Archive for July, 2003

Economist on Changing IT

Monday, July 21st, 2003

Economist has an interesting article on the “changing geography” of IT :

As the information-technology industry’s emphasis is shifting?from innovation to execution?so is its location

Corporate Culture and i-Mode

Tuesday, July 15th, 2003

An interesting article you don’t see everyday on the organizational aspect of generating change in a company:

The Cultural Transformation of DoCoMo by Matsunaga, Enoki, and Natsuno

The more time I spend in larger organizations, the more clearly I see how paying attention to these sorts of things matter.

William Gibson on Japan and London

Tuesday, July 15th, 2003

Absolutely brilliant piece from Gibson on reflected Japanese-ness. I’ve noticed this while in London a couple times, but could never write it like William Gibson:

The Observer | Life | Modern boys and mobile girls

A sample:

London, being London and whatever else, eminently assured of its ability to do whatever it is that London’s always done, can reflect Japan, distort it, enjoy it, in ways that Vancouver, where I live, never can. In Vancouver, we cater blandly to the Japanese, both to the tour-bus people with the ever-present cameras and to a delightful but utterly silent class of Japanese slackers. These latter seem to jump ship simply to be here, and can be seen daily about the city, in ones and twos, much as, I suspect, you or I might seem to the residents of Puerto Vallarta. ‘There they are again. I wonder what they might be thinking?’

iPod as the Future of Apple

Monday, July 7th, 2003

Charles Haddad in BusinessWeek writes that iPod is Apple’s future, and the numbers are hard to argue. In PCs, Apple has struggled to hold even 5% market share, but it owns (according to IDC via this article) over 50% of the portable music player market.

I bought my Mac because I think Apple is innovating along the vectors that matter, at least to me: digital media, built around a UNIX style kernel, with the Internet as its core. Mac OS X gives the Mac its best chance in 10 years to recapture some market share, along with the fact that Internet apps (email, web, chat) are the core killer applications for PCs today (at home, anyway, Apple’s powerbase). But even if most people don’t switch to the Mac because the game’s been won, there will probably always be at least 5% of the market that chooses Apple out of philosophy, or amazing design, or sheer loyalty.

Even if the future of Apple is in digital media applicances (Sony?), the Mac will likely be the central “platform” from which Apple continues to innovate.