“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.”

“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” – Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Ernest Hemingway kneels while holding a pair of antelope horns during a African safari much like the ones that appear in his short stories.

Hemingway is arguably one of the greatest novelists and short-story writers of all time and his Nobel Prize for Literature (1954) certainly supports this assertion. That said the aforementioned quotation really requires additional explanation and context to be appreciated. I consider myself a fairly well-versed Hemingway enthusiast but I do not recall reading this line in the works I’ve read. I would be grateful for any additional information about the origin of this quote.

iPhone next?

Forget about am ultra-thin design, extended battery life or even near field communication (NFC).  The folks at Aatma Studio have produced a slick little video of the features they think should appear in a future generation of iPhones and I tend to agree that these would certainly pique my curiosity.

Whether it is the laser keyboard, the impossibly thin design, or the holographic display I think we can all comfortably agree that these features would be significantly more than the next evolutionary step in the iPhone family tree.  That said they do represent the “art of the possible” for what’s to come.

Language visualization

CuriosityI am looking for a few relatively well-read, articulate and – most importantly – opinionated individuals to lend me a few minutes of their time (no more than 30) for an experiment on language visualization.  I’m reluctant to disclose the details about this experiment until I know the volunteers which of course is counter-intuitive and risks dissuading some otherwise perfectly good candidates. That said I’m sure a few souls will be willing to offer up a slice of their life for a (fairly) painless exercise.

What you need to participate:

  • 30 minutes of free time
  • A computer of any kind
  • An intense sense of curiosity

If you meet those minimum requirements, as well as those listed in the first sentence, and you’re interested in helping me out – please drop me a note.  If you do not meet those requirements (especially the third item on the list, please close the browser window now … ever so slllllowly).

Thanks.

Would you buy a sub-$300 Android tablet from Amazon?

Would you buy a sub-$300 Android tablet from Amazon? || “Amazon could sell 5 million tablets next quarter” http://ow.ly/6gZDV

Amazon tablet

 

Can Apple succeed where Google has struggled?

Can Apple succeed where Google has struggled? || “Apple working on a TV set for 2012?” http://ow.ly/6fFic

 

What does this mean for the future of the daily deals industry?

Facebook dealsWhat does this mean for the future of the daily deals industry? || “Facebook kills off Groupon competitor” http://ow.ly/6fEPD

 

Steve Jobs: How to Live Before you Die

Steve Jobs’ name has become synonymous with innovation here in the U.S. and around the world. Many people credit him with single-handedly saving Apple from the brink of disaster in the 1990s when it had to rely on a capital infusion from archenemy Microsoft following the ouster of disastrous CEO Gil Amelio in 1996. However he will likely go down as being credited for transforming the mobile, home, and touch computing industries with the tens-of-millions of iPods, iPhones, and iPads he brought to the world. Fortune Magazine summarized his impact on the world simply when they stated that “[t]he past decade in business belongs to Jobs.”

Yesterday Mr. Jobs delivered the message that Apple’s fans (and investors) had been expecting for the past several weeks following his decision to go on medical leave for the third time since he’s assumed the CEO mantle. Having survived pancreatic cancer and a recent liver transplant, most feared that this recent leave might be his final. In his announcement Jobs explained that he could no longer perform the duties required of him and as a result he was stepping down from the helm of the world’s most valuable technology company.

Personally I have had a love hate relationship with Apple having warmly embraced their computers (II, II Plus, IIe, IIc, IIGS, Macintosh, Macintosh Plus, Macintosh IIcx, PowerBook 180, and the Centris 610) during the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s. Like many people this love affair soured and I embraced Windows 3.11 through Windows 7, as well as several flavors of UNIX for professional reasons. With the rise of the hyper-elegant products that have become the norm at Apple these days, I find myself in possession of a few iPods, an iPad 2, and – like millions of rabid fans – am feverishly awaiting the release of the iPhone 5 in a few weeks (we hope).

I hope that Mr. Jobs spends his remaining time, be it days, weeks, or years, with the people he loves bringing joy into their lives as he has done for so many millions through the connections his products enable.

Below you will find Mr. Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address entitled “How to Live Before you Die” which certainly rings true given yesterday’s announcement.

Goodbye Steve Jobs

Goodbye Steve Jobs || “Steve Jobs resigning as CEO, effective immediately, Apple says; he’ll be replaced by Tim Cook” http://ow.ly/6c2UA

Have a look at this post for my thoughts on this announcement.

The march of war between Android and iOS continues

The march of war between Android and iOS continues || “Android share balloons to 61% in July, iOS usage declines” http://ow.ly/6byaG

    Great list of ideas to boost employee engagement

    Great list of ideas to boost employee engagement || “Eight Ways to Communicate Your Strategy More Effectively” http://ow.ly/6aHYU

    Harvard Business ReviewGeorgia Everse’s piece on the Harvard Business Review blog is an outstanding and concise slice of management strategy heaven. If you’ve ever found yourself with a team that seems to have lost its way, her eight ideas are certainly a good basis for getting back on track. I’ve included the first item from the list but strongly recommend that you check out the rest.

    1. Keep the message simple, but deep in meaning.
    Most organizations have a deeper meaning as to why they exist. This tends to influence strategy, decision-making and behaviors at executive levels, but often isn’t well articulated for employees. What you call it doesn’t matter, your purpose, your why, your core belief, your center. What does matter is that you establish its relevance with employees in a way that makes them care more about the company and about the job they do. It should be at the core of all of your communications, a simple and inspiring message that is easy to relate to and understand. Strategy-specific messages linked to your purpose become tools to help employees connect their day-to-day efforts with the aspiration of the company.”