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17 October 2010 - How Open Will Change Television
The licensing dispute between Fox and Cablevision which kept the Giants game from coursing across the Cablevision network at kickoff today shows us yet again why closed licensing models based upon licensing aggregation simply are not in the best interest of consumers. As I highlighted in a previous post, I’m not a fan of having […]
13 August 2010 - Is that cashier high?
In January of ’07, I visited the Bed Bath and Beyond store on 6th Avenue in Chelsea, and when I got home fuming from the experience, I blogged about it. It got a few comments, and before I knew it I was atop Google for "Bed Bath and Beyond Sucks". It’s been that way for […]
27 June 2010 - Twitter’s Pitiful – Failwhales, and Only 3283 TPS?
I came across this post on twitter’s blog. Really? Your all-time record tweets per second is 3283, and your systems are consistently over capacity? I got the failwhale page several times in the past week. Seems to me to be pretty #fail that you can’t handle that relatively small of a load. This is the […]
06 June 2010 - No iPads in Manhattan
I finally, despite hating AT&T and resenting the crap out of Apple, had decided to pick up a 64GB 3g iPad yesterday to get in on the remaining opportunity to the unlimited 3g plan. I went to the Apple store on 59th St, and upon spotting an employee blue shirt in the tumultuous sea of […]
29 May 2010 - Could transparency be enough to fix mobile carrier exclusivity?
I was just thinking about what back room wrangling may have gone on to have the iPad contract-free 3G service through AT&T happen. Obviously, as a book reader, Apple could offer the Kindle up for comparison, and Steve could certainly make the case that ubiquitous connectivity would have to be better than that offered by […]
07 March 2010 - Cablevision’s Business Model is the Problem
In watching the fight unfold between Cablevision and Disney/ABC, it’s plain to see that the largest problem the cable companies have is their adherence to their business model and not picking the right core competency. Time Warner Cable is asking its customers to support their fight against content providers: I’ve recently upgraded my home internet […]
03 May 2009 - Sustaining the Unsustainable – Student Loan Debt
When you take some time to think about the mortgage crisis that’s helped turn our markets to mud, it seems to come down to overpaying for things without a well-reasoned calculation of risk. Until about a month ago, I lived in Greenwich Village in New York, and walked by New York University’s buildings each day. […]
15 December 2008 - Spelling does count.
Spelling does count. If the sender, subject line, or your message is misspelled, I’m far more likely to think that it’s spam and bin it. I’m fine with the false positives which may make it into the bit bucket if you didn’t take the time to figure out how to spell what you wanted to […]
05 August 2008 - Shallow Gene Pool at the Music Genome Project?
While I did create a “Glycerine” channel, I’ve heard an acoustic rendition of Bush’s Glycerine at least 5 times now on my Ani Difranco channel, and I haven’t listened that much to Pandora. I don’t know if I ran into a flaw in the algorithm, have had strange luck, or if Pandora isn’t really all […]
25 January 2008 - Horrible RoadRunner Performance – Shame on Time Warner Cable of New York City
I’ve got a lot to say about Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey in the coming days and weeks. I’ll start you out with this screenshot of just the kind of slow speeds I’m getting on a regular basis. 150ms ping to the first hop isn’t infrequent, as well as 10% packet […]