Saturday, November 13, 2004
Steve Kirks responded to my post about the Radio survey here. I don't doubt this is a user generated feature list. I'm having trouble seeing the features listed on the survey generate a larger user base for Radio. Podcasting features and other features that help me publish all of my data are things that will attract new users. In addition, migration options from competing services like Blogger, Typepad, etc. are key. Reducing the barrier of migration between tools would be huge. Tool providers need to refocus where they compete. Its not on locking people into using their tool. There is always a way out for the motivated user. Blogging tool providers should compete on interface(s) and completeness. By interface I mean user interface and interfaces with content producing devices and tools. By completeness I mean the coverage of the spectrum of data I produce. Right now I have to tailor my content creation activities to the tools available. It should be the other way around. At the end of the day, the tool that allows me to easily (within seconds of creation) publish 90% or more of the content I create and allows me to interact with my network of colleagues and friends will be the tool I will ultimately be loyal to.
Why businesses continue to buy high-end workstations for knowledge workers is beyond me. Thin clients are the way to go for most knowledge workers. You just can't beat the prices. Mobile users will always need laptops. Engineers engaged in design work, software development, and other CPU intensive work will need workstations. Mobile users and those engaged in CPU intensive work in most businesses make up a very small percentage of an overall user base. Besides the price, thin clients have a number of security advantages over workstations which may save company millions of dollars a year in prevention and response to a virus or attack. If I were in on a project deciding what technology to next deploy on desktops Id be taking a serious look at think clients.
Nothing pisses me off more than California drivers. They are always on their cell phones, never signal lane changes, and think their cars can fit into any space regardless of size. My daughter and I were almost hit this afternoon while walking through a parking lot by someone driving and talking on their cell phone at the same time. It was so close I had to spin away. It was also close enough that when I came back around I punched his driver's side window. I don't think coming close to hitting me made him stop. I think it was the punch to the window that made him stop. He rolled down his window and asked me if I was alright. I made him hang up his cell phone before I answered him. Once he hung up his cell phone I told him to keep driving unless he wanted not to be able to drive and talk at the same time ever again. I see dozens of clueless, stupid drivers on the road every day just like this guy. These are people who don't use hands free headsets, for the most part. It's time other drivers took matters into their own hands to make the road safe from cell phone weilding idiots. Get their attention and tell them to hang up their phones. Don't take no for an answer. I'd really like a small directed energy weapon -- like John describes here-- to aim at their heads, fry their cell phones, and kill a few brain cells in the process.

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