Michael Cummins michael at i-magery.com
Fri Oct 7 10:17:20 PDT 2011


> Only if you are a political junkie, does everything look like politics.

The culture ( we're creating / we've created ) seems to be related to (
ideology / politics ).

I offer these bits for thought (which do give some kudos to Apple that are
pertinent here, but the rest are frightening in general)

- MC



"Ever wonder why all those job listings for Amazon subsidiary Lab126 - the
internal group behind the Kindle and, by all accounts, an upcoming Android
tablet - have travel requirements? Over at Forbes, Steve Denning explains
why Amazon can't make a Kindle in the U.S., and why that really does matter.
'The idea that there is a lot of outsourcing going on is hardly news',
writes Denning. 'The idea that it is irreversible and destructive of the
economy's ability to grow is less well known. Even so, it's not exactly new
news: the HBR article that I cite is two years old. What is really new news
is that (1) these fairly obvious truths haven't yet dawned on economists at
the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, CEOs, accountants, politicians,
among others and (2) the way to manage in a radically different way to deal
with these issues is now more fully articulated than it has been before.'
Denning concludes his trilogy-of-management-terror by noting that the
decline is also occurring in software."



Amazon couldn't make a Kindle here if it wanted to

Decades of outsourcing manufacturing have left US industry without the means
to invent the next generation of high-tech products that are key to
rebuilding its economy, as noted by Garry Pisano and Willy Shih in a classic
article Thus in "Restoring American Competitiveness" (Harvard Business
Review, July-August 2009)

The US has lost or is on the verge of losing its ability to develop and
manufacture a slew of high-tech products. Amazon's Kindle 2 couldn't be made
in the US, even if Amazon wanted to:

.	The flex circuit connectors are made in China because the US
supplier base migrated to Asia.
.	The electrophoretic display is made in Taiwan because the expertise
developed from producing flat-panel LCDs migrated to Asia with semiconductor
.	The highly polished injection-molded case is made in China because
the US supplier base eroded as the manufacture of toys, consumer electronics
and computers migrated to China.
.	The wireless card is made in South Korea because that country
became a center for making mobile phone components and handsets.
.	The controller board is made in China because US companies long ago
transferred manufacture of printed circuit boards to Asia.
.	The Lithium polymer battery is made in China because battery
development and manufacturing migrated to China along with the development
and manufacture of consumer electronics and notebook computers.

An exception is Apple [AAPL], which "has been able to preserve a first-rate
design capability in the States so far by remaining deeply involved in the
selection of components, in industrial design, in software development, and
in the articulation of the concept of its products and how they address
users' needs."

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