This is really what the New York Times has done. As a short disclosure, I do own Apple stock, and I do want an iPhone, and I do know that it makes no sense whatsoever (and hence will likely not buy one) because there are many key things that the thing is missing. Here are a few more things after having posted two previous items.
Here we go, and I only include those that I think are real problems, above and beyond my last point.
- the iPhones 25 ring tones are your only choice. It’s a full MP3 player and you can’t use the MP3s as ring tone. Ehhh… oook.
- You cannot use standard headphone as a small plastic modling prevents headphone plugs from seating correct. Thank god there will be adapters to spend your money on.
- the bluetooth only works with hands-free devices like Bluetooth Headsets or freespeak stuff for your car. No keyboard, no computer. WHAT? Yes, the phone cannot act as wireless modem for your laptop. But we already know that EDGE is too slow anyway.
- Songs, Files, Calendar, Contacts, Software Updates … all go through the USB charging cradle. Thank god your can use the phone while in the cradle, not as a modem it seems, not at your head (as the speaker is at the bottom) and not with your favorite headset as it doesn’t fit.
- You cannot make a phone call when using the EDGE network … I hope it rings at least.
- ToDo items do not show up on the iPhone, Notes from the Phone not on your PC.
- They are still tapping with one index finger after 2 weeks and not with two thumbs.Â
I admit, this might still be a success, but somehow, it’s not that great a product than the previous ones. I mean the iPod was not only designed very well but it was also a wonderful package better than anything else out there in terms of hard disk players. The iPhone is well designed, has a few good features, but some things that are just need good. Looking forward to seeing where this moves. The first adopters will buy it anyway, possibly even use it, and the real question comes how many they sell until end Q3 and Q4 and what the next update looks like. And Apple, sometimes you need to let the user decide. Yes 3G drains the battery some more but that’s my choice.
Lots of people around you are doing wonderful things, and often if you need something, a person right in your neighborhood is doing exactly that thing. Right next to me there is somebody doing some really nice furniture in wood. His site about MassivholzmÃ¶bel (hard woods) is Don HÃ¼tte, and I was positively surprised. Now I need to get Frank to blog about his work, about furniture coming into existence.
Things like this drive me to really conquer the local market with something that finally works in a scalable manner. It’s really about thinking local but acting global. It’s about using what the internet is about at its core. Allowing for communication, aggregation, networks, markets, platforms, … . I seriously need to find out what else is there around me, and around my friends.
What will be the future of social networks, excluding Facebook of course ? One idea that is really starting to grow on my is what Ning is enabling with their platform. Small niche social networks. The interface to integrate your view on all the networks you joined isn’t fully there yet, but hey, this seems to be taking of just now. There are hundreds if not thousands of network on the platform and some are really getting traction.
The social network to note here is really ad:bree from the wonderful guys and girls of alarm:clock. The network was set-up to help people in the online advertising space to connect and have one network where the focus is clearly on advertising. With the market thriving as it is, this is a really good suggestion and there are already some very interesting players on the network. Above that I also added some people from totally different fields, like quality assurance and bloggers.
We just sent out the press release that we were able to attract Michael Kleindl as a second Angel Investor for Ormigo. The German press release is here and for a bit more information in English, check out this story on alarm:clock euro.
After HemjÃ¶ Klein, we are very happy to be able to welcome Michael Kleindl on board, who has been helping us amazingly in terms of contacts in the internet media industry. And we thought we have good contacts
To give you an idea on why Michael invested, I’ll try to translate his German quote from the press release.
â€žThe local advertising market is one of the very big growth markets. With it’s concept, Ormigo, the two founders and the technology is ideally set-up to conquer not only the German market.Â The business model is a perfect addition for every notable publisher.” – Michael Kleindl
Tell me if you have a better translation I would only like to add one thing, namely the team we have managed to attract to Ormigo. I am very thankful to all of them for taking the leap and trusting us to do the right thing. The experience and level of dedication that flows through our offices is a wonderful sight. Thanks for sharing the vision.
I have been saying this for a long time and this makes these two posts by Paul Kedrosky ring a bell. I started out building a statistics service in the first bubble, did some search optimization (might be called spamming with automatically generated pages and so on ) and soon moved on into advertising, building a very good performance marketing play. We are now moving performance marketing into the local market with Ormigo and this really just plays with all the trends I believe in.
In the online world, ads are measurable. As soon as the possibility exists, people will want it. Otherwise you would run branding campaigns without click through urls. An Advertiser will surely say that it is branding what they are buying, but they will still measure the result. This will move further down the value chain as soon as different thing become more integrated. It is also what pushes all the money online because it makes advertising more into a sales channel. The money in a sales channels is potentially endless.
Now that Joost is rumored to become embedded in set-top-boxes, how long will it take till the general trend (not Joost in particular) will make TV Ads more measurable. TiVo is already moving into that directly. All this needs a different kind of system, a different kind of banner server, different kind of management on the distribution side. The ad business is still not really to give up their grip and the agencies will surely always play an important role, but the type of role they play will change. They will become more accountable as things become measurable. And as soon as measurability is there, it opens up new markets. Fun stuff.
Some nice FON news today. First of all I am one of the good foneros and hence got the Fontenna for 2 EURs. The Fontenna extends my FON signal five times and due to the fact that across the lake from my home they are building a beach club, this might make sense.
Additionally, the difference between Linus and Bills seems to have been removed and now you can make money either way. Choose to be a Bill and you can make money at your own hotspot and roam for free. Nice and makes sense actually. Third, but this does not seem to be online yet, WifiAds are a further monetization part of the entire system that has something to do with ads. We’ll see what that is all about.
Also you can now add FON Hotspots to your GPS and there is a new Symbian client out. All good things. I am looking forward to try out the new Fontenna when it arrives to see if I reach the beachclub
Something that started as an internal development here at Ormigo is now out. It’s called PHPIDS and I have written about it before. Congratulations to the community that has built around it and especially to .mario, who started the project here after a few days off-site brainstorming about our future.
Good to see the system get some traction and being used by some other web sites. Looking forward to see it develop.
I am really happy to see such tools spring from internal developers, giving back to the community that allows us to do what we do.
Update: I wrote PHPIDS Version 1 previously, but you should never underestimate the versioning by developers and hence, Jamal wins with 0.3, against PHPIDS 0.2
There’s lots of discussion about Globalization here in Germany currently, mostly due to the G8 Meeting taking place here and due to the protests.
I would suggest all protesters take a look at Hans Rosling’s Presentation from TED 2006. Especially interesting is the part starting here.
I have a problem and I have high hopes that this might solve it. A little background is in order. To manage our internal documents we are using Subversion. Not only for development stuff but also for all other documents. The nice thing is that everything is versioned, backed up, and available from every pc. A small svn update, and all documents are up to date, a small svn commit with a comment and your new version is in. All cool.
On Windows, we don’t have a problem but on OS X there is one. The thing is that Subversion was done for development stuff and the shell is not really done for the average joe. There is a tool for OS X called svnX but that is really nothing more than a wrapper for the shell commands. The OS X shell is not properly internalized. The problem is that the German letters like Ã¼Ã¤Ã¶ do not propperly work, and for business documents, this is something you use a lot. E.g. Founding would be called GrÃ¼ndung.
As the internationalization is not perfect, svn checkout will get the documents on your hard disk. After that is done you have one document that is called GrÃ¼ndung.doc for example. But when you do a ls, you will not get GrÃ¼ndung.doc but something like GruSOMETHINGndung.doc. When Subversion then does a status check it will tell you that you do not have GrÃ¼ndung.doc in your directory and a GruSOMETHINGndung.doc that does not have a status in the Subversion directory. As there are lots of documents with Ã¤Ã¶Ã¼ you will have e.g. 30 documents that are not subversioned and 30 document that are missing.
Now that is a PAIN! And all tries to internationalize the shell have been unsuccessful. .profile now includes:
Nothing. I also built a new bash from MacPorts. Nothing either. I would be happy for any suggestions.