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March 16, 2016



In the light of Elop's evident record of destruction, Andy Penn must be counted as either very green or an Elop in the making. Either way, it isn't good and the Telstra Board following in the footsteps of the Nokia Board before them is just twiddling their thumbs as the clouds darken. It is to be hoped that Telstra shareholders get rid of the lot of them.


Telstra too, is standing on a “burning platform,” and they must decide how they are going to change their behaviour.


Without a toehold in mobile, Microsoft dies. Due to their (illegally obtained) horde of cash and (illegally obtained and maintained) monopoly powers in their current market, it will be a long, slow death but it is certain. It would be unreasonable to gamble on some technology coming along that would be as disruptive and far-reaching as mobile to rescue them.

Telstra may be seen as the rip in the mobile tent by which the camel gets in. Even if Nadella recognizes that Elop flopped big time in his previous mission (I suspect the goal was a reparable but crippling injury, not death of Nokia), Elop's ego is such that he may believe he can deliver salvation to Microsoft (with the resulting accolades and pot of gold).

It does not matter if Microsoft sent Elop or not. It only requires (a) that Elop believes he is capable of surgically prepping Telstra for sale (i.e., that he can do enough damage that it must be sold but not so much that it becomes unsalvageable), (b) that Elop believes he has a buyer lined up, and (c) that Penn believes he can profit more and faster with Elop's plan, and pin the blame on Elop afterwards, than without Elop.

I don't think we're watching either a white knight or incompetence at work, here. Smells like deviousness borne of greed.


I still can't believe this guy hasn't been brought up on charges.

In other news I picked up an E7 on the cheap. The software is obviously dated but holy shit is the hardware nice. I wish somebody somewhere would do something smart for once and licence the design.

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