Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Shang YeXin

I am a big big of Lu,xun, a great Chinese author in 1920s and who is famous for his straightforward, cold humor and great passion to encourage youth to pursue the good thing etc. His style significantly formed my preferrence of straightforward communication etc that benefits me so much.

And seems I found another person shares many with Lu Xun. He is Sha,YeXin. Here is his  blog (in Chinese). In this post, you can find his words ...


沙叶新在自己的博客中这样写道:“使我不趋时,不趋势,政治不能淫,资本不能屈。”


In English, he said "... so that I won't simply follow the fashion, follow the trends. (the power of )Politices etc cannot change my mind and capital cannot alter my belief".



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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

United Syndication

A nice but annoying problem. I am reading RSS feeds on my Dell Axim X51 Windows mobile 5 PDA via a freeware called Axim (Thanks,David!) and using Google Reader with my laptop. Then the thing is for every post I had read on my Dell PDA, I have to check it again in google reader so that the post is marked as read. Would be great to have prssreader automatically sync or simply there is a new extension to the RSS thing so that the feed knows which reader I am and what RSS reader program I am using so that it can automatically tell Google Reader that I had read this or that post already... But I understand this may damage the simplicity or anonymirity of RSS.

This is the good part of Microsoft Exchange. I use pop3 client in my Dell PDA to read emails and since it's web based so when I login later through a web interface to my babson email the email I had read will be displayed as read.


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My love for Dell Axim X51



While Fred Wilson doesn't like iPhone, he is a big Blackberry fan. On my side, iPhone is too pricy nor do I like the fact to be locked to one carrier as well. My toy is a dell Axim X51 with embeded WiFi support. I use it for everything from email, RSS and Internet to notepad, todo list and music player. I even bought it a Belkin external keyboard. While sadly Dell discountinued this product line, I believe Windows Mobile will have a space in this mobile computing world (sorry G-fans or i-fans...)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Widget/Blog vs. App/Facebook

I played with widget a few months ago then stopped after I assumed I know enough of it. And I found this little article I wrote before about my experience with it.

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OK. I had played with widget since I believe it's a key distribution technology today and in near future. I tried Yahoo! widget and the Spring box Widget. I always intend to use service from start-ups than from established players since I am doing start-up myself. But theSpringbox disappointed me by not providing search function in their website. Yeah, maybe you only have a few widgets available at each category. But, hey, I want to search for widgets. OK?

So, Yahoo! widgets wins my desktop.

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Accidentally, I checked those widgets things again and find out The Spring Box does support widget search now. That's cool.

And just a little more rumbling about widgets:

1. While everyone is crazy about Facebook applications, I see it's the very similiar craziness about widgets a few months ago. It's all about a platform + application play. widget is basically "application" built for blog platform, no matter you are Google Blogger, Wordpressor Drupal. While Facebook app is built for Facebook platform. Also I read the recent news that Apple had released a quizz plugin for its popular iTune software. I am wondering when there will be a high time for that ...(For developers, here is the API)

2. Widget is also a distribution platform. And for content wanna fit well into the widget platform, it has to be very simple. Rss is clearly a good fit here. It also promotes Fred Wilson's future media play.


3. There are three stages about Internet in my mind. 1st is to generate content when there is nothing. So we got web 1.0 and now we have a everyone-blogging phenomenon. 2nd is to help people find it when there are too many content so we have Google, yahoo and powerset etc. 3rd in my mind is content utilization, visualization/presentation that anything helps people to best leverage the existing content. For many people, whether a Google search can return 1M or 100K links are all the same. Information overwhelming...Yeah, this is the foundation for my upcoming startup! So this widget/distribution thing is a backbone underneath it? Then it should have a bigger impact than Facebook applications which only exists on Facebook platform.


Btw, for Facebook, per their recent bookswap application, wondering are they inevitably will fall into the same trap as Microsoft had done before: competing with other application developmen companies. A sad thing, is it.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Babson is Going to Asia

If you are considering Babson, Let me know.
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Greetings from Graduate Admissions!!!

I will be traveling to Asia with The MBA Tour (http://www.thembatour.com/events/tokyo.shtml) from September 3rd - 17th to meet with potential MBA candidates. You may recall from your process of considering programs, interviewing, and applying that these types of fairs are a very effective tool in the recruiting process.

We need your assistance in recommending candidates for 2008/2009. If you have any friends or colleagues that are considering an MBA please have them contact me directly.

Along with participation in the fair, I will be setting up admissions interviews in each city. The above link has my entire schedule for Asia - Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei.

If you know of any potential candidates, they can email me at dlomanno1@babson.edu or call (781) 239-6160.

Please help spread the word through your networks.

Thank you and have a great day,
Domenic


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Domenic Lomanno, M'06

Babson College

F.W. Olin School of Business

Associate Director Graduate Admissions

p (781) 239-6160

f (781) 239-4194

e dlomanno1@babson.edu

Friday, August 10, 2007

Give me the choice

After installed the Chinese version(www.baofeng.com) of Media Player Classic (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Player_Classic ), Not(?) surprisingly, I found a few more software had been installed without any notification before or during the installation process.

However, I am not very angry at this time because it had given me options to remove those additional software. Option. It's so important. It's like the fact supermarket offers 30-day refund policy without any condition.

Give me the choice. SO I would like to give your product or service a try as well. When you give people the right to walk away, people may just find the excuse to walk closer to you. Reminds me the scenes in the great great Matrix. "Free you mind, Neo. then you will be the one".


Give people an option.

The only alcohol I enjoy ...

The almost only moment I really enjoyed an alcohol drink is to have a heated Chinese traditional alcohol(HuangJiu or Yellow Alcohol) with brown sugars and gingers added with my father on my annual Chinese New Year vacation with my father. But now price is rising? I don't need those branded but the cheap one made in my hometown...

BTW,it's called Yellow Booze or Rice WIne.


中式黄酒为何变贵了? 英国《金融时报》中文网特约撰稿人:张翼轸 2007年2月14日 星期三 [Photo] 昔 日鲁迅笔下穷酸书生孔乙己最爱的绍兴黄酒,正在悄悄转型,挤入高端酒品行列,甚至成为酒类产品的新奢侈品。
虽 然从来就被视为最具中国神韵的国酒,虽然富含的氨基酸远高于日本清酒、红酒等酒种,黄酒在中国酒类市场从来不是主流地位。05年总销量仅占酒类饮品总量的 5%,远落后于啤酒的83%和白酒的10%。事实上,黄酒欠缺的不仅是销量,更在于“档次”。虽然红酒销量还低于黄酒,但因为是舶来品,再加上众多法国奢 侈红酒宣传的推波助澜,发展前景无人敢小觑,而黄酒由于发源于江浙沪地区,在其它地区则一直被视作烹调用酒和低端饮用酒。
然而,伴 随着和酒金色年华、石库门上海老酒、古越龙山东方原酿等一众新兴黄酒的推出,消费者对于黄酒的刻板印象正在悄悄改变。相比高酒精度,口感带苦味的传统黄 酒,这些新黄酒除了降低酒精度外,还通过加入枸杞、蜂蜜等辅料来改善口感,其中石库门红标黄酒更是获得女性消费者的青睐。除此以外,新型黄酒更是抛弃传统 的棕色玻璃酒瓶或古典陶瓷瓶,在包装上向洋酒看齐,其中东方原酿不但在外观上与威士忌等洋酒极其类似,更起用法国干邑世家第五代传人西里尔·卡慕 (Cyril Camus)担任代言人,带出黄酒的时尚气息。
 在改变口感同时革新包装加大宣传的同时,黄酒的定价亦同步提高。传 统黄酒定价一般在10元以下,而新型黄酒则将定价提升至10-50元的水平,比如石库门黑标和红标售价便分别为32元和20元,而东方原酿则在28元至 48元。部分礼盒装的黄酒定价更是100元至200元不等,大大改变了消费者对于黄酒是低端廉价酒的偏见。
要说服消费者掏出几倍以 上的价格去购买新型黄酒,自然必须有附加的卖点。除了强调黄酒的营养价值和保健功能,“年份酒”亦成为黄酒营销的新杀手锏,比如石库门黑标以及和酒金色年 华都采用了八年陈的基酒。黄酒虽然不似红酒,不同年份的原料对于成品的口感大有影响,但是深入人心的黄酒“越久越陈”的观念,使得“年份黄酒”更易于推广 ——毕竟相比红酒必须知道哪个年份好,黄酒只需知道年份越大越好。
当然,黄酒要向白酒、红酒看齐,光有八年陈是远远不够的。古越龙 山推出的30年、40年、50年陈黄酒则真正让黄酒向奢侈品酒类发起了挑战。以最贵的古越龙山50年陈黄酒为例,超市里最低销售价是2850元,而在普通 酒店消费则定价在3800至5180元不等,一旦进入香港半岛酒店,价格就直上云霄可达1.2万港元。
价格大大提高之后的黄酒,如今已冲出中国国门,进军全球高档酒市场。目前在法国卡慕旗下众多的全球免税商店里,古越龙山的“金龙”黄酒和茅台白酒一起被陈列在中国国酒专区供全球消费者选购,前者的零售价为50美元,略低于后者的60美元。
伴随新型黄酒的兴起,市场对黄酒业亦极度追捧。中国股市A股市场中第一食品、古越龙山等黄酒概念股在最近几个月中涨幅超过100%,也从一个侧面证实了黄酒的潜力。

Friday, August 03, 2007

1st encounter with RSS embeded video

For the first time inside my Google Reader, I just watched the following new video blog from Morgan Webb, after reading two posts about it from my other daily-reading blogs, TC and Fred Wilson at Union Square Parnters.

1. Since all it news come from major technology websites like TechCrunch or VentureBeat or VC's blog, those websites have an incentive to cover this vblog since it's mutual benefitial.So this vblog can start having traffic immediately!

2. The flash player (Castfire) it used is so interactive! click the "more" button then you see really very relevant functions for the audience: download the video, subscribe the vblog feed etc. I am wondering how far is this flash play away to have a feature called "buY' so when it displays an promotion ad I can just click to receive the coupon code or directly input my creditcard info to complete the transaction.



This is very cool idea because:

1. Since all it news come from major technology websites like TechCrunch or VentureBeat or VC's blog, those websites have an incentive to cover this vblog since it's mutual benefitial.So this vblog can start having traffic immediately!

2. The flash player (Castfire) it used is so interactive! click the "more" button then you see really very relevant functions for the audience: download the video, subscribe the vblog feed etc. I am wondering how far is this flash play away to have a feature called "buY' so when it displays an promotion ad I can just click to receive the coupon code or directly input my creditcard info to complete the transaction.

MB doesn't think it's that great but I disagree. It would save lots of time for busy people by watching it over iPhone directly on their commuting to office or airport etc. Podcast can do the same but video is always more appealing, is it.

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