Nov 28 2011

Retweet October 2011

From time to time I just blast tweets about software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else comes to mind. Here is a synopsis of recent tweets and rants. If you want to follow the conversation follow me at techknow and/or juixe.

Software Development

  • To checkin or not to checkin a large changelist five minutes before you go home, that is the question?
  • A test like a good movie, has three parts: the setup, the car chase, and the test of the results.
  • Testing is like a tax, you have to pay 5-10% to have a good running infrastructure or system.
  • Testing takes time, make sure you make the time, because it will save you time in the long run.
  • All programmers have a black belt in hubris.
  • One bytecode to rule them all.

Thought Leadership

  • Your miles may vary, but it often depends on your attitude.
  • Passion + Perseverance = Possibilities
  • Sometimes you can’t afford to lose a client, but there are other times you can’t afford keep your client.
  • Just like there should be no hard coded strings there should be no unwritten rules, or assumptions, or specifications.
  • The dumbest people I’ve ever encountered are those that think that the rest of the 99.99% of people are a bunch of idiots.
  • If you are unique no one can compete with you.
  • Team meetings should not feel like an AA meeting, “Hi, I’m bob and I work here.”

Product Placement

  • I’ve used the iPhone apps for Google Voice and G+ and I have to say, Google does not know how to make a good iOS app.
  • I’m not liking the new Google Reader look. I would not be surprised if the next version of Google design has ribbons.
  • Leave no smart phone behind. Google won’t upgrade the Nexus One to Android 4.0.
  • Google is set to update its motto to “Do no evil if you ain’t getting paid for such evil.”
  • Android is to Google what Internet Explorer was to Microsoft in the Browser Wars. MS gave IE for free just to take out Netscape.
  • Siri is to Apple what Kinect is to XBox what Facebook Connect is to Facebook what Circles are to Google Plus…
  • Every time I upgrade a MS product an angel loses his wings.
  • Is Amazon also adopting social networking features? I just noticed that Amazon has a like button on its product pages.
  • Facebook should update its mission “to trick people to over share and make the world more open, connected, and trackable.”
  • Google should update its mission “to organize the world’s information about our users and make it accessible and useful to our advertisers.”
  • @att has two options in terms of text messages. Pay as you use for $0.20 or unlimited for $20. What about a third option, disable texting altogether?
  • Why does it cost half of the price of a stamp to send or receive a text? It’s endemic of an industry that has no competition or innovation.
  • The Kindle Fire tablet is a modern day physical shopping cart for Amazon’s virtual online store.
  • History is being made every day, yet @historychannel airs reruns of Ancient Alien.

Quotes

  • OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW. – Steve Jobs’ Last Words
  • I’m so embarrassed. I wish everybody else was dead. – Bender Bending Rodriguez
  • Goodbye monobrains – Bender Bending Rodriguez
  • There is no recession for great companies… – Jason Calacanis
  • Software is like sex: it’s better when it’s free. – Linus Torvalds
  • Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is a process; working together is success. – Henry Ford
  • When all men think alike, no one thinks very much. – Walter Lippmann

Randumb

  • On Monday mornings we are all zombies.
  • Why am I listening to old school British punk rock? #GodSpankTheQueen
  • The truth is that truth is absolutely relative.
  • And then God said, “Let there be bacon,” and there was bacon. God saw that the bacon was delicious.
  • You’re so vain, you probably think this tweet is about you.
  • Fist pump for peace.
  • Anybody that gets lost in a corn maze is an absolute moron.
  • I hate Lifetime movies!
  • Business is legitimate thievery.
  • Some of the most common elements on earth idiotum and dumbtonium.
  • meta-disrupt: Disrupt those disrupting disruption.
  • I am, therefore I meme.

Thought Equations

  • Meaning > money
  • problem = opportunity
  • means != ends
  • Success > Perfection
  • Experience != Information
  • Thinking > Knowing
  • Do > try
  • Platform > product
  • Creation > criticism
  • Passion + Perseverance = Possibilities

Million Dollar Ideas

  • Million Dollar Idea: Online Speed Dating Site
  • Million dollar idea: a news channel with nothing but news tickers…
  • Million Dollar Idea: self cleaning floors.

Nov 16 2011

How Apple Saves Millions on Transaction Fees

I’ve joked before that Apple has more revenue sources than they do products. In addition to having great profit margins on hardware they also do well on the Apple iTunes music and app store. In addition to these, Apple brings millions with it’s developer program, with costs $99/year. Since Apple has been doing well with it’s traditional business and because Apple is so private about it’s business I feel business analysts have not had the spotlight on other aspects Apple’s finances, such as how they save millions of dollars a year on transaction fees.

Have you ever notice that when you buy a $0.99 song on the iTunes music store you may be charged two or three days later? I’ve noticed that when if I purchase a movie on a Friday and a song on a Saturday, I often don’t get charged until the following Sunday or Monday and when I do both items are charged together. How does this save Apple millions? Typically, when you have to process a customer’s credit card to charge for goods or services, the bank or merchant account that processes the credit card will charge around $0.20-0.30 per transaction and an additional percentage of the total cost after a certain amount. This is why some small business don’t accept credit cards for less than some amount, like $5-10 dollars. If you are processing credit cards for your digital goods online store, PayPal charges a transaction fee of $0.30 plus 2.9% of the total price.

I’ve positive that Apple has negotiated the transaction cost to less what a brink and mortar business would have to pay, but as an example let’s say they pay $.10 per transaction. If you buy a $0.99 song on iTunes Apple still has to pay a transaction fee for charging your card, in this case $0.10 or 10% of the total charged. If you buy two songs over a span of two days and Apple bills you for the both of the $0.99 songs together, Apple will still only pay the $0.10 transaction cost to process the credit card, or just 5% of the total price.

This is why when you purchase items from iTunes it maybe be several days before you are charged, because it is better for Apple to charge you for multiple items than to charge you for individual songs separately.


Oct 10 2011

Here’s To The Crazy Ones

Here is a short clip of Steve Jobs introducing the new Think Different ad campaign which includes the Here’s To The Crazy Ones speech. From this clip, here are my favorite quotes from Steve Jobs.

The Apple brand has clearly suffered from neglect in this area in the last few years and we need to bring it back. The way to do that is not to talk about speeds and feeds; not to talk about mips and megahertz; not to talk about why we’re better than Windows…

Our customers want to know who is Apple and what is it that we stand for, where do we fit in this world. What we are about isn’t making boxes to get people to get their jobs done, although we do that well, we do that better than almost anybody in some cases. But Apple is about something more than that. Apple at the core, it’s core value, is that we believe that people with passion can change the world for the better.


Oct 6 2011

Steve Jobs

It is easy to be amazed by the accomplishments of Steve Jobs, from starting the personal computing industry, to revolutionizing the music industry, to leading the way on the mobile front. What amazes me everyday is what his innovation has meant to people. How many moments where shared, songs created, emails read, videos edited, photos fixed, homework done, thesis papers written, video calls made, art projects submitted, lives touched because of his work. There is people with disabilities that use the devices he designed, children with autism are learning on iTouch devices, freelance designers and developers are making a career on his platform, industries have been created around his vision. 313 patents is impressive but the number of ways his genius has benefited us all is innumerable.


Sep 12 2011

Retweet August 2011

From time to time I just blast tweets about software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else comes to mind. Here is a synopsis of recent tweets and rants. If you want to follow the conversation follow me at techknow and/or juixe.

Software Development

  • More code, more problems.
  • Code. Money. Respect.
  • Code war is the new cold war.
  • The programer-designer is the philosopher-king or our time.
  • Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to gold farm and he’ll eat for a lifetime.

Team Leadership

  • When the world is flat and information freely available there is a premium on creativity.
  • There is no such thing as free lunch, especially if it’s lobster.
  • Give a silicon valley startup founder a lemon and he’ll make a social networking site for people that like lemonade.

Product Placement

  • I hope Twitter doesn’t become the next MySpace.
  • There is no i in Apple.
  • Google is buying Motorola for $12.5 Billion. Google is also developing a autonomous car, so in a few years it might buy Ford.
  • It’s not Thanksgiving, so why did Google pay so much for a moto turkey?
  • AT&T charges for services you use and most importantly for services you don’t, and they sell you out to the feds on top of that.
  • I know that many G+ users are still in the early adopter stages of denial, but honestly, Google does not know how to do social right.

Quote

  • Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant. – P.T. Barnum
  • Wall Street is now a huge mathematical game of chess where individual companies are just pawns. – Mark Cuban
  • Search is dead. What people want is an answer. … You don’t need Trip Advisor, you don’t need Yelp. – @Jason, #TWiST 171

Questions

  • Got Woot?
  • You think Papa Murphy’s is related to Papa John’s?
  • Has Flash lost it’s fizzle?
  • If G+ was spun out of Google as an independent company it would be valued at $50 billion.
  • What company will be around in 25 years, Apple, Zynga, Facebook, Google, eBay, Microsoft, …???
  • Now they are making movies in 4D… What is next, 7D?
  • If this is your third startup, are you really still a starting up?
  • I just want to know, why are those birds so angry?

Randumb

  • When life gives you bullshit, make lemonade.
  • Untangling headphones in the dark.
  • Current Status: somewhere between FML and IDGAFF.
  • Zoned out from being on the zone for so long.
  • The future is retro.
  • Don’t trust your shit to chance.
  • MTV has as much expertise to produce MTV’s Music Awards as the History Channel’s has to produce Ancient Aliens.
  • It’s ironic how many people misuse the word irony.
  • Even though I haven’t gone back to school for a while now, I can’t resist a good Back To School sale!
  • I tired of Shark Week. When will they have Turtle Week or Salamander Week?
  • If Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were to be created now they would have been known as Angry Turtles.
  • Total Retargeting
  • Shift+Happens

Aug 15 2011

Google Make Its Largest Acquisition

Google announced that it was buying Motorola for a staggering $12.5 billion. This is the largest acquisition made by the online search and advertising giant to date. I was talking about this with a friend who said the following. “If I’m a typical Motorola employee I’m worried, if I’m HTC I’m pissed, if I’m Microsoft I’m making a bid for Nokia, if I’m Apple, I’m laughing it up.” I’m not entirely sure about my friend’s statement but I am positive that Google has changed it’s strategy and decided to fight fire with fire, patents with patents, lawyers with lawyers, and mind share with truck loads of hard cold cash.

Google went at great lengths on this deal, it not only paid top dollar for Motorola but it even created a special “Facts about Google’s acquisition of Motorola” SEO-rich webpage which includes choice quotes from Android partners and a message from Larry Page.

Larry, CEO of Google, wrote about the purchase…

Motorola has a history of over 80 years of innovation in communications technology and products, and in the development of intellectual property, which have helped drive the remarkable revolution in mobile computing we are all enjoying today.

The last Motorola phone I thought was ground breaking was the first generation RAZR. Since then I have not been impressed with their phone offering, including their Android versions. In the press release, Larry made several references of the StarTAC, which Motorola originally released in 1996.

To appease other Android partners and licensees, the press release stated that Motorola will e a independent business unit.

This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business

For me, the key and most revealing sentence in the whole press release was the following.

Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.

What struck me about the above quote is how hard Google is spinning this. When competitors buy up patents, it’s anti-competitive but when Google itself pays top dollar for a turkey stuffed with patents it will “increase competition.”

It has been reported that Google is paying $40/share, over 50% on top of the price at the time of the announcement. The reason Google is paying this price is clearly for the over 14,000 granted patents and over 6,500 pending patents Motorola has acquired over time. These patents will add to patents Google has added to it’s patent portfolio.