computers and internet


Nice talk about how innovative design principles at Amazon helps their business.

  • Engage through content
  • Negative operating cycle
  • Innovation process: Willingness to fail

http://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2009/06/01/presentation-revealing-design-treasures-from-the-amazon/

Following Amazon’s list of highest selling items, here is the list of most searched words. I am surprised that I hadnt heard of quite a few of them..

Fastest Rising (Global)

  1. michael jackson
  2. facebook
  3. tuenti
  4. twitter
  5. sanalika
  6. new moon
  7. lady gaga
  8. windows 7
  9. dantri.com.vn
  10. torpedo gratis

Fastest Falling (Global)

  1. beijing 2008
  2. euro 2008
  3. heath ledger
  4. barack obama
  5. amy winehouse
  6. kraloyun
  7. dailymotion
  8. bebo
  9. wii
  10. emule

The zeitgeist according to Amazon: The following is a list of the bestselling products on Amazon.com in 2009 by total units sold:

  • Electronics: Kindle Wireless Reading Device
  • Books: “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown
  • Kindle Books: “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown
  • DVD: “Twilight”
  • Video On Demand: “Twilight”
  • Music: “I Dreamed a Dream” by Susan Boyle
  • MP3 Album: “No Line on the Horizon” by U2
  • MP3 Song: “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
  • Video Games: Wii
  • Computers: ASUS Eee PC 1005HA 10.1-Inch Black Netbook
  • Software: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
  • Home & Garden: Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator
  • Grocery: Coffee People, Donut Shop K-Cups for Keurig Brewers
  • Gourmet Food: 50’s Decade Box Gift Basket
  • Health & Personal Care: Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer
  • Beauty: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation
  • Toys: Scrabble Slam Cards
  • Baby: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
  • Clothing & Accessories: Levi’s Men’s 550 Relaxed Fit Jean
  • Shoes and Handbags (Amazon.com and Endless.com): Crocs Cayman Sandal
  • Jewelry: Sterling Silver Marcasite & Garnet Glass Heart Pendant
  • Watches: Casio Men’s Sea Analog Illuminator Dual LED Dive Watch
  • Sports & Outdoors: P90X Extreme Home Fitness Workout Program
  • Home Improvement: Toro Ultra 12 Amp Variable Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum
  • Automotive: Battery Tender 021-0123 Battery Tender Junior 12V Battery Charger

I play songs on youtube all the time, and sometimes have wanted to play an entire song in a loop. However this feature is not present directly on youtube. I just found this tool which allows you to play a youtube video in a loop: http://www.endlessyoutube.com/

You need to take the youtube video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se9rfWucgeY

Copy the VideoID (the highlighted part in the link above) and paste it onto the box at endlessyoutube. Now you are all set to listen to the video in a repeat loop.

Google just released a new version of map-directions for India. If you have ever navigated your way through a new city, you know how difficult it is and how often you need to stop to ask people about the right left turn you need to make. Google maps now does just that. They provide directions emphasizing on landmarks instead of street names. This is a really practical way of adapting to the needs of a region. Awesome feature..

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/go-thataway-google-maps-india-learns-to.html

Here is an example of how the directions from MG Road to Forum look:

Google introduced a new product “Goggles” some time back. I personally think its awesome. It uses some cool visual search technology but also implements augmented reality features like getting the information of a local business when viewing it through your phone’s camera. Given the state of visual search technology, I am sure this will take some time to come out of beta mode, but it does provide an awesome leap to the technology at present. View a demo at: http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/#landmark

Great talk by KPCB’s John Doerr about company cultures, KPCBs investments, Greentech and career advice.

There are essentially two types of cultures in companies

Mercenaries Missionaries
drive,paranoia passion
opportunistic strategic
sprint marathon
obsess on competition obsess on customers
aristrocacy of founders meritrocracy
financial statements mission statement

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