Pole dancing, resistive RAM, SAP, mullets, startups galore; aka my eclectic reading habits today

My simple goal is that you’ll never figure me out: why I read what I read, why I write what I write, why I like to put the silky part of a blanket on my face like I did when I was three years old (I will later claim that the last part of that sentence was an iPhone auto-correct). So I offer you my daily intake for the past 24 hours.

–> SAP finishes hybris deal. (And a shameless plug.)

The acquisition spree of Oracle, Salesforce and SAP seems never ending. It’s even wearing me out a bit, and I was initially skeptical and lethargic about the SAP-hybris deal, but the more I dug into it, the more excited I got. hybris is the real deal, taking on the likes of IBM, Oracle and eBay, legitimately, in e-commerce. But e-commerce is so much more in this new world of customer experience. I published a piece on PandoDaily that goes into a bit more depth, and also gives my take on why the company spells its name with a lower case “h” (hint: it’s all about ee cummings). And Doug Henschen, my former InformationWeek colleague and perhaps the best enterprise software writer out there today, also published an excellent analysis.

Coverage: Here’s my piece, and here’s Doug’s.

–> What’s your next smart phone?

I’ve been thinking a great deal about what my next smartphone will be, given that my contract with AT&T was up, I moved to T-Mobile, and I still haven’t bought the newest phone. I have, on loan from Samsung, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note II. The Note II is a little big for my taste and I force myself to use the pen just for testing purposes. With the new Motorola phone (nothing special on the hardware side, but a couple of interesting features on the software side, most notably the ability to “listen” for my commend), and LG’s new and gigantic G2, not to mention the waterproof Sony Xperia Z and the HTC One, the choice really comes down to more than just phone tech specs. The phone is a bit of a status item, so what it looks like matters, and how it feels (after all, you have to carry it around wherever you go), but things like how quickly you can take a picture, and the software features that make the phone a true digital assistant will become the crucial decision points for most people.

Coverage: See this excellent piece on ZDNet on why hardware specs will start to matter less. Also, read my friend Harry McCracken’s piece on Time on the Sony Xperia Z (by the way, you can get any smartphone waterproofed by companies like Liquipel). And finally, while I really like the new BlackBerry Z10, that company keeps coming up short — here’s a piece on ZDNet about more executive departures, and a piece on GigaOm about Microsoft making inroads on BlackBerry.

Bonus: What, you want my choice?! OK, I’d buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 if you put a gun to my head right now. I wrote about why I think the Galaxy S4 ┬áis THE ONE back in April, and not much has changed my mind.

–> Can’t we just get to the pole dancing? (aka “what some of my friends are doing”)

Some of my friends and former colleagues are up to some fun things lately. First, Georgina Burnett — on-camera superstar, life coach, director, producer — decided to take up pole dancing and produced a video (no! it’s not like that! it’s exercise, not stripping!). Second, my former boss Ed Grossman launched his new company Activate — I think it’s going to be very exciting. Third, Andie Rhyins, another former colleague from my UBM days has joined a new media company, called Ozy Media. And finally, my good friend and colleague David Berlind has taken the post of editor-in-chief for Programmable Web, one of my favorites.

Coverage: Here’s Georgina’s video, and Ed Grossman’s latest post, and a Fortune piece on Ozy Media, and finally the announcement about David.

–> OK, now you’re going to bore us with some techie thing on Resistive RAM?

Flash memory is all the rage. No, seriously, it is. OK, so don’t believe me, but one of the interesting new developments is around Resistive RAM and a company called Crossbar. The memory chips Crossbar is making hold a terabyte of data, are super fast and very efficient. HP apparently created the idea, using what it calls memristors (there’s also a company by that name, I’ve heard). Freescale spun out a company called Everyspin that makes magnetic RAM (MRAM). Bottom line: your computing devices are going to practically have the capacity of data center servers!

Coverage: Here’s VentureBeat’s piece on Crossbar.

–> Startups from New York City’s Dreamit.

I love startups. The demo day from Dreamit featured several interesting ones. My favorite, in reading the coverage, was Miner, which creates a virtual storefront on your mobile phone, based on your location. Also, TradeUp brings builds a connection between online courses and entry-level jobs.

Coverage: VentureBeat has a list of 15, BusinessInsider picked 5, and PandoDaily covered its favorite, TradeUp.

–> One more thing.

I’m always reading The New York Time’s Maureen Dowd.

Bonus: What I’m drinking. I love coffee, but I especially love the specialty roasters that are popping up everywhere and I like to try them all out. I recently visited Bird Rock in San Diego, and bought the Ethiopian Natural Yirgacheffe. It’s dry processed, and I really like the subtle flavors of blueberry and strawberry (yes, I’m one of >those< people, but I refuse to use words like “notes” (as in “notes of blueberry”) and “mouthfeel” (as in “chocolatey mouthfeel”).