Dear Friends,

Brrrr… it was -18° F on the way into work this morning and tonight is supposed to be even colder with temps as low as -30° F. We fired up the old wood furnace at home and it’s nice and toasty inside. Fan Tail seems to like the cold and snow but Hammerhead is a different story. I have to cajole him to come to work or even to step foot outside these days. He likes to sleep next to the heater.

Steve Jobs is taking the winter off to recover from his illness and I applaud him for being as open about this as he has and for understanding that health and family always come first. All of our best wishes from Small Dog Electronics go out to Steve for a successful medical leave. We are looking forward to seeing a chubby Steve Jobs at WWDC in June. I can assure you that Apple is in good hands with Tim Cook at the helm.

Tim Cook is perhaps more responsible for Apple’s extraordinary financial performance than anyone else at Apple. He has an analytical mind that translates into a sophisticated set of metrics and key performance indicators that help him to manage the company. This is one very smart guy, and to say that he manages the supply chain hides the extraordinary work that he does in keeping Apple’s inventory on time and lean. Before Tim came on board, Apple would typically lose a lot of money on product transitions due to poor planning; now these transitions are managed for profitability.

As the others panic, perhaps this is a good opportunity to pick up some Apple stock at a low prices.

Yesterday was iPhone day in Vermont. Kali stopped at the Montpelier AT&T store and Mark tagged along (and missed the management meeting, too) and came in with her new 3G iPhone and lorded it over me for being so behind in technology. That may last just a few more hours as Hapy just went to the Waterbury AT&T store to see about a 3G iPhone for us.

Vermont leads the nation in numerous endeavors; however, this is an instance where we were the last to iPhone table. While Small Dog Electronics does not have the iPhone because of some silly little restrictions from Apple about selling the iPhone, we do have a complete selection of iPhone accessories!

Next Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the next day marks the inauguration of the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While we will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we recognize Dr. King’s commitment to community service, non-violence and peace. We have established a job requirement at Small Dog Electronics that each employee must take a paid day off each year to do something for his or her community. We put no restrictions on this community service day, and I ask only that each sends me an email detailing what has been done!

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