February, 2009

  • Steve Clayton

    Mining The Web’s Meaning

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    I read the NY Times piece that sat atop Techmeme for a while last week about New Search Technologies Mine the Web More Deeply and it reminded me of the chat I had with an old university pal last week about his company.

    My pal is Mark Redgrave and he’s CEO of a company called Hapax who have a product called Find Engine and a platform called Amplify. They specialise in Fact Retrieval (rather than document retrieval). You can find out more about this in their whitepaper but this paragraph gives you a pretty good idea of what they’re all about

     

    With FindEngine™, Hapax is changing the existing search engine paradigm by abandoning index terms and document topics as the signifiers of content, in favor of the facts themselves. FindEngine™ does not operate on topics that are assigned to documents, or on the occurrence of words in documents, but on what the text actually says about its topic. FindEngine™ does not search for documents, but facts. By making the facts searchable, the FindEngine can perform IR in the complete fashion that enables
    information output to be directly used in decision making.

     

    I’m thinking of asking Mark to index my blog and provide a search page for it to test this out and see if I can ask questions like “what does steve think of twitter” and stuff like that.

    Back to the NY Times piece though and Steve Ballmer’s assertion that web search will move beyond 10 blue links and maybe this is one way to get there.

    What I really want though is Mark to point his tech at Twitter. Now THAT would be very interesting.

  • Steve Clayton

    Bravo Bravia-drome

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    Another beautiful ad from Sony for Bravia this time without any bouncy balls or plasticise rabbits (both of which I loved also).

    Some more details from Creative Review

    To emphasise this smoothness, Fallon built an enormous zoetrope in Venaria, a town near Turin in northern Italy. The zoetrope has been causing a stir online for the last couple of months, with Sony posting films of it in action on YouTube while the ad was being created. The zoetrope presents a series of still images of the footballer Kaká, which when rotated (at speeds up to 50km per hour) and viewed through small slits on the outside of the zoetrope, give the illusion of being animated.

  • Steve Clayton

    How To Stand Out At Work

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    Like Marc I enjoyed the guest post on Chris Brogan’s blog titled Are you anonymous at work? Marc put the list if 10 items on his blog with some of his own comments in brackets and I’ll do the same here…but really you just need to read the original post. It’s one of those I wish I’d written

     

    1. See work. (figure out who you can shape your role by adding stuff, not subtracting)
    2. On time. (it’s just good manners really)
    3. Be perfect. (I like the example of grammar. pay attention to the details..you never know when it’ll count)
    4. Can do (it’s a state of mind. most people don’t have it. differentiate yourself by not being one of them)
    5. Do the job no one else wants. (I often advise people to find a niche….and then become the expert. you’ll stand out.)
    6. Be sales minded.
    7. Customer-focused. (I’ve found you get heard more often if you can bring a real live customer perspective)
    8. Always improve. (be self critical. it’s bloody hard when you’re brilliant but go on,  force yourself)
    9. Don’t whine, gossip or complain. (and avoid those that do – they’re negative energy)
    10. Become an evangelist. (be the expert. write the blog. go to the conference. own your topic. it’ll get you your next job)

     

    thanks for the list guys. one I can definitely re-use and point a few people to….it’s also good inspiration for my forthcoming series of 10 things I learned in 11 years at Microsoft.

  • Steve Clayton

    Capossela on Enterprise Cloud Computing

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    Chris Capossela is one of my favourite execs to listen to at Microsoft. He always takes a very customer oriented view of the world and listens a lot more than he talks – always a good sign. In a recent guest column on GigaOm, Chris discussed the enterprise, cloud computing and 5 key considerations for business. As you’d expect in a column like this, Chris doesn’t go in to sales mode – but that’s because he often doesn’t. He explains stuff in a simple, non confrontational way and usually leaves you with something you hadn’t considered before.

    I know that all sounds like a sales pitch that’s creeping to one of our Senior VP’s but it’s not designed to be. I just think he has interesting stuff to say and is genuine about it.

    if you’ve any interest in cloud computing and run a business, this is well worth a read and if there is one topic I’d add to Chris’s 5 it’d be “migration”. From speaking with a number of big customers this week, the topic of how do they get to the cloud was one on their minds…and related of course was how do they work in a hybrid cloud/on-premises world. Both big challenges that I think are only partly solved right now but certainly one we’re working on as are folks like VMWare of course.

    A busy week on cloud and S+S press actually with SteveB also riffing with MercuryNews.com and saying Azure will be ready by year end.

  • Steve Clayton

    Office Live Workspace Updated

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    I’ve not looked at OLW for a while but it got some updates today that made me look again. For those late to the game OLW is free a web based collaboration tool from the Office team. From with Office applications you can save direct to your cloud based workspace and collaborate with others you invite. Check out this screenshot to give you a good idea of what it can do. Did you know for example that it allows you to share you screen and work with another person on documents in realtime?

    So what’s new?

    • Storage space increased to 5GB
    • Folders: The ability to create folders in your workspaces for your documents and files
    • Cut/Copy/Paste your docs and files between folders and workspaces
    • Eight new languages supported

    For me the languages is a big deal as I’m glad to see our services rolling out in Hungarian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Serbian-Latin, Ukrainian, Slovak, Latvian, and Slovenian. That makes 28 languages in 52 countries.

    There is also a new community support site at http://ask.officelive.com/workspace/ and the team has a blog with way more info.

    All in all, good to see OLW getting a refresh and adding to the global software plus services story.

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