Posts Tagged ‘fail’

Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is reviewing something

Monday, December 30th, 2013

While browsing Amazon for a region 2 version of The Princess Bride, this review stood out:

I rented this because it got such good reviews, but oh dear…. My eleven-year-old twins wanted to know when the fighting would begin, they found the constant swopping back to the little boy with his grandfather deeply annoying, and their attention definitely wandered. I have to say I found it an incredibly long film. Yes, there were moments of humour – which my twins enjoyed – but that ratty creature…. Talk about naff special effects, and – plot spoiler here – my twins were disgusted that the villain didn’t die. Not a film we’d ever want to watch again.

The comments on the review are worth the price of admission…

BlackBerry’s Stephen Bates and his version of The Two Ronnies on Mastermind

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

I get the feeling Stephen Bates has attended a lot of media training to deflect questions. The Two Ronnies went for “answering the question before last”, while Bates this morning went for “answering the question he hoped he was going to be asked, and not the difficult one that was asked.”

Here it is, on BBC Breakfast News. I think he got away with it…

Nokia and Symbian’s biggest issue in one simple quote

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Lee Williams via CNet.

When I was at Nokia and we shipped a Symbian product and it was bad, in its worst incarnation we knew that if we just flipped the switch, we could move 2.5 to three million units — overnight, no matter how bad the product. That was Nokia. That was Nokia’s brand, we knew we could count on that.

The problem is you can only pull that trick once before the networks see the customer feedback. 24 months later, all those customers looking to buy another smartphone on contract… didn’t buy a Nokia.

When you love, love like they do in power ballad…

Friday, September 30th, 2011

What, you mean that it’s only going to be four minutes long, there’s going to be hair in all the wrong places, and the whole time you’re thinking Bonnie Tyler was better?

Sometimes greetings cards really miss the mark for me.

"[Blackberry] came together at the right time, the right place, with the right technology"

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Disappointing reading on the rise and fall of Research in Motion. But at the same time the laser-like focus at RIM that appears to have hobbled them feels like the same laser-like focus at another company; it’s just that Apple aimed slightly differently with the iPhone.

How to win the "not really a headline" award

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Not really a headline

"William beats Kate in boat race." The Guardian.

My life really was incomplete not knowing that.

Nokia failed the N-Gage vision, but is it a portent for Ovi?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The announcement from Finland that the N-Gage service will be canned at the end of September 2010, with no more effort placed into the ecosystem by Nokia, gave some tech blogs an open goal for some humour, but also points out a big problem that Nokia have.

N-Gage, both in it’s hardware iteration and it’s Software and Services iteration have been great ideas. It’s fair to say that the original mobile gaming vision in 2003 was a good four or five years ahead of the pack, with online gaming, connected community and software downloaded over the internet (although perhaps that was more thanks to the pirates than the software demos).

But after the initial vision what was there? A first pass at implementation, some bug fixes, and then Nokia moved on to something else, leaving a half-hearted effort for users to try and get along with. That’s what doomed the N-Gage, and it’s repeated time and again when you look at the platform. I’ve laid this out in details over on All About Symbian. if you’re in a rush, this is the conclusion:

Here’s the worrying question for Nokia. Is it just N-Gage that was plagued by this strategy? If we looked at the Ovi Store, would we find the same initial wonderful idea, an average first pass at implementation, and then see it simply pushed aside because it just about works, while the marketing department focuses on the next big project? Hasn’t that already happened to Ovi Share (and Ovi Files – Ed) (and Ovi Sync – Rafe)? And what about the haphazard way that the one year anniversary and lapsing subscriptions to Comes With Music was handled?

What indeed.

The N-Gage was a brave new world when announced in 2003. The revamp showed that, despite the poor implementation of the hardware solution, lessons had been learned. The question now is if any more lessons have been learned and if the Finnish company can apply those lessons to the rest of their Software and Services – the same services that they are proclaiming to be the future of Nokia.

The Sidekick, Data in the Cloud, and Practical Advice

Monday, October 12th, 2009

News that Microsoft subsidiary Danger has pretty much lost all the cloud data for users of Sidekick phones is pretty shocking to those who are promoting “the cloud” as a good place to do online work. I’ve posted an editorial over on All About Symbian:

What’s going to be more worrying for the industry as a whole is the damage that this will do to the idea of cloud computing, the idea that your data is safe, the goal of just moving everything online (such as Google Apps) and running your corporate email and document storage there is a noble one, but it’s not a solution to everything. It has risks and, unlike the computer on your desk, those risks may not be what you have come across before. But they are there.

So let’s spin that gamblers adage around for the 21st century…

Trust every cloud, but back up your own data.

The full article is over on All About Symbian.


Twitter Dies During Eurovision Semi-Final

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

This would never happen during the Superbowl (audience around 97 million), but 300 million Europeans watching Eurovision?


Update: From the twitter status site: “We are currently working through an unplanned outage of the site. We will update as we learn more.”

Guys you better get extra servers in for Saturday – the Eurovision final is gonna light Twitter up big time – the semi finals are only the apertif!

A Little Bit of GTD Tech For The Weekend?

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Over on All About Symbian, I’ve posted an article that talks about how I use GTD with the modern S60 smartphone. This was a question I was asked thanks to the 5800 video diary series that is now addressed in a full article.

The short answer is, I don’t. The S60 derived phones have an absolutely hopeless To-Do/List system in the calendaring application, and the regular calendar/agenda functions are poor at best.

As readers here (and party go-ers in SXSW) will know, I’m a big Filofax fan.


It’s disappointing when paper and pencil outgun silicon, and it’s made even more disappointing when you realise that in the Psion Series 3’s and 5’s, Symbian OS (then labelled EPOC) had the best Agenda application in the world.

The full dissection with a lively debate in the comments, can be found here.

Separating Maths From Fiction

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

I have to really agree with the sentiments expressed in this BBC Magazine article, The Sum of Human Emotions.

My problem was the exact opposite: I was being asked to solve question of the type: "When Fred is half as old as Emily was when Arthur was born, how many dogs does it take to change a light bulb in three days?" Write it as algebra, and I could solve it at the drop of a hat. But I was having real problems turning the social story into symbols.

One of the biggest problems that I had in Maths was actually pulling the problem out of questions of wells, jugs, curved bath surfaces and putting them into an equation that I could have a decent shot at solving.

One of the mysteries about my time at University was why Computer Studies required an intense level of Calculus. No matter that I passed the Computing module, and the Artificial Intelligence module, with no Calculus I wasn’t getting to progress.

It didn’t seem to count that i could program the computer to tell me the answer…