Interesting week, after last weeks much publicized deal dump of Microsoft’s acquisition of Yahoo, we get CBS swallowing CNET, Comcast chomped Plaxo, and today Conde Nast slurping up Ars Technia.
Some thoughts, as a shareholder of Yahoo, I would of made out well in the MS Yhoo deal, as a user of Yahoo, I feel better that they are still who they are. I don’t know if they could remain a leader in their space, especially upon hearing the news that Google past Yahoo today in popularity. So maybe it would of been a good deal, I have been using Yahoo as my start page since like forever, I don’t think I’ve ever looked at MSN other that for keeping tabs on what they were up to.
WTF, Comcast buys Plaxo, I haven’t done it yet but I will be deleting my Plaxo account. Comcast motto, “Be Evil” I’m outta there.
CBS and CNET. a struggling network picks up a struggling website, seems fitting. I never watch CBS and I hardly ever go to the CNET site anymore, the few time I have in the past couple of years the content was mediocre and the experience, poor. Good riddance.
Conde and Ars. disappointed, I really like Ars! I had become a daily reader of the site and even followed them on Twitter. Like CNET I never (well almost never) visited the Wired.com site. Just never found value in it, maybe it is because most websites that are derived from paper magazines suck, and it just kinda lives on in my brain, I will give the new Ars a chance I hope they don’t fuck it up.
I was ready to abandon ship, it was so slow and safari didn’t work… latest update is flowing smooth. Now I just need to slap a decent design on the damn site.
This New York Times article doesn’t prove it, but to me it enhances it. I paid a NET 30 invoice from GM 21 days early and received a negative mark on my credit score due to their fucked up staff, bizare procedures and unorganized company, they did however place the mark on my account 15 days after I paid them, still 7 days before the invoice was due. And I received 3 to 5 phone calls per day harassing me!! GM=POS (piece of shit) the worst company in America and possibly the world.
Next time you’re having a rough day at work, let a few expletives fly. Swearing can ease stress and boost team spirit, according to a new study at the University of East Anglia. Yehuda Baruch, the professor who led the study, said the researchers found “swearing was used as a social phenomenon to reflect solidarity and enhance group cohesiveness, or as a psychological phenomenon to release stress.”
I read Michael’s post on Techcrunch today, I wanted to add a favorite quote by Mark Twain, to me this is also a reminder how to deal with critics.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Music by Tom Waits… Thanks Tom