Lydia Leong

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Excerpt: Credit cards and EA/Mythic’s epic billing mistake

by Lydia Leong  |  April 11, 2010  |  Comments Off

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. How many merchants that you don’t do business with any longer, but used to have recurring billing permission on your credit card, still have your credit card on file? As online commerce and micropayments proliferate, how many more merchants will store that data? (Or will PayPal, Apple’s storefronts, […]

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Excerpt: Amazon’s Kindle

by Lydia Leong  |  February 28, 2009  |  Comments Off

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. I am a big fan of Amazon’s Kindle. People like Roy Blount fear it, but smart guys like Seth Godin really get it. Authors shouldn’t fear the future. Devices like the Kindle open up a wealth of opportunities to authors who are willing to seize them.

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Excerpt: Clear Card and frequent travel

by Lydia Leong  |  January 20, 2009  |  Comments Off

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. It’s Inauguration Day, but I am on the road, so I am watching TV from my hotel room rather than braving the crowds in DC. Like many analysts, I travel a lot. Moreover, I go to a hodgepodge of destinations, making it difficult to accumulate frequent flyer miles […]

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Excerpt: Zork meets browser-based games

by Lydia Leong  |  January 17, 2009  |  1 Comment

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. The market for browser-based massively-multiplayer games supports a cottage industry of small companies with a handful of developers, backed by an artist or two, who crank out a reasonably nice living for themselves without ever competing with the big-time.

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Excerpt: The value, or not, of hands-on testing

by Lydia Leong  |  January 11, 2009  |  Comments Off

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. At Gartner, we generally do not do hands-on testing of products, with the exception of some folks who cover consumer devices and the like. Yet, the self-service nature of cloud computing makes it trivially cheap to do testing of these services, and without needing to involve the vendor. […]

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Excerpt: Touring Amazon’s management console

by Lydia Leong  |  January 10, 2009  |  Comments Off

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. The newly-released beta of Amazon’s management console is reasonably friendly, but it is not going to let your grandma run her own data center. I took a bit of a tour today. Although the interface is currently buggy, and finding docs on AWS continues to be a bit […]

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Excerpt: Google Native Client

by Lydia Leong  |  December 10, 2008  |  1 Comment

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. Google announced something very interesting yesterday: their Native Client project. The short form of what this does: You can develop part or all of your application client in a language that compiles down to native code (for instance, C or C++, compiled to x86 assembly), then let the […]

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