IT changing the world VS. The world changing IT

We are at an inflection point for IT. Think about the following:

  • 10-20 years ago people had the best computer at work, the best printer and even a mobile phone! Today we see the exact opposite, a personal phone is better than the work phone. People use the latest communication tools like Google, Facebook, G+, Twitter etc.
  • On their personal lives people access their data from anywhere using all sorts of devices. People use every available tool to pass their message across and contact their friends. This change is unstoppable, IT is being “consumerized”.

The questions are: “how are companies taking advantage of these new trends while keeping company data secure?”. It´s not all about having a BYOD* policy and insuring it’s secure. People changed the way they work and the world is different. We realised that we work better together, that great ideas and great solutions come from groups.

Unfortunately I see that at work several people feel locked, unhappy and unproductive.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

I see companies every day with this problem and helping them to adopt a better and more productive way of working is what I like to do the most :)

*Bring your own device

 

Higgs Boson – Quick explanation

It seems today is the day! @CERN a particle that behaves like the Higgs Boson has been “found”. This is important because now the “Standard model of Physics” (the equivalent in Biology is the Evolution Theory) can be explained with real evidence. Now,  the Higgs boson can account for all the unexplained mass of the universe.

This video from SciShow is great!

Success brings happiness vs happiness brings success

Recently I was discussing with a friend if being positive and happy attracts success or if the fact that you reach your goals is what makes you happy. From that conversation I can conclude that everyone has their own theories about it. We ended up discussing work environment, collaboration and getting things done.

Credits: http://artistic-dreams.tumblr.com/post/1224532438/be-happy-stay-positive-lifes-too-short-too

 

My friend states that “if you work hard you’ll be successful and if your successful then you are happy”. I actually think is the other way around. You should make the effort to see “the glass half full”. Be happy that the glass is half full and with that extra happiness boost  you will work hard and fill in the rest of the glass.

Keeping a positive attitude to changes and roadblocks will make you more creative. By just seeing the bright side, people will tend to collaborate with you more and with that you’ll reach your goals faster. This makes the journey to success easier.

I know sometimes is not easy to see the positives but if you train yourself (brain and heart) to do so, things will end up being naturally positive in the future.

A Sales Question…

A while ago a good friend  of mine asked more about the products and features I work with. Then he said something: “You put so much passion explaining things and this is not even your working hours”. I can clearly remember when I was answering to that statement a great TED talk was popping into my mind:

In sales, in business and in other aspects of life, I agree that is not the “WHAT?”  or the “HOW?” that drives things. Is the “WHY?”! The great examples given there are about Apple products and Dr. Martin Luther King but, in general, if you understand the vision and how you can contribute to that vision, how it connects to you and makes you fill, then it will enable you to sell, to buy, to motivate and to be motivated.

If you never listened to this TED talk, I recommend it and Simon  is a great speaker so time flies by :)

 

Dream Paradox

I have not written in my blog much and today I won´t write about any trends or give any suggestions.

I will follow up on the ‘Dream’ Sign I have on the sealing of my room. See this post for more info on this

Since I was kid, I often could realize I was having a dream and could decide to either let it go or try to influence it.. Sometimes it works.. Sometimes the dream is ruined because I break the concept of the story.

But lately, as soon as I realize that it is a dream, I start questioning it:
– “Why is this person asking a question? If it is just in my dream, I know the question and I know the answer”
–  If I have an Idea that is relevant, I feel the need to wake up and write it down. I never reach the end of the story..

The ability to dream always intrigued me…

Have a nice day and.. good dreams :)

 

Welcome 2011

2011 is here

and as always I have my new year resolutions like everyone else. Here are a a few:

  • Eat healthier (avoid the pizza oven at the office is a great start)
  • After my foot and arm injuries I want to play football more often (I play for a Google football team and in a charity league with some friends.. that should cover this one :)
  • Visit home (Portugal) more often. I missed a lot of stuff by being away and with all the crazy travel I did in 2010.
  • At work there are great things happening and my wish here is to contribute even more to our success

Last but not least:

It is time for everyone to build up hope for a better future. This is also the time to help people who need the most. Programs like Kiva.org or UNICEF are safe choices if you decide to put some money aside to help others. Offer your time, offer your ideas (if they are good) to a volunteering program in your community.

Backup your Angry Birds progress / high score (Android)

Recently I got the new Nexus S, a nice upgrade from the Nexus 1. Sure, I’ll miss the trackball but my main concern was: How do I transfer the hours of dedication to Angry birds and Angry birds Seasons?  I have almost 3 stars in every level and I was considering not upgrading because of this.

Some people told me I needed to root the phone and copy /data/data/com.rovio.angrybirdsseasons/files/ between devices.

That probably works but I didn´t want to spend that much time on this and I wanted to find an easier way to transfer the progress on Angry Birds.

I investigated and found a great solution (easy for the non techies).

  • Install an app called Angry birds backup (from YONGSIN for the normal one  and the Angry birds Seasons from Nadav Fima – they are free but you can donate on YONGSIN site)
  • Open the app and press the backup button
  • Go to the SD card and you’ll see a folder called angry birds backup. Copy it to your computer (or directly to the SD card on the other phone)
  • Install angry birds and angry birds backup in the new phone
  • copy the Angry birds backup folder from your computer to your new phone
  • Important: complete the first level of angry birds before you press the button restore on your angry birds backup app otherwise the tool will tell you that you don’t have Angry birds installed.

Et Voila.. I got my results back and I’m now a happy Nexus S user.

Hope it helps all the people that need to move to a new device and want to keep their Angry Birds progress