saad's ramblings

Ask me anything   This is a place where i am free to goof around. To check out my formal blog, visit itval.e. Or visit my personal page at Planet Saad.

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    Fan TV: Panacea for cord-cutters and cord-lovers alike? Not so fast

    This sounds too good to be true. Why would cable companies work with Fan TV when TiVo have had a hard time working with them, and that is despite the fact that TiVo didn’t really threaten the cable operators model nearly in the same fashion as Fan TV could. How can they make such a big claim without any substantiation? 

    Second, as pointed out by many commenters, if Fan TV is indeed streaming only (vs. coax), the quality (and quantity) of content would both suffer. It’s not clear from the piece how Fan TV would counter this.

    http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/30/fan-tv

    — 10 months ago
    Does Mary Meeker really deserve a standing ovation every time she presents the new internet trends?

    Great report by Mary Meeker as always. http://www.slideshare.net/kleinerperkins/kpcb-internet-trends-2013 However, I am a bit annoyed at the hoopla. Every year (sometimes more than twice) she changes a few slides and numbers, but meat of the deck largely remains the same. Still great work, but I don’t think it deserves n times the hoopla (every time she updates the deck, she gets a standing ovation). Come up with something completely new next time.

    — 10 months ago
    Windows 8+ and Bing vs. Google

    If Win 8+ is success does well, that could be great news for Bing and bad for Google Search. Bing has so far failed miserably in breaking Google’s dominance in the search market. Could this be the beginning?  http://ow.ly/ly6Fc 

    — 10 months ago
    Google+ gets a new face, but is it enough?

    Lots of cool things coming out in Google+. Like this and thisMany of these new capabilities sound like great innovations. They will serve to i) make Google+ more attractive for users who already like it, ii) engage more users with individual products like Google+ Photos, Hangouts, and more. What I doubt they will do is make Google+ a viable alternative to Facebook as a social network.

    — 11 months ago
    Presenting data and information

    I am a big believer in the power of presenting complex data and information in a compelling fashion. There is a great seminar on the topic https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/courses — if you are in town, I highly recommend you attend this.

    (Source: edwardtufte.com)

    — 1 year ago
    At Tatte Bakery & Café

    Hello world. Back on path after 6 months. – at Tatte Bakery & Café – See on Path.

    — 1 year ago
    Ubuntu for smartphones

    I’m super excited by Ubuntu for Android devices. It’s promise is to truly converge mobile and PC. A cell phone turns into a desktop when docked.

    While Microsoft has also envisioned something similar with Windows 8/RT ecosystem, the approach Ubuntu is taking is slightly different, and apparently more clever. However, the devil is in the details, and I doubt that things will work as seamlessly as promised here. 

    While, there are many interesting tidbits about the announcement, I find the following two noteworthy.

    "Existing web properties can be installed on the Ubuntu phone, where they can run as web apps independent of the browser, with full access to the system just like native apps."

    Not really true, but they do indeed support artifacts as notifications.

    "Our unique web app system lets you quickly adapt any web property for installation as an app on the phone, running independently of the browser, with its own icon and access to system services. This means that all the big names will be available to Ubuntu phone users at launch."

    Again, does not sound completely true. On the one hand, they talk about “adapting” a web property, and on the other hand they promise that all big names will be available at launch as if there is no need for those big names to make any change. 

    What do you think?

    (Source: ubuntu.com)

    — 1 year ago
    I recently posted this picture from Mary Meeker’s presentation. In the coming weeks I am going to review and/or list some of the wearables.
Let me start by listing wearables that help track your sleeping pattern and claim to wake you up in a way that you wake up refreshed. The idea is they will look at your sleep pattern and wake you within a few minutes of your target time.
Fitbit
Lark
WakeMate
Jawbone UP
Zeo
I have tried Fitbit and Jawbone UP. I can’t say I woke up refreshed while using them. Perhaps I will as they learn more about my sleep pattern.
I do like Jawbone UP’s power nap feature, however. It wakes you up anytime between 20 to 45 minutes from the time you set it up. 
What in the world?
(For detailed reviews, stay tuned to my blog itval.e)

    I recently posted this picture from Mary Meeker’s presentation. In the coming weeks I am going to review and/or list some of the wearables.

    Let me start by listing wearables that help track your sleeping pattern and claim to wake you up in a way that you wake up refreshed. The idea is they will look at your sleep pattern and wake you within a few minutes of your target time.

    Fitbit

    Lark

    WakeMate

    Jawbone UP

    Zeo

    I have tried Fitbit and Jawbone UP. I can’t say I woke up refreshed while using them. Perhaps I will as they learn more about my sleep pattern.

    I do like Jawbone UP’s power nap feature, however. It wakes you up anytime between 20 to 45 minutes from the time you set it up. 

    What in the world?

    (For detailed reviews, stay tuned to my blog itval.e)

    — 1 year ago
    Cloud done wrong

    Good piece highlighting a few problems with iCloud. I myself have written a couple of pieces talking about flaws with the iCloud here, here, and here. I wrote: “Compare it to the way Google does it for example — since there are no copies, “syncing” and settings are not required. A user doesn’t even have to know that “cloud” exists.”

    I disagree with Dan’s statement here though: “While services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s SkyDrive might be more complicated than what Apple hopes to offer with iCloud, all of them give you far more freedom to do what you want with your own files. And after all, they are your files, not Apple’s.”

    Using Google Drive is NOT complicated and essentially mindless. Using iCloud on the other hand makes my head hurt.

    — 1 year ago