Exploration of thoughts, interaction, design, innovation, ideas, leadership
and entrepreneurship-spirit around the world that would shape the digital world we all about to live in.
Arvino believe in the power of business as enabler for creation of core foundation of better societies. He loves the idea of "business unusual" -- where unique mixture of business+ideas+passion+ brand+believe+innovation+technology+socialresponsibility is rightfully combined to create "amazing product", "differentiating services/experiences" and "innovative world-scale ideas" that spark the advancement and betterness of society.
He is currently the founder of Worxcode, an internationally award winning automation design & software construction company, where together with his team, he is putting together web2.0 for business, integrate office-desktop system with the web, and make everything seamlessly interactive, mobile, tag-based, linked and connected.
Great Inspiring Leader Of All Time
Akio Morita Magical act in branding & miniaturization. Charistimatic builder of great business with attitude. Sony Walkman, Sony Handycam. "It's a Sony" slogan. Build Sony from scratch, turning the tiny setup into the crown jewel of Asia, and the darling brand of the world.
Henry Ford Dedication, tinkering persistence, passion & strong vision to make horseless carriage a reality. "Car for the people". "Assembly manufacturing concept". Years of consistent dedicated act, tinkering and passion. One of the greatest, finest and bravest tinkerer of all time. Modern mobile society as the result.
Steve Jobs Passion for excellence & master of continous magical act. Make things happen greatly with style. Leaders with strong sense of vision and with "no limit" nor "no boundary" for next great cultural possibility to explore. Mac. Next. iPod. iPhone. Apple. Next. Pixar. Think Different. Mix innovation & culture at its best. Modern digital culture is born, and consistently turns greater under his act.
Thomas Watson, Sr The greatest people manager and most charismatic people-centric business leader of all time. Think. Respect to individual. People first. Under his great leadership turns the tiny IBM into a mighty organization of its time. The "king" in the annal of "business kingdom". A rare business person with great business persona and legendary people-centric attitude of our time.
Bill Gates Vision, Strategy, Delivery & Passionately Work With Everybody. Embrace & extend. The best business and technical strategy ever.
I tried accessing the site myself just now. Here's how the 2001 Google site looks like:
Notice the old Google logo?
Out of curiosity, I try to search Arvino Mudjiarto. Surely what Google displayed really looks like how it was capable to searched, crawled and displayed in 2001.
It's not as complete, as uptodate (nor as most recent) as Google that we experience today. Yet even such, the Google search & discovery capability already really amazing. For example: I don't even remember that once upon a time I had an email at Altavista (firstname.lastname@example.org!). But Google does! Google -- at that time -- already "know" about that fact. How amazing ! :-) :-) :-)
Out of bigger curiosity, I try to search Worxcode, the company that we happen to founded in February 20, 2002.
Surely Google can not find the company at that time. (Worxcode was not even born at that time). My conclusion: Surely this is a real "Google 2001 engine" stuff! It's not a "fake".
Such makes it even more exciting :-) :-) :-) because it means we could explore and experiment further to experience many other thing that we would "remembered" (or re-experience back), in the past.
I try to find out what people would find if they search the word "iPod" in 2001. This is what I found:
Notice that Google in 2001 still don't even have capabilities to
search "image" at all!
As we can see: in 2001 there's no mention about iPod that is associated with Apple at that time! ... [Apple at that time is still in the process of crafting its cool back in the industry through its iMac, and the iPod probably at that time is still in their "lab"]. :-)
Hmmm ... may be this is the "web search result" that folks at Apple "saw" back in 2001, when they decided to name their new portable player "iPod" ?
We don't know for sure about this fact, but being able to "see that possibility" infront of our own eyes is truly exciting! ;-)
Contrast that with our search for iPod using Google today (2008) :
iPod is totally associated with Apple, these days.
For Google to do something like this during its 10th anniversary is really creative and imaginative.
It allow people and society to refresh their memory about how the web looks like, how it feel, the kind of limitation and the kind of capability that it can provide in the past.
Such give us all the sense and feel of how powerful Google & the web has become these days, how "lucky" we are today, and how it has all these great progress affect us all in a great way.
This showcase also becomee a great chance for us all to re-experience "our past"; to "reflect back" how the web (and how Google) really looked from the lenses, experience and eyes of the past.
Such experience is truly rare; something that probably we could re-experience once every 10 years, or 20.
I saw this picture, and I asked myself: are these a series of a great new upcoming product from Apple??
I don't know the exact answer. But I do sincerely hope so. :-) :-) :-)
Above pictures are just artist's mockup and rendering of what might be coming out "soon" from the Cupertino lab. Nothing is confirmed yet because -- as as we all know -- Apple never reveal anything, until it finally really released.
That makes this upcoming season/product announcement from Apple truly exciting. I really hope such kind of product would be really be announced. If that is the case, such would be truly awesome.
You won't believe how fast these days we "consume" our computer hard-disk storage out.
In my case, when I started using my Apple Powerbook G4 2.5 years ago (for heavy duty presentation, design and coding work), I eaten out almost all of my harddisk space (100Gb+ at that time) in merely 12 months.
A year after that, when I start using MacBook (for presentation & design work only), I almost swallow half of the harddrive in 6 months.
The next year, when I switch to MacBook Air (for extreme daily portability) -- with 70Gb storage capacity -- I "knew" it already that the storage capacity will be gone in more or less 9 months or so. And it does!
At the current moment, I still don't know when my iMac harddrive (which stores photos, big size design drawings, video/multimedia stuff and work-in-progress presentation material) will soon "runs out".
Lesson learn from all these probably is this: at all time we need to define "a well planned" strategy of:
1. What machine we are going to use to create, process and store which kind of data; and why. 2. Where we would like to store those data, and how move it around later on (if need be). 3. How we are going to synchronize, backup and restore them up accordingly -- just incase something happen.
Factor number 3 is extremely important. After all, with all these work, thinking and processing being done on our computer, of course we don't want our data to be suddenly just gone. The more machine that we have, the more important it is to have "common storage" that can be accessed by all these machines.
USB based or Firewire based portable harddrives is a great back-up solution if we use only one machine. With smart software such as TimeMachine, we can keep our live harddrive data periodically syncrhonize with the backup stuff.
Yet, if we use multiple machine, attaching and detaching these USB or Firewire portable drives to each machine would be difficult job by itself.
In such case, a "smarter solution" would be required -- either you establish and setup a "Wifi/wireless" harddrive (such as Apple Time Capsule), hence every machine can wirelessly linked up, backed-up, store or synchronize to it automatically, at anytime. Or -- in the near upcoming future -- you can use internet based document management and workflow management solution (code named Worxcode Woorknet). But such would be a completely different story. :-)
While yesterday we speculate "what if" one day HTC embraces Google Android OS, interestingly today it was rumored that such device is actually now start being secretly "unveiled" during the Android Developer Conference in Europe.
This is far far faster then we could have expected! Peter Chou is really ingenious! In the next few weeks let's wait for the formal announcement, and in the next few months or so, let's see how other handset manufacturer would respond: especially Samsung and LG, then -- later on -- SonyEricsson and Nokia.
This is really exciting! When the formal launch of the "stealth" device started, another new era would then formally begin.
It is truly fascinating to see the latest innovation in projection screen technology. Called pico projector, the device is about the size of our hand (which makes it truly portable), and the price is a wonderful $395!
With this, no longer people need to carry "bulky projectors" around. Everything becomes truly portable instead; pocketable -- to be more precise.
There are two model avaialable today. One from Toshiba. Another from 3M. 3M says, the first device will be launched in the market on September 30.
This is awesome! Truly awesome! No longer projector becomes luggable anymore, it has become pocketable instead.
Apple just announced a new "refresh" of its iPod product lines yesterday. While "on the surface" there seem to be "not so many significant changes happening", I think it is inside where there are many "strategic attempt" and innovation really happening.
One of it is in regards with the iPod touch. While the outward explanation of the device "modestly" say: the funnest Apple ever, the "inner attempt" for the re-introduction of this device -- I strongly feel -- is probably to make it the "next" platform for game machine! A kind of a portable wii for everybody?? one day a strong contender to the Sony PSP??
Let's see where Apple have been in the past 7-8 years:
from the creator of innovative scroll-wheel based music player,
to the inventor of music download sites (which now reach total 5 billion downloaded songs),
to the creator of series of super exciting music player than can do video and stuff,
to the inventor of the "handphone" platform of the future,
... and now to the "inventor" of the next platform and foundation for game machine of the future.
This is the pictorical description regarding the evolution of the Apple product set, and the key series of innovation that is happening from one phase and one stage to another:
For me, reading this picture, it "become obvious" that Apple aim to focus, win and leveraging its "iPod" platform, to become:
the number one digital music & digital media (video, photo and stuff) player in the world.
the number one ground breaking & most innovative smartphone platform in the world.
the number one portable-wii-style game machine platform in the world!
Apple under Steve Jobs leadership is really becoming a superbly awesome great super company once more!
They systematically, passionately, meticulously and super smartly invented, win, redefine and "own" the platform for the future! and make those platform that don't change becoming obsolete or totally irrelevant in the future.
What a wonderful company! (Just like Sony in the past -- under the leadership of the great Akio Morita).
To accomplish its messianic goal of "organizing world information", Google started to buy copyrights to newspaper headlines and content of the past, so that soon such "valuable content" would be available for the world to search, look, and see.
Here's an example result of such attempt:
Can we believe that now we can see Ford Motor's advertisement during the Henry Ford's time!! There are so many things that we can learn from that!
Come feel it for yourself! Give it a "test ride". ;-)
This is truly awesome. When Google accomplish such noble mission, many people and organization around the world might have access to vast collection of historical happening of the past.
I imagine, if later people start annotating, tagging, linking and integrating today's event with what was happening in the past, then may be the world collective knowledge would become even more complete, exciting, interesting and powerful, as not only now we can find and search information in the "digital age", but we can also search, find, discover, and "look back" to the past!
Such accomplishment would be truly awesome!
In many retrospect, Google is a cool company. Similar to what Apple (and Sony in the past) does, it seem to have instinctive "messianic zeal" in every attempt that the company pursue.
As for Ballmerian Microsoft, in the midst of these exciting development of the web, digital device, media, mobility, and stuff, ... what does it busily do today?
It is so busy delivering Zune -- the boring music player!
Ballmerian's new zune: it was a boring concept and product ... and is (still) boring until today!
Oh, long gone the days when Microsoft was the company with "great mission and zeal" of bringing the power and usefulness of PC into everybody, every business, everyhome and everydesktop around the globe.
Under the "Ballmerian empire," Microsoft increasingly loosing the "edge" of its industrial leadership, "forgetting" how to become leading innovative fascinating company that makes (and contributes) the "next crucial thing" that matters.
Instead, it increasingly seem being totally adept at turning itself to become "simply a company" ... a BORING one!
Carsten has created a portable version of Google Chrome that has all
the features available in the the main browser but requires no
installation - just unzip all the files and start Chroming.
This portable Google browser can run directly from the USB stick
on any Windows computer and all user settings including web history,
cookies, etc. will also get saved to the same folder on the stick.
To download, go to Carsten’s site (English). Portable Chrome is tested on Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista SP1 machines.
I think this can become a very useful thing, especially when the Linux Chrome arrive in the market.
With such, we can practically burn both the (Linux) Operating System and the "future Linux Chrome Browser" into our thumb-drive, hence each time we need to browse information or access our web application and our own computer is not around, we simply just need to:
find the nearest computer that we can find,
attach our thumb-drive to that nearest computer,
boot the computer using our thumb-drive Operating Sytem (Linux)
start browsing using (Linux) Chrome browser that resides that same exact thumb-drive!
Such would become a very convenient and portable computing solution ever. One day this approach perhaps could become more convenient, and more portable than what Netbook computer today can offer.
Happy thumb-driving. Windows version only for now :-)
Google took 6 years to develop their "chrome" browser. The project involves many people with different expertise and extraordinary gifted talents. During the past 6 years, these people come to Google through hiring or through series of strategic acquisition.
Here's a picture of the team involved:
And here's the fascinating story behind "chrome" great effort and development:
During the great days of Windows (1990s), we always remember names like Brad Silverberg and the bunch of team that created Windows. During the era of the excellent Mac OS X Tiger we remember names like Avi Tevanian.
I wonder who now develop the "boring, dorky" IE ??