "I think developers have done an amazing job of stretching what the browser is capable of doing. But we think there’s a need for an environment specifically designed for hosting applications."
Even though I’ve been happy with my 3g iphone it often feels like we’ve been beta testers since it came out. Apps crashed, flakey 3g connectivity, unusable address book search & frequently a sluggish keyboard. We’ve all been dealing with it.
“Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God’s plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin’s view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, “It was a task from God.””—Eve Ensler: Drill, Drill, Drill