Monday, August 25, 2014

ideas: Making Better Decisions

A 4-Step Process for Making Better Decisions:
Decisive by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Problem: “four villains”... making decisions:
  • We have too narrow of focus. We are guilty of “spotlight thinking.” We focus on the obvious and visible. We miss important facts outside our immediate view.
  • We fall into confirmation bias. We develop a quick belief about something and then seek out information that confirms that belief.
  • We get caught in short-term emotion. We are too emotionally connected to the decision and struggle with being appropriately detached.
  • We are guilty of overconfidence. We assume that we know more than we actually do know and jump to conclusions, thinking we can accurately predict the future.
Solution: decision-making "WRAP" process:
  • Widen your options.
  • Reality-test your assumptions.
  • Attain distance before deciding.
  • Prepare to be wrong.

How ( idea == $12 B )

The $12 Billion Dollar Idea! | LinkedIn:
Charles M. Schwab, with J.P. Morgan;
preparation is the key:
  1. Think big
  2. Have faith in your ideas
  3. Have all of the facts
  4. Preparation is the key to success
  5. Find people who believe in you
  6. Take advantage of opportunities that are presented to you
  7. Become the most knowledgeable person in your field

Creativity vs. Innovation

What is the Difference between Creativity and Innovation? | Destination Innovation: "

  • Creativity is the capability or act of conceiving something original or unusual
  • Innovation is the implementation of something new.
  • Invention is the creation of something that has never been made before
    and is recognized as the product of some unique insight."
  • Creativity is about coming up with the big idea.
  • Innovation is about executing the idea
    - converting the idea into a successful business.
an organization’s capacity for innovation as creativity multiplied by execution"

"main difference between creativity and innovation is the focus. Creativity is about unleashing the potential of the mind to conceive new ideas.
Innovation is about introducing change into relatively stable systems. It’s also concerned with the work required to make an idea viable..."

China's OS

China Developing an Operating System to Take on Microsoft, Google and Apple -

"China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, Xinhua, the government news agency, reported....

In May, China banned government use of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system,...

In March 2013, China said that Google had too much control over the country’s smartphone industry via its Android mobile operating system and had discriminated against some local businesses..."

That would be a derivative of Linux, most likely... in Chinese only... 
Not a hard thing to do...  But, historically, nationalism usually turn out bad...  

IoT: Gmail for Things

Sending mail from a printer, scanner or app - Google Apps Administrator Help:
You can set up your on-premises multifunction printer, scanner, fax, or application to send email through Google Apps. The three available options are: SMTP relay service, Gmail SMTP server and Restricted Gmail SMTP server.

Port 465 (SSL required)
Port 587 (TLS required)
2000 Messages per day.

What Are the Gmail SMTP Settings? - About Email

IoT: Market Estimates And Forecasts

Internet of Things By The Numbers: Market Estimates And Forecasts:

"Gartner estimates that IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion in 2020. IDC forecasts that the worldwide market for IoT solutions will grow from $1.9 trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion in 2020.
GE estimating that the “Industrial Internet” has the potential to add $10 to $15 trillion (with a “T”) to global GDP over the next 20 years, and Cisco increasing to $19 trillion its forecast for the economic value created by the “Internet of Everything” in the year 2020. 

“This is the largest growth in the history of humans,”..."

At least this is largest (self-serving) hype so far :)

photo, html5: iPhone vs. "pro" camera

How does the iPhone hold up against a serious camera? | The Verge:

It's Fujifilm's X-T1 against the iPhone 5S in a showdown

Nice comparison, and example of using "split overlap images" effect

Strange that so far there are no "replace-able" lenses for smartphones.

Also strange that there are no more "SmartCameras", running apps, only Samsung's experiment.