Apple takes a licking but still keeps on…

Forbes’ Nigam Arora  on Thursday fired off a potshot at Apple:

One theory is that Apple is acting out of desperation.  Tim Cook has been talking about innovation but not many seem to believe him.  At Goldman’s conference, Tim Cook said that innovation culture at Apple has never been stronger. Perhaps Apple leaked details of iWatch to put some meat on the statement by Cook. The other theory is that Apple found out about a watch-like product that Samsung is working on.

This is silliness. Why would a company as profitable worry about a product that has nothing to do with its core offering. If Apple is working on an iWatch it will be an iPod that is tied to the iPhone. A side product – like Apple TV – or a remote device that directs other Apple products in youDahomey environment. If there is any difference in Apple operations it’s with the leadership team. With the death of Steve Jobs the company clearly has lost it’s best Product Manager. The Maps debacle would have never happened and iPad 3 would never have been released.

Change the name of Newhouse

Post Standard

 

If the S. I. Newhouse School of Communications is one of the premier journalism schools in the country it should change its name. The Newhouse company – Advance Publications- is anything but premier.

 

Newhouse the newspaper company like any other company can make mistakes. But these people are beyond mistakes. First, for 12 years they denied that a digital revolution was taking place in their industry. Instead of embracing the change and looking for ways to be innovative they buried their heads in the sand and waited for the fad to go away. It didn’t. So now the newspaper in Syracuse, New York will be published on a limited basis during the week. They have taken back their digital property, Syracuse.Com after years of neglect in the hope of salvaging something. And…wait for it…here comes the biggest mistake. They essentially laid off, fire, let go, eliminate, pink slip, forced retire, awe…let’s just call the kettle black here…tossed away their most experienced journalists, the people we have been reading and depending on for years so they can rehire them at a lower rate or hire cheaper, “Syracuse is just a stepping stone” S. I. Newhouse grads to write, shoot (pictures) and upload to Syracuse.Com.

 

I’ll be kind. It’s hard to predict and understand change when it’s happening. For what   some 70 years now the Post Standard has been building a relationship with the community through it’s reporters and editors. In 2012 this company decided that Dick Case, Mark Bialczak, Maureen Nolan, Gloria Wright and the list goes on and on just didn’t matter. Hell anyone can write 10 inches of copy…right?

 

A few years ago my wife and I unsubscribed to the Post Standard. We both were getting the paper at work so the home delivery never made it past the recycling bin. Reluctantly we called the Post to unsubscribe. We were hoping the perky young girl on the other end of the phone would have tried to offer a deal; ”Sunday’s Free” or something so we can stop what we were going to do.

 

She just said all perky “No problem…thank you bah-buy.”

 

As January 31, 2013 comes ever closer with all the big changes I think I’ll bury my head in the sand and wait for all this to end. You know all I can say is…”Thank you and bah-buy!”

An All Too Familiar Sound

Change is a strange thing. Earlier this evening I was putting my 8 year old to bed. As I laid down next to him, following his bedtime story, a police siren shrieked from a few blocks away. He didn’t toss or turn or even hear it. I barely noticed it myself. When I finally did take note of the shrill, I remembered how as a young boy we would run to the window or out on the porch to find out what the problem was. Now we hardly notice. It’s not like we live in a high crime area. We don’t. It’s a quiet, middle class neighborhood with comfortable homes and yards. Neighbors who work hard and take pride in their children’s achievements.

 

I guess the amount of trouble has increased in our lives. At one time, trouble would make a rare appearance, now it’s familiar visitor. So familiar that it’s high pitched yelp has become the background noise to a normal life. While you and I are not facing trouble we know it’s out there. Surrounding us. Have we really come that far from living in a cave? Tonight I know how that Neanderthal felt when heard the roar of a cave lion in the middle of the night.