Particle Debris (week ending 8/21) Green, Blu and Ballmer's Red Face


I saw this too late last Friday to include it. Submitted here for your consideration: "Palm Thorks Itself in the Forehead," by no less than the esteemed Jim Goldman.

For those who just can't get enough of the Social Networking buzz, here's an article that made my head hurt: "Facebook Cornering Markets on E-Friends." Yours hurts too? Sometimes, being up-to-date on the current technology extracts a toll.

In case you missed it earlier in the week, here's a story, "Details leaked on Apple product roadmap." about the results of a meeting with Barclay's Capital analyst Ben Reitzes and Apple's Greg Joswiak, Peter Oppenheimer and Eddy Cue. Not a lot of momentous stuff, but a nice recap of his predictions.

PC writers just keep on pounding sand when it comes to Apple and Blu-ray built in to new iMacs. Not that I don't think it wouldn't be nice. But from what I've seen so far, I'm not convinced Apple is going to relent. Especially with a possible tablet in the wings. Decide for yourself: "Apple Would be Smart to Pick Blu-ray...."

If you're one of those people who doesn't pay much attention to what Location Services does, this is a slightly over the top, sensational, but still worth reading. It's an assessment of the smartphone + GPS situation. As always, getting to the truth consists of asking some rude questions until equilibrium is reached: "Dear iPhone users: Your Apps are Spying on You."


This original article lit a fire under many Mac observers: "Snow Leopard Seeds Use 32bit Kernel, Drivers by Default." Later, see below, it brought some additional analysis. Basically, the discussion is related to what the true benefits will be in forcing Snow Leopard to boot into a 64-bit kernel. It turns out to be related to how fast developers can convert their kernel extensions to 64-bit, something that appears to be moving more slowly than hoped for.


Once again, Mr. David Sobotta, who was director of Federal Sales at Apple for two decades, has some interesting thoughts on Apple and the education market in "A good yardstick for Apple." The observation is, with all the success of the iPhone, is Apple growing less dependent on education to shore up sales? As always, a thoughtful analysis.

When Sony drops the price on the Blu-ray equipped PS3, you know it's going to be a great Christmas for Blu-ray players. Now the question is, how long until we see US$99 players at Wal-Mart? Not long. But beware, because the top end Blu-ray players can go for $1,800, and the trick is to figure out, based on specs, what you're missing for $99. Probably too much for a Mac user accustomed to quality and durability.

The Facebook app, version 3.0, has been submitted to Apple for approval. For those who want a preview, Inside FaceBook got a sneak peek and filed this report.

Reports of the demise of DVD-by-mail seem to be greatly exaggerated. The CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, recently predicted that the DVD-by-mail business will have its peak 5 to 10 years in the future. Here's a short synopsis with some data from a survey that suggests U.S. mail delivery of 4.7 GB is still the preferred alternative for many. "Streaming Video Revolutionaries Actually Closet DVD-ny-Mail Users."

Associated with that, here's a report, "Video Streaming on the rise, but packaged media still rules," that I referenced in my Hidden Dimensions earlier in the week, but bears repeating. Hollywood movie studios are still making a lot of money with "packaged media." In fact, 88 percent of home video spending is still spent on packaged media. As we know, it's a lot of fun to shop for a physical movie, hold it in your hand, and go home with it. Unfortunately, there it sits on the bookshelf, and you may watch that movie two or three more times in your lifetime. We need to get out of that mentality. Think Green.

In response to the Snow Leopard, 64-bit issue, Jason Snell over at Macworld shed some additional light on the issue in "What's '64-bit' on Snow Leopard."


Computerworld had a good article on "Preserve your Mac's resale value." It has a lot of good advice, and I especially agreed with the part about keeping all the packaging, discs, cables, and so on that came with the Mac. Also, receipts and warranty info for add-ons like memory and disk upgrades. Nothing gives a buyer more confidence than seeing all that material and proves that you cared for and loved your Mac.

For those of you who like to collect the lyrics for the songs that you bought, the era of free lyrics may be coming to a close. Here's the gist from the article by Chris Breen:

"Lyrics, like music and movies, are intellectual property. They are copyrighted and those who create them are often paid for doing so. The fact that they were (and remain) freely available on the Internet doesn’t mean that the owners have abrogated their right to them, only that they haven’t been particularly concerned about enforcing that right."


Here's a nice chart, from the Silicon Valley Insider that shows the Digital Music Sales Market Share. This is for sales, not subscriptions. What's interesting is that Zune is climbing -- but sloooowly. This must make Microsoft feel good, but the gain in Zune music sales is probably just a "rounding error."


Have you seen these videos? They purport to be the interaction with an Apple tablet. My guess is that the videos are hoax, but an enjoyable hoax. In fact, all the fun is picking them apart, looking for clues that they're a hoax. Have fun with the forensics.

It's hard to believe, but RBC analyst Mike Abramsky projects that smartphone sales will equal the sales of PCs in 2011. Hey, Mr. Ballmer. Are you still laughing at the Apple iPhone?  Time for some Tums. Here's the chart from Silicon Valley Insider.

Finally, here's one for Harry Potter fans. Thin-film, embedded video ads will soon be in some paper magazines. If you love embedded video ads on some Websites, you'll love turning the page of Entertainment Weekly and seeing a Pepsi video ad. Soon, I predict,  they'll have Wi-Fi chips and get their programming on the fly right after you swipe your credit card. Watch out if you buy a Penthouse magazine.

Technical Word of the Week (TWoW)

w00table (adj.) As in: that is a w00table story. Combination of w00t and notable (or noteworthy).