March 6, 2018

Link: Benchmarking In Your Pants Again ☍

Craig Hockenberry compares the original iPhone with the iPhone X in raw processing power and the results are (unsurprisingly) staggering. Most new iPhones are compared with their predecessors, so this longer evolution is fascinating to see. If you look back at the original post, which compares these tests on an original iPhone to a contemporary iMac, that makes the evolution seem even more dramatic.

February 27, 2018

Link: Racing to 5G ☍

Right now, all of the wireless carriers and Dish Network are sharing plans for their new 5G networks. While I think good LTE is very satisfactory, the promise of 5G for things like home Internet, IoT, and other smarter devices is fascinating. In my case, I could go from two home Internet options to seven, and that competition would be amazing. At this point, all the carriers are announcing plans of cities to be the first to 5G, and it looks like Sprint is still going to be later to the party than some of its competitors, but it will be market dependent.

If you read this site regularly, you may recall that I did a tear-down exercise on Sprint in early 2016, as I think it’s a company with a lot of potential, but filled with mediocrity. Most of what I wrote didn’t happen and the company has mostly been drifting along since then. I’d bet the farm on 5G and offer it everywhere fast. You might not convince people to get your phones (and backwards device-provisioning), but there are plenty of places where Sprint offers some sort of service. That could be prime to steal home and small business Internet from wireline companies like Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T, CenturyLink, and whomever else people grumble about on a monthly basis. Even as someone who has been critical in the past, I’d be willing to give their 5G service a try. The wireless companies can offer home Internet almost as frictionless as streaming services.

Link: The #1 Reason Facebook Won’t Ever Change ☍

Om Malik:

Facebook’s (much deserved) media nightmare continued this week when it came under criticism for spamming members who signed up for two-factor authentication. This was followed by charges that its Protect VPN software (based on its Onava CDN) was essentially corporate spyware. The collective outrage over Facebook and its actions might result in a lot of talk, but it won’t really change Facebook, its ethos, and its ethics. Let me explain!

A few years ago, I wrote that companies have a core genetic profile and it is tough for them to deviate from it. That DNA defines every action, reaction, and a strategic move made by a company. The DNA represents a company’s ethos — and to a large extent, its ethics. Microsoft was and will always be a desktop software company, albeit one that is doing its best to adapt to the cloud and data-centric world. It has turned its desktop offerings into smart revenue streams on the cloud.

I fully subscribe to this core-genetic-profile argument, and looking at all the moves lately, Facebook is desperately trying to get us all back on.

Link: Bored People Quit ☍

Rands with an oldie, but goodie:

You call on the motivation and retention police because you believe they can perform the legendary “diving save”. Whether it’s HR or a well-intentioned manager with a distinguished title, these people scurry impressively. Meetings that go long into the evening are instantly scheduled with the disenfranchised employee.

It’s an impressive show of force, and it sometimes works, but even if they stay, the damage has been done. They’ve quit, and when someone quits they are effectively saying, “I no longer believe in this company”. What’s worse is that what they were originally thinking was, “I’m bored”.

Boredom is easier to fix than an absence of belief.

Even though this post was written in 2011, I came across it recently and it had me thinking about all the frustrating and annoying things in the world of technology. Granted, this can be applied to an even larger scope, but there’s a lot of companies that were once mighty that even as a customer (or user), I’m finding myself no longer believing in. In another way, you may have noticed some silence on this site for about the past month—outside of the HomePod launch, there just hasn’t been much that has interested me. This site isn’t going anywhere, but a little hiatus from time to time can be a good thing.

February 1, 2018

News: Apple Reports Q1 Results

Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ending December 30, 2017. In the conference call, Apple posted a quarterly revenue of $88.3 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.89…