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Ambition? We got yer ambition right here!

Russell Beattie posted a day or two ago about the lack of "show me ingenuity" with current web 2.0 companies and applications.  The crux of the Russell's post/gripe is that none of these new companies are adding substantial value... in his opinion.

I can see where he's coming from and I really do agree with him to a point.  Michael Parekh on the other hand doesn't agree.  In fact, he took Russ's neatly categorized rant and provided at least one exciting example for each category.  Michael is one of my "must read" blogs for a reason.  This guy has his antenna up on EVERYTHING.  He pointed to a bunch of cool companies.  Some I know of like  del.icio.us, Flickr, Answers.com, and bloglines.  Some I didn't like Trulia (totally sweet mashup for real estate), Foldershare, and JotSpot.

At any rate, this is a great discussion.  I had fun thinking on both sides of the argument.  My opinion is that there really is a lot of cool stuff popping up right now.  The problem that a lot of us geeks have is that we're right in the middle of it.  When you look at a company like delicious or flickr and think, hmmm...  I could have built that, it kind of loses its "oooh ahhhh" effect.  Truth be told, if you explain the technology behind RSS/blogging to your average end user they're blown away...  or completely lost.  Remember how long it took eBay to catch on to the moms and pops of the world?  Right.  Give it time and cut some slack.

November 3, 2005 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Verizon tricked me... again

Once upon a time, I was quite excited about the LG VX9800.  I researched, drooled and even dreamed about the supposed "neat-o" device from Verizon.  I'm a fool.

I purchased and owned this phone for 3 days.  In my short time of owning this piece I came to realize a few things.  My opinions of the LG VX9800 are as follows:

  • The form factor sucks.  After using three clamshell style phones over the last few years I was unable to adjust to the portly candy bar style phone.
  • The bluetooth on the LG VX9800 sucks.  It's a bit more scratchy than my current Motorola V710.
  • The reception of the LG VX9800 sucks compared to the V710 while using it in the same places. (office, home, commute)
  • The  external screen sucks.  It's too small and dim.
  • The external buttons suck.  They're too small and hard to push.  (I do have big sausage fingers)
  • The data plans at Verizon suck (expensive) which makes the data capabilities of the phone useless.
  • The price sucks.  I paid $250 and used my two year upgrade.

I got my money back and I still have an upgrade to use (thank God) but it was a hassle.  So, please ignore my previous posts about the LG VX9800 being wonderful.  They can be found here and here.

As usual, I've got my sites locked onto something new.  The Motorola RAZR is supposedly launching as of November 28.  I'm hoping for the best.  Info via engadget.

November 3, 2005 in Wireless | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack