Answering a “request for comment” from a friend about this quote taken by a The Spectator’s article, (whoa! Hold on, copyright crusaders: that’s a legitimate exercise of the linking right!) Continue reading “Big Data and the path to a Soviet-like, data centric economy”
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store
Merle Travis – Sixteen Tons (first recorded in 1946)
I took this picture in Liverpool (UK) back in 2006 while I was hired to assist a Swiss Television crew shooting a documentary on the Echelon’s station at RAF Menwith Hill base. Continue reading “The Early 2000th BT Way to Sell the Internet”
A “new” i.e. “incompatible” feature on your brand new Macs: no more physical ESC key on the keyboard, to prevent your perfectly running software to do so. Adieu! VI!
A “new” i.e. “incompatible” power socket for your MacBook Pro, to force you to discharge your old charger.
A “new” i.e. “incompatible” file system on your Macs (APFS), to make your system interacting haphazardly with your files. 1
A “new” i.e. “incompatible” operating system (High Sierra) to not work properly with your currently running software (from Office, to Indesign and Illustrator.)
A “new” – guess what? yes, “incompatible” – HTML 5 API to allow DRMs enforced at user-agent level 2
There are now enough calves in the valley, and the time is right to move them to another barn, where they can stay calm and dumb, with nobody but the rancheros from Cupertino telling them what, how and when to do.
They finally got it.
The advertising strategy of the next technological gimmick is always based on what this gimmick can do and not what you can do with the gimmick.
This might sound counterintuitive, because if we look at the way the toys of the moment are presented to the prospect customers, the ads are focused on the opposite approach. Look at these landscape gorgeous pictures, incredible slow motion kids’ soccer match video or stunning portraits displayed everywhere on the web: isn’t all that an evidence that the communication is user-directed?
Well, let’s scratch the surface. Continue reading “The Flaws of the High Tech Advertising (or Why the Iphone X won’t never turn you into a better photographer)”