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Nokia 3210: The Classic Turn of the Century Phone

By N Mark Castro

For all intents and purposes, as cliches go, Nokia’s ascent as the top mobile phone manufacturer on earth was also the reason for its decline.


It rested on its laurels, became complacent, and was late to innovate. It was dead even before the coffin came and was in denial that it was dead. The value kept decreasing because it had diversified so much looking for niche or a new target market when there was a time that they lorded it over everyone and was sold to everyone. Read the rest of this entry

Indonesia: An Infographics on Java Programming, Smartphones, Coffee, and Starbucks

By N. Mark Castro

There was an earlier post made as to how Indonesia became an inadvertent contributor to the branding birth of Java Software, which later evolved into Android, as well as the gourmet coffee of Starbucks. Here’s an infographics (first attempt) to help show it.

How Java Got Its Name, How Indonesia Taught America How to Drink Coffee, and How Indonesia Contributed to the Birth of Starbucks

By N. Mark Castro

No, this isn’t exactly about the island of Java, information of which you could easily Google, but rather how the ubiquitous computer programming system Java got its name.

Legend has it that Dr. James Gosling, father of Java Programming, had called for a brainstorming session to brand their product, which eventually became more popular than its parent company, Sun Microsystems, which was eventually bought by Oracle. According to Java World:

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