ce6r45cuaaahylssssIt’s April Fools Day AND Apple’s Birthday. In fact they are ’40 today’, so in celebration they have raised the Jolly Roger at Infinite Loop.[ Thanks to 9-5 Mac ].

For my part it seemed pertinent  to highlight to share some of the highlights of how Apple (the company that nobody understands)  have consistently made fools of us all. In no particular order … Continue reading

Mathematics

Why didn’t anyone ever tell me that tensor contraction is just the extension of the inner product to multilinear algebras? Or that a dot product is just the special case of contraction of a pair of 1-tensors, which are also known as vectors?

Duh, it ALL makes sense now.

sting

On August 11, 1994, Kohn sold a CD of Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales album to a friend in Philadelphia, who used his credit card to spend $12.48, plus shipping costs, in a transaction that, for the first time ever, was protected by encryption technology.

Amazing to think that e-commerce has only been with us for 21 years. And who knew that a Sting album was part of the transaction. Had we known, we could have stopped it all then !

[ Source : Fast Company, via NextDraft ]

If you want to work for Amazon:

According to the Flex site, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old, have a car, and valid drivers license. You’ll also need some type of Android phone and pass a background check.

If you want to buy from Amazon:

The Prime Now service offers deliveries in one or two hours after being placed through a companion iPhone app. You have to be a member of the Amazon Prime service, which costs $99 per year and comes with a number of other benefits that can be accessed on your iPhone or iPad.

See what I mean? Read more about it here.

The The one-page dashboard is a relic. Its form makes little sense in an era of touch screens, on-demand data, and interfaces crafted for interaction and user experience. It is the single purpose, brick-sized mobile phone compared to your smart phone.

Great article. It is so hard to keep up – but make no mistake – if you don’t, you will die. I remember when the ‘one page dashboard’ came out with SalesForce – it was revolutionary. Now ? Who cares. In the meantime, I have worked at and with companies that still send out activity reports, summary reports, people reports, success reports – with reports on the reports … and they just do not get read. At least by the people that count.

The one page summary was meant to replace all of that – but for it to be really succesful – the company has to know and work with the Key Performance Indicators that are the measures of their business. The problem is that KPIs are more often decided by what is the easiest to track’ #FAIL.

It is fascinating that games like Minecraft (a multi player virtual environment that is arguably more complex than most businesses) have such rich and engaging dashboards to manage play, leaves real world business tools in the dust.

To see what I mean – take this Ted Talk from FIVE years ago to see how Jane McGonigal was thinking back then.

This particular article doesn’t go as far as I do in my recommendations – BUT – it certainly highlights all the right things. The key – as always … People, Process and THEN Technology.

 

[ Source : Juice Analytics ]