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Do publishers have the right people on the bus?

By Michael Foy
April 25, 2013

I know from talking to many of my clients that most have read Jim Collins’ book ‘Good to Great’. I have also been inspired by his research into what makes great companies great. Many of you will recall an article …

Mobile native publishing: The rise of dynamic content services

By Mark Sigal
March 25, 2013

One reason that industry disruptions prove so vexing to market leaders is that disruptive waves simultaneously barrel through assumptions about customer needs, industry economics and operational best practices. Consider the case of the motion picture business, an industry that was disrupted …

Four short links: 1 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 31, 2012

Selfstarter (Github) — open source roll-your-own crowdfunding platform. (Kickstarter has its own audience, of course, which why they could release their source-code and still be top of the heap) 100 Year Business Plan (Unlimited) — New Zealand Maori tribe has …

About the Emerging Battles Over Textbooks: Options from Apple to Open Initiatives

By Andy Oram
February 14, 2012

Two dramatically opposed announcements from Apple and the state of California put the textbook publishing industry on notice recently that it could be facing rapid disruption. But open textbooks can't be created and altered as easily as open source software.

About the Emerging Battles Over Textbooks: Options from Apple to Open Initiatives

By Andy Oram
February 14, 2012

Two dramatically opposed announcements from Apple and the state of California put the textbook publishing industry on notice recently that it could be facing rapid disruption. But open textbooks can't be created and altered as easily as open source software.

Top Stories: October 24-28, 2011

Top Stories: October 24-28, 2011
By Mac Slocum
October 28, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Tim O'Reilly called for a Dennis Ritchie Day to honor the computing pioneer, Mark Sigal examined the players and products in the post-PC revolution, and Hugh McGuire discussed the seismic shifts that are reshaping the publishing industry.

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing
By Mark Sigal
October 24, 2011

Spurred on by a Googler's rant against his own company and Apple's release of a new phone, a new OS and a new cloud infrastructure, Mark Sigal wonders what the "post-pc" revolution really looks like.

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs
By Mark Sigal
August 25, 2011

Apple, under Steve Jobs, has always had an unrelenting zeal to bring the consumer — and humanity — back to the center of the ring. Here, Mark Sigal argues that it's this pursuit of humanity that may actually be Jobs' greatest innovation.

Four short links: 8 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2011

Bulbflow -- a Python framework for graph databases: it's like an ORM for graphs. (via Joshua Schachter) Nomograms -- the lost art of graphical computing. (via John D Cook) Web Intents -- adding Android-style Intents to the web. Services register their intention to be able to handle an action on the user's behalf. Applications request to start an Action...

Publishing News: Direct "Potter" ebook sales fire up the book world

By Jenn Webb
June 24, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Pottermore will exclusively sell Harry Potter ebooks, Amazon tablets could arrive in August, and Joe Wikert talks about creating mobile experiences that surpass expectations.

Publishing News: Direct "Potter" ebook sales fire up the book world

Publishing News: Direct
By Jenn Webb
June 24, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Pottermore will exclusively sell Harry Potter ebooks, Amazon tablets could arrive in August, and Joe Wikert talks about creating mobile experiences that surpass expectations.

The iPhone, the Angry Bird and the Pink Elephant

The iPhone, the Angry Bird and the Pink Elephant
By Mark Sigal
June 20, 2011

Lost amidst the tremendous success of mobile platforms is that they seem designed to create surplus. This makes it incredibly hard for developers to achieve the breakout success seen in past computing waves.

Four core takeaways from Apple's WWDC keynote

Four core takeaways from Apple's WWDC keynote
By Mark Sigal
June 8, 2011

Mark Sigal says Apple's WWDC keynote was designed to deliver an awe-inspiring but chilling message: Whether you're a prospective customer, developer, channel partner, or competitor, "resistance to Apple is futile."

Inside the E-Wars: Apple's iPad 2 Unveiled

By William Stanek
March 2, 2011

Apple officially unveiled the iPad 2 today, and I did pretty good on my feature/change predictions. The iPad 2 is indeed thinner (by 33%) and lighter (by 15%) than the iPad 1 with a depth of .34" and weight...

Inside the E Wars: Apple's iPad 2

By William Stanek
February 28, 2011

Last year I blogged quite a bit about Apple's iPad. I introduced iPad, explored it's features, and examined a networking problem iPad users were experiencing. Though it was a tongue-in-cheek title of the blog exploring iPad's features, I didn't...

5 Things I Learned While Automating with Ant

By Jesse Freeman
March 31, 2010

Advanced Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War, the oldest Flash military treatise in the world. In this AFT I will go over - 5 Things I Learned While Automating...

Four short links: 24 July 2009

By Nat Torkington
July 24, 2009

Are Tweets Copyright-Protected (WIPO) -- According to an Internet posting on blogherald.com by Jonathan Bailey, every time a new communication technology emerges, it shifts the copyright landscape, and new copyright issues that do not fit existing intellectual property (IP) standards arise. With Twitter, for example, while its terms of service clearly state that tweeters own anything they post on...

Apple has secretly released a Tablet Computer: It's called iPod touch

By Mark Sigal
July 14, 2009

Because the iPod touch is often overshadowed by its noisier sibling, the iPhone, we sometimes forget that Apple's first REAL foray into tablet computing, has already sold 15M+ units.

Low End Linux Netbook Prices Continue To Drop

By Caitlyn Martin
June 29, 2009

It almost goes without saying that you won't find anything that runs Windows at anywhere near these prices. Oh, and no, that doesn't mean that Linux is somehow inferior as Windows fans would want you to believe. It is, however, free of charge.

Ivan Krstić joins Apple Core Security

Ivan Krstić joins Apple Core Security
By Piers Hollott
May 14, 2009

On his personal 'blog, former OLPC security director Ivan Krstić reveals his new position within Apple Core Security

Flex 101: RPC Basics

By Andrew Trice
May 1, 2009

When building Flex applications, it is important to understand how to get data into and out of your applications and remote procedure calls (rpc). In this post, I'll try to shed some light on HTTPService, WebService, and RemoteObject classes and their usage.

OLPC, many networks at Winter Camp

By Andy Oram
March 4, 2009

Today we discussed our goals and FLOSS Manuals' unique Book sprint way of creating documentation. We're holding one in Boston on March 21-22, under the auspices of the Free Software Foundation, and we can use volunteers who would like to teach GUI users how to be effective with the Bash command line.

ETech Preview: Why LCD is the Cool New Technology All Over Again

ETech Preview: Why LCD is the Cool New Technology All Over Again
By James Turner
February 11, 2009

One of the things that the One Laptop Per Child project is best known for is the amazing transflective display technology that it utilized. Combining a traditional backlit color display with a black and white display that could be used outdoors, it both met the needs of low power usage and outdoor readability that is crucial in developing countries. When Mary Lou Jepsen, who developed the display for the XO, left to form Pixel Qi, the expectation was that some of the revolutionary engineering that was used in the XO would begin to make its way onto the broader consumer market. Since she’ll be talking at O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference in March, we decided to check in and see what she's up to.

AMF vs. JSON vs. XML

By Richard Monson-Haefel
September 18, 2008

Which RPC protocol is the best: XML over HTTP, JSON, or AMF. It depends on the context and the platform

Vista Must Haves? Tablet PC Must Haves?

By C.K. Sample III
August 22, 2008

After all the talk about Vista being a bad platform and people constantly talking about downgrading to XP, I'm wondering if there are any dedicated Vista users out there with some great recommendations for Vista Must Haves.

Mac vs PC: Does it matter anymore?

By C.K. Sample III
August 15, 2008

Is Mac vs. PC becoming irrelevant because of the maturing of the internet as a platform and cloud computing?


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