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Brent Simmons on Social Media…

He makes a good point about social media sites:

My blog’s older than Twitter and Facebook, and it will outlive them. It has seen Flickr explode and then fade. It’s seen Google Wave and Google Reader come and go, and it’ll still be here as Google Plus fades. When Medium and Tumblr are gone, my blog will be here.

This really is true. If you run your own blog on your own domain, you have complete control over it. I believe this explains why email is ubiquitous, even if it has problems. It’s not controlled by any one company, and as such, it will live on. I guess I could also bring up the fact that you can host your on email with a host provider and have control over that too.

Microsoft announces reorganization…

Today Microsoft™, still one of the behemoths of the software industry announced a major new reorganization of the company to “enable innovation at greater speed, efficiency” In the message they detail how the re-org will make Microsoft all things to all people, and even go into how the “dotted lines” of the new organization will make them more nimble, etc… Instead, maybe the Board should have asked Balmer to resign. He is the one who has been making these decisions on where the company has been headed, and that strategy isn’t working in this new mobile based tech world. Their flagship OS, Window 8, has been derided by the Tech community and the non-tech people as bad. Their mobile OS is struggling against Android and iOS and shows no indication that it will catch up. The Xbox launch was handled really bad, giving Sony an opportunity to overtake the Xbox in the next gen console wars. Maybe this re-org was needed, but the biggest change should be at the top.

Edit-  Found this nice  summary from slashdot poster DCnjoe60

Except that Ballmer has been at the helm for most of that time and ultimately responsible for the organization and infighting as it is part of the corporate culture at Microsoft. That is why most boards bring in a whole new management team when such a top down re-organization is required. Most boards realize that you only get one chance to get it right. That’s why you don’t let the fox who has been raiding the hen house be the one who reorganizes the hen house. Leaving Balmmer and the rest of the management team in place means that board believes that management isn’t the problem, but the workers are. That doesn’t bode well for the future of Microsoft as the workers aren’t the ones who have created the corporate culture nor are they the ones who have made the company a shadow of what it once was or could have been.

The Verge reviews the HTC First and Facebook Home.

This is what the The Verge excels at, video reviews. They are well made and with just enough detail to cover most everything. There are people who complain that the reviews aren’t technical enough, but that’s why we have Anandtech.

I like the hardware for the new HTC First phone. The size looks good, easy enough to use in one hand, and a decent 720p screen. It looks like you can disable most of the Facebook Home overlay if you want, and run basically stock Android. Although the reviewer calls the hardware “midrange”, the CPU is really good and 1GB of RAM is perfectly acceptable for a decent Android experience. Most of these reviewers live in bubbles being exposed to the best of the best and become a bit jaded when dealing with something less than top notch.

Regarding the Facebook Home experience, I am impressed with the visuals. Dieter from The Verge knocks it for dumbing down the Android Experience, but for it’s intended audience, it’s spot on. Remember, Facebook wants you to use their interface as much as possible, and to leave it for Android as little as possible. I would imagine as Facebook updates the app, more and more of it will be replacing the stock Android with Facebook Home replacements. As Matt Drance from TUAW wrote, this could be a test run for a complete overhaul of Android with Facebook home Front and Center. I wished that HTC and Facebook could work out a deal similar to the Nexus phone series to sell this phone contract free at a reasonable price, ($250-300) I could see myself picking one up at that price. It’s not worth signing another contract with ATT to me.