We’re the Leading (Insert Description Here)…

Whats the difference between #1 and #2? (answer just one number)

What is interesting is everyone works for a “leader” or so it seems as if I received a dollar (or better yet a euro) for every time I’ve heard this, I would be giving Carlos Slim a run for his money shooting for the spot of the wealthiest person in the world.  So why do I write this you ask, well I’m sitting in the KLM lounge at Schiphol airport here in Amsterdam waiting for my flight home and out of the corner of my ear I catch this conversation of two other travelers making small talk and as one introduces himself (as in person) he’s then announces his company affiliation by saying “We’re the leading XXXXX company”.

Alright no big deal right, you (we) hear this all the time as for me in the lounge this was most likely the third occurrence this morning. Also not sure  why it struck me, however it did that we always want to be part of a “leader” and we are happy to distill it down to a denominator where are.  An example is a colleague upon changing jobs shared that his firm was the largest supplier of IT services to “organic farmers”.  To myself it was “wow, he had to really distill this one down, as it wasn’t agriculture, nor farming, however “organic farming”.  Yet they where the leader and he was at least anthropologically speaking part of the top quartile.

The urge to be part of something is interesting in itself as we are social animals seeking others of like and kind.  However we now seek to also be at the top, and how many people can be at the top?  Good question right, as there can only be one “number one”, so now we must start to “classify” to open up more number “one” slots, then when those run out of those we move on to “stratification” as in having “differing levels” of number one.

Ironically, this is where I found the old Avis commercials of interest as they use to say “we’re number two trying hard to be number one”.  As here is another anthropological axiom in that “everyone loves an underdog”, so why do we “brag” or “boast” (depending on the fact or fiction of the reality) being number one if our goal is to be “loved” (a rhetoric phrase to seek acceptance)?  As wouldn’t it make more sense to be more like Avis if we truly want to seek the love?

As on the other side of the coin, isn’t there always a level of animosity toward those folks we perceive to be higher in “classification” and “Stratification”?  Aren’t we always shooting for (i.e. at number one), so why then place ourselves there?  From here on out, for me it’s going to be the Avis model as I’m happy to be number two, just trying a bit harder…

All The Words Have Been Spoken…

When its all said, what is there left to say?

It’s early in the morning, about 5am and I’m sitting here in Amsterdam, where there is a chill in the air even though I’m sort of sitting inside with a cup of coffee.  The steam from the hot beverage is lazily rising as I stare at it, as it whisks off into what appears to be nothingness and then it hits me.

Yes what hits me is the fact that every “word” which can be said has been “said”, every note that can be played has been “played” and so on. This is a stark cold feeling to think that all things in as such exist in “absolutes” as if every “word” has been said then what do we have to say?  While yes, I fully understand the fact we sort of invent new words every year so is this epiphany really valid?  I could argue till the cows come home that each “new” slang word is really a hybrid of yet a predecessor word which has been “said” already so we are simply messing with destiny.

However that’s not the argument which I’m looking to make today as I’m waxing about “absolutes” and not hybrids.  As what does it mean that everything has been said, is the “fact” of the “actuality” is becoming the “reality”? In other words is our world, our being one of absolutes?

As this reminded me of back in Jr High for a literature class I had to read a story and in fact I can’t remember the name, yet it’s point is sort of set at the dawn of the computer era (big computers not PC’s, I’m old ok) where an Asia Cult (implied near Tibetan) buys a computer from the firm of the day (implied as IBM).  The purpose you ask, simple enumerate all the names of “god”, basic enough task right?

Well the implied hero (if you can call him that) is a computer programmer and team lead whose job it was to achieve the task.  All the while the team feels they are being held captive by the cult (metaphorically) and they will be killed upon completion, yet in turn when the end of the task is near, they are released.  Fleeing the mountainous area on horseback at night with what they believe is their lives, they start to recount their feelings of the task and learning’s while captive.  Then abruptly our hero looks down at his watch then mentions the final job should now be finishing an glances skyward and saying only “the sky is clear and the stars are gone” before the story ends abruptly…

Paper, Plastic. And Your Charge Card…

The "gatherer" becomes the "hunted"...

Is nothing safe anymore as seems that criminals have even hacked the credit card readers at self-checkout lanes in more than 20 supermarkets of a Californian (where else) chain operator.  As this “hack” has allowed the “Perps”  to steal money from shoppers who swiped their cards in the unknowingly bastardized  machines. As the chain involved and name (insert humor here) implies, Lucky Supermarkets, which is part of the larger  “Save Mart” family of stores has now decided to start inspecting the rest of its over 234 stores located throughout California and northern Nevada.  In additional  and rightfully so too are urging their customers who might used self-checkout lanes to close their  credit card accounts.

It appears the hack was hardware based and discovered on November 11, when an employee performing routine maintenance on a self-checkout machine  where they discovered an extra computer board which had been placed inside the checkout machine, and was recording customers financial information.  Now there wasn’t a lot of information on how the “Perps” were getting the information off the added board.  However one could guess that it was via modem as those nice devices have one built in typically for card verification.

You may also be wondering why I brought this up, as while interesting consumer news fodder it struck me as making a good point. As here in the past we’ve waxed about the (false) concept of privacy and in fact it was only the cost of breaching it and the “fact” of technology only provides the cheaper cost and not the means.  As the “means” is in fact created by we the people as in our “need” to “gather” or collect information which is most likely driven by the anthropological need “to gather”.

On the other side we have the “hunter” who instead of passively “gathering” what’s presented, actively and forcefully seeks their prey.  Here it’s the combination of the two which forms the driver as while you may legislate rules upon the “gatherer” as to what they will gather.  You will not be able to do the same with the “hunter”, therefore whatever the gatherer fails to full-fill the hunter will assuredly pick up.  As the analogous lines to be drawn from this story is the stores normal operation act as the “gatherer, while the rogue activity is the “hunter”.

The key take away from all of this is we all, whether we like it or not live on a public stage and the only difference is  if someone decides to watch our show or not…

It’s All Subtractive Isn’t It…

When you think about it, the idea of 3d printing just "adds" up...

Well that’s the way it always seems as someone wants something as they just want to take rather than give to us, yet that’s not the subject today but close.  As what we are going to wax about is the coming paradigm shift in manufacturing and what it means as well as how it will affect us.

As in what we consider a traditional process we utilize a “subtractive” manufacturing technique such as cutting and drilling where we start with a whole and take away from it.  The byproduct of this logic is what?  Ok, I will help you out, its waste as the remainders of these subtractive process is “waste”, as shavings, cuttings, grinding and so on to be discarded.  So we have environmental impact as well as financial as why throw away raw material?

Well in steps our friends at General Electric (GE) into the picture which we all know as a large American conglomerate, who is proposing to manufacture ultrasonic transducers by “additive” manufacturing processes rather than the aforementioned “subtractive” process.

So how will they do this then, well not magic yet something almost as cool because they will use three-dimensional printing, as it’s commonly known.  As the firm’s research centre located in Niskayuna, New York, is taking a solid look at the technology available.  While some nay sayers claim this to be only a passing fad (I think these are the same folks who said the same about the internet) while others (such as myself) see this as the future of manufacturing.  As the key is working out which products might be made more efficiently by the application of “addition” rather than “subtraction”.

What is adding to the excitement is this provides the set for major shift in the manufacturing paradigm the likes we haven’t seen since the boom of the industrial revolution.  As having less or even no waste means reduced logistics in raw material, a smaller manufacturing foot print, quicker assembly (build times) as well of course, less waste products.  While there is no question most of this technology is in its infancy stages and in the primary hands of the prototyper’s.

Yet this move GE making  is an important one from not only the technology, it’s the acceptance of doing as such as it was much like ink-jet printed images where taboo in the photo-art community, so has been the result of 3D printing.  However it’s clear that this [old] thinking will be changing sooner than later as it seems we are reaching a tipping point of acceptance just as the photographic world has done with the ink jet printer…

The Euro No More…

The reason paper money is better then coinage is its easier to print more of faster..

While not yet, however I’ve been watching the plight of the Euro extra closely over the past week especially as I sit here in the Haag as the recent S&P move is an interesting one at that.   As can imagine two outcomes surfacing over the next couple months in the Euro-Stricken regions as one of the easiest options might be a plan for the creditor nations to subsidize their less fortunate neighbors, ouch you say as it smacks of socialism and what about fixing the problem (spending which got them here).  Yet another option would involve a break-up of the whole region (credit wise), in which case Germany and the Netherlands (both of which are loaded) would keep their rating while the others would follow Greece into the sink hole of junk status.

The key is the reasoning which  S&P has put forward which seems to be based on a short-term economic view as it cites five factors:

(1) Tightening credit conditions across the eurozone;
(2) Markedly higher risk premiums on a growing number of eurozone sovereigns, including some that are currently rated ‘AAA’;
(3) Continuing disagreements among European policy makers on how to tackle the immediate market confidence crisis and, longer term, how to ensure greater economic, financial, and fiscal convergence among eurozone members;
(4) High levels of government and household indebtedness across a large area of the eurozone; and
(5) The rising risk of economic recession in the eurozone as a whole in 2012. Currently, we expect output to decline next year in countries such as Spain,Portugal and Greece, but we now assign a 40% probability of a fall in output
for the eurozone as a whole.

When I read these it was a clear case that the eurozone is set in a damned if it does, and damned if it doesn’t position. As first off there seems to be no plans by the debtor nations to act in reducing their debts so the result will be a forced (credit) downgrade.  Then on top of this, as [forced] austerity plans kick in, economic growth will also be negatively impacted and again result in a [further] downgrade too.

As what is clear, there have been too many claims created on wealth in the form of debt which simply cannot be satisfied. In turn this leaves us only two options and neither of which “are” feel good ones as debts will either be defaulted on, or in second place the favored method of the United States, inflated away (let’s just print more money).  As we in America (which have contributed to this recent bail out by currency devaluation) need to pay attention as we have been slapped by S&P and not as hard as we should have.

As one of the points I’ve highlighted above from the S&P comment has to do with the high amount of indebtedness which are facing both governments and families.  As waxed here before, in our shiny new global economic model, currency is not flowing back to it origin as it has in the smaller loop regional or national models.  This in turn is leading for many to the only option (2 above) in the printing of more currency as key economic ability of any country is to one “print money” and two “levy tax”.  Here the later only works if the first is existent. Yet without it (money), it becomes a one horse race with the only option to print more…

My Kingdom for More Memory…

The future of storage...

As we all know from our Shakespearean readings that in the play, “Richard the III” we find that our hero “Richard” is soon unhorsed on the field at the climax of the battle!  Here he cries out, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!”, yet Richmond dispatches (kills) Richard in the final duel which leads to his subsequent rise to the throne as Henry VII.

Stealing away with this, it’s clear that all kingdoms in the future will be based upon memory as the rate of information growth is exponential and top of this portability is key.  As here I’ve waxed in past posts about new technology including the memsitor.

Yet today what caught my eye was an announcement by Intel and Micron’s joint venture IMFT that it has produced a 128Gb die. Alright, 128 Gb is pretty good sized as the top of line (size wise) jump drive or USB stick is around 32 Gb.  As here a package combining eight such “dies” together will be small enough to fit on a fingertip and achieve this jump in storage up to 128GB in capacity and devices using the new dies are likely to start shipping as soon as 2013.

So how did they do this?  Well it wasn’t magic pixie dust as most think; instead it’s a 20nm die which is amazing.  As we’ve waxed here before about the use of multi-level cell (MLC) technology in a prior post.  As with MLC, each individual flash cell which is the smallest flash unit, responsible for storing just a single value can be set to one of several different values—in most cases, four different values.  This in turn creates the equivalent to two bits which allows MLC to support greater data density.  So far the only downside in the first gen chips is the MLC designed flash can typically withstand only a few thousand erasures, whereas [regular] SLC can tolerate tens of thousands.

However when the chips using the new 20 nm dies do hit the market, they should allow  standard 2.5″ drives to reach  up to 2 TB, and the smaller memory stick format which is used in both Ultrabooks and the MacBook Air to hold up to 1 TB.  Just imagine a 1 TB iPad, this amount of portable data will be a game changer.

Can’t seem to wait, well you are not alone as we will get the first taste much sooner in that IMFT has also announced that it had started mass production of a smaller 64Gb 20nm die and should be out in consumer products in 2012…

Hint:  The more available memory, the greater the need for content to fill as Campbell’s axiom says content will always grow to fill the memory which exists to contain it…

Uncle “Bill’’ Wants You…

Welcome to my parlor said the spider to the fly...

Yes I know technically its Steve Ballmer that’s running Microsoft while Uncle Bill has decided to step back and spend some of his money.  Yet you know he’s still there and Uncle Bill for some reason in the title sounded better than Uncle Steve.  In addition it could be more true to call out Bill when you’re writing a post on world domination either as with Bill, yea I can see him taking over the world, Steve on the other hand, well let’s say I still can’t get that video of him on stage screaming for what seemed like three hours out of my head.

However long [years] ago, there was this show on the Discovery Channel about the creation of the Microsoft Xbox and near the start, there was a Microsoft executive who was in charge of the project say “Microsoft wants to take over your set top”.  In short, they want control of you (as most media companies do), via the “media” you consume.  To do this, Microsoft has now laid out their grand plan to transform that humble Xbox 360 into a “mega media hub” for everything from watching television shows, movies, games and music this year.

To achieve this, they will launch a new dashboard update which will bring to the populace the ability to use the amazing “Kinect” interface to search for content across all your services which are connected to your system [as you want them all connected right?].  Also the Redmond juggernaut isn’t planning on stopping here [why when you’re on a roll right] as will also add Microsoft’s digital storefronts on Xbox Live as well as live television too.

Ok, you say ho hum slow news day and this is just more digital fodder right?  Well that’s what I thought too when I read the story, however it hit me afterwards and had to come back to it as it was one word which I over looked the first time around.  Yes that one word, what was it, oh yes its “Kinect” their new hit interface, you know kind of like Apple’s Siri?  Aah do you get it now, well if not and your still stuck watching Dallas reruns, let me help you out a bit.

In short the world is changing and changing fast in the way we interact with machines, and what is amazing is just how fast the adoption rate has been.  As Apple has brought this power to our hand-sets, Microsoft plans on placing it in our living rooms.  This in short will mean a huge coming paradigm shift in the way we interact with our world and especially the digital one.  As the coming technological conversion of sorts will be focused on removing technology from just being “technology” to simply being a part of our life’s.  As a keyboard and mouse, who needs them when I can “touch”, “talk too” and “physically interact” with it [technology] via my movement…

Just Thinking About It…

A brain by any other name would be just a lump of calories...

Well folks this is the last month of yes, 2011 and the end is nearing as the sands of time in the hour glass of December start to run short.  With this we all know what comes next don’t we?  Alright, here is a hint as it all starts with the New Year and what do people typically do at that time?  Yes, they make New Years resolutions as what do they want to change in the New Year.  In essence it is one of the few times where we “reflect forward”, instead of the backwards as in what do we want to be rather then looking in the rear-view mirror at what we were.

The list is a pretty common one and typically topped with losing weight or quitting smoking.  Yet the problem with these as they are more “wishes” then actionable items for us to tackle which means it’s harder to make them happen.  So why is this, as there isn’t a question all of this is good stuff and good for us too?

Well part of the answer is energy as we create rules for ourselves which we have to think about.  So you’re “thinking” what does this have to do with “energy”, well its simple as your brain takes a lot of this.  As  this heat is generated by burning calories, yet this post isn’t about the physiology of the brain (however you can look at some of the back posts for more info).

Yet what I wanted to wax about today is the absolutes of this as how can we use this to our benefit.  As one of the things when we decide upon a resolution we want to make where we do not have to “think” about them.  As when we think about things, it takes energy; our brains want to conserve energy so no matter how great the logic, our brains still may betray us because of this.  So what’s the trick?

Simple, rules should be hard and not soft and before going further need to give the standard disclaimer as many of these affect our health.  So if they do, then please seek advice of a healthcare professional.  Now with this said, where failure typically takes place is flexible rules as in ramping up or down.  As when things are flexible you have to think about it, and if you have to think about “it”, you will burn more energy.  In burning energy, your brain wants to take the easy way so in the end the process breaks down.

The solution is hard rules on the other hand make for easy action as you don’t have to think about it as it is what it is. Therefore the brain burns less energy and bada bing, bada boom you move on rather than waxing about it (giving in to temptation) and failing.  Yea I know sound easier then it is, yet it does works save for one thing; yes you guessed it, food.  As cigarettes, alcohol and the like you can just say no to as you don’t need them (physiologically).  However food is a different story as you can’t live without it, so we always must think about it which makes it hard to form into an absolute.  This is why dieting typically fails as you always have to think about…

That Internet Fad Thing Again…

The magic is in the "domain name" and not the bottle...

Well it seems that after a number  of what appears to have been one-sided hearings, the luxury goods maker Chanel was awarded a  win in a recent court order lodged against hundreds of websites trafficking what appear to be “counterfeit luxury goods”. As a federal judge in Nevada has agreed with Chanel that they may “seize” the domain names listed in the suit and then transfer them all to a US-based registrar (GoDaddy in this case). However where it gets even more fun is that the judge also ordered “all Internet search engines” and “all social media websites” to “de-index” the domain names and  further more they must be remove from any future search results.  Also if the implicit nature of the statement wasn’t enough, he also explicitly named Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Bing, Yahoo, and Google directly.

Concerning counterfeiting, this has been an interesting suit as Chanel has filed a joint suit in Nevada naming nearly 700 domain names which appear to have nothing in common. Also, as Chanel finds more domain  names it feels doing the same, it simply uses the same case and files new requests for yet more seizures which means that none have had a chance to contest the request until after it was approved and the names have been seized.

As all this redirect stuff maybe one thing however, a total ban on search engine indexing was also ordered too.  As it’s here were it gets interesting as how does one comply and even the question beg should they?  As a search engine only represents what it finds to a user request, it does not curate, or authenticate the claims of what they report.  It also good to note that neither Bing nor Google appears to have complied with the court order as of yet and my hope would be they would push back (legally) on the topic.

As what the judge also seems to have missed from his ruling is any consideration of the Internet’s global nature.  Here, the judge failed to show an awareness that the domains which were brought into question may not even be registered in the United States.  Additionally, his ban on search engine and social media indexing appears to extend to the entire world (wow talk about power, at least perceived power).

While it’s understandable for Chanel to want to protect its business interests, there is also the concept of due process which should match the task at hand.  In addition, this also highlights a coming challenge which is here today and that is a global based consumer economy which will bring a whole different set of rules which we just aren’t ready for…

The End of e-Mail, I Doubt It…

It was once "no soup for you" however its now "no e-mail for you"...

Want to hear something sort of crazy, it appears Atos a large IT services firm located in Europe, is doing away with its internal e-mail.  As their CEO, Thierry Breton says that only 15 percent of the 200 e-mails his staff receives on average are valuable.  Ok, if they are only getting 200 mails they are sand bagging because that “ain’t nothing” in the real world.  Thierry also goes on to say that his staff is wasting somewhere between 5 and 20 hours a week handling e-mail.  Ok, that sounds like those figures surely have some statistical backing behind them (not).

So what does he plan to use Instead of e-mail, as no its not tin foil hats as he wants his staff to use instant messaging and other chat-like communications media.  As Breton himself openly claims not to have sent a work e-mail for three years.  He believes and has been vocal in saying that if staffs want to communicate with him they can visit his office, call, or send a text message.  As to quote the 56-year-old CEO he says, “e-mails cannot replace the spoken word.”  Well can it is a good question as the spoken word does carry tone which an email doesn’t, however neither does instant messaging either so where is the logic?

Also talk about an interruption based mean of messaging, so the phone rings you have to stop everything to answer and if you don’t the colleagues with the question or reply must personally queue and hope to remember at a later time to retry their attempt at communication and if this isn’t a recipe for delay and disaster, not sure what is.

On top of this, even with a switch away from e-mail for internal communication may be one thing however, communication outside the company will still use e-mail, therefore staff will still have to do e-mail and still be vulnerable to e-mail-based interruptions. So again, I seem to be missing the logic here.

Then there is also solid research (unlike Breton guess-statistics above) which suggests that instant messaging (which I personally find more disruptive then mail) and phone calls are just as disruptive to personal productivity as e-mail. As one has to ask if the problem is really e-mail;  as the true issue if I were betting man is that eighty-five percent of Atos’ internal mail maybe worthless.  In fact this is somewhat normal as there is a lot of research which says our “normal” communication is filled with “noise”.  So the act of ditching internal mail won’t mean that employees will be more productive in communication.  It simply means they find other ways, to fill time with unproductive communications.  As switching from one form of evil (as in interruption) to yet another mode won’t solve the problem.

Oh and Breton 200 mails, and his decision to abandon internal e-mail might be easier than for most. As want do you want to bet that Breton has an admin…

Uncle Sam, Tear Down Those Data Caps…

Ask not what Uncle Sam can do for your internet, as its just a passing fad...

It appears that our ISP (Internet service Providers)  are arguing their need to impose monthly data caps on us is justified as it seems there might be some  bandwidth hogs running wild like feral pigs on an episode of American Hoggers (no relation thankfully, at least I hope so).  As here our ISP friends are pointing out that these “pigs” are using their “data tusks” to  gore the living “data” out of us “ordinary users” who just want some quality Facebook time (is that even possible?) after spending a hard day in the salt mines (i.e. working from home) .

Yet is this concept really fact or maybe better put a work of fiction in that a monthly quota will drive us working stiffs to reduce the amount of network congestion during peak hours. No question it’s one of those things which make you go Hmmmm…   As in “fact” there is a piece of new research which supports the idea that this is a wet dream on the part of the ISP brain trust as Benoît Felten the chief research officer for Diffraction Analysis  writes “Our analysis confirms that data consumption is at best a poor proxy for bandwidth usage,”.  As about two years ago, both Felten and Herman Wagter issued a challenge to Internet providers: SHOW US THE BEEF (Ops meant to say “show us the evidence”).

To make a long story short, seems a midsized DSL provider came forward with their data over the course of a single day from one link which served 5,138 users. Its here the dynamic duo of Felten and Wagter went to work strapping on their statistical utility belt and crunched the daily data consumption down into five-minute increments and what did they find you ask?  Well I hope you won’t be surprised when I tell you they found “48 percent of active Internet customers “are amongst the top 10 percent of bandwidth users at one point or another during peak hours.” Controlling real-time congestion by going after just a few high-data monthly users, then, is unlikely to be effective”.

The point here is that data caps harm, and they harm everyone as while there is a valid argument that (in the United States) companies operate in a capitalistic environment and therefore companies need recover costs.  Agreed, however since the government’s role is to support the people which includes making them “attractably” employable as well as promoting commerce.  One will find the openness of the internet key, as the government is in the business (like it or not) of subsidies and legislation.  Just look at the fast food industry, all basically 100% subsidized as why do you think a Big Mac is so cheap.

As its here with cloud services, streaming music, cable cutting and the death of the DVD that the down load cap will hamper the economy.  As more and more people work from home (both my wife and I do as an example) the need (importance) for the internet rise as both of productivity is now linked to the net.  Second is the death of media as look at Apple, no more DVD.  So how to you buy software and get updates, yes over the internet.  Then there is Netflix, as in so long DVD and hello streaming!  Content and not hardware is the key to the coming decade and we are letting big brother limit us to a kinked straw when we need to have a garden hose…

If You Can’t Beat them, Well Join them…

What was once old, can once again be new...

Well it appears that Research In Motion’s (RIM) executives must read this blog as they have apparently decided that if they can’t seem to beat Apple and Google.  Well just maybe they should join them as the company has announced that it will now offer its mobile device management and security software for both iOS and Android phones.  This will now allow enterprise customers to manage non-Rim devices alongside their stodgy ole BlackBerry phones.

As their new software titled BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, is set to provide many of the same features which are now offered on RIM’s own phone OS and will enable remote locking of devices as well as remote erasing of their storage, application  management, security  enforcement, and management of WiFi connection. RIM is targeting a release date somewhere in the first quarter of 2012, according to various news sources writing on the subject.

In this move RIM is acknowledging the growing trend  of companies adopting “bring your own device to work policy” in order to accommodate employees’ desire to use their own smartphones and tablet computing devices in the corporate enterprise, thereby admitting to the fact both the Playbook and Black Berry are losers in the market.

RIM figured by integrating with iOS and Android, they will become the de facto platform for managing mobile devices in the enterprise.   As this is a good business 101 case study as here you have the once great and mighty now falling in to obscurity and if they would have held on to their old ways their days were clearly numbered.  However by sucking it up and accepting this change of fortune to turn lemons into lemon aid is a good lesson to learn for many companies.

Waxed here in the past, top “tech” firms typically stay at the top for only about 3.8 years before falling out of favor [look at Microsoft] as they have a hard time letting go of the past.  It’s with this said RIM has earned some accolades in my book as this goes past the purview of this post.  Yet the future is clearly set to divide hardware and software companies into two camps and the software one is an easier life unless you’re a behemoth such as Apple (also never figured I would be writing that Apple was a  behemoth either).  As software has high margins and low cost as it basically lacks any resource capitalization.

So it just goes without saying that I’m looking forward to my “crack berry”  app on my new iPhone 5 (with a 4 inch screen hopefully) by next summer (or sooner)…