American vision, poor leadership, Technology, Vision

Coding for this nubie.

Have neglected this blog for some time. Just had lost my original vision for this Blog. Seems like a new one is developing. And will compliment couple of my blogs, fir3h3ron and Logic and Passion at my.opera/wintercrow.
Have been learning to code for the last 4 months, on my own, yup! self taught. The goal: become a web developer.

What a fool! I had no idea what it meant. A mess of technologies and languages to learn. Am not a spring chicken but like my aunt Rosa used to say:  “El mundo es de los audaces” or The world belongs to those who dare. Sink or swim here I jumped.

Found out that I do like coding and in particular Ruby and JavaScript. This has given new feathers  to my wings.
There are things that bother me about the Busines of technology that interfere with the development and execution of bringing a better lilfe to humanity.   Writing about anything was confusing because of my Zen influence I didn’t just want to be  a compulsive complainer nor a negative always dissonant note.The reality is that just a dash of angst is enough to compel me to blog more often. And hopefully with more quality.

I found this blog that reads like the way I wish I could write. It sets a standard for me, and  have been reading lately. Found it worth pointing to and commenting on:    I, Cringely.com/ blog  Is insightful and level headed. Check it out. It has an element of gold in that it’s accurate predictions and ballpark accuracy is more than enough.
Today’s quick rant is about one trend that clearly annoys me, the inability of excellent Universities to teach coding  that is relevant and in a manner that is effective. Well, not just efficient but “Effective AND Efficient”.
Standford, MIT and few others are offering on line classes. I did checked them and wow …  a boring pomposity. Time is ticking and I don’t have 4 years to learn how to create a payroll program. There are many other ways to teach the fundamentals like recursion, inheritance, stack versus memory pointers, data structures and algorithms.

There seems a great disconnect between their CS school and their Technology labs.
Why can’t they ask the ‘OnLine’ students “go and buy a $45.00/$25.00 AVR Microcontroller board at your local online vendors or Radio Shack.   Any of  Arduino, Parallax, PIC, RaspberryPI and we’ll teach you how to program it(C, JavaScript, Python, Ruby) …and integrate it with your ISP import code from our servers and make it  start your car. Then explain every step and line of code that passed between your source code to Our school’s server via wi-fi back to your car via Bluetooth.”  Not hard at all.

Where is the willingness.  We could do it in C then in JavaScript and Python and Rails.
Imagination! Vision!
Enough for today. Thanks for taking the time to read my rant. Have a god one.

American vision, Technology

Facebook, growing irrelevant?

“Pew Internet and American Life Project that came on Tuesday February 5th said that people are Tuning out Facebook for weeks at a time is commonplace and many are taking Sabbatical from Facebook” …?  Sooo   …they are missing the point by using faulty syllogisms. See table at end of post.

The overwhelming response from all media: Modern[Web Native] and Legacy[Print & TV Networks] to the Pew and American life project report focuses on  questioning whether Facebook is on the decline or not.

  The question is typical of the Legacy Journalism mindset, they look for answers to a problem instead of looking around for the lay of the land, thus fail to observe the dynamics at play and the lessons offered.

Many have taken sabbatical on just about any subject, name it, yet this does not translate to a universal dropout of society. It is a re-alignment, simple. The most probable cause for the decision to dropout could be that many have issues with their friends opinions and behaviors. As have we all heard from Facebook users the “environment turned sour”. So you re-align your friends. Un-friend-ing is very hard for many. But wisely or not the point is that a Facebook account requires work. It doesn’t matter if one’s friends are members of Mensa or members of The Bonehead Society because they are our boneheads. The tragedy of losing a cell phone or changing Networks is not just the issue of the loss of physical device but the loss contacts and information inside, sometimes is the hardship of the necessary sync. No different for Social Networks.

Wonder why folks still use AOL?  …OK you get it.
Many bemoan their friends behavior, “How could I have known blah blah…”  Well what do you expect of a website designed at first to check out the most eligible  and maybe hook up under the radar for quick ‘intimacy’. Unfortunately many expect “perfect behavior” at Facebook. Regardless of faults many return because it is a good public forum platform to communicate ideas or events from the most trivial to the most serious.

To summarize: Those who leave Facebook will return. Complaining but will return with new ideas and attitudes towards some participants or activities. Their habits will adjust. Social Websites are like cars.

You don’t know your friends ability to certain attitudes and behaviors until you are inside of one with them, Surprise!

So those who left and have returned need to grow.  Ususaly they have learned to calmly and lovingly un-friend those who are offensive or thrash their wall with overwhelming amounts of requests and posts.  Nothing new. We have been dealing and learning to do better in these situations since the mid 1980’s [at 300 baud]

A social website/forum allows your designed/designated community to peruse information. Is easier to listen to people you know from your own community.  Facebook premise of intimacy bodes well for the American Society that values privacy. This is why Facebook does better than Google’s  G+

Any comparison to Twitter does not apply so well, environments and goals are different. There is a crossover such as a Twitter user posting links to her web blog and  Facebook  used to support the first two with a Facebook page.  This is presently implemented by many to the good fortune of Facebook and users.

Today, February 6 of 2013 a Google search for “Facebook usage” returned 108,000 results. The first page had all results with content from the Pew Research about Facebook users showing “Facebook Fatigue”, the results came from articles written by: GMA News,  NY Times,   Vator News,  Forbes,  ZD/Net,  Media Post Communications,  Central Valley Business Times. All first page links pertained the Pew report. Yahoo returned 1,880,000 results with 8 out of the first 10 about same report. And Bing showed almost same results as Yahoo.

Yet Facebook stock is going up as I write this post. In December 2012  the company posted net income of $64 million well ahead of estimates of $45.8 million. Likewise, the company beat EPS estimates by 2 cents, earning 17 cents per share. [Reported by TheStreet.com]

Facebook [ FB : ticker] is at $29.15  up 0.51  up 1.78%

Facebook has made The Essential transition to become a Mobile Company.   Facebook is still the largest social network with over 1.06 billion people logging in every month. Remember that is not registered users who have created an account but people who do go and check their Facebook profile every 30 days.

source: C/Net: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57567745-93/study-facebook-fatigue-its-real/

American vision, Technology

iPhone/XPlatform Revolution

Iditarod Leadership by Chris Fuller. This free iPod App(Application) is one beautiful thing in every sense of the word: Looks, design and content . This App is powered by Tapstack and uses the leadership premise that “If you are not the lead dog the view never changes”, well our society will not function properly if everyone wants to be the chief, and Mr. Fuller seems to understand this (  Mr. Fuller has a website that zeroes his work to be of service to Team Leaders and works on that level/scale) He points ” Thermometers in business are those people who consistently communicate issues or problems (what the Temp. is) without adjustment or solution of the issue or dilemma.  Leaders need to be Thermostats, people who fully understand the reality as it exists today AND take ownership of the situation. They are fully engaged in creating and implementing the solution”

Well Apple has done this very well with the iPod Touch and the iPhone, through Apps the computing world has been revolutionized beyond the turning back point. The iPod Touch/iPhone has become a standard platform for How OS(Operating Systems) will behave by providing focused solutions  to the user.

I no longer depend on a laptop to stay connected while on the-go, It is easier and friendlier to use, has a faster browser, one is able to quickly  sync PIM(personal Information Managers: Contacts, iCal, Pocket Informant, Bento, many more) and mail, news content is tailored to my needs from Bloomberg, Y! Finance or CNN Money to TweetDeck or Facebook Apps to WordPress, PDF readers ESPN or  SI to WindFinder.

Is easy to read any of Shakespeare’s plays or Alice in Wonderland free as well Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. All beautifully displayed in vibrant colors.

This is the 4th time that Apple and Steve Jobs in particular taps the secret vein of changing history. 1st he did it with Steve Wozniak and Espinoza to create the   Apple II computer and by allowing 3 party vendors to have access to its design they became the beneficiary of a wealth of opportunities.

Actually what happened is that they opened the gate for a “Watershed of Technologies” like the airplane industry, to develop and connecting with higher education was a shrewd move the 2 Steve’s knew from how DEC(Digital Equipment Corporation) had given away free PDP-11 to power house Universities like MIT, Caltech, Stanford, Cornel created and cemented a  sub-industry   dependent on a need neglected by IBM.

The 2nd instance was marked by the introduction of the MacIntosh, a computer that was an improvement on the Lisa which used a then revolutionary concept in  OS: real windows, a technology borrowed!?   ;-)  from Xerox.

The 3rd instance was the introduction of the iPod. A device that invented by Tony Fedell, an independent inventor, a man from Rochester NY who wanted to improve how a device interacted with Napster.

The 4th of course is the iPhone/iPod Touch, an invention that has already changed the computer industry. In my opinion is the platform best suited to deliver Cloud Computing.

I forsee the Cloud devices being an improved iPodTouch with a screen that has about 35-50 square inches more in real estate or about 2-3 inches wider and longer and the providers being Apple and Google with an Android OS.

Newsweek Magazine published an issued devoted to the impact that the iPod Touch/iPhone will have in businesses, new industry and employment. In an article: “There is gold in them iPhones” the explanations continue

Also in an article about the diversity and wealth of Apps “There’s an App for that” Daniel Lyons points out how mind-blowing and how real this explosion of technological talent is. There is humor also like the App that caters to populist outrage with an App that allows you to stop the crooked bankers from escaping.

The advantage of the iPod Touch over the iPhone is that you are not tied down to the ball and chain of monthly payments, you buy it once and you’re done with it. Buy the Apps you need that’s all. There are Apps from totally free to free lite versions of full Apps to 99 cents Apps all away through 4.99 to 12.99; with few exceptional special purpose Apps $25.00 (books for professionals)

Really ! what are you waiting for? Get yours soon.