Day: February 20, 2009

Poor Product Producers Pay The Price


The onion news network have out done themselves with this video dig at major vendors who release less than ideal products – and at us – the poor consumers who make mistake of lapping up poor user experience (UX). One particular well known brand is the target but I think it is clearly a dig at the wider issue and the industry.

Beware there is a little bad language in the sound track!

Well done ONN.

A shout out to the team at optimal usability – probably one of the best UX teams on the planet for bring this to my attention.

Global Financial Crisis Bargains – What $100b will buy you…


This market is playing with our future like a dog with a ball.

Consider that one year ago RBS paid $100bn for ABN Amro. That seemingly impossible amount would now buy:

Citibank $22.5bn

Morgan Stanley $10.5bn

Goldman Sachs $21bn

Merrill Lynch $12.3bn

Deutsche Bank $13bn

Barclays $12.7bn

And still leave $8bn change……with which you would be able to pick up GM, Ford, Chrysler and the Honda F1 Team.

I am not sure where this original data came from but I just received it from a colleague and it seems pretty accurate… and scary because I think this global financial crisis (or GFC as it is increasingly being called) is just getting started. Depressing sure but better to know and be prepared…

I am suggesting people should consider buying gold.