Saturday, January 23, 2010

Australian Story Runs Again

Just got back from Sydney visiting my Dad who had a health scare to find that over 300 people have visited the site in the last hour due to a rerun of the Australian Story episode called "The Big Deal" talking about the struggle with Microsoft. I've also been so privileged to get a lot of wonderful comments on the site about the show and the website... click on the Australian Story icon above to look at articles relating to the show... its a real buzz to think so many fellow Aussies relate to our story... thanks for visiting. Ric

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A great idea made better - Pogoplug plus cloud services

The Pogoplug is a really great little solution to personal information and file management. It allows you to connect your hardrive full of stored music, files and videos to be accessed from anywhere on the interent... there is also a real cute interface to the drive system so you can access the drives as if they were local... cool.


Wouldn't it be good if... the Pogoplug supplied a service that cached and forwarded copies of the most popular files that have been attempted to be downloaded on the cloud with the intent to increase speed and reduce dependence on your networks upload speed and avoid data caps. Also use dropbox's public linking system to allow some files to be accessed publicly. Maybe even a series of interfaces and API's to allow some of your files to be connected to secure web sites such as Flickr and Youtube etc.. just get the mind working.

The cache idea seems really important especially when you don't want permanent copies of your content anywhere but on your own hard drives. What do you think?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Glossary and Terms

Opportunity Momentum

This is a term I have used over the years to describe what happens when a great idea is matched with great people who have executed a similar product market entry in the past, and further backed by financial resources in a balanced way that allows maximum market adoption in the minimum amount of time while preserving a balanced equity position for all parties where everybody remains happy at the point of exit.


This article contains sections relating to Ric's background in the following areas:

Early years

Ric was born in Sydney, Australia, to Fred and Helen Richardson. His father is one of the original cameramen of the Australian television era, working for early Australian television programs such as Four Corners, This Day Tonight and later as a stringer news cameraman for national television station the ABC. At an early age Ric started working with his Dad initially as an assistant cameraman and eventually as a sound recordist doing film jobs for the news department at the ABC.
It is during this time that Ric began a lifelong friendship with Jim Revitt, a leading Australian journalist and editor of the television news desk at the time. Ric would often answer a call in the early morning hours, help his Dad load their family station wagon and head out to cover a wide range of news events ranging from suicide attempts to jump off the Sydney Harbour Bridge to car crashes, bush and house fires.
At 12 Ric lived in Fiji for a few months while waiting for his father to join the family on a trip to the US that lasted another 10 months. During that trip the family visited all the major west coast national parks down to Mexico and up the mountain states through Denver to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. The family then travelled to Alaska to visit a long time friend of Ric's father and came home via Tokyo, Hong Kong and Manilla.
In his pre-teen years Ric started experimenting with trying to adapt the characteristics of dirt motorcycles with bicycle design at the time. His modifications would include adding motorcycle handlebars to dragster frames, using extended front forks to change the centre of gravity and customized seat designs. Shortly after entering High School at Hunters Hill High in Sydney's northern suburbs, Ric opened the pages of the American magazine Dirt Bike to see that all the design features he had envisioned had been encapsulated in a new bicycle called the Mongoose.
The first BMX bike. In his first attempt at being an entrepreneur, Ric applied to become the Australian Distributor for Mongoose but failed to convince his parents to fund the $8,000 required purchase of the container load of bikes needed to establish the business. Ric later remarked that "it was amazing that my parents even considered backing me when only a decade earlier they didn't spend much more than that to buy our family home." For three years after initially leaving school Ric did volunteer work including working as a "brickies labourer" at a building site for a cause he supports.

Music and Pre Uniloc Days

After his volunteer work Ric started working as a music teacher at a music shop in Brookvale. A young computer wiz, and good friend at the time, Andrew Farrell worked out of an office across Pittwater Road and invited Ric to have a go at using computers. At the time, the Commodore 64 was all the rage and Andrew was the editor of the top magazine for the Commodore called "The Australian Commodore Review". The publisher, Gareth Powell, was a legend in Australian computer circles and had taken Andrew under his wing. Andrew asked Ric to have a go at writing a review for some computer game software which was soon published to his amazement.

Uniloc Days

Coming soon

Uniloc vs Microsoft

Coming soon.

Independent Inventor

Since leaving day to day operations at Uniloc Ric has been working as an independent inventor. From time to time he is asked to solve problems for Uniloc but generally he has been inventing in non related areas ranging from mining to social network system design to automobile carbon scrubbing.
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