iPod car integration: not quite!

On the last Apple special event, Steve Jobs was almost bragging about the fact that 70% of new cars sold in the US this year had (optional!) iPod “integration” available…

Obviously, he didn’t talk about the rest of the world. But most of all, what Steve didn’t tell us, is how crappy the existing “integration” solutions actually are!

At the very same time, I was at Apple Expo 2006 in Paris, checking out what the car manufacturers had to offer…

iPod & Audi TT

iPod "integration" with the Audi TT
iPod “integration” with the Audi TT

Audi was showing off their new TT. Nice car. Wanna check the inside? You gotta ask the blonde to unlock it for you…

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The Gartner Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle 2006

The Gartner Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle 2006

This is one of those examples where a picture is worth a thousand words!

Got that from Cedric Giorgi who also points to this PDF from Gartner explaining what the hype cycle is about.

Now, the interesting part is comparing the 2006 hype cycle with 2005 hype cycle.

I can't help but wonder:

  • Where the hell did Podcasting go this year? Massive adoption already? You could say that for RSS, but not for podcast. Has it fallen so deep into the out of sight lows that even Gartner did not see it this year?
  • Why did the "semantic web" become the "corporate semantic web"?
  • Are Tablet PCs going to stay at the bottom of the trough of disillusionment forever? (I would say yes!)
  • What happened to the internet micro payments? Gone forever?

Well, I guess the answers may well be in the full report, which you gotta pay big bucks for.

Attention deficit: Adapting your business

"Lists and types of bite sized content that offer immediate reward to an attention and time scare audience typically spread further than content which requires more attention. The attention deficit most of us live with is going to constrain the types of ideas that are profitable."
-Aaron Wall

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Anil Dash about blogging

I recently heard Anil Dash put it in this very simple way:

"A blog is a way to connect with people you care about."

And it has nothing to do with technology, feeds, etc.

It's quite another approach compared to my own (alternative) definition of blogging and the flaw would probably be that it can be applied to many other things as well (forums, IM, MySpace, etc.) Still, I like it. It kind of makes sense to look at blogs in this social way.

Furthermore, Anil would explain that we hardcore bloggers tend to think that most people would like to talk to hundreds of thousands of people through their blog. Actually, most of them don't! They regard us as somewhere between strange and psychopath. (And I do remember my girlfriend having that exact same reaction when I first told her about my blog... :roll:)