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Monday, November 14, 2011 22:11 PM

Lessons From a Broken Business

by Samuel Greengard A quick glance at the coupon business shows how and why so many companies fail with technology. Every week a slew of retailers barrage me with coupons via snail mail or e-mail. In ma....

Thursday, November 10, 2011 17:11 PM

20th Century Marketing With 21st Century Tools

by Samuel Greengard It's more than a bit ironic that grocery stores and retailers hand out loyalty cards and then do nothing to inspire loyalty. I'm a vegetarian and I have never bought any meat at Safew....

Monday, November 07, 2011 20:11 PM

Steve Jobs' Last Words

By Tim Moran "A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs," by Mona Simpson, proved wildly popular when published in the New York Times. Writer Peggy Orenstein said she wept when she read it because it demonstrated....

Monday, November 07, 2011 18:11 PM

Pi Baked at Home

by Tim Moran A Japanese systems engineer used a homemade supercomputer to calculate the value of pi to 10 trillion digits -- breaking the 5-trillion-digit record he himself set, with the same setup, last ....

Friday, November 04, 2011 19:11 PM

The Four Fastest-Growing Technology Areas

I’ve been silent since Monday because I’ve been busily interviewing and performing the analysis for our upcoming cover story on the top trends of 2012. Here’s a little preview. I won&rsq....

Wednesday, November 02, 2011 18:11 PM

Poor Reviews for Online Reviewers

by Samuel Greengard When user reviews first hit the Internet, they were hailed as a way to tilt the power structure toward consumers. Suddenly, you could click to a site, Amazon, Yelp or TripAdvisor, and ....

Monday, October 31, 2011 23:10 PM

Cloud Computing in 1911

This morning I said that, to illustrate my view that cloud computing (while real) isn’t a technology, I’d give an example of cloud computing from 100 years ago. In 1911, the adding machine and....

Monday, October 31, 2011 20:10 PM

We have redefined cloud computing to include everything we currently do.” –Larry Ellison, 2008

Sandy from the Cynics’ Squad helpfully points me to a 2008 interview Larry Ellison gave where he puts the cloud-computing hype marketers in their place in very entertaining and complete fashion. So,....

Monday, October 31, 2011 16:10 PM

More on the Cloud as a Technology—Not

Commenter Andy replied to my post of last Tuesday with a response I’ve seen to both questions and declarations about what cloud computing is. My own declaration was that it’s not a technology, ....

Thursday, October 27, 2011 18:10 PM

The Hardware Infrastructure and the Economy

Early returns from our trends research (last year’s results here) shows the server, client-system, and storage refresh cycle continuing. When the Great Recession hit, companies scaled back their IT ....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 23:10 PM

Wouldn’t it be great to have a standard mobile OS API?

I’m surely dreaming. What’s prompting the dream is Stephen Wellman’s comment to me, essentially, that broader adoption of HTML5 will help equalize mobile apps because they will no longer ....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 17:10 PM

The Multitasking Myth

By Samuel Greengard According to a recent study by Nielsen, 40 percent of tablet and smartphone owners use these devices while they watch TV. They're checking e-mail, surfing the web, visiting social netw....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 16:10 PM

Examining Cloud Computing as a “Feature,” and as an “Approach”

All year I’ve been saying that cloud computing is not really a technology. Since it’s not very helpful just to say what something isn’t, I’ve also been trying to say what cloud comp....

Monday, October 24, 2011 16:10 PM

Please Send Me Your Money

by Tim Moran So it turns out those Nigerian scamsters were on to something all along. Now, we're not suggesting you share your personal information or send money to the people behind those plaintive emai....

Monday, October 24, 2011 13:10 PM

Our Next Cloud-Computing Research

So we’re starting to think about this. Our development process for a new study can be as short as a week or as long as two months, from when we start work till we have a draft survey. And normally in....