Melting Iceland / Video

Look how fast things can go.

Green IT and electrical consumption

This morning, I read "Les TIC vertes" where Alain mentions that switching to IT based solutions for:
  • replacing paper based stuff
  • reducing the need for travel
  • moving to eCommerce
are all nice and good but that they are making the consumption of electricity go up. And that may not be all that green. I think that Alain is overlooking a big trend, which is the upcoming "Smart Grid", where a lot of production will go to individuals. For example, there are new products that use cogeneration, recovery of energy (in washing machines for example), and self-sufficiency. There is also the trend of devices being powered by the body of the wearer. Kind of the Swatch Kinetic on steroids. Will power the mobile phone, and the mobile phone is becoming the next big wave. The PC is locking you to a given place, whereas the mobile does not. So, this is one less problem. Also, Alain points out that cloud computing generates a lot of heat, uses a lot of energy. Yeah, sure but there are ways to leverage that. These are the places where improvements will be made because there is a huge financial incentive to turn lost heat into cost reductions. Remember that heat us just unused power blown off in the air. The less you have, the most efficient you are and the more your operating margin grows. Now that's a language that makes market sense. For example, I am myself on a project to move all of my IT stuff working on solar power. And use less energy hungry machines. But obviously there are limits to the current technology to make it efficient. And it will not work for everyone. Mastery of energy has always been what made a civilization thrive. Look at China, they are not going to cut down on energy use. Same for India, Brazil, and the like. We will see more nuclear power going on in the coming years, and that's a good thing, ecologists notwithstanding. Expecting reduction of energy consumption where the biggest part of the world's population wants to access it is nonsense. There will be growth. Insanely large growth. We must change our Western-centric view. The world is so much larger than that.

Spain is the Lehman of Europe – from the WSJ

Jason Fried of 37signals speaking at #TED : why work doesn’t happens at work

Interesting talk. No wonder I work from my own home/office as much as I possibly can. And quite aligned with a lot of what I see happening around. I like his little sentence: "Twitter and Facebook are the modern smoke breaks." Managers and Meetings (aka M&M's): the two killers of making work happening: Manager: paid to interrupt you. Meetings: there to make you lose time. Managers call them. Meetings are toxic according to Jason. Personally, I hate meetings when I can do the same with a message, a collaborative website, an IM exchange, or a Skype call. Listen on, there is a lot of value in there.

They rule. Black Eyed Peas and #time

Get a kick in your day and get ready for Nov 30.
  • And make sure you turn the sound to the MAXX. Great highlights:
    1. The sound, and cuts, repeats: lovely
    2. The 3D blocks: awasome
    3. Showcasing a BlackBerry Playbook instead of an iPad: yeah! Steve, take that!
    BlackBerry Playbook here:
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    A look at the new #GM : quite a ride

    This has been quite a ride for GM. Look at the very useful chart below: [GM Chapter 11] Given the slashing and dicing they took up in the US, Opel Anvers was really the least of their worries. Nevertheless, it would be a good idea to invest in the "New GM" now. Currency crisis will lead to a competitive devaluation of the dollar and, as people move away from the government issued debt (which is really more and more looking like banana-republic money given the rate they are printing it out now - QE2 anyone?) we can expect a strong raise in private stocks. So, from now on:
    1. Invest in stocks, they will raise as confidence erodes from the public sector
    2. Hedge with gold and silver (more manageable for transactions)
    3. As an extreme measure, stock food supplies on an ongoing basis
    Don't take my word for it, just check your calendars mid 2011: This will be hellish. And I am an optimist.