I received from one of our provider quite an original X’mas gift last year: a marvelous GEO calendar. These beautiful pictures have accompanied me during the 12 months of 2005.
I have decided to order some of the new versions 2006 for the ecenter. I find that they are even more impressive as in 2005. Have a look!
GEO calendar “die Erde von oben (the Earth from above)”
GEO calendar “Genesis”
[via Nick-are-you-really-on-holidays and BusinessWeek]
Very good summary of the status of the Open Source trend and business! Some excerpts:
- In fact, open-source programs have become so popular, they now pose a legitimate threat to the established software giants.
- According to a new study by consulting firm Optaros, 87% of organizations are now using open-source software, somewhere.
- Red Hat finally proves to everyone it can make money from free software. […] Red Hat is one of the best-positioned stocks in software and should be able to further capitalize on the growing demand for open source.
- Sun Microsystems open sources everything — except Java. […] The move transformed Sun into one of the largest open-source software players overnight. Yet critics have complained that what open-source developers really want is Java. Several experts expect that Sun might finally capitulate in 2006.
- Even more exciting for penguin lovers, Motorola, the second-biggest handset maker in the world, announced that Linux would be its standard operating system for the bulk of its future phones.
- Firefox goes mainstream.
- Venture capitalists wake up to open source. Industry estimates show some $400 million was invested in open-source startups in 2005. Two types of companies dominated the landscape: First, so-called application companies, such as SugarCRM which makes customer relationship management software for companies and aims to compete with Siebel and Salesforce.com.
The other category is services companies, which play the middleman between open-source projects and the info-tech departments at large corporations. Companies such as SpikeSource and SourceLabs test and maintain applications like SugarCRM for companies […]
Half the companies that raised venture money in 2005 won’t be able to raise money in 2006.
- All in all, it has been a pretty great year for open source. And 2006 may be even bigger and better.
Nick has pointed out a Swiss website called FOSS-directory, which contains a directory of available Free and Open Source Softwares and companies, sorted by different criteria (industry, region, type of service, etc.).
Seems to be quite extensive!
Hey, in about 4 weeks now (yyeeessss), we will be in Anguilla and St.Barths in the French West Indies. I gave you some details beginning of November, remember?
Let’s compare the weather:
Ok, it seems to be clear!
More than clear :-) 4 weeks!
[via nielsen//netratings, as pdf]
Interesting study from Goldman Sachs, nielsen//netratings, and Harris Interactive about the eSpending (Online shopping) in the US for the 2005 holiday season (Christmas’ period):
- total holiday spending hits $25 bn (oct. 29 till dec.16), excluding travel
- +25% compared to the same period in 2004
- categories ranked by revenue
- apparel/cloting: 17% (!)
- computer hardware/peripherals: 14%
- consumer electronics: 14%
- books: 10%
- video games (HW/SW): 7%
45% of holiday shoppers went directly to an online retailer (URL)
71% have felt very or somewhat satisfied, only 8% very or somewhat dissatisfied with their online shopping experience
3 main issues encoutered: product out of stock (22%), could not locate a sought after item (18%), shipping costs excessive (16%)
Crazy, how the shopping structure is changing from year to year and how the remaining issues are evolving. Paiement security seems not to be a problem anymore for example.
[via Martin Varsavsky]
Martin Varsavsky, CEO of FON, had the chance to meet Google and Technorati founders on the same day. Two different approaches. Quite provocative but interesting.
First I was shocked to find out that there´s practically no contact between Technorati and Google. I guess it´s hard for 5000 people strong Google to meet 30 people strong Technorati and clearly Google is in a complete different league altogether but with both companies being so close to each other I found it remarkable that each should follow a complete separate path to similar objectives, facilitating search.
Secondly after having studying the way Google works vs the way Technorati works my conclusion is that Google has a model that is not as scaleable as Technorati. I know this may sound shocking but here´s why. Google basically copies the internet every two weeks just to find out what changed. This process is slow and incredibly wasteful as “what changed”, may be, and I am guessing, one percent of what´s on the Net. In a way Google is based on the principle that people don´t want to be searched but Google goes ahead and searches them anyway. Technorati instead is based on the principle that anyone who publishes something wants others to know. Thus Technorati needs very few computers as it is only collecting notifications, the famous pings. In other words, while Google combs the haystack to get the needle Technorati simply uses a magnet that attracts the needle, and that magnet is people´s ego.
Mercedes Benz released its 10th version of the Mixed Tape. Still for free. Download here. Now, you can also find a weekly podcast :-)
[via Directions on Microsoft]
Interesting inputs, not on a “I hate Microsoft” level. Real strategic challenges.
- Take Vista into the Boardroom
- Lead on Application Security and Reliability
- Deliver Clarity on Managed Solutions
- Get Going on Tools
- Refresh the Online Strategy, Again
- Small and Medium Business: Get Beyond Naming
- Make a Systems Management Downpayment
- Reengineer Engineering for Clearer Roadmaps
- Xbox 360 Final Death Match Challenge
- Licensing: Value for the Money