Keep track of space

how many thousand things you can see here. It’s amaizing

http://keeptrack.space

Created by Theodore Kruczek to help visualize orbital calculations for application to Ground Based Radars and Optical Telescopes. Based on the original work of James Yoder.

All information is open source publically available information.

  • Orbits are derived from TLEs found on public websites.
  • Payload information is compiled from various public sources.
  • US Sensor data was derived from MDA reports on enviromental impacts and congressional budget reports.

 

Alexa,

The event,

This Christmas I went to a friend’s home, they had Alexa at home. At one point I was curious about how it worked and what type of things you can ask Alexa.

Play music, ask about weather, add products to the shopping cart, define an alarm to get up…

What stunned me the most…

While so many companies are calling customers by phone or knocking the doors of millions of homes, paying salaries to all these people doing commercial actions; suddenly Amazon makes some of these customers to pay 175$ (I think right now is around 110$) to have a commercial guy at home. To me this is genius.

Idea for future

Alexa is in reality stablishes a basic interrelationship, you make direct questions and the robot replies them, having limited the type of interaction you can have.

Imagine that you can acquire a service where Alexa turns to “John, the basketball supporter of the New York Knicks”, and while you are watching a game in the TV, you can comment with John how the game is going on, ask John what is the best score game of that young player in the University, etc…

How many people that have nobody to talk would benefit from this?

How many roles can be created to increase the interaction with specific human behaviors that are looking someone to talk to?

 

Meetings structured around a 6 page memo

Quoting from Jeff Bezos:

“The traditional kind of corporate meeting starts with a presentation. Somebody gets up in front of the room and presents with a PowerPoint presentation, some type of slide show.  In our view you get very little information, you get bullet points.  This is easy for the presenter, but difficult for the audience.  And so instead, all of our meetings are structured around a 6 page narrative memo…. If you have a traditional ppt presentation, executives interrupt.  If you read the whole 6 page memo, on page 2 you have a question but on on page 4 that question is answered.”

I’m going to use this technique as soon as possible.

BAD_POOL_HEADER

BAD_POOL_HEADER is not the title of a film, it’s not the code to enter into a system, it’s an error from Windows 10.

It comes with a beautiful blue screen, not a simple electric blue screen such on Windows 3.11. and it also adds an emoticon like this:  🙁

I thought that new generations would not know the blue screen of Windows, neither the cassette or the CD, but after more than 20 years of Windows I’m starting to think that this will not be the case.

Organizational debt, DevOps and OpenSource

A debt is a debt, it’s something you acquire to be able to acquire other capabilities or values in a market, product, behavior… Every company have this type of debt with more or less exposure.

organizational-debtThis debt can be excess of organization (typically a big company) or lack of organization (commonly a start-up). Companies acquire debt to be more competitive: more speed of execution, less price per product,…

Organizational Debt: The interest companies pay when their structure and policies stay fixed and/or accumulate as the world changes.

 

The worst problem of organizational debt is that the people running the company does not know it. The second problem is that they know the issue and they kick it forward, increasing the debt. The third big problem is the lack of action. If some of these reasons are affecting a company, it’s basically because it’s run by incompetent people and they will disappear sooner or later.

Apart of that, the typical “debts” acquired by companies are:

  1. Obsolescence: use of old fashion processes and methodologies, with respect the market conditions.
  2. Accumulation: too much roles, too much review processes, too much people… again with respect the market conditions.
  3. Bad behavior of leaders and employees: No one trust each other, fear, people act in a defensive way.

For instance, DevOps is a culture supported by some automation tools that if it’s well implemented, we will have the opportunity to remove organizational and technical debt:

  • Organizational debt: due to the fact that some processes will be more agile. The challenge here is that the organization has to acquire them and be able to adapt to them (this is the hard side of DevOps).
  • Technical debt: due to the use of automation tools that will remove obsolete tools or manual scripts that makes the speed of execution to be lower.

To me, DevOps has more positive impact on organizational debt than on technical debt.

Open Source is also contributing significantly to the debt reduction, specially the technical debt. You have other organizations implementing solutions that you can use in your organization with low price. If your organization is agile enough to use them, you will be able to reduce the level of exposure of these lack of technological need. If you do not have this ability, you will have to acquire a service/product (increasing financial debt) or even worst: you will have to implement by yourself.

The destruction that goes beyond

Business leaders who adopt the attitude that anyone is replaceable, thinking they can simply hire someone with a greater skill set or someone with a more prestigious pedigree, are fooling themselves.

best-resourceThere are some employees that cannot be replaced, and that when they disappear from the company, they carry with them value that simply cannot be replaced:

  • They carry their extensive knowledge on products, systems, and processes.
  • They carry their customer relationships that have been built over many years.
  • They carry their camaraderie and influence with their coworkers, which when lost, has an impact on the corporate/company’s culture within.

When the destruction of an organization reaches some levels, this will not be the same anymore.

Who knows, maybe this is the goal of such destruction.