Thursday, August 25, 2005

Entrepreneurs should make mistakes

Eric does a wonderful job explaining the kind of issues an entrepreneur faces and the kind of mistakes they end up doing. As a case in point, he lists and discusses the mistakes he made and the lessons he learnt while building SourceGear. Very interesting to read and useful to digest.
http://software.ericsink.com/bos/Make_More_Mistakes.html

One loud and clear message is that businessmen should make mistakes (the non-fatal ones, actually). This is not to say 'go out and seek the latest mistake' or write a list of mistakes you want to do today. Heck no. It means that entrepreneurs should not be afraid of making mistakes, neither should they be ashamed of them. Instead, learn lessons and move on. The more mistakes you make, the more you learn and the more you grow. But, those mistakes arise from fearless efforts and bold attempts. So,

Fearlessness in strategy and operation-->Mistakes-->Lessons-->Success

where the arrows (-->) are to be interpreted as 'contributes to'.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

A VC Wishlist

Business2 magazine got hold of a few VCs and asked them what projects they would like to fund in the near future. Here is a list. Hmm...anyone?
http://www.business2.com/b2/web/articles/0,17863,1096807-1,00.html

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Blogging from MS Word

How much easier can Blogging get? Now, even you boss will think you are writing a report when you are actually blogging. Blogger.com has come up with a Microsoft Word Add-In that lets you add as well as edit your posts from MS Word. Cool, eh? This post comes to you directly from MS Word.
I hope I remember to test it out with Openoffice.org that I use at home.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Why Software Will Never Stop Sucking

Jeremy Bowers offers some compelling reasons for why software will, essentially, never stop sucking. He takes on Doc Searl's statement "'It's easy to operate a car or a house without being a mechanic or a carpenter, even though it helps to have those skills. Can't the same be true for PCs? Will it be? How?" to argue that this comparison between cars and computers is wrong and computer software is different. Read it all at http://www.jerf.org/writings/wswnss.html

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Amway, Quixtar, Britt Worldwide: An MSNBC Story

Quite literally, tens of Amway/Quixtar/BrittWorldwide IBOs have approached me in the last few years making wild claims of fortune and 'independence'. Whenever I tried to work out the scheme on paper, in black and white, it didn't make sense. While I don't necessary rebuke the power of multi-level marketing, the way of Amway may not be the right way after all. In May last year, MSNBC conducted a 'secret camera' sting operation and came out with the following story. Go on and read it at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4375477/
Not to be left shivering in the Dateline storm, Quixtar came up with a response on this site.
You may also want to check out http://amquix.info/amway.html for a detailed analysis of how Amway's version of multi-level marketing may not work, after all.
Another interesting reading comes from an ex-distributor who wrote a book in the eighties and which is now available online: "Fake it Till You Make It".

Bottomline: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Monday, August 08, 2005

GOffice: The online office suit

GOfiice is an online office suite. You can think of it as a software application you use to accomplish work, like writing letters and creating greeting cards and business cards. You probably already use Microsoft Office to do such work. This site is like an online version of a conventional office suite.This site creates Adobe PDF format document files, so you can print them with outstanding quality, and send them to anyone.
Check it out. It is free for personal use.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

What Business Can Learn from Open Source

"Ironically, though open source and blogs are done for free, those worlds resemble market economies, while most companies, for all their talk about the value of free markets, are run internally like commmunist states", says Paul Graham. He makes many other interesting observations and comments (some of which you may or may not subscribe to).
Click here for his article.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Synergy: share keyboard and mouse across computers

Synergy (opensource, with GPL licence) lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It's intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).
Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen. Synergy also merges the clipboards of all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems. Furthermore, it synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together and, if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all.

Check it out at its sourceforge page:
http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/index.html

When a valid SQL is an error


A colleague of mine got an error message in Microsoft SQL Server saying that the SQL statement was valid. Click on the image to check it out for yourself.

Monday, August 01, 2005

What to do with my motherboard?

I happen to have a spare motherboard- an AMD Athlon 2400. And I don't want to sell it on e-bay. I want to do something creative and useful with it and would like YOU to give me some suggestions. So far, my friends have thrown these ideas at me:

1. Home automation system
2. Home security system
3. A robot to help me with household stuff (like cleaning floors, vaccuming etc.)
4. Use it as a paper weight or a 'geeky' wall hanger

You need to remember that I am no PhD holding scientist here. I am a software engineer by profession, a poet by passion and a mad-man by reputation. So, what do you suggest?

Ontology is Overrated- Clay Shirky's talk

Clay Shirky writes about how categorization, as applied to the e-world, is more of a mis-fit than a helpful tool. He discusses Ontology in general and goes on to discuss it as applied to the modern electronic world. Read his very interesting piece at:
http://www.shirky.com/writings/ontology_overrated.html