Monthly Archives: October 2007


The wagon wheel. "Little wheel" in Italian. So friendly, approachable, perhaps the most recognizable of all pasta shape. A bit of a gimmick if you ask me. And a strange shape to cook with, prone to breaking into not so recognizable pieces if you overcook it. So don’t. 8-10 minutes max. And transfer to a cold salad or stir fry al dente. Friends tell me it is not really an Italian invention, and that Americans created it to get kids to eat more pasta. I doubt that, but it’s a nice theory. Goes well with bolognese, too.


Some Props

At least someone is reading my stuff. Quick nod to James Q. Pearce at moconews (a great site that I’ve found addictive) for linking to my cover story on Nokia. I could have written four more stories with the amount of interviews I did, but such is life. I probably gave Apple too much credit for breaking the mold with the iPhone and the "teaching Americans" a different way of buying phones. So what if you get to take it home and activate it there? It is still a locked, contracted device not much different in that way from an Audiovox clamshell. True freedom is buying an unlocked open-platform device. Nokia has more of them: N95, N810.

Whew! John Chambers talks fast

Listening to Fiddler on the Roof on Itunes shuffle and that reminds me that I met this morning with a bunch of journalists (Barron’s, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, CN Portfolio) to hear Cisco CEO John Chambers. Boy does that guy sell his stuff. He claims that we are set to embark on a new productivity ramp in the U.S economy. We jumped up to a nice clip of 5% annual productivity growth in the 99-04 period thanks to IT and now we’ve been slumping for last few years around 2% or less due to lack of tech innovation that business could use. Thanks to Cisco and the video and Web 2.0 collaboration era we’re heading back up north of 5% again. Video conferencing, virtualization and remote or wireless access for everyone means less flying around the world and more real-time bidness. Great for governments and NGOs, too. Faster decision making and flatter organizations. Totally self-serving for Cisco, b/c he sells all that gear to make this happen. But I love to see how he can spin whole paragraphs out of thin air and take you out into the pasture and bring you back with word pictures without audibly inhaling. I read somewhere that he was dyslexic as a kid and he claims he still has trouble with the written English language but he says he can talk 200 words per minute and, dammit, I believe him. Stock’s up a lot in the last two years, too.

Now I have to look up the difference between glycerine and regular enemas. Totally unrelated to the prior matter.