Saturday, January 24, 2009

Why you should be reading NYTimes regularly

I believe this is a technical post SO you should read it. I have been wondering around NYTimes and Man that website is gigantic. Well it's a news website, you'll say. The question is why I am writing a post about it. Here you are why:
The thing is about reading news it’s BORING, also for us CS people "Geeks" it's non-technical and most of the time it has nothing to do with what we do on class and what we will need and it's BORING. What's different about NYTimes is that it gives you the news you need and didn't know you can get which is the opposite of BORING. New technologies, new gadgets, new market, new opportunities and even insights on the future possibilities are a portion of the things you can extract from reading NYTimes. I have been a regular reader for the technology section for 2 years now. What amazes me is that I am seeing stuff that I read was going to happen actually happening, gadgets that I thought great now available in the hyper market I go to, challenges that were seen as a far away future appearing and even some solved. That kind of information about the field of computer science and technology innovation is critical if you want to be ahead.
What we are future Chairmen , future CEO s, future CTO s, future Tech-leads and to make competitive choices to get those future companies a place in the global market is having enough and good information and that's the kind of information I have been trying to get. One of my main sources in NYTimes.
I have seen lately two pages but haven’t got the chance to read a lot: Start Ups as a subsection of the Technology section and Small Business as a subsection of the Business section . They give me ideas, hope, inspiration, challenges... you name it! Young people just like you and me hitting the right buttons, solving the right problems, creating and using the right business models and coming up with smart, new solution and even creating new technologies that technology giants usually buy. I think that would be a great place to start reading.
Also what’s interesting also about the NYTimes is the design and implementation of the website itself. It's a great content oriented, interactive, social website. Usually I can tell two or three things I don't like about a content oriented website as soon as I use it and about 10 more when I really use it but NYTimes is really great and improves regularly offering services that makes using it much more fun. It offer good personalization options and trying to get a little socializing in the mix through allowing you to follow other readers and other readers following you.
I really encourage you to start reading it regularly and I'll try to suggest good articles in a section on my blog.
Some other sources I encourage you to have a look at: Harvard Business Review (HBR), Scientific American, Science, PC Magazine and The Economist.
Waiting for your feedback and comments! and If you have other source please SHARE IT!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

INNOVID, Online Advertising taking a new shape


I have been seeing all the giants two Google and Yahoo trying hard with the video advertising. Google put a lot of effort in the new ads in you tube and the video ads and Yahoo adding pauses between song clips which is kind of annoying. And also I read that an attractive way of integrating video ads with online video streaming which became one of the most used services online. I knew I wasn't going to be the guy to do it, of course I am busy with my term exams, so someone else had to do it. Ladies and gentlemen the new way of advertising through video is here and it's called INNOVID and their Clickable Canvas.
Made by an Israeli startup, which always gives me hope that startups can always contribute to the big market, INNOVID comes with a platform that integrates cool looking ads with videos you already have. What the INNOVID platform provides you with is a way to select lets say a wall in an ordinary video to place an RSS feed, a picture of your product or any other animation you can come up with. You can find a lot of details about the technology they are using and their platform on their website.
Please tell me what you think of it. Waiting for your comments.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Masdar City, a motivation and a dream coming true

One of my dreams is to live in a peaceful and clean environment where I don't have to smell carbon dioxide everywhere, where I can walk in the streets and actually breathe. Today I have came to know a project called "Masdar City". Yes the title's origin is arabic which means the "origin" or "source". It's a project funded by the government of Abu Dhabi which aims to build a zero-carbon, zero-waste, car free city powered entirely by renewable energy sources. The city is to be a home for 50000 people, clean and not crowded (a dream come true). Those who will live there will move in the city using public transpotation or personal rapid transit (something from a science fiction movie). The businesses that will take Masdar as a home are to be commercial and manufacturing facilities specializing in environmentally-friendly products and any visitor will leave his car behind when he enters the city.
You can find a lot of information about it on its website and on its wikipedia page which was the source of all my information, although I first new about it through an ad in Harvard Business Review.
I just wanted to blog about it to tell you that a green future is possible and we all need to work to make it happen. As I see it Masdar is just a motivation to all of us to get greener and work for a greener future.