So it turns out that U.S Black Friday online sales this year outnumbered those of traditional in-store sales, according to Bloomberg. Surprising? Possibly not, but it is nevertheless re-assuring to see that the U.S economy is keeping up its steam.
My last post here on my beloved blog was when I was sitting at the airport in my home town back in Sweden, waiting to finally get going on my exchange semester in Montreal, Canada. And now I’m here; a touch more than two months in with the realization that I have just about half my stay here left in front of me, before it’s time to start heading back home again. This realization comes with a somewhat bitter taste, there is no doubt about that, since I have nothing but enjoyed my time here from day one. It has honestly been such a fantastic experience to this point, and there are so many stories to tell about it all. I’ve travelled to the left and to the right, I’ve met so many amazing people that I really enjoy being around, and I have finally gotten some sort of routine going with my school work here. Going from studying one course at a time as we do in Sweden to five at a time took some getting used to, but I’m getting there now, at last. Today I even had my first midterm (in Human Resource Management) which by my own account and feeling of it went well.
It has slowly started to turn into fall here in Montreal now, at long last (even if I haven’t missed it particularly). The summer here has been so long and warm, but now it’s time to start wearing the heavy stuff again. But I am in fact going to Cuba in about a week, so the summer still really doesn’t feel all that far away… B-)
That’s it for this update; au reviour!
It’s 5:00 in the morning and i’ve gotten far too little sleep this past night. Why am I up at this unholy hour? Because I’m finally on my way to my exchange semester in Montreal! Sleepiness aside it feels good to be sitting outside gate 18H at Gothenburg Landvetter airport waiting for the Lufthansa flight that will first take me to Munich, and after a couple of hours sightseeing there onwards to Canada. So much preparation (mostly mental in all honesty) has gone into this the past few weeks so I’m now just happy to get going.
This trip is for me something new, since even though I love to travel I’ve never been out of Sweden for as long as I will be now…I’ll be home again just in time for Christmas (on the very eve itself infact!). I’m very excited about the new adventures and challenges that the rest of this year holds!
Onwards and upwards!
Yesterday Microsoft started the roll out of their latest, and according to them, the very final version of their operating system. It’s no stretch to say that the previous version, Windows 8, did not meet the expectations of neither the consumers nor Microsoft themselves. The tablet did not devour the entire market for laptop PCs, and we still prefer to use a regular keyboard when we need to do any typing worth mentioning. This goes to show how vast the difference between a deliberate business strategy at the outset and what eventually actually ends up being a success can be, even for a historically hugely successful corporation like Microsoft.
The software behemoth in Seattle has seemingly learned it’s lesson though, and is this week releasing its brand new Windows 10 to the public. The best part? It’s free of charge. Yepp, you read right.
The Verve has published a great article and review on Windows 10, check it out here.
Greece’s problems with paying it’s international debts probably hasn’t escaped anyone. As the lenders maintain a hard line we’re headed into an eventful next week i’m sure. Bloomberg has the latest on the subject here
Earlier this year Jay-Z and his billionaire artist friends set out to save the record industry (themselves) from falling profits. Their answer? A streaming music service with a “superior” sound quality that no one needs to a price that no one wants to pay.
It was no surprise to read on Bloomberg that Tidal is in trouble. Surely this couldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone with the slightest business sense? Read the article for yourselves here.
Yesterday i visited the International office at school to pick up my letter of admission from HEC Montreal, where i’ll be spending the fall semester later this year. Feels great that things are starting to fall in line! Now i just need to buy airline tickets, sort out accommodation, and a bunch of other stuff.