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Steve Jobs single handidly killed the Symbian Army to save Microsoft

October11

this has nothing to do with Patricia Hearst.

in an indirect way, it has A LOT to do with Steve Jobs.

point of reference: when Jobs started talking about the iPhone on Jan. 9, 2007, he said, “This is a day I have been looking forward to for two and a half years.” Then he regaled the audience with myriad tales about why consumers hated their cellphones. then he solved all their problems – definitively.

Steve Jobs and Apple essentially wiped-out the “Symbian Army”.

and, that’s what makes the rest of this post all the more interesting, if not noteworthy.

there is a place in this world for old success to be part of a great come-back story. players in the potential drama can include Blackberry, Microsoft, and Nokia. but, mostly Microsoft and Nokia. Blackberry is currently an interesting historical footnote.

…seriously.

Stephen Elop, give me back my legions! while I’m not predicting, or even anticipating a re-imagined Symbian (I’ll avoid saying Nokia) come-back, I do suspect Microsoft is pondering a dramatic and evolutionary step. Microsoft piled $7.2 billion dollars into Nokia for the acquisition of it’s mobile unit. and, with that comes an emerging handful of intrepid entrepreneurs looking at establishing something of an Symbian support eco-system that could eventually become another acquisition play. it’s those, otherwise, imagineers that I’m working with.

consider this… for years, Symbian ruled mobile. at its peak, Blackberry was a scrappy underdog at best. then Jobs made a historical move and signaled the end of Nokia with a demonstration of five buggy iPhone prototypes. you can read that very cool story, here:

And Then Steve Said, “Let There Be an iPhone”

Symbian fans lament the loss of a veritable colonial empire. they once ruled the world, yet lost it by taking a nap. it can be argued that incompetence by lack of open-mindedness led to the collapse. NOTE: Blackberry fans are (they remain) like Fascists or Marxists; they never ruled the world, and they are lamenting the unfulfillment of potential, of how they could have won, but never did. NOTE: for what it’s worth, Ernest Hemingway would have carried an iPhone to defeat the Fascists in his beloved Spain. yet, ironically, many sense that Blackberry may live on in some enterprise fashion. and, here we have the Symbian underground coming to light.

in any event, with Symbian, we could argue that if only Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo got kicked out in 2008, the liberated loyalists would still have an empire stretching from the islands of Japan, to the frigid tundra of finland. like Blackberry fanatics, they may comment on lost opportunity, if the strategy was actually good, than maybe, just maybe their global market share could have overtaken Windows Mobile.

…wait… maybe that’s the plan. more later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

saying Goodbye to Chris Langer

October9

Hello Pearl.

I’ve only just learned about Chis’s death by reading the obituary section of the Radford Highlander magazine. I did a quick Google search and came up with his broader obituary.

I knew Chris for a couple of years at Radford University. I played on the Lacrosse team with him. I’ll submit his tour were the glory years. One of my favorite memories of Chris was him defending the goal at practice with a sawed-off goalie stick without a head. I’m pretty certain he was on acid. I recall Coach Woolley looking askance at him with chagrin. However, that weekend Chris shut-out Richmond. Chris was fairly well known for experimenting with a lot of things, including nutrition. He was always razor-thin. Chris was very intense. But, you could not help but like him on a deep level.

“An accomplished athlete, Chris played two intercollegiate sports for Radford University, where he was an All-Conference lacrosse goaltender and a member of the 1981 Virginia Intercollegiate State Championship soccer team.”

I’m not the least surprised Chris travelled far-and-wide with a rather ecclectic career-path searching for a way to connect with a lot of people and make a difference. I’m also not surprised that he appeared to feel that he pissed-off a lot of people. I’m sure they all forgive him because he had an aura of uniqueness about him that made him more interesting and inspiring than irritating or hurtful.

I really do hope this message finds you. People cared about your husband, and his legacy is real. Consider me a friend. I coach my daughters in Soccer and everyone else’s sons in Lacrosse. I tell my Chris Langer story to every goalie on every Lacrosse team I coach.

“Chris” Cork, ’84

exposing the AT&T and Apple DATA leakage scam

July15

or…

ATT And Apple Battle Over Data Leakage

heads-up…

I was one of those people with a family plan of Apple iPhones on the AT&T network that was getting hammered with the mysterious “DATA leakage” issue.

we were on the 6GB plan but exceeded that by double half way through the month and getting dinged at a $15 per GB clip. I think this has been going on since the introduction of iOS6. AT&T always tries to deny the issue, then blames Apple when pressed. Apple acknowledges the problem and then blithely suggests people switch to Verizon because they also had the issue, but managed to resolve it. Apple just cares about selling iPhones. however, I did speak with a buddy over there and he insists they simply want everyone with an iPhone in their hand to have a great experience. so, why not refer people to Verizon?

here is an article by Steven Rosenbaum, a ontributor on Forbes, that can add some detail and offer solid perspective titled, ATT And Apple Battle Over Data Leakage

“But over the past seven months I’ve found myself inside a massive battle between AT&T and Apple, a battle that insiders tell me isn’t one I’m facing alone.  Apple and AT&T are at war – pointing fingers and placing blame. And customers are footing the bill – absorbing thousands of dollars in ‘leaked’ data charges. It began with the release of iOS 6 on the iPhone 5 in late September of 2012 – and the companies have been at war ever since.”

what is genuinely astonishing about this is the media is not banging the drum and the Federal Trade Commission has not picked-up on any of this yet. the whole scam is clearly roosted within AT&T and their abject desire to rip-off their customers. at least Verizon had the balls and integrity to quietly resolve the problem. and, that effort alone damns AT&T.

in any event, as of today I told AT&T they had to credit back all the penalties (in my case $120) or let me out of my contract(s) so we could jump over to Verizon. they immediately gave me a credit (if you can call spending an hour with some chick in India immediate).

so… call AT&T today at 888-757-6500, and tell them Brian Patrick Cork sent you. do it!

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

discovering Ben Franklin

July8

this dissertation on Benjamin Franklin is insightful.

me? I now have a renewed and insatiable appetite for learning everything I can about this man and how he came to influence.

 Enrolled in the Boston Latin School at the age of eight his father had to withdraw him after the first year. The Boston Latin School was well known for many of the famous Puritan divines, a future Franklin apparently did not want to follow. One author stated that while a youth he was reported not as pious or faithful, but as “skeptical, puckish . . . irreverent.”(1) He went to another school but soon educated himself from the age 10 and on.

its another demonstration as to how brilliant and unique our founding fathers were. imagine being eight years old and having that much situational awareness. then being able to self educate himself from the age of ten into the leader and international influencer he became.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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