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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 12/31/10

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Today’s post is going to be a smallish browser tab clean-out, much like every other Friday Linkology post we publish, but this one will be especially incoherent because I’ve had a fever for the past two days and my thinking was a bit bizarre.

Really, if you’re looking for a ‘2010 Year in Review’ thing, there’s one big mega-list, and it’s up on Fimoculous right now. It’s the best list I’ve seen, and you should definitely check it out. Bonus points for smart categorization.  You can lose yourself for hours in this.  I speak from experience.

Leo Babauta has The Essential Zen Habits of 2010 up now, and it’s a collection of favorite posts (as determined by readers) from one of my favorite blogs.

An excellent hour-long documentary on statistics, the art of numbers and info-visuals produced by the BBC.  Very interesting.

The 19 most wired iPhone and iPad apps of 2010.

Futurity’s top 10 stories of 2010.

Finally, have yourself a safe and happy New Year’s Eve, OK?  See everyone next week.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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Wagging the Swordsman

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When you attach a small GoPro Hero camera to the tip of a sword and then swing it around a bunch, it’s bizarre.  Here, bizarre means it looks as if the sword is swinging the world around it’s axis: the swordsman, the room, everything.

Amazing.

(Via kottke)

Perfect

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Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners has updated his perfect martini recipe.  Why is this important?  Because he considers this recipe scripture and does not tinker with it unless the change is of utmost importance.

Read the original, then read the modification.

And the kicker?  You have nearly a whole week before debuting this at your New Year’s Eve party.  Win.

(Via Gruber)

Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 12/24/10

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A few good, worthwhile links before you get into the eggnog and rum balls today:

The CIA has put together an investigatory task force to assess the damage caused by the leak of 250,000 diplomatic cables.  It’s  name?  WikiLeaks Task Force, or WTF for short. (I couldn’t make this up if I tried.)

Why net neutrality matters.

Great Facebook friend data visualization by Facebook’s Paul Butler.

Speaking of Facebook, angry people are more popular.

And since no doubt you will want to be tracking Santa all day, here are a bunch of ways to do so:

  • Google Map— Open Google Maps and search for “Santa NORAD” or visit NoradSanta.org. There’s also a convenient Santa cam here.
  • Santa via mobile phones — Visit m.noradsanta.org or complete the “Santa NORAD” search on Google Maps for mobile.
  • YouTube –  naturally, Santa has a YouTube channel.
  • Social Santa — Since Santa is all hip and stuff, you can follow Santa on Twitter at @noradsanta, find him on Facebook here and use Google’s realtime search for updates.

Happy holidays, everyone!

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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Holiday Blogging Schedule

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Just a quick note today to let everyone know that the blogging schedule will be lighter through the holidays.  By lighter I don’t mean we won’t be posting, but we’ll be concentrating on smaller posts, perhaps a bit more sporadically, with interesting links and/or web finds rather than short- or longform blog posts.  Judging by my server logs and traffic patterns, it seems as if most of you are already pretty wrapped up (get it?) with holiday activities.

Everyone here at MIPRO Consulting wishes you a warm, happy and healthy holiday season.  Thanks so much for your continued readership — this place would be worthless without you.

Be safe!

Word Lens

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It’s not often (read: ever) I go into ad hoc iPhone or Android app reviews here, but today I’m going to break with tradition and tell you about an amazing iPhone app.  If you’re an iPhone user, buckle up.

Word Lens is an augmented-reality app that translates or otherwise modifies text in real time through you iPhone’s camera.  What does that mean?  It means, for example, if I point my iPhone at a sign that says MIPRO CONSULTING, the app can translate that to Spanish on-the-fly.  No  processing time necessary.  Just aim the camera at some clear, well-lit text, and it just works.

Right now, Quest Visual, the makers of Word Lens, have Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish dictionaries available as in-app purchases for $5.  More languages are on the way.  Included with the app – which is free, by the way – is Reverse Text, which is a proof-of-concept/demo more than anything else. (MIPRO CONSULTING becomes ORPIM GNITLUSNOC.)

Some demo videos:

Word Lens for iOS

 

Word Lens demo

It’s like an app from the future wormholed its way back to us.

Word Lens [iTunes link]

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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[INSIGHT] 2010’s Lesson: Slow Down and Keep Grinding Away

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(Ed. note: Jeff Micallef is a Managing Partner of MIPRO Consulting.)

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.  ~ Newt Gingrich

Perseverance eventually pays off.

As we look back at this past year I am reminded of the childhood story of the race between the tortoise and the hare, particularly its theme:  Slow andperseverance steady wins the race.  In a business world that often looks at how fast something is achieved, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that perseverance wins more than pure acceleration.

Over the past year, we had two races where our determination paid dividends.

Five years ago we entered into a relationship with Bart & Associates, a firm who has tremendous expertise in the government sector.  We brought our extensive PeopleSoft experience to the relationship.  Together we were going to rule the world.  Quickly.

Things didn’t work out that way.  Right away.

Three years later, not one battle had been won.  Alas, another crusade presented itself.  The United States Senate needed to implement PeopleSoft HR and Payroll.  So we began our quest.

Many months later, after dozens of meetings, midnight phone calls and fending off almost twenty other competitors – including Deloitte and Oracle Consulting – our resolve and experience paid off with the U.S. Senate selecting our team, MIPRO/Bart/ IBM, over all others for their PeopleSoft project.

This accomplishment is one we worked very hard to earn and are extremely proud of looking back at 2010.  And for a while there, it looked like we were getting nowhere, not unlike the race against the hare must have seemed to the tortoise.

In a similar tale, two years ago we joined forces with Jetco Solutions, a firm in western Michigan, in order to uncover opportunities at the state level.  We jointly responded to many Request for Proposals (RFPs) – which most readers of this blog know is a time-consuming effort – with not one win to show for our efforts.  Again, after thinking we would move quickly and bag some quick wins, we found ourselves running without covering the expected ground.

Fast forward several long months.

As the numbers game continued, we finally found an opportunity that was perfect for our expertise.  The State of Michigan was looking to improve their reporting and analytic capabilities.  This will be of tremendous value to the state, helping them uncover areas to eliminate waste and at the same time providing additional insight enabling improved decision making.

The RFP was substantial but we put a team together to respond.  We shared our past successes as well as the unique advantages we bring to our customers.  We responded during follow-up rounds with additional information.

And then the wait.

Silence.  And more silence.

Before long we concluded that we must have lost.  Just about to throw in the towel, we received notice that we were one of the vendors selected for the project.  Triumph! And here we were, perfectly cognizant that perseverance pays off, and we were about to chalk this endeavor up as lost.

Lesson reinforced.  It happens again and again.

So in 2010, we added the U.S. Senate and State of Michigan to our family of customers.  Long hours, email blizzards and a dedicated team diligently working toward the finish line eventually outpaced the subconscious expectations for quick accomplishment (the metaphorical hare).

Me?  I hope the hare gets his rest this holiday season, because it looks like 2011 will provide even more race opportunities and we’re up the challenge.

Do you have similar stories of perseverance and determination paying off for you this year?  We’d love to hear them in the comments.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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New PeopleTools 8.51 Feature: PeopleSoft Test Framework

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Originally noted by Ganesh A.M. over at the Oracle PeopleSoft blog, PeopleTools 8.51 offers a PeopleSoft Test Framework (PTF) as part of its PeopleTools Objects array.  I can see this being useful for POC/development and QA/testing teams.

Here are some videos to illustrate how it works.  Questions?  Fire away in the comments.

PeopleSoft Test Framework Part 1

 

PeopleSoft Test Framework Part 2

 

PeopleSoft Test Framework Part 3

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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