Since the advent of the Internet, its users have been able to hide behind a certain vail of anonymity. So I wonder how can one use the web accurately to research market trends? Some of this will make sense, other times it will be a brain dump. Bear with me, this is a long term project in the making.

4.10.2005

Weekend Reading 4/9/05

My apologies for not posting last weekend, I was busy getting ready for a road trip. So without further adeui here is this week's readings. I will be posting throughout the weekend as it is beautiful outside here.

First up, via Gizmodo I was directed to PCWorld's site to check out new oxyride disposable batteries. Reading through the review it looks like alkaline batteries are in a for a challenge, but lithium are safe. As the article points out the new oxyride batteries will last longer than alkaline, but cost the same. While lithium batteries will still outlast the oxyride batteries, lithium costs more. The review also points out that Panasonic holds the patent for the oxyride tech, so you'll have to look for that brand. If they have a large enough distribution channel, could this pose a threat to the Energizer bunny?

Moving on, I will be listening in to a podcast posted by Mikehall on his Microsoft Mobile podcast blog this afternoon and posting some short comments. The podcast is an interview with a product manager involved with Microsoft's Mobile operating system. For now I am off to present a scholarship and enjoy the seventy degree weather.

Furthermore, I was checking up on Mary Jo Foley's Microsoft Watch site and was directed to a quick summary of when the next-gen gaming platforms from Microsoft and Sony. Looks like at E3 in May Sony will show off Playstation 3 with the Xbox 2 as the encore. Quite frankly we will all have seen the specifications before the E3 show, but what should matter most is when the platforms will be released and what media they choose to support. It's pretty much a given what HD DVD technology Sony will use, but what will Microsoft favor? Also, with this spring's release of the Playstation portable and refreshed iPods along with a sleu of other MP3 players being released this year, where will the consumer spend their money? Last year it was an easy question to answer, maybe not so much this year.

Next up, I checked out [Bill] Burnham's Beat to see how his virtual software portfolio fared for the first quarter. He beat the NASDAQ, but only by a slight margin. Some interesting picks in his portfolio, longs focused on business intelligence and a couple of shorts. Check out the comments on salesforce.com as a short, Burnham along with everyone else is looking for cracks in the armor of the company and a big drop, what are the worries?

Further through my blog reading, I was pointed towards an intesting site listing numberous uses for mobile devices. I have not had a chance to read through all of the ideas, but skimming through the first two or three on the site make this one to return to in the future. Thank you Russell Beattie for the recommendation.

That's a wrap for the weekend, I need to get to the podcast on Windows Mobile and do some other research.

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