Friday, August 31, 2007
why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?
I read this Walt Whitman poem on a NY subway advertisement thhis morning, way cool.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Red Herring Asia Top 100 Awards for 2007
Unfortunately Cognation didn't have any clients entered this year (http://www.tractionplatform.com/ was awarded the 100 finalist list last year)
Check out the list below for this year as there are some amazing companies listed there with some really innovative products.
A8 Music Group
Beijing Chemclin Biotech
Beijing Kaitone Information Technology
Beijing Wireless China Network Tech
CALUMO Labs (SPF)
CTS Media Information Technology
Funshion Online Technologies
Mobile Solution Services Joint Stock Co.
Mosh Century Technology
Netian Concierge Group
New Digital Noise
Shanghai Jietu Software
Shenzhen Botian Technology Development
SM Onyomo Infotech
Summit Life Sciences
Team and Concepts
Worldviewer Dot Com India
Zhejiang Flyasia Electronic Business
America kicked out of the WTO
In breaking news today the USA has been kicked out of the WTO by Antigua.
The USA's repeated defiance of international court rulings in favor of Antigua has led up to this event.
President Bush said in an earlier press conference that he didn't realise the USA could lose a case in the WTO and thought it only applied to those Damned Ruskies.
P.S. Search my blog for WTO if you have no idea what I'm talking about.
CBS makes Dell deal for Wallstrip
Now whilst the rights to a tv show for $5m is small it was a huge splash in the internet video space and made a lot of people revalue the content they were delivering.
Well yesterday CBS announced they had signed a major deal with Dell for sponsorship (in other words within a few months they already turned this into a cash cow).
Read the article - it's cool to see how irreverently they handled the new deal :)
Go check them out http://www.wallstrip.com/theshow/
While I'm at it I wanted to draw your attention to another video I came across last week. I have no idea who is behind it or who Kurt Kuenne is or even how they are making money from it (or even if Iklipz are paying for the content) but check out this amazing black and white production. I know it starts off really weird but trust me stick with it - will steal your heart by the end.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
P.S. Check out some of the older posts - there is a ton of stuff back there in the archives. (click the links on the right of this page)
I cant believe how long this has taken (or why it has taken so long) but this is going to change a lot about how/where we install our home theatre equipment.
And placate my wife who hates the amount of cables we have running from the front of our living room where the tv, hd tuner, amp, dvd player are to the rear where our projector and rear speakers are located.
There is no reason why your plasma/lcd cant be mounted on a front wall only connected to a power point but everything else operating from a closet and no actual cables to your speakers (either front/center or back) and everything just being delivered via wireless.
Or even better, new products such as portable display devices you can carry with you or whole of house content delivery which allows you to watch a dvd upstairs from a dvd player located in the living space.
Looking forward to the future, even if it's just an opportunity to trade up from my 110" projector screen to a 140".
Monday, August 27, 2007
Second Life level heads
Not a lot of news in there (especially since one of my Cognation associates was at the event and I already had a briefing this morning on the more interesting aspects of the event).
However I wanted to draw people's attention to this quote;
"Second Life is still very early and very small," he said, hinting at his disapproval of the media buzz that swarmed the virtual world several months ago. "Everyone in the media (jumps ahead) a lot more than the people here," he said, gesturing to the audience of loyal metaverse residents. "Everybody wants to jump ahead and say, 'Oh my God, the future's alive!'...It's the natural myopia of emerging systems like this."
Then the idealism came back. Outsiders "don't appreciate how big this is going to get," Rosedale said.
It's that disconnect between enraptured mass-market idealism and a 'wait, don't overhype us!' cautiousness that makes the current state of Second Life somewhat difficult to grasp. If anything, the negative press about supposedly fruitless corporate marketing efforts and overhype in Second Life has energized enthusiasts, made them eager to focus on progress.
This is why Second Life is going to be successful - very smart level headed people.
Watch this space SL is going to be a very big very pervasive application that touches area of your personal and commercial activities in ways you may not even have thought of.
73rd/74th street demolition
Mark Cuban is wrong (....again)
I came across a post on Mark Cuban's blog from last week
Dude...what are you doing? Are you crazy we haven't even scratched the surface of what a permanent omnipresent network can do for our lives.
Yeh sure it's easy to point to the web and say 'whats new' (and I totally agree about your comments on web 2.0 - it's just a change of fonts and some java & ror programming tricks) but saying that this is it 'as far as you personally can see' is like saying once Rome settled on a standardised road format that all roads here and ever after will be more or less the same (and yes I think even the Italians will agree that some other countries evolved on the original concept and produced something even better).
I know for a fact that once the internet evolves from a person to machine transaction platform to a machine to machine fabric we will be able to implement far more radical applications into our lives.
It may not seem like a big difference but think of it like going from Atomic Fusion to Atomic Fission. Pretty much the same thing but with radically different outcomes and even bigger ramifications to the wider world (global warming, world peace, less reliance on middle east oil etc).
We here at http://www.cognation.net/ are working on some amazing web application concepts that hopefully will change your mind about what the internet 'will finally evolve into'.
Mark I know you have to make 'wide sweeping statements' to get peoples attention but you need to choose your targets more widely.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Great BMW Advertisement
Saturday, August 25, 2007
One of the other things I saw in Chicago for the first time was the new R2D2 USPS mailboxes.
To be honest wasn't as impressive as I thought but at least they are thinking outside the box. (ha ha)
Segway's are coming
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
So not knowing the best place to get one we walked to the corner of the block our hotel was on and asked a cop :)
Gino's East was the place to go and it was only 3 blocks walk away...unfortunately it had a line out the front of about 30 people.....a good sign I guess, so we took turns standing in line before getting a seat.
Interior was 'interesting' - little bit dark with 'purposeful' signatures and graffiti writing on the wall....hmm ok
So we ordered house special medium size 'meaty lovers' and a small vegetarian for Jodie.....only to be told the wait would be 45 minutes...hmm ok
By the time it came we were starving only to gasp oh my god when it landed on the table. These guys aren't kidding when they say deep dish, it was about 3" thick.
The various different types of meat pieces were top quality and tasty, the cheese was perfect, tomato sauce spicy - it was perfection...it was....way too much food. lol we didn't even finish half of it. (in other words if you are planning on visiting a small for 2 people is plenty).
It was sensational and highly reccomended - I'd definately visit again next time I'm in chicago. URL links and address below.
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P.S. Ok so Jodie would kill me if I didn't tell you this part of the story, so when we ate as much as we could and just could have another slice (eg there was at least two half pizza's left) we asked them to box up the leftovers into two seperate boxes.
On the way back I saw a homeless guy on the street so I gave him one of the boxes and he said thanks.
We then walked around the corner and then there was a woman and her 6 or 7 year old son sitting on the sidewalk with a sign that said "So Hungry" and a cup for change - I thought perfect I can give her my last box.
When I asked her if she would like it she said "oh no thanks - I already have two here" and showed me two boxes sitting next to her stuff on the floor. hmmm so much for "So Hungry".
Reversing the River
So one of the aspects of Chicago that just blew me away was the history of Chicago and how it has been built up vertically 3 levels over time (lol read this link about the Chicago flood).
Even more amazing was the story about reversing the river flow. As most people know Chicago is on Lake Michigan. There is a river through the middle of town called the Chicago River.
Now what i didn't know is that the Chicago River used to flow east into Lake Michigan but because of the lack of water flow within the lake it used to poison and make sick the people of Chicago because this was also their fresh water supply.
So what they did was dig a canal some 26 miles to the south west to connect it into another river system - actually taking out more soil than the Suez canal.
This actually changed the direct of the river flow from heading east into Lake Michigan to heading west (technically it could actually drain Lake Michigan except for the introduction of 21 locks along the way).
It blew me away that you could get into a boat in Chicago and sail/float all the way eventually south west eventually coming out the Mississippi river in New Orleans via St Louis and Memphis along the way (sounds like an adventure that has to be done).
Friday, August 24, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Worth the trip - though seriously you only need a max of 2 days (and one of those can be a fly in/out day).
What was surprising was how hypnotic it was watching the water flow along and then just fall off gracefully. Apparently people throw themselves into the river and just float off to their death on a regular basis.
Lots of photos in the album at www.collins.net.pr/photo
We stayed at the Doubletree which was ok but seriously it's an epicurean wasteland up there so don't go looking for anything worthwhile to eat.
Would highly recommend the boat tour and the walk behind the falls apart from that - don't you think that having this 'water fall'
next to this one
that the irony is lost on most people?
Friday, August 17, 2007
JFK Airport....you suck
Wake up New Yorkers - you are living in a third world city and it stinks that you are just accepting it.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Sticking it to the 'judges'
The plastic Trunki case is designed to allow youngsters aged three to six to take their own bag on holiday - and to sit on it when they are tired.
But when Mr Law appeared on Dragons' Den last September, he was given short shrift by the famously stern panel of investors.
Businessman Theo Paphitis, chair-man of the Ryman chain of stationers, ridiculed the product after managing to pull off one of the straps. His colleague Deborah Meadon, head of a holiday firm, declared bluntly that there was no market for the case. DailyMail Article URL
Having now sold 85,000 of them in the last 12 months at $25 a piece.... how happy does this inventer look (below) - his company is now valued at more than $1m.
Dont let anyone tell you what you can or cant do.
P.S. My personal motto "Power to the ambitious baby-It's the only way to live, anything else is just wasting oxygen until you fill a box."
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Click http://www.banksy.co.uk/ for his website - there is some amazingly thought provoking material on it.
Iranian Unit to Be Labeled 'Terrorist'
Iranian Unit to Be Labeled 'Terrorist'
The United States has decided to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, as a "specially designated global terrorist," according to U.S. officials, a move that allows Washington to target the group's business operations and finances.
The Bush administration has chosen to move against the Revolutionary Guard Corps because of what U.S. officials have described as its growing involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan
In other news........Iran has labelled the US Marines a Terrorist Threat because of their involvement in invading...Iraq and Afghanistan.
Think about it people.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
http://www.jalbum.net/ is one of those applications people just love.
I've been using it for about 3 years for my www.collins.net.pr/photo photo album and have never found anything simpler or better.
Basically it's a java application that can build a html photo album ready for upload to your hosting site. By easily allowing you to select layout, look and feel or other control items you can quickly manage your photos into a really professional looking layout.
Best part is it's free or rather paid for via paypal tips.
So get out there - try it and if you like it throw $10 or $20 the developers way.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Must find ants......
LOL - This is what happens when an architect builds a parabola shaped building....and forgets what direction the sun comes from.
In case you are wondering check out the Google street view of the building 55 S Almaden, San Jose, CA here http://tinyurl.com/23gax7
Now all they need to fix this is some form of ornamental stone sculpture stonehenge to create an amazing sun calendar - but the costs should definitely come from the architects commision.
Neo handset developments
If you haven't read my earlier posts (search for them in the top left search box) basically the Neo1973 is a new all linux, open source, gsm mobile phone. Everything with the exception of the gsm chipset is totally accessible to the user.
What does this mean?
Well among other things it means you can write your own code to pretty much control everything on the phone - if you want to write an application that ignores phone calls when you are travelling at more than 20kph (eg driving) then you can write this software.
If you want to write an application that tracks calls and on a real time basis send them to an external database you can.
And there is the kicker - this device is really just a mobile extension of anything you want to interact with. Because this phone runs desktop Linux any application that works on the desktop will pretty much compile onto this tiny mobile handset.
From the article it discusses how enterprise customers are looking at this handset as a possible tool to create "custom" versions of their own software eg. If you work as a sales rep for coca-cola it will have all your sales tools built directly into the handsets (also keep in mind the neo1973 is the first model - they are already working on a multi-device unit, think something similar to the Palm Folio or the HTC Shift product) and because it's Linux you wont need any special developers to create the code (eg no learning Symbian or Windows Mobile code).
If you think the i-Phone web apps were cool you haven't seen anything yet.
The only downside however is I've never know developers to understand UI so for this reason the apps will probably all look as ugly as sin - not necessarily but probably. lol.
I've posted earlier how it 'hit' me when consulting to Savaje (an earlier all java mobile phone OS-search for past posts) that an untethered device with access to the external world was so important (lol then spent 24 hours writing up a really cool matrix of various applications along with the complexity issues - if you are a developer and want to partner get in touch for some thoughts).
It also made me realise how restrictive our current mobile phone 'offerings' actually are. Obviously a 1000 other people thought so as well because the initial beta trial run of 1000 Neo1973 handsets has already sold out.
Either way will be interesting to see what issues or successes comes out of this.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Super Producer to Super Consumer
"dont they deserver their quarter acre suburban dream as well"?
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
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Hmmm This cant be good.
(For the non geeks in the room some definitions below )
Trixbox is an ISO compilation of Asterisk;
-An iso is like a package or version of installation.
-Asterisk is an opensource application for IP Telephony (go to www.cognation.net/asterisk for a 60 second overview).
-Trixbox owned by Fonality is totally separate to the owners of Asterisk which is Digium (and still very Pro-OpenSource and Free).
Trixbox was 'licensed' by Fonality recently and as I've been using this product since the very beginning when it was called Asterisk@home (well even before that when it wasn't even an ISO but just an installation guide for AMP .....but hey Andrew why let the truth get in the way of a good story).
This iso makes it very easy to install Asterisk and I couldn't have run my business for the last 4 years without it.... which is why Monday seems very ominous.
Not saying it's a bad thing everyone has the right to make a living but when you have 10 open positions on your job board you really are setting yourself up to be in a position that sponsorship or advertising revenue just isn't going to cut it any more.
Guess I'm off to download the latest version before it gets pulled from sourceforge.
"What Do You Think Is Missing From The Internet"?
Apart from a move to web services (via xml and lets for arguments sake include rss even though thats a stretch), there hasn't been anything 'revolutionary' rather than just plain 'evolutionary' in the last few years.
So that got me thinking
"What Do You Think Is Missing From The Internet"?
I'm going to post some ideas later this week but in the interim take a minute or two to post what you think is 'missing'.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
China threatens 'nuclear option' of US dollar sales
The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation.
Two officials at leading Communist Party bodies have given interviews in recent days warning - for the first time - that Beijing may use its $1.33 trillion (£658bn) of foreign reserves as a political weapon to counter pressure from the US Congress. Shifts in Chinese policy are often announced through key think tanks and academies.
"China is unlikely to follow suit as long as the yuan's exchange rate is stable against the dollar. The Chinese central bank will be forced to sell dollars once the yuan appreciated dramatically, which might lead to a mass depreciation of the dollar," he told China Daily.
foreign control over 44pc of the US national debt had left America acutely vulnerable.
All I have to say about this is well what did you expect - you've been mortgaging yourself to the hilt for toys and lattes for too long and now someone has your nuts in a vice. A nice squeeze once in a while might make you consider the wisdom of your choices....but we'll see.
NY Subway Advertising
Monday, August 06, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
NBC Mole outed
LOL what a classic - NBC reporter outed at Defcon.
Will be interesting to see what happens to this story - I'm sure we haven't heard the last of it.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
You read the reply - and then re-read it to work out what was that customer/boss/colleague trying to say. I mean didn't he/she read your comments in the 4th paragraph that explained that question already.
Then you get to the end of the short email to read
"Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device"
Oh that explains it - the dickhead didn't read my email as much as much as scanned over it while drinking their iced latte frappucino and listening to a conference call. And then sent a 'reply all' 2 line message (with spelling mistakes) to show that they are 'participating'.
Hey dickhead!!! want to do business with me - then better pay attention to what I say.
Oh and ask your 5 year old how to remove that stupid tag at the end of your Blackberry emails - it's 2007 already - you're not special because you own a Blackberry.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
700 Mhz Spectrum Auction
Whilst it probably doesn't mean the start of a whole new breed of communications devices (see another post of mine here http://deancollinsblog.blogspot.com/2007/06/home-brew-startrek-communicator.html ) it will be interesting to see what happens over the next 6 months before bidding starts.
I think the FCC concentrated a little bit too much on voice (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20060516) as I'd like to see more innovative data services but I guess that's up to the bidders to decide.
It will be interesting to see if Google actually follows through on their bluff now; and how that works out for them as a PR campaign.
Either way interesting times ahead - I know Australia is freeing up their analog spectrum a short time after the USA 2009 time frame so I'm wondering how many other countries will announce similar moves to take advantage of standardisation of equipment (Canada obviously but I also think you might see a consensus in Europe as well - though like always with so many countries jockeying for advantage it will probably take twice as long).
Any thoughts or comments?
P.S. I think Kevin Martin's use of the two handset example was pure genius. I fully expect that the mobile carriers were about to come out with some swinging rhetoric this week and opening with that just shut them up quickly and cleanly. Good to see government in action sometimes.
Bloomberg's Daily Subway Ride
Ok so it turns out his 'subway riding' escapades are a bit of a charade but can you imagine John Howard riding the train from Kirribili to the city?
In case you are wondering Bloomberg's townhouse is about 7 blocks from our place (lol I think it's about the 3rd or 4th question I get from visitors from Australia after where is Rupert Murdochs place which is about 8 blocks away).
Now if only he would use the 68th St subway station once in a while and see how disgustingly dirty it is.