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"Executives regard IT infrastructure as a commodity. That’s a mistake. Yes, components such as servers and storage—even some support processes, like the monitoring of applications—have been commoditized. Even so, an effective infrastructure operation creates value by making sound choices about which technologies to use and how to integrate them. A technology product purchased from a vendor may be a commodity, but the ability to bring together hardware, software, and" configure systems to create business value is strategic - McKinsey
The folks at Pixar helped a dying girl fulfill her final wish when one of their employees hand delivered a DVD of the film Up to the family’s residence for a private screening.
10-year-old Colby Curtin was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in December 2005, and ever since she saw a preview for Up, she’d been excited for the poignant film about a man who goes on an adventure after the loss of his wife by tying balloons to his house and flying away.
After the family had made a request that was never fulfilled for a wheelchair to take Colby to the theaters, a family friend began frantically calling Pixar as Colby’s health dramatically worsened.
Finally the friend got through the automated messaging system by guessing a name. Pixar immediately sent out an employee to the girl’s home in Huntington Beach armed with a DVD of the film and a gift basket of toys. The family sat around to a private screening.
Colby had difficulty keeping her eyes open through the film because of the pain she was in, so her mother narrated it to her.
Colby died 7 hours later and we hope her final moments were that much more comfortable for having her final wish granted!
“How we approach our work is often what determines its outcome. The more it’s about us, the knowers or gurus or smarter-than-thous, the less good the experience we create.”—Mark Hurst - goodexperience.com (via edview)
Woody Powell is a Stanford sociologist who studies the economic culture of cities. Recently, he and his research team studied why certain regions—Boston, San Francisco, San Diego—became leaders in biotechnology while others with a similar concentration of scientific and corporate talent—Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York—did not. The answer they found was what Powell describes as the anchor-tenant theory of economic development. Just as an anchor store will define the character of a mall, anchor tenants in biotechnology, whether it’s a company like Genentech, in South San Francisco, or a university like M.I.T., in Cambridge, define the character of an economic community. They set the norms. The anchor tenants that set norms encouraging the free flow of ideas and collaboration, even with competitors, produced enduringly successful communities, while those that mainly sought to dominate did not. (via the New Yorker)
My machine just gave me the new Safari, I already liked the ‘top site’ page from Google Chrome. To me this was a real masterpiece of Goal-Oriented Design. Users visit a limited set of sites frequently, so why not offer them at the single click of a mouse button.
Apple was nicely inspired for their new Safari by this but the WOW-factor is clearly added over here. In the browser it is like you are watching TV, 12 TVs actually in my case. Such a slick design, the content is fully personal (Hey, these are my favorites) which makes you feel at home - the computer is personal and focuses on what is important for the user: easy acess to her favorite site. And it looks damn good. A great piece of design: thumbs up!
“If people find the culture loathsome, they solve the problem by just buying different stuff. Even in the sixties, products were sold as a way of dealing with the anomie of consumer society—things like Volkswagens that were seen as nonconformist,” says Thomas Frank, who’s written about alternative marketing in The Conquest of Cool and about modern conservatism in The Wrecking Crew. “There will always be consumerism as a form of rebellion against consumerism.”
For a while I have been using Vista now. I highly like the fast startoption via just typing what you are looking form accessed via the Windows-key. This really is a great feature which makes my computer-using-life a lot easier. It was inspired by the Mac, but for me a good reason to migrate all my Windows machines to Windows Vista.
However there are also things which annoy me so much, it is just really not understandable. It is one of these things that intriges me to explore more, but I know that I do not have the time for it. I just get paid to do other stuff, use the computer as a tool. And not as something that I need to invest time in by itself. These two combined give me everytime a strong frustration and the desire to throw my laptop out of the window.
In the above shot the files should have been sorted on date, most recent files first. Just check out the top file…and then the second. Maybe I can understand why this is technically occurring, obviously some search indexing friend didn’t visit this directory yet. But is sucks sooooooo much.
On a typical online social network, most of the activity is focused around women - men follow content produced by women they do and do not know, and women follow content produced by women they know Not on Twitter… via Harvard Business
Wave’s delta-driven XML streams are directly descended from the Groove architecture, and Live Mesh can be seen as a similar reboot of its parent as part of Windows 7 and Live. In effect, Google and Microsoft are now at roughly the same place in integrating realtime into the respective architectures. I think we may have a race between the two vendors who really matter in core IT platform technology. The outcome to shape IT spending for years to come. The Manhattan Project by Steve Gillmor.