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Tom Meny – I’ll Follow You Into The Dark

I have no idea who Tom Meny but I’m enjoying this cover on this rainy friday. Original by DCFC. Discovered it on the hype machine. 

Is it just me or has iOS become quite buggy?

I have been a loyal iphone user since the beginning. 

I bought the very first one after standing in line forever with @nabeel

Then I bought the next one and the next one after that. And I bought the iphone4 this year. And I love this phone. 

But it feels like iOS is getting heavy and buggy.  Apps crash or do strange things. Even native apps. The mail app crashes on me once a week. Sometimes I goto the calender and everything on my daily schedule is gone. I catch my breath and advance to the next day and then come back and it’s all back again. 

I find myself getting into rituals like powering cycling my phone every morning just because…

I remember getting so frustrated with the orignial iphone because I couldn’t copy/paste and there wasn’t any way to search the address book or install 3rd party apps. but that phone and that OS was rock solid.

Is it just me?

(photo via flickr)

The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal.

Max Levchin, PayPal cofounder: FailCon: Failing Forward To Success : NPR

(saw this inspiring quote on my friend @nabeel’s facebook profile. can’t link to it but I’ll leave that topic for another day)


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Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – Wedding Day in Funeralville

I was going to hold out until cover day friday but I just can’t wait. From the John Prine tribute album which came out this summer.

If you like gadgets

Two of our portfolio companies made recent announcements that I thought I’d share.

Boxee Box

Boxee is a free application that you can download to your PC or Mac and brings the full internet experience – video, audio and photos to your television. And you can control the experience with a simple remote control or iPhone or iPod Touch.

Yesterday, Boxee along with one of their partners d-link, announced the ability to pre-order the Boxee Box on Amazon. The Boxee box is a very simple and tiny device that is the easiest way to bring the Boxee experience to your big screen. And it comes with an awesome remote. i’m loving that it’s already #6 on Amazon’s best seller page under electronics.

Gdgt Party in Boston

Gdgt is a growing platform and community about all things gadgets. Whether you are a gadget lover (like me) or if you just getting started along your gadget journey. It’s a great place to check out reviews, specs and ask questions.

Ryan block and Peter Rojas and the gdgt team are throwing a party/meet up in Boston on Sept 22nd. They will be showing off the latest gadgets as well as giving away some cool stuff. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s open to everyone and free. I hope you can make it.

May I help you? No thanks, just looking.

This happens all the time in physical stores.

Walk into a store and someone will kindly ask you? “May I help you?”

Sometimes the answer is yes because you have something in mind. but often it can be a simple, “no thanks, just looking” because you are in browse and discovery mode

I don’t know about you but the latter experience hasn’t made it over the web yet. To me, online stores are about transactions and some do it much better than others. It’s really about putting stuff in your cart and then buying it.

Now before you end up making a purchase decision, there are a lot of great web services that help us make better and more informed on the front end – price comparison, user reviews, etc. Thankfully these have all become much better and no doubt that will continue.

But i’m looking for something that replaces the simple and act of “just looking”.

That “just looking” thing is very important and useful. It’s a big reason why buying stumbling on a cool thing in a store rarely happens online.

In the past, i’ve seen folks try to take a 3d and virtual world approach to the discovery part of the shopping experience. Those never took off. Far too complicated and replaced utility with eye candy.

Someone’s is going to nail this. It’s a big opportunity.