Apple and Brahmin’s Coffee Bar

I follow Apple, a consumer product company regularly. I have also invested lot of my time in understanding the company history, product design ideology, product iterations, how it positions itself in the market, how it differentiates itself from others by tight integration of software and hardware etc. Since I follow it so closely, I tend to see many other things in those lines and try to draw parallels whenever possible. Of course I give it a good thought but I do not think it through all the intricate details as it more of a fun thought experiment. One such parallel I could think of was Brahmin’s Coffee Bar in Basavangudi, Bangalore, India. I visitΒ Brahmin’s Coffee Bar very often and treat myself to the best idli and vades I have ever eaten. Apart from that, this blog post idea was lingering in my mind for eons now, so I wanted to put an end to that procrastination cycle.

Brahmin’s Coffee Bar (referred as BCB from now on) is a small restaurant that serves few South Indian dishes and coffee/tea and it is well known. Have a look at the menu card of BCB in the picture below.

 

As you can see very few dishes are served. Similar to Apple, which does not release whole range of models of phones, instead sells and supports only a small range of products. This helps keep the supply chain lean and react fast to market changes apart from other advantages which I am not fully aware of.

In the second picture you can see the picture of Β idli and vade in a plate. One thing to notice is that the plate is very simple and lacks unnecessary design complexities which are seen in other similar restaurants. This makes the daily cleaning of dishes and replacement easy. This is similar to Apple, where it provides simple user interface (imho) and does not provide features which are used by only a small percentage of people and useful only in few incidences.

If you know how idli and vade is served in general, apart from noticing there are no partition in plates for chutney and sambar, you can notice there is no sambar. I am guessing it is an intentional omission and probably they have their reasons for it (will try to check and update the reason if I come across). Similarly with Apple, they tend to omit some very important feature that is common with other similar products from competitors due to various reasons such as controlling the hardware, competition etc. For example they removed 3.5mm headphone jack to control music sales and control it.

If you have ever visited BCB, you can notice that inspite of having lot of customers, the service is quite fast. This enhances customer experience as it helps deliver menu items fast. They do this by limiting the menu and have lots of people to serve the menu items they cook. In Apple too, they tend to do the similar thing. They kind of have lot of support personnel which enhances customer experience.

To summarise, I have jotted down some points which made me think BCB as parallels to Apple. It is more of a fun thought experiment but feel free to provide points in which the analogy breaks or give more inputs to validate my weak claim πŸ™‚

 

 

Minimalism

Next time, when you bookmark/favorite/mailyourslef a link to read later, think about it for a second or two. Think whether you really would want to read it or do you think you’ll make good use of the link. Give it an effective quick thought, overtime it seems more like an intuitive response. If the answer is no, you may not read it later, do yourself a favour by not bookmarking that link.

It can be easily argued that its a trivial thing and doesn’t hurt much. I would like to counter by saying – overtime, accumulation of unread/unused links creates a kind of guilt of “not doing” things you “love/like”. This is not a social effect but a result of introspection. Also I strongly believe that this is an extrapolation of the core human behaviour, to keep things which are not required with an explanation of later use. In short its greed. No its not wrong to save things for future, but when you do give it a good thought and act.

Why is it that it is greed when it comes to money and not when it comes to reading/knowledge ?

Harsha’s Blog : Year 2010 in review

Started this newΒ blogΒ of mine onΒ NovemberΒ 2nd, 2010, More than 4200 views in just 2 months, thanks for you support πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to like myΒ FacebookΒ page for updates on new posts πŸ™‚

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterβ„’ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 24 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 41 posts. There were 63 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 960 views. The most popular post that day was Review : Xperia X10 with Android 2.1.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were xperiax10.net, androidforums.com, facebook.com, twitter.com, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for xperia x10 contacts disappeared, sync, xperia x10 contacts missing, android 2.1 contacts missing, and x10 contacts gone.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Review : Xperia X10 with Android 2.1 November 2010
55 comments

2

Xperia X10 Android 2.1 – Contacts missing problem resolved November 2010
11 comments

3

Android Soft Keyboard choices November 2010
3 comments

4

About Me October 2010

5

Pencil Sketch – All my sketches November 2010
13 comments

Programmer Jokes


I found these here. Have selected few good ones and posted here
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A SQL query goes into a bar, walks up to two tables and asks, β€œCan I join you?”
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When Shakespeare asked, To be, or not to be?, he did not provide the answer. But programming can. Well the answer is FF.
2B |~ 2B = FF
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Q: β€œWhats the object-oriented way to become wealthy?”
A: Inheritance
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A programmer puts two glasses on his bedside table before going to sleep. A full one, in case he gets thirsty, and an empty one, in case he doesn’t.
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Q: Why don’t jokes work in octal?
A: Because 7 10 11.
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In C we had to code our own bugs. In C++ we can inherit them.
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Q: How many programmers does it take to kill a cockroach?
A: Two: one holds, the other installs Windows on it
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A son asked his father(a programmer) why the sun rises in the east, and sets in the west. His response?
It works, don’t touch!