Posts filed under “Technology”

Microsoft Zune: Down 54%

My pal JP notes that the iPod wannabe had an utterly disasterous quarter:

Overlooked in the carnage of Microsoft’s second quarter was the performance of the company’s Zune platform. Which was, quite simply, atrocious. Seems that $10 to $20 holiday discount didn’t do much good at all.

According to Microsoft’s latest 10-Q, “Zune platform revenue decreased $100 million or 54 percent reflecting a decrease in device sales.”

A precipitous decline. And one that stands in stark contrast to the record 22,727,000 iPods Apple (AAPL) shipped during its latest quarter, representing three percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Can’t really blame this one on the economy, can we Microsoft (MSFT)?

That is just a horrific comparable. It just goes to show you that Microsoft, without the advantages of the Windows/Office monopoly, is simply just another ordinary company — nothing special, nothing innovative.

What do you expect from a big bloated monopolist whose history is dominated by decades of a corporate culture that was more interested in stealing versus creating, in bullying versus cooperating.

Onwards! Their long slide into irrelevance continues . . .


Zune to Be Forgotten
John Paczkowski
Digital Daily, 12:00 AM PT on January 24, 2009

Category: Legal, Markets, Music, Technology, Venture Capital

Chart Selection

Amusing flow chart telling you which chart to use: via Flow Chart

Category: Digital Media, Technology

The Auto-Tech Paradox at C.E.S.

The automobile market isn’t suffering alone. The market for in-vehicle technology, those screens, navigation devices and audio systems inside cars, is tanking right along with it.

Category: Technology, Video

The History of the Internet (Animated Infographics)

Pretty cool:

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

via infosthetics

Category: Technology, Video, Web/Tech

Top 2009 Gadgets

WSJ’s Walt Mossberg talks about the top gadgets of 2009, from a headset that makes PC video games 3-D to HP notebooks, that are like a laptop and a netbook combined. Courtesy Fox News.


Category: Consumer Spending, Technology, Video

An hour with Bill Gates

Interesting Charlie Rose video from last week, overlooked during the holidays: An hour with Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft.

I’m not a fan, as I know that MSFT is(was) the Evil Empire, but its interesting nonetheless

December 22, 2008

Category: Corporate Management, Technology, Video

Is Silicon Valley Losing Its Magic?

In search of big ideas in the Valley

click for (pop up) video: Is Silicon Valley Losing Its Magic?

BusinessWeek’s John A. Byrne and Steve Hamm discuss whether Silicon Valley still has its mojo, or will risk aversion and myopia kill the golden goose?

Category: Markets, Technology, Venture Capital, Video, Web/Tech

2008: The Year in Wisecracks

Very amusing video, via John P at All Things Digitials:

Category: Humor, Technology, Video

C/Net: Worst Tech forecasts for 2008

via C/Net

Category: Markets, Technology, Video

Jim Jubak on Deflation

Hey MSN! How about embeddable videos? I know Microsoft didn’t invent it, but this video technology sucks. Don’t you want to increase your video views and ads served? Its nearly 2009! Embeddable is already a few years old, but this Windows video is decades old! Are you that afraid of Ballmer?Are you also forbidden from…Read More

Category: Inflation, Technology, Web/Tech