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March 15, 2005

There we go again

[Via SiliconBeat] Like we need to be reminded about this every couple of years.

Its funny how this whole cycle goes through.

March 15, 2005 in Silicon Valley | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 14, 2005

Your x-ray on ipod

User is setting the agenda. This is by far the most impressive example of how deep this open source and ipod phenomena has gone.

UCLA's Dr Osman Ratib, whose background is in medical imaging, wanted to find a way to sidestep the $100,000 workstations needed to view high resolution images that required 3D rendering. With help from programmer and fellow radiologist Dr Antoine Rosset, he created OsiriX, an open source application, to enable radiologists to teleconference with the images on Mac desktop systems.


"The platform has similar functionality [to the high-end workstations], it's accessible to the rest of the medical community and you don't have to spend $100,000, $200,000 to view the images," Ratib said.

Use whatever words you like - longtail or ipodding ! This is just the begining. Goodluck to all the people who still harbor ambition to build centralized architecture.

March 14, 2005 in Open source | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 13, 2005

What is journalism anyways?


Who is journalist here and the bigger question who is playing media here.

Google - are they just an aggregator ?, doesn't look like. They had this policy of mining only those sites which claim to have editorial staff.  Techwhack is not a news site.

Techwhack - they are what their name suggests. Using wordpress blogging software and presenting news without referring to the source they are masquerading as news site here. Anyways my point is to understand Google's policy here not to pick on Techwhack.

And about Apple, well lets just say its hard to get it both ways. There are many 19 year olds who only  care for the cool stuff and they are learning to understand the bounds of that fanaticism.

March 13, 2005 in Media | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

March 12, 2005

Paul Graham's advice

Lot of interesting insights in this Paul Graham's essay.

My favorite is this footnote :

Learning to hack is a lot cheaper than business school, because you can do it mostly on your own.  For the price of a Linux box, a copy of K&R, and a few hours of advice from your neighbor's fifteen year old son, you'll be well on your way.

Enjoy the essay.

March 12, 2005 in Entrepreneurship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 11, 2005

Open source sound bites

This one for sound bite sake.  Dan Frye from IBM on the economics of open source -

"It's a fundamental part of IBM's business. We're not into Linux and open source because it's cool. It's nice that it's cool, but it's good business. We're making billions."

As more and more companies jump onto this bandwagon, open source space is getting bubbly (or frothy !).  So much for "where's the business model" concern.

March 11, 2005 in Open source | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Meetup meeting

Always looking for new experiences, I ventured out to attend my first meetup meeting.  This Internet-enabled method to arrange face-to-face meeting and do it at the local level has reached more than  million users.  Many many thanks to Mr Dean. (link is bit old)

As part of this I picked up the Santa Clara Entrep Meetup group to attend to.  Alex, our energetic organizer ( man with some very interesting ideas - one which connects San Fernando valley with Silicon Valley!) arranges this every month.

It was all in all a very good experience and hopefully we will continue to meet going forward. I didn't realize Andreas Stavropoulos sits on the board of Meetup. So for him experiences like these are as much field testing of his investment as they represent general networking opportunity.  I must thank him for urging me to read Jeff Hawking's book about intelligence and memory. Though I was aware of the book but didn't realize that there is an institute setup to generate ideas and solutions around Jeff Hawking's thesis.

Other plus of this was to meet and exchange ideas with people who don't come from the  technology background and who care less about life on the bleeding edge. Learned few things about financing, real estate flip-it business model, manufacturing based business opportunities etc.   Also I heard that  SpaceX will be making an announcement very soon.  Stories like SpaceX urge us to strive for bigger and better things.

All in all good use of time in the first meetup session.

March 11, 2005 in Silicon Valley | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 04, 2005

Reading but not writing

Since I never got a chance to catch up with all the feeds while in Bangalore,  so I spent last few days catching up on the  bloglines feeds. Rapid pace parsing of the conversations is an art. Mastering that will become a necessity if your career depends on the business models which gets discussed in these  conversations.

Travel experience enhances our instincts for comparison. Its very much like comparison shopping for observations and interpretations.  Conversations in US and India don't happen at the same level. Deliberations and tone varies dramatically.

Where future-mindedness and what's-new takes center stage in US,  India needs more and more assurances in her private family conversations (public conversations  mostly lack humour). Assurances come in the form of exaggerations of its power, feel- good media commentary and sudden doom-and-gloom related to its  development goals.

Conversations on my bloglines account tell me one thing - change is accelerating faster than anybody can fathom.  Memes are getting constructed with each new posts, which eventually gets  remixed, repackaged, reworded, mutated, flipped and checked out. Knowledge is there in abundance in terms of shared interpretation and experiences.  15 minutes of fame involves many feeds nicely packaging the momentum of its meme.

I need a tool which can help me get to the original thoughts, memes and fresh interpretations of important  concepts.  Remix culture in the knowledge world is  funny if not dangerous. But then blogosphere is not necessarily a knowledgesphere. Its a one long conversation.

March 4, 2005 in Random Thoughts | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack