Remember Rageboy? Well Christopher Locke is still around, now posting as the Chief Blogging Officer. He is a great writer. And his tagline on rageboy was - well, still is - "where we write at night when we should be sleeping, and it shows". I think of that often, as I sit at my keyboard, at 11:30 at night... Yeah, I'm, well, you know, and yeah, it shows. What can I say?
Steve Jobs delivered Stanford's 2005 commencement speech. "You've got to find what you love." This is an awesome speech, even on paper; I sure wish I was there to hear him give it, as great as he is in person. "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." [ via The New Editor ]
Paul Graham explains How to start a startup. "You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible." This seems exactly right to me. The last part is the hardest, because the enemy of every startup is time. And spending money often saves you time. The hardest decisions in a young business are the trade-offs between spending money and spending time. Anyway it is an excellent read, check it out!
Joel Spolsky criticizes Microsoft ("The best recruiting department in the world can't make people want to work at a company that's moribund and can't figure out how to ship a compelling upgrade to their flagship OS..."), and Robert Scoble criticizes Joel ("Our stock price is flat, yes, but new employees get given stock that vests over several years. What do your new employees get? Options? Nothing?"). All fuel for a great discussion thread.
CNet reports Apple has trademarked "Numbers". A spreadsheet? Could be. Along with Keynote, Pages, and Mail, that would pretty much give them a Microsoft Office equivalent. And soon, it will be running on Intel computers. Yeah, if I'm Microsoft, I'm worried...
Robert X. Cringley follows up on his Apple on Intel article; this time he reports on The Osborne Effect. "Sometimes what everyone remembers is wrong." This is terrific stuff; I'm so glad what everyone remembers is wrong. Osborne lost out because they delivered a worse product for more money, not because they preannounced a better product. I also like that Robert thinks kind of like I did; Apple is focused on delivering online video, and the Intel deal is part of that strategy.
Today's conspiracy theory: Russell Beattie ponders Apple and Nokia: Who approached who? "The situation then is that Apple has learned from past mistakes of relying on Motorola too tightly (think CPUs) and is looking around for other top-tier manufacturers to help them with their vision of the perfect mobile companion to OSX: the proverbial and mythical iPhone." The iPhone, eh? Sure, why not...
Mark Cuban slams Macrovision. "Now maybe I’m reading this wrong, but the way I understand it, the CEO of Macrovision, a company that sells copy protection software to DVD publishers, is sending out a press release saying… 'Our software doesn’t work. It sucks. We can’t stop a bunch of little companies from writing software that completely busts our copy protection that we are selling for millions of dollars to publishers.'" I love Mark.
GNXP discusses The opportunity costs of affirmative action. Eh, don't get me started... If you're interested check out the comments as well as the blog post.
Did you feel it? I didn't. But we had a 5.3 Earthquake out here... Coming on the heels of a 5.2 in Idyllwild last Sunday. I never know whether to feel good ("they're relieving the pressure") or worried ("they're harbingers of a big one"). Anyway I'm glad I didn't feel it.