Saturday, August 31, 2002
The analysis does indeed validate that the 2-25 design center of the product is precisely the sweet spot of where it's being used in practice: approximately 35% of shared spaces are between a single pair of individuals, 60% of shared spaces are between 3 and 25 individuals, and 5% of shared spaces have more than 25 individuals. Amazingly to me - given the design center of the UI - I found that within this 5% there are actually hundreds of spaces with 100-250 members each; I'd surely never have expected this.
One other incredibly fascinating tidbit: 25% apparently use shared spaces with only themselves as a member, using Groove as a "briefcase" to transparently and securely synchronize files across multiple computers that they own - e.g. Office documents being synchronized between home and office PCs."
Friday, August 30, 2002
Thursday, August 29, 2002
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Groove is very useful in many contexts, and has strong synergy with Microsoft's products, but it's outrageous for Steve Gillmor to assert that Notes is dead because Groove added superficial Notes integration and because Ray Ozzie has been sharing his weblog thoughts on his (excellent) weblog. Anyone who has used Notes effectively (i.e., for anything beyond basic email and document sharing) understands that Microsoft (and even Microsoft + Groove) still has a very long distance to go before it catches up to Notes functionality (which is not to say that Groove and MSFT don't do useful things Notes does not do, or vice versa; they're partially-overlapping circles on a Venn diagram), and IBM/Lotus is certainly not standing still in the meantime. Gillmor does Ray a major disservice by distorting Ray's diplomatic and precise comments about Notes.
Monday, August 26, 2002
Sunday, August 25, 2002
Saturday, August 24, 2002
Friday, August 23, 2002
Booth said the response from potential testers was way beyond Microsoft's expectations and an encouraging indicator of interest in the online service. "There's a lot of pent-up energy and excitement," she said."
Thursday, August 22, 2002
The big problem with PCS Vision is pricing. With the Novatel card, Sprint offers consumers two plans: $39.99 a month for 20 megabytes of data, or $79.99 a month for 70 megabytes. Anything more you download costs two-tenths of a cent per kilobyte -- about $2 a megabyte. You can buy an extra 50 megabytes a month for $40.
But this pricing scheme is absurd, and financially risky for the consumer. Who totes up how many megabytes Web surfing or e-mail consumes?
The PCS Vision network and Novatel card work well. But until Sprint offers flat-rate pricing so users know the costs, I doubt the service will be as popular as it could be."
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Monday, August 19, 2002
Sunday, August 18, 2002
Friday, August 16, 2002
Thursday, August 15, 2002
Wednesday, August 14, 2002
After all, two years have slipped by since Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates redirected his troops to find new ways to profit from increased business and consumer use of the Web. Meteoric success did not follow, prompting some company watchers and competitors to deride .Net as .NotYet.
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
Monday, August 12, 2002
How times change. These days there are lots of coffee shops and restaurants where you can get high-speed Internet access. But now, even better, the Internet access is wireless — and it's free." (and we have a version of Windows that doesn't crash a couple times a day)
Friday, August 09, 2002
Thursday, August 08, 2002
But by sometime in October, you'll be able to buy a very capable, breakthrough wireless device that will change all that. The new T-Mobile Sidekick looks nothing like the other wireless hand-helds on the market, and costs far less -- $199 after a rebate, compared with $350 to $800 for BlackBerries, Treos, Pocket PCs and Nokia 9290s. It's aimed squarely at consumers, not corporations.
With consumers in mind, the monthly fee for the Sidekick will be just $39.99 for unlimited data usage over a high-speed, always-on GPRS network. That's all the Web surfing, e-mail, and instant messaging you want. No separate Internet service is needed. That rate also includes 200 minutes of voice calling using the Sidekick's built-in phone. Those minutes can be used anytime during the week, and long-distance is free. You also get 1,000 free weekend minutes.
The Sidekick is a well-designed, very usable gadget that looks like nothing else on the market and that is packed with clever features. It was created by Danger Inc., an upstart Silicon Valley firm staffed with veterans of Apple, General Magic and other innovative companies. It will be sold by VoiceStream, the cellular carrier that's changing its name to T-Mobile."
Wednesday, August 07, 2002
Tuesday, August 06, 2002
Monday, August 05, 2002
Sunday, August 04, 2002
I guess he missed the Schwartz interview referenced below, about free app servers and DBMSs, etc. Astounding hypocrisy. (excerpt from interview via serverside.com)
Friday, August 02, 2002
I think a multi-unit configuration is the most sensible approach, at least until we see breakthroughs in battery life (and likely thereafter anyway); my ideal configuration will have a small communications unit (phone with reasonable display, great battery life, some apps -- e.g., instant messaging, SMS -- and a simple means of establishing high-speed link with PC and PDA), a laptop that can easily use the comm unit as a high-speed network connection, and a Pocket PC PDA that also easily connects to the comm unit. Verizon is close to this today; they have a phone + PDA option (albeit connected via a cable) that's much less expensive than the Thera, but unfortunately the laptop option currently requires a separate card ($299 last time I checked). Overall: this stuff is getting much closer to mainstreaming...