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Notes on life, by James Welch


The Economist

The post-Jobs post: Samsung; the bandwagon; flowers

Samsung launched a new product today. Samsung Galaxy SII.

Queues for Mr Samsung

I only know about this launch because at five to eight this morning there was a queue outside the Samsung store here in the central business district of Sydney. Not a massive queue – not by Apple standards – but a queue none the less. Good work, Mr Samsung.

Well, Samsung is on the front page of The Economist last week. The business is held up as a success story.

And Apple made it onto the front of this week’s publication, of course. A success story and also an obituary.

But I when I say “Good work, Mr Samsung” I realise that unlike the recently deceased Mr Apple, we don’t know who Mr Samsung is. And I’m fine with that. As I said on the recent Mumbrella podcast (33.55), the new CEO at Apple is a self-proclaimed team player, not a figurehead.

But we should be careful about our eulogy for Steve Jobs. Especially after reading Adam Ferrier’s piece on mumbrella, the ad industry news&views source:

We are living in a world where there is an unparalleled outpouring of grief for someone who has made us fall in love with our PDAs, computers, and MP3s.

What the fuck?

Adam founded and sold the Australian branch of Naked Communications. He’s very bright and very convincing. Well, almost always. And now I feel a little silly about my last post, Computing Made Cool. You know, the one where I quoted a Jobs quote. In Adland, the Jobs quotes are as ubiquitous as the Ogilvy quotes. And I jumped Continue reading “The post-Jobs post: Samsung; the bandwagon; flowers”

Recurring story – the search for greener living

“Embrace Our Planet.” That’s the punchline to the recurring story. Here let me show you three brilliant ways it’s being told:

Erle Ellis tells us: Human impact has been around for some time. We humans are changing the face of the earth. We have to put ourselves into the picture and work out what impact we want to have on the planet. The problem is we don’t know how to manage the future of this planet. Erle Ellis is an ecologist at the University of Maryland, quoted in this week’s Economist magazine. An erudite Continue reading “Recurring story – the search for greener living”

The Google Wave: tidal or mexican?

It was that clever bloke at Intel who said that every 18 months the microchip size would shrink, the capacity would grow and the world would change. (See Moore’s Law.) In January 09 The Economist pointed out to us all that as consumers we’d take advantage of the situation and stop trading up and start cashing in (see ‘insert’).

The Economist Jan09
The Economist Jan09

And then Google gobbles Continue reading “The Google Wave: tidal or mexican?”

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