Happy Chinese New Year
With the new year underway on January 1 this month we also heralded in the Year of the OX and Chinese New Year, which began on 26th of January. In China, where it is also called “Spring Festival”, it celebrates the beginning of the spring planting season. The changing date each year is dependant on the Chinese calendar invented in 2637 B.C.by Emperor Huangdi. For at least a week ahead of the celebrations that last another two weeks, people clean up their houses to sweep away bad luck of the previous year. It is usually a good time to ask for any money owed.
Check out what we read in Jan 2009
A Guiding Hand Over My Shoulder
Someone this week send me a link to an end user authoring software tool. This seems to have caught attention of many as a very useful training and support tool that shadows live workflow driven and other applications.
The tool produces support media to give over shoulder help that users often need. What seems good is the tool is designed to be interactive and follow user’s steps to get the job done all while users are working in their application.
On the video the first 2 minutes gives an overview about the the company then it differentiates the software’s process concepts and its approach to embedded learning.
The heart of the message starts at the 4:21 minutes mark and runs for about 7 minutes Iy is worth listening through. But you also get the point well after a minute or so. This live demo uses a Microsoft CRM user in a case example to shows how the media helps users to get their job done. The remaining 10 minutes (22 in total) present detail authoring set-up steps. After a minute or so some may find this segannt less interesting and bookmark it for later.
It bears closer look as one of those “well done software tools” that developers, trainers, help desk support functions and users themselves should have.I can imagine this embedded learning functionality will soon start appearing as an embedded feature in many workflow driven applications.
The tool is called “SHO Guide “. Check it out http://www.transcensus.com/pages/tour/guide/
Google Searches Impact Environment
Google Searches Impact Environment
It seems Google is to blame for all our climate wows. On Monday, January 12, 2009 a Fox News report Google operates huge data centers around the world that consume a great deal of power according to Alex Wissner-Gross, a Harvard University physicist.
Don’t upset your computer
In an interesting video post Timo Elliot show us what happens when you yell at your computer
What happened to the money?
This is a useful post and ongoing debate spawned by Jack M. Guttentag The Mortgage Professor post. In it he describes how the overcooked home mortgage market failures from 2006 triggered financial system collapsed in late 2008 and how the bail out money was relevant to trying to stem the tide of the full blown recession we now face.
BI Predictions for 2009
In Timo’s Elliott January post The definitive list of business intelligence predictions, makes interesting read.
In this he asserts “Cloud Computing” will cause a shift in the Business Intelligence balance of power from IT to business users, as Software as a Service picks up in the mid-market and BI moves into the cloud The IT industry’s expansion to “the cloud” will accelerate and by 2010, 20% of organizations will have an industry-specific analytic application delivered via Software as a Service as a standard component of their BI portfolio with Cloud computing will impact decision management.
Gauging the Gauge
Shaun Rogers in a “B-eye netwok blog added a twitter poll to gage expectations on Business Intelligence technology. It interesting he separates “Cloud” and “Software as as Service” in his poll. You can add you vote:
Interesting too is the tool he used, a freely available widget that I can imagine will proliferate to web sites like ours and company intranets seeking to survey and get feedback on issues. Check it out, it includes the embedding code example which I used to post to the html in this blog. and believe me is is easy once you grab the idea and I am no Techo.
Solving Energy Problems
Do you get the feeling you have seen it all before. Steam and Electric energy or transport. Nuclear solutions for industry and solar for domestic are all options. All are proven as choices but none has ever succeeded to solve the issues.
Michael North, professor of organic chemistry at Newcastle University, says people don’t seem to realize that a large percent of everything that comes out of an oil well also drives the chemical industry He adds “Not only are we facing a fuel crisis, but the entire chemical industry is likely to cease to exist.”
But now for the first time it seems we may have a breakthrough as the very heart of the issue in C02.
I was interesting I found this find this when I researched uses stored C02. I read the US government had made a $300 Million Loan in January for a carbon storage project to limit C02 release into atmosphere.
Believe it or not hydrocarbon regeneration as viable option is not new. What is is finding a n efficient process to recycle and make renewable captured coal fired energy emissions to turn C02 in them into fuel.
“Vista” for those who love to hate it.
An article in the New York times, Published by DAVID POGUE on January 21, 2009 say what may others mutter daily. Me included, But it seems there is hope ..
“For an operating system that took five years to create, Windows Vista’s reputation went down in flames amazingly quickly. Not since Microsoft Bob has anything from the software giant drawn so much contempt and derision. Not every company lives to see the day when its customers beg, plead and sign petitions to bring back the previous version of its flagship product.
In his New Your Times piece headed “Hate Vista? You May Like the Fix”Pogue foes on to talk about Window 7 which is now in beta will overcome much of the pain.
David also has a video this too. It is an easy way to get the message and quite entertaining too.
It is down the page a bit from this great cartoon