Watch how to cook

March 9, 2008

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I noticed this post a few days ago on Guy Kawasaki’s blog, it was called A Lot to Learn From Start Cooking. It is a site that literally shows you how to cook something by showing it using a step-by-step process. I’m a terrible cook so I particularly enjoyed this site. It has a ton of videos showing how to make a bunch of different sort of recipes. It shows you the quantities of each ingredient, tells you what kind of cooking supplies needed, how long it should take to cook/bake and of course it shows you what the final product should look like. This site is very beneficial to those people, such as myself, that are visual learners. Though the videos on the site are quick, you can pause it while you gather your things and follow along. It is also an added bonus to do things at your own pace.

Another awesome feature of this site is that you can view the videos many different ways, through iTunes, RSS readers, TVTonic and you can also receive emails with the new recipes and demos available. 

While I thought this was a great site, it sure isn’t the only one out there. There are millions of other instructional videos on the web. You can pretty much think of anything and there will be a video on how to do it, whether you want to watch it or not is another story. YouTube has some out there, but I find that they are either not of particular good quality, and they are randomly added and inconsistent. It amazes me on how reliant we have become on the web to show us how things are done. In the past it was pretty easy to pick up a cooking book or phone a friend for a recipe for example and now it is just that much easier to look it up on the web instead.

Jen

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I was just reading Mano-a-mano with Steve Ballmer by Guy Kawasaki that had a video from the MIX08 conference held in Las Vegas from March 5th -7th. It is a conference for developers, designers and business professionals, or so the website says. The video was of the Keynote speaking with Guy Kawasaki as host, interviewing Steve Ballmer. Incredible. It was over an hour long, and I watched all of it. I think anyone who has the slightest interest in Microsoft vs. the world, then you should watch this.

One of the things that made this keynote so good, and why I watched most of it, is because of the bantering going back and forth from Kawasaki and Ballmer. Steve Ballmer is now the CEO of Microsoft and was one of the original Microsoft guys (starting in 1980), whereas Guy Kawasaki was one of the original Apple guys which leads to much playful banter. In some cases, it is absolutely hilarious, one of which Ballmer threw Kawasaki`s Mac AIR on the ground (timing in video is given later). I laughed nearly the whole time.

Here are some of the topics (and the times they played) that was discussed:

Yahoo potential merger @ 2:30

Google competitor @ 4:30

Microsoft is an underdog @ 7:18

Anti-trust @ 7:35

Apple (Ballmer gives Cudos) @ 7:48

Facebook @ 9:28

Microsofts millions @ 10:40

Receiving mass email (or not) @ about 15:00

Bill Gates leaving microsoft @ 16:45

Hiring at microsoft @ 18:40

Silverlight @ 24:35

Vista (dodges topic by throwing Kawasaki`s Mac AIR on the ground) @ 26:45

Microsoft losing focus @ 28.30

Firefox vs IE @ 32:40

I think anyone who is interested even slightly in Microsoft, or even if you hate Microsoft and want to see their views on Google and Apple, you should watch this video. It is long, but well worth it.

After watching over an hour worth of video, I could write for forever on this topic, but I guess I can only put so much. Maybe I`ll make another 10 posts all dealing with this video. Thats all for now.

Cheers,

David McKenna

Advanced Technology

February 10, 2008

This post is related to Guy Kawasaki’s post on water shortage in third world countries. It talks about how good clean water is hard to come by, and when it’s found it’s hard to transport to villages. I hope I can link the video in here properly, although I’m not sure I can.

This post is more or less just the video, but it’s about how a simple solution can fix a major problem. It is as simple as having children pump the water as they play. They just go on a merry-go-round and as they spin around and around the water is pumped into a giant water tank (strangely enough, hidden by billboards).  This makes me think of how way back in the olden days how nomads (I think thats what they were called) continuously travelled and so had all of their belongings to carry.  Their solution was to stuff their children’s dolls with supplies such as flour.  This made it possible for even the children to contribute and help with the “grown-up” work.

We think that the best technology is the latest Apple product, or a scanner inside of a pen, but there are still basic technologies being invented that improve people’s standard of living.  This is a simple example of one of these technologies.

Now children in these third world countries can aid the “grown-ups” (aka. the women) with their hard work, which will substantially increase their standard of living.

Cheers,

David McKenna

Guy Kawasaki

January 27, 2008

Guy Kawasaki was an evangelist for Apple in their early days. Since then he’s been an early stage VC with his firm, Garage Technology Ventures. Guy is also an author of some books about starting up new technology companies. The Art of the Start is a great book if you’re thinking of starting your own business.

Guy’s full bio is here and his blog is here.

We’ll add the bog to our required reading list. Reading Guy will give you a feel for some of what’s going on in Silicon Valley start-ups, he’ll also teach you how to give better presentations and generally “pitch” an idea.