Thursday, July 23, 2009

Having trouble with getting Seagate/WD External USB drive 1.5 TB to work with your PS3?

It seems Sony PS3 supports only FAT32 and the external drive comes pre-formatted with NTFS. So, after franatic search on blogs (and Seagate is *NO* help), finally figured out that they do have a tool called Disc Wizard to do this.

Warning: This is pre-programmed to work only their products.

Once you download and install this, connect the USB drive, startup the app.

Remove the existing partition (this will remove all existing contents on your drive, so be sure be very sure) and the tool offers formatting types. Choose FAT32. It takes about a couple of minutes and you are done!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

On a second thought, about this Google Chrome OS thing…

Some are even saying that this is a phony little war that doesn't hurt anyone. Since the just announced OS is vaporware at this point and mostly targeting for netbooks in the near future, Microsoft's immediate revenue is not in any danger. However, you can count on Microsoft throwing counterpunches to nullify low-end threat the Chrome OS poses.

Even with mobile phones, Microsoft gained marketshare in 2008/2009 and even outsold iPhone believe it or not. Android phones are just starting to come out, so we will have to see how big they are going to be. As for the netbooks, it is reported very recently that Windows XP ships in 96% of netbooks sold worldwide, up 10% from a year ago. Linux originally had good momentum, but it is losing steam due to a combination of users preferring familiarity of Windows and Microsoft's deft use of pricing and its size. It just shows how Microsoft fights back.

Also, note that Google says first netbook with Chrome OS is not out until 2010H2 and Windows 7 (which is expected to be netbook friendly) is due out in a few months. Microsoft would have the netbook market for 1 full year. I think all this adds up to moves and countermoves [at least for now].

Otherwise, Chrome OS better be one sweet friggin doozy.

Google Chrome OS, eh?

I wonder what this will do to 'organizing world's information' motto. Isn't there a danger of just trying to become another Microsoft? trying to do too many things and not doing anything really well? Despite being a huge fan of Google, I am skeptical of this if this is just to attack Microsoft from a different front. Just as I don't see Microsoft as a search expert, I am skeptical of Google being OS provider. what's the overall strategy goal?

Could it be that Google is just trying to protect its search domain? One thing we know is that mobile internet based search is growing much more rapidly than that of PCs. If your bread and butter depends on search, you have to dominate mobile world as well. Ergo, the Google family of mobile OSes. I think this is probably the reason than Novell grade hate of Microsoft that's driving the OS development. what do you think?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fuzzy front-end, market research, VOC, definition, roadmap, product line planning. #pcampRTP
presenters talked about for CMS and for logo creation. #pcampRTP
SAS is a model with social media strategy: social networks, blogs, podcasting, video, wikipedia and content syndication. #pcampRTP
B2B deals have so many characteristics such as relationships, long sales cycles, which social media attributes match up nicely. #pcampRTP
social media = interaction+engagement+conversation+relationships
Track 1: Enhancing B2B relationships using Social media. presented by
The book mentioned is Business of Software.
market visioning is an exercise that allows you envision concentric circles around what you do now and imagine possibilities. #pcampRTP
OH: vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. #pcampRTP
Jeff doesn't like to think in terms of "alignment" which indicates two separate things. He prefers "synergy".
Jeff prefers mindstorming. it is free of "side of the brain" issue. let's you focus on ideas free of judgmental nature of brain.#pcampRTP
Jeff doesn't like brainstorming. are we using left brain or right brain in that? #pcampRTP
Jeff Krukin talked about market sensing techniques your company could use. #pcampRTP
Consensus on the need for using usability specialists while designing products and features. #PCAMPRTP
Somebody mentioned that social bookmarking is a great idea when a team is doing a project. That's knowledge generation & sharing. #PCAMPRTP
Here is a cool idea. Let a 3rd party operate the social media site for your customers with restricted access. #PCAMRTP
how do you understand customer behavior? for your website, you could use tealeaf.
Two key points while interviewing customers: what makes you feel good and what makes you look good? #PCAMPRTP
Good discussion on usability. Consensus about getting as many people as possible to meet customers directly. #PCAMPRTP
obvious in the discussion that too many PMs are doing things because your competitors are doing it. #PCAMPRTP
Participants expressed consensus that focus groups are good, but they are expensive. #PCAMPRTP
somebody mentioned as a web service you could use on your website to gather feedback.
Discussion about feature collection process trended towards personas. Somebody mentioned this is nothing but human factor engineering.
Nicole Krug of BB&T started off the discussion on how people collect ideas for products and features. #PCAMPRTP
Lisa Hida is a great presenter. Fantastic presentation and good discussion. #PCAMPRTP
Innovation could also be establishing leadership for your segment. #PCAMPRTP
Innovation is increasing your competitive advantage and increase your value. #PCAMPRTP
Product Manager's job is make people 'get it'. If you can't make your colleagues 'get it', your product won't succeed.
Heard a new concept: Human Factor Engineering. new concept or is it recycled from something old? #PCAMPRTP
She says doing post-launch audit is a best practice. #PCAMPRTP
Lisa Hida is talking about how to do VOC for product innovation. #PCAMPRTP

Friday, May 15, 2009

Ready for tomorrow's ProductCamp RTP. Will be lot of fun!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Didn't realize MS Project is such a big deal among AEC industry project managers. Seems like it is no match for Primavera.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Preparing for productCamp RTP
Preparing for pCamp in RTP next week. <a href="{"go_to":"events/57717","referrer":"public"}">{"go_to":"events/57717","referrer":"public"}</a>
Preparing a business plan is lot harder than people had me thinking. A Lot.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Too much fun playing with WordPress. Great stuff.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Looking for another big volume of pre-reading for Term 4 tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cisco's John Chambers on future of Collaboration:

Monday, May 04, 2009

More awareness in the WordPress universe. There is a whole business model around selling themes!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

After a long time, mountain biking tomorrow. I hope I will come out alive.
Seems like WordPress is way better platform to rollout small business websites. Solid stuff. Worth buying templates than spend hours.
Learning WordPress to launch small business website next week. #MSCRM, #AEC

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Preparing for post-Microsoft Incubation Week activities.#CRMIW.

Monday, April 27, 2009

A whole weekend to recover from #CRMIW. Thanks to MS team (#jodonnel and #sanjayjain369), ton of progress in one week!

Friday, April 24, 2009

ooh. Done with the presentation. went very well.! #CRMIW
5 minutes before the presentation. Excited and anxious to do it. Wish us luck! #CRMIW
Final hour before the presentation. Proteans guys just gave us their last update! #CRMIW
Day 5: Judgement day. Slide deck and financial projections are finally ready. Hectic day ahead.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just came back from a great Dinner. ofcourse Microsoft paid :-). Margarita's. Great food!.
About to meet Don Dodge!
Preparing the demo design for tomorrow. #CRMIW
Day 4: We are going to be interviewed by MS Team on our experience. YouTube, here we come!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Had an early conversation with Proteans team, so we left early this morning. #CRMIW. Tomorrow, need to finalize presentation, demo and other stuff.
Financial aspects of the venture are coming together nicely as well. Facing minor issues in coding, but overall looking nice.. #CRMIW
Presentation for VCs ready for review by the team! #CRMIW
Day 3 Lunch session: Ben Grossman of BiGMarK Agency talked about Out-Thinking needed with a Startup.
Just discovered Paul Greenberg (, the CRM Guru.
Day 3: Getting ready to meet the offshore team to review the code and functionality developed overnight. #CRMIW
progressing nicely on product development and preparing for Friday presentation. Without Microsoft and Proteans, we wouldn't have made this far!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Still working on the VC presentation..... #CRMIW
'Slid'ing along preparing the slide deck for VC presentation. #CRMIW
Working on our presentation to VCs on Friday. 6 slides, 10 minutes apparently. #CRMIW
Fantastic presentation at #CRMIW by James Geshwiler of commonAngels. Great insight into how to present to VCs.