Harvard Business School's journal, the Harvard Business Review, has turned its web site into quite a useful and thought-provoking blogging center. They put up a list of their most popular posts of 2011 and they're almost all worth reading. The best challenge widely held assumptions in business or career development. I particularly liked Bill Taylor's "Great People Are Overrated" and Dan Pallotta's "I Don't Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore."
Sarah Lacy, late of Techcrunch, fires back at web analyst Jeremiah Owyang's contention that the "Golden Age" of tech blogging has come to an end:
In many ways, professional blogging is just getting started. It's a time when new entrants are jumping into the field with bold, fresh ideas, standing on the shoulders of the blogging giants that came before, taking a second stab at reinventing the new media landscape. Look at what Bleacher Report has built in the long-neglected sports world, and what SB Nation is doing. Look at how the Verge (owned by SB Nation) is reinventing one of the oldest and most successful niches in blogging-- the gadget blog. And if you believe what you read, more new entrants are coming in the tech news category.
-Sarahlacy.com, December 28, 2011
Drew Schuster on another unreliable Apple Internet service, iMessage:
OK, so sending a text and claiming it failed isn’t that bad. What would be really bad is if a “Delivered” text was never actually received. That happens too. All the time. I sent my dad an iMessage yesterday that he never received, even though my phone claimed that it had been delivered. He handed me his phone later that day to show that he never got it. I tried turning off wi-fi, data, killing the messages application, and restarting the phone, and was still unable to receive that text. That is unacceptable given the simple requirements of a messaging system.
-NuncaMind blog, December 28, 2011
Excellent overview of the benefits Apple has won in its smart phone patent war so far. While the experts cited were divided on how far Apple should take the fight, I'm in agreement with Chris Marlett, who co-founded an investment bank specializing in patents:
"Apple has the patents, the money and the expertise to go to war," Marlett said. "I just don't see why Apple would seek détente, since they're the clear leader. Until they're hit with an injunction by Google or Samsung, they don't need to get serious about licensing."
-San Francisco Chronicle, December 28, 2011
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It's been about 10 months since Apple added the super fast Thunderbolt port via an exclusive deal with Intel. And in all that time, besides Apple, almost no peripherals makers have offered Thunderbolt compatible add ons. There is a grand total of one external hard drive available and it costs over $500.
The reason is obvious -- Apple's exclusive deal opened the door for more and more PC makers to opt for the competing USB 3 connection, leading to a much larger potential audience for USB 3 stuff. There are tons of hard drives and other gadgets available for USB 3 users.
Now comes news Intel is supposedly loosening the exclusive. Odd how this news comes just before the originally rumored one year exclusive was set to expire. But, regardless, it's very good news for Apple users who have been stuck with Thunderbolt and denied USB 3.