Perceptions | iPod’s Instant Success

I’m always fascinated by the perceived “instant” success of the iPod. It’s more like a text book case of getting thru Roger’s Technology Adoption Lifecycle, or Crossing the Chasm one step at a time.

Have a look at the iPod sales history on Wikipedia. It was in the 4th year with the 4G versions that iPod really took off.

Add in development time for the first version and that is something like 6 years to “Instant Success”.

Also note that Apple did a ton of work developing the Digital Music Eco-System to support iPod. Huge things like iTunes software, the iTunes store, the legal issue of getting songs on line, etc.

Fascinating stuff

EzChip & MRVL | Chipping Away at Cisco’s ASR 9000 | Light Reading

Light Reading – Chips, Components & Subsystems – Chipping Away at Cisco’s ASR 9000 – Telecom News Analysis

Interesting commentary on Network Processors. I didn’t know that Marvell is selling EzChip Processors.

“(It’s actually Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRVL – message board) that sells the EZchip network processors to Cisco; EZchip gets royalties. The companies announced their partnership in 2006. See EZchip, Marvell Partner.)”

So much for my wild speculation the other day.

Problem Solving With A Better Mindset

Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset is something worth cultivating. The Presentations on the Brainology site are a good introduction.

The exec summary is that our brains grow thru practice ( ie effort ). The more you exersize your brain the smarter you will get. ( It’s the 10,000 hours mentioned in Gladwell’s Outliers that count. ) The second point is that if you need be focussed on “Process” (Learning thru effort) vs “Results” (The score & talent ). It doesn’t matter how much talent you have unless you’re prepared to work hard. Sounds a lot like golf guru Bob Rotella doesn’t it.

The only bad thing about this book is that I often found myself remembering the times I’ve been stuck in a “fixed mindset” 😦


Gladwell’s Outliers is Very Engaging

Wow! This is a fun book. It even starts out with my home team Giants beating the Tigers in the Memorial Cup! That was a great game.

It definitely hits on many items that parents are thinking about these days. Like how much do birthdates really matter? If you’re a hockey parent like me, then you already know that it seems to matter a lot. Lotsa people ask “Why is greater than 80% of the Major Junior’s Bantam Draft made up of kids born in Jan, Feb, and March?” This then leads to the bigger question — Is this birthday advantage ‘gonna’ be the same everywhere? Like in soccer, school, etc.

The section on “effort” — 10,000 hours — is very interesting. The Bill Joy and Bill Gates stories are fascinating. It also reminds me of my first programming class in highschool. We had one of those time-sharing machines, but in my year we got the Apple II. It was so cool. There were definitely guys who lived in that room. Unfortunately they were a few years late. With respect to the effort required. It lines up very strongly with some recent reading I’ve done by Carol Dweck who says “effort is king”.

The section on IQ and it’s limitations as a measure of forecasting success is very interesting. The commentary on the learning styles of affluent vs non-affluent families is not pretty.

I’ve still got the last half to go, but I couldn’t wait to recommend this.

As usual I’m listening to the version available on Audible. It is read by Gladwell and that isn’t a problem. Highly recommended.