Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Technology Movement

I read somewhere(?) that the Technology Movement always follow the Sun (from East to West).

China -> Egypt -> Italy -> England -> US. The Technology Movement always follow the Sun (East to West). There are more countries in between but I think I made my point. The question now is, not 'if' but 'when' will the Technology Movement jump the Pacific Ocean to Asia? Are we on the verge of the jump because the time span of each Technology Movement is getting shorter and its already been in the US for 200 years.

Is the economic boom in China the prelude to the Technology Movement of Asia? How are countries like Australia, India or my home country Bangladesh going to fare? With the shorter time span trend, I think the Technology Movement will be in Asia for less then 100 years. So if we want to ride it, we need to get ready and get ready right NOW.

Followup: How does the dark age affect the Technology Movement? That is another post.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Seth's Sheepwalking

Seth Godin wrote an interesting article about Sheepwalking. Personally I call it Grinding. Sheepwalking is when you only do what you are told to. Examples are:

The TSA 'screener' who forces a mom to drink from a bottle of breast milk because any other action is not in the manual. A 'customer service' rep who will happily reread a company policy six or seven times but never stop to actually consider what the policy means. A marketing executive who buys millions of dollars of TV time even though she knows it's not working--she does it because her boss told her to.

I call them Grinders. People who punch in at 9, punch out at 5 and wait for the paycheck. They grumble when you ask them to do something out of their job description. Basically, just grinding it out.

At Uni, whenever I discussed technology with my fellow engineering classmates, it saddened me to see them as Grinders. I had spent many a night in the lab to get something working while my team mates went home at 6pm.

Google was a company that defied it all. But lately, all the good people are leaving after cashing out their stock options and they are being replaced by Grinders.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Overhaul the TCP/IP Stack

Today, a friend of mine stated one way to make lots of money is to build a smaller TCP/IP stack. The current stack size is 16K. A smaller stack will enable faster transfer due to more data per packet, faster packet composition/processing and less bandwidth. Companies such as Microsoft, Sun, Cisco would definitely pay a lot of money for the stack.

A way to do that is to move the stack to hardware. To quote the movie Antitrust:

The answer's in the box.

However, I take a different view. The Internet was built in 70's as part of the DARPA project. Technology has advanced so much since then that we need a complete overhaul of the stack. A new, better beginning. You cannot build space-ships out of automobile technology.