Fractals of Change: February 2005

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20 posts from February 2005

February 14, 2005

Subscription Pricing

Customers like subscription pricing.  In fact, they are willing to pay a premium for predictability and simplicity.  If you can find a More...

February 11, 2005

DARK WATERS: Programming in Small Places

I happened to be seated across from Brian Wruble at a dinner and somehow we got to talking about programming in the old days when the only languages were machine languages and memory was measured in Ks.More...

February 10, 2005

AT&T: Lesson From the Crypt #3: Vertical Integration Doesn’t Work Anymore

Vertical integration is probably the most important reason why AT&T failed.  SBC’s planned acquisition of AT&T is a mistake, I believe, because it is a step toward vertic More...

February 09, 2005

The End of the Local Number

Phone numbers are losing their connection with geography.  You should not assume that a phone with area code 212 is or ever was in New York City nor should you assume that you ar More...

February 08, 2005

Freedom to Communicate Conference

David Isenberg is putting on the F2C: Freedom to Connect ConferenceMore...

February 07, 2005

Empowering the Wannabes

Ever since credit cards and computers, it’s been possible for businesses to deal directly with millions of customers without the need for an elaborate hierarchy of middlemen.  Bu More...

February 04, 2005

VoIP: It’s The Features

We have two Vonage phones (personal and Evslin Consulting) as well as a More...

February 03, 2005

AT&T: Lesson from the Crypt # 2: You Can’t Innovate Flawlessly

“Execute flawlessly!” was a mantra at AT&T.  This noble sentiment helped to sink the company by discouraging risk-taking and innovation.


February 02, 2005

Why we need bubbles (continued)

Most cogent criticism (see the AlwaysOn version for lots of contrary views) of my claim that More...

February 01, 2005

AT&T: Lesson From the Crypt #1: Don’t Manage for Quarterly Results

The slow sinking of the once great ship that was AT&T has been sad to watch.  Like the stories of shipwrecks in the sailing magazines I like to read, there is much to learn f More...

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