I’d argue the following: Greece might currently be the most interesting place to look at for new ideas. Villages introducing their own currencies. New forms of credit. Interesting things are bound to happen when a well educated population sails into uncharted waters.
Let’s see what comes out of that.
You Think You Have It Hard? These Tech Entrepreneurs Are Building A Startup Scene In The Middle Of An Economic Disaster
ATHENS, GREECE — It’s a big cliche at this point, but it’s always said that the greatest companies are forged during periods of the greatest economic hardship. If that’s the case, I probably met some of Europe’s top business leaders last night when I spent part of an evening getting to know the Greek internet startup scene.
Sanity did prevail at the end. 9 year olds can keep taking photos of their lunches. And UK gets to keep the title of (relatively) free country for a few more months. That is until draconian new internet surveillance laws are passed.
The whole story made people go extatic – 9 year old child can change the world by the use of technology and social media. We didn’t have to wait long for the predictable to happen – empire struck back. Establishment tried to shoot the messenger. Or at least prevent her from shooting of photos of her food.
Then another predictable thing happened – even more public uproar. This finally caused the the sanity to prevail. Everybody gets to live ever after and establishment can live another day to fight even more bizzare battles in the future.
The whole story reminds me of a safe-breaking exploits of Richard Feynman. After disclosing the fact that safes are unsafe and demonstrating that they can be opened the general in charge sent out a note “Don’t let Feynman approach any safe”. There wasn’t any social media at the time, so the problem was solved. And even if there was social media it probably wouldn’t be reporting from the depths of Manhattan project.
Well, that was quick. Following an enormous media (and social media) storm, the ban on 9-year-old Martha Payne’s Never Seconds blog about the dinners on offer in her school has been lifted. As we reported earlier, Scottish Martha was banned from taking photos in the school dining hall, thus killing her blog, after it attracted newspaper coverage.
- UPDATED: Scottish town council shuts down 9-y-o girl’s wildly popular school lunch blog (boingboing.net)
- Let them eat cake, but no cameras: British council gags 9 year old school lunch blogger (thenextweb.com)
- Ban lifted on 9-year-old Scottish blogger who posted photos of nasty school lunches (mercurynews.com)
- Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (fourhourworkweek.com)
When I started using Mozilla browser more than 10 years ago I would have never imagined what will become of it. It was crashing, it was slow, user experience was horrible. It seemed like the web browser wars are over.
However our open source heroe persisted. Year after year they have improved the code and made it suck less every day. And eventually in late 2000s there was a breakthrough and Mozilla in the form of Firefox returned to fame. For the moment Firefox was the winner. However since then a new kid on the block appeared – Chrome.
Now Firefox is getting back into the game! Will number 13 be Firefox’s lucky number?
The latest version of Mozilla Firefox was released on 6 June, and is supposedly much faster and safer than the open source web browser. The new Firefox has also adapted its home and tab pages to have a similar layout to other browsers they compete with like Chrome.
- Firefox 14 Beta Adds SSL Google, Click-to-Play Flash and Autocomplete URLs (news.softpedia.com)
- Firefox 13 released – now using SPDY by default (h-online.com)
I usually don’t write about softer topics, but this short piece caught my attention in today’s blogspire.
Hope gives us reason to invest energy today for the prospect of brighter future. It energizes us to act instead of stand still. When leading teams one of the most important things to do is project a realistic plan of the future that we are going to achieve together. We must not just hope, but also believe that the place we’re going to end up in is going to be a good place.
Hope is the default setting for human beings….just look at the children around you. It’s just that life has a tendency to chip away at it…as we go through life. But when you think about who engages you, which bosses you love to work for, which brands create loyalty…they all have one thing…they trigger hope.