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Technology Trend Analysis

Here is further proof that “Consumerization of IT” (CoIT) is a reality. And, that has significantly altered the dynamics of technology adoption. Before I explain this shift, let us look at…

How experts explain technology adoption cycle

The accepted premise is that every new technology goes through the following phases:

  1. Hype: Search for next big thing leads to Hype around any new technology.
  2. Struggle: Adoption of these Bleeding Edge technologies depended on the Visionaries who had the vision, energy and money to make it work.
  3. Success: Mainstream adoption required convincing the Pragmatists who needed success stories and support system around the technology.

Not all technologies made it to mainstream. All these are from the perspective of an enterprise. Consumers had very little role to play in this lifecycle. This underlying theme comes out in both the “Hype Cycle” model used by Gartner since 1995 and the…

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A Frog in the Fjord

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1. Accept things and people as they are
Accept that this is another country with its own culture. Sure, half of what Norwegians do is new and strange to you, but for them that is the norm. It is the same all over the world: people do things in a certain way and they are sure this is the only and best way to do it. It is the case for the French, the American, the Kenyans etc. They might know how their neighbouring countries do things, but it stops there.

As a foreigner you have different views obviously. You want to do crazy things such as eat a waffle with ham and cheese on top, spending 30 years in Norway without buying a flat; not breastfeed your kid more than a month; or taking a shower in common garderobe with your swimsuit on because you…

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GEOLF

Da begynner fadderuka og vi faddere gleder oss til å ta imot fadderbarna!

Etter våre prognoser (Med hjelp fra yr.no) vil det foregå slik:

  • 11. Tirsdag
    Immatrikulering på Gløshaugen. Tildeling av faddergrupper i Idrettsbygget på Dragvoll, pluss omvisning på univeristetet.
    Immatrikuleringfest på samfunnet
  • 12. Onsdag
    Vrimledagen på Dragvoll.
    Bli kjent kveld.
    (Gatefæst)
  • 13. Torsdag
    Bli kjent kveld.
    (Gatefæst)
  • 14. Fredag
    Etter infomøtet stikker vi til Estendalsdammen på tur.
  • 15. Lørdag
    Opptak til linjeforeningen på Lianvatnet.
  • 16. Søndag
    Hviledag/Trønderbataljonen .
  • 17. Mandag
    Grilling med entreprenørskap og geolektor.
    Geolympix
  • 18. Tirsdag
    Hybel til Hybel.
  • 19. Onsdag
    Temafest på Studenter Samfunnet. (Tema: Havet)
  • 20. Torsdag
    Geopils på Cafe Geo(Løkka).
  • 21. Fredag
    Rebusløp/bar til bar.
    Standup på kvelden.
  • 22. Lørdag
    Avsluttningsfest.

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R is my friend

About a year ago I wrote a post describing average length of dissertations at the University of Minnesota. I’ve been meaning to expand that post by adding data from masters theses since the methods for gathering/parsing the records are transferable. This post provides some graphics and links to R code for evaluating dissertation (doctorate) and thesis (masters) data from an online database at the University of Minnesota. In addition to describing data from masters theses, I’ve collected the most recent data on dissertations to provide an update on my previous post. I’ve avoided presenting the R code for brevity, but I invite interested readers to have a look at my Github repository where all source code and data are stored. Also, please, please, please note that I’ve since tried to explain that dissertation length is a pretty pointless metric of quality (also noted here), so interpret the data only…

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Altifrem.org

Hello Scandinavia! Are you a developer? Are you looking for a meaningful project? Get involved in the deployment of Open Food Network in Scandinavia! Let’s decentralize the food system and reconnect farmers and eaters.

Check www.openfoodnetwork.org and see the two LIVE versions in Australia and UK… and soon in Scandinavia! The project is open source, and driven here by the non-profit Altifrem (http://altifrem.org). We are looking forward to meeting you 🙂

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Non-Profit Musings

I’ve written 5 posts on Dan Pallotta’s “TED Talk”: “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong” (and of course giving my opinion along the way).  (You can find the video here in case you haven’t seen it:  http://www.ted.com/talkslang/he/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong.html?source=facebook#.UUgVUSeiOi1.facebook ). 
 
So, now it’s time to sum up. Dan’s main 5 points about the non-profit world are: 
 
1) You cannot use money to lure talent away from the for-profit sector
 
2) You cannot advertise on the same scale as the for-profit sector
 
3) You cannot take (economic) risks in pursuit of new donors in the way that the for-profit sector can in pursuit of new investors/clients 
 
4) You don’t have the same amount of time to find donors as the for-profit world has for finding investors/customers
 
5) You do not have a stock market to fund your organization (or the ability to pay profits…

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