Bigwig notes iTunes music store sales are declining: it took 7 days to sell the first million, 9 for the second million, and 14 for the third. Will there be an asymptote or will sales decline forever? There was probably a "cool, check this out" effect fueled by the positive publicity the store's opening received; over time it will settle in. The important thing is that a viable alternative to free has been established.
Scoble discovers two 70-year olds trying to install a printer under Windows XP. "Just another reminder that our products are too freaking hard to use." You have to give Robert credit, he is honest. This is why I recommend a Mac to anyone who "isn't technical"; you plug in the printer, and it works.
Alan MacCormack ponders The True Costs of Software. Or how "free" software like Linux isn't really free.
You know how you can find anything on eBay? Well, how about this: A Genuine Soviet Sputnik! Current bid is $25,000. But warning, these things don't hold their value; it cost more than that new :)
Another hardware vendor turned software company bites the dust: 3DO files for bankruptcy. Founder Trip Hawkins was a media darling in the early 1990s with this company, which proved there is no market for $700 video game machines, despite a pre-revenue IPO which saw the company's market cap exceed $5B. Whew.
A musical version of The Lord of the Rings is being planned to open in London, in 2005. "This will be like nothing the West End has ever seen before." I am not making this up.