Particle Debris (week ending 2/12) Buying Success, Inhibiting Success, Creating Success

iPad mania is down slightly this week. As our Vern Seward said recently, there's nothing to do now except sit and wait for it to ship.

I love the Silicon Alley Insider Chart of the Day. (Except when I caught them once using the data in the wrong way.) It's a snapshot of a particular aspect of the tech industry that usually adds an "aha" moment or adds a bit of insight. This one shows the growth (or decline) of smartphone market share over the last year. Apple just has that knack for growth, but it's really born of a more holistic approach to the customer than the other guys in my opinion.

Microsoft has done such a miserable job with Windows Mobile that Kara Swisher, at All Things Digital thinks that the only reasonable course of action for Microsoft is to buy either Palm or RIM. RIM is the front runner. Ah, what a concept. Just "buy your way to success" on old dollars from Windows and Office.

Sure. That always works.

Last summer I wrote about how to eject stuck CD/DVD media from a Mac with a tray loading drive. However, here's a technique that I didn't try, and it looks even better. Thanks to Mac OS X Hints.

I lied about the furor over the iPad. Om Malik had is own unique perspective, and it parallels my own in "Why I am Excited About the iPad." One part that brought a smile to my faces was when he said, "When I look at the iPad, I see a clean slate to reinvent pretty much how we think of media, information and in fact the whole user experience." Clean slate. Gotta love it. However, the "aha" moment in the article came from Paul Buchheit, Gmail creator, FriendFeed co-founder:

"By focusing on only a few core features in the first version, you are forced to find the true essence and value of the product. If your product needs 'everything' in order to be good, then it’s probably not very innovative (though it might be a nice upgrade to an existing product)."

There is deep wisdom there.

David Coursey pulled no punches when he blasted Microsoft for dragging its feet for so many years to make sure Macs didn't have equal access to Exchange servers and services as Windows. We know Microsoft did this on purpose to protect the PC edge and make sure Macs didn't have that "box checked" for the IT managers.

Things seem to have changed, now, as Microsoft, under a lot of pressure from other competitors has to shore up what it already has. In "Microsoft Ends War on Macintosh with Office 2011," Mr. Coursey, a PC guy, uses a more blunt tone that you may be used to. Good reading. For those who want even more history on the Microsoft's dirty tricks, he also points to a Wikipedia article.

Google has posted an interesting page that shows the average speed, in Mbps (mega bits per second), of your recent YouTube viewings. A comparison to other places is also shown, such as your city, your state, and so on. It's just a curiosity -- unless you're one of those who wonders what other kind of boundless information YouTube maintains about you.

Finally, in case you missed my references to this elsewhere, I wanted to go back to an older SAI Chart of the Day. This one shows the relative contribution to Apple's revenue from various products. One interesting question to ask is: "Where would Apple be if they had never shipped the iPod or the iPhone?" The chart has the answer, namely, that same old, same old US$6 billion dollar company building Macs. Tim Cook's infamous "valley of death."

Think of the iPad is continuing that new kind of thinking and imagine yet another layer, in a few years, on top of a chart like this. Oh, my...