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Dilbert nailed it.

Boss: Wally, did you Uberize the slide deck?

Wally: I harmonized it in the cloud.

Boss: Are we ready for a trans-domain kick-off?

Wally: I put a disruptive mesh network in the microservices of the Internet of things.

Boss: Will that be good enough to “ask the fridge” or do I need to start disintermediating?

Wally: It depends on if we have enough bandwidth to growth-hack the analytics.

Boss: I just hope our clicks-and-mortar strategy staircases.

Dilbert: I’m almost certain that was nonsense.

Wally: Sometimes it’s about the journey.

You can’t have more cloud than this.

via: Dilbert Comic Strip on 2015-12-20 | Dilbert by Scott Adams

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Americans are actually starting to pay with their phones

Americans are actually starting to pay with their phones

Something that is not yet imaginable in Europe, that has not even adopted Credit Cards in large areas.

via: Americans are actually starting to pay with their phones

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Anybody missing their Boeing 747?

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), the country’s main airport operator, is seeking the owner of three unclaimed planes left at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

via: The Star Online

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#learned 6LoWPAN

Just learned. There is a protocol by the name of 6LoWPAN, which is short for IPv6 over Low power Wireless Personal Area Networks. It is a current IETF working group and aims to provide capabilities to devices participating in the Internet of Things.

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Planning for 2016

David Cummings has a few words on startup planning for 2016. Not only for startups, but also for established mid- and large companies planning ahead is an important activity, in particular planning the next year at the end of past year.

My primary customer has been a company that builds and markets tools for “Business Intelligence”. These tools basically collect data from all kind of sources, process them and generate metrics and calculate trends.

However, it is up to the department to interpret these metrics and make a decision on what shall be done. The business intelligence will help to make a more profound decision, but the strategy has to be crafted manually.

A strategy shall also be the scale against which metrics are measured. And each year or quarter is a good moment to review metrics and strategy, in order to assessing the validity of a strategy. Think of it as a feedback loop.

via: David Cummings: Planning for 2016

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Raspberry Pi Zero at the price of Starbucks coffee

Just ahead the announcement of NextThing Inc’s 9$ board. The Raspberry Zero will hit the stores at a price much north of 5$ though, given all the required cabling, shipping and, well, merchant margins. Still a nice step forward for those playing in the Internet of Things.

The Raspberry Pi Zero is a tiny computer that costs $5.

via: qz.com

 

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Sysyphonian, Infinite Ikea Instruction.

Gregor Weichbrodt built a infinite IKEA instruction manual.

The website of his BÆBEL Project is here.

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Presentation Training

Presentations have been an integral part of my career so far. Having started into professional life as a product trainer, I was thrown right into cold water. Coming from university, I felt not at all ready to speak in front of 6 to 10 people, for the length of as much as a 3 day certification course. After 4 years I probably ended up having done more than 100 courses. Later, I gave speeches on behalf of the company I work for or for the Industry Association I am volunteering for. In some occasions in front of hundreds of people in the audience.

Yet have I only received formal training in the past few years, but always found it extremely useful to receive direct feedback, as opposed to indirect feedback from the audience. And so did I choose to subscribe to Presenting 201, which happened the past two days.

One may argue nothing beats experience, some people may believe presenting is a talent. Which I disagree. Presenting is a skill that can be learned, and therefore trained. Receiving feedback is essential to the process. And the course was a wonderful opportunity to repeat the obvious, and even more importantly, practice and get rid of all the bad habits.

Best practices from presentation guides are, but not limited to: Make your presentation remembered to the audience. Pay attention to details: How you act, where to stand, what to say and how to structure your slides. To pay attention to content. To work out the key message. To make eye contact with the audience. To talk to the audience and not the slide deck.

And practicing helps adhere to these simple rules. And a presentation course is an excellent opportunity to practice and receive feedback.

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The cloud runs on power, too.

However, power failed in a data center in Gutersloh, Germany, this afternoon, bringing down several popular German websites.

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Here's What Real 3D Touch Looks Like | WIRED

With all the advertisements from Apple about their 3D touch technology, virtually everybody that actually got their hands on the devices was somewhat disappointed with the advancement. There must be options beyond peek and pop, and startup Qeexos develops this real 3D touch technology. Wired has an article on the possibilities.

You may soon be able to do a lot more than swipe, tap, peek, and pop—FingerAngle promises to turn your gadget’s screens into 3D environments.

via: WIRED