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Show Support: PRAY FOR JAPAN « PicBadges

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

PRAY FOR JAPAN « PicBadges.

The need is great!  Prayers and support for Japan, going through incredibly heartbreaking multiple catastrophes.

Peace be with you all.

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Yup, the information superhighway is 20 years old and humming along just fine TYVM

August 22, 2010 1 comment

Wired Declares The Web Is Dead—Don’t Pull Out The Coffin Just Yet was a Tech Crunch article recently about Wired’s RIP proclamation.

So…wow, wasn’t this a great title for an article … just sucked you into the read. The fancy color picture of course just helped. HOOK…LINE…and SINKER. Just in case you missed it, here’s the wow picture.
WWW traffic since the 90s to today.

Really catching. But like with any graphic or worse, powerpoint presentation, it is what lies behind all that glitter. As pointed out by a friend, this is just the US for starters so it was a bit hyperbole by Chris Anderson, Wired’s Editor. On top of that, Nick Bilton in the BITS Blog New York Times, challenges some of the reading of the data.

In short, the old categories are likely not that useful and there’s a lot of convergence of Web traffic. If anything we know that the amount of data traveling over the “information superhighway”, to borrow an old term, has exploded beyond belief – Boing Boing notes:

“Between 1995 and 2006, the total amount of Web traffic went from about 10 terabytes a month to 1,000,000 terabytes.”

How much information is that? If we use the 20Terabyte for the US library of Congress as a benchmark…It just boggles the mind. I can’t compute really. Just for fun, check out Lesk’s “How Much Information is There in the World“.

I think that in many ways, this illustrates how data has become more and more part of the human experience, the human pysche. We might end up being Borg-like in our interconnectedness. Take a look at this description of the Borg. In particular where we might be headed:

Born humanoid, they are almost immediately implanted with bio-chips that link their brains to a collective consciousness via a unique subspace frequency emitted by each drone.

Right now, we got so many “data ports” that our brains can’t keep up with the multi-tasking required in today’s society. We need to “unplug” as they say and recently scientists were looking into this: “YOUR BRAIN ON COMPUTERS: Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain“. Look at the NYT Unplugged Challenge about this whole phenomena.

Very “Borg-like-esque” to me. Yes? No? May be so?

Maybe we do need a “coffin” but we just don’t know it yet.

Addendum: Now Playing: Night of the Living Tech in the Aug 21 NYT Week in Review discussing “the proliferation of digital media forms and fast-shifting patterns of consumption”.

TED Talk by Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

April 2, 2010 Leave a comment

It really has been a long while since I blogged. The usual life and work suspects to blame which I suppose isn’t enough explanation for the several months of absence. Glad to be back and nothing like having another TED2010 Talk classic to move me to blog it. Jane’s talk about gaming and making the world, life, and people better hit the sweet spot.

The key points which bear remembering are:

  • 1. Passion and energy are often neglected or dismissed as irrelevant in the drive for all things “better”.
  • 2. Gaming is an wonderfully liberating way to teach and to learn. Try it sometime and don’t be afraid to let others try as well.
  • 3. The inner creative genius in all of us can be stimulated through “play”. Gaming like WoW or in my own gaming life, Ultima, Wizardry, Netrek, Pinball, Chess, can develop team-skills, analytical smarts, discipline, self-confidence, community and leadership skills.
  • Nowadays I find that the emphasis in education is away from play and more toward standardization, memorization but this is a mistake. Innovation, creativity, the lack of fear of failure are losing out because it’s hard work. And likewise, gaming is hard work but necessary and from Jane’s inspirational case for more gaming efforts to be used and harnessed.

    Unleash your inner-gamer!

    Random blog news

    November 14, 2009 2 comments

    A few weeks ago I started to make some changes to my blog. I changed to the INove theme by author mg12. Not that I didn’t like the previous elegant Tarski theme by Ben Eastaugh and Chris Sternal-Johnson…but I sensed a change was needed and I also was going through a mood change myself.

    Just recently I added two more RSS feeds: Mark McDonald’s Gartner Blog and ZDNet Asia Blog. This reflects my continuing journey toward the IT track away from the Program/Project Management side and also my continuing focus on Asia IT happenings.

    For the latter, It’s been about 6 years or so in Asia first stop in Taipei Taiwan (lots of people get this confused with Thailand). Then recently in Hong Kong the past 16+ months here. Lots of changes personal and professional during these times. And at all times extremely thankful, because it’s been mostly been positive and growing experiences.

    Overall, the Asian economies are doing relatively pretty well although not without suffering through it’s own structural changes. Companies continue to downsize tremendously – not least by the fact that the number of resumes I see are of extremely high quality and the number of recruitment firms chasing me for business – even those across borders. There are quite a lot of good human capital out there that’s “lost”. While not as bad as the US job and economy “titanicking”, it’s bad. The HR recruitment industry shakeout along with the FSI (Finance, Securities, Insurance) sectors is as ground shaking as the others.

    I keep touch around the market to see how things are developing. Naturally the press would try to be upbeat and forward thinking but the ear to the ground is much more useful and predictive. And the news is certainly mixed. I’m starting to pick up a sense of predictive cycle and there’s some underlying dynamic forces at work which will show results in the coming 12-18 months I believe. We have China and India and everyone inbetween. The strong ones from Korea, Singapore, Japan will always be in the mix. The Europeans in Asia are probably healthier than their US counterparts (see Newsweek’s The Modest Superpower: How the financial crisis could leave Europe even stronger than America).

    The key story continues to be China. It is still just growing and booming. It’s a juggernaut. Now, its impact within and without its borders is undeniable and where you sit colors your feelings about its impact. Surely the American whining of its currency manipulation policies is with merit, but by the same token, it’s a symbiotic relationship.

    The 2009 year is ending soon and 2010 coming soon.

    The awesomeness of the Milky Way galaxy and its stars

    November 1, 2009 Leave a comment

    The panorama’s creator, Dr. Axel Mellinger of Central Michigan University, spent 22 months and traveled over 26,000 miles to take digital photographs at dark sky locations in South Africa, Texas and Michigan. I just had to share this piece of work by him to my blog readers.

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    3000 panoramic images of our Milky Way - Dr. Axel Mellinger

    Let us dream and dream big!

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    Yellowing Leaves

    October 31, 2009 1 comment

    It’s autumn back Stateside and I miss it always – it’s my favorite season. Here are some nice youtube vids of Autumn back “home” and other places.

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    Hong Kong-American Nobel Prize Winner & HK ICT future

    October 11, 2009 Leave a comment

    I’m quite estatic for my newly adopted host city Hong Kong of only 15 months. Although I’ve blogged about the challenges working here giving me fits now and then, a wonderful recognition was recently awarded last Tuesday to Charles Kao, formerly vice-chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the Nobel Prize for Physics shared by fellow physicists Willard Boyle and George Smith, who invented a sensor that is the digital camera’s ‘electronic eye’. Kao won the prize for his pioneering work in fiber optics, which can effortlessly carry trillions of messages around the world. Without which of course, the Internet doesn’t work. Imagine that…I can’t. So it’s a deserving recognition.

    Charles Kao

    This leads me to write about the opportunity for HK’s ICT industry. It’s at a cross-roads that if not properly paid attention to by the HK Government, private industry and education universities. With this recognition, hopefully it will stir the imagination and focus the energies to this key industry sector to propel Hong Kong forward to new heights. Without the maturation of ICT in people, technology, industry, Hong Kong will be in danger of falling farther behind against it’s rival, Shanghai. This is tightly coupled with HK’s financial sector which is one of the main users of ICT technologies and is extremely influential in shaping ICT utilization. There’s quite a lot of angst (see Naomi Martig’s article) around this topic but HK isn’t like Singapore – which is both good and bad.

    The root of the ICT success as an industry lies in its people. To this point, I’m referring to the ability of ICT professionals to use problem-solving and fast analytical assessment to deploy the right ICT technologies for the organization’s success. Not just simply operational success but also business transformational success. I’m not so sure at the moment we’re seeing the latter as much. Even operational success needs a bit of catching up to do as HK ICT professionals are more and more becoming either too expensive or too irrelevant knowledge and skills-wise. This article from the CIO Executive Council republished in Computerworld, Hong Kong edition illustrates many of the issues facing companies looking for HK ICT professionals. Perhaps it’s a bit much to ask for and development time is needed. True enough but nevertheless, business environment is changing, organizations are changing to meet these environmental changes, and last but not least, ICT professionals are global and boundary-less so there’s even more competition for the home-grown HK professional. We can’t afford the lament that University grads are not prepare for IT work.

    Let’s see where the future holds for HK….We are certainly living in interesting times!

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