Jeffrey Mann

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Archives for February, 2009


Of Innovation, Software and Phone Chargers

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 23, 2009  |  4 Comments

This was going to be a rant about one of my pet peeves: Why does every electronic device have to have its own power cord and data cable? I am not a great gadget person, but I have accumulated a fair share of doo-hickeys: mobile phones, PDAs, iPods, work computers, GPS navigators, personal computers, cameras, […]

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A Potential Business Model for Facebook II?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 18, 2009  |  7 Comments

NOTE: This is a work of fiction. When I first heard about Facebook trying to change their Terms of Service to give them perpetual rights to users’ content, even if they delete their data, I was not too fussed. I figured it was to avoid any possible legal complications rather than a sinister secret plan. […]

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Marvelous Idea from Australia

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 14, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

I came across this picture this week from a trip I took to Australia about a year ago. I was so struck by what a marvelous idea it was that I had to stop and take a picture. That black rectangle is a rubber mat, like you sometimes see on children’s playgrounds. This mat keeps […]

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Apple Myths

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 10, 2009  |  6 Comments

Dissing anything Apple is one of the most dangerous things a blogger can do, but I feel obliged and justified. Baiting Apple fans is second only to criticizing open source as a way to generate vituperative comments. I have always had a mixed marriage with my wife preferring Macs and me needing to use Windows […]

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Great UI needed for social software controls

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 1, 2009  |  6 Comments

This New York Times article reflects an issue that has been lurking at the back of my mind ever since I started using social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Yammer, Linkedin and my infrequent private blog. While I’m not a really high volume poster, I like to share a fair amount of stuff on […]

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