Great news from Microsoft today midnight. Microsoft Surface is launching. And everybody is already talking about it.

I asked this guy, to ask Microsoft the following: Do they plan to version the device, say to turn the table on a TV (for IPTV for example) or playing games? I am imagining something that I could spin, then I could either have a table, a displaying for photos or a game console (for I suppose it will be browser compatible and X-Box compatible).

Let´s hope I hear from them…

Fact of the day

May 21, 2007

ko.com is owned by The Coca-cola Company.

The blogosphere got wild about a leaked pdf that described Joost software architecture but also some possible future parnterships with TV-networks around the globe. The PDF called Joost-network.pdf is no longer available, but I could get the list in the cache form Google. Here it is:

Animation: Aardman, Hasbro

Comedy: Avalon, Broadway Video, Heavy.com, MavTv, National Lampoon, Documentaries, 2entertain, New Atlantis, Terra, Wall to Wall

Entertainment: A&E, Channel 4, CHUM International, FHM, Freemantle, Endemol UK, ITV, Oxygen, ProSieben, Program Partners, Rainbow, Sony, Television Francaise 1, The Horror Channel, Warner Bros., Zone Media

Film: Elo Audiovisuel, Filmserve, Shorts International (they have 4 short movies there already)

Lifestyle: A3tv, Fitness on Demand TV, HealthiNation, Indivisual, Muses Productions, Guinness World Records, Plum, Resort Spa & Travel TV

Music: EMI, Fab Channel, Ministry of Sound, Sony BMG, Warner Music Int’l, Unitel, Universal Music Group

News: Chat the Planet, CNN International, Guardian (that would be really nice), JumpTV, Just Fabulous TV, Sports, All3Media, Fight NetworkFrank Warren, Golfspan.com, NHL, Pro Elite, Red Bull, Seconds Out, The Fit Show, Video Time TV, WCSN

well, I prefer my (real) life.

It was like Steve Jobs went to the toilete and while there someone in the blogosphere posted the news that IPhone would be delayed several months. After Steve is back he exclaims: “Oh my! Where are the $ 4 billion in market capitalization that were just here a second ago?!?!”.

Reported today by Techcrunch. Now “volatility” has gained a whole new meaning.

Here is a meaningful example of what Software Companies in India are up to. Tata software, the biggest player from India is betting on the next wave of software development: model transformations and model-driven engineering. This proves that despite being a industry behemoth Tata still can think. Oh yes. India is not only about body shopping, but productivity, agility and reliability. Three magic words in the software engineering kingdom. In India, it seems, success means commitment to Innovation.

Intelligent and lazy

May 12, 2007

From the book Living The 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More by Richard Koch


German military chief General von Manstein said:
“There are only four types of officers.

First, there are the lazy, stupid ones. Leave them alone, they do no harm.

Second, there are the hard-working intelligent ones. They make excellent staff officers, ensuring
that every detail is properly considered.

Third, there are the hard-working, stupid ones. These people are a menace, and must be fired at
once. They create irrelevant work for everybody.

Finally, there are the intelligent lazy ones. They are suited for the highest office.”

Fact of the day

May 11, 2007

There are about 300,000 people who speak Luxembourgish worldwide.

Latest news on Joost

May 11, 2007

New York Times reports that Joost had just completed another investment round receiving $ 45 million from CBS and Viacom. According to the article Joost has signed impressive 500,000 users since its debut in late April. I have been using it for a while now: they had another release this week with some fixes in their interface (e.g. to see available channels you had to go a very non-intuitive way, now it´s much better). They´re improving a lot their content, right now I am very fond of the Independent moviesand the ShortTV channels, both showing very cool movies. Also I saw IBM, HP and Virgin addvertisement. Not bad for a test phase…

Spiegel has a nice piece on one of the youngest and most successful software entrepreneurs from India. Suhas Gopinath is only 21 years-old and runs Globals Inc that has 400 clients worldwide and according to this blog 700 employees, mostly paying for offshore services. He started the company when he was only 14 (!) and 7 years later he is news everywhere. There is even an entry in Wikipedia about him.

In Spiegel´s article, Mr. Gopinath is described as a very talented geek, a bit shy and not at all fond of this pop-star Sillicon Valley thing. He lives with his parents, never goes to the movies and work everyday for long hours. It seems a little boring for me, but as they say in America: no pain, no gain.