Category Archives: Internet

From Wagon on the way to Gujranwala

I am writing this blog while travelling in public transport and from my smartphone.

All this was unthinkable just a few years ago and made possible by some visionaries. We only know who were popular in media not by choice but by chance and off course some good luck that Allah (SWT) in HIS wisdom choose them among so many millions.

Before writing this blog , I was reading book on the style of management prevailing at WordPress.com – The year without pants. I was reading and thinking about my present work environment at the same time, which is devoid of clarity and is riddled with confusion and conflicts. The big question before me is how to survive and thrive also.

I also have a dream of building a consulting business on the lines of WordPress. com – Remote working. The basic idea is to provide business management consultancy advice through email or any other convenient tool depending on the situation e.g. Skype, IRC Channel, or teamviewer etc. The closest example is freelance. com.

The more I think the more I am convinced that working remotely is entirely possible because of ubiquitous availability of Internet and relevant tools like Skype, email etc. To my mind future of knowledge work is away from regulated office environment. We may not adjust to this new reality but for  smartphone generation it is not a problem.

I have reached Jehlam half way from my destination – Gujranwala.

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Missing the bandwagon

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.

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7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom

Here is an excerpt from an article that shows how social media is playing role in imparting education.

  1. Encourage students to share work socially.
  2. Use a hashtag to facilitate guest speaker discussions.
  3. Require students to keep a blog.
  4. Require original expert sources.
  5. Use Google Hangouts.
  6. Create a social classroom on Edmodo.
  7. Hold a class in Second Life.

The above is a brief outline, if you want to read complete article. Please click here.

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In Memory of those who made it all possible–sequel

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.”

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In Memory of those who made it all possible

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.

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Entrpreneur need not to worry about money

Here is an advice from Guy Kawasaki

The investors have money.

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.

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Google Glass

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.

Here is “How It Feels [through Glass]“

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Learning Goals in 2013

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.

I am looking forward to someone to be my “BUDDY”.

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