March, 2008


25
Mar 08

Paradise Alley

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: Paradise Alley
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 08 17:28:21 GMT

If you come across one Mario Valente in a London/UK
glam band called Paradise Alley, keep in mind that it
wasnt me but my brother Mario “Nuggy” Valente…

http://web.archive.org/web/19970217132356/http://delinquent.com/paradise.html

http://web.archive.org/web/19970311074658/delinquent.com/paradise.jpg

http://mv.asterisco.pt/Images/Image034.jpg

http://mv.asterisco.pt/Images/Image035.jpg

— MV


20
Mar 08

Empreendedorismo II – Ideias e Inovacao

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: Empreendedorismo II – Ideias e Inovacao
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 08 17:26:21 GMT

Se a tarefa fundamental de um empreendedor e procurar
recursos para implementar as suas ideias (ao inves de
procurar ideias para empregar recursos), nao e no entanto
de menosprezar o recurso inicial: as proprias ideias de
negocio, preferencialmente inovadoras. Como diz Schumpeter,
esse potencial de “creative destruction” e o que constitui
o verdadeiro empreendedorismo e o verdadeiro progresso; mais
do que isso, e a unica forma de os paises e as nacoes criarem
riqueza.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Capitalism-Socialism-Democracy-Joseph-Schumpeter/dp/0415107628/

O livro de Drucker indica uma serie de fontes que podem servir
de deteccao de novas ideias e inovacoes, a saber: o inesperado,
as incongruidades, os processos ineficientes, alteracoes nas
estruturas de mercado/industria, alteracoes demograficas, alteracao
nas percepcoes e finalmente o novo conhecimento.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Innovation-Entrepreneurship-Practice-Principles-Drucker/dp/0750643889/

E costume usar-se a palavra “visionario” para descrever alguns
empreendedores, muitas vezes com um segundo sentido (pejorativo),
na visao do empreendedor como um “iluminado” ou um “louco”. Nem
uma nem outra perspectivas estao correctas. Ser “visionario”
trata-se tao somente de descrever aquele que tem “visao”, ou seja,
aquele que ve com olhos de ver.
E por isso critico e fundamental para o empreendedor a atencao
e avaliacao critica constante da realidade atraves da televisao,
jornais, revistas, websites, etc. Da observacao constante da
realidade e da sua analise e sintese podem resultar muitas ideias,
algumas potencialmente inovadoras.

Duas referencias ajudam a ter esta visao critica da realidade, em
especial quando cobrem em detalhe duas areas que Drucker nao refere
explicitamente como potenciais focos de inovacao: a inovacao em termos
de formas organizacionais (em vez de inovacao de produto ou de processo)
e a inovacao tecnologica disruptiva (um misto de inesperado e de novo
conhecimento).

Unleashing the Killer App
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unleashing-Killer-App-Larry-Downes/dp/1578512611/
The Twelve Principles of Killer App Design
http://www.ebbemunk.dk/killer_iframes/killer_app_Part_2__De.html

The Innovator’s Dilemma
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Innovators-Dilemma-Technologies-Cause-Great/dp/0875845851/
Disruptive Technologies
http://www.technovelty.org/images/disruptive.png
http://simonwoodside.com/weblog/images/disruptive/disruptive_sm.gif

— MV


20
Mar 08

Book Queue

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: Book Queue
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 08 16:30:21 GMT

It looks like I havent updated my reading status in
a while:

http://mv.asterisco.pt/2008/Jan/cat.cgi?Xmas%20Queue

I have finished up all three (God Delusion, Zen Guitar
and 10 Rules). Meanwhile I have been buying some single
items whenever I find them, since I always have to have
something to read and the next big queue update (from
Amazon) is coming up on only on my birthday (in a few
weeks).

Stuff that is/was on the queue:

The Goal
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Goal-Process-Ongoing-Improvement/dp/0566086654/
( read it; brilliant!; see http://mv.asterisco.pt/2007/Sep/cat.cgi?ToC%20and%20CCPM )

Civilization
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Civilization-New-History-Western-World/dp/0099526069/
( read it; brilliant!; obligatory for anyone wanting to discuss politics)

Open Business Models
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Open-Business-Models-Henry-Chesbrough/dp/1422104273/
( yes http://mv.asterisco.pt/2008/Jan/cat.cgi?Brussels%20Fault%20This%20Time
I am still reading it; its so boring that I want to be a lion tamer…)

Steppenwolf
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Steppenwolf-Essential-Penguin-Hermann-Hesse/dp/0140282580/
( currently reading it; not my usual kind of stuff, but a picture perfect
portrait of the heavy mental; strange to see someone has been here before…
coincidence or not, this book is the source of the name of a band that
first talked about “heavy metal” in the Born to be Wild song, a one hit
wonder…. )

Antonio de Oliveira Salazar
http://www.webboom.pt/ficha.asp?id=162520
( on queue )

Peripheral Vision: Seven Steps to Seeing Business Opportunities Sooner
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Peripheral-Vision-Seeing-Business-Opportunities/dp/1422101541/
( on queue )

Blue Ocean Strategy
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Ocean-Strategy-Uncontested-Competition/dp/1591396190/
( on queue )

I have also gotten up to 1983 in my fathers Readers Digest collection

http://mv.asterisco.pt/2007/Aug/cat.cgi?Readers%20Digest
http://mv.asterisco.pt/2007/Nov/cat.cgi?Book%20Reading%20Update

And, during last week, taking advantage of being “unemployed” and
going through early spring cleaning and organization, I have also put
in order and have been reviewing my magazine collection (Wired, Red
Herring, Business 2.0, Fast Company, Technology Review, Linux Journal,
Strategy + Business, Industry Standard, Harvard Business Review, Edge
and Game Developer)

http://mv.asterisco.pt/Images/Image030.jpg

Here’s 15 years of Internet in Wired issues, from 1.1 April 1993 to
16.02 February 2006:

http://mv.asterisco.pt/Images/Image031.jpg

— MV


17
Mar 08

Thin Server Architecture

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: Thin Server Architecture
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 08 23:30:21 GMT

As usual on the Internet, the same idea seems to bubble up
from several people all at once.

For the last 2 years or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about
web app architecture and app server frameworks. My thinking
has led to an approach that I’ve been trying to explain in
some previous posts.

But now Peter Svensson has given it a name:

Thin Server Architecture
http://unclescript.blogspot.com/2008/02/thin-server-architecture.html

Sounds like a nice buzzword and a nice TLA: TSA.

Peter has gotten together a group of people (me included) and
kickstarted a working group, already working on putting up some
clustered information in a place of its own:

Thin Server Architecture Working Group
http://www.thinserverarchitecture.com/

Meanwhile, while researching on the subject, I got a couple of
aditional links that are important for our thinking and for my
continuing posts about a future web framework:

How Nexaweb Works
http://www.nexaweb.com/home/us/index.html@cid=2295.html

Developing Rich Internet Applications with Declarative Markup
http://rockstarapps.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/java-basedria.pdf

Slides 6-9 are especially interesting. In slide 9 you can easily see
what TSA is all about: its represented by the 4th stack, the one where
the app container has only UI stuff (view+logic) and server side you
only have biz logic and data.

— MV


16
Mar 08

Lei dos Piercings

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: Lei dos Piercings
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 08 23:30:21 GMT

Sobre a lei dos piercings so me parece necessario reiterar
a recomendacao ja feita para que seja lido o “Road to Serfdom”
de Hayek:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_to_Serfdom

“The book has been translated into approximately 20 languages
and is dedicated to “The socialists of all parties”.
“Hayek’s central thesis is that all forms of collectivism lead
logically and inevitably to tyranny”

Relembra-se tambem o termo que originou o nazismo: Nationalsozialismus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazism

Mas siga a marcha. Ignore-se o neoliberalismo e o seu individualismo
“egoista” que o “bem comum” e que interessa e e preciso um Estado
paternal para nos defender dos perigos do mundo. Piercings, por exemplo.

— MV