1. Why has Sony insisted on maintaining its proprietary Memory Stick? When I was looking at digital cameras, Sony wasn’t even in the running because of the memory issue.
2. Mary Meeker. Even after being embarrassed during the dot-com boom as more of a promoter than an equity analyst, she’s still alive, well and bumbling along. In the meantime, Henry Blodget, who was forced to leave the analyst business, has proven he’s a pretty smart cookie.
3. The high cost of Apple accessories. Yesterday, I spent $25 on a mini-DVI to VGA connector that was probably made for $1. And while there were tons of oh-I-need-that products in the Apple store, it’s hard not to get a bad case of sticker shock when you see how much they cost. Speaking of Apple, it’s good to see someone cracked the iPhone/AT&T relationship.
4. Twitter. Can anyone explain to me why it’s useful other than as a tool to broadcast your thoughts or activities that only a small group of people (e.g. your family. close friends) would be interested in? Loren Feldman thinks Twitter will “be huge”.
5. Why it’s so difficult to find someone on Facebook. Sure, it has an advanced search tool but if you have a friend with a regular kind of name, good luck.
6. Why bloggers and blog readers love lists. Write a list (e.g. Five Things That Could Kill Facebook) and the world comes to your doorstep. Speaking of lists, check out Four Reasons Why – a entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking blog devoted to lists on a variety of topics.
7. Why RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is still RSS. If you want to push RSS into the mainstream, it need something catchier like Your Content Now or The Web’s Paperboy…or something like that. Maybe Dave Winer, who pioneered the creation of RSS, can step into the branding fray although I think he’d suggest RSS is just fine.
8. How Dell has fallen so far so fast while Hewlett-Packard has bounced back so strongly? Dell’s cache as a super-efficient computer maker has evaporated.
9. Why high-tech IPOs are all the rage again (e.g. VMWare, Classmates.com) amid a troubling credit crunch. Keith Benjamin, a venture capitalists, suggests the credit crunch will boost the high-tech IPO market because it will drive investors away from hedge funds and buy-out funds.
10. The fascination with people such as Justin.TV and Steve Mann who put cameras on themselves so other people can exactly what they are doing every second of the day. Today’s on-body camera episode features a guy driving to Los Angeles.