3 Bites of Wisdom from Barksdale

My friend, and founder, Amy Lang, has about as well-rounded a portfolio of experience as any startup-type could hope for. Having begun her career in recruiting at Arthur Andersen, Amy was a pre-IPO staffer at Netscape, then worked at Oracle, and later went to Yahoo! where she refined her expertise in marketing.
What’s nice about her case is that it confirms a concept Found|READ has promoted since its inception: The lessons Amy learned at these anchor tech companies have valuable application far beyond Silicon Valley — especially those she gleaned from that silver-tongued Mississipian, Jim Barksdale, the former CEO of Netscape. Read More about 3 Bites of Wisdom from Barksdale

BT Bets Big On Wind Power

Photo of a WindFarm via WikipediaIn our increasingly digital world, power is one of the main “cost centers” and most large Internet and telecom companies are grappling with this problem in unique sort of ways. Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) are putting their data centers right next to hydroelectric power generation plants in remote locations. British Telecom (BT) is looking at wind power as source of energy.

The UK-based incumbent telecom operator is going to invest close to half-a-billion dollars in wind farms, betting that they will help meet 25% of company’s power needs by 2016. It is one of the largest consumers of power in UK.

BT is one of Britain’s biggest consumers of electricity, with an annual requirement of around 0.7 per cent of the UK’s entire consumption. BT’s wind farms could generate a total of 250MW of electricity – enough to meet the power needs of 122,000 homes or a city the size of Coventry. This would prevent the release of 500,000 tonnes of CO2 each year compared with coal generation – equivalent to a quarter of a million return air trips to New York. [Press Release]

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Join the Mobile PC Advisory Council

A message from Microsoft:

Your knowledge and feedback are vital to our success! Microsoft’s Mobile PC User Research team is building a panel of customers who use mobile computers such as Tablet PCs in order to better understand what is important to you. This is a unique opportunity to give feedback that will affect the future of mobile computing.

If you’re interested in participating in this panel, please click on the link below to see if you qualify and join today! If you are accepted into the Mobile PC Advisory Council, you will receive a $10 gift certificate that can be used at Amazon.com. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.


UPDATE: Currently, this opportunity is only available for U.S. residents; however we plan to expand to 1-2 additional countries before the end of 2006 and will post another announcement when we expand.

Typically, we will send you six to twelve surveys per year. In appreciation of your time, at the completion of each survey, you’ll be entered in a sweepstakes to win cash awards.

Join our elite group and have a direct impact on the development of some of the world’s most popular software.


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JK- I have joined and I recommend anyone who wants to contribute to the future direction of Mobile PCs to do so.

Software You Should Be Using

For some reason or another, Apple has made the poor decision (in my opinion) to make the default format for screenshots PNG. In the past, if one wanted to change the default format, they would have to go into the terminal and change the format by editing a system file. Lucky for those of us who may not be comfortable with the terminal, but still want to change the file format, there is SCIT. Screen Capture Image Type allows users to change the default file type of screenshots to a variety of types including GIF, JPG, and PSD.

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Paparazzi! is a neat little app that will come in especially handy for those in the field of web-design. Paparazzi! is a quick and easy way to take a full snapshot of a web-page in the format of your choice.

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Everyone has that one special flash animation that they can watch over and over again, and never tire of. Now you can have that special little film as your screen-saver! Never spend a day without being barraged by a repetitive loop of light and sound again!FlashSaverMaker (I know, the site is abhorrent, but the program is worth it) takes any normal .swf file, and instantly turns it into a .saver file.

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For mobile users like me, almost nothing is as important has staying on-top of the status of my PowerBook’s battery. Enter coconutBattery, a simple utility that shows me all the info about my battery that I could ever want. I can see how many cycles I have been through, and how those cycles have affected the over-all capacity of my battery.

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LCD oversupply and gizmo trends

The latest issue of Business 2.0 has a story by me and Matt on the LCD oversupply and its impact on say cell phones. I have been following the business closely, and was intrigued to get an update via a Merrill Lynch report. According to ML, the “LCD TV oversupply issue should continue to the end of the year with eight new fabs opening up over the last few months. The extra inventory is concentrated with smaller LCD TVs below 20”, not with monitors. LCD monitor market supply and demand match up well. Manufacturers make better margins on TVs than monitors.” ML expects notebook makers, especially cheap notebook makers who are selling via Wal Mart to absorb some of the excess capacity. Back to school is going to be stronger than most expect. Notebooks, wireless phones, and MP3 players are hot areas according to ML. Indicator of good times: Best Buy has doubled its notebook SKUs from 12 to 24.