Posts Tagged "Energy"

After mobile – Smarter cities

The internet of things is giving our cities a brain.

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New York City Skyline

11, no 9

9/11 @ 11

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Optimized optimism

Why optimism always wins out

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The best time for start-ups — 5 Reasons

The teens will be a great era of successful internet companies creation. Here’s why

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Fauxpenness

Some companies pretend to be open. Introducing the concept of Fauxpenness, a definition, and some examples from current companies.

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Federal Budget 2010

On a new site designed as part of the transition into office, president-elect Barack Obama asks for some ideas, effectively trying to use the internet created a government run “for the people, by the people, and of the people.” Here are some I had around the budget…

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Palm responds, Part 1

In part 1 of a 2 part interview, John Moses, global Vice President of Customer Support for Palm, answers questions about Palm’s call centers and about my own experience with them.

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Apple

Safari: Apple’s New Platform?

Is Apple building a new multi-device platform with Safari?

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Building Buzz

Apple has it. Google has it. Microsoft fails at it. Yahoo! sometimes does and sometimes doesn’t. What I am talking about is buzz and coolness. It seems every time Apple or Google introduces a new product, the buzz is high. For example, Apple recently introduced a $350 speaker and, while the reaction was more tepid than it has been for other Apple products, no one seem to point that the emperor was looking very very naked. Yet, Microsoft keeps throwing out new products and few people seem to be very interested (no matter how Scoble tries to browbeat us into thinking of Microsoft as cool). Similarly, today, Google introduced a finance section that mimicked much of what yahoo! finance has been doing for years. It has a couple of nice AJAX-based features but, all and all, it’s not enough of an improvement to be considered like something that could potentially dominate the tech news cycle. And yet, every major tech pub or mainstream publication has covered the release. why? Trying to divine the source of coolness What Google and Apple seem to have understood is that there are ways to make oneself look cool. I’m going to try to lay…

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Signs of a Bubble

As we near the end of the year, I realized that it’s been about half a decade since the bubble burst on the dotcom world. At the same time, it seems that a number of similar bubble signs may be showing up again. Based on my personal experience, I’d like to present what I consider the top five signs of a bubble being in place. Some may overlap but I’ve tried to define some generic rules that can be applied to all bubbles, not just the ones in technology. 5. Little attention to infrastructure problems During a bubble, attention to boring details like capacity planning, infrastructure management, security, etc… sometimes take a back seat to new feature introduction. Those, however, are a substantial portion of what makes a company survive. One can try to sell a product to hundreds of people but what happens when thousands show up? At that point, much energy must be devoted to rethinking and rebuilding the platform while it is running, generally at a higher cost than would have been required if planning had been done properly. When features take precedence over infrastructure, you’re dealing with a clear sign of failure down the road. This…

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