Particle Debris (wk. ending 7/23) Blunders and High Ground

If you thought that antennagate, now in our rear view mirror, was a problem for Apple, you ain’t seen nothing yet (pardon my English). In one of the most scathing, blistering, damning columns I’ve ever read, Galen Gruman rips Microsoft a new one with his analysis of “Windows Phone 7: Don’t both with this disaster.” Here’s just a sampling:


“The bottom line is this: Windows Phone 7 is a pale imitation of the 2007-era iPhone. It’s as if Microsoft decided in summer 2007 to copy the iPhone and has shut its developers in a bunker ever since, so they don’t realize that several years have passed, that the iPhone has advanced, and that competitors such as Google Android and Palm WebOS have also pushed the needle forward. Microsoft is stuck in 2007, with a smartphone OS whose feature checklist might match that era’s iPhone but whose fit and finish would look like a Pinto next to a Maserati.”


And that was one of the milder condemnations. You have to read this article to fully understand how Microsoft has hosed up Windows Phone 7 — at least from Mr. Gruman’s standpoint.

Here’s something interesting if true. Researchers have discovered that couch potato computer users can still have heart problems if they spend too much time sitting — even if they exercise. That’s not what I wanted to hear in the NYT Blog, “Phys Ed: The Men Who Stare at Screens” (Men Who Stare at Goats is in my Netflix queue.)

If you like juicy, behind the scenes stories, here’s a good one that describes some of the bumpier moments in the relationship between Apple and AT&T. I’ve never heard of the author, and Wired has become suspect in some areas lately in my mind. You decide after reading: “Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown.”

Here’s another great sand chart from SAI. It shows just how much revenue Apple is earning from the various product segments. The iPad is off to a great start, bigger than all iPod sales and already half of the Mac sales.

Some analysts have been concerned about Netflix because of the prospect of the transition to Internet downloads. But no one knows its customers better than Netflix, and they don’t see the mail delivery business slowing down for a few more years. It’s nice to see that Netflix subscribers are up to 15 millon and they just turned a US$43M profit. Another nice thing abut Netflix is that, aside from a perfectly rational surcharge for Blu-ray discs, they don’t do very many things to piss off their customers. It’s one of the few remaining companies that we love to love. That’s why they keep adding subscribers at a fast clip.

We all know and love Scott Adams, the author of the Dilbert cartoon. Scott writes a blog as well and had some interesting comments to make about the psychological technique that Steve Jobs appeared to use in his recent iPhone 4 press conference. A good read: “The High Ground Maneuver.”

Are you a Twitter user? Who are the great tech writers to follow? Gizmodo published their list this week, and our esteemed Dave Hamilton and Jeff Gamet are on that list. I’m not, but I don’t feel bad. I’m in good company with Kara Swisher, Adam Engst, Ryan Faas and Dan Frommer also not on the list. (Add us all.)

If you like tongue-in-cheek satire, here’s an entertaining piece by Ken Segall: “The ever-arrogant Apple.” Hits close to home though.

On Thursday, Microsoft reported excellent revenue and earnings. They need to because, as we know, some segments of Microsoft are subsidized by others. One is the online segment which just keps ripping through nearly a billion in cash. See the numbers here: “Microsoft STILL Burning Hundreds Of Millions Online.”

Finally, here’s an illuminating piece by Jonny Evans at Computerworld. It turns out that, due to manufacturing constraints in Asia, those companies who want to compete with Apple’s iPad won’t be able too. Components, chips & memory, are all gobbled up by Apple. When parts are available, they’re more expensive, and that impacts the ability to compete against Apple. It’s a most interesting summary of the clever business practices executed by our favorite fruit company. Read all about it in “RIP: Why the iPad ‘killers’ are already dead.”

This just in:  A sense of perspective.

Technical Word of the Week (TWoW)

This week, I have two words invented by TMO editors.

Entitletards (n). (Jeff Gamet) Idiots who always seem to push their sense of self-entitlement.

Zaghunddouchen (n.) (Bryan Chaffin) The joy of passing on or sharing uneasiness and creepiness to your friends.

Use freely at your discretion.