工艺学 | technology | 기술

Typhoon Google

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After the devastation that occurred in Florida by hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne signs of a long running typhoon struck in Cupertino, California. The effects of the typhoon centred on the marketing department of Apple Computer and its data centre. Following on from the launch of GMail earlier this year, Apple has upped the capacity of my email account almost tenfold to 125MB for mail and an additional 125MB for online storage.I am one of the original paying customers for .mac services so it is no coincidence that this improvement has occurred in the two weeks running up to the annual subscription payment on my account. Whichever way you look at it, the improvement is welcome and is the most important of a raft of tweaks that Apple has implemented. The alias email address is what I use to give Renaissance Chambara its own contact details.

Here is the text from Apple announcing the changes:

Dear .Mac Member,

We’re excited to announce that your .Mac membership now comes with 250 MB of combined .Mac Mail and iDisk storage. And, in another move designed to make life easier as traffic grows heavier and files grow larger, we’ve increased the maximum email message size to 10 MB.

If you haven’t tried them yet, be sure to check out two additional enhancements recently added to .Mac Mail. There’s a new online spell checker with a customizable dictionary available when you use your .Mac Mail account through a browser. And you can now use aliases as email addresses either for fun or as protection when you need to provide an email address but aren’t entirely comfortable with the requester. If your concerns turn out to be justified, you can then simply remove the alias and create a new one the next time you face a similar situation.

We value your membership and hope you enjoy these enhancements to your .Mac service.


The .Mac Team Respect to the Sarasota Herald Tribune for the hurricane facts that I have linked to in this entry.

思想 | ideas | 생각

Big Ideas

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I was reading an article about entrepreneur and Cliff Richard lookalike Michael Robertson’s work in trying to set up a more successful and social democratic way to help students pay for a college education in the US. In this article there was a link to the Idea Channel, the Idea Channel is a website where the public can purchase videos and transcripts from some of the brightest thinkers of our time. It was noticable that the smart people were using some older channels to deliver their messages: VHS video cassettes and printed books.Next, I received an email on the next big idea from Forrester Research – Innovation Networks, there is an interesting PDF to support the concept and the material can be obtained by registerig. Innovation networks are about bridging the gap between invention and commercialisation of the new, new thing. Much of the thinking here is pretty staid, but I do like the way Forrester has packaged it all up. Six barriers to effective innovation include:

– One way customer relationships yield market irrelevant innovations – basically the classic technology development scheme, the provision of WAP services to European mobile phone users

– Organisational silos prevent organisational collaboration – an easy target this one. Basically because much of the IT systems put in place to do knowledge management from intranets to running Autonomy don’t work. Email has allowed managers to sandblast peers with electronic memos but still hasn’t made the cultural impact to break down the silos

– Ivory-towered R&D labs dampen the rate of innovation – because the goals of R&D are very different to productisation of an invention

– Risk-averse top management eschews radical innovation – what do you expect when managers read about concepts like the innovators dilemma and are tasked with providing shareholder value, not building a dynasty of greatness. Business is ruled the 90-day plan

– Unskilled partners fail to keep pace with innovation – Microsoft has failed to secure computers, failed to be reliable and failed to provide innovations that business wants.

– Limited pool of local talent slow the innovation cycles – you don’t know all the smart people. To the more cynical it also allows companies to offshore R&D

媒体与艺术 | culture | 미디어와 예술

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