Monday, February 7, 2011

Tweeds : Design, problem and the solution

Aza Raskin (@azaaza)
2/7/11 6:06 PM
Design is as much about iterating understanding of the problem as it is the solution. Your first attempt at both will be wrong.

Tweets : Restoring the trust : Agile and Software craftsmanship

Andy Hunt (@PragmaticAndy)
2/7/11 4:36 PM
Uncle Bob talks about the agile manifesto and craftsmanship movements http://bit.ly/g9jdHH

Exporting PowerPoint slides as hiDef images

Jon Galloway (@jongalloway)
2/7/11 7:19 PM
Exporting PowerPoint slides as high resolution images requires a registry edit (but unlocks an achievement). http://bit.ly/fcLZm6

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Disastrous End Of Praja Rajyam Party

News broke out a year back that Chiranjeevi will merge with Congress and kill his brain child, Praja Rajyam Party. But they completely rejected the idea saying that it was a rumour.

Now it is official. Praja Rajyam Party is now officially DEAD. The END.

It merges with Congress party, as Chiranjeevi and his 18 odd leaders think that Congress suddenly became a great political party and share their views and beliefs.

Why? Why Now? You must be kidding if you are still wondering. What a big drama for the last three years in the name of …. what a crap. Forget about it.

What is Important to Learn To Win In This Internet Powered Smart Phone Driven Flat World

What is really important to learn to first survive, then compete and ultimately win in this Internet powered Smart Phone driven Flat world ?  

Here is a great video that puts this question in the context of learning "Math" at schools. Key question asked in this video is Should we continue to spend a great deal of time in learning how to 'calculate' or should we focus more on conceptualizing and formulating problems and using computers to perform computations. The argument the author makes is that we MUST do the later and at the earliest possible.


If you understand the argument, you can easily replace "math" with any thing in the world or any branch of science for that matter. The argument still makes a sound and very important case.

In fact, if you realize, this is NOTHING new. We have been redefining continuously what we need to learn and how we learn throughout the period of evolution. The resistance and incredibility are just part of that evolution. Just that the advances in science and technology are at such an incredible pace, many of us can't even notice, leave alone catching up.

So, think about it. Start focusing on concepts and nurture the ability to identify opportunities (or problems) and learn the right technology to offer best of the breed solutions. Use internet, smart phones and literally unlimited cloud computing to your advantage rather. With this new set of computational resources, it is lot more important to use your brain on 'what to do' and 'how to leverage' rather than re-inventing own wheels and thinking that learning age old techniques are some how more intellectual, fundamental and essential and  like some of us think, the right thing to do.

Its not. It has never been. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Microsoft MIX : Why can’t they offer RSS Feed?

I don’t know why? Majority of conferences organized by and around Microsoft Technologies, DO NOT offer RSS Feeds of their sessions and videos. For some mysterious reasons. Instead the sites offer a ridiculously tedious and stupid interface to subscribe/download session videos.

It is supposedly a conference of UX Experts.

“MIX is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating the most innovative and profitable consumer sites on the web.” - http://live.visitmix.com/

But when you want to watch or download session videos, there is NO RSS FEED. Instead here is what they want you to do:

If you’d like to download all of the keynote and session content, download a recent build of cURL (~250K), and extract it to your folder-of-choice. Then, download MIX10Downloader.zip (1.39KB) and extract the MIX10Downloader.bat file to the same folder. From a command prompt, start MIX10Downloader by passing it one of the following parameters: WMVHIGH, WMV, MP4, PPTX. Then wait. For files that aren’t available, cURL will download a file that is around 1,245 bytes in size (if you change the extension to .htm and open it, you’ll see that the file is simply an HTML "not found" error page).

To rename the files, first, download MIX10Renamer.zip (4.09KB). Then, extract the MIX10Renamer.bat file to the folder that contains your downloaded files, and from a command prompt, type MIX10Renamer WMV to rename all of the .WMV files to the full session title. By changing the parameter, you can also rename your PPTX and MP4 files.

Majority of people that are interested in these sessions, I believe, would have one or other RSS Feed Reader applications. If they provide an RSS FEED, everybody can easily and readily view all sessions and download if they want to.

What kind of an UX is this?

NDTV.com : Fact or Allegation ? Just another twisted title for sensationalism

This is yet another example of NDTV.com’s sensationalism twisted titles. The title says, as if this was a fact, woman made to urinate in pub...