Mon 19 Jun 2006
About the AEBS Firmware Update 5.7 & iChat AV
Category : Technology/AEBS5dot7.txt
The last time I updated my Airport Base Station with the 5.6 firmware update, I promptly lost connection with my ISP. Something went wrong with PPPoE and the Base Station refused to connect with the ISP. I had to revert the firmware back to 5.5.1 to salvage the base station.
This time, the 5.7 firmware update went much better. Apple seems to have fixed the PPPoE problem, whatever that was.
I've needed to update the base station to test out iChat AV on my iMac, which seems to require a base station with at least a 5.6 firmware update, if you're sitting behind an Airport Base Station.
Hai Hwee has a new MacBook, and a black one, too, and I've now someone to talk to over iChat AV.
It's working well and this is great (I'd be able to see my wife and kid even when I travel). Even over Airport. Imagine connecting up a few retail outlets with these Intel-based iMacs, and using the built-in camera to double-up also as a bar-code reader. I'd like to figure out how this can be made to work, but I can already see the business processes this can be made to support. As usual, there's so much to do, and so little time ...
Posted at 2:53PM UTC | permalink
Dying by a thousand cuts
Category : Commentary/piracy.txt
We've crossed the 5500 figure for the number of registered users of Postfix Enabler, DNS Enabler, et al. But, if you go to Version Tracker or MacUpdate, you'll see download figures at least 10 times that number.
That's the point of that article : "Piracy bleeds Mac game makers dry". Piracy bleeds all software developers dry.
I've read that software publishers factor the cost of lost sales due to piracy into the retail cost of their products, in effect punishing the people who pay for software by getting them to bear the cost for those who don't.
I've never wanted to do that. I'm working towards the day when we'll lick this problem. Price the software low - but make everyone who use it pay for it.
Posted at 10:09AM UTC | permalink
Thinking Different about Thinking Different
Category : Commentary/aboutThinkingDifferent.txt
I was reading this article about "Why Startups Condense in America". Going down the list of reasons :
1. The US Allows Immigration,
2. The US Is a Rich Country,
until I reached
3. The US Is Not (Yet) a Police State,
and I read :
See what I mean? About people rejecting perfectly workable solutions to societal problems on the grounds of ideological purity. "Banning chewing gum? What sacrilege."
Actually, thinking different for a moment, I've often felt that a student of business could learn a lot from studying two lessons - 1. from Apple (about how to break through against a strong incumbent in the face of overwhelming odds), and 2. from the founding of modern-day Singapore (about how to create something from out of absolutely nothing - no hinterland, no agriculture, no water, on an island the size of a postage stamp).
There's a book I have, "Heart Work" (you can't find it on Amazon), that tells the story about how these guys in the economic development board brought business to Singapore over the last 40 years and there were some amazing stories, stories of spunk and resourcefulness, of what Guy Kawasaki would call chutzpah, e.g.,
So, there are start-up lessons to be learnt here. The point I am making is that Thinking Different cuts both ways, and we can question the received wisdom, even those of the progressive, liberal persuasion.
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