Dec 10

Joyeux Noel word lovers


A merry Christmas to all, and I wanted to share with you the Wordle analysis of the Christmas Carol. This is a great tool for business use also if you have to visualize a lot of text for a slide.

Dec 10

A story about telling stories with presentations

For those of you who took my class on presentations and PPT, here’s a new resources to refresh some of the ideas we covered: The Presentation (the book).

Sep 10

Wow, Blio launches

Better late than never, Blio, a free ebook software package, has launched with, well, 6 months late. I look forward to reviewing.

(Updated). Well, never mind. Blio is all eye candy and commerce – but this thing can’t even open a txt book on my hard drive. Uninstall, quick…

May 10

Are you a Kindle? Or an iPad?

As of today, I’m a Kindle. But if you don’t know yet, how do you choose? How do you pick between two great, different devices?


Here’s how to choose: Picture a quiet Sunday evening. Would you rather spend an hour reading a book, or watching TV?




If you answered "TV", then you’re an iPad. If you chose the book, then you’re a Kindle.

Apr 10

Lenovo Supply Chain

How flat the world is. Just got an international shipment from Lenovo, mapped courtesy of UPS, Google and Boxoh:

Mar 10

Waiting for ebooks

Let’s count the ways we have to wait for a better tomorrow on ebooks:
1. First the iPad, of course. But the wait is almost over, they tell us.
2. Then there’s Blio Reader (software), which went into radio silence after CES. They’ve been “coming soon” since then… we’re still waiting.
3. Barnes & Noble, not to be outdone, let us and their investors know that they wouldn’t miss the iPad train and would launch their app. Soon.
4. Finally, Amazon pre-announced their Kindle for Tablet, any tablet as long as you can touch it. Very soon.

B&N, Blio and Amazon have found themselves forced to react to the iPad ebook business model, and demonstrate how their own business model would survive the iPad onslaught. But for the moment, all these announcements feel a lot like vaporware – or is it ebookware?

Feb 10

Plunge into history – online

Microsoft has released a technical preview of streetside photos, a Bing service which will overlay Flickr photos into Bing Streetview – including historical photos.

For all lovers of history, this means that you’ll soon be able to enter 3D renditions of historical landscapes, and walk through them – like a Star Trek holodeck without the characters (yet).

Try it: visit Seattle’s Pioneer Square

Think of the possibilities: Stroll through the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris; visit Dresden before the bombing; follow Allied troops landing on Omaha Beach. This will be yet another way to make history relevant.

Feb 10

The other way ebooks prices are changing

Amazon’s troubles with publishers have focused mostly on how the publishers want Amazon to charge more for ebooks. But what about when the $9.99 price is too high?

Take a recent bestseller for instance: The Da Vinci Code. Based on the seeming endless availability of used and new copies, the Kindle price is already adjusted to balance the reader’s wish to get an immediate copy with the abundance of supply.

I foresee Amazon increasingly tweaking prices in this way – in the meantime it’s you can find other $9.99 Kindle versions competing with a cheap used copy, and look for more used book price arbitrage opportunities.

Jan 10

Cultural differences in mobile phone usage

Here’s a review of how cell phones are used in different countries – interesting background for those of us in the wireless industry.

Dec 09

Google Predictions 2010

My Gmail predictions for 2009 failed miserably. I may have been guilty of wishful thinking.

So, continuing on the theme of wishful thinking, here are my 2010 predictions:

  • Google Library: the Google Books project will be expanded to allow for book rental, with appropriate payments to the copyright holders. This will not only give access to hard to find books across borders, but will also make this access reasonably priced.
  • Google Europe will move to Switzerland to further optimize taxes
  • Google Voice will introduce European numbers and make my life easier

Happy New Year!