Since the beginnings of fiberevolution, I have been blogging in response to various articles, other blog posts and informations found on the net that relate to the topics I cover.
There’s so many more of those than I can reasonably blog about however that it became something of a frustrating exercice.
In order to address this I’ve recently started trialling a service called ScoopIt which I think answers that particular issue I’ve had.
I have a boards over at ScoopIt called Connected World, which you can subscribe to through RSS or simply view when you want to. It aggregates articles I’ve found interesting with a few lines of comment at most from me.
I hope you find it interesting, please let me know if you do so!
This is a little left field I guess in relation to the topics I normally cover here, but the subject of employee motivation is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and so when I watched this TED Talk it resonated with me. I’ll let you watch it first and then I’ll comment.
The first thing that came to my mind after watching this was “I’m not surprised”‘. I didn’t know that social sciences invalidated the effectiveness of financial incentives for most modern work tasks. I also find it ironic that the hierarchical level in businesses where financial incentives become part of your package are exactly those at which the mix of tasks becomes negatively affected by such incentives. But I’m not surprised. It resonates with my experience.
About two thirds into the video, when Pink moves onto the “solution”, my cynical self went “yeah, right…” Then he talked about ROWE and I was intrigued again. A big part of the homeworking discussion (which is, in a way, related to this blog’s topic, phew!) revolves around measured increases in productivity that most traditional businesses simply do not want to believe.
So there’s hope. Not that I anticipate things to change overnight. I’ve been burned too many times by the inane mental constructs of HR and Management Gurus in large organisations to believe that a model, no matter how good on paper, can work accross the board. I’d be interested in seeing for example if there’s a breaking point for ROWE related to the size of the organisation or the nature of the business. Guess I’ll have to look into that.
This week another article was shared by a friend that relates to this in a sense. It’s called If you’re trying to change how your company works, you probably won’t. For years before I decided to launch Diffraction Analysis I’d be hoping for a job where I could throw myself without qualms into growing a business I believed in. I never could find one. And indeed, I discovered that changing things from the inside rarely if ever works. You even hope against hope, when you resign, that they’ll understand. They never do.
Or maybe it was me.
In any case, I tend to be cynical about the “science” of running organisations, and while Pink’s delivery is a little too over the top for me, what he says resonates with me in a way that few things in this field have before. If this starts spreading, moving back into regular employment might become appealing again, someday!
I’ve been a fan of Jack Dee ever since I saw him on Television in the UK in the 90s (yeah, that takes me back)…
This is a more recent skit from his Live at the Appolo series, on mobile phones and interactive television.
It’s very funny. But like every piece of good humour, there’s enough reality behind it to make you think. Predictive calling ? I could see that happening. And wouldn’t it just be a nightmare…
One of my greatest frustration is not being able to get fiber to my home (yet). According to their customer service, SFR tells me that I should be eligible within 3 to 6 months, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
Meanwhile, I was venting that frustration last night playing around with Phoster, a neat poster app on the ipad, and I produced the following poster.
I shared it on twitter and some people asked for a broader share of it. So there you are! If you want fibre too, feel free to use it and share it around (a little credit and ping back to www.fiberevolution.com would be appreciated) !
Someone hinted at me recently that one of the reasons Google didn’t want to invest in peering / transit in France – leading to some of the disagreements on who should bare the cost of it as currently investigated by French regulator ARCEP – was that establishing more technical presence in a market would force them to shift the status of their local representations and jeopardize their complex tax evasion mechanism.
I don’t know if that’s true, and I don’t quite see how I could verify that. But in light of the complex profit shifting operations that Google has been undertaking for years to minimze their tax burden, it certainly rings true.
I’ve wanted to write about this for a while now, but always wondered if I’d be too borderline political. I think that the kind of tax mechanisms that Google (and others, especially in the tech business) are implementing are immoral and frankly despicable.
Apparently I’m not the only one as Guy Daniels in on the same line in yesterday’s Telecom TV editorial entitled Google “can make money without doing evil” (as it evades $2bn in taxes). He expresses my thoughts way better than I would do myself. Telecom TV’s Editor in Chief Martyn Warwick reacts today to Eric Schmidt’s shameless dismissal as published in the US press yesterday in much the same direction in Google and Tax: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.
The questions I’m left with are:
- how much does this actually affect Google’s industrial strategy as hinted by my mysterious source above?
- considering how dependant on Google I and many many others are, how do I express my displeasure at the company? It’s not quite as easy as buying coffee from an outlet that doesn’t sell in venti sizes. Shifting webmails is not an option, but I guess using a different default search engine might be.
Which one do you recommend?
The internet is disrupting so many established businesses that it’s sometimes hard to pull all of the threads together to get a good grasp of where things are going. I was recently pointed to this recent slide deck published by Business Insider entitled the Future of Digital. It’s not without its flaws (too US-centric, some of the data layouts questionable), but it’s the best attempt at pulling it all together I’ve seen so far. I strongly recommend reading it. I extracted one slide from it last week in my post on delinearization. Here’s another slide that got me pondering…
I’ve spoken recently about the cabinets issues that Openreach faced in the UK and AT&T in the US. New Zealand Infrastructure Incumbent Chorus, while deploying admittedly smaller cabinets has devised a clever way to not only avoid some of these issues with local residents but perhaps draw attention to the deployment of fiber in a positive way by asking well-known artists to decorate the cabinets. Embracing street art as a way to make your infrastructure components blend in is, I think, pretty clever!
You can see a gallery of these decorated cabinets here.