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Vino wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the power of wikipedia …

Today, Alexander Vinokourov  won the cycling race “Liege-Bastogne-Liege“.
Is it really important ? Maybe not, except for cycling fans like me…

What interests me here is that the race ended at 14:52, and wikipedia started to be updated only 3 minutes later !

I’m currently reading the book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel H. Pink.

This book discuss about motivation, and the first example taken is to compare the 2 encyclopedias Encarta from Microsoft and Wikipedia.
One done by the big Microsoft with a lot of money, and the other by a lot of anonymous volunteers.
Of course, you know the result, the team of highly motivated people built the very complete Wipidedia, and Encarta… does not exist anymore.

Today one more time, a cycling fan took some time to update Wikipedia with the result of the race, and Wikipedia is immediately up-to-date.

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2 very good articles about Cloud computing

Bowl of cloudsImage by kevindooley via Flickr
Here’re 2 very good blog posts I’ve read tonight about cloud computing.

These posts are interesting because they go behind the hype and propose a concrete analysis of cloud computing.
A must read !

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Why I’ll never buy an amazon kindle …and why it’s not a bad news for amazon

Books behind the bedImage by zimpenfish via Flickr

In a post last October I asked my self if I should buy a kindle for Christmas.

Finally, I did not and now I’m sure it was a good decision.
I’ll never buy a kindle because I’ll buy an iPad, and I’ll use the kindle application to access amazon books.

I’ve already tried the kindle application for iPhone.
I’ve read a first real book on it and I was very impressed of the quality of the reading experience even on a very small screen : good contrast, very easy to read (even in bad luminosity conditions).

Having it on an Ipad (which is basically a big Iphone) will be just perfect for me.

I’ve just found an article in mashable, where you’ll see that other people think like me.

So finally, Amazon will not sell a lot of kindle, but will sell a lot of electronic books, thanks to the kindle application.

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Shift Happens, be ready !

I’ve found this nice Presentation on slideshare.

It gives very interesting facts, numbers about the revolution in progress.

A very good introduction to understand what is hapenning.

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Dilbert and the Feng Shui

One thing I’ve learnt during my 2 years in Singapore is how Feng Shui is important in Asia.
This week, 2 comics with Dilbert talk about Feng Shui.
Very funny, very true !

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