Some of you might remember the “smart fridge” idea. More than a decade ago some companies had made horribly expensive fridges which had built in computers and a touch screen. You could surf the net, watch movies and generally do most of the things you ended up doing with your laptop parked on the kitchen table.
There is a fine [...]
These days in Greece we celebrate independence from Ottoman rule. It was in essence guerilla warfare. Greeks have a tradition of sorts in this type of war. But of course the true and proven modern masters are the Afghans. The greatest powers of the world have tried their best to conquer the place and failed.
In corporate communications and especially in [...]
In Greece, the media has always depended heavily on politics in order to survive. Which is putting it very politely. Private TV is the playground of rich business tycoons. They pay money, to get eyeballs and influence and then use that influence in order to get big public sector projects. We also have a public broadcaster with thousands [...]
Don’t go looking in the detailed cost breakdowns. Sure, Apple has plenty of profit margin to shave off the iPhone. They could sell one for $150 and still make a profit better than most. But it is not in the market share figures either. And it isn’t some complicated marketing reason, anything about a premium brand and the Apple [...]
It is a great website. The English is correct. The vibe is right. The concept isn’t ground breaking but on the right path. So why should it hide the fact that it is Greek? There is no “about us”. No physical adress. If you look hard, in the blog section, there is mention of a “name” and a brief, very vague [...]
Everyone in the software industry knows how fickle users can be. One wants it this way, one the other. Everyone thinks that the interface or the features they need at this moment are what is most important. Almost nobody really knows everything that the software can do, yet opinions are all over the place. Somewhere there is a company [...]
Cute picture of my son today. Huge smile as he looked through a Holy Crepe. He had eaten out some of it and looked to the camera; cute as ever. Gotta have this as my profile picture. Facebook profile, upload picture, wait….wait….wait some more. Finally it uploads. Sometimes it doesn’t of course. Go to Twitter. Same objective. But [...]
In “Campaign” Zach Galifianakis makes an amazing comeback on election day with an original approach to politics: he tells the truth. Despite being 20 points ahead in the polls however he mysteriously loses to his crooked and corrupt opponent. Nobody wonders why this happens though the movie audience gets treated to a close up of the electronic voting system’s [...]
Facebook is, essentially, a Content Management System. (CMS) Only it is a really, really, extraordinarily bad content management system. Its search function is rudimentary to say the least. There is little categorization and even less user generated categorization. It is almost impossible to find something from the past.
To large degree this is because Facebook’s engineers are obsessed with making the [...]
The thing about us consultants is that we give advice even when nobody asked for it. The world’s biggest company surely doesn’t need my help. Even more so since I have historically and openly criticized it at every corner. But, like my friends always say, I probably have a secret wish to one day buy an iPhone. [...]