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Seth Godin today writes about choosing the right person for the job. His (valid) point is that while to someone wielding a hammer, everything looks like a nail, if you need a nail hammered in, make sure you find somebody who believes that hammers are the best thing since sliced bread to do it. He …

Twitter stops UK outoing SMS – Says it costs too much!

In an earlier post I mentioned Twitter as an example of a “Bubble 2.0” company because it has a seemingly flawed (or no) business model. My (rhetorical) question was “How do you make money by sending free text messages to people?” Well today Twitter announced it is stopping the UK outgoing SMS service beacuse it …

Air Bed and (maybe) Breakfast.

AirbedAndBreakfast is a new take on the finding-a-hotel-at-the-last-minute problem. You’ll probably pay one fourth of the price of a hotel… money that can be well spent on other necessities such as wine and cheese. And it might just be that you have more fun staying with a local than in a lonely hotel room. Isn’t …

Bubble 2.0?

If you’ve ever read Carlota Perez’s work, and/or are endowed with an average amount of common sense, you will know that like many other things, economic life cycles follow certain patterns. So do technological innovations. Some people call them ‘revolutions’. Like the Industrial Revolution or the Internet Revolution. Very often, the climate (economy, markets, investors, …

Well well well, isn’t Microsoft getting clever!

Microsoft has long been the butt of many tech-jokes, especially from Apple/Linux fans. It’s not surprising. After all, it’s tough being the “king of the jungle”, especially when your operating systems keep crashing, you’re not the “cool” underdog, and user-friendliness is a concept you discovered late in 2005. However, times are a-changing. Over the past …

An Oppressed Minority – A Call to “Arms”

Dear Friends, I write this in the name of democracy, equality and human rights. I write in the name of freedom of expression. I write against oppression and injustice. This is a call to arms! To all left-handed arms. Yes, I am talking about left-handed people. For too long we have been shunned, ignored, maligned …

New Search Engine on the Loose

California-based Cuil (pronounced “Cool”) launched a new search engine today that claims to have a larger index than Google (120 billion pages) and is aiming to rival the search giant in the search business. This claim seems to have more credibility than other recent search engine start-ups (WikiaSearch, Mahalo) given that the company founders are search experts …

‘Commemorating’ Global Warming

The Windsor Hotel Toya in Japan, host of the G8 summit, has reportedly spent $1.4 million on a monument commemorating global warming. The hotel says it “should act as a message for future generations to take care of the Earth.” It would, in my humble opinion, have been much more useful to do something with …

Exit Stage… Right?

Which way is the fire exit? Consistency is one of the basic guiding principles of information design. This fire exit sign, which I saw in shopping mall, defies it utterly. The arrow points left but the flames and the running stickman indicate the exit is to the right. The situation is further confused by the …