Browsing the blog archives for February, 2011.

25 Bahman in Iran

politics

Tunisia was first, and Egypt was second. Will Algeria and Iran be next? Iran is particularly important given its volatile relationship with Israel and The West.  The stage is set with the 25 Bahman protests scheduled for two days from now all over Iran.

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The Fix was In

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In hindsight, it was easy to guess that Stephen Elop would choose to partner with the Windows Phone platform over Android. He is from Microsoft after all.

Since he’s only been with Nokia for four months, I’m suspecting he discussed the move to dump Symbian in favor for Windows Phone with the board of directors before being hired.

The old guard at Nokia is none too pleased. I saw footage of a massive worker walk-out in Finland in protest the move to dump Symbian.

This is a big risk and only time will tell if it will work out.

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NFL Labor Dispute

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The NFL labor dispute is already getting ugly. Usually during pro sports labor disputes, fans feel completely helpless as they watch millionaires fighting with billionaires about splitting astronomical TV, gate, and merchandise revenues. With this NFL dispute, however, there’s an easy way for fans to fight back.

Anyone who subscribes to NFL Sunday Ticket or the Redzone Channel on DirecTV or Comcast should call and cancel their subscriptions. That will send an immediate and measurable protest to the owners and players to encourage them to make sure they reach an agreement before it starts affecting next season.

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Concentric Hosting Review

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Though I like the idea of trying Amazon.com’s cloud offerings, it’s hard for me to move my hobby websites away from Concentric Hosting.  I’ve been with them for over ten years and they’ve lowered their costs twice while adding tons of features.  For $11 per month, I get full perl/php scripting capabilities as well as lots of pre-installed software packages including WordPress, OS Commerce, and MySQL.  There might be some upstart hosts that will offer it for even cheaper, but it’s not worth the effort to move all my sites.  Well done Concentric!

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Burning Down the Platform

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Wow, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop gets tons of honesty points for calling the Symbian landscape a “burning platform“.

The company led the high end device market for quite some time and deserve credit for doing so. They are also now smart to recognize the need for radical change.   It’s hard for a company that size to change quickly, so let’s stay tuned to see how they do.

Word is that they’re looking to either embrace Android or Windows 7 Mobile technology for their smart phones. Microsoft often gets things right on their second or third try, like they did with their Internet and browser strategy.  However, at this point, I think Android would be the right path for Elop to choose.

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Optimism in Egypt Justified?

politics

It is really remarkable how one man’s self immolation in Tunisia is sparking such revolt not only in his country, but in Yemen, Jordan, and of course Egypt.  The whole world is tuned into the Egyptian protest in particular because it is a relatively moderate Islamic state.  Egypt plays a role in bridging a diplomatic gap between the Middle East and the rest of the world.

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Invention of Software

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I think the following quote by Ada Lovelace about the Babbage Analytical Machine can be regarded as the invention of software:

Many persons who are not conversant with mathematical studies imagine that because the business of [Babbage's Analytical Engine] is to give its results in numerical notation, the nature of its processes must consequently be arithmetical and numerical, rather than algebraical and analytical. This is an error. The engine can arrange and combine its numerical quantities exactly as if they were letters or any other general symbols; and in fact it might bring out its results in algebraical notation, were provisions made accordingly.

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