Experiment goes with introspection
Introspection is not enough
Experimental phase is important. We do experiments to test our hypothesis.
We need to work hard and have fun with our pilot program or beta phase.
a.) to test our assumtions, whether they are valid or not
b.) to see the effects, results and statistics
c.) to mark advantages and disadvatages
d.) to do split testing, see which assumtions are better
e.) to observe all related information, get explanation and reach conclusions
f.) to rank ideas according to success criteria.
If we fail, we must fail fast. If we're right, we must put our resources behind right idea and multiply.
Simple formula: observation --> explanation --> conclusion.
First, we do introspection in the form of white paper or short review / report and then move to experimentation.
The last step is presentation of the findings and reaching of consensus.
Go or no-go.
( note: this should be our corporate memo )
Web Design Trends In 2013.
Web design evolution
Anno Domini 2013 - must-have
* responsive design - desktops, smartphones, tablets
* social logins - FB, TW and LKNDIN
* white hat SEO status quo - great content and shareable
* bigger everything - pics, calls to actions, phrases, fonts
* simpler design - simple layout, white spaces
* video on homepage - visual content
* mega menus - really
Social Media Cheat Sheet 2013.
Send To TV
The AirPlay-style "send to TV" function that Android YouTube users got in November is now coming to iOS. In an update pushed out today, Google updated YouTube for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, allowing users to automatically pair with Google TVs by tapping an on-screen button.
Corporate memo for Yahoo pajamas workers. Far from the eyes, far from the heart.
All Yahoo employees will have to work side-by-side in the corporate office and forget about telecommuting. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, introduced this new policy that, as she hopes, will bring better productivity.
Memo's full text:
Over the past few months, we have introduced a number of great benefits and tools to make us more productive, efficient and fun. With the introduction of initiatives like FYI, Goals and PB&J, we want everyone to participate in our culture and contribute to the positive momentum. From Sunnyvale to Santa Monica, Bangalore to Beijing — I think we can all feel the energy and buzz in our offices.
To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.
Beginning in June, we’re asking all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo! offices. If this impacts you, your management has already been in touch with next steps. And, for the rest of us who occasionally have to stay home for the cable guy, please use your best judgment in the spirit of collaboration. Being a Yahoo isn’t just about your day-to-day job, it is about the interactions and experiences that are only possible in our offices.
Thanks to all of you, we’ve already made remarkable progress as a company — and the best is yet to come.
The Chromebook Pixel
Google Inc., a media, internet, software and advertising company, does hardware. The Chromebook Pixel is the newest high-end notebook from Google dedicated to power users and early adopters who embraced cloud philosophy.
The Samsung Chromebook has been #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for laptops every day since it launched 125 days ago in the U.S.
But who actually needs Chromebook ? Those who need to be constantly online and who are on the go - We can call them '' The power cloud users ''
If the entire world was your coffeeshop, if you were a fully empowered road warrior, where would you work?
- the highest pixel density (239 pixels per inch) of any laptop screen on the market today,
- touch makes it simple and intuitive to do things like organize tabs, swipe through apps and edit photos with the tip of your finger,
- 720p webcam for clear video,
- the backlit keyboard,
- Intel® Core™ i5 Processor and a solid state Flash memory architecture,
- 4G LTE network,
- one terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage,
- built-in virus protection,
- Google products like Search, Gmail, YouTube, Maps and Google+ Hangouts are integrated,
- The WiFi version ($1,299 U.S. and £1,049 U.K.), the LTE version ($1,449),
- giant glass trackpad,
Computerworld : a beautifully designed laptop with a gorgeous, state-of-the-art touchscreen display and a generous amount of cloud storage
PC Magazine: It looks fantastic, and purchasing a Pixel may be an investment in the future, as Google adds more functionality.
All Things D: The Chromebook doesn’t have some of the power and graphics capabilities of the MacBook, and only runs Web-based apps, which aren’t as robust as native desktop apps. Factor in the high price, and it might be a tough sell.
Show me ! Don't tell.
The capitalism is teaching us that for any business startup you need to create business plan.
Although it helps to inform your investors about your business intentions and help you clear the path and your business journey, sometimes it makes more damage that good.
The business plan is too often static document. We need more dynamic document that documents various hypothesis and alternatives under the stress test of market forces and real customers.
We do this with a help of these tools: 1. ) Business Model Canvas Tool, 2.) Customer developement methodology, 3.) Lean start-up methodology.
Give 2 Take
First and foremost, give, be helpful to others and don't do this because you expect something in return.
Just give !
The Harlem Shake Now In Croatia
"this harlem shake stuff is blowing my mind."
I wondered if "The Harlem Shake" was still in full effect on the Internet after posting about it last week? The answer: Yup, still going strong. Don't believe me? Croatia is crazy about this meme.
As of Feb. 11, there have been over 12,000 “Harlem Shake” videos, and they’ve been watched more than 44 million times. Now, YouTube says, over 4,000 of these crazy dance videos are being uploaded per day. Those videos — more than 4,000 of which are posted each day — have been watched upward of 44 million times.
Back in the '80s, the body-quaking move was invented at a Harlem basketball game. From there, it went on to become a hip-hop dance move involving shimmies (shoulder shakes), tics (robotic starts and stops) and pops (leg spasms).
InDemand Employers 2012 / 2013
IBM's Watson Fights Cancer
Mr. Digital Doctor Colleague
IBM introduced the first three applications of its Watson software. It will help healthcare industry to better treat cancer.
What this app really does, is that it helps doctors make informed decisions about cancer treatment options. In simple terms, it's like the combination of Google search and Apple Siri only that it is special dedicated to pull medicine data from journals, latest lab trials or physician's notes.
Watson is learning on top of new data so they call it cognitive computing.
IBM's ready to push Watson computing platform to other data-intensive industries like banking, insurance and telecommunication.
They have choosen healthcare as the first industry for Watson application because , as Manoj Saxena said, the general manager of IBM Watson Solutions, ''it has the most meaning and impact on society ''.
According to english dictionary: The ability to make, manage, and keep huge amounts of money. An ability to make and manage large amounts of money.
Zec goes Google
Google Apps for Zec Inc.
Zec is deploying Google Apps for business. It will be easy switch since Zec Inc. is doing Google every day, mostly Gmail and Calendar.
The need for cheap, simple and effective web-based solution for writing documents, spreadsheets, presentations and other office duties is fullfilled with Google Apps for business.
Let's do some music
Tired from writing, mostly tweeting. So, I'll just post videos for a while or some other stuff. Would behave just like this is Tumblr. Luckily, it isn't.
Let's make tweets and not blogs. Just joking :)
But prefer to write short. From now on.
Happy 10th of January 2013.
Wooza ;) Labels: greet.
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Jobs for bloggers
There are some...
Just a note to myself about jobs for bloggers.
When I started my blog in 2001., there were no available jobs for bloggers and no job description for such title.
Now, in 2012., I am aware of the few such jobs, so I'll just quote some descriptions, this one is for medical blog site copywriter:
We require content written for a clients new web site.
We estimate each piece of copy will be between 500-1000 words. The text will aim to give a detailed overview of the treatment, and answer common questions about the treatment giving the reader an indication of whether the treatment would be right for them.
All of the copy will have to have to follow strong brand guidelines, and an in depth medical knowledge of the treatments. This company are doctor led, so require a high degree of medical knowledge throughout the site copy.
If you think this sounds like something you would like to work on then could you answer the following questions. We will be starting the work almost immediately so if you fit the profile of someone we are looking for then you will be contacted with specific requirements and article titles.
• How much do you charge? (Cost per word)
• On average how quickly could you turn around a 500-1000 word article?
• Could you please provide examples of applicable relevant copy, and provide a brief description of experience relevant to this task?
• Do you have sufficient medical knowledge?
Following description is for blog writer by some media company:
We are looking for a flexible content writer to provide engaging, topical guest posts on a wide variety of subjects.
Most good blog owners will not accept generic posts that don't add value to their blog, so we're looking for someone who can provide bulk orders of interesting content that will appeal to bloggers and would be appealing to their readers.
This type of blogging tends to require a small amount of research to produce posts along the lines of '5 ways to reduce your energy bills today' or 'the funniest socks ever made' - the titles will be for you to write, but we will provide keywords for SEO purposes.
Pinterest got me in
Blogging anniversary - 10 years of persistance at Zec Online Journal
You can't blog me away
Time to celebrate a bit. It's more than 10 years of my blogging with Blogger.com and Blogspot.com.
The first blog post is dated January 19th 2002. It was very revealing for me, I still remember those days.
It was real epiphany. Writing on the Web without any technical knowledge for HTML or web design. After setting up my blog, It took me only few moments to publish my first post. At first, I wrote in croatian, later on from around mid 2005 , I started to write posts in english.
I fell in love with blogging and ''everything blog''.
Throught the years, I wrote blogs with TypePad, Moveable Type , Blog.hr and many other blog tools. I become an expert for this. Later on, consultant for blogging.
The crucial moment for me was in the summer of 2003. when I got mail from Dario Markus, a young and talented IT journalist at the time, who had similar dreams to mine.
He wanted to start blogging service in Croatia. At the time, blogging was almost unknown in southeastern Europe ( even in Western Europe ).
So we did it. Blog.hr went public in 2004. and it was extremelly popular blogging service which eventually became one of the most visited websites in Croatia. Later, the blogging service was sold to an american company.
I feel proud for my persistance and endurance on this Blogger-based blog which I write to these days.
It was a great year. I don't count assholes on the road.
+ 10 340 points of experience. + 120 000 karma points. Health just fine. Got my mojo started in every corner of my zen interest. $$$$
Just great year, the best so far. And this year will be even better.
To say few things:
- done 21 live performances of folk music
- played guitar session with Slasgh
- had vodka with Ronnie Wood
- wrote 12 screenplays
- founded NLP cooperative
- worked as a waiter for many nights
- got my own apartment
- 3 days of full time nudism with great people
- brokered business for Qatar hedge fund
- consulted some of the top emerging entreprenurs in internet matters
- got published my short novel
- invested in social media PR agency with monthly growth of 130 %
- grow spiritualy, found my zen
- went to classes for connosieur
- organised 4 Web events
- wrote curriculum NLP for courtisans
- co-founded lounge music radio
- cooperated with UC University on Kansius machine
- meet some realy good people
And helluva more.
Kick the champagne ;)
Banking panic in Croatia is reality
One bank down, four to follow
My patience is over.
I have completely lost faith in croatian banks. More so, I have lost faith in Croatian Central Bank who failed to act properly on the recent Credo Bank banruptcy.
More so, I have lost faith in some croatian investment funds who never disclosed information that they had parked the money of their clients in no name - zombie banks.
The whole system is not stable anymore, although many state officials tried to calm down public and try to prevent panic.
Now we need to wait and see. Financial disease spreads faster than I thought before and in places where you wouldn't expect normally.
Extraordinary times, indeed.
Bank runs started in Europe ?
Siemens has no faith in European banks anymore. Siemens Bank roll on.
In a shocking representation of just how bad things are in Europe, the FT reports that major European industrial concern Siemens, pulled €500 million form a large French bank, which is not BNP and leaves just [SocGen|Credit Agricole] and deposited the money straight to the ECB.
What is it if it's not bank run ?
The implications of this are quite stunning, as it means that even European companies now refuse to work directly with their own banks, and somehow the ECB has become a direct lender/cash holder of only resort to private non-financial institutions!
As Bloomberg reports further on the FT story, in total, Siemens has deposited between 4 billion euros and 6 billion euros, mostly through one-week deposits, with the ECB, FT says, cites the person. It isn’t clear from which bank Siemens withdrew its deposits, per the FT... but it is hardly difficult to figure out.
BNP Paribas isn’t the bank involved, FT reports, cites unidentified person familiar with the bank. This story should be having far more impact on the EURUSD than any rumors about Greece lying it will fire all of its public workers only to make sure Eurobanks can survive one more day.
Croatia will see huge * Gamification *
Researching potential for gamification in Croatia.
Gamification is relatively awkard term for application of game play in various non-game situations.
Power Web User , game freaks and some social scientist are buzzing with this trendy term for some time.
It's usually very little understood. But it can be applied in e-commerce, news publishing, Web design, health, media etc.
I'm in contact with key people in Sillicon Valley who are main players in this buzzy field.
Uncharted Waters For Casino Capitalism
Financial english idiom. The comin of the new dark age
Tommorow, the global stock market will have to ''price in'' following facts and new realities:
- S & P's downgrade of USA top-notch credit rating
- European soverign debt crisis - Italy and Spain bonds
- First signs of global economic slowdown, possible signs of the new recession
- the dollar is, de facto, no longer reserve currency
- China becomes officially the mightiest global superpower
- The reality of the full multi-polar geopolitical order
If you're in uncharted waters, you are in a situation that is unfamiliar to you, that you have no experience of and don't know what might happen. ('Unchartered waters' is an incorrect form that is a common mistake.)
Source: english dictionary
The Fall Of Capitalism
Tofu: Almost Like Meat
Tofu or bean curd is a food of chinese origin made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks.
It's what cheese is to milk. Tofu is often seen as meat substitute.
Soft, or silken, tofu can be used to make salad dressing, dips and pâtés, pie fillings, smoothies, and more. Crumbled and fried with herbs and vegetables, soft tofu makes a good vegetarian stand-in for scrambled eggs. Firm cubes of tofu, sautéed, can be a great addition to a stir-fry.
Here's plenty of Tofu recipes.
The market for Tofu products is booming.
In Germany, tofu is selling very well and the niche are dominated by small businesses like Taifun ( aus Freiburg ) or TofuTown. Key people to watch are: Bernd Drosihn and Wolfgang Rainer Heck.
Online Text Editor
Just Write !
It's about time. Few dispatches from the planet Earth.
Sitting in my situation room, with glasses on, listening Lejla song, eating Milka sponge cakes with orange jelly, drinking refreshing Cedevita and thinking about new text editor. Some 100 meters away, there's a football game of our local club, should be friendly match before the start of season.
I dislike using Word for writing articles. I am in a search for new text editor. It would be online one.
Used to write with Writer by BigHugeLabs. It's good and simple. GDocs text editor is option as well. Third solution ?
I hope I'll find one this afternoon. Tommorow I'll start my vacations 2011.
Euro - Game Over !
Deutche Mark - Welcome !
Don't tell me it wasn't predictable ?
European Monetary Union is dead as ''dead chicken ''.
It is still not clear will there be another collosal financial collapse aka Lehman-style ( only worse ).
Anyhow, time is running out for all those Bruxelles's fuckers and politicians. Party is over.
How to play markets in the coming months ?
- buy dollar/ sell Euro
- buy German Bunds
- sell Dax Index
- sell Swiss Franc
- sell Belgium share index
- buy European travel companies
- sell US banks
Yes, that's rock n' roll.
The Kings Of The Android SuperPhones For 2011.
Big Daddy Androids
The arrival of the HTC Sensation, or HTC Pyramid as it used to be known, has firmly formed a trio of superphones in the Android world.
With dual-core processors all round, seriously big screens and plenty of pedigree in the ways of Google mobile, it joins the Samsung Galaxy S II and LG Optimus 2X as the ones to consider if you’ve plenty of cash in your pocket and a phone contract that’s starting to run short.
The tricky part, is which should you choose?
Overall, the winner - IMHO is Samsung Galaxy S II.
Seeing Into The Future
Playing Alice In Wonderland
I'd like to think of myself as futurist, not merely trendspotter.
I've become aware of some of my basic methods for forecasting / predictions . Let's give a name to those methods and long remembering:
2. ANALOGY / MODELS
I won't go in details. That's what works for me. Period.
Apply with common sense. It's all situational.
And remember, nothing is as it seems ! Read Alice in Wonderland for more insight.