Thursday, July 6, 2006

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Google Labs... what a great idea

Google Labs is one incredible approach to innovation, even for a small few person shop like R2Labs... the idea is simple, don't theorize, don't spec just do it... get the idea working on a web site, warn visitors that it may not handle capacity or may not work as advertised... and tweak. Tweak till the cows come home....

You'll notice on their main page http://labs.google.com that each listing has three components:

1. The project name (usually catchy) with a cute pithy description and linked..
2. An email contact
3. A discussion group area on googlegroups.

When you go to the site, the idea is usually explained in simple terms and as quickly as possible you are presented with an opportunity to try, experiment or use the project....

As an inventor myself, I cant resist the opportunity to explain the idea and discuss it before committing the time and resources to getting a publicly accessible version of the project running, but the Google approach is truly inspiring... it shouts "walk the walk"... if you are going to invest effort in the project, invest in a working model, not a website describing it or an online brochure selling it... get the thing working even if in only a rudimentary way... its certainly an approach worth emulating.


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Saturday, July 1, 2006

For an example of how NOT to do PKI...

I have started the process of getting secure access to my patentportfolio on the US patents web site... what a glorious pain in the rear this is...1. Get an ID number (by mail with apdf form to fill out) 2. Get a notorized application for a PKI certificate... more mail and pain 3. Use two seperate passwords emailed or physicallly mailed to obtain the initial PKI certificate authentication...

All this, when I can fill out one form and have a password mailed to me by most banks to do wire transfers of over 100k per transaction! What a nightmare...

Own the last mile...

Robert Cringely hits the nail on the head this week by suggesting that communities band together to get their own fiber connections to their home... cutting out the Telco's/ cable companies... so true... I have been waiting for 6 months for fiber to arrive at my place deep in the heart of orange county and still wait to be charged $75 per month when according to him I could be paying less than $20 per month to get my own connection... where do I sign up....

Blog/ Promotion Aggregator

Getting a working model with this project is a little harder than expected... sequencing is the current issue... do you post to the newsgroup or to the blog first... there are pros and cons... posting to the newsgroup first makes it easy but the formatting is quirky....