Weekend Thoughts # 2 – Apple vs. Samsung

There is a new war brewing on the horizon and it may get  bigger than the Iraq war.  Two tech giants are at each other’s throat for patent infringement. Apple is suing Samsung for copying its patent into its new product the Samsung Galaxy 111 smart phone. Apple contends that the features are too similarr to its own Iphone and  Ipad and so it is trying to halt the sales of the Samsung in the US and possibly worldwide.

My take on the matter is this:  I do appreciate a company’s patent . After all it has spent millions of dollars to develop the patent to protect its product. Apple like many other comapanies do have that right. The question is when does an idea becomes exclusive to the birther?  My answer is no idea is exclusive. Its an idea, a concept, a mental impression that can be vocalised and ultimately put into reality.  There are as many ideas in the world as there are people that conceive them. Some ideas are money making and in so doing its good for business to patent the diea however it is not the idea that is important iti is the HOW!  We can all have a similar idea but how we express or manifest it is another  kettle of fish.

Apple will have to prove that the Samsung HOW is similar to their idea and their HOW and for this we will have to wait and see. In the end its the consumers that suffers. Can you image the person whose idea it was to roll an object that eventually gave rise to the wheel and other products making a patent for the idea?  Ideas are born. Creativity gives it life. In the end it’s not Apple or Samsung that will be the only beneficiary but mankind will move a step further in his development and his desire to rewrite history.  See the post below on the facts on the war between the 2 giants.

http://mashable.com/2011/11/23/apple-samsung-patent-wars/

Week end thoughts – Facebook privacy

Courtesy of Mashable

So for the pastr few days there is a privacy contorversy that has gone viral on Facebook. Aparently there is this notion that because FB is now a public companu your privacy is now suddenly gone public and anyone and everyone can have access to your privacy

Ok  STOP everyone, hold on just one minute. Internet privacy laws dont work that way. If FB has a privacy law , which it has , they cannot just suddenly change those laws without first informing you the member of the change . You can sue them if they do. Secondly posting a notice on your timeline about privacy has no effectt to the cause. The privacy laws of FB has not changed depite it is now a public company.  If you feel better to post the false proviso on your timeline  go ahead. But in reality it does not mean anything. Check the link below for more info on the matter. Have a good weekend all.  http://mashable.com/2012/06/05/facebook-privacy-notice-fake/?WT.mc_id=en_all_stories&utm_campaign=All%2BStories&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

Why the Brits do it better all the time

Fireworks light up the skies over  the stage. A fitting finale to the 4 day long celebrations of the UK honoring their Queen on her diamond jubilee. As a professional looking on the preceedings I looked not on the face value of the spectacle but behind the scenes of what it cost to produce this spectacle.

No doubt about it , it took months of planning and a big budget. Are most producers lucky to have both? Not necessarily. The planning of the events with the co-ordination between numerous parties, the meetings, the sub-committees , government agencies and the Royal household was difficult albeit frustrating. Every committee goes through that same inertia, none any better than the other.

The Budget was immense probably a tax payers bill but hey who’s counting the pounds when you had so many people on the streets enjoying a public holiday and covered with union jacks on every part of ther body. No, the planning and the budget are two factors that every planning committee  are at a disadvantage. The playng field is never level in this regard and some may say we are all at a disadvantage.

Maybe. But the planning and the budget are not the secrets to the Brits success. Rarely the world gets a glimpse of nations on show unless it is hosting some major event – World Cup or Olympics. And when we do see these nations on parade they all do a great job. Greece, Australia, China, Japan. Korea all those countries have presented some spectacular performances on the world stage. But what the Brits have that most people only dream of is consistency.

Consistency is the spine that hold all events in tact. You could have the greatest budget  and the most efficient planning committee but if there is no consistency then your show is a flat as a pancake. The Brits are an  expert at this. Over and over again they have consistently produced the most spectacular showcases for everyone to enjoy that makes even the non royalist take notice for 5 minutes. That is the secret to their success.

The world can learn from the Brits. What we have seen today is a dress rehearsals for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Make no mistake about it. The Brits paid handsomely to have the games in London this year. It’s no coincidence that this is the diamond jubilee of the Queen and the hosting of the Olympic games. But the world need spectacles like the diamond jubilee and the Olympic games. With all the sham and drudgery in the world there needs to be a splash of pomp and circumstance to remind us of our humanity. Well done Britain and God Save the Queen.

Ten things I learned since I left my last job!

In my last job I was as popular as they come  with 60 phone calls a day, a favor here, a favor there. Anything I wanted i just had to ask. Am I complaining? certainly not. I do not miss the endless phone calls or the constant “I need a favor’ at the beginning of every conversation. What is striking is how people have  changed. Yes we live our lives in earnest and blessed are those that can change with the rhythm of life.

The change I am talking about is one where people’s personality switch as if they have flipped a leaf  in their playbook to see who is the new person they can prey on. People are so predictable.

With time to reflect I have learned these 10 things since leaving my last job and want to share it with you the readers and maybe you can draw similar situations on the matter.

1.It is consistent – you are remembered as far as the last favor you granted.

2. All the cheers and well wishes for the best in your future endeavors are as dry as the lips that say them.

3. How do you know a true friend – even when you make  a mistake they say to you lets go…together!

4. You are driving on the road solo. There will be headlights coming your way but they will soon pass you by.

5. Take care of the biggest fan you have…YOU !

6. Listen with your heart, speak with your faith.

7. If after years of absence you call on someone and they respond as if there was no break in your friendship, hug that person as they are true friends.

8. They were really not that into you except for what they could get out of you.

9. Every decision you make is made with a step of faith as you do not have a second chance to play hop scotch!

10. Be true to yourself as it is in truthfulness that you will find the strength to weather the storm.

That’s it my friends. Those are the lessons I have learned. Tell me your experiences on the subject by leaving your opinions below.

You don’t need a budget to plan a party

Lets face it. Planning a party these days can cost a bundle of money and you have no idea of how many of your friends will ever show up. These day people are throwing a party to boost their income , like having a  second job. Times are tough. gone are those days when someone shell out a cool $10,000 to throw a party , and I am being very conservative with my figure.

But thanks to the new norm you can plan a party without spending a lot of money or even budget on a dime. Lets look at your options.

Idea for the party: Ask yourself  why are you having a party? Is it a

birthday bash or a gathering for your friends or just to have an event for the public. Whatever the reason treat it like all events and that is to plan on making your guests have a great time. Remember you are the host. The party must reflect you and your personality. Thais why people will come because of you the host. Attack the social media, send out email blasts, get your friends to tell their friends and let the word spread. The best form of advertising is personal advertising. the $150 a minute radio ad and expensive print media is not needed. Think of the money you save there.  Social Media is the new form of advertising  that can drive people to your event.

Secondly what do you plan to offer – music, food, drinks are the standard recipe for parties. If you are planning on having these, and you should, then get a good DJ and concession out your drinks meaning you pay for what you use at the end of the party, you return what’s left. How do you pay for this ? You have a cover charge for an all-inclusive party. Your guests don’t mind paying for drinks and a good DJ. After all they do that anyway when they go out. Just make sure the DJ is good and the drinks are flowing, you do not run out. Value for money is your mantra here! As for the food service offer this to a food catering company. Let them cook their food and sell to your guests. It’s a simple barter arrangement. You offer the people they offer the service.

Thirdly location of your party. Location is everything so plan accordingly. You don’t want to put your party in the back of nowhere. Find a clean comfortable and secure place to have your party and pay for the rental if any from your gate receipts. Make arrangements with the owner of the place. Remember your word is your bond. INTEGRITY is important in trust.

So you now have your three elements in place –  location, music and food & beverage. Do you want to include any additional service at your party like party media to capture your guests partying to eventually post on the social media? There are tons of company that offer this service. They need the pictures for their page and you have the event. It’s a win win for everybody.

Once your party elements are in place then all you have to do is work the plan- work the event on the social media, remind your guests , create your own hype around the party. Put all these in place and you are sure to have not only a good party but maybe a profitable one so that you can have these events on a monthly basis. Now wouldn’t that be a nice second job?

Let me know your opinion by leaving your comments below.

 

Straight talk with Ninja Man

Winford Williams hosts the just released Ninja Man to a sit down interview to get his take on as you can expect his latest problems and to ask him his views on the other legal battles affecting some big names in the dance hall community.

What you have is Ninja Man in a no holes barred interview in his own inimitable style. What you see is what you get from Ninja, straight talk. He does not cloud the facts, no pretty words to disguise any meaning. You get a man who is comfortable in his own skin telling you his take on problems that affect him. His comments on the Dudus case is particularly interesting as you would think he knew how that situation would end despite the players involved. But like him or not it is good theater. Let me know what your thoughts are on this controversial personality. Video courtesy of OnStage Production.ONSTAGE TV Website

Ninja Man part 1

Ninja man Part 2

Ninja Man pt 3.