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Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 22:53:03 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: 100 million Android fans can't be wrong / The inside story of how Google conquered the smartphone world Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> 100 million Android fans can't be wrong The inside story of how Google conquered the smartphone world. By Beth Kowitt, writer June 16, 2011 FORTUNE -- When Google (GOOG) acquired a tiny wireless startup called Android in 2005, fewat the search giant had particularly high hopes for the deal -- if they even knew about it. At that point Google had purchased just a handful of companies, mostly software makers it had quietly folded into its operations. (Big, high-profile deals like YouTube and DoubleClick came later.) Besides, not many people knew exactly what Android did: The upstart was in stealth mode, and co-founder Andy Rubin, best known for creating the Sidekick mobile device, said little about its product or mission. Executive chairman Eric Schmidt would later joke that he scarcely noticed when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin bought the company. Today, of course, Android is impossible to ignore. It is the mobile operating system -- the brains of a cellphone -- that powers more than 100 million gadgets. (That number will be out of date by the time you read this: Every day another 400,000 Android devices are activated.) Apple's (AAPL) iPhone gets credit for showing consumers just how cool and powerful a mobile device could be, but Google democratized smartphones by making Android available free to any handset maker that wanted to use the platform. At last count, Android software was on more than 300 different phones and tablets around the world. The only smartphones that use the iPhone operating system? iPhones. "If you just plot the graph looking at how quickly we grew," says Rubin, now senior vice president of mobile at Google, "it's almost vertical." There's a lot of (justifiable) chest beating over Android at Google these days -- a corporate development VP has called the Android acquisition Google's "best deal ever" -- but in hindsight the overwhelming success of Android is kind of a miracle. Big tech companies screw up many if not most of their acquisitions, letting them wither from corporate neglect or driving out founders and other talent with their inflexible cultures and protocols. (Skype buyer Microsoft (MSFT), are you listening?) Even Google can be guilty of this too (dMarc, Dodgeball), but its management of Android is a textbook example of a deal gone terribly right: Rubin and his team thrived in Google's engineering-driven culture, which encouraged innovation by letting Android release less-than-perfect versions that it would continually upgrade. Google also embraced Rubin's vision of giving the operating system away -- a gambit, enabled by Google's broader ad-based business model, that stoked adoption of the platform. But Android ultimately triumphed thanks in large part to its corporate benefactors: Google co-founders Page and Brin saw the broader potential of Android almost from the outset. For the young entrepreneurs Android was more than just another software acquisition. It was the centerpiece of their grand vision to transform the telecommunications industry and make it more open and accessible -- in short, more like the Internet. ... http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/06/16/100-million-android-fans-cant-be-wrong/
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 08:41:29 +1000 From: David Clayton <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Battery power support today Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:17:04 -0400, Pete Cresswell wrote: > Per Tom Horne: >>fact that modern communications >>has become more brittle with it's increasing sophistication. > > After reading about the aftermath of Katrina (and knowing nothing much > technical...) I started thinking it would be a good thing if there could > be some sort of standard for cell towers and internet connection hardware > where, in a pinch, every box could be operated from 12v DC. Seems like > automobile batteries would be in pretty good supply in almost any > disaster... In any disaster and the immediate aftermath, I would assume that people would be trying to use the remaining comms infrastructure far more than normal, so would any (probably) degraded infrastructure be able to handle the demand? There may not be much point in keeping one or two cell towers up if thousands of people - including emergency workers - hammer them with demand that cannot be fulfilled. Same goes with any Internet infrastructure, if some survives it may be totally saturated (and virtually useless) because we expect it to be there 24/7 these days. -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:19:48 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Battery power support today Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Jun 15, 5:06 am, David Clayton <dcstarbox-use...@yahoo.com.au> wrote: In very general terms, my impression from the news media and informal conversation is that old landline POTS is more reliable than Wireless or Cable phones. How 'much more' I can't say. In some plain old regular snowstorms that snarl traffic my cellphone wouldn't work on account of busy circuits, but I always got dial tone on landlines. > Does anyone know if there have been studies done to show what actually > happens in disaster areas, rather than what we all individually may > think happens because one day our own lives may depend on the reality > rather than the perception? That is a good question. As we know from the literature, the old Bell System went to great lengths to assess and minimize that risk against economic realities. But to answer such a question we must first define what a "disaster" is. My town was flooded by the river three times in four years after not having a problem in 50 years (and fortunately none in a few years since). Each flood was deemed a "disaster". But our flooding wasn't as bad as the midwest very recently, and of course no where near as bad as Katrina and New Orleans. (Our C.O. is on a main street above the flood plain.) Likewise, last winter we had a nasty 20" snowstorm that brought down power lines. Landline phones kept working. Restoration of electric power took between six hours and 60 hours, depending on where the crews got to first. That was a 'borderline disaster' and they were ready to open schools as emergency shelters. But it is not at all unusual in the US for a large area to get hit with a very severe snow or thunderstorm causing power outages of 96 hours. Then we have the really bad, but fortunately rare tornados. (I suppose they have some official rating scale, but I don't know it.)
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:09:13 +0100 From: Richard Powderhill <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Battery power support today Message-ID: <DUB102-ds9107BF8BAEC5D7F856D6D866D0@phx.gbl> On Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:05:22 -0700, AES <email@example.com> said: > Since the thoughtful discussion by Tom Horne <firstname.lastname@example.org> at > <email@example.com>, > contains the following sentence > > > I also have a generator that I maintain and test quite > > regularly, but not many homes are so well equipped. > > 1) I'll toss in the following idea which my wife actually suggested > some years ago, and which I think is remarkably ingenious. > > Suppose your gasoline-powered lawn mower included access to its drive > shaft in some way _from the top_, and the mower manufacturer also sold a > small free-standing (unpowered) generator with a matching fitting _on > the bottom_. > > When the power fails, pull off a small cap on the top of the mower > housing, opening up access to the motor shaft a small distance down > inside a 1" or so diameter hole. [Moderator snip] > I think I'll go talk to my patent attorney . . . Try the Bedini generator website.... Richard Powderhill------------------------------
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