Innovation seminar

Today’s innovation seminar was one of the best to date. Kept in very down-to earth Kiwi spirit, Jonathan Carr presented a short history of ARANZ (Applied Research Associates New Zealand). ARANZ conducts research and development in the area of 3D scanning and modelling technologies. Having research and engineering background myself, it was really neat to…


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Tech business in Dunedin.

I was lucky yesterday to be able to attend two really good seminars: “Setting Up a Tech Business in Dunedin” by Jason Leong from PocketSmith, and “Competitive Advantage or Point of Difference: Getting into the Market” by Colin Brown from TracMap. PocketSmith is an SaaS web application that allows an individual to manage and forecast one’s…


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MySQL, SUN and hackers culture.

From Five Questions …: “Choose the right license. Find a business model that allows you to work full time on your product. Understand that not all bussiness is made for getting venture capital and grow. Most bussiness are made by small, quite profitable service companies that creates a good living for their workers. Study other…


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Deadly sins and buddhist’s percepts

Buddha and other like-minded thinkers argued: no possessions, no expectations, and having no needs. These, are the key elements in achieving enlightenment. For monks this might be a possible path to follow, but for lay human beings, it is somewhat difficult to follow. Most of us have needs, accumulate and use things and build certain…


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Paul Graham essays

Paul Graham is a Lisp programmer, a hacker, and he writes about various things. It is hard not to relate to him, if you have programming background yourself. One of the articles that I’ve read recently is about intellectual curiosity and disobedience: The word “hacker”. I agree with most of what he says, although “hacking”…


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Busy day.

Today was a really busy day. It started with 2hrs long meeting with Jani Pirkola from Finland. Jani is the project manager of RealXtend. We have met together with Melanie, Hailing, Lipi and Martin in-world on a SecondLife island. The discussion was centered around the RealXtend open source model, affiliated companies, recent developments, the Otago…


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Atari musings.

Yesterday, there was an article about Atari’s Golden Years. It made me reflect on some of my teen years, and it made me deeply appreciate those little things that shaped entire trajectories of my life. Like the simple event of my parents decided to buy me my first computer, Atari 800. This is when the love and…


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