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We Want Root

When you buy an iPhone, do you actually get to own it? Apple is doing its darnedest to make changes impossibe that you might want to do but that they don’t approve of, even after you paid a lot of money for the device. Does not sound like ownership to me. It wasn’t always that…

Connectivity for the Internet of Things

Let me say it up front: I don’t think the internet-of-things is being deployed for reals in the home by many people at this point. My argument is simple: nobody ever talks about the number one frustration that I have in my home, and I don’t think I’m unique: WiFi coverage, or the lack thereof.…

Facebook: With 100% of potential customers, is total user sell-out next?

From Facebook’s most recent earnings statement: Monthly active users (MAUs) were 1.23 billion as of December¬†31, 2013, an increase of 16% year over year. There are only 7.1 billion people on the planet. Some are babies, some are in jail, some illiterate, and some are Amish, and the like. Facebook’s customer reach is close to…

Two unethical “business” models

It was pointed out to me that there are two more ways people make money, and that means there are two more “business” models of some kind. I didn’t list them in my original post as “business” models because, to me, they are so awful: 4. Take valuable things from others by force Bank robbery,…

There are only Three Base Business Models

[Updated 2014-01-05: for completeness reasons, here are two more categories: 4) robbing people, and 5) taking advantage of people. In my book, they don’t qualify as “business” models because they are borderline or actually criminal, but they do exist.] If you put all business models into the following three buckets, suddenly all sorts of things…