PSP as a Productivity Platform

As I said in my response to Om, I think that the world needs a simple way to enter text in a dual controller device like the PSP as a special move for each letter. I admit I tried to document this in the past, but only on paper. Surely there is someone out there that can create a little app to let me model each letter by pressing a combination of the buttons on the controller…there are millions of possible combinations, so modelling the alphabet would not be a problem. I would really like a fast way to enter text using a PSP controller…lets see if it can be done.

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K.I.S.S.

I thought that this meant “Keep It Simple Stupid”, but now I learn that it is a language learning technique being used in Finland for language training. KISS now stands for Keep It Super Selective.

It works (supposedly) by teaching you to say the same sort of things you would say in your own mother tongue in the new language….I might give it a try, as I have been trying to learn finnish for the last 18 months….

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Creating prototypes

I have just been discussing with some potential developers the creation of a prototype service based on Wisdom of Crowd theories. I have a really clear vision of what the service will do, so it will be an interesting exercise to find out whether these guys can build the thing I want and whether it will work. I guess it is a bit of an experiment, like any new business venture…but I have a very good feeling about this one.

I find out on Friday whether they want to take the brief, so here’s hoping. They seemed like good guys, and I am a believer in first impressions.

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The Dragon stuff starts to come to life…

We are working on the development of a new real portfolio automation service for OpenEra at the moment. The new service is going to really improve the way works gets done in the UK property industry (or thats what I believe) and I think that the focus on the needs of the surveyor, rather than the accountants will create something really special. Our programmer has just set up the environment and started with the basic structures, and already the thing is coming to life….I especially like the RSS stuff….it is amazing that it just works!

More on this as it upfolds…I’ll keep you posted….

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Now Web2.0 Steps into the Office

I have been wondering how long it would take someone to really release this type of offering. Zoho includes the typical office components (sheet, word, presentation) along with some other interesting collaboration and productivity tools. I guess it is only a matter of time before one of the big boys snaps this crowd up.

If these things are web-based apps, does this make them wapps?

Zoho – Affordable software for individuals, small & medium business

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Second Life Imitates Art

This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen. I thought the concept of a virtual journalist was pretty amazing (someone making a living by reporting things that go on in Second Life), but this is really strange.

Virtual U2 perform a rock concert in Second Life. Not so many people there, but I guess once the word gets out they will be teleporting in from all over the Second Life world to hear them. Check this out.

U2 in SL – A Virtual Band in Second Life

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Massa wins in Turkey

I am really pleased for Massa. He seemed like a strange choice for Ferrari at the time they signed him, but now it seems to be paying off for them. He drove a great race today, without fault. It was also great to see another driver winning a race, following on from Button’s win a couple of weeks ago.

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Nokia E61 with Pushware

I have had an E61 since Feb this year as part of a test programme, but did not have the pushware functionality until yesterday. It is fantastic, and I now wonder how long it is before I do not need to have my laptop with me when I travel. The solution is the Nokia Intellisync Suite, and it was really easy to switch on once the acount was enabled at the server. I recommend it to any one unsure about the Blackberry.

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Amazon Capacity Services

Almost Exclusive: Amazon Readies Utility Computing Service

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Amazon Web Services are readying their latest service called EC2 which will allow users to setup and run servers and computing capacity in the cloud. Users of the service can setup a server instance which is hosted with Amazon, and then access and use the servers they setup just like any other. With EC2 there would no longer be a requirement to source and setup physical hardware and the virtual server instances are charged back to the user based on the CPU, storage and bandwidth usage.

The pricing of EC2 is 10 cents per instance hour (which comes to $72 per month for a server that is always available), 20 cents per GB of bandwidth and 15 cents per GB of storage (storage is with S3). Compared to traditional server providers such as ev1servers this may not be priced low enough (especially the bandwidth cost, considering most hosting providers include 2000GB or more of bandwidth) but it may prove to be a good solution for some users.

The way it works is that you use tools that Amazon provides to create a machine image on your local machine (the tools are all written in Java). You can setup the image with a web server, application environments, mail or anything else, the “images” are just Fedora Core and they come with some pre-installed services (Amazon calls them AMI’s, or Amazon Machine Instances).

To setup your own server instance you then upload this image to Amazon S3, and then once it is uploaded you go to Amazon EC2 and register the image as a server instance. Once registered, you can boot and access the server instance within minutes. Each server instance is the equivalent of a 1.7Ghz Xeon CPU, 1.75GB of RAM, 160GB of local disk, and 250Mb/s of network bandwidth. Currently EC2 will allow you to create up to 20 server instances, to create more you need to contact Amazon.

While each server instance provides decent computing power applications such as large-to-medium scale databases or large web applications will require work to bring the computing power together to serve requests. Since each instance has a fixed amount of capacity they will be prone to performance issues when under heavy load as achieving scalability requires the user to acquire more server instances. One issue is that having separate server instances is not true “elastic” computing, like what Sun or other vendors provide, since the user is responsible for clustering and or load-balancing solutions between the servers.

For users who need smaller scale solutions then EC2 would work well. I would say that it will only be a matter of time before we see some front-end providers pop up and offer “instant on” servers pre-configured for tasks such as web and mail hosting. How billing would be handled by these providers is an unknown, but this could open up the lower-end shared and virtual hosting markets since it can provide the end user everything they need where they pay only what they use for. The biggest advantage this service has is that it is a very quick way to setup a new server online, and you pay for what you use, starting at just the base rate for server time (10c per hour).

No word yet on when this service will be opened up to the general public, it is currently being trialed by a small number of long-time Amazon Web Services customers. Full documentation and forums are available on the site now.

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The trouble with BT

Is that their products are really weird…I had a BT Voyager 2100 box that just froze out the wireless connection. I thought it had just given up, so I went and bought a new Net Gear WGR614 wireless router. The NG worked perfectly with my media centre, but would not connect to my laptop with a BT Voyager 1060 card in it…had to resort to an old 11b card I had lying around.

For those in the know, the data stopped flashing on the 1060 card. No idea why – it just seems to have given up as well.

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