December 27th, 2006

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I’m so naive…

Recently I found in a newspaper an announcement regarding an Idea contest to raise funds for Startups.

I did have my shot on the contest. But guess on what? I gone with an idea for a startup offering Open Source professional support and training. So far, so good - though 70% of CEOs in Portugal does not know what Open Source is.

My stupid naiveness is that the contest was sponsored by Microsoft, so my chances to get a spot in the podium were immediately nail down to 0%.

Hey dude, Microsoft and Open Source are incompatible, though their efforts to get into OS community.

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India as IT Outsource option?

Yeah. We, in Portugal, used to say that we, further than reasonable low labor costs, could get the work done effectively, with quality. But it seems we are loosing (or have we already lost?) IT Outsourced projects to India.

India, as opposite to Portugal, is investing in training, and valuing their human resources. Portugal should have the same approach to the global economy. We’re loosing some battles when we try to bring value to our country. We did already realized that the traditional industry is nor working anymore. Let’s make Portugal a place for IT outsourced projects.

The firms are not winning such deals just because they have lower costs, but because they are also delivering high-quality (often higher) projects in a manner that customers like.

We’re also competent, and we are also capable to bring such value to customers, and also to our country. Don’t try to find excuses in the government leaders, this country, as any other country, is the people who live here, and not the government leaders.

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Quote of the Day

Here is the quote for today.

The way to secure success is to be more anxious about obtaining than about deserving it.

-William Hazlitt

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Traffic Jam and Butterfly Effect

Did you ever found yourself stuck in the traffic? 99.9999% of you did already. When you’re stuck in the traffic, your first thought is that an accident has occurred far away in the road. But suddenly the traffic starts to flow normally and you can’t figure out the reasons for the traffic jam. I found an interesting article explaining the traffic jams and the relation to the butterfly effect. It’s now obvious why the traffic jams occurs :)

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Would you trust in Wikipedia?

Founded in 2001, by Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia now counts with around 3.7 billion articles in 200 different languages. The Wikipedia project goes beyond an Open Source project, but rather an open community of knowledge. The essence of Wikipedia is that everyone can contribute (with the effortless process of editing a document) with his/her knowledge about any topic.

The fact that Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, writing about anything, put a bit of controversial weight on Wikipedia’s shoulders. Many experts - and non-experts - advocate that Wikipedia can’t be used as a trusted source of knowledge. Why we ask? The answer is obvious. Every one can write anything about any topic. Even I could write an Wikipedia entry reporting that I’m the new president of United States of America (I wouldn’t do that because I’m not an asshole, so I’m not entitled to be president of the EUA :) ).

Given this, and all the controversial talk around Wikipedia, the Nature, a weekly journal of science, set up an investigation about the accuracy of both Wikipedia and, the well know encyclopaedia, Britannica. From Wikipedia and Britannica, 42 articles were chosen and given to independent experts on the subjects. The articles were analysed by experts in order to find errors on these articles and then measure the accuracy of Wikipedia and Britannica.

The results? They were amazing.

The Britannica is head to head with Wikipedia. From the 42 articles were found 3 errors for Britannica and 4 errors for Wikipedia. So, you can still say that Britannica is more accurate, but wait. At the day after the results get public, Wikipedia community fixed the errors found by during the test, while Britannica has to wait till next edition :) If the test runs again the day after the results, Wikipedia would beat the Britannica for sure.

Still thinking that Wikipedia can’t be a trusted source of knowledge?

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