I want to lead off this edition by giving mad props to my friend and coworker Brian Hill, who’s just chronicled the results of a two-year program to improve his health. tl;dr: vastly improved his health, lost 80 lbs, and has turned into a muscle beast. Check it out. I wonder if I can afford him as a personal trainer?
In other news:
- So Newt says we’ll have a moon base by the end of his second term? Doesn’t matter; I still wouldn’t vote for him.
- Happy Australia Day!
- The Chinese have an aircraft carrier. The Indian Navy now has a nuclear attack submarine (plus another home-built one coming next year). Good thing we have a robust Navy.. at least for now.
- Engineering is hard. So is missile defense.
- Microsoft’s released nine new chunks of content describing programming interfaces for Exchange Server. Happy reading.
- Apropos of the cost of Macs vs PCs, the brilliant Horace Dediu has a really interesting analysis of Apple’s ASP (average selling prices) for various devices. Money quote: “The evidence I see is that Apple does not change pricing but rather stakes out a specific price point as resonating with consumers given their positioning. They then doggedly stick to it.”
- Let’s see whether Apple’s former retail genius, Ron Johnson, can bring the rain at JC Penney. I’m rooting for him.