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by Alejandro Torres Frías

I’ve recently started to analyze a new business venture in the field of IT with a good friend of mine, and now partner, based in Silicon Valley.  The fact that he’s located in the US and I’m in Chile, makes this business opportunity viable considering that our operations would be ran from Chile and the US simultaneously and coordinately.  Given the fact I can currently work only part time on this project, because I have a job at a business I founded with other partners a few years ago, I don’t have a lot of extra time to invest in this project at this early stage.  My friend is in a similar situation, so we’re faced with having to develop this project on a part time, bi-hemisphere basis.  So, how are we supposed to develop a serious business effort thousands of miles away, with not a lot of time?  Thanks to some business know-how and wiki technology, very easily indeed.

It has been amazing to realize how in less than 3 hours, all of the the necessary business documentation was born and well on its way to a successful and complete development through only 4 documents hosted in Google Docs and Spreadsheets, the free most accessible wiki service around town.

If you are not sure of what a wiki is, make sure to watch this great 3 minute video introduction to wikis, from our friends at ZDNET and then continue reading this post under the video player:

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To get started with the business analysis, I was supposed to generate a couple of documents which would help us start this effort effectively and then send them to my partner.  A few years back, I would have instantly launched an Excel or Word document, but instead (more…)

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by Alejandro Torres Frías

In this, Part 2 of a series of tips and tricks to help us become effective and fluent computer users and internauts, I’m moving into surfing, archiving and retrieving web pages, one of the most frequent and probable uses for Internet “administration”.

2.  Get into Social Bookmarking to Organize, Expand and Retrieve Your Own Web
OK, you’ve downloaded one, some or all of the nice browsers I recommended on a previous post and feel ready to go to the Internet to do some research, e-mail, RSS feed reading or simply surf away, expecting to find and learn something new, cool, strange or even unexpected.  As we surf the web over time, we come across hundreds and even thousands of websites that we may want to save hoping to go back to them sometime in the future.   Bookmarking a website for later referral is one of the ways we can take hold of the web and its contents, thus creating some sort of “own” web.

Saving to “favorites” with the button on top of your browser was unfortunately the only solution we had for a long time.  The problem with the classic favorites was that when the number of web pages and/or folders saved grew to a high number, it became more and more difficult to later find the saved web pages you were looking for.  Another problem would be if we were at our home computer and realized that the bookmark we were looking for was at the office computer or at another computer somewhere else.  How many times did you loose all of your bookmarks saved in favorites after switching computers, installing or re-installing an OS?  Sure there were ways to back-up the favorite files to install them in another computer, but the very essence of it, the saving and retrieving method just didn’t work.  When you save files, folders and/or bookmarks, you want to make sure you will be able to find it again without great effort and in almost no time.

Thanks to social bookmarking, we’ve been able to solve the previously mentioned problems.  With social bookmarking, instead of (more…)

by Alejandro Torres Frías

Throughout this blog, I’ll be also sharing video insights from some of the world’s greatest thinkers and doers who gather yearly at the TED Conference.  You’ll be inspired and thrilled to watch and listen to these great minds, who are always on the front of innovation on different fields.

This talk reflects the clear weakness educational systems around the world have when it comes down to fostering, nurturing and pushing creativity on students.  This video is a great inspirational example of the type of thinking we need to bring about concerning education and creativity.  Do you think schools kill creativity?  What can we do to improve this aspect of education?  Tell us on the comments section.

by Alejandro Torres Frías

Depending on the type of work you may be on, you may see or think about creativity in different ways.  Whatever it is, and whatever the field we are in, we need to create and come up with ideas constantly, both on our personal and professional lives.  Or so we should.

When we are looking for ideas about our next new blog post, marketing campaign or strategic planning objectives, to name a few, and we are experiencing some type of “writer’s block” or lack of concentration and ideas, get yourself out of the issue and go look for more input.  It may be to start reading your RSS feeds, random wikipedia articles, or an online newspaper, watch videos in Youtube or simply go through the pages of a magazine on top of your desk.  As we start absorbing input of various types and intensities, (more…)

by Alejandro Torres Frías

When it comes to improving our computer experience, there’s nothing better than learning as many tricks as possible that can be easily implemented by the average user.  If you are one of those people who like to learn tips and tricks about computers, this series of posts is for you.  Instead of trying the typical “Top 10 Tricks and Techniques” type of article, in one article, I’ve chosen a “Series” type of approach, which will allow me the necessary time to think about each next recommendation I’ll write about. Let’s look then, at my favorite tricks and techniques for an optimum computer experience:

1. Use all 5 Great Browsers to Surf the Web

I hope that by now, you are aware that the “little blue e” icon on your desktop doesn’t mean Internet, it only means access to Internet.  The “blue e” is called Explorer, and it’s Microsoft’s browser.  Browsers are used to access the Internet, and if you think it’s the only browser out there, think again.  The fact that Microsoft happens to load with its OS and software about 92% of the computers in the world, and they happen to install only THEIR browser, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t other ways to access the Net. There are in fact over 10 browsers (more…)

by Alejandro Torres Frías

I was just chatting with a cousin of mine who lives in Concepción, in the south of Chile, and he was telling me about a social program he’s working on.  It’s called “Quiero Mi Barrio” (I Love my Neighborhood). The objective of this program, which is financed by the Chilean Government, is to help young people and children at risk in lower income communities through different educational and sporting activities.  Since my cousin participates in the PR and Organizing of the different activities of this program, we had been disscusing several weeks back about the possibility of me flying down for a week to teach a few classes on Basic Computer Literacy (pro-bono) to young people who are part of the program.  As we discuss different possibilities in regards with contents, objectives, class lenghts and dates of travel, we find ourselves evolving into an interesting combination of topics (more…)

by Alejandro Torres Frías

Knowledge, Ideas, Innovation and Technology are the main inspirations that make me write and post in this blog: Ideas of Tomorrow.

As many other 21st century internauts, including yourself, I’ve been blessed with all the range, amount and scope of information, methodologies and technologies available today in the cloud. This current and growing depth and accessibility to information, which has empowered millions of individuals, as well as small, medium and large organizations, has made possible a new modern era of unprecedented innovation, progress and (more…)

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by Alejandro Torres Frías

Enjoy very much this great video of Arthur Benjamin, a “mathemagician” at a Ted Conference.  Great fun and funny stuff.

Arthur Benjamin makes numbers dance. In his day job, he’s a professor of math at Harvey Mudd College; in his other day job, he’s a “Mathemagician,” taking the stage in his tuxedo to perform high-speed mental calculations, memorizations and other astounding math stunts. It’s part of his drive to teach math and mental agility in interesting ways, following (more…)

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