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A robot-Mouse

Be patient, and watch this video.
The "mouse" first discover the labyrinth, and at the end, it needs only 4.7seconds to cross it.
VERY IMPRESSIVE !

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Hovercards : now seesmic functions go to twiter.com !

Twitter announced a new functionnality : the « Hovercards ».

Basically, on twitter.com, when you hover over a username or avatar; the cards will display information about that person and allow you to interact.

 

Very good idea !

 

Seesmic has implemented it several months ago in seesmic web, and it’s very useful!

 

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Google privacy principals : all about users, nothing about companies

 

Google has posted the 5 Google privacy principles.

This text, and video associated, gives the 5 rules that Google proposes to follow regarding users data privacy management.

  • 1 – Use information to provide our users with valuable products and services.
  • 2 – Develop products that reflect strong privacy standards and practices.
  • 3 – Make the collection of personal information transparent.
  • 4 – Give users meaningful choices to protect their privacy.
  • 5 – Be a responsible steward of the information we hold
  • My comments:

    1 – The first principle justify why … Google needs to gather as much personal information as possible. This is nice: “tell me all about you, it will allow me to be more relevant”. Sure.  Very people may argue that the best way to protect privacy is to avoid storing confidential datas. With this 1 principle, Google explain that they will do the opposite (store a lot of personal information), but that’s a good thing for the users. Very clever!

    2 – There’s nothing about companies. Today, Google really focus on personal users, not on company. Not a single word to explain how the privacy of the datas of company that may use Google cloud application will be managed.

     

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    How to succeed in a project : a good team is mandatory. Best example : Apollo 13

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    [h4]”Houston, we have a problem”.[/h4]

    In my first post about project management key success factors, I’ve wrote about why a good start is mandatory.

    This post is about the next success key factor : the team.

    A good project manager without a good team cannot be succuessfull. The team will be constructed during the start phase, and the job of the PM is to manage this team, to make it as efficient as possible.

    My best example about this is Apollo 13 lunar mission mission by NASA that was intended to land on the moon


    During the mission, a fault in the electrical system produced an explosion which caused a loss of electrical power and failure of both oxygen tanks. This was a major failure that made the life of astronauts at risks. 


    Thanks to a very good teamwork reaction, enginneers finally found a solution to make the module back on earth with no damage for the men inside it.


    Why was it possible to achieve it : 

    1. Commitment and involvement.
      All the people in the team are committed to succeed, and each member is fully involved to make as much as possible to succeed.
      In the example of Apollo 13, this is of course the case, because life are in danger.
       
    2. Competency
      Members of the team have the good technical skills to find a solution and achieve the objective.
       
    3. Authority and flexibility of the manager
      The team follow the manager. The manager gives the direction, he also give people clear objectives and after let the team members opportunity to find the best way to achieve this.
       
    4. Self-control
      Even in very difficult situation people do not loss self-control. Is self control is loss… nothing is possible, nothing will be solved.
       
    5. Creativity
      Some “impossible” solutions were found to achieve the goal. Example : how to use circle oxigen bottles on a square connector ?
      This was possible because the manage assigned a team to solve this specific topic, and because the team accepted the challenge without saying … “No, it’s not possible”
       
    6. Luck
      Like in all good story, a piece of luck is necessary to succeed.
      In the case of appollo 13, a sick astronaut could not make it the D-Day when the rocket took-off. Thanks to his experince, he was a key guy on the ground to find solution to make the manual landing possible.

    If you want to check all this, and be inspired, just check this film, you’ll not be disappointed.

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    After earthquake in Haiti OpenstreetMap contributors create Port-Au-Prince map in 2 days !

    A fantastic example of “2.0”  success.

    After terrible earthquake in Haiti, OpenstreetMap community manage to create a very accurate and up-to-date map of Port-au-prince.
    This is the result of more than 800 contributions done by people on the field mixed on yahoo!  images qnd some old CIA’s maps.

    The objective is to assist humanitarian aid organisations that are on the field now.

    You can check the result ( still under construction ) here

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    Offline mode and security, the 2 missing features of Google docs

    I’ll not explain here why I think that google docs is a very good solution for business, I’ll do it another day.
    I’ll also not discussed the comparison of functionalities between Google docs and Microsoft office applications : today there’s a gap, as even Google highlighted it.

    What I want to focus on is the 2 key improvements that need to be implemented before more companies can use it.
    2 functionalities that make the whole thing not usable in a business context.

    If you propose users to switch to cloud applications, their 2 mains concerns are :

    1. Where are my datas ? How to be sure that nobody can access them ?
    2. What happen if the network is down ? We cannot work anymore ?

    1- Security, confidentiality of datas.
    For my personnal use, I do not really care about confidentiality of my datas. I do not share confidential stuff. If someone access it, I do not really care.
    For company datas it’s totally different. Company datas are confidential : products, sales numbers, people names, …

    Today, there’s no real commitment of Google on this point.

    This statement that can be found here is really very vague.

    “Rest assured that your documents,  spreadsheet, and presentations will remain private unlless…”

    I’m sure this commitment is not enough for a company to make the decision to switch to Google docs.

    2- Offline mode
    Google docs uses “gears” to provide offline mode.

    The functionalities provided are OK for email  : you can still access the mailbox, read, write emails that will be sent as soon as network comes back.
    Even on a poor network that is cut quite often, this is not an issue.

    For the other applications, the story is different.
    With spreadsheet, you can only read the documents, but no changes are possible. This is a big issue.

    In my opinion, especially for travelers, it’s not acceptable to have such poor functionalities in offline mode.

    According to some people, html5 that will be used in next releases of Google apps will solve it and offer a higher level of functionalities. We need it.

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