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Ted’s Demise and The Kindle’s Rise

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It’s another raining day in Boulder (weird) – maybe I’ll go to Boston tonight.  Oh – I heard it was raining there also.  I bet they don’t get hail in June.  Today’s reading is sponsored by Ted – the airline that never made any sense to me and is finally going away.

- The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article on Gates-Ballmer’s history including the headliner Gates-Ballmer Clash Shaped Microsoft’s Coming Handover.  The subarticles and videos also provide some great context on the past and current reality.

- My dad tells the story going to Yankee Stadium in 1948 during on a Saturday that was underwritten by the Herald Tribute Fresh Air Fund.  He snuck his six year old brother Charlie in and had a blast. If you have kids, read the article and answer the question my dad asks at the end – "Can any of you imagine giving your kids the opportunity to do all that at the new Yankee Stadium next year in 2009?"  I was excited about the idea of going to the Red Sox game on Friday night (thanks Don Dodge) – now I’m all in.

- Another friend – Doyle Albee – talks about Living with the Kindle: 30 Days LaterIt’s a good short strength / weakness summary.  I continue to love my Kindle with my affection growing with every use.

- Brilliant (but long) article in Vanity Fair about Inventing the InternetAl Gore is included in it.

- If you comment on my blog and are a twitter user, you can now Twitter Your Comment as a result of the IntenseDebate integration with Twitter.  If you have a blog and are not using IntenseDebate for your comments, give it a try.  While you are at it, install Lijit on your site for search (including integration with IntenseDebate, so you can include your comments in your search results on your blog.)  Send me an email when you’ve done this and I’ll send you some virtual love.

  • Rob Freeborn

    Brad –
    I soooooo agree with you about TED….I never understood the idea of trying to compete against the low cost structure of the budget carriers when you have the high cost structure of the traditional carriers.

    It's kind of like the early day of the internet when a company would get the question “Aren't you losing money on every transaction?” and the answer is “Yeah, but we'll make it up in volume!!” ;-)

    rob

    • Aziz Grieser

      I think the major airlines should be subsidized, or given exclusive profitable territories. I'm a free market kind of guy, but regulation doesn't have to be all or nothing. I think it's unfair that a major airline is stuck with regulation era contracts, forcing them to serve unprofitable routes, like US auto manufacturers and employees, while new entrants can pick and chose amongst the most profitable routes to compete.

      These upstart airlines, though I used to love some of them, have made the industry unprofitable for major airlines and themselves, and we who are the passengers paying $5/bag of pretzels. Hell, United requires $20 to get an exit row. They can up-sell the freaking exit row! Isn't that supposed to be a safety feature? How about the 1 bag only policy? Oh, and is there such a thing as first class any longer? You still have to wait in line and scuffle through 1/2 hr of granny searching TSA bullshnite. I'm not going to start on TSA, this is your blog Brad…

      Real compromise that reach effective solutions involve recognizing that there is a solution in the gray, not in the back or the white.

  • Heather Duey

    ooooh! I missed the release of Lijit – Intense Debate integration…going to set that up right now!

  • jamesrayfan

    Brad, Thanks for the links and the quips. Interesting stuff, as always.
    I'd like to also share something that I have found recently. A quote.
    James Ray said, “If your not growing, you’re dying.” Six simple words that I really needed to hear. I guess it was because I was complaining to my friend that I just wasn't feeling stimulated enough. It wasn't as if I was doing anything “bad” in my life, so I was not sure why I was not feeling right. After learning this idea, I realized that “staying at even par” is not enough. That bad feeling was because by not growing, I was staying in the same place, just plodding along towards my death in a way. Doing nothing has negative consequences. But if I was to start growing, I would be moving my life forward, expanding it into something much more exciting! That’s what living is all about.

    After I finished reading Harmonic Wealth, I realized I needed to commit myself to a lifetime of learning – it did not end when I threw my graduation cap in the air. Check it out for yourself…
    Here’s the link to the website where I bought the book: harmonicwealth.com/read

    A JR Fan

  • Aziz Grieser

    Brad, your endorsement in a post probably earns a website or blog owner 500-1000 fresh new eyes, and that's just if you're casually mentioning a subject. I am amazed that you are not overwhelmed by folks that try to get you to promote their interests.

    I would love to try Kindle. I think the licensing of cellulose paper and changing images via electronic charges should have replaced every student's textbooks long ago. I first heard of the technology in 2004, when original inventors were getting sucked into licensing contracts. Boy did Sony blow the first attempt to release (big surprise). Check out the world's first $ 1 billion home, recently headlining papers all over the world, and you'll find that they've installed Kindle-like technology in all their wall paper. If you remember, Bill gates was the first to do this, so you can set the color to your mood. While these Indian giants have an interesting and sad legacy they've created from their hard working father, I wonder why someone with this kind of wealth doesn't think about the immense positive change they could give in their own country, just by providing a kindle-like device to each school in India, and linking it to Wikipedia. Then again, “you never know until you walk a mile in their shoes”. http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/30/home-india-billi

    As soon as I'm able to afford one, Kindle is on my list. Matter of fact, I may buy one for mom and dad as a birthday gift in September, or maybe I'll play for it… ; )

  • http://www.zachlandes.com Zach Landes

    With all this talk of Kindle, you'd think I would have seen one by now. But no, I have never seen a kindle. Ever! :(

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Interesting. I have been seeing them more and more. The guy next to me on a plane recently was using one and he smiled with amusement when i put mine on top of his on his tray table.

      • http://www.zachlandes.com Zach Landes

        Was this while seated in first class? :P I like the concept of the kindle a lot, but I like the library even more :)

        • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

          Er – yeah.

          • http://www.zachlandes.com Zach Landes

            Thought so! I'm thinking to myself, which will happen first: me flying first class or me owning an e-book reader. I'm not sure. Though if price goes down a lot on ebook readers and continues to rise on flights, then it'll be the reader, most likely.

          • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

            I expect the Kindle pricing will go down dramatically over the next 12 months while ticket prices continue to rise. So – look for a Kindle in your future!

          • http://www.zachlandes.com Zach Landes

            I hope so! But I only read a book every 1-2 weeks! I read on amazon that the number 1 non fiction reviewer reads 1-2 books a night (NONFICTION). Now THAT is the target audience for a kindle. On an unrelated note, you not following me on friendfeed/twitter seems to have the unfortunate side effect of you not getting my @replies, which are generally witty and life-enriching! So join Seth in co-stalking me!
            Zach

          • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

            I have “Track” set on Twitter so when it’s working, I get ‘em. What’s your twitter handle and I’ll add it to the list?

          • http://www.zachlandes.com Zach Landes

            zachlandes :P

  • http://blog.sciencelogic.com/ Dave Link

    Brad,

    Long time since we last touched base in person at the EYT office in Chantilly, Virginia. Thanks so much for including the link to the Vanity Fair article in your recent post. This was a fantastic blast from the past, but a great story from the actual inventors of the day. Soon after they created packet switching, the world was transformed because Telenet, Tymnet, CompuServe, and BBN rapidly created their own X.25 PDN's (networks that are still running today) that transformed the way the world communicated. I spent my first 10 years professionally at CompuServe and what a wonderful time it was to be immersed in dramatic growth of distributed computing/timesharing/global electronic collaboration. How the world has changed since those early days! The article does a great job providing the individual stories behind the “story” and gives us a glimpse into the personalities involved. On a similar topic of the rise of Social Networks and Citizen Journalism, I recently read a great book Cultural Literacy by E. D. Hirsch which provides some great insight towards cultural literacy and it's impact on social reform. This is a book I think you would really enjoy. You continue to get it right with the right blend of interesting perspectives you share through your blog and I look forward to seeing you again when you visit Washington DC in the future.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Dave – thanks for the nice note and the bok recommendation. I will add it to the virtual stack and holler the next time in in your neck of the wood.

  • rhhfla

    Appreciate the heads up on Intense Debate being integrated with Lijit.

  • http://www.clevy.tumblr.com Cory Levy

    I really want to get the Kindle. Does anyone know if a Kindle 2.0 is coming out soon? Should I buy now or wait?

  • Aziz Grieser

    Brad, I thought you'd find this interesting for your Kindle, Smith & Tinker, and perhaps the space elevator they'll someday realize is too hard to build:
    http://www.ohgizmo.com/2008/06/10/newly-developed

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    I have “Track” set on Twitter so when it’s working, I get ‘em. What’s your twitter handle and I’ll add it to the list?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/rob_freebor8945 rob_freebor8945

    Brad –
    I soooooo agree with you about TED….I never understood the idea of trying to compete against the low cost structure of the budget carriers when you have the high cost structure of the traditional carriers.

    It's kind of like the early day of the internet when a company would get the question "Aren't you losing money on every transaction?" and the answer is "Yeah, but we'll make it up in volume!!" ;-)

    rob

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/zach_lande41081 zach_lande41081

    zachlandes :P

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/heather_duey heather_duey

    ooooh! I missed the release of Lijit – Intense Debate integration…going to set that up right now!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/aziz_griese5636 aziz_griese5636

    I think the major airlines should be subsidized, or given exclusive profitable territories. I'm a free market kind of guy, but regulation doesn't have to be all or nothing. I think it's unfair that a major airline is stuck with regulation era contracts, forcing them to serve unprofitable routes, like US auto manufacturers and employees, while new entrants can pick and chose amongst the most profitable routes to compete.

    These upstart airlines, though I used to love some of them, have made the industry unprofitable for major airlines and themselves, and we who are the passengers paying $5/bag of pretzels. Hell, United requires $20 to get an exit row. They can up-sell the freaking exit row! Isn't that supposed to be a safety feature? How about the 1 bag only policy? Oh, and is there such a thing as first class any longer? You still have to wait in line and scuffle through 1/2 hr of granny searching TSA bullshnite. I'm not going to start on TSA, this is your blog Brad…

    Real compromise that reach effective solutions involve recognizing that there is a solution in the gray, not in the back or the white.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Er – yeah.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/rhhfla4895 rhhfla4895

    Appreciate the heads up on Intense Debate being integrated with Lijit.

  • Cory Levy

    I really want to get the Kindle. Does anyone know if a Kindle 2.0 is coming out soon? Should I buy now or wait?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/aziz_griese5636 aziz_griese5636

    Brad, your endorsement in a post probably earns a website or blog owner 500-1000 fresh new eyes, and that's just if you're casually mentioning a subject. I am amazed that you are not overwhelmed by folks that try to get you to promote their interests.

    I would love to try Kindle. I think the licensing of cellulose paper and changing images via electronic charges should have replaced every student's textbooks long ago. I first heard of the technology in 2004, when original inventors were getting sucked into licensing contracts. Boy did Sony blow the first attempt to release (big surprise). Check out the world's first $ 1 billion home, recently headlining papers all over the world, and you'll find that they've installed Kindle-like technology in all their wall paper. If you remember, Bill gates was the first to do this, so you can set the color to your mood. While these Indian giants have an interesting and sad legacy they've created from their hard working father, I wonder why someone with this kind of wealth doesn't think about the immense positive change they could give in their own country, just by providing a kindle-like device to each school in India, and linking it to Wikipedia. Then again, "you never know until you walk a mile in their shoes". http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/30/home-india-billi

    As soon as I'm able to afford one, Kindle is on my list. Matter of fact, I may buy one for mom and dad as a birthday gift in September, or maybe I'll play for it… ; )

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    I expect the Kindle pricing will go down dramatically over the next 12 months while ticket prices continue to rise. So – look for a Kindle in your future!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jamesrayfa42931 jamesrayfa42931

    Brad, Thanks for the links and the quips. Interesting stuff, as always.
    I'd like to also share something that I have found recently. A quote.
    James Ray said, “If your not growing, you’re dying.” Six simple words that I really needed to hear. I guess it was because I was complaining to my friend that I just wasn't feeling stimulated enough. It wasn't as if I was doing anything "bad" in my life, so I was not sure why I was not feeling right. After learning this idea, I realized that "staying at even par" is not enough. That bad feeling was because by not growing, I was staying in the same place, just plodding along towards my death in a way. Doing nothing has negative consequences. But if I was to start growing, I would be moving my life forward, expanding it into something much more exciting! That’s what living is all about.

    After I finished reading Harmonic Wealth, I realized I needed to commit myself to a lifetime of learning – it did not end when I threw my graduation cap in the air. Check it out for yourself…
    Here’s the link to the website where I bought the book: harmonicwealth.com/read

    A JR Fan

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Interesting. I have been seeing them more and more. The guy next to me on a plane recently was using one and he smiled with amusement when i put mine on top of his on his tray table.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Dave – thanks for the nice note and the bok recommendation. I will add it to the virtual stack and holler the next time in in your neck of the wood.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/aziz_griese5636 aziz_griese5636

    Brad, I thought you'd find this interesting for your Kindle, Smith & Tinker, and perhaps the space elevator they'll someday realize is too hard to build:
    http://www.ohgizmo.com/2008/06/10/newly-developed

  • bodybysam

    jrf,
    did you see that hulk hogan is trying to use jr to "grow" through his own struggle? on larry king – http://www.redlasso.com/ClipPlayer.aspx?id=d5a26a
    sam – a jr fan, too

  • Dave Link

    Brad,

    Long time since we last touched base in person at the EYT office in Chantilly, Virginia. Thanks so much for including the link to the Vanity Fair article in your recent post. This was a fantastic blast from the past, but a great story from the actual inventors of the day. Soon after they created packet switching, the world was transformed because Telenet, Tymnet, CompuServe, and BBN rapidly created their own X.25 PDN's (networks that are still running today) that transformed the way the world communicated. I spent my first 10 years professionally at CompuServe and what a wonderful time it was to be immersed in dramatic growth of distributed computing/timesharing/global electronic collaboration. How the world has changed since those early days! The article does a great job providing the individual stories behind the "story" and gives us a glimpse into the personalities involved. On a similar topic of the rise of Social Networks and Citizen Journalism, I recently read a great book Cultural Literacy by E. D. Hirsch which provides some great insight towards cultural literacy and it's impact on social reform. This is a book I think you would really enjoy. You continue to get it right with the right blend of interesting perspectives you share through your blog and I look forward to seeing you again when you visit Washington DC in the future.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/zach_lande41081 zach_lande41081

    Was this while seated in first class? :P I like the concept of the kindle a lot, but I like the library even more :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/zach_lande41081 zach_lande41081

    Thought so! I'm thinking to myself, which will happen first: me flying first class or me owning an e-book reader. I'm not sure. Though if price goes down a lot on ebook readers and continues to rise on flights, then it'll be the reader, most likely.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/zach_lande41081 zach_lande41081

    I hope so! But I only read a book every 1-2 weeks! I read on amazon that the number 1 non fiction reviewer reads 1-2 books a night (NONFICTION). Now THAT is the target audience for a kindle. On an unrelated note, you not following me on friendfeed/twitter seems to have the unfortunate side effect of you not getting my @replies, which are generally witty and life-enriching! So join Seth in co-stalking me!
    Zach

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/zach_lande41081 zach_lande41081

    With all this talk of Kindle, you'd think I would have seen one by now. But no, I have never seen a kindle. Ever! :(

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