Who Knew?

I always wondered about this:   (Original article )

I am sure almost everyone here has seen this portrait before.

This is the default wallpaper of Windows XP.

This picture looks like a Photoshop’s work but no its 100% real with 0% editing.

Now, this is Charles O’rear. The man who clicked this picture.

Charles was on his way to his girlfriend’s house and suddenly he saw a beautiful sunny hill.

He paused his car and clicked few pictures.

Later, he sold the picture to an advertising company as a stock photo.

Many years later, Microsoft found it. They agreed to license it from Charles, and made it the default background for Windows XP.

It is believed that this is most viewed picture ever. It’s been seen on roughly one billion computers.

And that’s how a guy pulled over on the side of a road and took the most viewed picture.

Yes, lucky are those who have a girlfriend.

Credit Where it’s Due

You got to give credit where it is due. Google is one of those companies that just manages to do things right. I guess they have the advantage of enormous datasets to glean from, hence the foresight, lol. Even when Google Circles came out I thought to myself: this is vastly superior to any social media platform. In-fact, it encompass everything! It’s to bad that Facebook won the SM battle over Google Circles. In life, that some times happen. There is numerous examples where the inferior product gained critical mass first. Never the less. I will forever be enduring towards Google for this free gift where all the service providers in my own country is gouging me during the toughest of times.

Salute to you Google!

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Smartphones and Cake

BB vs. iPhone

It was one of those days, where I spoke to a potential partner about competitive advantage.  It was hard to get a read on the person, like so many others.  Jobs said people don’t know what they want, you have to show them.  But some people do not know what they want even after you show them.   Jobs, people know they want a thing; a tangible thing, when they see it, but they struggle with abstract things.

Deep  Research

Okay, that headline was false.  I did not really deeply research this phenomenon that I come to call the Rowe Effect.  But, I’ve kept an eye on it for a few decades.  Uber is an abstract concept that was sufficiently executed and then grew into the thing that we know it as today.  Few people know that Uber was not a “taxi service” as such, but an app for people to carpool.  Through need and supply, pivots and incrementalism, the Uber Original became  Uber Today.  Companies like Lyft, on the other hand, saw during  the early stages of Uber that there is an need for a crowd sourced taxi service, if one can label it as such.  Lyft never had to go through the metamorphosis. 


I have to remind myself that this is a media/video blog and not rant about my frustrations swimming up-stream.  Video on the Internet (VOI) are solidly part of our daily info or entertainment diet.  But unlike the old day, when you got your info and entertainment over a square box, there are in modernity none of the  gate keepers in the form of broadcast bosses.  Or is there? 

Catch 22

How no one can see this is beyond me.  The modern gatekeeper is not the whimfull TV boss; it is a highly logical algorithm that gets its marching orders from a democratic consensus.  This is a mouthful, but let me say it in another way:  what you see in your feed is what everyone wants to see in their feed.  To get out of that track is very hard.  Also for said track to change is a slow and difficult process.  If no one is discovering you it will be hard to be discovered.  If you already highly ranked, you will rank more highly.   This is obvious but what is less apparent is that a lot of great content will never hit your eyeballs because there is a curation problem which the old days of TV did not have.  Sure the old days had other issues, but this issue is an elephant in the room, at least for me. 

Let Me Spell It Out

Content producers, technicians, service providers et-all should self-unionize and self-curate.    They should form teams, groups, circles; networks where their efforts can be co-ordained.  Things like knowledge, skills, and even cost of marketing can be co-opted. Burden and profits are shared.   It comes down to game-theory of which I wrote earlier. 


But in most cases, what I observe is that most prefer the cupcake over the 4 tier wedding cake.  Most understand cupcake and are intimidated by the complexity of 4 tier wedding cake.  Or, and this is the most likely, they will rather have all of a cupcake than; God Forbid, share any part of a wedding cake.