Warner Brothers Will Make Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster Wait Longer for New Movies – Peter Kafka, All Things D
Go ahead and read the article. Basically, Warner Brothers is going to double the wait time for DVD rental distributors in order to try and increase lagging DVD sales.
Can I just go out on a limb here and predict that this isn’t going to work. Actually, it might just decrease DVD sales even more? I’m guessing that increasing the time from 28 days to 56 days might just increase piracy instead of DVD sales.
It baffles me how these companies can keep shooting themselves in the foot and not embrace technology. We’re not even talking about new technology here, we’re talking about DVD rentals!
2011 was a crazy year.
- Lived with grandparents for one-and-a-half months
- Bought our first house (and moved into it)
- Ran three 5Ks (one with Laura, which was amazing)
- Painted most of the rooms in the house
- Mowed a lot of lawn (then watched it all die)
- Birth of our second son, Levi John
- Jamis’s second birthday
- Celebrated 5 years of marriage
- Set up my first real, permanent home office
- Started up my personal business again
- Helped with harvest on the farm
- Pushed out the first major website revision for MLC since 2005
- A lot of traveling to and from Wisconsin to visit the best in-laws ever
- Lots of other stuff
That’s just the stuff I can remember.
Laura and I have both said we are looking forward to a 2012 that is a little bit less crazy, and a little more settled than we have ever had. We’ve only lived in one other place for more than 9 months (I think that is the correct amount of time), and we will be celebrating one year in our house on Valentine’s Day. That’s an accomplishment for us. It is also comforting to know that this house is the only one Levi has known, and the one that Jamis has stayed in the longest as well.
Even Molly likes it (I think).
So onward to 2012! Here are some things I’m hoping to accomplish this coming year (the first batch comes from Resolutions over at We Are Martens):
- Drink less pop (this is a recurring one for me … )
- Replace all of the water piping in the house
- Grow my personal business 50%
- Get better at doing work outside
- Walk more (and to more places)
- Replace bulbs in the house when the burn out (right away)
- Do more little things for my wife
- Finally incorporate Deck78 (after killing Replosion when we moved to WI)
- Learn how to program (that’s kind of vague)
- Speak at two conferences or meetings (did one in 2011)
- Get a better backup system in place at home
- Build Laura the photography website she has been asking about
- Start and finish the website for the MVL Lightning Dance Team
- Pitch new websites to four new clients
- Continue helping people learn how to incorporate technology into their lives
- Lots of other stuff
I’m excited for what 2012 is going to bring. For the first time in a long while I feel like I have a better handle on my state of mind and am more settled and ready/able to take on new things.
Ryan Gavin over at Exploring IE has announced that Internet Explorer is going to auto update from this point forward.
Can I get a huge “FINALLY” from the choir!
I think this is a great thing for users and the web development community and will become even more so that farther in our rear-view mirror Windows XP becomes. There are two issues that remain, however:
- Windows XP still can only update to Internet Explorer 8
- Enterprises and IT outfits can opt-out
A great step in the right direction, but we can still be held back by enterprise users. It might be a needed concession, but still a concession.
I had a quick post over at System Volume. Feel free to read it. Not a lot of added commentary over there, but I think it is an interesting article in light of the economic realities of today.
The past decade brought about a swath of IT outsourcing not just to other countries, but to other vendors. What if there would be pushback against this, a culture shift that aims to bring back in-house IT and development expertise in order to create more nimble companies who can tailor their offerings to the needs of the company? Would this lead to an increase in higher-paying IT jobs here, or would it have the opposite effect by creating, at first, a glut of new positions, leading to a glut of new candidates which would then weaken the overall market?
It is also interesting to think about what this could mean for open source. What if instead of spending money on proprietary vendor solutions, a company would hire a developer and then give back to the open source community those parts which are not business critical? Does centralization always mean higher efficiency?
Lots of questions and I have no answers. It is fun to think about, though.
I would say that I’ve been influenced greatly by companies like 37signals, Apple, and Google, especially in the past five years or so. I like a lot of what Apple has done with computing, and use many of their products in the work that I do. I use Google’s services every day and am using the design updates they just rolled out as inspiration for some of what I am currently working.
However, stumbling upon 37signals through Ruby on Rails thanks to being handed the first edition of Agile Web Development with Rails by one of my coworkers has probably affected me the most in what I have chosen to pursue in my life and how I think about the web, business, and design.
If you want to read a short book to give you a taste of what I am talking about, please check out Getting Real. A major theme of the book (maybe THE theme of the book) I like to sum up as “do less”. Not just building less, but also promising less, hiring less, having less mass (as a company), etc. It permeates a lot of what they talk about in the book and about how they talk about their own company. They released the book in 2006, and even though they’ve grown a lot since then, you can still see them sticking to the major points they make in their book.
However, one thing sometimes lost when people start espousing “doing less” is that doing less isn’t the end of it, you need to do less, better.
This is stuck in my head as I start to flesh out an idea for an application. Do less, better. Cut the scope of the project, do less “checkmarks”. However, what I do, I need to do better. I need to choose a limited number of things and then put all of my effort into making those things work better than anything else out there (where “better” can be a subjective term in certain contexts).
That’s the second part that some people miss. You can’t simply choose to do less, that is the road to failure. You need to take that effort you would have put into checking off boxes and make the stuff that you are doing that much better.
Do less, better.