I used to be a hardcore Samsung fanboy. But in the end, there just wasn't that much cool Sasmsung stuff to buy, at least not in the United States. Begrudgingly I bought an iPhone, which I'm marginally happy with. All that being said, I loved this headline: Samsung fans unite!. And the handset itself looks cool.
This is cool. Over at VentureBeat. An intervew with the guy who was the inspiration behind War Games -- as in the Matthew Broderick movie, that everyone has been obsessed with at some point. He's now a clean tech executive in living in China. Not Broderick, but David Scott Lewis.
Let me start off with all kinds of disclosures: I'm really not into Apple the brand, at all. Folks who lined up for hours to get the iPhone on the first day are silly. The way folks fawn over the company is embarrassing (to themselves) (all my friends excepted, natch.)
That being said, they do make some good products. I'm seriously getting an iPhone 3G and my wife, who does video editing, just ordered a MacbookPro. I don't blame her for not wanting to deal with Windows these days.
Anyway, perhaps you know Apple's been having some problems with its MobileMe service, which is some kind of evolution of .Mac, but more mobile. Something about having access to your "cloud" wherever you go. Not sure exactly. But the service has not worked well at all since its launch. Anyway, that prompted Apple to put up this quasi mea culpa. It starts off like this:
Steve Jobs has asked me to write a posting every other day or so to let everyone know what’s happening with MobileMe...
Ha! "Steve Jobs has asked me..." That's like when your parent makes you go apologize to the neighbor for terrorizing their dogs. "My mother told me to apologize..." What's more, this 'Status update' has no byline, so it's an attempt to personalize "Steve Jobs has asked me" without explaining who the "me" is. Pathetic and silly.
Meanwhile, if you're an Apple hater, looking for another reason to dislike Steve Jobs, check out Joe Nocera's piece in the NYT today, discussing the company's culture of secrecy and all the stuff about Steve Jobs' health. Apparently Jobs called Joe Nocera up to clear the record:
On Thursday afternoon, several hours after I’d gotten my final
“Steve’s health is a private matter” — and much to my amazement — Mr.
Jobs called me. “This is Steve Jobs,” he began. “You think I’m an
arrogant [expletive] who thinks he’s above the law, and I think you’re
a slime bucket who gets most of his facts wrong.” After that rather
arresting opening, he went on to say that he would give me some details
about his recent health problems, but only if I would agree to keep
them off the record. I tried to argue him out of it, but he said he
wouldn’t talk if I insisted on an on-the-record conversation. So I
Because the conversation was off the record, I cannot
disclose what Mr. Jobs told me. Suffice it to say that I didn’t hear
anything that contradicted the reporting that John Markoff and I did
this week. While his health problems amounted to a good deal more than
“a common bug,” they weren’t life-threatening and he doesn’t have a
recurrence of cancer. After he hung up the phone, it occurred to me
that I had just been handed, by Mr. Jobs himself, the very information
he was refusing to share with the shareholders who have entrusted him
with their money.
The big tech story today was the sacking of VMWare CEO Diane Greene. VMWare, of course, is/was the red-hot virtualization spinoff from EMC. It came public last year, promptly rocketed to the moon, though the stock has since fallen on hard times. So did VMWare need a change? Probably there's lots of reading to be done -- I haven't had the chance to do much yet -- though this piece by Ashlee Vance at El Reg (as they call it) is pretty interesting, basically arguing that it's more about politics and personality than anything to do with Greene's performance. I don't know enough to say whether it's correct or not.
As Eric Savitz points out, National Semiconductor is the latest chipmaker to announce some solar power stuff. This is getting pretty common. Of course Cypress spun of Sunpower and that appears to be a real business. Applied Materials also has something of a business in solar, though still small. Then there's Intel, which announced that it was hiving off some solar investments, and now there's this.
So if you don't get it, here it is: If you make semiconductors, you can make solar panels (basically). It's as easy as that. From there, it's as simple as putting out a press release, and voila.
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