October 2011

No, Steve Jobs Did Not Solve the Innovator’s Dilemma

October 28, 2011

From the Harvard Business Review blog by James Allworth: To disrupt yourself, for example, Professor Christensen’s research would typically prescribe setting up a separate company that eventually goes on to defeat the parent. It’s incredibly hard to do this successfully; Dayton Dry Goods pulled it off with Target. IBM managed to do it with the […]

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Wikipedia and the Centralization of Information

October 25, 2011

A friend on Google+ shared a link to this post about Wikipedia by Noam Cohen: what has been lost to Wikipedia because of stickling rules of citation and verification. If Wikipedia purports to collect the “sum of all human knowledge,” in the words of one of its founders, Jimmy Wales, that, by definition, means more […]

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Typography and User Interfaces

October 20, 2011

Google’s newest release of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, has a new font called Roboto. There has been a minor controversy as Roboto seems very much like Helvetica which, being copyrighted, Google cannot bundle along with the open source Android. And there has been some criticism of the font itself. For programmers in the past, these discussions […]

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Recommendation Engines: Exploitation and Exploration

October 17, 2011

A topic that I didn’t discuss in my post about recommendation engines was the concept of exploitation versus exploration in terms of providing recommendations. Some unfortunate terminology here, but basically “exploitation” refers to using a person’s activity to recommend products that are similar in nature. Exploration refers to recommending products that is a bit out […]

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The Problems with Steve Yegge’s Rant About Google+

October 15, 2011

Many people are talking about Steve Yegge’s rant that was mistakenly posted publicly on Google+ complaining about the lack of platform thinking at Google. As far as viral content goes, this had it all. It had much insider information (negative and positive) about Amazon, talks about Microsoft and Facebook and then praises much of Google, […]

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Understanding the Innovator’s Dilemma

October 11, 2011

Stephen Forte applies the Innovator’s Dilemma wrongly to Apple: In a nutshell, the Innovator’s Dilemma says the following (I am paraphrasing): when you invent something, first you are trying to penetrate a new market and convince people to buy your invention. At this stage you will do anything to get noticed. After a while, your […]

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Recommendation Engines

October 9, 2011

I just finished reading “Collective Intelligence in Action”, a book by Satyam Alag about using information from user actions to improve the working and usability of applications. This is a field that has seen much interest in recent years given that most web applications, especially Web 2.0 apps, have massive amounts of data flowing through […]

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Steve Jobs, The Visionary, Is No More

October 5, 2011

The greatest visionary in modern times has passed away. It is a sad day for the technology world. I was shocked to hear the news and I pray for his family and near ones.

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Laid-back Browsing and The Future of The Tablet

October 3, 2011

Cédric Beust analyzes the threat to Google from Amazon’s Silk browser: I really don’t see the threat, here, especially not the one coming from Amazon’s Silk browser being used as a cloaking proxy for its users. Yes, Google will not be getting browser hits directly from Fire users, but let’s face it: no matter how […]

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