Sony Bravia

Sony Bravia

Don’t you just love the Sony Bravia commercial? Well I do. It has been on my ‘scratch path’ for quite a few days to write about, but it’s the appearance of the Bravia blog that finally got me to do it. First we had the official Bravia website that was mentioned in the tv commercial, and although there was some nice stuff to it (like the screensaver) it was nothing special compared to some of the things that are done online these days. I really had hoped for more as the tv commercial is so complete: the idea, the imagery, the music, … and yet the website is basic. The new blog adds just what was missing. Find more great advertising on Jaffe’s ‘Year End Juices’ (thanks to i-Wisdom for pointing that out). And yes, Joseph’s own creation: the Nike’s Tiger Woods Spot is cool too. If you haven’t seen that yet, make sure you check it out.

Web 2.0

I just failed miserably on the web 2.0 quiz, basically showing I have no clue what the new web is about. What the heck, it reminds me of an interesting post of Dion Hincliffe on web 2.0, namely the 10 issues facing web 2.0 today. Really worth reading. In short:

  1. Excessive hype: it’s not the solution to every software problem so stop proclaiming this
  2. Lack of simple definition: look it up on Wikipedia if you want
  3. Aging poster children: loads of startup are being released, but not one has yet made a difference like say Google (and they exist already for 7 years)
  4. Needing a permaconnection: most applications require fast, stable and always-on connections
  5. Ajax as the official web 2.0 experience: trying to use it for a hammer in every solution will cause everyone a lot of difficulty
  6. Excessive attention on the technology: people care about the given value, not how that value has been created underneath
  7. Really bad adherents: don’t call yourself of what you do web 2.0, just do it
  8. Blogging instead of doing: too much discussion about it and not enough action
  9. Not facing hard thruths: some aspects of the web 2.0 business models aren’t so postive
  10. Adopting the lightweight creation model: how will large, centrally controlled organisations (think Microsoft) try to deliver nimble, lightweight software in frequent releases at a faster speed than their current software cycle

Apple

Finding iPodFor the creatives amongst us – and Apple lovers, here’s your chance to win an iPod. Create your own Steve Jobs movieposter and post it on Mike Davidson’s blog. You only have about 4 days left so do it quick. Mac users by the way are a bit worried about the new Intel partnership. Not only will the next Mac’s be ‘Intel Inside’ or ‘Leap ahead’ (the new slogan) but the big question is whether Mac’s will come out with the small Intel stickers on them like we know from PC’s. Typical opinion: “I would not accept a sticker on my machine” and right they are, I wouldn’t want to have stickers on my iBook either (my wife’s actually) nor on my PC – where I have to remove them ofcourse. It’s probably not a good enough reason to switch to PC (as they are cluttered with stickers) but some people do switch, or even switch back to PC’s… and yes, also there I couldn’t agree more. How nice the iBook (and others might be), Mac’s are still way too expense compared to PC’s. Russell Beattie (Yahoo) is somebody who switched back and his story + comments is a fun read.

iKid

We have an old Apple iBook G3 Blue Clamshell stored with some other digital devices we don’t use anymore. I always found this a pitty, but things get old and it’s not like you can make a lot of money of it when you try to sell those. So there it was… and yet, just at the time we had almost forgotten about this iBook, my oldest son (who’s only 3,5 years old) gets a kids game on a cd-rom playable on PC (no way he’s going to use my laptop) and on Mac OS 9.

There you go, old iBook back on the table, 3 minute explanation and off he goes… And yes it’s amazing how fast these kids pickup these things, literally 3 minutes of showing how you work the mouse and my son is on it like he’s been doing this for years. He’s already better using computers than my mam (although she ain’t the most difficult person to beat :-)). Man, I’m still amazed…

‘Cross The Breeze Alerts

Playing around a bit more today with my blog and added a new feature. My 3 readers (héhé) can now signup to the MSN Alerts for ‘Cross The Breeze. And I will know in an instant whether it works or not as this post should be the first one delivered to me by such Alerts. And ofcourse as always, you are all more welcome to comment as I’m very curious about your opinion about all of this.

I want a new mobile phone!

I’m struggling with my mobile these days. After using a combination of Nokia mobiles with Palm PDA’s for quite some years I’ve ended up with a no-good mobile from Sharp. And basically, part of it is my own mistake. I’ve had a smartphone (Windows Mobile) for a few months, but as it was one of the early Qtek’s it was just no good. The only thing smart about this smartphone was the fact MSN Messenger was on it… and what a brand: Qtek! So I got rid of it and swapped to the Sharp GX30 again.

Qtek 9100But now! Have you seen the Qtek 9100 yet? As a brand it still doesn’t sound right, but I couldn’t care less this time. I want this phone, so if you didn’t know yet what to give me for the New Year… don’t hesitate. (Reminds me I definitely need to show ‘Cross The Breeze to my wife this week)

Top 10 Web Predictions for 2006 (2)

More and more web predictions for 2006 popup these days. I think they’re all fun to read, some of them more realistic than others. Make sure you read John Battelle’s predictions, it’s been up there for a few days now but a must read I think. Wondering how good/bad he was the years before, take a look at his review on both the 2004 and the 2005 predictions.

Another great top 10 is to be found on Dave’s WordPress Blog. He actually only gets to 8, but feel free to fill the gap with some of the nice ideas in the comments that could easily feature in his top 10. I especially like the Skype-Ebay module that scans everything in your house and puts it on auction :-)

Another way to do this is by using Matt McAlister’s Dotcom Prediction Generator, certainly if you need to get your own predictions out before the New Year but don’t know what to say.

And now we’re at it, some more of the serious predictions can be found over here:

Personally I would say that we will see the first stumble of Google, the first glitch on their way up. We will also see a boost of video in online advertising, blogging and certainly video search. Telephony over the web will finally breakthrough, now all the ‘classic’ IM services are gearing up their voice solution in respect to what Skype is offering. There will be better measurement on RSS, going hand in hand with more advertising on RSS too. I also feel there’s an opportunity for more dynamic feeds than what’s mainly offered for the moment, but 2006 might as well be the year to change this. And ofcourse user generated content is still so hot that we will be seeing a lot more in this space too. Finally we will get more and more convergence between the desktop and the internet (think also Vista and Windows Live) and especially mobile.

Goliath

Interesting times on Google these days. They’ve been taking some decisions lately that some tend to see as the big win over Microsoft, where other people say it’s about Google making their first crucial mistakes. Is the AOL deal really good for Google or do they give too much away of their pure, powerful search results? And what’s the story on charging for access to its API? Time will tell what it really is, but here are some interesting articles on the subject:

Search THIS: Google in 2006. iMedia Connection’s search editor takes you on an inside tour of the Google mind: fasten your seatbelts!
Official Google blog about the AOL announcement proving that not all of us are on the same level on the AOL – Google announcement.
Google clarifies. John Batelle on his searchblog with his thoughts on clarification of Google.
Google set to flank rivals with AOL deal. “The rumored deal would disappoint Microsoft,” Rob Helm, director of research for Directions on Microsoft in Kirkland, Wash., told the E-Commerce Times. “Working with AOL gives Google ad revenues that will be difficult for Microsoft to compete for.”
Google, Time Warner strike $1 billion deal on AOL. Google will invest $1 billion for a 5 percent stake in Time Warner’s America Online unit as part of a partnership that expands their existing search engine deal to include collaboration on advertising, instant messaging and video.
Microsoft looks beyond AOL. Time Warner has chosen Google as the most suitable partner for its America Online Internet unit–but the game isn’t over for jilted suitor Microsoft.
Op-Ed: Has Goliath (Google) Stumbled? Mediasmith’s chief search officer Bob Heyman looks at the implications of Google’s decision to charge for access to its API.