Archive for January 16, 2008

James Kendrick’s Brain: Fail!

January 16, 2008

No, not the Fail I accuse him of for liking Windows Mobile.

See this:

It’s only a stroke, I will be back sooner than you might want


Remember, James, to pre-address the FedEx envelope to me so I can inherit the HTC Advantage.

Actual photo of James Kendrick in hospital gown!

Ah, that ought to get him out of bed and all lively again!

Seriously: Get well, James!


From the Heart — Kendrick’s detailed and harrowing tale of his heart attack almost-sorta-could’ve-been heart attack* and bypass. Must-reading for everyone.

*See Comments.

Steve Jobs Is Up To Something. Probably Big.

January 16, 2008

The Passion of Steve Jobs

Today he had a wide range of observations on the industry, including the Amazon Kindle book reader, which he said would go nowhere largely because Americans have stopped reading.

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

Emphasis added by me.

Let’s review:

[C]omments from Apple chief executive Steve Jobs that flash-based digital music players are often received as gifts, rarely used, and “end up in a drawer[.]”

Here’s Jobs dissing flash players in his own words at MacWorld 2004:

January 2005: Jobs introduces the iPod Shuffle.


Transcript Of Apple’s iTunes Conference Call (2004)

Mike Wendland: Happy anniversary. The iPod has just changed everything. The question now is what’s next for us? So how about full color video, color screen? Do you ever see it morphing into anything like an iPhone all purpose device?

Steve Jobs: You know, our next big step is we want it to make toast. I want to brown my bagels when I’m listening to my music. And we’re toying, you know, we’re toying with refrigeration, too.

Mike Wendland: Not bad. Where is it going? What are you doing? Is it going to stay strictly music or will there be other features that you do?

Steve Jobs: You know, one of the things that I say around Apple, I paraphrase Bill Clinton when he was running long ago when he said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” I say, “It’s the music, stupid.” We have to stay focused on the fact that people are buying these devices to listen to music. People love music. They love listening to music as a background activity when they’re doing..when they’re exercising, when they are commuting and when they are just hanging out, and music is a wonderful thing because: A, it’s music; and B, because it can be listened to as a background activity. And a lot of these other things that people are talking about building in such as video and things like that are foreground activities. You can’t drive a car when you’re watching a movie. You know? It’s really hard doing that.

So, we really are very focused on music because that’s what we think, that’s where we think the revolution is here.

Emphasis added by me.

January 2008: Apple has been advertising the Flash-based iPod Nano with the tagline “A little video for everyone” and introduces movie rentals to the iTunes Store.


If only 40% of people read, that’s still a huge market, just here in the U.S.. Besides that, readers are smarter than the 60% who never read at least one book a year. Smarter people often earn more money. And they can see the value in ebooks.

And guess what else? Reading is international. Think economies of scale. Think larger markets of readers in each country. Think making a real ding in the universe.

I think Steve Jobs has ebooks up his sleeve. But knowing him, it’ll be done in a way that will surprise all of us.


5 Things Steve Jobs Has Misled Us About In The Last 30 Years

Mobile Device of the Year, 2007 — Michael Mace has an intriguing post about the iPod Nano, making me wonder if I should give up lusting for the Sansa Clip. (Nano owners, your cue for Comments!)

Today’s Front Pages, Tomorrow’s Headlines

January 16, 2008


Expect the stuff in those red zones to get bigger.

And worse.

And every day.