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Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

10 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Great essay today by Farhad Manjoo about CES and “Why gadgets must adapt to a world ruled by software.”
    I think that marine gadgets are the exception in many ways, but not all.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Dragonfly 4 pro does include GPS and charting.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Right you are. Thanks! Will fix in text.

  4. Sparky says:

    Exceptions? How so?

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    How about radar, sonar, wind sensors, battery monitoring, and digital switching to name a few? Maybe I’m blind but I don’t see many marine electronics components getting crushed like consumer level cameras by mobile computing architecture. But I do see how integration with mobile software and the cloud can greatly expand the usefulness of our boat gadgets.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    On the other hand, marine software — apps and system firmware both — are ascending in the same way Manjoo describes, only in a much, much smaller universe. When Sail’s Pittman Awards get announced you’ll see at least one that involves just a pure firmware improvement, and I made the case with my fellow judges that we should get used to that concept. The hardware and system architecture have to be right, but the software can make a huge difference to the user experience.

  7. Farhad Manjoo has spotted the obvious trend but he is too young to understand it. I just read “iWoz” by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith. Steve was the hardware guy who designed the Apple I and Apple II. Then he wrote the BASIC interpreter for it. Then he wrote the Breakout game and …

    I called Steve Jobs over. I couldn’t believe I’d been able to do it, it was amazing. […] I said, “If I had done all these variables of options in hardware the way it was always done, it would’ve taken me ten years to do. Now that games are in software, the whole world is going to change.”

    He doesn’t mention it, but that was the end of dedicated word processing machines and typewriters, etc. He did mention that calculators a bit earlier were the end of slide rules. So to say the future is in software, that rates a “doh!”.
    What Steve and Steve did, and what Apple has done repeatedly, is to put the neat devices out there along with the developer tools so that the kids with a cool idea could go crazy.
    If there is a take away message, it’s that the ROI of enabling your customers can be huge.

  8. Sparky says:

    Norse nails it.

  9. Pat says:

    Norse is right on but I would take it a step further. It is not just enabling your customers but building an ecosystem that has the huge benefits.

  10. STew says:

    Flir has just released the next gen Flir One also compatible with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as with the iPhone 5.
    Also soon will be also available for Android devices,more information can be found here: http://goo.gl/BolXoH

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