Best and Worst Moments for a Technology Blogger


One of the most enthralling experiences of a tech blogger is when a non-obvious prediction comes true. Similarly, most dejected feeling comes when a prediction goes horribly wrong.

So, I can empathize with Robert Cringely when he says:

That’s what I expect will be my epitaph: “He was either brilliant or stupid.”

If you read this NYT story about HP CEO Léo Apotheker and then read this post written in February, 2011 you will understand why he is brilliant.

I haven’t had any such luck but I have my shares of stupidity. Here are 3 examples:

Prediction about Google App Engine

In two separate blog post I had claimed that Google App Engine is potentially disruptive:

  1. Microsoft says – Cloud Does Not Require Change In Programming Model (Oct, 2009)
  2. Cloud Computing Service – Amazon Ec2 vs. Google GAE (Nov, 2009)

It is almost 2 years since I made that prediction and the trend during the elapsed time does not seem to support my hypothesis. In fact GAE seem to be slowly morphing into something less and less disruptive. They have done away with the CPU pricing where one transaction is the minimum unit. They have also introduced SQL.

Will iPad succeed?

When iPad was released in Mar 2010, I had hinted that iPad may not be a great success.

How wrong can one be? Not only has it been a success but even today, after one and a half years, there is no competitor in sight.

Verticalization of Mobile Industry

In August, 2011 in the post Google-Motorola : Microsoft-Nokia : Palm-HP – Do You See A Pattern I had claimed that mobile industry is getting vertically organized. Takeover of Palm by HP was one of the evidence supporting my argument.

What happens after I write this post? Apotheker decides to drop the whole of PC and mobile business.

However, I still may have a chance to redeem myself as Apotheker may not be around for long.

Lessons learnt

When you are trying to make a trend prediction, do not …

…get swayed by your personal liking – disliking. I had really loved GAE

…underestimate the power of design

…expect change to happen very fast

Comments
4 Responses to “Best and Worst Moments for a Technology Blogger”
  1. pahariayogi says:

    Fare confession. It has enhanced respect I have for you. Hope, ‘LESSONS LEARNT’ will be help new-bee bloggers…

  2. sujayd says:

    Good honest post. Cheers….

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