Tuesday, July 31, 2012

First world problems: android adb reset

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Elevator to my gym is not working. I have to climbs the steps to do my workout. Shit. –Someone from First World

I remember how hard it was working with Windows Phone 6.x versions. With Android, Windows Phone 7 development is much more easier and straight forward. Still always room to improve.

Android ADB randomly stops working. When it does, Eclipse won’t stop popping the LogCat window. Its annoying. ADB provides two different parameters to stop and start ADB service, but there is no restart option.

Here is what my solution to this first world problem.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Elon Musk

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Innovation thrives where different technologies and fields converge. People or company that understand different markets make great products/services. Sony the great hardware makers and music production company, is not the inventors of iPod. Google the search company is not the leader of people/social search. Nokia once the the largest phone manufacturer is struggling to survive in the age of smart phones.

There are three notable companies that understood this and succeeded so far.

  • PayPal An ecommerce company that brought Peer to Peer pay to internet.
  • Tesla Motors Electric car manufacturers. When giant auto makers were asking for bailout money, this Silicon Valley company launched their first all electric sports car.
  • SpaceX There are few nations launched something to the orbit successfully. This small company sent a cargo capsule to international space station in ten years of its invention.

All these three companies have one thing in common. Its founder Elon Musk.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kiva Systems

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Some time ago Scott Hanselman blogged about  ordering a lawn mower from Home Depot. In that blog post, he talked about how fast Amazon ships things. Here is the snippet from that post,

Seems like Amazon has your package being prepared while it's still in the shopping cart. Click Checkout and walk to the mailbox, bam! With other retailers, not so much.,

Speed and accuracy comes to my mind when I think about Amazon. But I never thought about how retailing system works. Today I came across an article about how Amazon plans to deliver thing on same day across united states. Interesting article talks about Amazon’s strategy shift from few big distribution centers to many distribution centers. This same article mentions about one of the Amazon’s recent acquisitions. Kiva Systems.

Kiva systems has very interesting product not only for the retailer, but for any one with admiration for technology and innovative problem solving. If you ever shopped in any big stores like Sams Club, Costco or Wal-Mart, you would know the pain of finding the things you want. You pick a cart and walk around different aisle and pick items you want and bill it, you would easily pass an aisle that has the stuff in your list. If you want to do this efficiently, you need to know lot about their product catalog, aisle arrangements and lot of mindfulness.

Imagine this situation for bigger retails stores that may have more than 10,000 items and 100s of aisles and many miles of navigation. Kiva solves this problem by placing 100s of robots that carry items to the worker. Aisles come to workers auto magically and disappear later. Its very fascinating to watch and think about the software and hardware solutions they invented.

Here are some videos of how it works and a TED talk from the founder of Kiva System Mike Mountz.

Kiva Order Fetch Solution http://youtu.be/1FKMniE_q1Q
Kiva Warehouse Robotics (History Channel) http://youtu.be/gvQKGev56qU
Kiva Warehouse Robotics (Discovery Channel) http://youtu.be/g-JJPbwXbog
A Day in the Life of a Kiva Robot http://youtu.be/6KRjuuEVEZs
TEDxBoston - Mick Mountz - Let The Inventory Walk and Talk http://youtu.be/szU2-1infqc