Business, Technology and Me

my professional work, my academic work and me

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.

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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…

Internet under threat..

I am not saying it is under any (threat) right now, but the activity which made internet huge among nineteen-ninetyners was the freedom and ease of sharing content – they might just be left gasping. The activity that had almost made the information delivery and consumption no-brainer. The activity which was born of the greatest software for freedom of speech / right to knowledge ever made – WorldWideWeb. (side note : Tim Berners-Lee’s first note about his baby – link)

So when Peter Schwartz, former CEO bridge worldwide, brought about how Associated Press (with the help of Bing) is going ahead with NOT to have there pages available for indexing to Google’s bot, I had my eyes popping out as to “can they do this?”. Of course, they can. But, why would they want to create an environment where their items is not searchable. An environment where only partners of AP gain access to the content. They are almost creating an “exclusive rights only” island within a thriving ecosystem (ruled by current king of jungle – Google). Quick search on this topic lead me to original AP argument, it’s CEO’s arguments, people who don’t like it – arguments and counter arguments.

It is not difficult to understand why AP is doing this. It isn’t difficult to comprehend the argument that “it is MY content”. However, the difficulty is the very nature of content delivery and the success of internet. Content copyright and ownership are definitely primary reasons behind thriving quality of news. Content delivery and its relevance, however, has always been discretion of consumers. If they like it they pay you, if they don’t they wouldn’t.

I believe AP or any other news agency haven’t lost any relevance. They have neither lost their original market. The market they thought they had been previously targeting still needs daily dose of discipline content and quality news. They still give a good thought when picking up their news source. They still yearn to have their daily cup of coffee. What has happened, in my opinion, is that the market has grown into this long tail of consumers which no doubt Google has been effectively been able to target. So it might be that AP and others have lost overall market share but most of it probably is made up of new entrants or passive consumers.

The world wide web is a community which only knows one language .. HTML. I would like to see world wide web just another medium since word of mouth. I am sure we are just overwhelmed with its power now. Once it settles down and once everyone is on same playing field – infrastructure, technology, parlance, speed – the information would be just about ‘me speaking to you, and degree of trust you have on me’. That is all Google doing. Marking the information on internet very relevant/less-relevant/irrelevant.

Of course, Google still needs to pay up its bills to employers and their services, and dues to its shareholders. So they will continue playing the capitalist but ‘do no evil’ game. I do not see any harm in that. Capitalist intentions last only as long as primary driver is the technology (in Google’s case) or quality journalism in case of AP

use Apache to redirect requests to Visual studio development server port

I do not really know anything about setting up Apache and nor is this step to greater achievement of any sorts. I had a small issue. Make my XCODE iPhone project communicate with web-service hosted on my windows XP laptop. This is just a student laptop and never needed to install a full blown IIS 5. Mostly, for my development work my visual studio development server was enough.

Now, how do I get my visual studio development server to accept external requests? I needed this only for testing tonight. I googled and of course there is no direct way of doing it. You need a hosting server to start with. If I had IIS 5, I could use an application called “Trace Utility” for Microsoft Soap Toolkit version 3 to redirect requests for your visual studio development server port. Here’s Jim Wilson showing it, how? or if it is for windows 7 machine- here’s him showing it again, how?

But I needed this to work without IIS, so where do I go next? Apache Server 2.2

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wanted to be at forefront..

however, it turns out I am running four years behind latest in software industry. I usually use the expression ‘your job kills you’ and it isn’t less apt in my case. Multiple years of untangling/refactoring/reusing the spaghetti lines of codes has left deep valley of unknowns in me .. but I am getting back and I am already on my way. This blog is small personal bookmark on things to refurbish, stuff to relearn, tech to learn anew and innovate to please..

Things I have planned to put up in here –

  1. My academic projects and write ups- probably all of them or at least all which had me sweating
    1. Database normalization project for a concept case in an FMCG industry – team assignment
    2. UML, BPMN and Use case for a concept case in a third partly logistics  – team assignment
    3. Simulation of daily tasks with front desk members using Arena modelling software
    4. Current perspective on IT – “Does IT Matter?”
  2. What else matters?
    1. Patterns and philosophy – my thoughts
    2. Cloud or ownership – future issues

.. on my way ..

trillions in GDP ..

14.119 trillions US dollars is how much Americans earned or spent in 2010.
34.050 trillion Yuan is how much Chinese earned or spent in 2010.

And so for Japanese it is 4.74 trillion Yen(100), Indians it is 59.520 trillion Rupees, Brazilians it is 3.143 trillion Reals, Australians it is 1.255 trillion Australian dollars, Germans it is 2.397 trillion Euros, English it 1.392 trillion Pounds..

Of course, if factor in US dollar.. the only trillionaire  remains is US and that too at such a scale that next closest country is at $4.984 trillions and that is China.

These numbers triggered a thought in me, are these really correct? Are they independent of international currency trade and current market forces?

So I googled, and it’s no great discovery to find out a term called PPP..

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Market for data

It’s everywhere but it’s spilled. How do you make sense of it? how do you trust it? how do you make use of it? how do you keep getting the latest numbers from same source?

So now we have the agents in internet making the task easier for business, corporates, statisticians, students

Their model revolves around following features and services –

  1. Scan web pages for statistically relevant datasets, tables
  2. aggregate and normalize them to single database
  3. Provide free or premium tools and interfaces to access the data

Hjalmar Gislason of datamarket.com in an interview to semantic-web explains the business model his data market visualizes and how it aspires to stand in market by end of 2011.

http://blog.semantic-web.at/2011/03/03/hjalmar-gislason-what-i-call-the-emerging-field-of-data-market/

Let me speak – a personal initiative on blogging

I have been blogging for quite some time but didn’t have any intention of opening up to this, professionally. However, I have few posts from my previous blogs which I think fit here –

What these web-logs lack is the professional insights I could have given, for my learnings in business school. However, they do showcase my personal intent and opinions. You are invited to go directly to this blog @ http://speakya.blogspot.com

1. Google Picasa’s New face recognition feature – My blabbering when I found a unique feature in Picasa Web from google. They out of no where recognized few human faces in my pictures and asked me who they are. I answered few and next thing I know my every friend is tagged automatically in each picture. I thought it was amazing and awesome. It was far far better than manual tagging that Facebook introduced way later

2.  Info-graphic on Democrats vs Republicans – my interest in information graphics was growing and any graphic which challenged regular perception and gave new insights excited me. Here’s one from 2008 elections showing split between republicans and democrats both geographically and demographically.

3. US astronauts casting votes from space shuttle – rights of a person as designated by constitution vs. rights of a person as met by the government is a big problem in my country (i am sure every country has had its share). This particular news emphasizes my conviction for the ever evolving measures by later and it’s biggest enabler the Technology!

4. Aravinda hospitals inspired by McDonalds – It is interesting who can inspire whom. Mc Donalds kindled a concept of franchisee in eye care for him – Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy. He then sets out opening a self-sustaining eye care clinic

5. Knowledge in the wall – It is interesting how technology is being adapted at various levels of society in India. Here’s a project which created a self learning system right there on a wall where they kept an open computer for slum children. Check the post and this website to know how sustaining the initiative was