Monthly Archives: October 2009

John Gapper

I’ve just returned from the launch of the new Barnes & Noble e-book reader, the Nook, which was bizarrely held in one of the most out-of-the-way spots in Manhattan – Chelsea Piers on the Hudson – at 4pm.

Perhaps the slog to get there and back, and sit in a hot, crowded room with lots of publishers and agents, has biased me against the product, which is a slickly executed attempt to rival Amazon’s KindleRead more

John Gapper

The Companies & Markets section of the US edition of the FT has the following headlines today:

Apple leaps ahead with 47 per cent surge in profits Read more

John Gapper

In his response to my review of his book What Would Google Do? Jeff Jarvis describes me as “a convenient totem for the media’s insistence on viewing the world through old media lenses.”

I definitely feel like a totem after reading the post on his blog because he attributes to me a set of views I don’t hold (or only partially hold) and then criticises those instead of mine. Read more

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David Einhorn, the hedge fund manager who is most famous for shorting Lehman Brothers before its collapse, was talking at the Value Investing Congress in New York today.

Mr Einhorn talked about his reasoning for buying gold as a hedge against future inflation, and went into the reasons to be wary not only of the dollar but of currencies including the yen and sterling. Making a choice among them was like choosing between different forms of dental treatment, he said. Read more

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Jeff Jarvis has replied to my review of his book What Would Google Do? on his blog.

His conclusion is that old media commentators such as myself tend to be out of touch, or perhaps biased as a result of where they work, and should be replaced by younger, fresher voices. Read more

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What strikes me about the arrest of Raj Rajaratnam on charges of insider trading is the light it sheds on how many organisations surrounding big companies are given access to inside information about their financial performance.

In Mr Rajaratnam’s case, he is alleged to have traded about a number of companies, including Google, IBM and Sun Microsystems, on the basis of inside information supplied to him by a range of management consultants, investors, credit ratings analysts and others. Read more

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A reader points out that, according to the software numbering system Microsoft itself uses, Windows 7 is really Windows 6 rather than, as I calculated, Windows 8.

Windows 95 was Windows 4 and Windows XP was Windows 5. Vista was Windows 6 and, under the hood, this week’s release counts as 6.1 – making it Windows 6 as well. Read more

John Gapper

Microsoft seems to have a good product in Windows 7, its effort to scrub away the embarrassment of Vista, which is being launched next week. I have not tried it, but those who have report that it is not only less troublesome than Vista but works faster.

However, I am a bit puzzled by the numbering of Windows 7, which seems to me to be rewriting history – or at least leaving out a large chunk of it. Read more