The arms race for more megapixels in digital cameras is in full swing.
A friend of mine recently asked me which digital camera she should buy. Lots of choices with a wide range of features. Consumers are drawn to the camera's with more megapixels.
But what we really need is better and faster autofocus in our digital cameras.
In both cases the lighting was pretty bad. But the focus is clearly better with the DSLR. No contest.
Some company is going to come out with a small digital camera with a lightning fast autofocus. Thats what we really need.
It ain't about more megapixels.
(For those of you unfamiliar with Lijit) Lijit is a search tool that allows readers of my blog to search all of my content on a variety of networks (my blog, my photos on flickr, my profile on linkedin, etc) and it also provides search across my network (friends, blogroll, etc). I've had it on my blog the last few months and recently I put in on my left sidebar above the fold.
I've been using the service more and more lately. I also really like the beefed up stats they now provide.
Here is an example of one of the newer stats they provide.
This is a 30 day snapshot of the number of times people have searched for something, across my network, using my Lijit widget.
I'd really love to see more bloggers use Lijit. It's very cool.
It was fun meeting new people and seeing some folks from the first mtg.
We didn't get to play with any toys like the last mtg. But in some ways I thought todays meeting was better. Felt more comfortable.
There was a variety of conversations as a larger group and then smaller group discussions. Good chats about virtual worlds, digg, justin.tv, wikipedia, Snow Crash, evolution of internet video, evolution of MMOs, battlestar galactica and other interesting stuff.
Hope to see you next week if you live in/around Boston. Tell a friend.
On Monday night this week I met up with one of my best friends Rob A.
We usually only get to hang out these days with our families and kids together. But this time we were like two old dorks just hanging out. Just like in undergrad (he was my roommate for 3 years).
We went bowling at a local place called Lucky Strike. Right next door to Fenway Park.
It was a lot of fun. Rob kicked my ass but I did get a few strikes and a few spares over three games. A spare is very satisfying. It sort of feels like making a 10 foot putt for par.
He took this photo of me with his cameraphone (when are they going to put a camera in the Blackberry).
It's hard enough starting a company, designing a product, developing the product and then making it available.
But the infrastructure costs have always been daunting.
I'm seeing more and more startups using Amazon Web Services to support their web products & services.
Alex Iskold does a great job summarizing how it all fits together and the advantages of using Amazon's infrastructure if you are a small/medium sized company.
I'm guessing that Microsoft and Akamai will offer something competitive this year.
It would also be great if there was a consumer version of S3. I'd love to get rid of my rack/servers in my basement.
It's my mom's birthday today.
Happy Birthday Mom!
Our youngest daughter, Ellie, has had the same stuffed bunny since she was 1. She's now 5 (and a half she'll tell you). And she's been sleeping with this bunny every night.
Well it's starting to fall apart. And I thought she didn't care.
But when i tucked into bed tonight I found a note under her pillow. She must have asked Sophia to write it.
It said "Dear Bunny Fairy, could you please bring me a brand new bunny to sleep with. Love, Ellie"
This girl breaks my heart.
It looks like Google is about to expand into Boston in a meaningful way. This is great news.
Yes it will be harder for Boston based startups to hire the best engineers. Our west coast portfolio companies find it a challenge to hire great tech folks against Google these days.
For Boston it's a different story though. It will keep smart people here. It will also improve the consumer internet and web services DNA a lot.
And competition is a good too. I love the little guy taking on the big guy.