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An award winning documentary now free

The guys at Open culture (full link here), reported that “[…] In late February, Charles Ferguson’s film – Inside Job – won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. And now the film documenting the causes of the 2008 global financial meltdown has made its way online (thanks to theInternet Archive). A corrupt financial industry, its corrosive relationship with politicians, academics and regulators, and the trillions of damage done, it all gets documented in this film that runs a little shy of 2 hours.

Inside Job (now listed in our Free Movie collection) can be purchased on DVD at Amazon. We all love free, but let’s remember that good projects cost real money to develop, and they could use real financial support. So please consider buying a copy.[…]”

I don’t know if this brings copyright issues, but documentary is worth watching.


Speeding up laptops for gaming

Matt Smith at makeuseof.com writes an article on how to speed up something not so easy to speedup: gaming laptops (full article here).

Suggestions include:

  • upgrade latest video drivers
  • overclock GPU if possible
  • Check power settings
  • Disable some gfx features
  • shut down applications not needed

I add my personal one: take care of you hdd by defragging frequently.

My post also here


Children and parents, 40 years and a different approach

I came through this cartoon from Cagle cartoons (http://www.caglecartoons.com/images/preview/%7Be4e28807-361d-44b2-8681-b42f76405d24%7D.gif) through Geeks are sexy (full article at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/02/12/bad-grades-1960-vs-2010-cartoon)

This is very important for me because reminds me a s a father of how big is the shift that occurred in dealing with children from my times (I’m 39 so not so long ago) and now.

I think that the good stands between the two situations, because yelling every time  at children is not educating them, but also is not educational to protect them when they are wrong.

Today living in a hurry and focusing on work and career and materialism doesn’t help in educating children and make easier to yell at those who, with their actions and judgments, oblige the parents to assume their responsibilities.

Which is the best way to behave as parents? For me is “the old one”, leaving some flexibility in order not to frustrate children. But transmitting to our children some respect for rules and education.

This post as a comment also at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/02/12/bad-grades-1960-vs-2010-cartoon


Mr Z way of life

E.B. Boyd at Fast Company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/263893) reports Mr. Zuckerberg last coming out: “[…] Users are asking Facebook for more control over their data, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the Web 2.0 Summit today, but the company leans toward making things more open. “Mediating that tension is challenging,” he said. […] Facebook’s core philosophy is: “Facebook doesn’t ask for permission. It just asks for forgiveness.” Zuckerberg said company staffers debate the issues of who should have control over which pieces of data “every day.” Because Facebook is on the forefront of these issues, and because it’s venturing into new areas, “The correct answer isn’t completely obvious,” he said. And philosophically, the company tends to “err on the side of opennes […]” (Full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1703183/mark-zuckerberg-web-2-0).

Hey Mr. Z! You’re running a company, and a big one, with lot of sensitive datas. You’re not working anymore at University or in your backyard with only test datas.

Would be so difficult to have a more adult approach?

Web is based on ideas, but those cease to be the only driver in the moment that they meet business and involve other people. From this point on you need to follow some rules and  security is one of this, despite your “openess”.

This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1703183/mark-zuckerberg-web-2-0


Moving civilization

Civilization is a movement, not a condition; it is a voyage, not a harbor.

Toynbee


Project management lessons

The guys at Project management knowledge underlined the importance of lessons learned in project management (full article at http://project-management-knowledge.com/lessons-learned-in-project-management).

Here are my comments:

  • That a project’s scope, time, and costs were woefully underestimated: True, and in this times of crisis at most time, you have very little contingency inside estimations.  I also feel that having a planned “incremental” scope is usefull instead than having unreacheable goals.
  • Which vendors to use and which to avoid in the future – and why: This is part of team shaping and is definitely a part of experience each one of us has
  • Which members of your project team need extra supervision to get things done: this is quite tricky, because team members vary and is not said you will have your team well formed and ready when starting a project
  • Which members of your project team can be given additional responsibilities and opportunities for leadership development : as above.
  • That certain instructions and communication are unclear leading to confusion: communication is the key for success and makes the difference between skilled professionals and a team
  • That your current tools/equipment/technology aren’t up to the task at hand : agree on this
  • That some corporate policies are outdated and decrease the efficiency of project processes: This is an old story every time true 🙂

This post as a comment at  http://project-management-knowledge.com/lessons-learned-in-project-management/comment-page-1/#comment-5981


Paul Allen move a little bit out of time

Austin Carr at Fast Company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/219225) reports, among the others, that Microsoft co-fpouder Paul Allen has sued Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, YouTube because of an infringement of patents he owns (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1685423/microsofts-paul-allen-sues-apple-google-facebook-yahoo-aol-youtube-and-more).

I don’t question on his supposed rights. I only say 20 years have passed (because patents are from the 90’s) and companies are well known and of same secto Mr. Allen is working form the beginning. Isn’t a bit surprising and late in acting at this time?

This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1685423/microsofts-paul-allen-sues-apple-google-facebook-yahoo-aol-youtube-and-more


A spy toolkit for iPhone

Michael Trei at Dvice (http://dvice.com/archives/author/michael_trei) reports that Brickhouse security markets an “[…] innocent looking USB drive has only one purpose, to download and copy most types of data stored on an iPhone. That means everything including your text messages, voice memos, photos, GPS tracking info, and web searches can be copied quickly be anyone who gets access to your phone for a few minutes […]”. The price is $199 and is available at the moment for iOS3, with iOS4 support coming in september (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/08/spy-stick-lets.php, manufacturer site at http://www.brickhousesecurity.com/iphone-spy-data-recovery-stick.html).

While I don’t endorse neither support the use of such a device, I’m curious about it and ask how can Apple have left such a flaw in security. And we were discussing for antenna problems… 🙂

This post as a comment at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/08/spy-stick-lets.php


Lawsuit for iPhone 4G problems

Jlister at Geeks are sexy and Jesus Diaz at Gizmodo report thats there’s an ongoing lawsuit for problems related to iPhone 4G (full articles at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/07/01/iphone-4-problems-theres-a-lawsuit-for-that/ and at http://gizmodo.com/5577010/first-iphone-4-class-action-suit-filed-against-apple-and-att).

The article says that “[…] 

The lawsuit formally names Kevin McCaffrey and Linda Wrinn of Maryland as the plaintiffs. If the application to become a class action case is successful, there’d be a single trial where the outcome would apply to any US iPhone 4 buyer who added their name to the case.

Whatever the merits of the case, it’s fair to say the lawyers involved are going full throttle. They’ve come up with nine different claims against Apple:

  • General negligence (they should have known the problem would occur)
  • Defect in design, manufacture and assembly (they didn’t make a working phone)
  • Breach of express warranty (they said the phone worked)
  • Breach of implied warranty for merchantability (whatever they said, it should have worked anyway)
  • Breach of implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose (seriously, it’s a phone, it should still get a signal when you hold it)
  • Deceptive trade practices (it didn’t work and they took our money anyway)
  • Intentional misrepresentation (the dude in the commercial was holding the phone normally, and they didn’t mention the whole not working deal)
  • Negligent misrepresentation (OK, a little mistake we could live with, but come on, a phone that doesn’t work when you hold it?!)
  • Fraud by concealment (two hundred bucks, a monthly fee, and still it doesn’t work?)

[…]”

While I think there’s enough to discuss with Apple attitude, I don’t really like this kind if lawsuits, because seems to me that go beyond the simple discussion between customer and provider of a good.

Why are those people suing Apple or AT&T: to get back the money of they telephones or to claim some more money as a damage (in this case for what?)

Don’t we all have more serious reasons to have class actions (oil spills, violence at G20, climate,…) than problems arising from the iPhone?

This post as a comment at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/07/01/iphone-4-problems-theres-a-lawsuit-for-that/#comment-255990 and at http://gizmodo.com/5577010/first-iphone-4-class-action-suit-filed-against-apple-and-att


Problems order

It’s not easy taking problems one at a time, when they refuse to get in line.

Anonymous


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