Nov 29, 2009

immigrant population patterns

Lithuanica, in Moore street mall

Photos from Lithuanica, the store for Lithuanian and some Polish products (mainly food), in a Dublin city center mall.

The patterns of service and societal layers crystallizing around sizable immigrant populations.

The size of an immigrant population as a factor in:
- how actively will its members look for, socialize with each other,
- how they are regarded by locals (on the scale from a positive color, exotic quests, towards a threatening intruder),
- how developed and concentrated are the service institutions (appearance of national stores, services like barbers and cleaners, restaurants, and the unofficial labels such as lebanese street, china town, arab district, etc).

Lithuanica, in Moore street mall

Lithuanica, in Moore street mall

Nov 25, 2009

micro regulation

traffic rule change for a street music event

This traffic regulation sign near a one-off street music event (Copenhagen), is very narrow in scope. Limits only one kind of behavior, only on one street section, and only for 10 hours on one given date.

How long until such micro regulations will be factored in real time for turn-by-turn navigations, such as Google's for Android phones?

Nov 22, 2009

low range urban status message

f**k you... you get your data elsewhere

Looking for open signals in range on a Copenhagen corner. Using your wifi network name as a messaging platform.

Nov 18, 2009

chatting with random strangers - chat snippets with stranger

just tried, a simple site that randomly couples you up with a stranger for a chat.

here is their introduction:
"When you use Omegle, we pick another user at random and let you have a one-on-one chat with each other. Chats are completely anonymous, although there is nothing to stop you from revealing personal details if you would like."

you can see snippets from the meaningful conversation I managed to have with a 16 year old French girl (at least the stranger claimed) during my first omegle chat.

would be interesting to know in what moods, situations people click on "start a chat" on omegle. what are they looking for, and if they get it. are there people/organizations that use the service for some professional use cases like research, marketing, etc.

go, have a random chat now :) - chat snippets with stranger

Nov 14, 2009

the next 1 billion business. you mean dollars or customers?

nokia 1280

So what's up with Nokia? The brand that is equivalent with mobile communication in many locales, is getting less attention recently. While the exciting and loud battle for affluent early adopters continues in the smartphone segment between Apple, RIM and Google, the finnish giant, Nokia is actively pushing the boundaries of connecting people on the other end of the target spectrum.

With its recent product launches (Nokia 1280 and its buddies), and its software solutions (Nokia Money rolling out in 2010, or Nokia Life Tools), Nokia a in the game of pushing TCO (total cost of ownership) down drastically, allowing inclusion into mobile communication for many millions of new customers from the bottom billion.

With 22(!) days of standby battery time, an FM radio and a flashlight, the dust and scratch resistant Nokia 1280 is designed with keeping shared usage and energy poverty in mind. The price? EUR 20 excluding taxes.

Priced at 20 Euros, would the iPhone become competitive/interesting for a sheep herder on the Kyrgyz jailoos? For a two-wheel mango merchant on a Hyderabad bazaar? For a roadside fried-corn vendor in Arusha, Tanzania?

Nov 7, 2009

recruiting after a crisis

altyn arashan, walleys of east kyrgyzstan

Once hiring restarts after the current recession, recruiters will have a whole new set of great questions to ask on interviews:
- What did you do when you lost your previous job? What did you do 3 days, 6 days, 2 weeks later?
- How did you feel about the situation? What did you learn from it?
- How do you feel about this pause in your career now, looking back? Is it more like a surprise gift from life, or a torture, a horrid nightmare? What where the good and bad things about it?

As we all know, people who are capable of success, do not grief failure, but learn from it, quickly spot the new opportunities and move on.

In a post-crisis world, it is easy to spot such people, if you are after them.

Nov 4, 2009

Future Vision 2019

Microsoft Office Labs is the software giant's think tank, that looks far ahead (well, 5-10 years) into the future, and envisions technologies that will penetrate our everyday lives.

This inspiring video below is about productivity in 2019. If you prefer MS SilverLight, be my guest.

Technology certainly has a lot of potential in areas like telepresence, blurring the differences between being physically and remotely present even further. Working from home wherever you are, especially in the knowledge intensive areas will be commonplace, reducing required office space and facilities as we know it. How will this exodus of professionals from the 'office' transform other spaces like cafes, restaurants, parks, homes, transport? How will our abilities and tolerance of keeping work and personal separated change?

It is nice to see how technology erodes the burdens to meaningful participation, community organization and how connecting and interacting with your data in the cloud (where else?) becomes seamless.

An even more interesting aspect to me, which is largely missing from MS' vision is how they see technology's role in dealing with the real challenges of 2019. How will technology impact the lives of the next billion people, or the bottom billion people (not the same, but definitely largely overlapping)? How will these gains in productivity contribute to a carbon neutral economy? If the technology enabled increase in productivity allowed us to do our job in 20 percent less time, will this result in a 20 percent shorter workweek?

Your comments welcome :)