Follow-on from yesterday’s post about only knowing the chorus lines of songs…


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Yesterday I posted a question about why I only remember the chorus lines of songs. I got some very nice “I have the same problem with TV commercials or Broadway songs” replies. I did get a couple that I thought best be surfaced and talked about a little.

  1. The first one, “there is something wrong with you.” I can understand the feelings of the emailer who responded with that. In fact there is something wrong with me. But I doubt that what is wrong with me (sense of humor to start) is in fact the reason why I can’t remember songs beyond the chorus. So thanks, but no thanks.
  2. The second one, “because” I responded to that with a why? and got back “because I said so.” Again, not something I can act on. I hated that as a kid, although I do love it as a parent.

A blog, like a wiki is a discontinuous conversation. I post, you reply, I reply and eventually I smash the original and the replies into a new post and we start all over.

Happiness is sharing the bed/couch/car/where ever I am with a warm puppy. At least that is what Dylan keeps telling me.

When I asked him what that means, he response was because I said so.

Oh well.

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Harry Chapin, Billy Joel and Neil Young


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(That was my incomplete song lineup this morning. Chapin’s WOLD, and Cats in the Cradle, followed by the chorus of Honesty by Bill Joel and a Man needs a Main by Neil Young. None of the songs were more than the chorus line)

What does it say about a person when they can only remember the theme song and chorus lines of songs and nothing else? I know three songs all the way through (Railroad men’s lament, the Moon song and Hotel California. On the last one I do need the melody and the first couple of lines but then I am fine the rest of the way through the song).

When I asked my wife she said “you’ve always been like that.”

So what does it mean?

Its one of those mysteries of life. I had a friend years ago who used to record song’s off the radio. He had tapes full of what we called Halfsies. He never hit the record fast enough to get the whole song. So he had tape after tape in his car that only had 1/2 a song and then cut to the next one. Because of the nature of tape recording he also had no transitions so it was rough cut to rough cut of 1/2 a song at a time.

In the end I guess it means whatever I assign it.

Time to roll – long day.

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Seriously–make it simple!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I was watching a recent Samsung tablet ad during football on Sunday. I have to say I get now why people are frustrated with Samsung. They are advertising things as “new” that have been around for a long time. Everything they showed on the commercial you can and have been able to do with your computer for at least two years.

It is an interesting problem. What technology solution in the end will help you achieve your goal. It is more about ease of use and simplicity than anything else. You can and have been able to do the same things on a PC that were shown on the Samsung ad, but so doing took several steps where as the newer solution is simple and easy.

The reality of modern computing – its all about simple. With so much available they all have to be easy to use, or in the end we are unable to do the things we need to do. In all honesty solutions are not simple. A friend sent me a beautiful architecture guidance slide deck the other day. I was struck by the simplicity of his design and implementation. he presented a series of very complex ideas in a simple slide deck. The problem is he is one of the smartest people I know, and its taken him roughly 4 years to come up with this simple design (we talked about it more than 4 years ago originally).

Its really hard to create simple solutions to complex problems. The reality of the complex is that it is in fact complex.

Still that is the mission we all need. Plug and play Smile.

So to Samsung – Kudo’s for making things simple that haven’t always been simple. Kudo’s for not claiming to have invented the concepts and overall abilities you’ve shown. To the rest of the market – take a cue and make it simple.

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What is coming for Cellular phones?


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  1. I will never jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
  2. I will never jump off a building with a parachute.

Not sure where those came from today, but there are something I’ve thought about in the past (not doing them, but the fact that I wouldn’t do them, ever).

Reflection

In looking inward we must be willing to see what is there.

What lies beyond cellular phones?

Yesterday I talked about the fading of the point and shoot camera market (to be replaced by Cellular phones). I suspect you will also over time see the decline and fall of the landline as well. Its so much more convenient to have all the resources you need in your pocket than it is to have to run to a land line all the time. I do find for long conference calls speaker phones and ear buds are necessary. But, frankly you can add those to your cell as easily as you can add them to your landline.

I guess in the end you can to start wondering what is next? What lies beyond the cellular phone of today. For a time cellular phones were getting smaller. Now with all the media available for the phone they are getting larger screens (but becoming lighter and smaller devices as well – strange to think about just a couple of years ago). We have the two distinct camps now Android with North of 700 million devices. Apple comes in second as a platform at around 270 million devices, but first as a company making devices (having the most of any one company – Samsung is very close behind and will eventually pass Apple to become the number 1 cellular phone company.) Windows phone just slipped past the free-falling Blackberry (65 to 62 million).

It is an ever changing market and I wonder what is next. So, here are three things that I think are going to occur in the next 24 months as it relates to cellular technologies:

  • Data price for roaming drops (this is a huge market limiter and frankly the cellular companies are making a killing on this now – it will probably take the FCC to fix, but it needs to happen very soon).
  • LTE everywhere – less and less area’s with no cellular signal
  • Connected devices that include temperature, UV and beyond
  • Privacy zones (like the Get Smart cone of silence) that make it really hard to intercept signals.
  • Clone blocking – allows you to say my phone cannot be cloned. If you are conducting criminal activities the government would have to have a court order to clone your phone.

I am sure I will think of more, these are just the ones off the top of my head today.

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Is there a future for point and shoot cameras?


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We moved a cord of wood over Friday/Saturday. In fact we actually got done with the entire process by 3 pm. Time to go on a walk. I had forgotten how much heat a wood stove can create. We keep the house cool (to reduce heating costs) but with the woodstove it makes the entire center of the house quite warm. Even Dylan has warmed up to the idea of a fire.

I am still loading Windows 8 in virtual images. I am still not quite ready to pull the trigger and upgrade. The machines in question can easily handle windows 8, I just am not sure I can yet.

The phone world is overtaking the camera world. I can take great pictures with my iPhone so the reality of camera’s is fading. There is still value in however some of the specialized things you can do with a DSLR and a Video Camcorder. In fact I’ve noticed that in fact specialized camera’s are starting to pop up. Slow motion camcorders and night vision camcorders are now available. I would still argue that in fact the cell phone will replace virtually all camera’s leaving only people who have a desire to have “better” quality pictures with DSLR’s and Camcorders. I wonder what percentage of Canon, Nikon and Sony comes from camera production?

On the other hand of this argument is the abilities in the high end DSLR camera’s today. From slo-motion video to night vision you can pretty much do anything you need with your DSLR. The learning curve is still to steep (its taken me over a year to learn how to use mine effectively) but the results are hard to refute.

I suspect in the next 24 months you will see a slow fading of point and shoot camera’s. That market will be replaced by cellular phones. The specialty camera’s are going to stay around but I suspect you will also see that market soften and pricing will be reduced. Deflation will also drop the pricing for the DSLR’s and lenses. The interesting and probably smart move would be to embed specific software on the chips used in the camera so that they can issue software and start charging for the software that is today, free. There has to be an income stream or DSLR’s and Prosumer Camcorders will also fade to black.

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Once more on Noah’s and KS/IDGG


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So after the fact I’ve read online reviews of Noah’s properties. Geez I wish I had read them before I leased from the people. Oh well. Caveat Emptor. In the end as much my fault for not screaming more. There are four sites that rate property management companies in Maryland, Noah’s isn’t on one of them. I realize some are paid sites but still, that is something I should have caught.

Cord of wood delivered yesterday. My eyes were bigger than my stomach. I didn’t in the end realize just how much wood a cord was. I guess I knew but I convinced myself that it was less than I remembered. The driveway is still half covered with wood and my two storage areas are now full.

Good news is that on cold nights we can have a nice fire. Bad news is to use all this wood we are going to have to run the fireplace 24 by 7 until sometime in mid-August.

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Both of these end next week and both are extremely cool!!!!!

Cool Indiegogo Projects

These have a short runway (Gecko) and a longer runway but are exceptional projects as well!

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Noah’s dispute and wood burning fireplaces…


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We fired up the woodstove last night (was getting a little cold here in the DC area.) It heats up the core of the house nicely. It’s the first time this year and the first time for a wood fired fireplace in many years. We’ve had gas fireplaces in every house since we moved from Cincinnati. We had a wood burning fireplace in the place we leased here in Maryland but we never had a fire in that fireplace. Why? Because based on the exceptionally bad maintenance provided by Noah’s I was terrified that the flu wouldn’t open and the house would fill with smoke.

FYI – Noah’s properties of Maryland has the worst customer service on record. We, over the course of two years had more than 4 repairs to their house that were never fixed. It’s a sad reality when a company is that poor at helping their customer’s. It fits my blog rule (never use names except for exceptional customer service and really horrible customer service). We reached out to the State of Maryland and they blew the state off as well. I suspect our only recourse is to go to court. That was something I was hoping to avoid.

The saddest thing is in the end I didn’t really want any money from them. I just wanted an apology for the fact that the repairs were always late, done in a shoddy fashion so they had to be redone and in the end you never heard from them unless they wanted something from you. It says a lot about the new and old world of business. In the new world a place like Noah’s will eventually fade to obscurity. With the world of the Internet looming over a business, how your customer’s perceive you is more important than ever. So, if you are in the market for a house in Maryland stay away from Noah’s Properties. Or negotiate the right to do your repairs and bill them.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled non-Noah’s blog. I am having firewood delivered today so we can as needed fire up the fireplace. I am really looking forward to a winter idling the cold away in front of a nice warm fire.

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