There’s no debate, we’re “cord cutters”. In fact, we haven’t had cable since 2007-ish and to be honest, we’ve never really missed it. We spend less time watching whatever junk pops up on the screen (I remember finding myself getting sucked in by The Food Network on a regular basis). We only watch specific shows that we’ve hand picked ourselves. Most of the shows worth watching are available on Hulu or Netflix and if we get really desperate we can always buy an episode here or there on Google Play or Amazon (*blech*). Also, we’re not really into watching sports, so that’s never been an issue.
But every two years we wonder whether it might be worth getting cable for a month just so we can watch the Olympics. What do you think? Are there good places to watch online yet in 2014?
When you were a kid, had you ever heard of Black Friday? Somehow, Black Friday has become a cultural phenomenon of recent years (in the United States, I can’t speak for other geographies). It’s a bit disappointing to see such emphasis put on shopping rather than spending time with family, or other wholesome activities.
I’m not concerned though. Within 5 years, Black Friday (as we know it) will be a distant memory. In fact, we’ve already killed it. This year (2012) most major retailers opened on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) in the United States. Next year, they’ll open at noon. Then 8am, then 12:01am. Then Wednesday. Add the fact that a huge amount of commerce is now happening online and via mobile devices (Target just announced that they sold twice via their website this year as they did last year). Before you know it, it’s just another retail week.
Or, I could be wrong. We’ll see. (What do you think of all this?)
Open Source used to be a thing. A huge thing. Wikipedia. Wordpress. Linux. Firefox. etc. I’m not suggesting that it’s run its course, but it just doesn’t seem to have the momentum it once did. Tell a developer that you want to use Wordpress to build your website, and he just might roll his eyes. Ask a designer what browser to use and she’ll probably suggest Chrome. Where’s the love?
Am I mis-perceiving this? Is it just so common now that we don’t need to talk about it as much? What happened?
Is there any question that Google wants you to visit Google+? Take a look at how many links lead to G+ in their new navigation design.
Happy Labor Day! What will you be doing to celebrate today?
Nearly two years ago, Marc Andreessen famously stated that “software is eating the world”. At the time, I excitedly agreed. Software companies were all the rage in Silicon Valley. In fact, I still agree with the premise. I love my mobile apps as much as the next person. Software is indeed changing entire industries. But I think there’s something even more exciting happening and our course is changing a bit. Companies like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are giving physical products a second-wind.
Here are five technologies that I’m really optimistic about.
Google Glass (and other wearable technology)
I’m sure other list-worthy innovations will emerge in the coming years, but I’m really excited to see what evolves from this list in the coming years. Imagine using a 3D printer to affordably produce your own prosthetics at home. Imagine your grandmother ordering groceries from her iPad and having them delivered by Drone half an hour later. Think about how many cars we could remove from production if we can get better utilization out of every car on the road. (You could just summon a self-driving car when you need to go somewhere rather than keep an unused car sitting in the driveway 90% of the time.)
You’ll notice that I’ve included Bitcoins in this list. While Bitcoin isn’t a physical product, I think it will have a dramatic impact on the ability of other physical innovations to emerge. (Crypto-currencies are still in their infancy and Bitcoin is, by no means, the only game in town. Having said that, it’s branding and momentum give it the best leg-up to become a standard.) If-and-when crypto-currencies really take off, I think we’ll see huge technological and political ripple effects that are difficult to anticipate right now.
Am I missing anything huge? What do you think will emerge in the next 5 years?
Would everyone please pipe down about the Tumblr acquisition? Do you really think Yahoo! will just show up and start changing everything? Have you ever spent a massive amount of money on something really nice and popular with the intent to immediately change it?! That wouldn’t make any sense.
Yahoo! wants Tumblr because it is popular. If they change too much, it won’t be popular anymore. They’re not buying the product, they’re buying happy users/readers. Relax.