Wednesday, October 31, 2012

4 Million In 3 Days

Link: 4 Million In 3 Days


Frederic Lardinois reporting for TechCrunch from Microsoft’s Build developer conference:

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft sold 4 million Windows 8 updates since the operating system went on sale last Friday.

That’s 4 million in 3 days. Solid, right? Sure. Though it has to be noted that Apple sold 3 million copies of OS X Mountain Lion in 4 days. Microsoft likes to poke fun at the small OS X install base, and now it works both ways. Apple got nearly as many people to buy the update for OS X in the same amount of time despite a sliver of the overall footprint.

Also, not apples-to-oranges, but even more impressive given the price: Apple sold 5 million iPhones 5s in the first 3 days. Yes, Apple sold more $199-$299 iPhones in the first few days than Microsoft sold $40 Windows 8 updates in the same span.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Giant driftwood on the beach in La Push, Washington (2010)

That is pretty damn huge.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Meditation hall

Buddha statue of meditation hall

View from the sauna building

My sleeping room

This Saturday I am heading on a 7 night, 8 day Vipassana meditation retreat. It will be my third and longest retreat I attend within the last 1.5 years. It still a few days shorter than the Goenka courses that last 10 days but it feels a lot longer when I look at it after a busy work week.

The setting for the coming eight days is really nice: an old mill on a lakeside called Friendship Inn (Ystävyyden Majatalo), located just about 100 kilometres from Helsinki. Easter retreat was also held in this beautiful place which is nice as it feels easier to go to a familiar building and meditation hall. The Inn consists of a big main building and two smaller ones, of which one mainly hosts the bunks and other would serve as a perfect dining hall with a glass roof. There’d even be an excellent sauna on the lakeside, but during the retreat the yogis are not using it. 

Life is rather easy during these days. As there is a bell ringing schedule divided between the voluntary participants, I don’t really need to think about the daily schedule during the week. When the bell rings I either wake up, enter the meditation hall, go to the dining hall or begin my working meditation. Basically the schedule consists of sitting meditation and working meditation which you do in 45 minute shifts from 6am to 9pm. There are a few breaks but you’re not supposed to stop being mindful even at those times.

Not speaking seems to be the easy part - even for someone as social as me. Not day-tripping is the difficult part, but that’s another story and you can read more about the vipassana mediation from some other source if you’re interested in it. 

I love the way Nirodha runs these retreats. Food is really tasty, atmosphere wonderful and so on. I’m really thankful for the voluntary people who keep the things running during the week and take care of the chores we can’t do. And they answer the emergency phone in rare case someone needs to get in touch with us. 

So for a week starting right about now (as this one is a timed post) I shall be silent without mobile phones, without contact to other yogis and not reading or writing. See you on the other side!

Friday, October 19, 2012

And then there’s the crapware. Ed Bott had a story pointing out that manufacturers like Gateway are already advertising Windows 8 machines with exactly the kind of pre-installed software that just slows it down and junks it up. It’s the kind of thing that makes people want to get Macs. It doesn’t matter if Microsoft creates the greatest operating system in the world if it then allows others to junk it up. And, ultimately, it means that Microsoft isn’t in control of its brand.

Mat Honan on Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch(es).

Why Windows Just Can’t Win | Gadget Lab |

Thursday, October 18, 2012

To repeat, there are no “double-digit” millions involved, according to many people familiar with the deal.

Bill Nguyen’s Color was said to be shutting down their operations. Then it was rumoured that Apple would be acquiring the company for double-digit-millions. Now it seems there’s no NN deal but instead Apple gets the core engineering team of the company. 

Gotta love the start up rumors :D

What’s Really Going on With Color Is a Small Apple Talent Acquisition - Liz Gannes and John Paczkowski - Social - AllThingsD

I really love NYT visualizations. This one tells so much about the ongoing patent war on the smartphone field. (via Fighters in a Patent War - Graphic -

Exiting print is an extremely difficult moment for all of us who love the romance of print and the unique weekly camaraderie of those hectic hours before the close on Friday night. But as we head for the 80th anniversary of Newsweek next year we must sustain the journalism that gives the magazine its purpose—and embrace the all-digital future.

Newsweek goes all digital. Let’s see what happens to Time, one of the magazines I’m subscribing. 

A Turn of the Page for Newsweek - The Daily Beast

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wow a new album from Mr Mfn EXquire, one of the best rappers right now. This is going to be my soundtrack of the day.


The story of Nokia MeeGo – TaskuMuro

Link: The story of Nokia MeeGo – TaskuMuro

On February 11th, 2011, Nokia published its new strategy and made a co-operation agreement with Microsoft. Windows Phone operating system was chosen as the new platform for Nokia smartphones. MeeGo became an open source mobile operating system project, which, in the long term, would be used for market research on next generation devices, platforms, and user experiences.

So starts an interesting article about the (rise and) fall of Nokia’s MeeGo. It sheds some light on the goals of the team and to me the most interesting one is that they were planning to release one single phone per year - like Apple.

Last weekend I visited Tallinn with my homie Thomas. We booked a typical hotel trip thru Viking Line: 2.5 hour long ferry journeys and one night in Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel. Hotel itself was pretty neat and clean, typical middle class hotel without surprises. Spa was a bit too crowded for real relaxation but sauna was hot and the jacuzzi warm enough (it could have been a few degrees warmer, too) situated on right in the outskirts of Old Town of Tallinn, about 10 minutes walk from the restaurants and cafes we’d visit. 

During these two days we ate in two restaurants: Grillhaus Daube serving typical estonian-german blend of meat, potatoes and such. Very tasty food and a cozy atmosphere. Other restaurant we visited was La Bodega, which is a modern italian bistro with excellent vibe and little bit more playful menu. I’d visit both of these spots again.

Crown jewel of the weekend was sill a cafe called Amore. They served both super tasty lime-coriander cheese cake and tiramisu. I also found my 90 minute massage in Thai Rose very relaxing but still feel like I would have been hit by a truck.

Travelling with friends rocks and there’s still that new Maritime Museum that was on my itinerary but we forgot about it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nice Dream from The Bends is still one of my favorite Radiohead tracks of all time.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For over two thousand artists Pandora will pay over $10,000 dollars each over the next 12 months (including one of my favorites, the late jazz pianist Oscar Peterson), and for more than 800 we’ll pay over $50,000, more than the income of the average American household. For top earners like Coldplay, Adele, Wiz Khalifa, Jason Aldean and others Pandora is already paying over $1 million each. Drake and Lil Wayne are fast approaching a $3 million annual rate each.

Pandora: Pandora and Artist Payments

Friday, October 5, 2012

This year the Chaos Communication Congress is not only celebrating its 29th edition, it is also the fourth time that we, the translators group, are going to bring you live interpretations of congress talks from German into English.

This project sounds amazing and is exactly why I love CCC so much.

The 29C3 interpretation project « CCC Event Weblog

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I love the style of this ad from Nokia, but it still isn’t time to switch.  (by NokiaHomebase)