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Steve Jobs 1955-2011

 “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Steve Jobs Stanford commencement speech, 2005

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Meanwhile…at the Apple Store

Current State of Technology

My 2011 predictions…

It’s that time of year again. Mince pies, mulled wine, crap movies, looking at what you’ve not achieved, bikinis, rooftop bbqs, easter bunnies and of course predictions. With so many 2011 predictions floating around, I thought it was time I had a go. How hard could it possibly be; it’s not like anyone ever remembers, or comes back to correct you. So, here’s a few of mine…

Facebook and Google will have a fight, no-one will win, but they will both get fatter.

Google will trademark the word ‘Search’.

2% of Twitter users will post 91% of Tweets.

YouTube will see more cats eating bacon while doing a handstand on top of the Eiffel Tower with a piano on its back.

Someone will get fired over a Tweet.

Someone will make $1million using Twitter.

Bankers bonuses will continue to fall at record levels, and set a new record low of £973billion in the UK.

Google will begin work on their nuclear program to combat China.

Wikileaks will be uncovered as a secret US program, setup by George Bush.

Skype will continue to grow and maintain its top spot as the most active service in the geosocial universe. (Actually true)

Hotmail will be sold to the Arabs.

Someone will trademark the word ‘treacherous’.

Amazon will sell lots of books.

Zuckerberg will win the Nobel Peace Prize for his services to 16-24year old computer geeks.

Amazon will sell more books.

The Internet will break, and get fixed.

The Royal wedding will be leaked.

We will spend $767million on editing our Facebook pictures to look more exciting to our friends.

Heathrow will fail; and an enquiry will be launched.

Amazon will sell Latvia.

Skype HD with Blu-Ray extension will be launched.

Heathrow will fail again.

The PM will say sorry, a lot. Via Facebook.

2011 will continue the trend and be the warmest year since records began, for the 12th consecutive year.

The snow will completely disable England. (3 inches of snow to be precise)

Apple will make a mediocre product. It will sell more than sliced bread. People will kill their grandma to get it. A revised version will be released 3 months later.

One third of all cosmetics will be sold by Microsoft.

An American will marry their iPhone4S.

MySpace will solely be used for selling fake Primark goods to upcoming artists.

The price of water will remain way above and beyond the price of petrol and diesel.

There will be a big screen blockbuster about #hashtags.

‘Media’ will be replaced in the Oxford dictionary with the word ‘everything’.

‘Location location location’ will be the key term. Again.

Good VS Evil

I do love a good, colorful, thought provoking, informative and current infographic. It punches that little bit deeper than just the stats and numbers of a fact sheet.

So, in a week of infographic mania going mainstream, here’s another:

The Book Wars

I came across an interesting conversation earlier in regards to books, the iPad, behavioral adaptation, and technological adoption. And it got me thinking.

Are books really walking down the path of death, once again?

Printed books seem to have been on this path towards extinction for a few years now. The death of books has been predicted time and time again; yet they continue to fight, progress and prosper in a changing and digitizing world. However, with the emergence of the iPad, is this change and technological advancement the most important factor in the life of a printed book?

Will the iPad change behavior? Is reading to purists what reading is to technologists? Is it just about the words, or so much more than that? Is it about having a bookshelf on your iPad, or is it about having a bookshelf on your living room wall? Is it about efficiency and the environment, or is it about the feeling and the smell?

Purists have a connection with their book. The experience is beyond the words on the page; it is about the feeling, the creases, the folds, the physicality, the pages, the accessory it represents; its individuality, its texture, the ease of reference, its softness and its feeling in your hands. Can the iPad, or other e-readers even begin to compete on this level?

For technologists and almost everyone else who’s not a purist, it is about ‘new’, about efficiency, accessibility, ease of use, the trend, the environment; it is about storage, integration and simplicity. It is about the words, the text, the story, the reference. Can the printed book really survive when everything around it is moving forward, and the needs of the consumer are changing and adapting?

I’m not even going to try to attempt to answer these questions as I am not a purist, and nor am I a true technologist. However, what’s imperative to understand is that there will be a point, a time, a change, when the iPad will no longer be the new, shiny, technology forward, trendy product of the moment. And it is at this point where the technology becomes less important or even boring, drawing more people to become interested and curious. And it is here where its uses and advantages become more interesting and more apparent, to a much larger and more dynamic audience.

So, going back to my question, “Are books really walking down the path of death, once again?” I guess it depends on which way the penny falls with you, whether you’re a technologist, a purist, or simply sitting back and watching it unfold for now.

As for me, I’m not a purist, or a technologist. Yes I love new technology, and will always look to embrace change. But as for my books, I think I still prefer them printed on paper, held between my hands, with a proud collection next to my bed. And whether I still have this opinion 4/5/6 years down the line, well I’ll just have to get back to you on that one.