Sunday, September 28, 2008

a time to take cover

I don't usually do copy&paste, but this time bomb seems to be really big:

Arctic scientists discover new global warming threat as melting permafrost releases millions of tons of a gas 20 times more damaging than carbon dioxide.

Preliminary findings suggest that massive deposits of subsea methane are bubbling to the surface as the Arctic region becomes warmer and its ice retreats.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

is Symbian going to sucksid or not?

I'd like to comment on an older story I haven't touch since. Yep, it's about The Other Big Blue (from the North): Nokia managed to score 40% market share for the last quarter, fully owns now Symbian and pledged to make it open (source?) in 2 years time.

Quite a move (in defensive?) from them (and a bit late if you ever heard of Linus Torvalds, his works and origins), but it's the 2 years part that can get them into trouble. Lets look at one year timeframe (the past year):
  • Apple came from "nobody" in the telecom arena to a significant player with its iPhone(s) and AppStore turning heads (and maybe rolling some heads as well, but that's another story :-)
  • Google baked the shinny, multipurpose (make no mistake about it, it's meant to run on devices from mobile phones, to your big screen TV, to even your car) open OS named Android which can be seen these days in the wild (on T-Mobile/HTC G1, see below)
So, are you/Nokia giving these guys (Apple+Google) another 2 More Years?!

Update: Android pre-sale devices sold out, Nokia might uncover something on October 2nd.

Friday, September 19, 2008

a dedication to the IT managers out there

This isn't a good example of leadership, but would you fire your boss if in a position to do so?

And a short explanation (from the above sources) of leadership versus management:

Management is telling people what to do, which is a vital part of any industrial economy. Leadership is figuring out what ought to be done then getting people to do it, which is very different.

(PS. I guess I would have done it at least one time with the respectfully kick in the backside :-)

too odd

Yeah, that's Sergey Brin's last move/trend in blogging... blue on black, WTF?