Last year Tim Cook disparaged Microsoft’s effort to merge its tablet and desktop products, saying: “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.” Tim, I love you, but a toaster-fridge would be more pleasing to me than the current controls on Apple’s Music App. Here’s one example that … Continue reading
Minimalist Signage or Performance Art? We think the elevator will go to all other floors, but we don’t really know. See also “The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicholos Taleb.
For years Google has been performing so many amazing tech feats that we take them for granted. But I saw a new trick yesterday that made my jaw drop. I backup and store all my pictures and documents on Google Drive. One of its best features is the ability to search those on-line documents. As … Continue reading
I read the Wall Street Journal every morning. It is a serious publication. Let’s face it, any newspaper that puts all its content behind a high pay wall classifies as serious. And, if you hadn’t noticed, their logo includes a period. Seriously. In spite of that, their writers are not above having fun when composing … Continue reading
As we all know, this definition of insanity has been attributed to Albert Einstein: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. In actual fact, quantum mechanics teaches that different outcomes are always possible, it’s just a matter of probability. So doing something again and again is not necessarily insane, … Continue reading
I received this offer from AT&T today. As Julia Roberts said to Rufus (The Thief) in “Notting Hill” when he asked for a date, Tempting, but no. Since I had recently experienced AT&T’s “Troubleshoot and Resolve” up close and personal, I know first-hand that I get better answers from Siri when she ‘can’t connect’ to her … Continue reading
What do you do when you hear a great new song by one of your favorite artists that reminds you of all the mistakes and compromises you’ve made in your life. And, is full of hope. You try to write a blog post about it.
For a brief moment in High School when I had an inspiring English teacher I thought I would become a writer. It was a very brief moment. But what goes around comes around. So today I’d like offer some assistance to the writers of Mad Men, the TV series that has now been nominated for … Continue reading
Finally, proof positive that the world is going to sh*t. The Economist, to prove a point, has linked to an article in The Onion. The matter of love, literature and taste is a silly minefield—one that often says more about how we brand ourselves than about what is essential for romantic compatibility. Source – The Economist … Continue reading
The US Congress is getting close to passing new financial regulation, attempting to rein in our friends on Wall Street. Pending legislation would limit Investment Banks’ ability to trade for their own accounts, and effectively bar them from trading derivatives. The bankers are pushing back. Surprised? The big banks argue that the Volcker proposal is … Continue reading
The good news is that if a catastrophic event destroys mankind our investments will be extremely well managed after we are gone. The bad news is that the computers doing it may be trading for their own accounts instead of ours. This theater of the absurd scenario might be more plausible than you think, and occurred to me last … Continue reading