Today Show, circa 1994
"That little mark, with the ring around it."
"It's a giant computer network"
"It's getting bigger and bigger all the time"
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"... it is now usually cheaper to just try something than to sit around and try to figure out whether to try something. The product map is now often more complex and more expensive to create than trying to figure it out as you go. The compass has replaced the map, and “rough consensus and running code” has become the fundamental philosophy for the so-called lean start-up movement." -- Joichi Ito, director of the M.I.T. Media Lab.
|"abandoned factories" image search on Google|
“We underestimated the appeal of the single web site and a single service,” Steve Swasey, a Netflix spokesman, said in a telephone interview. He quickly added: “We greatly underestimated it.”Right now, the value of the dual DVD and streaming services lies greatly in this scenario: Search DVD and streaming > available only on DVD > rent DVD.
"This is what customers pay us for — to sweat all these details so it’s easy and pleasant for them to use our computers. We’re supposed to be really good at this. That doesn’t mean we don’t listen to customers, but it’s hard for them to tell you what they want when they’ve never seen anything remotely like it.”
"After HP agreed to acquire Autonomy for over $11.7 billion dollars, Oracle commented that Autonomy had been ‘shopped’ to Oracle as well, but Oracle wasn’t interested because the price was way too high. Mike Lynch, Autonomy CEO, then publicly denied that his company had been shopped to Oracle. Specifically, Mr. Lynch said, “If some bank happened to come with us on a list, that is nothing to do with us.” Mr. Lynch then accused of Oracle of being ‘inaccurate’.
Either Mr. Lynch has a very poor memory or he’s lying.
‘Some bank’ did not just happen to come to Oracle with Autonomy ‘on a list.’
The truth is that Mr. Lynch came to Oracle, along with his investment banker, Frank Quattrone, and met with Oracle’s head of M&A, Douglas Kehring and Oracle President Mark Hurd at 11 am on April 1, 2011.
After listening to Mr. Lynch’s PowerPoint slide sales pitch to sell Autonomy to Oracle, Mr. Kehring and Mr. Hurd told Mr. Lynch that with a current market value of $6 billion, Autonomy was already extremely over-priced.
The Lynch shopping visit to Oracle is easy to verify.
We still have his PowerPoint slides.”
|Some of the oldest stories are the simplest.|
|Elevator interface at the Upscale Shopping Mall|
|"IN THE YEAR 2000..." Thus began many episodes of ASTROBOY, the first Japanese animated TV series to reach the American market.|
1. Three-column webpage designs: Totally new at first, these clean and simple slabs of content and color upended overly art-directed sites. But now they’re as prevalent as daisies; they’re everywhere.
Prediction: Something else is coming soon.
2. AJAX/jQuery Action Bars and Plugins: Functional and sleek, these tools do so much that used to be handcoded or impossible.
Prediction: They’re here for a while, until they aren’t.
3. My Account / Login / Sign Up: Typically tucked into the top right corner, the utility nav area has been around for long enough for an overhaul.
Speculation: Something will replace it in the future. What will it be?
Q. How did the toplevel utility nav come to be the way we expect to see it today?
A. Like most things -- slowly, then all at once.
1. They look and work the sameThis cycle of user experience evolution follows the older adoption curves of popular culture and art:
2. They differentiate
3. They start looking the same again.
1. Styles and schools are invented
2. Defenders of the status quo cling to the old thing
3. The new thing becomes standard, and upstarts differentiate.
“Had we but world enough and time” Andrew Marvel, 17th Century
“Rah rah ah-ah-ah!Ro mah ro-mah-mahGaga oh-la-la!” Lady GaGa, 21st Century