…today the iPhone brings in more revenue than the entirety of Microsoft.
One Apple product, something that didn’t exist five years ago, has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer. More than Windows, Office, Xbox, Bing, Windows Phone, and every other product that Microsoft has created since 1975.” —Microsoft’s Lost Decade -Vanity Fair (Aug 2012)
You can never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” —
R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller
[courtesy of my wise friend, Steven Feinberg]
Thank you for the amazing number of new ideas and new memes you put into our heads and our reality. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/08/24/technology/steve-jobs-patents.html#patent/electronic-device_D558757
Apple is a cool company, and in line with their user interaction focus (re. innovation) they unveiled the latest edition of SIRI, earlier today.
Here are serious questions I have for SIRI:
Who am I, and where to I live?
What do I like?
How do you know all of this?
Where is that information stored? :-)
It’s nice to keep in touch with folks via facebook. A critical mass of my family & friends are there, and they are (and therefore I am) not going to leave anytime soon. But the new 3rd-party cookie practice where your browsing is tracked and linked to your personal identity EVEN WHEN YOU ARE LOGGED OUT OF FB feels… well, quite excessively shady to me.
So here’s my latest privacy-loss-minimization attempt:
- Browser-based use of FB only. Delete all system and app-registered FB logins, computer & phone.
- Dedicate a separate browser app for FB, both computer & phone. 1x delete all cookies from my primary browser, and never log into FB there again.
- Block all 3rd party cookies: add Ghostery to all browsers (computer)
Even with these facebook-specific precautions, I wonder if it’s a puny row of sandbags against a landslide with developments like Google’s PittPatt acquisition, Amazon’s brilliant and compelling Kindle Fire move, and stupid snafu’s like HTCs huge personal data security hole on their premier Android phones. Well, perhaps out of sheer personal orneriness, I’m gonna keep filling my sandbags.
Oh have you heard of nasty school?
They teach nasty things and they have nasty rules.
They only take nasties and rowdies and fools,
So come, let’s take a walk through nasty school.
You get to nasty school through a secret gate.
The first rule is you must be late.
published in the NY Times (link via Jon Pincus)