Monthly Archives: January 2008

MacWorld keynote in Twitter time

You can "listen" in via Twitter at http://twitter.com/macrumors, which now has 10000 subscribers. Talk about creating an fan following.

I am hoping for a Tablet version of the MacBook Pro,  preferably a 15-inch twist screen. That would make me a Mac customer.

Update post keynote: Well, Twitter had som hiccups, but macrumorslive.com has a good summary. As rumored, a very thin subnotebook, but not tablet, tough it does seem to have some of the iPhone screen controls. We’ll see, I just might go for it. The thinness and lightness seems a big plus.

Negroponte II

Ann Zelenka has a reflective review of Nick Carr’s new book The Big Switch over at GigaOM.

(The reference to Nick Negroponte is because of the term "switch" – back in the late 80s, Negroponte predicted that what was going through the air (TV) would go through cable, and what went through cable (telephone) would go through air, known as the "Negroponte switch".)

I, too, remain unconvinced that the move to net-centric computing will result in job losses overall. More people produce more content to be consumed by markets that previously did not consume at all or could only afford a little.

Have you sat down with your friends for a Youtube-based rock video night yet? I have. Would have cost a fortune just five years ago, now you can do with an old TV, a laptop with an S-video cable, and some $80 speakers.

The real car of the future

Tata shows a $2,500 car, the Nano. John Seely Brown once said that the most important effect for Western countries from globalization will be the innovation necessary to compete in markets of many individuals with little money – and how those markeds would spawn products that would then be exported to the West.

This will be a $10,000 car in Norway once you have added the 200% car import tax and transportation. Still, I would love one for driving myself and my lunch packet to work every day…..

Vaughan on IT maturity

Vaughan MerlynMy esteemed colleague Vaughan Merlyn runs a BSG Concours Institute project called RLT (Reaching Level Three), based on a three-tiered model of IT-business demand-supply relations. Here is a well-written posting on IT demand and supply in capital markets.

I like this way of doing "open" research, with some of the debate taking place over the public Internet. Makes me feel less lonely here up in the chilly North… Plus, it might, over time, make the research more visible and thereby bring others into the debate.