Steve Ballmer, 2007:
Right now we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year. Apple is selling zero phones a year.
Steve Ballmer, a few months later:
It’s sort of a funny question. Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? (Laughter.) I want to have…
A good chart is worth a thousand words.
Looks like late 2011 was the point of no return. That’s when MSFT should have gone all in. Too late now.
I think we can probably do better for consumer names than ‘Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 1020. Yet, because of where both companies are and the independent nature of the businesses, we haven’t been able to shorten that. … Now, we can simplify the overall consumer branding and messaging gets much simpler. That is an efficiency of being one company.
Steve Ballmer, speaking during a conference call on the Nokia deal this morning.
I mean, he actually said this — while typing on his Microsoft Surface RT with Windows RT featuring Office 2011 Pro Plus with Microsoft Live SkyDrive for Enterprise Workgroups using Azure for the Cloud 2013 Bing Edition 7.43 and a Touch Cover.(via parislemon)
Put a limit on everything. Everything that can happen repeatedly put a high limit on it and raise or lower the limit as needed. Block users if the limit is passed. This protects the service.
Map: More than half of humanity lives within this circle
In yet another illustration of China’s and India’s enormous populations, Reddit recently surfaced the above population map, which claims more than half the world’s people live within a circle superimposed over a section of Asia.
Amazingly, the numbers check out.
Whoa nelly. A few quick thoughts:
2) This seems to take the drama out of the Microsoft CEO search. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (a former Microsoftie) was already widely considered a leading contender — and now Microsoft has 7.2 billion more reasons to go with him. It also seems likely he would be a good candidate to carry out the “One Microsoft” initiative that Steve Ballmer has already put in place.
3) Fairly big demotion for Julie Larson-Green following her big promotion just last year. Unless… see: #2.
4) So why not just announce Elop as the new CEO now? Because the deal won’t close until Q1 2104. The biggest potential hiccup there is Nokia shareholders approving it.
5) From a pure dollar perspective, this seems to be quite the deal from what Microsoft was rumored to be considering paying just a few years ago.
6) Though it’s not nearly as good of a deal as Apple got to bring Steve Jobs back on board — $400 million in 1996 dollars.
7) Microsoft is taking on 32,000 new employees?!
8) It’s actually a pretty decent use of overseas cash, which would otherwise be taxed if repatriated.
9) Lighting the money on fire would have also saved it from being taxed.
The problem in organizing personal photos is complex.
The are too many of them to keep track.
There are several properties that matter:
We have *terabytes* of photos. It is a daunting task to organize them properly around these four parameters. Automation is needed.
- It is very easy to automate the “when”.
- It is somewhat easy to automate the “where” (an upgrade to our camera or a GPS dongle might be needed, although dates could be crossed with the pics taken with the iPhone, which labels locations).
- It is hard to automate the “who” (face recognition still does not work as well as we’d like).
- It is almost impossible to automate the “what”. Manual input will very likely be mandatory.
This is a task that is somewhat similar to QoS: classification, marking and queueing (sorting-browsing) is tbe process. How do QoS systems address the challenge:
- There is a clear property around which to classify: the value of certain bits in the L2/L3 header.
- Content is “tagged” when generated or “retagged” when recognized.
- Classes are defined based on the value of that tag.
- Sorting is based on classes.
This is not enough for photos: we don’t want to prioritize, we want to find. But there might be some similarities in the “tag-when-detect” or “tag-when-generate” approach.
As the “when” is automatic (all digital pics have a date metadata field automatically written - shame on you if you did not setup your camera properly) and the “where” is automatic in smartphones and some modern cameras (which may help us correlate that info with old camera pics), let us focus on the “who” and “what”.
It’s hard. Faces? No.
Manual tagging? Way too much work as it is done today.
Crowdtagging a la Facebook? Hey, my pics are private.
My camera knows who I am. What if it knew who is around me? We all carry a device that knows who we are and where we are. How to get that information into the metadata of the picture is the key. Perhaps. It can be done “cloudly” or “locally”. Locally means it will be based on Bluetooth or similar i order to locate “friendly” devices. Cloudly means it will know that my friends (who previously accepted to share their location with me *when they are closeby*) are around and will be able to tag them proactively in the pic. Sounds like a start.
Manual tagging based on likely suggestions is another step forward. I mean, most of my pics involve the same dozen people. It is a matter of doing a bit of learning (a bit of image recognition, a bit of heuristics based on time and likeliness to meet someone at that time) in order to suggest and proactively and provisionally tag pics around who is in them. Highly unlikely that an office colleague or a distant cousin that lives in Asia will be featured in a Saturday lunch time pic. Very likely that my brother or parents will.
This needs more work.
Well, time-based decision making can only get us so far. Location can help, but I find it hard to believe that my cousin’s house will be geotagged as so by Google. And you definitely cannot geotag a birthday party or a football game. This is most likely a job for manual tagging. I can see a handful of “quick access” tags and a “Custom…” field at hand, and this will have to be done by hand. Software can help in grouping pics that look alike to make it easier.
How do I take my pics to a friend’s place and show/share them if they don’t have the same software? Folders are universal, I just carry my external drive and will be able to browse it if it is well categorized. Are OS X tags compatible with Windows 8? What if my friend has a Netbook with XP? Should I just post them in a private website?
Folders are slow, rigid and portable.
Tags are fast, flexible and proprietary (most likely).
This sounds like a job for a cloud based browsing system that is browser accessible.
More work is clearly needed, this must be solved.
If you go back and look at the history of productivity apps you’ll see that each major user interface shift led to new classes of productivity apps. Back in the 70s and 80s, when computers had text-based interfaces, word processor applications like Wordperfect and spreadsheet applications like Lotus 1-2-3 were invented. In the 80s and 90s, when graphical interfaces became popular, presentation apps like Powerpoint and photo editing apps like Photoshop were invented. If the historical pattern repeats, productivity apps that are “native” to the tablet will be invented.
Things like Paper strike me as getting there already.