Yesterday’s hot technologies are today’s sour ones. Latest causality of the fast changing technological landscape is “Blackberry”.
Once blackberry cell phone was a symbol status. Now no one wants it any more. Every business needs to be constantly on the look out for rapid technological change in its products, manufacturing process, changing markets and demographics. Peter Drucker highlighted the importance of change management process. He says that every company after every three years has to re-think every thing it produces, its processes, its markets, its customer base.
The story of “Blackberry” is an example of such a costly overlook.
The Atlantic published an excellent article on the very beginnings of the internet.
There was a beginning to all this, long before it became technically possible.
Well, actually, there were many beginnings.
But one — maybe the most important one — traces back to Douglas Engelbart, who died last week, and his encounter with a 1945 article published here at The Atlantic, “As We May Think,” by Vannevar Bush, an icon of mid-century science.
The essay is most famous for its description of a hypothetical information-retrieval system, the Memex, a kind of mechanical Evernote, in which a person’s every “book, record, or communication” was microfilmed and cataloged.
The said article was published in LIFE magazine and caught the eyes of Engelbart.
The above photo is of the huts where Engebart stumbled on to the article that inspired him to create internet.
Engelbart wrote Bush a letter describing how profoundly he’d been affected by the latter’s work. “I might add that this article of yours has probably influenced me quite basically. I remember finding it and avidly reading it in a Red Cross library on the edge of the jungle on Leyte, one of the Philippine Islands, in the fall of 1945,” he wrote. “I rediscovered your article about three years ago, and was rather startled to realized how much I had aligned my sights along the vector you had described. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the reading of this article sixteen and a half years ago hadn’t had a real influence on my thoughts and actions.”
This blog post is in the memory of those who made the internet communication possible for all of us that we take for granted today. The gentlemen were Douglas Engelbart, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn.
Douglas Engelbart died on Wednesday 3rd July 2013. Vint Cerf shared his thoughts on the work of Engelbart in a Mashable Article.
Like many of the scientists and engineers who worked on the ARPANET project, I knew Doug Engelbart and made heavy use of his oNLine System (NLS) to compose documents and to share them through the Network Information Center that was operated by his team. Some of the most creative minds in our field were gathered in Doug’s laboratory to explore the augmentation of human intellect through the use of computers.
His ideas, stemming in part from Vannevar Bush’s MEMEX concept (As We May Think,” 1945), were far-reaching. In some ways, his 1968 demonstration of NLS was a glimpse 30 years into the future. Many of his team members went on to expand these ideas at Xerox PARC, Apple, Adobe and Sun Microsystems to name a few.
The first complete draft of the TCP protocol (“Specification of Internet Transmission Control Program,” was written with a Texas Instruments Silent 700 thermal paper terminal linked by acoustic coupler to the NLS via the ARPANET. NLS was a prototype for what came 20 years later in the form of the World Wide Web although it may be fair to say that Doug’s vision and even the functionality of NLS exceeded in some ways what has been accomplished with the Web.
He had support from another visionary, J.C.R. Licklider (The Dream Machine, M. Mitchell Waldrop), who was the first director of the Information Processing Techniques Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency . Licklider shared a common vision of the computer as a tool for augmenting human capacity and harnessing group effort.
Doug will be long remembered by those who worked with him and now, in passing, by the many who did not know him but benefited from his vision and creativity.
It’s not all bad news. Think of everything that an entrepreneur needs (tech ones, anyway), and you’ll see that most things are free or cheap.
Marketing: Use blogs and social media to promote your products.
Tools: Most tools are Open Source and free. Microsoft offers free versions of applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the cloud.
Infrastructure: More cloud goodness—you don’t have to buy servers anymore.
People: Callous for me to say, but in a recession, people are free or cheap.
Office space: What office space? You can work out of your garage (like Bill Hewlett and David Packard) or just form a virtual team.
The bottom line is this is one of the cheapest times to be an entrepreneur, so go into your garage and start prototyping. When you need to create enchanting documents, I’ve provided templates of models for you to create enchanting PowerPoint pitches, Word business plans and Excel financial models. They are all available for you to download from my SkyDrive account. I hope these help you save a boatload of time and increase the quality of your efforts.
Mark Zuckerberg says “I can’t wait to get my own [Google Glass],” I am also looking forward to the day when it becomes available at a price, I can afford. But for now it is out of reach as Google says
We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass. We’d love to make everyone an Explorer, but we’re starting off a bit smaller. We’re still in the early stages, and while we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting. Explorers will each need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.
This blog entry is in response to a blog by Udacity. I joined the CS101 when it was first offered but to this day, I have yet to take exam.
I seriously want to learn how to write software program but I end up doing very little progress towards my objective. There are long gaps in learning the subject. This blog from Udacity offers some tips on how to be a motivated learner in 2013.
I think the most suitable tip for me is “Buddy System”, which says
Pair up with a friend and share your learning goals with each other. Check in with your ‘buddy’ regularly (every day or every week) and hold each other accountable for meeting the interim milestones you’ve set. I have really seen this work when I started running; getting up at 6am to run 5 miles is a lot easier to do when there’s someone waiting for you on the trail — it keeps you accountable.
Now a days, I am passing through a very pleasant and a very surprised experience. My employers have sold their business and I am partly free and running my office routines from the comfort of my home i-e I am enjoying SOHO – small office, home office experience.
I have bought recently a used laptop – HP Elitebook 2530P, a really small executive book that I am enjoying doing all office work right from the top of my lap. Thanks to internet, I am using free google applications such as email, calendar, drive, todoist, wave accounting, zoho wiki, anymeeting to name a few.
Besides the above, I have time to surf the web, write this blog, thinking new projects (not yet decided) and many more things.
The experience is not bad at all or even boring because one can meet with friends online, exchange of emails, research an idea or even download cam version of Skyfall to watch lateron, might be tomorrow.
Internet is disrupting everything, be it socializing, business meetings, talking to someone far away, education etc. The pace of change is fast enough to catch up. In this new era of ubiquitous internet, all you need, is a laptop and a connection to internet. The world will be with you.
We believe university-level education can be both high quality and low cost. Using the economics of the Internet, we’ve connected some of the greatest teachers to hundreds of thousands of students in almost every country on Earth. Udacity was founded by three roboticists who believed much of the educational value of their university classes could be offered online for very low cost. A few weeks later, over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled in our first class, “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.” The class was twice profiled by the New York Times and also by other news media. Now we’re a growing team of educators and engineers, on a mission to change the future of education.
The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
It takes more than a big idea and a thorough business plan to start a new business. Most entrepreneurs aren’t quite sure what else it takes until they’re well underway, and many are shocked to discover important elements of startup success that they simply hadn’t considered at all.
But it is also of no use when you don’t have the basic knowledge about the business model. Fortunately, there is no dearth of such learning opportunities. Here are some