Age of Consent – Kevin Drew

I was sitting in the lobby of the Standard in NYC the other day and the original New Order version of this song came on. One of my favorites.

Home – Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros

i went to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros play last night at the Bowery. It was awesome. The band had so much fun and so did everyone in the audience.

It was a blast going to a show with so many friends – fred, joanne, bryce, mo, whitney, michael and dennis.

(this video is from a different show but you’ll get an idea of what last night was all about)

A few thoughts about the mobile world

It’s been a pretty interesting couple of weeks since Android 2.0 & the Droid came out.

I’ve been meeting with a lot of entrepreneurs, startups and hackers that are working on mobile apps and services.

Sunday night is my night to make dinner for the family so I’m in a bit of a rush (pls excuse any typos). Here’s a few things i’m thinking about in the mobile world

1. I haven’t met any developers or hackers building Palm Pre apps.

2. Developers are getting extremely frustrated with the Apple App Store (understatement). I’m hearing it can take developers 4 weeks to get an update released. That’s dysfunctional.

3. Yet at the same time the quality of iPhone apps are just getting better. I saw a number of new iPhone apps that use the relatively new in app purchase and it’s paying off big time. Google needs to add this to Android.

4. I’m pretty impressed with the Android Market. It’s fast to navigate and find what you need. A number of iPhone developers are creating Android apps. They like Google’s open app store model, all the new hardware and Android 2.0.

There is an issue with the current review system in the Android Market. Some users will say an app is “sluggish” and others will say “best app ever”. I’m finding its mostly dependent on the hardware. That’s quite confusing to users and needs to be addressed somehow.

5. If I was in charge of RIM, I would be 100% focused on getting a world class webkit browser into the Blackberry yesterday. The blackberry browser is just awful compared to the iPhone, Android or Palm Pre.

6. I’ve been thinking a ton about Joe Hewitt’s latest post about mobile apps vs the mobile web.

7. A number of VCs don’t like the mobile world. They don’t like the carrier issues and some of the challenges with the lack of standards, gatekeepers and other stuff. Put me in the other camp. I can’t get enough of it and I’m more excited than ever about the possibilities.

On June 7, 2005, Safari developer Dave Hyatt announced on his weblog that Apple was open sourcing WebKit (previously, only WebCore and JavaScriptCore were open source) and opening up access to WebKit’s CVS tree and Bugzilla tool. This was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2005 by Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet.

WebKit – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I give Apple a hard time about their current App Store model which requires approval by Apple as the ultimate gatekeeper.

One thing often overlooked is that they open sourced webkit years ago. Webkit is the layout engine for Safari and is now being used for the PalmPre and Android’s browser.

That openness is a big deal and good for everyone.