Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cloud Computing – of a different kind

I never seem to catch up with the advances of my tech fraternity! :)

While I am so dumb when it comes to latest tech trends, this one beats all!

Translation: Infosys is introducing new cloud software solution that will let electromagnetic waves to penetrate through even dark/dense clouds, says Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan. Currently, dense clouds are interrupting the flow of electromagnetic waves. The new cloud software will solve these problems.

btw, to be fair to poor Kris, he seems to have used the following phrases (noted from another press statement), which our reporter spiced up:
-- need to grow the "penetration" of cloud computing
-- beginning of the next "wave" of innovation and change
-- with mobile devices, the paradigm of computing was changing

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blogging, Online Behavior & Voyeurism

Earlier, while reading some blogs, I felt that most of the online behavior is nothing short of exhibitionism & voyeurism.

Recently I came across a research article by Harvard Business School Prof Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, who did some empirical research on this topic. Here are some excerpts from that study:


"People just love to look at pictures," says Piskorski. "That's the killer app of all online social networks. Seventy percent of all actions are related to viewing pictures or viewing other people's profiles."...

Another draw of photos (and of Social Networking sites in general) is that they enable a form of voyeurism. In real life there is a strong norm against prying into other people's lives. But online enables "a very delicate way for me to pry into your life without really prying," the researcher says. "Harvard undergrads do it all the time. They know all about each other before they meet face to face. 'Oh, you're that guy that did that internship in D.C. last summer.' "

Piskorski has also found deep gender differences in the use of sites. The biggest usage categories are men looking at women they don't know, followed by men looking at women they do know. Women look at other women they know. Overall, women receive two-thirds of all page views.

"This was a very big surprise: A lot of guys in relationships are looking at women they don't know," says Piskorski. "It's an easy way to see if anyone might be a better match." Again, online networks act as cover.

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