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The Band Rolls On….More Naked Short Stories April 24, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, short selling.
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Masterminding a firm's demise?

SEC wants to know if backers made money by trying to kill it.


See out of the back of your head with your tongue? April 24, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Singularity.
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Byrne vs Rocker – Financial Celebrity Death Match April 23, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in short selling.
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Posts about the Overstock, Cramer, Rocker, SAC, Cohen, Gradient,
Camelback, Byrne, Greenberg, Naked Short Selling, Research Collusion,
Conspiracy get more search engine redirects than anything else –other
than Marissa Ann Mayer- on my blog….So I am giving the public what
they want.

Byrne’s War

Overstock.com’s Patrick Byrne is On a Self-imposed Mission to Save Main Street from Wall Street

Nice Piece by a local UTAH tech website. Fairly balanced. Patrick Byrne seems like an exceptional person and I hope he is vindicated for everything he has endured. If this is truly a fight for the little guy, he seems to be a worthy warrior. If not, well he has gone off the deep end;-)

Rocker’s Passion for Shorting
It’s tough being a market moralist, as the battle with Overstock shows

One of the puffiest puff pieces about a controversial figure I have seen. Any negativity is treated with one sentence write offs or dismissed without explanation. Rocker has a great many supporters and seems to be (outside of his day job) a very civicly minded individual. I hope he isn’t guilty of collusion but with friends like Gradient/Camelback??? When you lie with Dogs….

Google OneBox (Leverage, Leverage, Leverage) April 23, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Microsoft, Search, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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When I was an college marketing intern at Microsoft in the 90s. They overused one term, i hadn’t heard or used (before then) since Finance class. LEVERAGE.

LEVERAGE. LEVERAGE. LEVERAGE. Every decision from corporate. Every Speech, Billg made. Every sales approach was (and of course is to this day) based on institutional LEVERAGE.

Who is taking that very Microsoft-ian approach now?


Who else could utilize their BRAND (not technology, I think Yahoo and MSN have comparable algos) and Goodwill to create OneBox.

MSFT couldn’t because they overtly compete with and want to OWN many/all of these product lines. Yahoo didn’t, because it is too consumer focused. Nope.

Google LEVERAGED Brand and Skills into a strong Enterprise Offering. Dont think they wont mash/build/integrate/LEVERAGE further up into the value chain.

Google Calendar Rocks April 23, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, General Musings, Google, Microsoft, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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Well I knew I was gonna like it and to make a long story short: I love it!

The auto scheduling does not work for me but I am sure they will figure that out soon enough. Just being able to easily (and freely) create, share, & subscribe to an infinite amount of calendars is of course how calendaring should be done. Of Course it should. It is not like MSFT could not have done this 10 years ago…THEY SIMPLY DID NOT.

You don't need me to tell you the game has changed but THE GAME HAS CHANGED. MSFT is truly on its heals as much as any monopolist with a 50Billion dollar bank can be on its heals. 😉

Airset has had this same product for several years but the integration with my PIM (Gmail) trumps all else and I am betting it will for many other users.

IE 7 Beta2 – UI Review April 10, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Microsoft, VeryUseful.
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Super Comprehensive UI review from Daniel Glazman. I tried to give IE7 a chance but Firefox just BLOWS it away.