Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
It is interesting that this news comes out shortly after Microsoft announced its Home Server product. Both products are at clearly at two extremes of the spectrum. While one tries to minimize the use of hardware, the other sells greater hardware power combined with software.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Our design this time around has been the result of some serious research on what works and what doesn't with regard to websites, keywords, and general usability. It has been a tremendous learning experience for us and hopefully you like the final result!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Another very interesting mention in the article.
The Canadian company Smart Technologies makes and sells a program called SynchronEyes. It allows a classroom teacher to monitor every student’s computer activity and to freeze it at a click. Last year, the company sold more than 10,000 licenses, which range in cost from $779 for one teacher to $3,249 for an entire school.
Never heard of this, but sounds really cool!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Jokes apart, this is a very interesting and exciting move in the field of education. MIT set the stage a few years back by making its course content available on the web. This move by UC Berkeley is the next big step in the proliferation of educational content on the web. It does however raise some interesting questions.
- Are faculty members signed up to teach a class or to teach the world at large?
- How do faculty members feel about their relatively private classrooms being broadcast to the world?
- Are other universities going to follow suit?
- Is Education going to be the next big use for Youtube?
- Do student get to see videos of Prof. before the decide to sign up for a class?
- Is teaching going to become more of a sales pitch?
- Are we going to see competing lectures on the same topic from different universities?
- What is in it for the university? Are they trying to educate the world from the goodness of their heart or simply marketing their services!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
"Give content and services for free and generate revenue through ads" continues to be the mantra. Not much has changed since the dotcom days. Has it? These leading media companies giving content away for free is a clear sign that charging for content (particular content that is also available in print) is going to be a bad idea for the foreseeable future.
Pay per view TV on the web has already had a relatively good degree of success (I have purchased sports events myself!) and is likely to grow especially as end-users start spending more time in front of their computers and less time in front of their TV sets. It is not in the least bit surprising that a start-up named Joost has raised boat loads of money (not to mention that the backers had a lot of chump change lying around from their Youtube investment and the right connections). Educational content on the web has seen slow growth than wildly projected in the dotcom days but surely makes sense.
The question of can you make money selling content on the web still remains as wide open as the opportunity itself.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Check out this presentation on this topic by Dick Hardt, CEO of Sxip. Even if you know very little about this topic the presentation style is very interesting and impressive. Don't miss!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
As for Vista there are enough signs that its Mac-like OS, but a few years late. Coupled with the need for more high-powered hardware, a Vista upgrade makes little sense. MS is really starting to sound and act like IBM of the past!
It remains to be seen how it all plays out. Certainly a long way from becoming a Google Killer. Even if it doesn't turn into one, its highly possible that an off-shoot of it might emerge to challenge the king of search?
Btw, I didn't see any mention of how Wikia (which is for-profit as opposed to Wikipedia) plans to make money!