Daily Archives: December 31, 2006

Apple rebooting problem hits us…

Patrick’s brand new 15-inch MacBookPro is randomly rebooting (happened twice in 15 minutes, and four times on Thursday). I thought it was only happening to MacBooks, not the MacBookPros. My son is learning that blind allegience to a company (he’s Apple’s biggest fan) comes with pain too. Anyone else have this problem?

Patrick’s off to the Apple store to see what they say.

As a comparison, I have three PCs. Two of which have never crashed in their entire lifetimes. And I use my PCs nearly around the clock. I have two Macs too and haven’t seen this problem on those.

What a year!

It’s already 2007 in many parts of the world. We have 13 more hours to go here. Happy New Years!

2006 saw a lot of change in my life. Published a book, which has done very well. Mom dying. Quitting an awesome job and starting with a startup that doesn’t have an assured future. Moving. Sold and bought a house. Got a BMW and a big screen. Tons of traveling. Starting a new video show (in first three months have interviewed more than 50 CEOs).

Hopefully 2007 sees a little more steadiness, but I bet it’ll be just as chaotic as 2006. My son becomes a teenager in 14 days. Yikes. The years are ticking off awfully fast.

Here’s hoping that 2007 is a great one for you and your families. See ya on the other side.

More analysis of my blog

The 15-year-old kid in India, Yuvi, does a LOT more analysis of my blog. For instance, there’s a 70% chance I won’t link to something twice. I find this all fascinating. Gives me a look into my own behavior here that I never had. It also turns out I link a lot more to PodTech lately. That makes sense, cause I’m now part of PodTech and want you to know what I’m doing over there.

This analysis earned Yuvi a subscription. I find I’m putting stuff of his on my link blog. It’d be very interesting to see an analysis of what I put on the link blog. Why? Cause I bet that’s a bit less biased — I put anything on there that simply catches my eye. That might be a more useful thing to analyze.

UPDATE: Christian Long (my favorite education blogger) analyzes Yuvi’s posts.

Chuck uploads his video of Edwards

Chuck Olsen was a videoblogger that was on board the Edwards plane too. He posted a video of some random moments on the trip — nothing substantial yet.

UPDATE: Sorry for continuing to post about Edwards. It’s just I’ve gone through my 450 feeds and there just isn’t that much going on in the tech world this weekend. Happy New Years! We’ll get back talking tech after everyone gets back to work on Tuesday. This week I’m interviewing some of Intel’s top technologists (rumored to include Gordon Moore, you know, the guy who’s name is on “Moore’s law.”) What do you want to know about Intel and the process of building the processors that are inside your computers?

I like Matt Cutts of Google

This post from Google’s Matt Cutts, that I just posted to my link blog, demonstrates why I think Matt is one of the best things going at Google in terms of relations with the outside world right now.

One piece of advice for Matt: Google will be judged unfairly. It has a dominant position in our society now. When a company gets to that role, it has to switch and become more transparent, more open, nicer, and more willing to consider those outside its doors. It will do Google a lot of good to bring some of that self-questioning into public view. I think you can do it without making your coworkers feel bad (although, personally, if you are really trying to change the world for good and are building systems that hundreds of millions of people will use, get a tougher skin and be willing to put up with some crap too. Believe me, it’s hard to take that medicine, though).

Now, I can just hear some of you saying that Google shouldn’t listen to that advice at all and should just continue being a hard-charging startup-style tech company that remains secretive about what it’s up to. I think that’s bad advice, and I point to how Microsoft behaved in the 1990s (and its current reputation) as evidence.

Google still has a lot of love for it around the world. It could do a lot worse than listening to Matt’s advice.  He’s one of Google’s best “conversationalists” around. A lot of the rest of Google’s blogs feel “PR controlled,” which is fine, but as Southwest is learning, if you don’t admit to your warts in public people will assume you aren’t listening and learning — two attributes Googlers tell me they definitely want Google to be known for.

Edwards’ staff hates the “2.0 moniker”

I was just reading Memeorandum and saw this article by Dan Balz, of the Washington Post, which uses this line: “Edwards 2.0 is a revised version of his beta candidacy of 2004.” I remember when a staffer first saw someone use that moniker, showing his Blackberry over to Edwards, and saying “I hate when they say ‘Edwards 2.0′.” Edwards himself didn’t seem to mind, though.

By the way, Dan’s article is right on point with what I observed — that Edwards has spent a lot of time overseas beefing up his foreign policy depth. After spending several hours getting a grade-A education in politics from Dan (he’s been covering politics for the Washington Post since 1978) I’m now a huge fan and will read everything he writes.

Why did the staffer care so much? My guess? Because he knew that “2.0 moniker” causes debates on tech blogs. Many geeks hate the name Web 2.0 although it’s starting to stick as a descriptor for a wide range of sites that have community interaction and new-style technology and layout.