Friday, 21 March 2008
use an image as the search term "I want to find images like this".
Those crazy dudes at http://labs.systemone.at/retrievr
have just blooming well gone and made it :(
This weeks "Nice work" award goes to Christian Langreiter who did all this way back in 2006
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
"hey I could really make a few bucks here".
Well thats how it all started. Making virtual money is more complicated nowerdays, Linden Lab founded 99 by Philip Rosedale now has a GDP above $500,000,000 and all the paraphernalia that goes with it, but the virtual economy is not just Secondlifes domain, no no, other virtual worlds such as Club Penguin and Habbo are milking real money out of the pre-teen demographic, and the big boys Disney, Sony and Warner are all about to wade in.
Techniques such ad pegging USD to game tokens, selling virtual relestate, charging for premium content and advertising into the virtual world either during user media consumption or in a specialised area are all helping to loosen our purses. Interestingly a major revenue stream is advertising, consumption is often rewarded i.e. you cant get the cute white Paris H. sunglasses until your avatar has eaten a virtual Mackie D.
We can expect to see new profit leveraging techniques soon such as exclusive content, brand splitting and targeting different consumer demographics such as mothers and the over 40's. I can only wish that the apocalypse happens before I find myself looking forward to taking a virtual bus tour to Snowdonia just so that I can get a virtual zimmer frame.
Saturday, 15 March 2008
If you look at it from an entirely fiscal point of view, which ever supplier has the lowest cost has an advantage in winning the business, as they can provide a lower cost to their customer. But thats bloody obvious I hear you yelling. What stops one of our suppliers from behaving like a right bastard, abusing their work force and the environment? The answer is the state with its threat of the judiciary which representing us individuals and the other suppliers can remove that suppliers competitive advantage and even freedom. Overall everyone is forced to co-operate and by and by everyone more or less wins, in the places where the judiciary has the ability to impose its will.
Game theory describes situations like this as "The prisoners dilemma" the prisoners who default are the bad suppliers, and if everyone behaves (both prisoners and guards) then every one wins
Now apply this logic to the global green issue and climate change. Whichever country that pollutes has a commercial advantage because they have lower costs ... but ... on a global scale there is no real judiciary except the western military which is not powerfull enough to enforce fair play across the entire problem domain therefore the only state that the world can adopt is the Pareto-suboptimal solution. I.e. all nations default, and we allow the environment to collapse.
The only other stable state is a single world government.
Friday, 14 March 2008
Not very forth comming, if phoned they will direct you to the VAR, is messaged they will direct you to a random weirdo in a call center who will redirect you to the VAR! Sun Has a really good “reuse” policy for data center components, servers and other equipment.
Most importantly they are measuring power consumption to transactions which is the most important metric for efficiency to carbon emission.
Here is their public corporate carbon statement > http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/csr/report2007/eco/carbon_reporting.jsp
Here is the bench mark for the SPARC t2000 > http://www.sun.com/servers/coolthreads/t2000/benchmarks.jsp#21
HP Importantly, I could not find the per product manufacturing toxological or carbon cost from either sun or hp.
Very forth coming, great site with lots of information (but not transactions), and a nice flash animation of a tree. Most importantly they not only provide power consumption usage they also provide toxicological information and reuse help
However both companies have a real focus on addressing the ewaste issue.
Importantly, I could not find the per product manufacturing toxological or carbon cost from either sun or hp.
Monday, 10 March 2008
"Apple's Walled Garden Will Hurt iPhone Innovation"
Apple have a history of releasing easily hackable software, I have even heard marketing experts say that this is a deliberate policy to drive penetration without putting the apple logo on innovations from the community. They were allowing software like ourTunes to exist and therefore drive the adoption of iTunes. Do you think that this is a serious attempt to limit the development community on the iPhone platform?
im just hoping that they call it the Walled Garden Information Services or WaGIS for short :)
Friday, 7 March 2008
Thursday, 6 March 2008
And Its GREAT!
When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon it marked two massive changes in society, obviously mankind touched its second planet, however (and far more significantly) we saw the birth of global mass media. For many, as Neil Armstrong iconicly made one small step, they were taking a huge leap into the advertisers dream, imagine 1 billion consumers all seeing the same 30 second infomercial.
Nearly 40 years on NASA are looking to pull off the same stunt. A senior NASA PR guy has said “When NASA revisits the moon in 2012 we are going to take you with us”. They hope that landing on the moon again will be a big enough event to get mass acceptance of a virtual world experience.
Ever since my RSS reader picked this news up I’ve been trying to teleport to CoLab and last night I made it all the way through to their region, I even managed to look at the thrusters on an Apollo Saturn before my PC rebooted. The important thing of note here though is that NASA are demonstrating to us a new business technique, which is the opposite of “Not Invented Here”. Its called “Proudly Found Elsewhere”. Modern brands such as Lego, BBC or Google are actively engaging with their brand consumers, and making it fun for them to participate in the production of the brands products.
This is a brilliant and really open way to share information in an interactive way and entertaining way. The fact that space travel is still so incredibly popular that it can bring down secondlife is witness that NASA is a strong global brand. Additionally it shows that NASA’s values about openness and inclusively are still high on their agenda. Nerds in space? I do hope so, and I will certainly be one of them when NASA take us back to the moon
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Its by atlassian, who are a great company that are really driving the new development / content creation environments. http://www.atlassian.com/
Some great videos to watch, just check out bamboo … its really cool
also check this IBM dude http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/km/elsua/archives/introducing-collaboration-technologies-to-the-enterprise-is-a-challenge-and-how-a-critical-mass-of-early-adopters-can-help-12152
His blog makes loads of sense
Here is something else on XMPP (which is behind google chat, but can do loads more)
Ive not used the software he is talking about but have used Jive instead, but its all pretty much the same stuff.
this is a good read
Elliott - a little more
- Simon Elliott
- London, United Kingdom
- I am an architect with shed loads of familiarity in providing high profile consumer media, products and services. I conceive ideas, design and lead projects to create new consumer products. I love brainstorming ideas with marketing counterparts and creating future facing and innovative solutions. I have been responsible for high volume mass consumer market features where scale, reliability and the ability to quickly respond are of crucial importance.