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Draft chapter on all the many crazy and awesome things that Google Chrome does under the hood to make your browsing experience fast...

It's a longish read.. I recommend grabbing a coffee first!
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Sencha demonstrates HTML 5 can be faster than native iOS or Android apps (Facebook example)

You've heard that Facebook switched from HTML 5 to "native" apps on iOS and Android recently to "speed them up." That pissed off the developers from Sencha http://www.sencha.com/

So they built a Facebook app completely in HTML 5 that's even faster than the native Android and iOS apps that Facebook released last week. 

Sencha builds HTML 5 programming tools and here we discuss the market for app developers and the choices they have to make. Later today I'll be at Facebook and will ask them more about why they can't match the speed Sencha displays here.

This blew away many of my assumptions of native vs. HTML 5 and proved that I was wrong when I said that the reason Facebook's app was faster was because it was native. 

Did it change your assumptions?

Attached here is the video I shot at my house on Friday. 

More from Sencha: 

- Sencha's own Video: http://vimeo.com/55486684
- Fastbook App: http://fb.html5isready.com
- HTML5 Is Ready App Contest: http://html5isready.com
- Blog post on tech details: http://www.sencha.com/blog/the-making-of-fastbook
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I do hate Google's account transfer. Proved easier to transfer my circles using the tool and just accept I have lost all the posts made previously. Having now mixed up the profiles twice. Not clever.
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Is Microsoft lost? I can see they could do well going into 2014. Here's why

I just read this comment, over on Techcrunch, by Microsoft PR chief @Frank X. Shaw. The important pieces (you might not be able to see them all, but I'll print the comment below):

Frank X. Shaw's comment: https://www.facebook.com/fxshaw/posts/10151126830437150

The original Techcrunch Post: http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/20/microsofts-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-decade/

It's good to see Frank fighting back against some of the bad PR. I know I've been on both sides of this fence (sometimes pro Microsoft, sometimes negative) but I think even Frank has to admit that Microsoft hasn't lived up to its potential. It's like a super smart kid who gets C's and D's. Which is why the stock market hasn't rewarded it over the past decade. 

That said, I've spent some time with Microsoft stuff and staff this week and I'm less bearish than I was a week ago. I think it'll be a rough 18 months coming, as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon continue to consolidate the market around their newer, and sexier, customer bases and products. 

That said, I see that Microsoft is playing a longer term game. One that could position it well for the worlds of 2014 and 2015. For instance, Windows 8 is easier to write software for multiple screen sizes than either Android or iOS. 

Listen to a third-party developer Chris M. Muench (he's CEO of http://www.c-labs.com/ ) talk about how much better Windows 8 is than iOS or Android: http://soundcloud.com/scobleizer/a-developers-view-of-windows-8 

I now understand why Microsoft is making so many changes. While it is looking like it's copying Apple, it could leapfrog over the industry and get back in the "cool kids tech club" by 2014. 

Over the next week I'll have a bunch of videos from startups in the Techstars' Kinect incubator and they are doing mind-blowing stuff. Which shows that Microsoft can still enthuse bleeding-edge developers and can still change the world. 

Anyway, keep it up Frank! 

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Frank's comment on Techcrunch: 

There are so many things wrong with this that I don't even know where to start. I'll leave the C# comment alone, since others have already zombie bashed Biggs for that one. Instead, I'll focus on some equally other poorly reasoned points. Let's start by simply dismissing anything that relies on Eichenwald's piece in VF, where he pretends to be an expert on all things ms and performance management, cleverly neglecting to mention that nearly every company has a perf management system, and that all have plusses and minuses. In case nobody noticed, we don't live in a Lake Woebegone or Pee Wee Soccer worlds!

I'm not clear what decade Biggs is talking about here, but let's look at some numbers while Steve B has been CEO. How about:

•tripled revenue from $23 billion in 2000 to $70 billion in 2011.
•increased profits from $9 billion in 2000 to $23 billion in 2011.
•returned $194 billion to shareholders via dividends and stock buyback.

Hmm, those look pretty good. And what about products that sell, you know, like windows 7 and Office of all stripes, and oh yeah, hmm, I'm forgetting something...let me think... oh, got it! During the same period, Microsoft also created entirely new businesses, such as Xbox, the #1 gaming console in the world last year and Kinect, a pretty darn hot consumer electronic device. And, the company’s enterprise Server & Tools business grew significantly in the same time period, reaching $17 billion in 2011. Gee, lost has NEVER looked so good. 

Finally, how do you square words like "sclerotic" with what we've done with Windows 8, the new Office, Widows Azure, the great reviews for windows phone, Kinect, Halo freaking 4 on its way, Xbox as entertainment hub, the social integration in Bing that makes Google's SPY world look as cheesy as it really is and so on? 

Hey, feel free to take shots at us. Call us out when we miss or mess up. But when you tell us we lost a decade, then look at the whole decade, don't cherry pick a bunch of random things and call it good. Lost? Really? here we are, well out of the "lost" decade, with billions of customers and more coming and still, last time I looked third most valuable company in the world. And an epic few months behind us, and incredible set of products ahead. Don't look now, but if this is lost, there are a whole bunch of companies trying hard to lose themselves for that kind of decade.

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cvp corporate communications, Microsoft.
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It took me a second to get it... :)

I remember buying my first wifi router for $300, plus 150 for the receivers. But it was so liberating! The ability to use my laptop wherever I wanted to, the ability to move my desktop to the perfect location rather than where the CAT 5 cable could reach. It was amazing.

Now I'm upset that the entire world is not covered by one wifi mesh. :)

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What’s a Mola? Behind the Strange Fish Picture Surging on Social Networks

The remarkable ability of Internet users to make a post go viral has produced a new treat: an enchanting picture of a Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, undulating just below the surface of the ocean. The image, snapped by photographer Daniel Botelho in 2010, is now making waves around Social Networks.

The sunfish is the world’s heaviest bony fish. It’s in the same order as puffer fish and porcupine fish, but it’s one of the most evolutionary derived fishes in the sea. So, it has a cranium more like what ours looks like, along with fewer vertebrae; its spinal column is actually shorter than its brain. And they’re one of the most fecund vertebrates in the world; a 4-ft female was recorded as having an estimated 300 million eggs.

The only way to understand [the sunfish] is to study its ancestry. Their design has evolved to be more like an armored tank with a stiff body as opposed to a streamlined torpedo body like other fish. They just look like big puffer fish on steroids. They use mostly their fins for propulsion as opposed to wagging their body.

Sunfish are the world’s largest jelly-eater. And people love the sunfish, it’s a lot of people’s favorite fish.

via National Geographic ~ http://goo.gl/y9VmM
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