Most teching type Posts from guardian's

by Avinash Saxena

Photo by cvander on Flickr. Some rights reserved

A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
July 2009: the very first post on the Asymco blog by Horace Dediu, which used his internal predictive memo to forecast what Nokia would do – or not do – about the iPhone. And Nokia met every milestone of not-reacting, until the disruptive arrival of Stephen Elop – whose ‘burning platform’ memo fits nicely into Dediu’s first forecast for 2011, made four years ago.
“[With The Economist,] I pay them a simple fee, for which I get the print magazine, access to the web site and its huge archives, the audio version of the magazine as a podcast, and the magazine on iPad. “Because they don’t get access to information about who is buying via Apple’s in-app purchasing, they simply can’t offer the same deal through Apple’s system – which, in theory, means they can’t offer The Economist via iPad.”
“In order to achieve its internal goal of shipping 40 million iPad products in 2011, Apple has occupied close to 60% of the global touch panel capacity causing tight supply among Apple’s competitors, according to sources from upstream component makers.” That chimes with what we’ve been hearing from rival tablet makers: it’s why they’ve been unwilling to offer prices or ship dates.
Sometimes it’s nice to know how people came up with domain names. Especially long ones about international data roaming.
“Starting Monday Forbes started to delete the links from their site. We’ve been watching these links come down, but they seem to have forgotten one page. See the bottom right of this page for paid links to Netsuite, AppRiver, Bluepay, SquareSpace and others, all with very nice descriptive keywords like ‘ecommerce,’ ‘Create a Website,’ etc. Previous links to Siemens and AT&T were prevalent, and those links still appear on eWeek and CIO Magazine.”
A simple but scary graphic. CD revenue actually peaked just as the first Napster was hitting its peak; ever since then digital has been failing to make up the gap. Note it’s using RIAA figures, so it’s recording industry, not the whole music industry. (It’s unclear though whether the data is inflation-adjusted.)
Longtime Nokia- and Symbian-watcher Andrew Orlowski on why Nokia failed: “The problem Stephen Elop faces now is not a technical one. I’ll offer another Unpopular Opinion here: that WP7 is really remarkably good already. If it wasn’t called Microsoft Windows Phone 7, and had it instead originated with a plucky startup more people would be able to appreciate it better. The Microsoft imprimatur ensures WP will never be cool – but does at least give it some assurance of backing. “Elop is correct in identifying Android as a mad sharkpool of manufacturers thrashing around in pursuit of a tiny profit, eating each other in the process. If he had to plump for an OS to license, of the two, WP was the better choice. “Elop’s problem is that historically you can’t really take a large bureaucracy and expect a lean, mean fighting machine to emerge. You usually just get a smaller bureaucracy.”

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