Arrington, Race, and Silicon Valley

I spent this summer in Silicon Valley as part of the NewMe Accelerator. NewMe is the first Accelerator program focused on African-Americans. I had an absolute blast in California connecting to incredible mentors like Mitch Kapor, Ben Horowitz, Vivek Wadhwa, and, in my own way, both absorbing insight from, and, as the old man of… Read more Arrington, Race, and Silicon Valley

Apple fears the killer app

Ok, so were finally getting down to it. On at least two fronts, Apple has now essentially thrown out its draconian rules on what developers can and cannot do on its platform, and replaced them with essentially, no rules. The new “rules” appear to be, “its OK to do what you want in your app… Read more Apple fears the killer app

Steve Jobs Has Just Gone Mad

Today Apple announced a version 4 their iPhone OS. It seems to answer most of the open issues relating to the platform. All sounded good. But then, John Gruber over at Daring Fireball discovered a “hidden gem” in the new developer terms. here they are: 3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the… Read more Steve Jobs Has Just Gone Mad

Free is Killing Us. Blame The VCs

I believe it should be possible to start a small business and to have a small number of profitable customers, and to earn a living. From there, it should be possible to work hard, and to grow your business into something substantial. Until recently, this was the American way, and it applied to technology as… Read more Free is Killing Us. Blame The VCs

U.S vs. E.U. / iPhone vs. Nokia

I have been interested in truly open developer friendly phones with the real capacity to support interesting applications since the announcement of the OpenMoko open source phone project. This is about a year and a half ago. Since that time, I have discussed and commented a lot about phones, and the various players, and one… Read more U.S vs. E.U. / iPhone vs. Nokia

The Death of the Relational Database

The relational database is becoming increasingly less useful in a web 2.0 world. The reason for this is that, while the relational database model is great for storing information, it is horrible for storing knowledge. By knowledge I mean information that has value beyond the narrow current conception of the given application. I mean information… Read more The Death of the Relational Database

Adobe Introduces Windows Killer

Today Adobe is announcing the official release of Adobe AIR and Flex 3. While these announcements are not really news in that the products have been in beta, and usable for a year, today seems a good point in time to mark the official end of the Windows era. With AIR and Flex, What Adobe… Read more Adobe Introduces Windows Killer

RIP Mitch Kapor’s Chandler

Update: I have posted some of my additional thoughts and critiques 😉 in my most recent post: “Mitch Kapor’s Weekend at Bernie’s.” Yesterday I received an email that I have been anticipating would arrive at any time. The Open Source Application Foundation, creators of the collaborative PIM Chandler, announced that Mitch Kapor, its primary financial… Read more RIP Mitch Kapor’s Chandler