Does Microsoft Stand a Chance?

"Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers!".  Steve Ballmer's stage performance was a massive Internet hit and emphasized how important is the developer eco-system for Microsoft. Why are developers so important? Simply put, An Operating System (Windows, OSX, Linux) is a form of a marketplace, just like eBay. On one side there are developers (the "sellers"), and on … Continue reading Does Microsoft Stand a Chance?

A Kafka Art Story Involving an Oil Painting and an Eagle

Sometimes, inheriting a piece of art can cause you lots of trouble. NY Times brings a catch-22 story about the heirs of a NY art dealer who inherited a 1959 work by Rauschenberg called "Canyon". The story goes like this: Because the work includes a stuffed bald eagle, a bird under federal protection, it is … Continue reading A Kafka Art Story Involving an Oil Painting and an Eagle

The Danger of Relying on 3rd Party APIs

A few weeks ago it was announced that Facebook acquired face.com - a face recognition startup founded and headed by the uber-talented Gil Hirsch. Face.com's was mainly a B2B company, with individual developers and technology companies building products that rely on their face-recognition API. Alas, comes the exciting Facebook acquisition day, the new owners in the house … Continue reading The Danger of Relying on 3rd Party APIs