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Google+ and Facebook’s natural monopoly in social networks

Posted in Analysis, Economics, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Tech Industry on July 17th, 2011 by leodirac – 2 Comments

Natural monopolies occur when it is economically favorable to have a single standard vendor for a product or service. In these situations, monopolies tend to appear and maintain themselves naturally. When I say “economically favorable” I mean in the aggregate — the entire economy operates more efficiently because of the standard. Which is unusual with […]

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Good April Fool’s Jokes

Posted in Geek, Google, Humor, Microsoft on April 1st, 2010 by leodirac – Comments Off on Good April Fool’s Jokes

Nothing exciting here to report, but I thought I’d share pointers to some of the jokes I’ve stumbled upon that I like. UniXKCD command line console My favorite webcomic, Randall Monroe’s brilliant XKCD, is running a command-line version of itself today.  A few commands you might want to try include: find wget http://xkcd.com/ Make me […]

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The Microhoo! deal is all about network effects

Posted in Analysis, Business, Economics, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo on February 4th, 2008 by leodirac – Comments Off on The Microhoo! deal is all about network effects

Although most corporate mergers fail (often due to mis-aligned incentives on the part of the deal-makers) there is a solid economic foundation for the proposed Microsoft + Yahoo! merger. Most of their assets will work no better combined than separate. But the merged Microhoo ad network would be significantly more valuable than the sum of two ad networks alone. Why bigger is better for online advertisers The reason lies in network effects of the online search + advertising industry. Imagine you’re an ad buyer which is to say you have a service you want consumers to find online. Unless you’re…

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Microsoft buys tiny stake in Facebook: Game on!

Posted in Analysis, Business, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo on October 25th, 2007 by leodirac – 7 Comments

After months of rumors about companies trying to buy Facebook, yesterday a deal was announced. In a sense the deal is quite small because Facebook sold just a 1.6% equity stake to Microsoft. But by paying $240 million, the deal values Facebook at about $15 billion! What’s going on here? This surely can’t be based on rational economics, can it? Let’s analyze how these deals should be valued and take a few steps back through recent internet acquisition history for context. In trying to keep this post focused, I wrote a separate article about why mergers and acquisitions rarely work….

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Web UI Platforms through Javascript sandboxes

Posted in Democratization of Information, Facebook, Geek, Google, Microsoft, Tech Industry, User Experience on October 8th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on Web UI Platforms through Javascript sandboxes

I see a trend of how we’re approaching Tim O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 ideal in a way that he didn’t really identify. But I think the trend is important, and growing, although still in its infancy. The trend is towards richer web APIs that enable people to build value on top of existing websites. I’ll give some history on how we got here, and talk about the current trend-leaders that I see: Facebook and Google Maps. I’ll also explain why I think Microsoft is in the best position to build the required enabling technology. Original Web 1.0 Universal access to massive…

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How to rescue an old dying Windows Mobile 5 phone from code-rot

Posted in Gadgets, Geek, Microsoft on September 14th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on How to rescue an old dying Windows Mobile 5 phone from code-rot

Those of us who have been around the block know that Windows systems accumulate cruft as they age and just generally get slower and less reliable until you wipe the OS and start over. I realized recently that Windows Mobile 5 is no different. Here are the steps I took to clean off a machine that was so far down the path of destruction it was almost unusable Oh, Treo running Windows, how can you suck so badly? After having my Treo 700W for a while, it started to get noticeably less stable. First it stopped receiving e-mail. Then it…

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How to Kill a Process on Windows Mobile 5

Posted in Geek, Hacks, Microsoft on June 29th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on How to Kill a Process on Windows Mobile 5

Here’s a little hacker tid-bit for those of you with phones running WM5. It’s the closest thing to task manager that I’ve found without installing a 3rd party app. If you want to get a list of running tasks and actually stop one as opposed to push it into the background, follow these steps: Press Start Select Settings Choose the System tab Run Memory Choose the Running Programs tab Happy terminating!

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