Why businesses commoditize

Marco Arment:

It’s usually in a business’ best interests to commoditize its complements. Microsoft commoditized PC hardware because its software needed a home. Companies that contribute heavily to open-source, such as modern-day IBM, commoditize software because they sell consulting and support services. Google commoditizes applications, platforms, and web technologies because it needs places to put its ads and people to see them. (Google also tries to commoditize anything required to get online: web browsers, DNS, and in some cases, even internet connectivity.) Apple commoditizes apps to make iPhones and iPads more attractive (and exclusive).

via Marco.org – Facebook’s Open Compute Project.


Tagged with , , ,

Posted by Jake Spurlock April 9th, 2011 — No Comments


3 questions Coudal asks before deciding to take on a project

Can we make money from it?

We’re a going business. We have mortgages to pay. We have tuitions to pay for our kids. We’re not ashamed of making money.

Are we gonna be proud of it when we’re done?

There’s nothing that will break your heart faster than working three months on a project and then, when it’s all done, you’ve sold your soul and compromised and you don’t even want anybody to see it.

Have we learned something new?

That allows us to continue to grow in the skills that we have. It allows us to be better filmmakers and writers and coders and art directors. And it keeps things interesting.

Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: Coudal – 37signals.


Tagged with , , , ,

Posted by Jake Spurlock April 8th, 2011 — No Comments


Zombies!

Zombie attacks!


Tagged with , , ,

Posted by Jake Spurlock March 18th, 2011 — No Comments


Conan Closing Remarks Kinetic Typography

In my Flash classes, one of the final projects is a kinetic typography assignment. It has grown to be one of my favorite projects. This is a steller example of the medium.


Tagged with , , ,

Posted by Jake Spurlock March 7th, 2011 — No Comments


Infographic on Infographics

“…more credible because it looks complicated. hooray!!”

via Coudal


Tagged with ,

Posted by Jake Spurlock March 5th, 2011 — No Comments


A hill in Spain

I love trials biking. When I am reincarnated someday, I want to be pro like Danny McAskil or Chris Akrigg.


Tagged with

Posted by Jake Spurlock March 5th, 2011 — No Comments


Apple – iPad: Year One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpiVeC1Z3yI

YouTube – Apple – iPad: Year One.


Tagged with , , ,

Posted by Jake Spurlock March 4th, 2011 — No Comments


Time travel in popular film and tv

Favorite infographic ever.

Timelines - Time travel in popular film and tv

Timelines: Time travel in popular film and tv.


Tagged with , ,

Posted by Jake Spurlock March 1st, 2011 — No Comments


Languages

I love HTML


Tagged with , , , ,

Posted by Jake Spurlock February 22nd, 2011 — No Comments


I’m a heat…

I\

I laughed out loud.

Cyanide & Happiness #2328 – Explosm.net.


Tagged with , , ,

Posted by Jake Spurlock February 16th, 2011 — No Comments