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Washington D.C.

I will be in Washington, D.C. this week for a variety of meetings on Capitol Hill, K Street and a variety of Energy Organizations.  Energy Policy, Thorium and the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor will be the topic of discussion.  Cheap plentiful energy is the single correlates with economic growth more than any other factor. Advertisements

Saudi America

That headline has been in multiple places the last several days.  The International Energy Agency report says that the U.S. will be the leading energy producer by 2020.  The result will be a new level of prosperity, manufacturing resurgence and energy security. However that is only if it is allowed to happen.   That sounds quite … Continue reading

Energy and The Economy

    Energy consumption correlates almost perfectly with the growth of the economy, increases in life expectancy and the standard of living.   There is a very short sighted movement afoot to discourage our use of energy.    There is a revolution going on in Energy in the US which if allowed to flourish will usher in … Continue reading

iPhone 5

The sales numbers are staggering.  The native Maps application is getting hammered.  The customers do not seem to care. Apple is clearly so much more than a computer company.  The customers believe in this at a level that borders on the spiritual.  5 million units and climbing.

Steve Jobs RIP

I was never a big fan of Apples later computers.  Their oringinal ones broke ground and I remember them fondly.  The Apple II was a great machine.    I started programming on the box.   It was much more like a PC.  A wide open system that you could do anything with.  Later as the MacIntosh took … Continue reading

End of the Jobs Era

It is still a news flash at this point with virtually no details.  Reading through the lines this most probably a significant health issue.   The effect on Apple is going to be nontrivial.   The only meaningful comparison in the 20th Century might be William J Durant except when GM got to gigantic size, Billy could … Continue reading

Real sales expectations

The decision by HP to kill the TouchPad had to be an all emotional decision. The NY Times describes the pattern of big tech companies killing new products exceedingly fast.  This is a near suicidal way to run a business. Yes there are truly awful products that should have never made the light of day.   … Continue reading

Patent Hunt

The analysis of Google’s acquistion of Motorola Mobility has evolved over the last day.  There is a strong theme developing that this is about the Patent library.  There is a well documented legal war going on between all the major technology players.  Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Google are making a lot of lawyers a whole … Continue reading

Google buys Motorola Mobility

Google is sitting on piles of cash.  Some reports put it at $40BB dollars.   I suppose that could burn a hole in your pocket.   So Google is going to spend $12BB to buy Motorola’s old phone division. This is a strange play.  Google is the king of search and is doing really innovative things in … Continue reading

Washington has a deal

Well not really.  As of this morning The Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader have a verbal agreement.   Not nearly the same as voted on and signed at the White House.   However, the pundits seem to think that this is It.   Well what is It? That is a hard thing to know about Washington.  Remember … Continue reading