Mobiles as Next Frontier

Information Week writes that cell phones are the next frontier for Internet companies:

As Internet companies look for new revenue streams and customers, they see particularly fertile ground among the millions of cell-phone users. The Yankee Group reports that 65% of the U.S. population owns a cell phone. And increasingly, cell phones are becoming highly customizable and personalized devices that can be used for more than just phone calls, including E-mail, video streaming, and even Internet browsing.

Because people spend so much time on their cell phones, Internet companies are jumping on the opportunity by introducing more Web-browsing features to cell phone users. “There is a huge community of people reliant on portals like Google search on their personal computers,” says Yankee Group analyst Linda Barrabee. “Extending that to mobile phones, which people always have when they’re on the go, makes a lot of sense.”

Paul Graham Quotes

Phil Windley has some excerpts from a talk given by Paul Graham at OSCON:

In his keynote at OSCON, Paul Graham made three points:

1. People work harder on things they like
2. The standard office is unproductive
3. Bottom-up works better than top-down

Here’s some of the more provocative things Paul said (not verbatim, but hopefully I got the ideas right):

Someone who proposes to run Windows on servers ought to be prepared to explain what they know about servers that Google and Yahoo don’t know.

The reasons companies have fixed hours is that they can’t measure productivity. The idea is that if you can’t make people work, you can at least prevent them from having fun. If they’re not having fun, they must be working! If you could measure what people really did, you wouldn’t care when people worked.

Good ideas flow up from the bottom rather than flowing down from the top. This is the market model. For all their talk about free markets, companies are run like communist states. In the “channel” era, ideas flow top-down assign a reporter, edit the work, publish it.

Tomorrow’s Libraries

News.com writes about college libraries:

A number of universities are already working on bookless, digital libraries that reflect a growing understanding of how today’s tech-savvy students access information.

“The notion of a library as a physical collection has long ago been altered,” said Michael Keller, university librarian and director of academic information resources at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. “It’s now physical and virtual.”