Putting Apple in perspective

August 1st, 2014 on 23:59

I guess most realize that Apple is a pretty big company, but I think most will be surprised when you see how big Apple really is. They announced their financial results for their fiscal 2014 third quarter a week ago, presenting a quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion (!) and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion…well, well, ain’t that a *shitload* of cash! :) And that despite the fact that the third quarter had no big new goodies (iPhone 6&Air as well as iWatch are all expected later this year), it is traditionally the quarter with the lowest results.

So, numbers say something, yet charts (below) say more…

Assume that the iPhone were its own company, it generated $19.74 billion in sales last quester making it bigger than Amazon, or Coca-Cola and McDonald’s combined (!), while Google and eBay combined are barely bigger…WTF?!

And even though iPad sales (($5.9 billion)) are ‘just’ 1/3 of the iPhone sales, it would still be greater than Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Groupon, and Tesla combined…huh?!?

 

 

 

 

 

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QOTD August 1 2014

August 1st, 2014 on 10:19

Alban Goodier: “Those who face that which is actually before them, unburdened by the past, undistracted by the future, these are they who live, who make the best use of their lives; these are those who have found the secret of contentment.”

QOTD July 31 2014

July 31st, 2014 on 12:26

Edith Sodergran: “The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”

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QOTD July 30 2014

July 30th, 2014 on 14:38

Joseph Murphy: “We go where our vision is.”

QOTD July 29 2014

July 29th, 2014 on 12:23

Alan Moore: “There’s no such thing as quitting. Just sometimes there’s a longer pause between relapses.”

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The love for technology

July 28th, 2014 on 23:27

In this age of technology directed human behaviour (unfortunately), the following YouTube video could serve as an eye-opener for some (perhaps many…). There is no replacement for real contact, real-life interaction between humans *without* any technology in-between.

In the end (actually in the beginning, along the way AND in the end :) ); sharing unconditional LOVE is what life is all about really…indeed, technology will never replace love!

 

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QOTD July 28 2014

July 28th, 2014 on 14:57

James M. Barrie: “Always be a little kinder than necessary.”

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QOTD July 27 2014

July 27th, 2014 on 10:38

Nancy White: “If we can connect in some tiny way with a human that doesn’t agree with us, then maybe we won’t blow up the planet.”

New header graphic

July 26th, 2014 on 23:22

Well, well, the FIFA World Cup Brazil has been done, NL finished 3rd which was way better than expected while a feeling remains that it could even have been more. In any way, the Dutch orange flags header graphic has to go…

…and since it is summer time in Norway, with amazing warm (hot!) sunny days and superb sunsets, my new header graphic is matching just that; a fantastic sunset! The photo is a tad old though as I took it in Curacao last year January, but nevertheless, here’s to summer, cheers! :)

 

 

 

QOTD July 26 2014

July 26th, 2014 on 14:23

Eugene S. Wilson: “Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.

Picking currants!

July 25th, 2014 on 23:21

Lovely summer weather, my angel back in Norway and loads of redcurrants and blackcurrants in the garden…I’d say, more than enough ingredients for a lovely weekend!

Have a great one y’all! :)

 


 

QOTD July 25 2014

July 25th, 2014 on 15:25

Bonnie Prudden: “You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.”

QOTD July 24 2014

July 24th, 2014 on 09:18

Julie A., M.A. Ross and Judy Corcoran: “When you understand that your feelings are triggered by what you think about an event and not by the event itself, you gain a measure of control. Although you cannot control the things (events) that happen to you, or change your feelings (after all, you feel the way you feel), you can change your thoughts. A change in thoughts often radically alters your feelings.”

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30000 Electric kilometers

July 23rd, 2014 on 23:59

I went through the 30,000km mark in my Nissan LEAF today, not bad after 2,5 years (of which 1,5 years without regular commuting :) )! The experience of driving an electric car is still as fantastic as the day I got it, I can really recommend this car to anyone. Nissan has been quite successful with the LEAF, even in ‘crisis’ years; I got a letter from Nissan yesterday in which they mentioned that the 100,000th LEAF was sold in the UK last January! As said quite a success and for a good reason; great drivability, lots of nice features, and above all; environmentally friendly (specifically in Norway with its hydro-electricity! :) )fdf, oh and probably the main reason for most; it runs cheap! It gives more kms/NOK than a ‘normal’ car and is highly subsidised (no VAT, virtually no road-tax, no toll payments, free parking in Oslo)…he he :)

 

 

 

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QOTD July 23 2014

July 23rd, 2014 on 07:46

Will.I.Am Wordsworth: “That best portion of a good man’s life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”

Unsung Hero – Believe in Good

July 22nd, 2014 on 23:55

This is an amazing clip about an Unsung Hero, a must watch!

Yeah yeah, I know, it *is* a commercial (disclosed at the very end), yet not the normal kind of rubbish you see on TV. This one has a powerful message of love and a believe in doing unconditionally Good…I *love* it! (and wish more commercials were made like this…)

 


What does he get in return for doing this every day?
He gets nothing.
He won’t be richer
Won’t appear on TV
Still anonymous
And not a bit more famous

What he does receive are emotions
He witnesses happiness
Reaches a deeper understanding
Feels the love
Receives what money can’t buy
A world made more beautiful
And in your life?
What is it that you desire most?

 

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QOTD July 22 2014

July 22nd, 2014 on 10:10

Oprah Winfrey: “In order to be truly happy, you must live along with, and you must stand for something larger than yourself.”

Weekend working in Skopje

July 21st, 2014 on 23:28

My first week working has been quit busy, it seemed I missed working so much that I worked through the whole weekend, ha! :)

Not so bad as it may sound though, as I worked from Skopje, Macedonia (or formally F.Y.R.O.M.), though that sounds more exotic as it was; unfortunately there wasn’t any time to see much of the city other than the 5 minute walk from hotel to office and back (plus some occasional restaurants for lunch and dinner and a bar or two for a beer or two on Saturday :) )

There are some amazing buildings along the river as you can see below. The historic structures gave me a ‘Rome-like’ feeling, though the truth is far from it; everything has been built only in the past years (!) giving Skopje a brand new city skyline for uhhh a lousy 500 million euro (!!). One could conclude that Skopje does extremely well in the ranks of wealthy places on earth, but that ain’t true; unemployment is high and wages are low; waiters for instance earn just 5-8 euro, a day!!

Still, Skopje left a great impression and I hope to see a bit more when I am back mid August for work. :)

 







 

QOTD July 21 2014

July 21st, 2014 on 11:42

William Hazlitt: “The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.”

QOTD July 20 2014

July 20th, 2014 on 13:47

Demosthenes: “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”

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