Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
What might a university look like with a fully deployed program of converged devices like the iPhone? Connected is one possible vision. This fictional day-in-the-life account highlights some of the potential benefits in a higher education setting when every student, faculty, and staff member is "connected." Though the applications and functions portrayed in the film are purely speculative, they're based on needs and ideas uncovered by our research - and we've already been making strides to transform this vision of mobile learning (mLearning) into reality.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The problem with this is that this effects not only the lenders and the borrowers but also the other people who had nothing to do with sub prime lending by weakening a healthy and vibrant economy.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Colbert has a funny piece on how drugs are being used in raising kids. He jocularly mentions the need of helping drug companies to realize their potential.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Here is what Harvard Business School advises:
Executives can get more value from their workforce if they recognize and motivate their B players. These solid, steady performers form the bulk of a workforce—and bring crucial forms of value to companies, especially during a weak economy.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Here is description from Google's web site on how to do it:
Radiohead just released a new video for its song "House of Cards" from the album "In Rainbows".
No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a . Geometric InformaticsVelodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.
The music video "House of Cards" from RadioHead
Watch the making-of video to learn more about how the video was made and the various technologies that were used to capture and render 3D data.
More information about Radiohead on Google code page.
The Radiohead video channel at Youtube
Thursday, July 10, 2008
It is the older people who finally are speaking up and telling people to do something who have become extremely dependent on the system to take care of them. Warren Buffet age 78 has been extremely outspoken about our financial irresponsibility and the banking crises we are in. Same is true of Lee Iacocca age 84, former chairman of Chrysler corporation who wrote "Where have all the leaders gone". Now an old oilmen T. Boone Pickens in his 80's speaking up to do some thing about energy crisis we are going through, that is likely to get worse in the near future before it gets better.
He has a plan.
His initiative gathering vey quick support support and here in this video he makes an eloquent pitch for the support of his plan
Here in this video he outlines his ideas on how he plans to solve the energy shortage problem
It is not only that he is urging people to do something he is also using Internet through Web 2.0 tools and technologies that support communication/collaboration among people to mobilize people to a cause that will benefit them by lowering the energy cost.
He has internet presence through web site1, and site2
He has a video channel on Youtube
He has created a social networking website on Ning for people to join and participate in the discussion. The web site already list the membership in thousands.
He is a member on facebook and Myspace where you can join him
You can follow him on twitter.
I am sure there are other web 2.0 tools that he is using and I have missed. It is just amazing that at his age of 80 he is willing to utilize all the tools at his disposal to quickly communicate his message and get people to collaborate at the Internet speed.
It is about time that people take responsibility for their own welfare instead looking unto some body who may or may not be there to help them when they need it.
This is the example of capitalism at its best where technology provides solution to a problem, makes living better for everyone all around and provides opportunity to the entrepreneurs to make money out of the windfall that occurs as a result of the change in the energy usage pattern of the people.
The use of these websites is also a major sink hole of time for its users. Here one person who got hired for IBM explains how she used web 2.0 technology to improve her chances in getting hired at IBM.
From: sachac, 2 months ago
Yes, blogs, bookmarks, and social networks can be good for your career. Here's how to wow with Web 2.0.
Her blog post and about Gen Y on the use of Web 2.0 on Read/write web:
IBM is very much in favor of the use of Social Media. Here are their guidelines on how to use Social Media within the company.
Monday, July 7, 2008
The author Nicholas Carr of "What does it matter "fame wrote a book The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google" to explain it. Here is a review of his book:
An eye-opening look at the new computer revolution and the coming transformation of our economy, society, and culture. A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and generators and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence. Today a similar revolution is under way. Companies are dismantling their private computer systems and tapping into rich services delivered over the Internet. This time it's computing that's turning into a utility. The shift is already remaking the computer industry, bringing new competitors like Google to the fore and threatening traditional stalwarts like Microsoft and Dell. But the effects will reach much further. Cheap computing will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. In this lucid and compelling book, Nicholas Carr weaves together history, economics, and technology to explain why computing is changing--and what it means for all of us.This is a major shift in the mode of computing. The applications such as Google doc, Zoho writer are part of this shift in computing. It offers many benefits but requires a fast continued connection to the Internet. The Google app engine and Amazon EC2 computing services provide services that are classified as cloud computing. This development will also affect the business Internet service hosting and providers.
Here is a video from Web 2.0 expo that shows many participants of the expo explaining their view of Cloud Computing:
Cloud computing, once it becomes utility like electricity will make cost of computing extremely inexpensive and affordable.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Here in this video he talks about education. His analysis of why education will not be fixed is very interesting. He talks about politician how they come up with all the solutions that do not work.
His idea that we are producing students who are pliable and good workers and who will lack critical thinking abilities and will follow the authorities as observed in the Stanley Milgram's experiment on obedience.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Microsoft had been trying to compete in the search space with not much success. They also see the problem posed by the Google's threat to their monopoly. They tried to acquire Yahoo, number two portal on the web but failed. Recently, they acquired Powerset a search engine that uses semantics to provide more meaningful search results as compared to Google search that is based upon keywords.
The video provides an overview of Powerset search:
Powerset Demo Video from officialpowerset on Vimeo.
It would be very interesting to see how semantic search improves the search results. So far semantic web also known as web 3.0 is still in research laboratories. Search being such a basic function on the web will draw many users to it if it succeeds in providing better results.