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Apple Lisa Computer

History of Apple Lisa at 40: The Flop that Influenced Macintosh

By billpetro / February 2, 2023 /

HISTORY OF APPLE LISA AT 40: THE FLOP THAT INFLUENCED MACINTOSH Forty years ago, on January 19, 1983, Apple Computer introduced Lisa. It has well been called Apple’s biggest flop, but it’s accurate to say that without the Lisa computer, there would have been no Macintosh, and it is likely Microsoft Windows would not look…

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Twitter

Whither Twitter: What’s Next for the Social Platform?

By billpetro / November 10, 2022 /

Whither Twitter: What’s Next for the Social Platform? I wrote about Twitter several years ago because many people I knew “didn’t get it.” Endeavoring to explain what it was, how it worked, and what made it different from other social technologies like the better-known Facebook, I talked about Twitter’s history and its use at the…

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Information Reformation

Information Reformation: How the Web was Like the Reformation

By billpetro / October 31, 2022 /

Historical parallels between the what Martin Luther did with the moveable type printing price that was the spark that ignited the Reformation and the advent of modern technologies that similarly transformed the Internet into the World Wide Web.

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2020

History of 2020: It Wasn’t the Beginning of the New Decade?

By billpetro / December 31, 2020 /

2020: IT WASN’T THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW DECADE? With the beginning of the 2020 New Year, you saw articles everywhere that discussed the end of the decade or declared that 2020 was the beginning of the new decade. But 2021 is the beginning of the new decade.   Q: Isn’t 2020 the beginning of…

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Vaccines

History of Vaccines: What This Means For Coronavirus

By billpetro / November 20, 2020 /

HISTORY OF VACCINES: WHAT THIS MEANS FOR CORONAVIRUS Today, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they are submitting their Coronavirus vaccine to the Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use Approval. What are vaccines, when were they first developed, and what is the road to an approved vaccine in today’s world? “Vaca” in the word vaccine sounds…

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Hitachi

History of Hitachi: Founders Day, from 1910

By billpetro / May 1, 2020 /

HISTORY OF HITACHI: FOUNDERS DAY, FROM 1910 The multinational conglomerate Hitachi, Ltd. traces its history back to Namihei Odaira, a 19th-century pioneering electrical engineer. In Japan, during the Meiji Era of the late 1800s, with the move from a feudal society to an industrialized nation-state, the country wanted to take its place among the nations of…

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Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 3: Recipe for a Successful Channel

By billpetro / May 2, 2017 /

Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 3 – Recipe for a Successful Channel [ In this final blog of the Channel Partner Series, Wayne Greene and I detail our kitchen-tested recipe for a successful channel. Make sure you refresh yourself first with our first two blogs, Part 1 and Part 2.…

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B2B Conflict

Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 2: Conflicts

By billpetro / March 2, 2017 /

Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 2: Conflicts   [ I co-wrote this article with a colleague from my Cisco days, Wayne Greene. This appeared originally on his blog. ] Wayne:   Bill, on our first blog on Channel Partners we covered a lot of ground on this issue, especially on setting…

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Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 1

By billpetro / January 17, 2017 /

  Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 1 [ I co-wrote this article with a colleague from my Cisco days, Wayne Greene. This appeared originally on his blog. ] Your manager tells you to take the new product that your organization is developing and take it to 10M in revenue in…

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4sqday

History of Global Social Media Holiday: April 16=Foursquare Day

By billpetro / April 16, 2016 /

FOURSQUARE DAY In the history of holidays, we see new holidays each year. Some are beautiful, some are nerdy. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to decide which one this is. One of the recent events for the cognoscenti, for those “in the know,” for the hipper-than-thou, is Foursquare Day. For the…

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Apple Watch: First Impressions and Pictures

By billpetro / April 12, 2015 /

Apple Watch: First Impressions and Pictures Apple Watch went on sale Friday morning at midnight Pacific Time. I’ve written previously about Apple Watch at length previously here. To say its launch was popular would be an understatement: it sold out in 6 hours. I’m hearing ship dates now of June and August. The gold Apple…

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Apple’s New Ecosystem: the Implications of Apple Pay

By billpetro / October 20, 2014 /

      APPLE’S NEW ECOSYSTEM: THE IMPLICATIONS OF APPLE PAY Today, October 20, Apple launched Apple Pay with the release of their iPhone iOS 8.1 version of the device operating system. This new payment system is scheduled to go live with 220,000 merchants today for users with iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. I wrote…

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