Our loved basset hound Vasco had to be put to sleep today: what was provisionally diagnosed as a malignant spleen tumor, upon surgical inspection turned out to be a vast stomach and intestinal cancer that had already invaded his whole lymphatic system; there was no hope for recovery or even containment – within hours, spleen failure would follow the already dysfunctional digestion and red cell count was precipitating to zero.
The reason for the post title is the fact that his perhaps most notable characteristic was the inclination to run away – I can’t count the many times he evaded our garden, both here and in St Raphael, sometimes for several days; despite the many escapades, he always either returned on his own, or was found and brought back; in the village where we live everybody knows him, and in France we had a nice collar embroidered with his name and our phone number, so that people could call us upon finding him. This is despite the fact that he obviously had a subcutaneous microchip which, as told in this post, only works in one country.
His desire to explore hit an all time peak when, during the renovation work of our house, we found him twice wandering on the roof, mildly amused at the fact that he could not find a way to get down.
So long, Vasco – go look for Cal wherever you are now. You still won’t be able to scare him, but the two of you might well go hunting together.
So Apple is finally confident enough in its own chip design to risk a public headbutt with Intel – if indeed Cook is convinced that sticking with Intel will only share the profits that are now coming only from two assets: software and design – both of which are firmly in Apple’s own hands.
That leaves only Samsung as the provider of key components for numerous devices in Apple’s lineup; they tried taking it to court, but the koreans can laugh off any fine they are slapped with and remember, they hold Apple by the balls with the supply of several key components.
Could Apple buy Samsung outright? Not easy at $202bn at today’s price, but not impossible either – if it wasn’t for antitrust, that is…
Lots of interesting content, including presentations, hundreds of pictures and videos are online on the website of the Communications on Top forum that was held in snowy Davos on february 9-10.
10 years today, at age 92, Indro Monatenlli died. Perhaps the best journalist Italy has ever had, a staunch conservative and a man who was proud to say he “had no owners”.
But my best memory of Montanelli, which I never met, are his fantastic history books, so full of lively details and dry humor to make reading them a joy. A source of inspiration, I have always tried to imitate his style, obviously without success, but feeling better for trying altogether.
I am sure his Lettera 22 is in Heaven with him…
"Montanelli typing on his portable Olivetti Lettera 22 in the hall of the offices of "Il Corriere della Sera"
Today I lost my friend Judith Feder. It indeed a great loss for a lot of people, her family, her colleagues at Brodeur and her clients.
I have known Judy for maybe fifteen years, and we worked for quite a bit of time on the IBM account on our respective geographies, and I am pretty sure there is going to be many sad people there as well. These were not the easiest years on the account, but one thing we had in common is a never-give-up attitude. A true fighter, also through the ordeal of her illness.
I considered her a good friend, and I know she felt likewise; even after our business connection with the Brodeur organisation weakened, we kept corresponding and a couple of years ago she and her family visited us for a week in St Raphael – it was a great holiday which both families enjoyed very much. She kept asking us to reciprocate at her place on Martha’s, but it was one of those things we simply did not get around to doing in time.
I’ll miss her and wish I could be closer to Tapani, Eero and Eliel. So long, my friend.