I Don’t Like It Vs. Bad Product

A wonderful post with lot of real life case-studies from one of the influential investors in the Sillicon Valley – Andrew Chen!

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The first and most well-studied root cause of the Bad Product Fallacy is from the theory of disruptive innovation. Many products can look like toys before they become successful. Just take Instagram as an example – it was just a photo filters app at the beginning, and is now one of the largest media properties in the world. Or personal computers, which was initially meant for hobbyists since they were underpowered and weren’t useful for business applications.
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And this a wonderful example how McKinsey failed to estimate market for cellular phones.

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In the early 1980s AT&T asked McKinsey to estimate how many cellular phones would be in use in the world at the turn of the century. The consultancy noted all the problems with the new devices—the handsets were absurdly heavy, the batteries kept running out, the coverage was patchy and the cost per minute was exorbitant—and concluded that the total market would be about 900,000. At the time this persuaded AT&T to pull out of the market, although it changed its mind later.

– The Economist, Oct 1999

But of course, mobile phones as a luxury was quickly fixed. By making the cost per minute cheap and fixing the other technical issues, the mobile phone has become the most ubiquitous computing device in the world.
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Hindsight is 20/20!!!
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You can read this complete article here – Andrew Chen on Bad Product Fallacy

Copyleft with CSS and HTML

I used copyleft symbol on my new project website My Zen Path recently and received few mails and messages asking me how can it be done using CSS and HTML without an image.

So here is the trick as I had twitted –

You can use the CSS and HTML given below to display a copyleft symbol wherever you need. CSS looks bigger due to cross-browser support, but basically it is just flipping the copyright symbol!

CSS Code

/** for copyleft symbol **/
.copy-left {
    display: inline-block;
    text-align: right;
    margin: 0;
    font-size: 1.25em;
    -moz-transform: scaleX(-1);
    -o-transform: scaleX(-1);
    -webkit-transform: scaleX(-1);
    transform: scaleX(-1);
    filter: FlipH;
    -ms-filter: FlipH;
}

HTML Code

Copyleft <span class="copy-left">&copy;</span> 
<<year>> <<ORGANIZATION-NAME>>

Using CSS class copy-left, you can use it anywhere you need in your HTML file.

Hope this helps! 🙂

Moto X Play Detailed Review

Moto X Play

Moto X play launch was eagerly anticipated in India when Motorola and Flipkart announced its release on 14th September 2015. It was anticipated that Moto X play would be approximately priced around ₹ 25000, given its specifications and pricing of 2nd generation Moto X. However Motorola pleasantly surprised everyone by killer pricing: ₹ 18,499 (16 GB) and 19,999 (32 GB). Moreover, the 21 MP primary camera puts it ahead of its competitors comfortably. This is arguably Motorola’s best offering this year so far.

Since I was planning to replace my old cellphone, I decided to go for Moto X Play (32 GB) and ordered it on Flipkart as soon as it became available, which also ensured that I got some cool offers with it from Flipkart! 🙂

Here are my initial impressions about the phone after exploring it thoroughly in the last 2-3 days.

Design & Build Quality

The phone is pretty well designed and the build is solid as compared to flimsy plastic builds we are experiencing from some other manufacturers. The phone feels like a premier phone straight out of the box. Despite its large size (5.5 inches display), phone fits well in the palm and rubberized back cover ensures good grip as well. The back cover is removable & swappable, but the battery is not removable. The front is covered by large 5.5 inch display covered with Corning Gorilla Glass, 5 MP front camera and openings for speaker & microphone. There is no notification LED available here. The top of the phone provides dual nano-SIM and Micro SD slot along with 3.5mm headset socket. Unlike few other manufacturers, Motorola provides headset in the box. The bottom of the phone has micro USB port for charging and data transfer. The power switch as well as volume control are located on the right edge of the phone, which is a more sensible placement as compared to left since many flip-covers could unintentionally press volume control on the left.

Unlike its cheaper sibling Moto G3, Moto X Play is not water resistant but it is water repellant with nano-coating technology.

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