failure

  • Failure Modes

    Failure Modes

    This was a rich month for the deadpool. Prim shut down. So did CarWoo. And much-hyped Outbox. And even moot’s Canvas/DrawQuest, which had 1.4 million app downloads and 400,000 monthly users. All part of the game, right? The circle of startup life, or something. It’s a truism that most startups fail. But in fact most startups don’t even get to fail, in the way the word is… Read More

  • Palm Software Director: “We Just Weren’t Able To Execute”

    Palm Software Director: “We Just Weren’t Able To Execute”

    Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20 and Brian X Chen has a great tick-tock detailing the initial fall – and continuing fall – of WebOS. The interviews are quite telling, including a quote from Paul Mercer: “Palm was ahead of its time in trying to build a phone software platform using Web technology, and we just weren’t able to execute such an ambitious and breakthrough… Read More

  • Seagate drives killing MacBooks

    It’s bad enough that my MacBook is running hotter than Hades since I upgraded to Leopard, but the last thing I need is for my HDD to crap out. Luckily my MB does not have a 2.5-inch drive from Seagate. Retrodata, a data recovery outfit in the UK, noticed something was amiss with the Seagate drive equipped MBs as they’ve seen 50 or so since last summer. Upon further inspection… Read More

  • BBC's fawlty iPlayer a money sink "worse than Boo.com"

    The BBC’s project to make its enormous back catalog of quality British TV shows available online was ambitious to say the least. But due to colossal mismanagement and a lack of vision and flexibility, its iPlayer app is clumsy, unpopular, and pretty much redundant. I imagine a Dilbert-esque scene as the 400 people on the project all met and shared conflicting ideas for the bloated… Read More

  • The Gizmondo Story, In Words

    Wired is running a beautiful feature about the Gizmondo head Bo Stefan Eriksson and his constant and consistent scam-a-palooza that ended in the fiery explosion of a Ferrari Enzo. The Enzo has less than 6 inches of ground clearance, and at that speed, it took only a slight scrape under the front bumper to launch the vehicle. The airborne Ferrari landed in a skid that in a blink became a… Read More

  • Cellphone Boom-Times are Over

    It was a good run, guys, but the days of huge phone sales are over. Go ahead, Motorola. Pack up those plans for the Moto WAFR and the WLHNG. Nokia: scrap the 81294 with WiFi, a sense of self, and a drink dispenser. Folks just want a damn phone, not a mini triage unit. This news comes to us from Informa Telecoms and Media, a polling firm that believes that it will be harder and harder to… Read More

  • ESPN Mobile: Game Over

    Bloops. I guess we missed this news earlier. Looks like ESPN Mobile is officially closed and if you’re a subscriber you can use your ESPN phone until the end of the year but you won’t have ESPN mobile to push around anymore. The company has signed up only tens of thousands of subscribers since it launched the service in late 2005 and began advertising early this year, with… Read More