Zune is almost Here

Posted November 2, 2006 by winmac
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It looks like the Zune will be arriving soon, Hey this rhymes , anyway expect all the the negative press to kick up, so far this look to have some promise, Microsoft is really the only player to enter this space that seems to be putting on the effort to really make this a success.

It will take time, But expect the Zune to establish it’s own presence in this space.


When it comes to Adds, Google is King

Posted October 18, 2006 by winmac
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This from eMarketer….


Google Expected to Pocket 25% of Online Ad Revenue in 2006
OCTOBER 17, 2006
eMarketer releases estimated ad revenue and market share for Google and Yahoo!

NEW YORK, NY (October 17, 2006)—As Yahoo! and Google report their third-quarter earnings this week, eMarketer’s new estimates of US full-year advertising revenue, growth and market share for the two companies can help put their earnings in perspective.

Google’s US ad revenue growth rate in 2006 will soar almost 65% over last year’s. Yahoo! still shows a respectable 17.5% growth rate, an increase that would satisfy most companies. But not one competing against Google. Just a year ago, Google and Yahoo! both posted US ad revenues of more than $2.4 billion. For the full year 2006, though, Google at $4 billion in ad revenue will eclipse Yahoo!’s ad revenue of $2.9 billion.

Google continues to dominate the online add revenue stream, and Microsoft and yahoo fall behind even more to the search king.

No doubt Msft and Yahoo will be taking another look at their search

strategies to see what it will take for them to match the moutainview California based company.


Steve Talks ipods and more

Posted October 16, 2006 by winmac
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Oct. 15, 2006 – Oct. 23 marks the fifth anniversary of Apple’s iPod. CEO Steve Jobs reflected with NEWSWEEK’s Steven Levy (author of “The Perfect Thing,” a book about the iPod out this month) about the past, present and future of the device that changed Apple—and the world.

It’s good to see Steve Jobs talks the advantages of  the ipod and Apple in general, with this interview there little doubt that he’s very much in charge at Apple and very much a major part of the creative force there.

Steve’s very Zen like approach to things seem to be something that comes with age, definitely refreshing when compared that the usual silicon valley exec interview.



New Vista License Limits

Posted October 13, 2006 by winmac
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This from Tech Web



Microsoft has released licenses for the Windows Vista operating system that dramatically differ from those for Windows XP in that they limit the number of times that retail editions can be transferred to another device and ban the two least-expensive versions from running in a virtual machine.

The new licenses, which were highlighted by the Vista team on its official blog Tuesday, add new restrictions to how and where Windows can be used.

“The first user of the software may reassign the license to another device one time. If you reassign the license, that other device becomes the “licensed device,” reads the license for Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, and Business. In other words, once a retail copy of Vista is installed on a PC, it can be moved to another system only once.

This was bound to happen at some point, and as usual Microsoft will

anger a lot of people with this revision to a Windows licence, this won’t go over well with Tech hobbyist and gamers who have become accustomed to reinstalling windows on home built machines over and over.

The  will get even worse over time as software piracy is becoming a bigger problem and Microsoft hasn’t been able to quell the millions of

unlicensed windows installs .

Microsoft’s latest attempts will no doubt be closely watched by other

software providers who are always looking for new ways to prevent

theft of there own intellectual properties.

Then again, this should  be a positive thing for some forms of  Linux.


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Ballmer talks Web 2.0

Posted October 12, 2006 by winmac
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In this latest Buisnessweek online article, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Goes on about Google and you tube and covers other subjects ass well.

Ballmer comments on Google-you tube…

[You’ve got to ask] could Google do whatever it is they’re hoping to buy without paying $1.6 billion? Is YouTube really some permanent, long-term thing, or is it a fashion? I’m not saying it is a fashion. But every time we do valuations, I wonder if we can afford to keep this hot for 10 years. I’m sure somebody at Google has got to do the same analysis, because even $1.6 billion is more than 1% of their market cap.
Is there a business model? Right now, there’s no business model for YouTube that would justify $1.6 billion. And what about the rights holders? At the end of the day, a lot of the content that’s up there is owned by somebody else

He certainly makes some good points, you tube isn’t a company with

a profitable business model and growth curve, they get a lot of viewers and downloads, but they have yet to make money, and trying to access this companies value is hard to do, only time will tell if this was a smart move on Google’s part.


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Google merges writley & spreadsheets

Posted October 11, 2006 by winmac
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Breaking news: Google will announce tomorrow at the Office 2.0 conference a new product called Google Docs, which will merge Writely and Google Spreadsheets into a collaboration and document management solution, according to sources.
The new offering will be available at docs.Google.com, although that address produces a 404 error right now.
According to sources, Google Docs isn’t so much a new online software app as it is a combination of the two existing products. However, Google Docs focuses on collaboration among multiple users.
Google Docs will allow users to create spreadsheets and Writely documents and access them in a single location. Users will also be able to publish their information on blogs and Web pages, and export to a variety of common file formats.
With this release, Google continues to take closer aim at the online office space. Earlier this year, Google announced Google App’s for Your Domain, a free package that combined Google’s e-mail, calendar, IM and page creation software. Google also recently incorporated Writely into Google Accounts.

With this Google reveals another piece of it’s business model for moving

users away from the desktop operating systems an on to online only

based productivity systems, at least that’s the plan, I still remained unconvinced that this is the way to go, there is definitely the need

for these kind of things, but relying only on web based servers is not the way to go. You can’t blame Google for adopting this strategy, they need faces in front of adds, and for them this makes the most sense, I believe that what you’ll see is a hybrid of web and desk top based systems.


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Google Buys you tube

Posted October 10, 2006 by winmac
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It looks like Google has outbid Microsoft,Yahoo and Newscorp to buy You tube,This is good news for the you-tube guys who must have been breaking a sweat deciding how they where going to monetize what has turned out to be the worlds most profitable free video upload site.

As for Google, this certainly moves them ahead of Microsoft’s fledgling soapbox video service and Google video itself, I still don’t see this a being a win for Google, after all,their own video site has been a lame duck and at most it looks like they bought there way into this still undefined medium.