Sunday miscellany 17-Sept-06

  • ThinkPad laptop catches fire at airport (Engadget). Speculation that the battery is at fault. If it is, and it’s made by Sony as with the Dell battery issue and Apple’s battery recall, then Sony will have a major product confidence and reputation problem on their hands. Read the original story from an eyewitness.
  • “The blog has become for me the single most effective vehicle to communicate to all of our constituencies – developers, media, analysts and shareholders,” [Sun CEO Jonathan] Schwartz said in an interview in his Silicon Valley office. “When I go out and have dinner with a key analyst on Wall Street or a key investor from Europe and ask them if they’ve read my blog, they almost universally say yes.” From a newswire report, via Debbie Weil.
  • Still on CEO blogging: Debbie Weil will be leading a discussion on the IAOC blog next week about CEOs and blogging – should they or shouldn’t they?
  • 10,000 Dutch dissertations go online (Expatica). Now everyone can have access to new and often ground-breaking research being carried out in The Netherlands. Over 2,500 doctoral dissertations, many by young scientists, are completed here every year. Now there’s access to them all online.
  • How Odeo Screwed Up (GigaOM). Frank talk from Odeo founder Evan Williams who lists the top five screw-ups Odeo made. GigaOM: “We can’t say we came out of the presentations convinced Odeo is set to conquer the universe, but Williams’ honesty and humility are admirable. The best part is, his advice has a chance of making an impact while it’s still relevant to today’s startups.”
  • As measurements grow, organization charts become relics. BusinessWeek Blogspotting: In many organizations, people have two different paths of communication. Formal ones obey the org chart. But the informal stuff, which is usually more powerful, follows channels of its own. Often these evolve into entirely different networks.
  • World’s poorest countries increasingly wired, UN agency reports. eGov Monitor: According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), “teledensity” has more than doubled in the majority of least developed countries since 2000 with some of them boosting connectivity by as much as 20 times, thanks to rapid growth in the deployment of mobile technologies.

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Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. neville

    So things are heating up then :)

    Panasonic’s doesn’t seem to be Sony batteries. Nevertheless, whether they are or not, I agree with you that Sony has a big PR problem right now.

  2. Martyn Davies

    Just read on today that Virgin Airlines have banned the use of Dell and Apple laptops on board, and in fact batteries need to be in hold baggage (obviously they can’t catch fire in the hold). It’s been some years since I went on Virgin, Qantas or Korean, but I can see that in the knee-jerk security world, it’s all too easy for all airlines to ban them. Sooner or later they’ll reach an airline I do use.

    A big concern for Apple, Dell, since many business travellers would prefer to have an un-banned laptop for hassle-free travel.

  3. Alex M

    Just read an interesting New York Time article. Apparently, the damage to Sony’s rep from the battery failure and increasing quality problems at Toyota are sparking much consternation in Japan! Japan frets about quality

    And you’re right, the Panasonic batteries don’t appear to be Sony made. However, I also read yesterday of an IBM Thinkpad blowing up on a plane – with a Sony battery: C-Net link

    It seems this story is has a bit to run yet.

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