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Is the business model for, or just to sustain, journalism?

Jack Lail expands on Janet Coats' essay which asks the perennial question: as old business models erode, how do we pay for the craft of journalism? A key point: “For journalism to work, it has to prove its value to the community it serves, and proving that value means attracting business revenue – whether through […]

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Netscape vs. IE was easier than this…

I have owned and used Apple products in one form or another almost continuously since 1986. Love the products, especially (still) Macs. Starting to hate the company. It seems bent on forcing site proprietors back into a barbed-wire nest of incompatible platforms and user experiences. Cases in point: Steve Jobs' well-publicized dismissal of Flash on […]

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U.S. catches, passes world in mobile

Ten years ago, when I worked in consumer electronics, we coveted the advancements in mobile networks and the handsets they supported in Europe and Japan. Better mobile Web, better games, better communications, just better, better, better. Back then, the multitude of not-yet-consolidated regional carriers in the U.S. scrambled to put up four towers on every […]

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iPhone app buys: Games, yeah! News, not so much

GigaOM reports (with chart) data from Apptizr showing percentage of paid iPhone applications by category. Games rule. They represent 16 percent of the apps in the App Store, but 29 percent of the paid downloads. Entertainment also outperforms its presence in the store: 12 percent of available apps, but 22 percent of the paid downloads. […]

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New corporate site at my new corporate digs

We just sent around the DNS changes to launch a new corporate site for Cordillera Communications. It replaces a 2002-vintage site with a Drupal-run, information-packed business presence. Check it out, friends, and let me know what you think.

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Leaving no niche un … notched?

I admire the notion of “competing against nonconsumption” put forth by the disruptive-innovation gurus at Innosight. I spent a lot of time — and the company spent a lot of money — in my last job trying to find product niches where such a seam of opportunity existed. As I pass my 15th year in […]

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The kids learn, and teach, a lesson in sales

Last year, longtime pal and former boss Rusty Coats reminded me of the concept that sales success is algorithmic. Presuming you're selling a product with any demand whatsoever, a certain number of phone calls will lead to a predictable ratio of appointments, then a certain number of appointments will lead to a predictable ratio of […]

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My tremendous new opportunity

In rare quiet moments, Ka and I sometimes talk about how change and upheaval seem to be such constants in our lives. We tell ourselves we'll be glad when things slow down. Then another shoe drops, or absent that, we seem to go out and find some new way to stir things up. A big […]

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In proper mindset for Windows upgrade

I am slooooowly recovering from two days of the crud (of a digestive, not congestive, nature … 'nuff said). On the plus side, this puts me in the perfect mood tonight to upgrade Ka's laptop from the unconditionally awful Windows Vista to the better-be-much-less-awful Windows 7. Will advise on the outcome.

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Being resourceful vs. being a resource

Pin this on early-Monday-morning syndrome (if you haven't figured this out by now, I often write posts in the margins of my day, then set them to go live a few hours later when I figure folks are awake and paying attention). I meant, in that last post, to explain a key difference between the […]