Category: Technology

Between the Numbers of Salesforce.com

Salesforce.com.com (NYSE: CRM) reported its yearly earnings in February. As a publicly traded company, Salesforce.com is required to issue annual financial reports in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or “GAAP”. While Salesforce.com presents GAAP-based earnings in its SEC filings, its management touts a different metric as the preferred method of measuring the company’s performance.  …

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Groupon: Valuation Pluses and Minuses.

The Groupon IPO finally occurred.  At least for the moment, the insiders are looking smart for rejecting Google’s six billion dollar offer for the local deals coupon site.  The initial day’s trading set the market capitalization of the firm at over twice that. So it is either going to be the next Amazon or the next …

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Steve Jobs and the Great Man Theory

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The Great Man Theory is a view that was popularized in the 19th century.  It says that history is the result of a limited number of spectacular individuals who, by reason of charisma, wisdom, inteligence, or zeal, remade the world.   One of its key proponents, Thomas Charlyle, wrote: The history of the world is but the biography of …

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Stanley Kubrick Invented the iPad?

Apple and Samsung have been fighting it out in courts around the world over Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.  Recently Apple scored big in the dispute when it got a preliminary injunction against Samsung selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across most of Europe.  The ruling was principally based on the idea that the Galaxy Tab was …

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$62 Million Slot Win? Not So Fast…

On March 26, 2011, an Austrian national named Behar Merlaku got the thrill of a lifetime.  According to Austrian state broadcaster ORF, Mr. Merlaku was playing the slots at a Bregenz, Austria casino when the machine showed a payout of almost $43 million euros (approximately $62 million dollars).  Unfortunately for Mr. Merlaku, his excitement was …

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Motoroogle

On August 15th, Google announced its largest acquisition ever, the purchase of Motorola Mobility for approximately $12.5 billion dollars. The $40 per share all cash price represents a 63.5% bonus over the prior week’s close. Earlier this year, Motorola divided itself into the commercial oriented ‘Solutions’ company and the consumer oriented “Mobility” company  in what was effectively a substantial …

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Amazon’s Junk Ebook Problem and a Computer Forensics Approach to Solve It

Recently Reuters ran a story regarding (i) Amazon’s ebooks business that is part of its highly popular Kindle readers and (ii) reader applications for phone and table devices.   One consequence of these offerings is they provide a way for writers to self-publish their own work for free. Unfortunately whenever the words Internet and free are combined, …

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Amazon's Junk Ebook Problem and a Computer Forensics Approach to Solve It

Recently Reuters ran a story regarding (i) Amazon’s ebooks business that is part of its highly popular Kindle readers and (ii) reader applications for phone and table devices.   One consequence of these offerings is they provide a way for writers to self-publish their own work for free. Unfortunately whenever the words Internet and free are combined, …

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Eddifice Rex

It isn’t  often that a story comes along that combines my original profession, architecture, with my current, computers.  This was one. Steve Jobs arrived the day after Apple’s WWDC11 conference, with very short notice, at the Cupertino City Council meeting.  No surprise, they added him to the agenda.  His purpose?  To display to the city council …

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HP TouchPad vs the iPad 2: And Fight!

HP recently announced that their Touchpad tablet computer will be available for order on June 19, with prices identical to a similarly configured iPad 2. Sales of the TouchPad will be looked at closely as the answer to a very big question: Did HP make a mistake paying 1.2 billion dollars for Palm?  Palm’s share …

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