· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · March
· · · · 02 (2 entries)

The Analysts and the Elephant · In re­cent weeks there’s been a lot of talk about the role of an­a­lyst firm­s. Let’s be hon­est; the way the busi­ness work­s, pret­ty much no­body likes these or­ga­ni­za­tion­s, but many (in­clud­ing me) think they’re nec­es­sary, and since Gart­ner is clos­ing in on a bil­lion dol­lars a year of rev­enue, they’re ob­vi­ous­ly sell­ing some­thing that peo­ple will buy. Here­with a sur­vey of the dis­cus­sion, some per­son­al anec­dotes about the re­la­tion­ships be­tween ven­dors and an­a­lyst­s, and some thoughts on the fu­ture ...
Totem Thunder · Ear­ly this year, I re­con­fig­ured the video set­up, among oth­er things adding a lit­tle Velo­dyne “MiniVee” sub­woofer that worked re­al­ly well, but made me think that per­haps the big Se­ri­ous Mu­sic sys­tem could ben­e­fit from sub­woofer love. So I added a Totem Thun­der; here­with an unashamed­ly sicko-audiophile (but quan­ti­ta­tive, with mea­sure­ments) frag­ment that ob­sess­es about mu­sic in gen­er­al and Real­ly Low Fre­quen­cies in par­tic­u­lar; with a side-trip to a church in Paris. I’ll pro­vide some in­tro­duc­to­ry ma­te­ri­al in hopes of maybe lur­ing in­no­cent read­ers in­to this ob­ses­sive and ex­pen­sive hob­by ...
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