Saturday, June 19, 2010

Are we in control of our own decisions by Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely uses classic visual illusions and his research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.


Source:
Ted: Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Next step for the web content: HTML5


Update.

I would like to congratulate Sir Brad Neuberg for the quality of the following HTML5 presentation.
Due to the number of concepts presented in this video, I spent an hour gathering further details about these subjects.
Please find here below, the links and summary, to plunge into the next dimension of the Internet content.


Video timeline:
- Technical History: 0
- Vector graphics: 6
-- SVG: 7:15
-- Canvas API: 10:15
- When Canvas or SVG : 17
- Video: 20:50
- Geolocation:27:25
- Application cache & database: 30:10
- Web Workers: 35:50



Update: Brad's slides are availabe here (PDF).

If you want to test the demos, help yourself. Humm, first of all, make sure you have a modern browser (e.g Firefox 3.5) :

Vector graphic
- 1st person gifter : walk in the game using your keyboard arrow keys,
- SVG Web Toolkit: Animated Population Pyramid,
- Bespin : web code editor. For further explanation watch the mozilla team at Qcon London 2009,
uell : German election Atlas
Canvas: Drawing board

Video: a tag to display a video.
Paul Rouget: sexy videos demo
which format?? Arstechnica: Decoding the HTML 5 video codec debate

Geolocalisation: get user position
htmlfive: Authorise and test

Database: store data related to one page on the user computer
Sticky Notes: work on a web page and store date on your computer

Web workers: like a thread in a program, but for a web content
Mozbox: take care demo without workers freeze the browser
hacks.mozilla: using web workers: working smarter, not harder

I also listened to the interview: "Ric Smith on the Present and the Future of HTML 5"; where they mentioned the following HTML5 specifications:

Post message: send messages from one browser window to another one
John Resig: Cross-Window Messaging,

Web socket: a standard answer to send messages from the server to the web browser. This feature will help to replace Comet.
Kaazing: HTML 5 WebSockets

Please find here below a video, where Brad gives a broader utilisation of HTML5.


Sources
diveintohtml5: further details.
Geektechnica: 5 Amazing HTML5 Features to Look Forward to
w3schools: Tutorials on HTML5

History:
 9/27/2009 : Publish
06/13/2010 : Add last video.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Request for comments: Agile/lean antecedents/History

For the last 20 years, many industries have been trying to apply Toyota's concepts to their fields of activity.

 Based on Scott Killen agile's antecedents and a few other readings, I would like to built a sort of timeline up to the after agile/lean movement.
Please add comments and recommencations.

From the beginning.
Anything from the ancient world?

  • 1785, Honoré Blanc, Mass production is beleived to be Eli Whitney's invention, but in fact he borrowed the concept from a gunsmith named Honoré Blanc. See, The investor's guide to nanotechnology & micromachines and Implementing Lean Software Development.
  • 1866, Samuel Smiles: Self Help with Illustrations of Character, Conduct and Perseverance. First edition 1859 (see wikipedia). Why? In The Toyota way (Jeffrey K. Liker): Sakishi toyoda was significantly influenced by his reading of a book first published in England in 1859 by Samuel Smiles.




  • 1926, Henry Ford: Today and Tomorrow. From the Toyota way: In the 1930s, Toyota leaders visited Ford and GM to study their production line and carefully read Henry Ford's Book, Today and Tomorrow...






  • 1984, The Goal: Eliyahu M. Goldratt. From Wikipedia: The book goes on to point out the role of bottlenecks (constraints) in a manufacturing process, and how identifying them not only allows for removing them, but also yields a useful tool for measuring and controlling the flow of materials.


TODO : 
Add Deming which book?
Add Conquering Complexity in Your Business

Agile Books?




Lean Book?



And then ?