Scripting News for 5/4/2007

Today’s links 

Twitter’s new mobile interface, look no SMS! 🙂

NY Times review of ultraportable notebooks.

Zune, still no love 

I put in another two hours with the Zune today, finally got it to say it was synchronizing, but it kept going and going, no indication of progress on the computer or the Zune itself. Finally after about an hour I unplugged it, no changes, none of my songs or podcasts are there.


Lots of stories this morning on Techmeme saying that a Microsoft and Yahoo merger is coming soon.

What would this get Microsoft? An exit for Yahoo’s founders?

Scott Rosenberg: “Seven years from now Yahoo will be as much of a shell as AOL is today.”


WSJ: “The merger discussions are no longer active.”

Brier Dudley: “The New York Post owes everyone a good follow-up story.”

Everyone goes global 

Om Malik: “Now that Web 2.0 is growing up, scale no longer matters. Even tiny businesses can go global.”

‘A reviewer at every table’ 

There’s a yin to Om’s yang — not only do companies go global easily, their customers do too.

Now we all have much better information, when we need it, to make a decision about who to do business with.

Marketwatch: “Eateries see reviewers at every table.”

Businesses that really think of the customer will be rewarded, and those that fake it, will fail to compete.

If you don’t want your customers to find out that you mistreat customers, then don’t mistreat customers.

Don’t expect them to suffer sliently. That worked in the last century, it doesn’t work in this one.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Stephen Bove on May 4, 2007 at 7:49 am

    Re: MSFT + YHOO

    Apt: “icebergs roped together”

    “The half-empty argument is that both Microsoft and Yahoo are lumbering behemoths with hardly an agile bone left in their sclerotic bodies.”


  2. Dave, I don’t get the Zune problem. 99.9% of the time “it just works”. Do you have a native Windows environment you can try to work in? It really should work under Parallels, but taking that out of the equation may go a long way. From what I’ve seen and tested the synching concept that Zune uses is essentially the same as the iPod: if there are digital audio/video files in the ‘library’, they get synched. I hate to see you having such a bad experience; it shouldn’t take this much of your time. Bummer!


  3. Kevin, I’m just reporting what’s happening here. I agree it should “just work.”


  4. Posted by Scott on May 4, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Dave, you should check out it does some cool things with twitter, including email based alerts…which I think you had asked for in an earlier post… It also allows you to search all the twitter and jaiku conversations…
    For example:


  5. Oh, I wasn’t trying to imply ‘user error’ Dave. 😉 Sorry if that’s the way it came across. The tunes you’re trying to synch: what’s their origin: i.e.: are they ripped from CDs, from iTunes, etc….I’m wondering if that has something to do with it as well. If they’re coming from the Zune Marketplace, then the content can be removed as a potential issue. I’m still thinking Parallels has something to do with it, but I’ve seen the Zune work there as well….good luck. Actually, it’s a shame anyone has to hear “good luck” with a consumer electronics device, so sign me up as a pre-order for your future podcast device!


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