This is the first ever-weekend edition of Om Says. In a week full of news one can easily miss some of the good stuff, so I wanted to share with you some of the best stories I read this past week and found useful and/or enjoyable.
- End of an era at Infosys: India’s most successful technology founder, Narayana Murthy, hung up his mouse this past week. He is not Steve Jobs, but for me, he is no less important. He was one of the first people to show up on GigaOM and here is an essay on him I once wrote. Thank you, Narayana, for making youngsters in India believe.
- Seeing the Future and Supporting Bold Initiatives: An excerpt from A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business, the book written in 2008 by frog Founder Hartmut Esslinger. This is perhaps one of the best pieces you can read on Steve Jobs.
- Poor craftsmen blame the tools. Blaming Google for not finding the results we want might actually have something to do with our abilities to search.
- What you can learn from the failure of Dvorak keyboard: Sometimes the best technology fails because people get used to something somewhat inferior.
- How to use LinkedIn properly for business: I for one have not figured out how to use LinkedIn. But this article tells me how I could do a good job, so I am going to give it a try.
- What patents did Google really buy with Motorola? Good question. And the answer makes sense.
- Discovery Engines and how they handle the information overload. Enough said.
- Can Facebook work for brands? Some people don’t think so.
- Is it the end of the Internet in France? Looks like unlimited wired Internet access might be coming to an end. Sacre Bleu!
- How is it (your startup) different from Skype? So many VoIP services, so little time. Skype Journal breaks down and compares all the upstarts with the big daddy of them all.