The future of Eudora

I’ve used Eudora as my primary email program for, well, forever. At least ten years. Every time I try an alternative, whether desktop or web-based, I find its interface and features inferior to what Eudora gives me. It’s far from perfect, and it hasn’t advanced much in several years, but I still think it’s the best email productivity tool out there. According to Eudora’s statistics, I spent over 500 hours ...

FCC moves forward on unlicensed "white spaces"

Well, here’s a pleasant surprise. The FCC has adopted an order (news release PDF) moving forward the process of opening up unlicensed wireless “white spaces” around the broadcast TV bands. This is potentially a big deal. More wireless capacity at low frequencies for unlicensed devices is the last, best hope to overcome the current broadband bottleneck and catalyze a whole range of new communications applications. It will be several years ...

Vertical vs. Horizontal Models

Jack Schofield of The Guardian has a long quote from me in his column about horizontal and vertical models for technology companies. Here’s the first portion: “Most of the time, and in the long run, the open platform solution will win. But not always. The successful technology companies are generally those who are not religious about vertical or horizontal approaches, but who appreciate that a platform is more valuable when ...