Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thin? Thinner? Thinnest? Thinnerest? Missed it by that much!

Dell has released a 15" notebook almost as thin as Apple's Macbook Pro!  Barely .02" thicker than the popular Apple notebook.

It turns out that the XPS-15z was conceived to be the thinnest, but turned out just a hair thicker.

If you're a Dell product manager, how do you write the copy?

Turns out, it depends on your location.

If you're in the US, you simply say it's the thinnest 15"PC notebook on the planet!  And include a little blurb referencing a Dell internal study.

If you're in the UK, it's a little more complicated.  Best to say that you are offering "one of" the thinnest 15" PC notebooks on the planet.  And the blurb?  Priceless.

"No comparison made with Apple or other manufacturers not listed."  It just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Security for Social Media Login - Idea

Recently I received my SquareUp credit card reader.  During the signup, I was asked three security questions to verify my identity.

Why couldn't social networks take advantage of the unique information already stored for the user, in order to enhance security.

During login, or password recovery, the user would be shown three photos.  Two would be photos the user had previously tagged with names.  One would be a random photo.  The user would retag two of the photos with the correct names, and reject the unfamiliar photo.

Facebook, are you listening?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Blatant Commercial Post

I've been an Amazon Associate for years, but never realized how easily the program integrates with Blogger.

So for example, when I note that last night I enjoyed the James Bond classic "Live and Let Die" on my Apple TV using Netflix, the Amazon Associates widget allows me to effortlessly add the links below.

We simply turned on the TV and Apple TV, selected Netflix, selected the movie and started watching.  It's just that simple. And we could have easily paused in order to finish the movie on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC.


Sunday, May 08, 2011

How did I do?

Predictions last year

April 2, 2010

Tomorrow is iPad day.

I predict that the iPad's success will dwarf that of the iPhone.

I predict that we will look back in a year at AAPL $236 the way we look back at $.90 high test.

I predict you will own one within one year.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Are You better off than you were 400 years ago?

Timothy B. Lee explains why our move from paying $10 for photo processing 24 prints, to carrying ten thousand photos on your photo at no extra charge, is mis-measured as a decline in GDP.