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Further Thoughts On The Future Of Education

On November 20th, fellow Techpinions writer, Steve Wildstrom, wrote an interesting column on Education and the Future of MOOCs. As Steve put it: (MOOCs are) massive, open, online courses that were supposed to replace traditional lectures and recitations and make free, …...

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by John Kirk   |   November 26th, 2013
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Microsoft: Failing By Design

Microsoft Achieved Its Goal

Microsoft had one of the greatest corporate mission statements of all time:

“A computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software.”

And guess what? Incredibly, THEY ACHIEVED THEIR GOAL!1 There IS a computer on nearly …

by John Kirk   |   November 21st, 2013
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Mocking Our Customers (Part 2)

Recap

I hate people who are intolerant. ~ Dr. Laurence J. Peter

I hate intolerant people. ~ Gloria Steinem

Last week I wrote about intolerance — how we tend to believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, unless, of course, their …

by John Kirk   |   November 14th, 2013
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Microsoft’s Bing Is Bad Strategy

There’s been a lot of talk, of late, of Microsoft possibly abandoning Bing. Lets’s set aside the reliability of those rumors, the political intrigue involved and the practicality of implementing such a plan and look, instead, at the overall strategy …...

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by John Kirk   |   November 12th, 2013
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Tech Intolerance (Part 1)

There’s something I don’t understand… there is this thing that people do – a lot of people – that I just do not understand and I will likely never understand…it’s been going on for years, almost a decade now, and …

by John Kirk   |   November 7th, 2013
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Apple’s Definition Of “Winning”

We are winning with our products in all the ways that are most important to us, in customer satisfaction, in product usage and in customer loyalty. ~ Tim Cook, Apple earnings call

Customer satisfaction. Product usage. Customer loyalty.

Is Tim Cook right? …

by John Kirk   |   October 31st, 2013
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Tablets: The Future Of Education

“(O)ur share of tablets in education is 94%. I mean, it’s sort of unheard of. I’ve never seen a market share that high before. ~ Tim Cook Which Computing Form Factor Is Most Likely To Dominate Education? Phones? No way. Too small. Notebooks? …...

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by John Kirk   |   October 29th, 2013
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Apple’s Grand Strategy

Grand Strategy

Grand Strategy is not about winning the war, its about winning the peace. It’s not about destroying your competitor, its about preserving who you are. It’s not about moving toward a destination, it’s about knowing what your destination is.

Too …

by John Kirk   |   October 24th, 2013
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Where’s The Hat And Other Miscellaneous Thoughts On Today’s Apple Event

Unmet Expectations

A grandmother is watching her grandson play on the beach when a huge wave comes and takes him out to sea.

She looks up and pleads, “Please God, save my only grandson. I beg of you, my life has no …

by John Kirk   |   October 22nd, 2013
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Human Nature And Nature Of IT

“It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes.”~Svetlana Alliluyeva

It is in our nature to think that what works best for us is what works best for the company we work for. We work very hard at …

by John Kirk   |   October 17th, 2013
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Beware Geeks Bearing Hybrids

Anyone that has been paying attention to the evolution of OS X and iOS will have at some point noticed that the two operating systems are slowly acting more like each other.1 Agreed. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical who recently attempted to …...

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by John Kirk   |   October 15th, 2013
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The Tao Of Apple

“There are three rules for running a successful business.

Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

The Now Of Apple

A man is known by the company he organizes. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Steve Jobs’ Greatest Creation Was Apple Itself

Steve Jobs’s most important, but least …

by John Kirk   |   October 10th, 2013
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Did You Hear The One About How Eric Schmidt Got Hired At Google?

Perhaps you’ve heard that Eric Schmidt called Android ‘more secure than the iPhone.’ Did you hear the one about how Eric Schmidt got hired at Google? Google had a tryout for the leading CEO candidates. They invited the best and the brightest …...

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by John Kirk   |   October 8th, 2013
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Apple To World: “Doomed? I Know What You Are, But What Am I?”

Last week, I talked about Apple: The Splendid Failure. How Apple was viewed as a failure because they prioritized product and customer experience over profits. This week, I try to put things into perspective and demonstrate where Apple really stands …

by John Kirk   |   October 4th, 2013
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Markets, Not Pundits, Matter

pundit |ˈpəndit| noun | An expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public. I write about tech. I like to pretend that I’m an expert. So I guess I …...

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by John Kirk   |   October 1st, 2013
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Apple: The Splendid Failure

“All of us have failed to match our dream of perfection. I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.” ~ William Faulkner

The Innovator’s Dilemma

If you’ve heard this story before, don’t stop me, because I’d …

by John Kirk   |   September 25th, 2013
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Microsoft Sinks Beneath The Surface

Dogs chase cars, but that doesn’t mean they know how to drive. Microsoft is chasing the tablet market, but that doesn’t mean they know how to take control of that market and drive it. Microsoft’s Flawed “Vision” For Tablets I was walking down …...

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by John Kirk   |   September 24th, 2013
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Apple And The “Noah” Rule

Critics: Apple Has Nothing Under Construction

Following Apple’s iPhone Event last Tuesday, September 10th, the Pundits – echoed by the stock market – have been relentlessly critical of Apple’s iPhone 5C pricing strategy. Investors have driven Apple’s shares down more than …

by John Kirk   |   September 19th, 2013
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Reviewing Apple’s iPhone Event

I am providing you with a copulation of answers to several questions raised… ~ Marion Barry

The recent Apple iPhone event raised so very, many questions. Let’s touch on a few of them and see where we stand today.

Don’t sweat the …

by John Kirk   |   September 12th, 2013
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David The Disruptor v. Microsoft The Goliath

This is part two of a two-part series. Part One looked at the fall of Steve Ballmer and the decline of Microsoft in mobile. Part Two tries to discover why it all happened.

Introduction

Steve Ballmer was just fired after 13 uninspiring …

by John Kirk   |   September 5th, 2013
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Ballmer: The Good, The Indifferent, The Bad and The Analysis

QUESTION: Why is it when birds fly in a “V” shape one side is longer?

The answer will be provided, below.

Part 1 of 2

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer is going to retire within the next 12 months. There’s a lot of ground to …

by John Kirk   |   August 29th, 2013
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Who’s The Gorilla And 8 More Questions About the iPhone 5C

Question #1: Is The iPhone 5C coming?

Sure looks that way. The rumors have grown so loud that they’ve become deafening. Let me put it this way: If the iPhone 5C is NOT announced on September 10th at the upcoming Apple …

by John Kirk   |   August 22nd, 2013
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The Microsoft Surface is (French) Toast

The Apology

Please allow me to begin by apologizing for the saucy language you are about to encounter. There is simply no way for me to tell the following joke without cursing. I really don’t like cursing (although, I do so …

by John Kirk   |   August 15th, 2013
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“Android Dominance” Is An Oxymoron

Alarm Bells Should Be Ringing At Apple: It’s Getting Absolutely Creamed By Android, Which Now Controls ~80% Of The Smartphone Market ~ Jay Yarrow, Business Insider

No, it’s not.

Definition of an oxymoron:

A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear …

by John Kirk   |   August 8th, 2013
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Beating The Dead Horse That Is Microsoft Windows (Part 2)

This is part two of a two-part series focusing on what’s gone wrong with Microsoft Windows. If you want to read part 1, click here. If you want to know what’s gone wrong with Microsoft Windows and what its probable …

by John Kirk   |   July 25th, 2013