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December 24, 2004

Good times ahead..

Happy season's greetings to  all of you !


December 24, 2004 in Random Thoughts | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Being honest about the honesty

Normally I don't  give much weight to Gallup polls ,  based as they are  on the  "sample" under consideration. But this particular Gallup poll is  quite intriguing . and all the  more credible since it doesn't have to  be precise. Its about finding which profession is the most honest one. Nurses win hands down and there are not that many surprises for the bottom ranks.

Now what is interesting to me is the impact of blogging on some of these professions.  These professions are increasingly getting more scrutiny in the public space. 

  • TV reporters (23 percent)
  • Newspaper reporters (21 percent)
  • Business executives (20 percent)
  • Lawyers (18 percent)
  • Congressmen (10 percent)
  • Advertising practitioners (10 percent)
  • Car salesmen (9 percent)

If you match these professions against the major events of this year, you will find that there is an increased shift towards  transparency in these professions due to the blogging phenomena.  Be it Dan Rather accepting his mistake, Trent Lott getting his due,  Howard Dean making politics more engaged and Madison avenue finding itself at the cross-roads.  Though I am not sure how blogging influences legal profession and the (used) car selling act.

Now for me and my profession the big question is what constitutes dishonesty in the software engineering profession ? If we are honest then the question is are we as respectable as the doctors or nurses ! And if not then where is the gap ? 

Where is the moral leak in RUP and the whole agile management process ?

Well that's one thought which will keep me stay focused during 2005.

December 24, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thats it

I am heading off to Barnes & Noble to get a copy of this.  Heard enough about it and cant wait 2 days of Amazon delivery.

December 24, 2004 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Where are Chinese business leaders ?

Now there is this list of expected movers and shakers of the year 2005 and there is this China fear factor eating every sector's lunch.

Dont they know any Chinese businessmen names to put in that list ?  I am sure they are as smart as they get in any other part of the world.

That is probably the reason why I have more interest in this tiny Berkeley aggregator site than the high and mighty WSJ. 

Something wrong in the way they are thinking about the world.

December 24, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 23, 2004

Cringley on Sun

Cringley on IBM , Microsoft and developing plot to rewrite the script for "one ring to rule all" .  Though his predictions are all long shots and long term, his take on Sun is funny -

Their current strategy of selling processing power by the cycle is like a new car dealer renting back seats of cars on the lot to teenagers looking for a place to make out.

Thats why I love this industry, we  never run out of quotable quotes. Now we will wait for Jonathan Schwartz's  response.

December 23, 2004 in Economics of IT, Emerging Technologies | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Getting taggy

More on the tag-based applications -

Citeulike, Connotea

Plenty of neat stuff, specially for the academically oriented.

December 23, 2004 in social computing | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 22, 2004

Trademark issue

InfoWorld: " Google has never had to undertake this process. The company's trademark policy on ads puts the onus on trademark owners to complain to Google about potential violations, not on Google to proactively screen its ads for possible infringement. Google's current policy, revised in April 2004, allows trademark keywords, and pledges to investigate complaints only when trademarks are used in the ad text itself"

Eventually this has to be sorted at the global scale. Trademarks, Keywords and Tags are going to get mixed up in this search driven billion dollar game.

December 22, 2004 in Emerging Technologies | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pace of information change

We needed a database of certain type for one of our application. Dun & Bradstreet provides that kind of information.  While looking for that I bumped into this :

This is how they collect the information -

D&B has built the most extensive business information database in the world with over 82,000,000 companies. We collect and  receive information from a broad array of sources, including:                   

Direct investigations and interviews with  the company principals.
Payment and banking data from company suppliers, which provides over 650,000,000 payment experiences annually.
Suits, liens, judgment, UCCs, business  registrations, corporate details and bankruptcy filings from   state and county courthouses, resulting in over  130,000,000  records on file.
Corporate financial reports and filings within 48-72 hours of filing.
Contracts, grants, loans and debarments  from the federal government.
Web source and mining of over 27,000,000  domains.
News and media sources.
Yellow page and print directories. 

Thats not all , its the information change velocity which is interesting:

Information is dynamic. In the next 60 minutes:
285 businesses will have a suit, lien or  judgment filed against them
240 business addresses will change
150 business telephone numbers will change  or be disconnected
112 directorship (CEO, CFO, etc.) changes  will occur
63 new businesses will open their doors
8 corporations will file for Bankruptcy
4 companies will change their names                                                                                                                     

You can play your own trivia game by cross-linking these stats.  To reiterate the obvious - change is changing very fast.

December 22, 2004 in social computing | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Solving the attention problem

Attention.xml: Problem it solves -

# How many sources of information must you keep up with?
# Tired of clicking the same link from a dozen different blogs?
# RSS readers collect updates, but with so many unread items, how do you know which to read first

Its an open standard and based on the open source code

Considering the time I spent on Bloglines, cant wait to see this getting implemented asap.

About Bloglines I caught myself spending 2 to 3 hours on it sometimes. I am sure they must be salivating on how to monetize all this attention. As Om said they are a new black.

December 22, 2004 in social computing | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Conversation Map

Some of the ways one can observe the countless conversations happening out there is just fascinating. For example Conversation Map is an attempt to unravel linkages between large scale conversations happening over the internet.

On the Internet there are now very large-scale conversations (VLSCs) in which hundreds, even thousands, of people exchange messages.  These messages are exchanged daily -- and even more frequently -- across international borders. Unlike older, one-to-many media (for example, television or radio) where a small group of people broadcast to a larger number of people, VLSCs are a many-to-many communications medium.  Also, unlike older, one-to-one media (e.g., the telephone), the people engaged in VLSCs do not necessarily know the electronic addresses of the other participants before the start of the conversation.  For these reasons, VLSCs are creating new connections between people who might otherwise not even have imagined the other's existence.

These types of application will further reduce the interaction time and significantly expand the Long Tail based commerce and collaboration.

December 22, 2004 in social computing | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack