“Stunning Fail”

On reading this article, many things come to mind; and not just how it screams “sensationalism” and “nay-sayer” out loud.

Stunning, indeed!

Musk is headed for a “stunning fail” – Edward Niedermeyer.

Mr. Nostradamus takes a series of arguments, adds layers of “if this then that” on top, and tries to create a straw man. Even in my sleep I could smell oil on this article.

Musk was a newcomer into the payments industry and he re-invented things with PayPal. SpaceX is the first private company in the world that has been able to successfully go farther than government agencies like NASA, and at a cheaper cost.

People said the idea that Tesla could begin shipping the Model S to customers in 2012 was absurd, that they were naive and didn’t understand the complexities of building a vehicle like Detroit does.

Before that, everyone said nobody would buy electric vehicles because (a) you can’t get them over 100 miles in range, and (b) because there is no charging infrastructure.

I would rather live in a world where a man like Musk is pushing the realm of possibilities to the next level as opposed to one in which he joins the rest of us hoping for some miracle to come out of the behemoth car (or any other) industry which hasn’t really done much to innovate in fields like energy.

Even if it happens to be a “stunning fail”, it would be more glorious and would have changed the world more than most others in their entire lifetime.


The Killer App

Every once in a while, I used to come across this phrase (although the frequency has now diminished and gave way to enter-successful-product-killer in recent times). Since 2007 there have been at least 20 so-called iPhone killers, and every few days we get to see a new self-proclaimed Facebook/Instagram/Google killer.

What is The New Big Thing?

Talking specifically about the Internet, I personally think that there is one Killer app: The Browser. It has existed since the text-only web days and moved into the primarily-mobile age of today without so much as flinching. Undeniably, a ton of native apps keep coming everyday which might provide a better experience than the browser (thanks to HTML5, that gap is closing fast) but most of them are ‘easy come, easy go’.

Google has been working hard on something. Is it a browser? Is it an OS? It’s Google’s Chrome OS.

Not that it needs to be said, but the browser is here to stay. And I can’t wait to play an upcoming version of Need For Speed on my browser. Far fetched? I’m choosing to stay optimistic 😉