Branding


One thing I have not seen much of in discussions of the ongoing tablet/phone wars if the issue of branding. In some ways, even with their open platform, Android is like Microsoft. I do not say this lightly, but from the standpoint of the consumer experience in shopping for phones. Most of the clients I […]

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Reading


Aside from my work, and studying that I’m doing, I try to set a little time aside each day to simply read, for pleasure’s sake. Even if only for a few minutes. Right now, I’m at the beginning of Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon Neal is an incredibly geeky and clever writer, and I can almost feel […]

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State of the SmartPhone (and Tablet)


In the last few months, the smartphone market has been substantially shaken up –  culminating most recently in Nokia’s CEO announcing a “change of direction”. This new direction is one that many smart people, especially Eric Raymond who’s consistently predicted how things will go when naysayers and business analysts have said otherwise,  are referring to […]

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Learning by Doing, part Deux.


You can study the diagrams for a valve, or motor, or computer. You can read the manuals, often written with input from people who designed the hardware in question, and trace out the concepts of what goes where, and which piece does what. But it’s not until you disassemble the valve, the transaxle, the pump […]

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Pixelmator (and Acorn)


At some point, you want to get started doing photo editing, composition, or even original digital art – definitely more than you can do in Picasa or iPhoto – but you don’t want to shell out $600 or more on a current or recent version of Photoshop (the acknowledged standard for professionals). Fortunately there are […]

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Learning by Doing


In this excellent write-up, author Sarah Hoyt echoes Edison and many others in stating that being good at something, mastering it, is more a matter of doing it over and over again to develop the skill, than starting out with raw talent.

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