Trapeze artists, TouchPads, Angry Birds … and other quotes of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week.

Software engineer turned aerialist Beverly Sobelman, a.k.a. Glenn Fleishman's opening act, preparing for Ignite.

“I am last to speak at #is15. The trapeze artist had better not be RIGHT before me.” -- tech journalist Glenn Fleishman, contemplating his lot in life before speaking at Ignite Seattle. (More on the event in our earlier post.)

“Overnighting at #mindcamp. Amazed by how many people here recognized the tesseract on my T shirt.” – Ron Hale-Evans, on Twitter, admiring the mental acumen of his fellow Mind Camp attendees. (OK, we admit it, we had to look it up to remember, too.)

“Are they also renaming it Office 364.875?” — tech consultant Frank Catalano, GeekWire’s Practical Nerd columnist, commenting on Microsoft’s Office 365 outage.

“I am not making this up: The background music as we await the HP earnings call is an instrumental version of ‘Free Falling’ ” — tech journalist Ed Bott, on Twitter, after HP announced plans to spin off its PC business and stop making WebOS devices.

“The TouchPad Turnaround has gleefully illustrated one thing: the world is starving for a ‘good’ $99 tablet. HP could still win this one.” — Chris Pirillo on Twitter.

“I’m so BLISTERINGLY pissed about this … never .. NEVER will I buy anything HP again” – commenter on PreCentral.net who paid $500 for an HP TouchPad prior to the product line’s implosion, as quoted by AllThingsD.com.

“So an HP TouchPad now costs less than a Windows 7 upgrade DVD.” — Brett Nordquist on Twitter.

“BREAKING #WEBOS NEWS! Mark Zuckerberg announces FB’s plans to ‘acquire webos and the Palm business unit’ to form new ‘FacePalm’ division.” — R. Tyler Croy on Twitter.

“All you give up is some hipster credibility and access to lesser-used apps.” — Dilbert creator Scott Adams praising Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

“The most common advice I end up giving ex-Microsoft entrepreneurs is don’t start out by building a ‘platform’. Platform is the lovely gift your customers give you when you established yourself as a leader, not the thing that 3rd parties stake their own futures on when you first launch your product.” – Mike Mathieu, commenting on Aaron Goldfeder’s guest commentary, “Can Microsoft employees make great entrepreneurs?

“Nice choice Rovio.  Can’t wait for ABv2, with personalized birds.” — GeekWire reader Michael “Luni” Libes, commenting on the news that Angry Birds maker Rovio will be using data analytics from Medio Systems to improve the experience of playing the hit game.

  • http://twitter.com/GlennF GlennF

    Fortunately, the trapeze artist was earlier. She was great (former Microsoftie!) Apparently, the giant head of Johannes Gensfleisch zum Gutenberg was the way to finish off the night!

  • http://twitter.com/GlennF GlennF

    Fortunately, the trapeze artist was earlier. She was great (former Microsoftie!) Apparently, the giant head of Johannes Gensfleisch zum Gutenberg was the way to finish off the night!