I found this post on rww about a TEDx Speech by motivational speaker and author Simon Sinek entitled, “Entrepreneurs: It’s Not What You Do, It’s Why You Do It”. He talks about his concept “The Golden Circle” (3 circles representing the different ways we think about a product/goal (watch the video)), goes into the Diffusion of Innovations theory and explains it all quite well.
It’s a philosophy I have always felt and more recently started following myself for a while and, among other things, explains why past business partnerships I’ve made eventually failed and why I’ve decided to be solo for good. This whole talk refers to and explains (MUCH better than I could) why I say “old school” all the time; this is what I mean, people I say are old school are working for the paycheck, not for what they believe. Living in the top 10% and trying to do business with somebody in the last 16%… lets just say you don’t quite see eye-to-eye.
Anyways it’s good and I thought it needed to be here for you.
Quote from Speech:
“There are leaders and there are those that lead. Leaders hold a position of power or authority, but those who lead – inspire us. We follow those who lead not because we have to but because we want to, we follow those who lead not for them but for ourselves.“
In the last couple of years we’ve done a good job in Phoenix of making things happen and getting good conferences with good turn out happen here in the valley and a couple of the annual big events have been making a home in November. This grouping has been dubbed Geek Week Az and there are a LOT of things happening and some big names and I wanted to organize that information and list what’s going on in one location. It’s not pretty but here’s what we’ve got coming for you in Phoenix in November.
I’d like to clarify things with the last post about my switch from Android to iPhone. I didn’t get too specific because one, I felt stressed to get the post out quick and 2 I felt stressed about the video. Partly why I suck at updating this blog, but whatever.
I keep getting asked to elaborate a bit and now that I’ve had the iPhone 3GS for a couple days I have some more details and insight that may interest those who have pondered a similar switch.
I had an issue with with apps on the G1 as they don’t store on the SD card and the actual handset has only like 256mb of on-board memory so I had to keep uninstalling apps to add new ones. iPhone has a 16gb hard-drive – nothing to worry about (and a 32gb model is available also).
The keyboard typing logic is much smarter on the iPhone; less mistyped words and I seem to be faster typing on the iPhone than the G1 (while using the software keyboard). I think the keys are better placed as the screen seems wider, but they’re not as tight together and I can type pretty quick and even better on landscape mode.
GPS on the iPhone locates me much faster than android and it seems much more responsive to movements and rotation. The original G1 demo videos had Google maps rotating the little street view guy to the direction you were looking but for one, I never used that specific functionality (no need), and two, it was so far buried in the map menu’s it wasn’t fast enough to be useful in my opinion.
Apps wise… and this partially ties into GPS but BrightKite and Foursquare actually work for finding where I’m currently located (despite their own individual software flaws). The BrightKite app on Android would always keep me stuck at my last check-in point even if I hit “dismiss guess” 10 times. Searching worked for finding and checking in but that’s not the point. Only once out of about 30+ check-ins so far did I have to search for the place I was at on the iPhone’s BrightKite app. There wasn’t a Foursquare app (there was FourDroid but it was beyond horrible and FourSquared is in limited alpha at this point) on the G1 Android platform so I can’t compare apps, but the mobile version of their site didn’t have nearly the features the iPhone app has (but the iphone app doesn’t have venue search yet either so).
Battery life… perhaps too early to tell because I’ve been hammering my iPhone with new apps and download tons of apps/games to test and also beta testing for a new GPS-based game called 5thDimension so that has been sucking the battery down. But with that said – I’m not getting any less battery life than the G1. Batteries in gadgets in general suck so I know there will be no dramatic change either way.
iPhone quirks at the moment
Having some duplicate entries and split records with contacts that have synced from my Google Apps account. I’ve heard from a couple iPhone users they have the same issue and I’m hoping that’s one of the issues addressed in the 3.1 update coming in a few weeks.
The lack of settings options for the system and individual apps. For one I’m used to going into the app and then doing its settings, but iPhone has all settings for everything in one spot. Again something to get used to but I can’t have different sound volumes for sms versus ringer tones… can’t set ringer to a sound but then have sms/emails vibrate… it’s all things make noises or all things vibrate – nothing in between. And certain alerts seem much louder than others.
The protective Incase case I bought was $37 bucks after tax… holy crap!
Anything I currently miss from Android?
the simultaneous background processes was pretty slick on Android, not gonna lie, but in all practicality I don’t really miss it and I have yet to run into, or foresee running into, any position I’d be in to where that would be a vital feature I absolutely needed.
I kind of miss Android’s ability to “tab” into other apps while they’re running, but I think that’s just a work flow issue that I’m not completely used to yet as the iPhone you have an app open or closed – nothing else. Again nothing big that I foresee a problem with once I get more used to the flow on the iPhone.
I’m sure there will be more things I forgot (always is) but you can follow me on twitter for the smaller bits of info and all my other random stuff I post about.
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