Thursday, March 13, 2008
From Techcrunch post:
"Yahoo’s support for semantic web standards like RDF and microformats (hCard, hCalendar, hReview, hAtom and XFN) is exactly the incentive websites need to adopt them. Instead of semantic silos scattered across the Web (think Twine), Yahoo will be pulling all the semantic information together when available, as a search engine should."
What I mean by semantic print is application of RDF & microformats like standards applied to components that make up a print publication (flyers, brochures, newspapers, magazines, etc...) Just like semantic web promises to make search engines and mash ups better among others, semantic print would allow content repurposing, new packaging/print products and cost efficiencies in print production.
Google's interactive ads is also a step in this direction where by content also carries intent/action. On the production side there are a lot of print content management systems (Alfresco, Quark Publishing System, Documentum) out there promises this, but no clear winner exists yet in this space.
I guess evolution happens out of chaos only and not every information in the world can be structured.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Traditional print houses have a lot of investment in infrastructure to support editorial, product and delivery. And report after report suggests news print market is shrinking. Idea is to leverage that investment by offering that infrastructure to bloggers, influencers (if there is such a thing), evangelists, what not whose primary channel is web and would like to add print as well.
- Independent journalists add another medium to their work > reach more masses
- Opens the door for content monetization besides ad based revenue. Posts/articles that cost less to produce and are time critical may be delivered via web while ones that need lots of research, has high quality editorial analysis and is not time critical may go purely print for which customers have to pay.
As I understand it, a web service is "destination" where people stay there, like yahoo.com. It essentially is a portal which have original editorial and may aggregate external content. Techcrunch noted with new YouTube APIs there is a strong indication that YouTube wants to be in hosting and distribution business as opposed to destination.
On the "distribution" side, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar notes that he is happy to know that that somebody who’s consuming the full episode of 30 Rock was within Yahoo. I guess the main motivation behind "distribution" business model is it is hard to create new destination. a good analogy from physical world is how many malls one can open. So it is in best interest of content providers that they keep open mind towards having somebody else host their content. Of course, one needs to make sure that balance doenst tilt all the way like what Steve Jobs did to music industry.
- You need a co-founder and some cheerleaders < you'll hit a motivation wall
- Pick a day or two per week where you always work, ideally in the same room as your co-founders < keeping a fixed schedule helps
- Have a boat-burning target - a goal when you can go full steam. < dive in full-time?
- Pick an idea that is tractable < No extraneous features
- Understand that your first version is probably going to suck
- If you’re going to screw off at work (everyone does), spend it getting smarter about the stuff you don’t know < stealing time
- Be sure you own your startup
Friday, March 7, 2008
Shared Picture Map for QuarkXPress 7:
Shared Picture Map is a QuarkXPress XTension and Apple Aperture/iPhoto plugins that allows both the applications to exchange images and layouts.
QuarkViewer for QuarkXPress 7:
QuarkViewer is an XTensions module for QuarkXPress 7.3.x that allows users to export QuarkXPress layout pages for viewing in Microsoft Silverlight player. QuarkViewer may run as a pure desktop application or a Web application.
UIView *mainView = [[UIView alloc] initWithFrame: [[UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]];
UITextView *textView = [[UITextView alloc] initWithFrame: CGRectMake(10.0f, 10.0f, 320.0f, 480.0f)];
[window addSubview: mainView];
[textView setText:@"Hello World"];
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Of course problem I am trying to solve is dying print media. How many of us read newspapers any more? Google News, blogs, aggregators (such as Techmeme) are where we get our news from. Recently I got to hear from an IT director at a leading print magazine - he mentioned that they are trying to be a media company. This was the first for me, but it does make sense. Now-a-days audio, video is at par with print and is a must.
Coming back to solution. I must add this is inspired by Scott Karp's post on Publishing 2.0 blog. What if publishing houses deliver more of editorial edition and less of news (late breaking :) and that too either saturday or sunday? This product would be somewhere in middle of editorial section of a daily newspaper and a weekly/bimonthly magazine. Ads would be more for brand awareness as opposed to "call for action". This way one can get some time on weekend to take a step back from internet news world and see it from pure editorial perspective. Further such a product should be customizable by the end user. Say I would like to read more about technology and health. Even better if they can let one pick the writers. Say for example I like to read Scott Karp and Michael Arrington, so have their blogs included in this product.
Monday, March 3, 2008
- It's never too late to create a winning app
- Simplicity & clarity are key to app success
- Aim for speed & flexibility in launch and iterations
- Community cooperation leads to success (in other words, the most successful students shared the most)
- Individual opinion about apps are worthless, you need to get out there and see what happens
- Copying success is a cheap / fast way to succeed
- Metrics do matter, but today's tools are too weak
- You CAN learn to create a winning app
- Success comes from the CHAOS / CONTROL Cycle
- Mass Interpersonal Persuasion is finally here
From teachers @ Stanford
Sunday, March 2, 2008
I own Xbox 360 in US. Of course its NTSC format and Brian Lara Cricket 2007 isnt released here. Being a cricket fanatic, I so desperately needed to play it that I bought PC version, put it on my MacBook Pro (Vista via Boot camp) and used my Xbox Controller (via wireless gaming receiver) to play the game. Now I had no way of knowing which controller key does what so I asked a friend of mine in UK to send screen shots of the Xbox game. Posting them here for future reference.
|A||Attacking shot/Abort run||Run up/Normal delivery||Change field type|
|B||Lofted shot||Right-breaking delivery||Change field type|
|X||Defensive shot||Left-breaking delivery||Throw to keeper/Field variant|
|Y||Run||Slow delivery/Top spinner||Throw to bowler/Field variant|
|LB||Move left/Attacking sweep||Swing left|
|RB||Move right/Lofted sweep||Swing right|
|LT+X,B,A||Dance down wicket||Special delivery 1|
|RT||Special delivery 2|