Comparing POC vs Prototype

May 29, 2008

I was recently in the middle of a conversation, when suddenly a giggle from a colleague silenced me and made me think if I said something wrong. Probing, I figured out that the term “POC” seems to sound strange to some. Even though I clearly knew when & why I used this term whenever I wanted, I thought it would be really helpful to distinguish between the term “POC” against the similars like “Prototype” and “Pilot” and when & why such exercises should be carried out.

I came across just the explanation I was looking for thanks to Seth @ Content Here!

http://blog.contenthere.net/2007/03/poc-prototype-or-pilot-when-and-why.html


Mesh Up with Live Mesh

May 24, 2008

Being a keen Logmein user, I have pulled off so many moments which otherwise would have ended up in chaos. From Stockholm, showing my wife how to create a playlist of her favourite songs in my home-PC, re-installing the drivers of the webcam which suddenly stopped working in the middle of a chat with my family. The list can be quite long.

But when I saw a demo of Microsoft’s Live mesh, boy oh boy, this I’m sure looks a serious threat to my logmein usage. I just signed up through Microsoft Connect to do a tech preview of Live Mesh, which is still U.S only. Waiting for an invitation.

Its amazing to be able to have uptodate sync’d files/folders across all computers you use and to be access them from anywhere through the web. It also has a great sense of security giving more control over what is shared even upto individual user levels.

Here’s more info at www.mesh.com

And the video…


Wasting Time……

May 19, 2008

This thought actually hit me when I was on Wela’s Blog. It surely proves to be a total waste of time.

To start with, I was just thinking about my daily routine and one of the top 5 first things I do in a given day includes taking a stroll down facebook before starting work. My wife has also hinted so many times that I eat up quality time by being on facebook. Well, in some sense, facebook is awesome. It keeps all those people whom you’d otherwise bump into, only in years (or even decades) connected to you. Apart from that we also see a whole load of them throwing cows at each other, poking, stalking other’s lifestyles, playing various absurd games, adding photos and tagging, viewing others’ friend’s & photos, searching for friends who have never used a computer before, adding people as friends even if you have only seen them just once in your life. Its altogether a social kick I would say and we end up doing all these for hours at the cost of other official work.

Not that its all bad. But coming to think of the heaps of time that is being wasted is pathetic. I know in my case and also from people around me both at work and outside…. that easily at least 1~2 hours of productive work time is wasted on Facebook, Hi5 and other social networking sites. Its funny when the staff in turn tell their bosses that the time estimated/allocated is not enough to complete assignments. Despite the need to attend to various other personal commitments doing working hours, they also now expect the company to allocate time for them to hang out on Facebook. LOL!

Loads of companies have already done it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the rest will also very soon deal with this trying to curb this damage to company resources, by blocking these sites and making it a company policy just like banning porn. So facebook will also very soon join the Banned Bandwagon in offices, who pay their employees to be effecient and not idle. Just like any other benefit, even Facebook if misused can become a pain to an organization.

Some nice articles that I was reading on this topic. I like the one which introduces a new feature in Facebook. “The SLAP”.. just like poking, the company can SLAP you on facebook when you get caught wasting time. LOL!

http://www.allfacebook.com/2007/09/is-facebook-a-waste-of-time/
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23414075-details/Facebook’s+a+waste+of+time++-++get+used+to+it/article.do
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article2155515.ece