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June 1, 2013

device pricing

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Current pricing for the benchmark products versus what I think the price should be in the table below. I’m curious what the actual revenue per device would be if the the price were lowered because there’s additional revenue outside of the purchase, e.g. ad and search revenue, subscriptions (iCloud, etc), games, music and movie downloads. With lower initial device pricing, there’d be more devices out there, more downstream revenue, and a faster upgrade cycle. I’m sure they’ve run the numbers though. Obviously this is just wishful thinking. At some point we’ll reach the razor-razor blade model where the razor will be cheap or near free. Right now folks are still making good margins on the razors.

iPhone – $649 -> $299
iPad mini – $329 -> $249
iPad – $499 -> $399
Nexus 4 – $299 -> $199
Nexus 7 – $199 -> $149



April 8, 2013

ramen part 2

Ramen shop

Ramen Shop in Oakland – Chez Panisse vets opened up a Ramen Shop near Zachary’s Pizza on College Ave.; pretty good, a bit on the expensive side for a bowl of ramen but the execution is nice…could be giving some of the best ramen shops in Japantown in LA a run for it’s money once they find their groove…

and Ramen Tomo will be opening up on Telegraph near Koryo soon…

If I knew and was really passionate about ramen (I’m not), I’d open up a ramen shop called Fukuoka Ramen or FU Ramen for short. Fukuoka is supposed to have the best ramen anywhere, famed for their tonkatsu ramen, and Fukuoka is also Oakland’s sister city.

There’s a name idea for you for whoever wants to open up a ramen shop in Oakland.

 

 



November 5, 2012

clean diet and core training

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Working on the “clean” diet and “core” training routine to get into snowboarding shape for this Winter and hopefully launch me back into Ironman triathlon training.

Clean diet – “clean” foods, clean meals, simple ingredients

Core training – shoulders to thighs training with emphasis on developing ab and back strength



October 17, 2012

more Bernachon

I got a good friend of mine to get me some Bernachon while she was in France. I asked for Day and Night but they were out so she got me one caramel and one hazelnut.

Bernachon could arguably be the best chocolate in the world, just delicious.

The caramel didn’t last at all and the hazelnut is almost gone.



June 12, 2012

what’s after .mp3?

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vinyl to mp3 image

We’ve quickly evolved from vinyl records, 8-track, cassette tapes, CDs to .mp3s  and streaming radio. What’s next? The question is always what’s next? So what’s after .mp3 is nothing, no files except a receipt and an access rights file to a song that’s available on a server through the devices you choose. Let me elaborate.

Let’s say you want to buy Rhianna’s “Rude Boy”. Instead of buying and downloading the .mp3 file, what you’ll get instead is a receipt and the access rights to the song. From there you’ll be able to add it to some playlist and then you can play “Rude Boy” on your computer, your wife’s computer, your phone, your wife’s phone, your Xbox, PlayStation, home DVR, the iPod in your car, your other car’s navigation device, kitchen radio, nightstand radio, etc.

What you don’t have to do is download a file and synchronize it across multiple devices, share, nor back up that file. You could also have the right to download the actual .mp3 file but why would you want to? Why take the time to have to manage that file and have it take up space on your computer and other devices? Why should millions of people have to store that same file on their computer and take up space?

There are some issues. The limitation is that not every device is network enabled for instance the iPod that’s in my glove compartment, my navigation system in my car, or the music device I want to take jogging with me. There’s also the desire to have something physical, I purchased something so I want that thing not just the rights to it and it’s getting less and less physical (right?) if we’re going from vinyl to .mp3 and now I’m saying you’re not even going to get the .mp3. And finally the issue of companies having to work together which is always fun when we’re talking music, or accounts/subscriptions, or cloud, or services, or digital rights management. In other words, this will never happen.

We’d be in a better place though if we could remove having to download music files, synchronizing and backing up those files and just press play and put whatever song we’ve bought on a set of master play lists that’s accessible from any device we choose.

 

 



May 9, 2012

ramen

Ramen shops:

 

 



March 26, 2012

philosophy

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  • make every day matter
    • keep learning
    • hack away at the unessential
    • nothing lasts, nothing is perfect
    • make an impact


March 20, 2012

Spring 2012 is here!

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Finally looking to get out of hibernation mode and into Spring mode, shedding Winter fat (about 25lbs) and getting ready for the Summer.

New diet to include loads of steel cut oatmeal, lots of tea, no sugar, no sweets, more vegetables, little to no bread, more sweet potatoes, less meat, more rice, and more fish.

Training this year will probably pick up some time in June, a lot of running and maybe back to spin class.



February 2, 2012

laptop/tablet recommendations

If I were to buy a laptop in 2012 it would be one of these (in the following order):

Spec wise I guess you’re supposed to look for Core i5/i7 processors with 256GB SSD hard drives (I’d want 512GB) and 4 to 8GB of memory and 6-7 hours of battery life. SD card slot, back lit keyboards, high res screens, a couple USB slots pretty much rounds things out. Might want to wait for Ivy Bridge processors, “retina display” for the MacBook as well as Mac OS X Mountain Lion or Windows 8 due out later this year.

For tablets, there’s really only the iPad, no point in getting anything else at the moment unless you’re a developer or want a tablet to just watch movies. For smart phones, either the iPhone 4S or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and probably the next generation of both, due out later this year, is the safer bet.

My current setup (and will be through 2012 and a good part of 2013/2014) is a 13″ MacBook Pro from a few years ago and a Nexus S that I upgraded with a better battery that can last me a day or two between charges. And no tablets yet.



September 26, 2011

Roy Denim

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Roy Denim are the best jeans out there (for men only right now), might not be able to get them though since they’re made by one guy in Oakland, CA and they’re limited in quantity. I’m lucky to have a few pairs and they’re just fantastic. Roy Slaper is Levi Strauss reincarnated.

Plenty of videos and discussion why Roy jeans are great out on the web but it’s mostly because it’s about a passionate guy doing one thing and doing it really well. And it’s hard to beat that.



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