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Category: information technology

Toothpaste Company – ER Modeling

As part of project for course in Advanced Database Modeling in Masters in Science (IT) from Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati under Prof. Umanath

Revisiting

Course required us to develop an industry driven case on database modeling. The idea was to design and implement business model of any fictitious organization. The project offered first-hand experience developing concepts like ER modeling, physical database design, representation of business using conceptual model etc.

Story

We developed a fictitious story. The story involved gathering requirements and then developing a database model for a FMCG company (fast moving consumer goods). In a gist, the company planned to integrate its sales, marketing, research and manufacturing departments under one single system. Building a single database was one of the challenges towards this goal.

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Internet – Ubiquitousness – its ability and inability

I really have to appreciate this person for what he is doing and then of course to what he said –

“can’t hammer a nail over the internet, you cannot be butcher of the internet, you cannot be barber over the internet, you cannot be bike mechanic over the internet, and it is something that can never be replaced..”

Joe of 718 cyclery shop (http://www.718c.com/)

These words have hit a cord which I keep referring to every time about business on Internet. They are not really game changers unless they would have been had internet wasn’t around. The idea to great business still lies in its core strategy and internet is very well the enabler – one of the greatest ever invented!

Throw in some torch light on your laptop screen!

My parents have this old laptop. It recently lost its back-light illumination. The screen was lit up enough to know the laptop’s running all fine. However, it was too dark to perform any task on it. I thought of simple idea – why not throw some torch-light on it. And immediately I knew – damn stupid I am. This made me think – why not? Is our technology there to dynamically manipulate display screens such a way that the objects in it are real enough to reflect colors of the natural room light? Exploring wasn’t difficult – and I landed up on what we call Kindle!

Electro-phoretic Displays or Electronic Paper Display call them whatever. They are revolutionary plastic paper with small miniature globes packed in. They contain even smaller black and white ink pigments. These pigments need one time electric discharge making them settle either on front or back of the display. This is how kindle runs for 2 to 3 weeks non-stop. The idea is unique and technology enabling it is amazing.

So is this enough? Apart from video streaming and high quality animation, this technology will should serve our next generation of electronic magazines, document writers, discussion boards, writing tablets, mobile phones, wrist watches, metro signs (current listing)

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Following up .. touch devices are they touch really?

following up to the idea after posting this few months back. Here’s a concept. In the recent CEATEC event Kyocera demonstrated a touch with tactile feedback. Then in another news story from way back in May 2010 – we have Toshiba taking up Senseg’s haptic feedback touch-screen technology into their own devices – link . The concept of creating sensations using vibrations is similar to this demonstrated by OnlyGizmos. They all respond to finger touch by giving back electric vibrations of varying wave-length.   Find the videos at the end of post.

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Algorithms marking its domain

this is fascinating talk. There is definitely a point where reality makes more sense than what speaker is pointing to. Nevertheless, the claim is fascinating – bothersome – metaphorically significant. So are we allowing algorithms to take up our place in determining market and beyond. A very interesting talk by Kevin Slavin

REST/Linked Data

It wasn’t hard to think about RESTful concepts when you hear Tim talking about linked data…

and a quick search and bang .. people are already talking about it here and here. The first link is exactly in lines of what I thought – huh isn’t he talking about REST? . Then the second link attempts a nose dive into conceptual paradigm.

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Leonard Kleinrock – continued

my tweet

Leonard klienrock. Nikola tesla. Idea since?ARPA1958.1969.Queuing.NCP.BBN.EMAIL.hawai.robert morris.al gore.grokster.future.nomadic.embeddedtech.ubiquitouscomp.softagents.

twt prt#7 Brief history of ProtocolsNCP, TCP, TCP/IP
Network Communication Protocol(NCP) was deployed on December of 1970. Some 15 institutes in United States of America (including NASA, Stanford Research Institute, Harvard, UCLA etc) brought themselves together. NCP was the connection-oriented big brother of our generation’s Transmission Control Protocol(TCP). TCP does maintain connection context but lets Internet Protocol (IP), a connection-less protocol, to work on sending the message across. TCP was the refined protocol to ensure that data delivery is guaranteed – reliability, acceptable transmission octets size between sender and receiver – flow control, connection sharing across multiple processes by using ports – multiplexing, date delivery precedence and security.

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Leonard Kleinrock – 112 Lindner

Lecturer – Leonard Kleinrock
Venue – 112 Lindner / College of Business, University of Cincinnati

I, in my own excursion, had been catching upon Threat to Internet, Tim Berners Lee’s first WWW, Ted Nelson’s idea of this. I had this lecture as upcoming since last year spring. I liked it all coming together yesterday (05/05/2011). The community of people who were bent to foster a new language through a new medium. The were bent to bend the world.

So what did Leonard Kleinrock talk about? I tweeted

Leonard klienrock. Nikola tesla. Idea since?ARPA1958.1969.Queuing.NCP.BBN.EMAIL.hawai.robert morris.al gore.grokster.future.nomadic.embeddedtech.ubiquitouscomp.softagents.

so that I can come back to it later ..

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the gurus of web ..

I have been almost unaware of group of individuals who had been running this entire show from the corner of the world independent of each other… Ted Nelson , Leonard Kleinrock, Tim Berners Lee and their colleagues … one had proposed hyperlinked document system, one’s work lead to first internet and then another revolutionized an idea (the hypertext) and the infrastructure (The Internet) in a form of a language called HTML .. roughly in a same order ..

The person Ted Nelson put up an idea of hypermedia. He explained. The words aren’t just composite characters. Every single word is composition of context, ideas and actions. All this information should be easily accessible right on that word. This is what Ted Nelson introduced in his paper – “Computers, Creativity, and the Nature of the Written Word”.

The person Mr. Kleinrock established and ushered an idea into an eco-system we call Internet today. He along with his colleagues established first link between UCLA and SRI on 29th Oct 1969. The first ever characters sent over a system, which would eventually grow up to Internet, was “LO”. Read full story here. Also, I will follow up with details on lecture I attended from Leonard Kleinrock.

The person Tim made WWW to say alright lets sit down and understand how are we talking to each other. Are we making sense? Are we losing what others are trying to convey? Are we handling this interconnected flow of information as yet another file and folders in a dormant closet? His first browser was WorldWideWeb. It was a browser cum editor. His intention was to enable more active participation of individuals on internet but in a single world wide language called HTML.

There is definitely more to come on this space.. I am excited to learn more about them and our internet.

Matters or not..

The questions posted by Nicholas Carr left us, graduate students starting our Masters in information technology, baffled at first. We were clueless a little. Instant reaction – is he a fool? doesn’t information technology only means value for money?

However, questions put by him were simple. I write them down as how I understood and what I felt he is talking about here (Article – IT DOESN’T MATTER).  Does IT budget overruns are more than expected? Are we reinventing the wheel every time with billions and billions lines of code? Does IT drive the strategy or a strategy drives your IT? Have we burnt out all the oil? Is it just a data processing tool or even worse a type writer?

My article below focuses on all these questions. I couldn’t really critique Mr. Carr. However, I picked up my final paragraph to critique the mindless ideas people have about IT and its talismanic money making powers… no IT is not the strategy .. it is enabler.. but an excellent one at that…