Everyman on Competition For One, Sony’s Fall, Glass in Your Future, the Screenularity

Competition For One. Excellent ideas in this New York Times piece on PayPal founder Peter Thiel in The Creative Monopoly. We often shouldn’t seek to be really good competitors. We should seek to be really good monopolists. Instead of being slightly better than everybody else in a crowded and established field, it’s often more valuable to create a new market and totally dominate it. The profit margins are much bigger, and the value to society is often bigger, too.

Sony’s Fall. Insightful points from Brooke Crothers who lived in Japan between 1983 and 1993 on why Sony and much of the Japanese electronics manufacturing industry is barely in the game. Reasons for Sony’s fall include issues like embracing incrementalism over disruptive technologies, arrogance, missing the PC revolution, and no grasp on the importance of software and on software/hardware integration.

Measuring and Marketing. The post title says it all, If you’re not measuring, you’re not marketing.  Several good takeaways on the value of measuring, on tracking options and putting them to use.

Glass in Your Future. We’ve talked about Glass before, but another interesting article was recently written for ComputerWorld by Mike Elgan on what Apple, Google and Microsoft are currently working on to utilize the evolving technology of glass. Great title, I have seen the future (and it’s made of glass).

Screenularity. This is a brand new concept for me.  Screenularity. I hope I’m not too far behind the curve on it. Let’s call this future moment the "Screenularity." It is the moment in the future when, as a consumer, there’s no distinction in functionality between the various screens we interact with. Much like Matt Thompson’s "Speakularity," this will be a watershed moment for how we consume information and, therefore, journalism.

3D What? I’ve known about 3D printing for years, but it’s always been a bit too “out there” for me.  This Smart Planet article, however, makes some very interesting points on the potential impact of 3D printing on manufacturing. Three-dimensional printing has a huge range of potential applications, from customized mass production of medicine, to food, to houses, to machinery. Technologies such as 3D printing are altering the face of manufacturing, making it leaner, cheaper and far more flexible than ever before to produce products. And, in the process, will reverse the offshoring trend.

The definitive article on Gamification. Smashing Magazine with one of their definitive works on a subject, here on considering, defining and implementing gamification techniques in website design. I plan on reading through this article several times to spawn ideas on my own sites.

Tucson Streetcar: Desired. I didn’t know about the streetcar project going on in Tuscon, Arizona. It would be great if other cities would follow their lead. The $200 million, 3.9-mile project will connect downtown Tucson with the University of Arizona and the university’s medical center. The project received $60 million in federal funding through a TIGER grant. The remaining funding was provided by a portion of a voter-approved half-cent sales tax. That investment appears to be paying off already. The project has already led to $400 million worth of spending commitments along the corridor.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.