Sunday, July 25, 2010

Today Tonight in May

I got a phone call in May from Paul Makin.

It appears Bickford's were taking a company - F.C. Grubb - to court because the latter's package looked too similiar. Nervous as I was about it, I still agreed to go on. I haven't watched this but by all accounts I didn't embarrass myself. The went on air May 19, 2010. Many thanks to Sean and Simone for capturing the video.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Apple's denial, then anger, now bargaining..,

When faced with some unavoidable negative, it's said that a person goes through five stages of grief. If that is so, have we seen Apple go through the first three?

"Hold the phone funny, lose reception" is the charge.

First the response was "no you're wrong, the phone is great"
Then it was "I'm angry. You're wrong. The phone is great."
Now it's "how about a brand new case, or a full refund?"

Now I think that they will have solved their commercial problem with their response.

But if we were to follow the grief model, next would be depression and then acceptance. But I suppose that's their business.

Good on them. When you're trying for great things it's bound to get a little rocky and it's too easy to be an expert after the fact.

Bring it. I want my iPhone 4!

Beware the "cold and timid souls"

Thanks Michael Bell for digging this out..

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt, April 23, 1910