A week with Dell XPS13 9343 (2015 model)

Last week I have received the new Dell XPS 13 from the Sputnik program, the one with Ubuntu pre-installed. I wanted to vote with my wallet since I believe Ubuntu is a pretty solid desktop environment, on par with Mac OS X and various Windows. Design-wise  Dell has produced a very good looking machine, nothing…

How to survive to high traffic mailing lists

From the Metrics Grimoire mailing list, I have found out about this masterpiece by Joey Hess: how to subscribe to mailing lists with a combined total posts of 2000 or more per day, and live. I enjoyed reading it although now I’m getting the depressing thoughts of bad email clients 🙁

Being first to market may not be an advantage

A short video from MinuteMBA shows how Apple won being getting there second. It’s a good reminder that being first doesn’t mean always winning. 3 Ways Apple Actually Innovates – OnlineMBA.com. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20lADuaLeTk]

Innovating email clients

I don’t like any of the email/groupware clients I’ve used, from Evolution to Thunderbird to Apple Mail to Entourage to Outlook to Gmail. They are all very bad for me. And I also don’t like email because of this. This morning I played around with The Email Game, a web app that expands Google’s Gmail…

James Bessen interviewed by Timothy B. Lee

Timothy B. Lee published the first part of an interview with James Bessen,  the economist that wrote with Eric Masking the paper on patents that I quoted often. They talk about innovation, wages and the education. To read. James Bessen on the Great Stagnation | Bottom-up.

How is Google damaging consumers?

I kept this post as draft since I read Wired’s article about Google and their supposed dominant position. Today I read again about the new investigation of US Antitrust targeting bigG because it holds too much market share in online advertising and advertisers are getting upset.  I can’t understand why an antitrust agency is taking…

Patents have become landmines

After many years trying to export the US ‘intellectual property’ laws to the rest of the world, China has find a way to use the stupidity of the American patent system against Americans. Finally, commentators admit that Chinese patents will serve as land mines for foreign businesses. Doh! Great comment from @vwadhwa on TechCrunch: This…

It’s all about Contacts: who do you know?

When it comes to doing anything, finding a job, an apartment or a used car, what counts most is who you know. In the old times it was the size of your rolodex, now it’s the size of you digital addressbook. Being so powerful, it’s no wonder that everybody out there wants it: Facebook, Plaxo,…

Six comments worth reading about iPad

Saturday morning is the best day to read more in depth analysis. I collected six articles that amused me, largely from the HBR blogs (one of the best source of food for thoughts, IMHO). If you, like me, are fascinated by innovation and by the physicality of objects I suggest you to read Apple iPad’s…