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Posted by cadsmith on March 18, 2010


Marketplaces are forming to facilitate a progressive decade. These discover where the shortfalls were, define the problem, and determine reasonable solutions. Participants then have the means to delegate work efficiently, more easily deposit payments upon authorization, and defend their niches. Mobile is quickly off the starting blocks. The app market predicts that “mobile app downloads should jump from 7 billion in 2009 to almost 50 billion in 2012. By this time, the market will be worth 17.5 billion dollars, the study predicts, despite the expected lower price of mobile apps, which should drop from the current average of 2 dollars per app to 1.5 dollars in 2012.” App store analytics provides alternative entry points. Check phone cam processes payments. Phone tickets avoids waiting on line. Local phone networks scope nearby p2p. Socnets can utilize simple sms and texting. These may be used for business referrals and prospecting. Global growth is evidenced in the Bric block “Over 200 million mobile subscribers in both Brazil and Russia by 2014, 853 million subscribers in India by 2014, 1.3 billion (yes billion) subscribers and 957 million mobile Internet users in China by 2014”, and mobile banking in China and India. Consider regional comparisons, rankings, interactions and dashboards for open real-estate market or community visibility. Realtime is looking at dynamic activities via Google TV possibly by way of video backpack. Remaining dark ages can yield to art, design, production on demand and the craft store. Documents can apply embedded branding. These may lead to new titles to follow some recent reviews:

The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin If ambitious professionals now seem to be unreasonably mortgaging their lives to pay school expenses, it may be nothing compared to what happens when it becomes a requirement of the state. This novel has popular scifi themes, including reanimation, liberation, space, nanotech, biotech, and big Neuro net. A world which had achieved long-sought automation of labor still managed to almost completely self-destruct.due to ethnic hatred. The memory of values from that era is locked in a capsule in the body of Justin Cord who becomes a temporal immigrant in a future that is simultaneously awesome and outrageous. Fortunately it brings a romantic partner in Dr. Neela Harper. Economic issues are at the center of the plot. Corporatism controls people’s lives throughout the solar system, GCI being the major one that demonstrates the evils to Cord. Folks trade stock in eachothers’ futures including selling relatives short. The resulting political parties include at least one which includes violence in its measures. The detail is reminiscent of Dune or the Foundation series. There are 16 long chapters, in which each of half a dozen major characters show up, and an epilogue, all told in the third person by the sibling author pair.

Bricklin on Technology by Dan Bricklin This is a place-in-history-type memoir of the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet. If it were a tool, one could throw a calculation map over a decade’s worth of publications and data to yield the insights about what worked and why, and how to better organize resources going forward. The soundtrack in this case might have Dan Hill’s “It’s a Long Road” since patent protection wasn’t as easy in the days when other soon-to-be-huge PC software company could steal the thunder of fledgling Harvard MBAs. The contents will likely be most interesting to new entrants in developing regions. It is told through personal history, cultural anecdotes and technical details and photographs. There are chapters on finding a market, variation, complexity, free form, social practices, and the internet, all of which form the building blocks for developing an innovative model of the world. Other PC-related tech from the previous four decades and web2.0 are discussed along with what it means to be general-purpose.

Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Companyand Revolutionized an Industry by Marc Benioff Whereas others promote one good idea per book, this attempts to go a couple of orders of magnitude further through 111 plays. It is well-structured in ten complementary parts about startups, marketing, events, sales, tech, corporate philanthropy, globalism, finance, leadership, and success. These are also distilled into a 5-step approach called V2MOM, an acronym for vision, values, methods, obstacles, and measures. The stories cover the essential do’s and don’ts learnt from the previous decade, e.g. surviving the dotcom collapse and getting to a billion in sales. Co-writer Adler’s journalistic writing style matches the task pretty well. The tone is very optimistic and the ambition catchy. An initial goal was to eliminate software. The cloud industry is reportedly expected to be 150B by 2013 and to change the order of battle among vendors whose market caps are now MSFT 260B, GOOG 180B, ORCL 128B, AMZN 58B, beside Salesforce’s 10B. The cloud may still not be easy to define after this, it does not appear in the index, but the notion of an industrial platform for web businesses is demonstrated, such as turning applications into enterprises and vice-versa. It raises interest in further economic metrics such as additional IPOs, spinoffs, verticals (the introduction is by Dell), global e-commerce apps, and issues about cross-platform services, administrative regulations such as. how censorship requirements have affected Google, or how success is a magnet for security challenges, e.g. for Microsoft. The topic of collaboration fits nicely into social networks so this will probably enjoy further popularity.

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Spring Bearing

Posted by cadsmith on March 9, 2010


This may be a Pareto moment or phase shift when the 80/20 substitutes the 20% for the 80 and a new 20 is establishing itself. Those in the latter group will perhaps further recognize a 10, 5, 2 or 1 for the key components of change. Of course, the dynamics of interaction are competitive and the rules are sometimes more of a midline than boundary, e.g. in administration. Location is significant, but can reflect, albeit by shadow, larger trends. A snapshot is useful, many of which can then be combined for an encapsulated view or map from which to navigate. A goal would be to complement reminders about what is absent with credible recommendations for solutions. Ironically, media is subject to propaganda by defending industries, so much data is yet to be discovered and discussed.

Economic reports have had about 10% unemployment for a couple of quarters so it did not worsen. Underemployment, or part-time, is at about 20% so 1 in 5 people are still not spending. Last year saw a slump in investment, so some promising industries and research are opportunities for further capitalization, e.g. mobile. Real-estate is expected to recover in 2011 so developers may make their moves soon. Approved national stimulus plans are spent. Governments that have taken control and done hiring may have sea changes in expenses. Smaller regions may implement further tax breaks to attract growth. Healthcare approaches are hot. Exports need to improve. Distortions in sustainability, e.g. risks of agricultural monopolization through GM crops, need to be addressed.

Startups will be increasingly popular to compensate for reduction in large businesses, handle marginal demographics, and to implement new ideas and business models. Plans are real-time so the presentation is more of a dashboard than fixed reference. Marketing uses all the latest tools. There are networks within networks for connections, referrals, directories, investing and support.

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Posted by cadsmith on March 3, 2010


Networks need a new framework for filters. These are used to find, count, combine, prevent, or offload, and can be brokered. Significant features include sensors, mining, tracking, aggregation, measurement, correlation, visualization, analysis, alerts or APIs. Complex circuits can be made from connecting components. These may include devices, e.g. analogous to musical interfaces, tuners, mixers, and muxes. In news, Google implemented personalization. and Facebook patented feeds. Search is adding stars and location. Feeds are faster. Musical genre is sortable and videos listable. Blogger groups can be grouped or crowdsourced. Social networks populate the internet universe. In the beginning was email. The energy comes from people, data, and communication. Fact has a scale that varies along its synonyms. Maps relate ideas to activities by rules and probabilities. There are cultural splits, e.g. privilege, security or censorship, which evidence wear on barriers due to resource diversion costs and sustainability requirements. Idea models and prediction account for cultural hosting, and ideological flaws or advances. Disruptions may enter from the edges, middle, or disconnected sources. Assets may change value due to demographic or economic phases. Peripheral admin practice modifications may find their way to urban centers. Competitors may seek control of adversaries. Enterprises absorb public trends. Affinity-minded do-it-yourself fills in the blanks. Realtime systems combine machines and people into a massive lens to describe the world. Tools convert the natural arrow of time into other forms, e.g. radial, waterdrop, or symmetrical, to measure displacement, projection or entanglement among elements. Overwhelming amounts of scientific data seek solutions. Dark energy yields surprises across the board. Discoveries tend to trigger requests for blanket protections. In lieu of constantly assembling a previously committed national guard, it is yet to be seen whether automated protections can survive fitness tests due to velocity of action. Creative process is also able to bypass biases, connect the dots, and draw meaningful shapes from intricate backgrounds, often to the surprise of the dominant awareness. Proof is in play.

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