Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Tapping into the Wisdom of Communities

This is too interesting to miss, I guess i will spend even more hours than normally online during those days;-)

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Tapping into the Wisdom of Communities: "Tapping into the Wisdom of Communities

During the Golden Age of Athens around the 5th century BC, its citizens are said to have gathered in the agora to discuss and make decisions about issues important to their community. On December 1 - 3, we will see the 21st century version of such a community dialogue, as Habitat Jam brings together tens of thousands of people around the world in a global conversation about the future of our cities to discuss issues and recommend solutions for our rapidly urbanizing planet.

Habitat Jam is only possible because of the universal connectivity and reach of the Internet, as well as the development of a wide variety of tools which have essentially turned the Internet into a very effective social networking platform. It is likely to be the largest-ever interactive global event."

More Finnish entrepreneurs with fresh ideas

I don't know whether this will ever be a business, but it is such a crazy idea that I like it...real out-of-the box thinking!

New Scientist Breaking News - Air guitarists rock dreams come true: "Air guitarists rock dreams come true

Aspiring rock gods can at last create their own guitar solos - without ever having to pick up a real instrument, thanks to a group of Finnish computer science students.

The Virtual Air Guitar project, developed at the Helsinki University of Technology, adds genuine electric guitar sounds to the passionately played air guitar.

Using a computer to monitor the hand movements of a 'player', the system adds riffs and licks to match frantic mid-air finger work. By responding instantly to a wide variety of gestures it promises to turn even the least musically gifted air guitarist to a virtual fret board virtuoso.

Aki Kanerva, Juha Laitinen and Teemu Maki-Patola came up with the idea after being invited to develop a virtual instrument as part of their coursework. 'The first thing that came to mind was an air guitar,' Kanerva told New Scientist."

An open source guide to a flat world

This is cool, I hope Mr. Friedman follows through with this idea...

FT.com / Business life - An open source guide to a flat world: "An open source guide to a flat worldBy Andrew HillPublished: November 28 2005 18:34 | Last updated: November 28 2005 18:34Thomas Friedman has a vision for the final edition of The World is Flat: anybody will be able to update it.// <

It's been suggested to me that we actually turn the book into an open-source product. Just put it up on the web like Wikipedia [the collaborative online encyclopedia] and let people add to it says the New York Times columnist, who is working on the second edition of his bestseller on globalisation.It is a vision that will turn his publishers Penguin/Allen Lane in the UK and Farrar Straus Giroux in the US pale with anxiety about the copyright implications, not to mention the risk that opponents of the book or its message about the benefits of globalisation will try to hijack the wiki edition. But it is a vision that is perfectly in tune with the picture of a globalised and interconnected world that Mr Friedman outlines."

Cost of Proprietary software

Matt Asay, one of my favorite bloggers about open source has an interesting take on the cost of proprietary software for vendors

AC/OS: "The cost of proprietary software...to its vendors


Marc Fleury says it costs $2.50 for a proprietary, enterprise software company to earn $1.00 in maintenance revenues. John Powell, CEO of Alfresco, says (and he should know, having run operations at Business Objects) it costs $1.20 (to get $1.00 in license revenues). Either way you do the math, that's a terrible way to make a living. It's just too expensive to be a proprietary enterprise software vendor these days."

Monday, November 28, 2005

1.5 million mails per day

1.5 million emails per day???...and I thought I had it bad;)

feather: "The team has posted the official Request for Proposal (RFP) on our web site. The deadline for responses is Friday, December 2nd.
What are we looking for? Someone, either an independent contractor or a team, with significant background in system and network admin services who can help us manage our significant infrastructure requirements.
We service over a thousand committers, operate over three hundred public mailing lists, handle well over 1.5 million incoming emails per day, deliver a rather large multiple of that number, host over thirty top level projects, serve about five million web requests (not including our mirrors), host over six gigabytes of release packages, and have over two hundred thousand commits under our Subversion repository.
We expect the Apache Software Foundation to continue to grow. Accordingly, we must plan our infrastructure to scale to handle the increased loads. And growth, in terms of resource creation (new mailing lists, accounts, etc.) is one of the primary stresses on available volunteer time.
Interested? Please read the entire RFP and submit your proposal. Thank you to everyone who might consider taking on this worthy challenge.



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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning

this is brilliant case of entrepreneurship...a group of Finns made a full length movie with no money over 7 years, and have now had close to 3 million downloads of the movie after about a month since introduction!

Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning: Introduction: "In the Pirkinning?


Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning is a feature-length sci-fi parody, seven
years in the making. It is the product of a core group of five Finns,
and over 300 extras, assistants and supporters. The film combines
world-class visual effects, a rough-and-ready sense of humour, and a
passion that provide the basis for the first-ever Finnish science
fiction adventure."

Google-Mart

An interesting post about google REALLY taking over the world

PBS | I, Cringely . November 17, 2005 - Google-Mart: "Google-MartSam Walton Taught Google More About How to Dominate the Internet Than Microsoft Ever Did
By Robert X. Cringely


Play to your strengths. That's the key to success in any industry. This is the week I promised to explain where I think Google is headed, and playing to the company's strengths is key if they are going to do what I think, which is effectively take over the Internet. Oh they won't steal it or strong-arm us. They'll seduce us into giving it to them. And I am not at all sure that's a bad thing."

Googling For Gold

Google just seems to be overtaking the world...good article in the new businessweek

Googling For Gold: "Googling For Gold With a market cap in orbit and more cash than a small nation, Google's heft is altering the tech industry's behavior. But when does its long-awaited shopping spree begin? With the news that shares of online search giant Google Inc. had crossed the lofty $400-per-share mark on Nov. 17, the world may have witnessed something akin to the birth of a new financial planetary system. Given its market cap of $120 billion, double that of its nearest competitor, Yahoo!, Google now has the gravitational pull to draw in a host of institutions and company matchmakers unable to resist the potential profit opportunities."

Time for a New Software Model

Can open source really benefit a company in both development AND marketing? Interesting post by OS veteran.

SandHill.com | Engineering | Time for a New Software Model: "Time for a New Software Model
Sales and marketing costs are dragging down the enterprise software business. Open source offers one way to resurrect it.
By Larry Augustin
Nov. 11, 2005


Ask a software vendor about the benefits of Open Source and you'll get a few stock answers. It's inexpensive. R&D costs are lower. Developers are plentiful. But few vendors realize the true operational leverage that Open Source offers in sales and marketing.

V2C Forum 2005 - ENTREPRENEUR BOOTCAMP

I'll be speaking here on thursday

V2C Forum 2005 - ENTREPRENEUR BOOTCAMP: "1. Entrepreneur Bootcamp: How to Raise Growth Capital

Entrepreneurs of young technology ventures often EVENTUALLY find it impossible to realise the full potential of their business without external resources, both financial capital and knowledge capital. Due to the risky nature of their business, venture capital is practically the only source available. However, due to the increased complexity of high growth venturing, venture capitalists have tougher time making investment decisions and appear to demand more than is being offered, in terms of investment-readiness. There is clear mismatch between the expectations of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The Entrepreneur Bootcamp will provide entrepreneurs with insights and tools on how to package and sell ideas in order to raise growth capital. The interest, herein, is to widen and strengthen the pool of growth entrepreneurs in the Finnish Federation of Enterprises."

Saturday, November 26, 2005

What? The Open Source Movement; a Socialist phenomenon? :: AO

Good post on AlwaysOn! Well, I certainly haver never considered myself Socialist...I believe the next 12-18 months will be very interesting regarding Open Source, I am betting on 5 big IPOs that will prove for once and all Open Source as a viable business and investment opportunity

What? The Open Source Movement; a Socialist phenomenon? :: AO: "What? The Open Source Movement; a Socialist phenomenon?
Sometimes people say stuff that seemed like a good idea at the time

Simon Edhouse [Virtusoft] | POSTED: 11.22.05 @06:00

One of the fascinating battles taking place on the Web, (and there are a few big ones underway) is the growing war of words between the old-guard (more Web 1.0) capitalists, typified by Microsoft and SAP, and the open-source (more Web 2.0) development community. However, the acrimony seems to be largely flying in one direction.

In a sign that the old guard may be starting to panic about highly collaborative open-source business models, Shai Agassi, president of the product and technology group at SAP, (who also blogs here, hello Shai) claimed that not only was Linux not innovative but that it represented I.P. Socialism. He is not the first to dredge up cold-war rhetoric to try to discredit Linux-type solutions and dissuade clients from switching. In an interview in January this year, in response to a fairly loaded question about people clamoring to reform and restrict intellectual-property rights Bill Gates said:

There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises. They don't think that those incentives should exist. Hangon, is Bill seriously lumping the IP issues of the Open Source debate in with music and movie piracy? It wasn't said overtly, but he is inferring this kind of linkage. The incentives that Bill is talking about are all regulatory processes that predate the Web, and this I'm afraid makes him sound more and more like yesterday's man. "

Ross Mayfield's Weblog: Wiki Wednesday November 2nd

I have been thinking of setting up a new monthly networking event in Helsinki. We have Mobilemonday that is thriving, but I would like to see something like wiki wednesday being set up, that would nicely complement my open source activities.

Ross Mayfield's Weblog: Wiki Wednesday November 2nd: "Wiki Wednesday November 2nd

The whole Socialtext team is in town for an on-site retreat next week, so we are having this month's Wiki Wednesday in Palo Alto. Some great suprise guests are coming by. Mark the date and sign up on the wiki.

Also, a few of us are coming to TagCamp this weekend. Unfortunately it overlaps with the UCLA-Stanford and Earthquakes-Galaxy football games, but I'll stop by for some geek time.


October 28, 2005 in barcamp, wikiwed | Permalink"

About time

I have been contemplating about setting a blog for about a year, here it is finally. I don't know how this is going to shape up yet as next week we will launch a work related blog that will be concentrated on Open Source at www.coss.fi/ossi and I will be posting over there as well.

I guess the intial goal for myself is to try to post almost daily and in a way keep this as a place to remember and develop the things I am thinking about and working on whether that being personal or not.