Rule of thumb:
Tim, pls find time to read Great ideas!
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
8:15 PM 2 comments
處理器速度再起飛 2007-01-30, 信報財經新聞, P25, 副刊, 解碼, 狄高
策騎員收入不俗 2007-01-29, 香港經濟日報, C13, 世事, 中環穿梭, 畢流香
南韓變自殺大國 2007-01-31, 東方日報, A34, 國際, 世界視線
開發手機遊戲 打出無限錢程 2007-01-31, 香港經濟日報, A29, 行政人員, 職業特攻隊, 陳沛芬
日本首富 孫正義 2007-01-29, 香港經濟日報, A41, 行政人員, 成功學堂, 郭立新 ←世上另一個我!
發洩網成潮人減壓法 2007-01-30, 電腦廣場, M145, China Talk
風浪颳翻4賽艇36人墮海300 健兒救生艇2 艘部分人浸冷水半小時 2007-01-29, 明報, A03, 港聞
An idea a day:
59. Add referral links to amazon in university library online catalog.
It could provide universities in HK a zero-overhead constant revenue model, at the same time, it can benefit both students and amazon, as this could make readers more easily meet the books wanted and vice versa.
For example, when semester begin, every students will be in a deadly need of textbooks, the first choice of all students should be the library, as this is the cheapest means. When students find that textbooks is in 20-30 onhold, they should think of other mean to acquire it, one of the way is the amazon/ online bookstores.
If amazon could make a discount especially for students in that library, it could certainly promote sales; for every click and sales, there are rebates to university library, it could help fund raising.
The online catalog is a very competitve platform, as the users are surely the main/ major customers of online book stores, and remember, they have the $$ to spend and dispense. If properly negogiated, the deal could be hugh!
One of the ways for maximize the deal is to force all first time library users register to be an amazon users, and referral from the library catalog will make discount to that users, by the most famous amazon technology, the dynamic pricing!
Of course, all the above is based on the fact, students love books, if the hitrate of the catalog is low, then the whole is a piece of shit.
Thanks to the long tail, otherwise your idea will have less sense.
Consider this, if the major revenue of amazon is from the fresh-released books?
As there should be at least 2-3 months lead-time before any new books become avaliable in university libraries. Then, the advertising effect will not align with the major area of profit.
As the long-tail says, dated books contribute to a significant sale, your idea could surely help.
But, do dated books would have so many onhold? Do HK people read?
Yes, dated books will not have some many onholds, but the referral link could increase the possiblity of closing deals, people may want to own one, instead of borrow, if he really like that.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
9:07 AM 4 comments
詹瑞文有乜咁好笑?2007-01-28, 明報, P22, 讀書, 流行文化, 林克歡
迷你倉「存」心搵大錢 2007-01-28, 東方日報, B04, 產經
鳳姐有話兒 2007-01-28, 明報, A04, 10年香港人, 盧曼思/羅永聰
香港高官不懂「動漫外交」 2007-01-28, 蘋果日報, E10, 名采論壇, 文化動物園
An idea a day:
58. Setup a casino in plane for long-distance traveller VIPs. The Las Vegas Air!
I don't know if this idea already exist or not, as there are Casino Cruises in nearly every harbours avaliable in the world. But casino in air could really help rich-people to spend time and $$ lavishly, as well as bringing them to their destination.
You may think that the size of a plane may not be large enough, but think about A380, which provides seating for 555 people in standard three-class configuration or up to 853 people in full economy class configuration, truly a moving castle.
This type of plane may target for executive use, which may be an upgraded version of business class, transforming boring mileage with joy and fun, possibly a little fortune.
British Airways and Singapore Airlines have try to install in-flight electronic gambling system, passengers could use their credit cards to play poker, blackjack, roulette and slot games at their seats, the date is back to 1997, the heyday year. The plan somehow certified.
Swiss Air do have similar plan with A330, but only confined to Slots.
But if you are talking about the tycoon-style gambling, I am sure there isn't any.
唔只cARR 所講O既主流航空公司新航同BA有plan, 其實連Budget Airlines ---歐洲第二大Budget Airlines Easyjet 都有個類似o既Plan, 有無實行我就唔知啦
其實d Budget Airlines 咁眉精眼企, 佢地一定都有諗過呢條財路,值得諗o既反而係佢地點解唔做?
Back to HZ yesterday, resume update today!
I dont have so many time to do research on the area, so I dont know if this really exist.
But after I look up in the internet, I only find airlines plan to have electronic slots, but no casino style cards/dice games.
As in every casino, this is a v. profitable business. Do you see casino only have slots to play?
If casino games in plane could earn, grimmicks like free air-ticket could be offered.
Just like free ship-ticket to people to Macaus.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
11:15 AM 4 comments
「和來和去」和香港 2007-01-27, 信報財經新聞, P23, 特稿, 管理新思維
提高生產力減低派息率 2007-01-26, 信報財經新聞, P13, 時事評論, 林行止專欄, 林行止
落雨收傘銀行業稱至尊 2007-01-25, 信報財經新聞, P06, 時事評論, 林行止專欄, 林行止
美國總統多大話精 2007-01-27, 東方日報, A34, 國際, 世界視線
對沖基金在香港 2007-01-25, 信報財經新聞, P29, 副刊, 面對面, 陳耀紅
幕前高層陳志雲 發放領袖魅力 2007-01-26, 香港經濟日報, A67, 行政人員, 陳沛芬、吳曉怡
主席布蘭森生意鬼主意多 2007-01-27, 明報, B04, 經濟 ←The No.1 company that I want to work in!
網絡生意 2007-01-25, 壹週刊, A174, 專欄, 事實與偏見, 黎智英
策騎員「錢」途好 2007-01-25, 蘋果日報, D03, 蘋果馬經
Making It Stick Jan 29, 2007, U.S. News & World Report, Justin Ewers
The Art of Getting Things Done Jan 29, 2007, U.S. News & World Report, Ulrich Boser
The Sexual Etiquette Guide February 2007, Volume 147, Issue 2, Stacey Grenrock Woods ←Get prepared for 14 Feb, Boys
TitleTrader - lets you swap books, DVDs, and CDs
PaperBackSwap - allows members to swap books my mail
Bookins is similar to the first two services
BookSwim promises to be like Netflix for books. It’s nearing launch
Audible is an expensive but useful option
Idea 28, at 10 Dec 06. Donate by clicking.
Click4the cause.live.com - Microsoft live-search engine, for every search, it will donate to charity.
Idea 31, at 15 Dec 06. Essential sound effect for office slackers.
Excuse Box - From thinkgeek.com, storing special sound effect for making excuses.
An idea a day:
57. Setup a online computer at every 7-11, for people to access to an online product catalog 24/7/365. This is a cross-over of traditional retail and online store.
Traditional online store require people to pay bills by credit cards/ paypal etc. But unlike US, the online market is not so hugh as in HK, the reason is not because of the infrastructure/ online (tech) illiteracy, the main reason is the payment method, people are unsure and don't dare to try out the seem-risky style.
If we could have every 7-11 equiped with an online-accessible computer, which could direct people to a online catalog of products, like CDs, books, oversea magazines or like those in $10HKD stores, after people chosen what they want, they can settle the bill by cash/ Octopus at the cashier of the 7-11, and the products could be delieveried to any 7-11 at the convience of the customers, then we could transform the traditional retail to something amazon-like.
As space is price-y in every retail store, a traditional retail store could not have an infinity range of products, and by the "LONG TAIL", every products have it's demand, and could generate profit, 7-11 could make use of this system to obtain profit that is missing at present, regardless of the placement (space) of actual products.
This system is a dual platform, apart from the above, it could be anything like traditional online store, and could be accessible in every computer at home, but need to settle bills with credit cards.
Imagine you could order and pick up any books/ magazines/ virtually anythings at the 7-11 nearby, without getting to any specific stores, like bookstores for purchasing (the advantage of online-shopping), at the same time you could settle all bills with cash (the advantage of retail stores), it could surely attract users. Even people under 18 could order things over the internet, as no credit cards is needed!
The best scenairo:
1. Provided that you are a female under 18 and live with your family, suddenly you find you are in a deadly need of a dildo, could you buy it online? No, as this will need a credit card and the product will be delievered to your home. Could you buy it in a sexy retail store? May be if you dare. This online system is the best solution, you could pay bill by cash, at the same time, you could get it without involving your family.
2. For beggars, without any credit/ credit cards and home, if they know how to use computer, they can buy things online! Increasing the range of products that they could access to, not confine to phyically-tengible goods, they could order goods from US/ Japan etc.
It could also get some benefit for the store with this system, as it could attract customers who need convenient shopping, or someone waiting, as the computers can use to check email or other applications, all in all, people could be attracted to enter the store and this is the critical step to close deals, and is a add-value step to any retail store.
The platform could developed internally by 7-11, or a tech company could develp the platform and partner with logistic firm to accomplish the whole things. If this is the later, the tech company could have this service installed at any store, not just at convenient store, place like coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, up to your imagination. The sky is the limit.
To AY, you could use this at any business-plan competition if you like.
Ha, you are back!
Shagged with Linda every night? No time get online? Take care, Man.
If the system is developed by 7-11, it could increase the product range, at the same time, no need to care about the logistic problems as they do have one.
It will become a super-convenience store, as it could sell virtally all things without concern of display space.
But this could not be a model in US, as people dont use cash here, people use credit cards.
Funny, even beggars can buy things online!
Richard Brandson is really a funky man. Your talents is surely to be exploited, I bet:)
I think using the talents in making decision in company is everyone wish!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
8:23 PM 4 comments
Not in mood today.
老廣告將赴黃泉 2007-01-24, 蘋果日報, B15, 財經要聞, 案內人隨筆, 尹思哲
賣出所無準備坐牢 2007-01-24, 信報財經新聞, P22, 時事評論, 林行止專欄, 林行止
An idea a day:
56. For all the programs in TV, add a marquee bar of ad-words for advertising.
Refer to 尹思哲's article today, about the death of traditional way of tv advertising, thanks to TiVo, we could skip all the advertisements very easily. Also, the watching habit has been changed, people now prefer download to watch broadcast, as the time is more flexible. The conclusion is: TV advertising is dying! No more million per ads!
But what if all the programs have ad-words on the screen, and cancelled all advertisements in between sections and breaks? People can choose to avoid ads sections, but people are forced to watch the marquee bar!
It could also solve the download problem, people can skip the ads like TiVo, but it take time and effort to delete marquee, if the marquee change position on screen from time to time.
If the ad-words are inserted in between instant news, weather, stock price etc, like CNN/ ABC news, it could surely attract eyeballs. People will try to digest the words before understanding, increasing the impact and impression of the advertisement.
No one would like advertisements, as they think it is annoying and time-conusming. But no one would think the marquee bars in news report are annoying and want it evaporate, so I think it could be one of the way.
Google can earn due to their ads can direct visitors to a website, which can close the deal, what if the marquee combine with QR code, and could direct people to a website via their phone? Or the code could be some sort of discount which could be swiped at retail shop? Endless opportunities.
Yes, it could be one of the model, if TiVo and internet TV are the next big thing.
Where are you ar?
Really want to fuck PCCW!
I cant upload these few days!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
8:34 PM 1 comments
石Sir由廠長八到社長 股壇周伯通 2007-01-23, 香港經濟日報, A37, 行政人員, 梁巧恩、梁穎勤
這個CEO只有23歲 2007-01-22, am730, M14,M15, 特寫, 鄭惠萍 葉雅媛
有機商機 如雨後春筍 2007-01-22, 投資理財, S56-S61, 創富商機, 林映雪
欲仿iPod起革命 Google 拓綱上發售電子書 2007-01-22, 星島日報, B12, 國際金融
An idea a day:
55. Save essential shopping/ billing information online, for Octopus users to make record.
It could help people to track down their spending pattern. Recording all the bills made, it could help people easiler to make an account balance for $$ saving purpose.
It could also prevent big companies, like MTR, to deprive HK citizen again!
ya~ it's good idea~
juz like credit card.
also can manage our expenses
Monday, January 22, 2007
12:00 PM 5 comments
I eat with Linda today!
Spinvox - Read your voice mail
Simulscribe - Read your voice mail
ThinkGeek - Funny business selling funny gadgets, one of the toy that I like most: Marshmallow Shooter, which can shoot calamitous confections over 30 feet.
Haha, who is "Linda"??
She is my special friend.
Your past tense?
Sunday, January 21, 2007
10:08 AM 2 comments
港大讚港大 2007-01-21, 蘋果日報, E07, 名采論壇, GG細語, 左丁山
歐盟東擴後的英國 2007-01-21, 大公報, B02, 寰球特寫
火鍋店比商機牛羊生意鬥「肥」 2007-01-21, 東方日報, B04, 產經
同素人打友誼波變賺錢AV 2007-01-21, 蘋果日報, G01, 夜生活, 黃網之joy ←我覺得個名改得好好笑！
流行性指標 2007-01-07, 明報, P07, 日偽流民
An idea a day:
54. Follow up to idea 53, 3G service providers can have a web interface of voice mail in any 3G phone to users.
Users can use their phone to check voice mail, instead of following the sucking voice-over navigation, users can now have a neat and user-friendly interface to handle.
Critical information, like number, date, time, length, urgency can be included in that visual-interface, for people more easily to deal with important messages.
The platform can surely add value to the company, when compared to the pre-historic style of navigation, it can put more information, like ads/ promotional plans on the 3G/website for users to browse, which is impossible in the old-style.
When there is a whole bunch of voice mails in your online account, although they are download-able, it make users reluctant to switch to other service providers easily, combating the situation now, at which the strategy/competition is focus on $$ but not service.
Yes it is a trend of crossing-over of phone and web, no matter 3G/smartphone.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
8:44 AM 4 comments
I just discovered that there are comments on the right nav bar, from Apr to Dec 2006. I havent click into it for ages, sorry!
廣告人畢明入主壹傳媒 2007-01-19, am730, M24, 投資, 中環博客, 禤中怡
城電幾時收成？ 2007-01-19, 蘋果日報, B16, 財經要聞, 案內人隨筆, 尹思哲
稻香集團成長經驗分享 2007-01-20, 信報財經新聞, P23, 特稿．讀者, EMBA論壇, 黃家榮
UDESIGN創意Tee空間/offical 2007-01-19, 香港經濟日報, C07, 潮流, 何善華 ←個layout同spreadshirt.com都有六七成似！
舍堂活動過多弄巧成拙 2007-01-19, 星島日報, F02, 大學版, 學府風, 袁效仁
Fashion victim - American retailing 20 January 2007, The Economist
Cramping tumours - Cancer biology 20 January 2007, The Economist, The Economist Newspaper, ST
Hong Kong Soars Jan 29, 2007, Time, Vol. 169, Iss. 5; p. G.1, Michael Schuman
This Man's Bright Idea Is Tapping Into Others' Notions Jan 22, 2007, U.S. News & World Report, Renuka Rayasam
SUPPORT GROUPS FOR DUMMIES Feb 2007, Fast Company, p. 40, John Rosenthal
An idea a day:
53. Develop a website to store all the voice mail in cell phone.
All users should tried and feel sick about the traditional voice mail natvigation method in cell phone, especially when your voice mail is jammed after a business trip for a few days, you need to spend time and brain power to figure out how to listen and distinguish which is rubbish and important message.
If there is a website, for which you can login into a page, review and listen all the message, selectively listen to some messages sent by some important person first, instead of listening according to the time frame, permit you to download and save some important message for later reference, I think the voice mail thing should be more user-friendly and popular.
If you are in a trip, you could access to the internet and check the voice mail, and follow up immediately if important.
RSS or email service could be added to help customers, as this can be v. easily accomplished.
Voice mail is different from SMS, as SMS directly send a message from one phone to other, there may be no middle-man handling and store the message, but for voice mail, you have to phone a number to your service provider, and listen to the pre-stored message. The only thing added is the load the message onto a webpage.
I saw your disclaimer, and now I am know more about Orangedays!
In US, actually there are similar service, like eVoice.com, after registered, it will give you a eVoice number, and all voice mail using that number will go into your email.
But if you are talking about cellphone telecom companies with this service, I can say none, and I am sure there is no such company in HK doing such thing.
Hey Carr, thx for your information.
I will check and do research first, before I publish any idea later.
You know, in HK, there are v. good infrastructure, but none will go and provide funny applications. Unlike US, if someone think of something funny, they will go straight and full stream ahead!
Yes, in US, there is a great sense of entrepeneurship, but the most important reason why US has so many "funny-business" is that, US is flooded with $$$$.
There is hundred of VCs, angel funds, seeding funds.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
9:02 PM 2 comments
王維基變了 城電怎麼樣 2007-01-18, am730, M20, 投資, 中環博客, 禤中怡
「十大必買股」勿沾手？！ 2007-01-18, 信報財經新聞, P28, 理財投資, 時勢微觀, 畢老林
性愛宅急便李健威 2007-01-18, 壹週刊, A088, 時事, 24小時
寸爆得罪人杜汶澤落難 2007-01-18, 壹週刊, B052, 娛樂名人, 探熱針
7 Rules for Maximizing Your Creative Output - Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog
22 Ways To Overclock Your Brain - Ririan Project
How To Be Creative - Hugh MacLeod's Changethis menifesto
An idea a day:
52. Setup a dummy website, pretending to be a company recuiting freshgrad, for the purpose of collecting CVs.
Freshgrad may not know how to make a compelling CV, but if you have a dozen excellent examples to follow/copy, it could instantly make you a CV expert.
The dummy website can be tailor-made for you, if you would like to go into advertising world, find the firm that you would like to go into, then setup the website/company, post similar recuitment requirements/ credentials, the most important is offering a premium benefit to attract freshgrad to come, circulate and publicize the website, setting a deadline for applications, just before the deadline, you will be able get a few hundreds CVs.
Take a look at 求職者資料被用作騙財, you will be accused only if you are using the CVs for $$-related fraud, as you can argue that you are really recuiting, but none of the applicants is above the par.
Of course, I am not persuading anyone to try, but for freshgrads, please pay special attentions to companies that are suspicious, in order to avoid fraud.
Haha, have you ever try this before??
The only thing I can say is that, I have an excellent and presentable CV.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
8:51 PM 2 comments
唔同行業各有分析技巧 2007-01-17, 信報財經新聞, P09, 理財投資, 投資者日記, 曹仁超
美國也有特許經營榜 2007-01-17, am730, M28, 投資, 中環博客, 禤中怡
《時代》湯藥齊換「救亡」 2007-01-17, 信報財經新聞, P20, 理財投資, 時勢微觀, 畢老林
人際溝通 2007-01-17, 明報, D05, 時代, 女人心, 何慧敏
An idea a day:
51. Develop a collective website for not-so-famous finanical actors from different security firms, to give out daily trading tips/research reports.
For already-famous actors, TV/ radio/ newspapers/ magazines/ trading websites are very eagerly to publish their ideas. For not-so-famous one, this may not be the case. As an actor, they need to be exposed to the public, and no such thing as over-exposure.
As this website is a collective one, allowing all actors from all firms to give out ideas, it can certainly attract traffic, as all retail stock traders (C9, for example) love ideas through the grapevine, this can give the wind for the crowd to follow .
People can have the tips, actors can attain fans, traditional win-win situation.
The website will not give any fee to actors, but it can earn by ads fee from online brokerage firms or SME brokerages, for which retail stock traders can their main income stream.
Yes, this could act as a breeding ground for fin. actors.
There are only 2 kinds of people giving trading tips, either bold-actors or novice/professional traders, but no place for not-famous actors, who take the profession of brokers, but are not private traders.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
9:22 PM 4 comments
滙控聘外援公關拆局 2007-01-16, am730, M16, 投資, 中環博客, 禤中怡
國壽暗湧愈推愈高 2007-01-16, 蘋果日報, B18, 財經要聞, 案內人隨筆, 尹思哲
象牙塔內的物理天空 2007-01-16, 信報財經新聞, P29, 副刊, 面對面, 林思華
象牙塔投資法當時得令 2007-01-16, 信報財經新聞, P24, 理財投資, 時勢微觀, 畢老林 ←quants? remember the LTCM?
Eve Ensler 解封女性機密 2007-01-16, 香港經濟日報, A37, 行政人員, 成功學堂, 郭立新
少女日記赤裸揭秘 2007-01-16, 新報, F02, 蘭桂坊, 談天說性, 大雄
An idea a day:
50. Develop a online/retail simplified chinese bookshop in HK, selling only translated foregin books.
As both the physical and translation quality of simplified chinese books is improving, and there is no much different when compared to local translated traditional chinese books, except the PRICE, which can be as low as $20-30 RMB for one.
Personally, I dont have much interest in mainland chinese authors, when compared to foregin authors, I think this is also the trends in HK.
You may think that, bookshops in mainland are already selling them, but the books there are only catagorized in subjects, like law, buiness, account, and in there, both local and translated books are scattered among each others, it takes effort to try to spot out.
If there is a bookshop, selling only chinese edition of foregin books in HK, it helps book-lovers save a lot, both time and $$.
How about the simiplified chinese bookshops in HK?
The volume of each shop isnt hugh, they can be catagorized as your idea easily.
But what they are selling is not so target and specific. People may not find what they want in the shop.
For this shop, each title can be more specific and more kind of translated books can be sold.
"Vagina Monologues" once was introduced in my university. But it was produced by a Chinese female scholar. I don't know its origin comes from the west. That was really avant-garde, cool!
You are so fond of movies wo~
Monday, January 15, 2007
8:42 PM 5 comments
給國壽投機者的忠告 2007-01-15, 蘋果日報, B18, 財經要聞, 案內人隨筆, 尹思哲
BT下載成風色情店舖關門 老翻四仔網上任睇 2007-01-15, 太陽報, A05, 港聞
伍達倫 書非借不能讀 2007-01-15, 文匯報, C01, 副刊讀書人
「生成器」唾手可取身份證號碼 2007-01-15, 文匯報, A26, 神州大地
Fake Name Generator - I guess this is what Wenweipo is talking.
An idea a day:
49. For Karaoke box, provide a online platform to store playlist.
There is a new function in Cali Red, Nokia cellphones can be used as a mobile control for choosing songs, the cellphone can also store a list of 10 songs as the playlist.
Karaoke company can actually develop a website, for users to pick and choose songs, stored as a playlist to sing. Whenever they enter the k room, they can use the computer inside to login and load the playlist, as all the things are online.
The playlist can be edited by multi-users, that means, when you plan to sing k afterwork, the playlist (webpage) can be distributed among your group, edited by everybody, the finalized playlist can be used when they go to sing k.
And of course, the social networking, allow anonymous users to access your playlist as they are all tagged.
You can think it as a del.icio.us thing, the tagging, the networking.
Yeah, your idea is great!
It make users to choose songs more easy.
I think the most important point is to add value to K box:
1. It can extend the sing k process from k room to anywhere, the planning process is contagious.
2. It can increase the loyality of brand to users, as the online playlist is confined to the company only, can not transfer to others.
This is the killer-app as there is virtually no differentiation among competitors.
3. The del.icio.us like website can be act as a ad-platform. Everyone should remember the acquistion cost of del.icio.us is US$15 million.
For and afterall, the infra-structure is ready for the it to go!
this also happened in Japan la~
Nice news. Support~
If so, could you please give the company/website here, I would like to know how others run the idea!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
9:45 AM 5 comments
Added a recent comments on the sidebar.
陳其鑣－－3R環保創效益 2007-01-14, 星島日報, Z06, 名廚巡禮, 中環會客室, 香樹輝
神童小時了了 2007-01-14, 蘋果日報, E09, 名采論壇, GG細語, 左丁山
十年磨刀：讀書的困惑 2007-01-14, 南方都市報, B23, 閱讀周刊十年個人閱讀, 李公明
香港政府唔識寶 天才他鄉覓生路 2007-01-14, 東方日報, A18, 功夫茶, 功夫茶
民間發明家對港府心死 2007-01-14, 東方日報, A16, 港聞
倒讀神功 2007-01-14, 大公報, C05, 小公園, 千里馬, 黃伯康
落水狗美學 2007-01-14, 明報, P12, 日偽流民, 湯禎兆
非法下載網站籌錢買小國 2007-01-14, 蘋果日報, A22, 世界風情
頭骨傳音聽悠揚 2007-01-14, 東方日報, A02, 探射燈
Alpha Trends - A Video Technical Analysis Trading Ideas for all trading days! ←HK trader should develop this!
An idea a day:
48. A wikipedia style of website, gathering review and summary of the classic/ latest books.
It would give a brief and latest idea/ trend to book lovers, the website can also act as a book/ magazine/ journal/ further study sale platform, as the audiences are all interested in the area.
Another spin off!
Actually, there are many book summary/review in magazine/newspaper, there is a weekly column in business week, Economist...I saw you also take notice of.
Why not just post them on Orangedays, then the whole things can be accompolished, and to ensure the quality is professional.
Yes, sure I could do it, easily.
But newspaper/magazine only review the 80 part from 80/20 theory. Also, the time lag is v. long, it may take more than half a year after the book being published for the review.
wiki-style can encourage the book-frantics to contribute selflessly, and this could ensure a speedy, thorough, exhaustive update of books.
From your del.icio.us, I know you have read a few hundreds of books in last year, why not make summary and review by yourself?
Your reading list is quite HIP and NEW, and I think these can sure interest people.
You writing although full of grammatical/spelling mistakes, it is logical and clear. Why not give yourself a try??
Haha, the reason is I dont have the time and effort.
Read and think is easy, but getting things done is hard.
Wow, the reading list of you is so hugh!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
10:08 AM 4 comments
I have changed to blogger beta, if there is any problems, please report!
《香港，醒醒！》 創出未來 2007-01-13, 香港經濟日報, B02, 投資, 經濟與投資, 石鏡泉
惠州做大夢 2007-01-13, 新報, AA04, 觀點‧角度, 解碼神州, 劉勇
香港電影明日又天涯 2007-01-13, 信報財經新聞, P06, 特稿, 管理新思維
電話補習新招涉騙逾百人 登門套學童資料 再訛稱受學校委託 2007-01-13, 香港經濟日報, A20, 教育, 蘇曼詩、米俊樺
惠理基金擬季尾上市 籌16億 2007-01-13, 香港經濟日報, A04, 金融要聞, 新股追擊
港大生巴士露械輕判 2007-01-13, 新報, A06, 港聞 ←超低能！
電腦節掃貨潮 高清TV抵; 5千元手提電腦 2007-01-13,香港經濟日報, A12，工商, 陳倩敏、黃靖玢
Vista: Upgrade--or Trade Up? 15 January 2007, BusinessWeek, Volume 4017, Technology & You
The problem with Made in China - Manufacturing in Asia 13 January 2007, The Economist, ECN, 382, SB
JUST ADD INSPIRATION Fast Company. Boston: Dec 2006/Jan 2007. p. 100, Chuck Salter ←really innovative inventions, esp. water shrinkable film
A MORE POWERFUL PATH - 2007 Social Capitalist Awards Fast Company. Boston: Dec 2006/Jan 2007. p. 68, Cheryl Dahle ←Changing the world!
SYNERGY WITH THE DEVIL The New Yorker. New York: Jan 8, 2007. Vol. 82, Iss. 44; p. 26, James Surowiecki
For idea 16, at 26 Nov, Harness energy from gym mechines.
Sustainable Dance Club - This is the youtube film for the idea, sponsored by Toyota. It make use of mechanical energy from the dance floor, for electricity.
An idea a day:
47. Like sellaband.com, offer shares/ microloans to movie producers/ directors, by crowd-funding.
Movie producers/ directors in HK always moaning for $$, compainting the gov not supporting them. But have they use every ways for fund raising?
The model of sellaband is simple, artists give samples to believers, if the believers like their musics, they can invest at least $US10, to buy shares, in total, maxmium of $US50000 can be raised. Then sellaband.com use the money to help the artist make a record. All the profit made are divided by shares.
This platform, for sure, is not for the big blockbusters, but it is good breeding ground for bootstraper producers. As all the tools and studio can be provided by the company, using the $$ raised as a rent, shared among all the bootstrapers.
In the course of research for this matter, I found A Swarm Of Angels, which have similar model, but all the things, not only $$, but also crews and plot are co-created by donors! The collaborative project aims to attract 50,000 individual subscribers (the "Swarm of Angels"), each contributing £25 to the production.
Sellaband is an excellent idea. But can this really apply in movie industry?
Everyone know the capital/tool/crew requirement for a movie is much much higher than that of music.
In addition, how could the producers find investors, by wisdom of crowds?
For sellaband, artists send their music samples, 1-2 songs as per request.
For this platform, the producer/director can produce movie clips, upload to youtube, give a brief plot to believers.
If people find the plot is interesting, and the sample they saw is ok, then they may pay to enourage for a real run.
Phenomenal case like <<Made in HK>>, use only HKD500k and 5 crews members.
For more sophicated and successful case like <<Saw>>, it used US$1.2 million, and earned over $55 million at the box office.
Yes, I would be quite a hugh/risky amount, if you want to find one to invest, but if the whole amount is shared among 100/1000 people?
The crowd-funding model is v. funny!
Friday, January 12, 2007
10:31 PM 2 comments
富豪力托夕陽未下 2007-01-12, 信報財經新聞, P20, 理財投資, 時勢微觀, 畢老林
古蹟保育論商業化成敗 Heritage Preservation 2007-01-12, 香港經濟日報, A37, 行政人員, Global Watcher, 梁巧恩
暢銷書反映港人速讀文化 2007-01-12, 星島日報, E07, 年華, 文化廊, 偉嘉
07發達商機 創團購網站 網民興集體購物贏優惠 2007-01-12, 香港經濟日報, A19, 國際動態, 吳穎文
怪卡證人生 2007-01-12, 信報財經新聞, P30, 文化
An idea a day:
46. 7 ways to prevent the mini-bus accident happens again.
The premise is not to change the infra-structure/ archetechure of the vehicle.
There are several reasons which cause the accident happen:
1. The setting of the vehicle prevent driver to take notice of the situation outside the door.
2. The driver do not pay attention to that.
3. Some commuters point out the problem at once, but driver can not react at once. Commuter knows, but they can not do anything on that.
4. In order for driver to earn more, more drives are needed.
1. Change the whole door to a transparent one, just like any door at shopping mall.
2. Install a camera near the door, and the situation is displayed on a small security screen for driver to watch, just like those installed at the rear of shuttle/ travel bus, for parking purpose.
3. Install a button at the seat near the door, once press, will stop the car.
4. Install a button at the seat near the door, once press, will open the door.
5. Change the manual door to an automatic one, at which a activated sensor will automatically open the door, like those in shopping mall.
6. Install a infra-red/ microwave finish line on the outside of door, say 1m from the door, if people pass the line, a beep/ count happens, for drivers to know the number of people walked out of the zone.
7. Change the salary model of drivers, just like those in KMB, and others.
All the perfect setting are suck, if the driver just dont care for the safety!
The ideas are funny, but some are im-practical.
I think the auto-door is ok!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
8:52 PM 6 comments
Get sick after went to HZ, fuxk!
掌上Mac機 2007-01-11, 信報財經新聞, P29, 副刊, 解碼, 狄高
搜尋技術回歸基本 2007-01-09, 信報財經新聞, P29, 副刊, 解碼, 狄高
現場直播蘋果KO對手 2007-01-11, 蘋果日報, B16, 財經要聞, 案內人隨筆, 尹思哲
一生研究不輟 ─ 安藤百福 2007-01-09, 信報財經新聞, P29, 副刊, 面對面, 健吾
借酒吧橋自助香水隨你溝 2007-01-11, 壹週刊, A078, 財經, 壹盤生意
老外至愛極冷門CD鋪 2007-01-10, 壹本便利, TE030, 創業板, 每週熱BLOG
「技術轉移」轉出個未來 城大夥商界 科研搵銀 2007-01-11, 星島日報, A23, 每日雜誌
詐騙集團獲批卡 AEON失70萬 盜他人資料 偽造薪金證明申請 2007-01-11, 香港經濟日報, A28, 港聞, 翁鈺輝、郭美玲
城大SiteWatcher10秒辨出假網站識別系統自動分析料每次收費100元 2007-01-10, 蘋果日報, A20, 港聞
An idea a day:
45. Follow up to idea 42, making the screen-saver/ desktop wallpaper in all the computers in computer centres/ classrooms with sponsors information/ ads.
As computers are ubiquitous in campus now, and setting the whole things up dont require any penny, this may be a effective way for ads revenue.
The resentment may be less than idea42, as this is actually happening, for IBM computers, all the desktop and screen-saver should not without a IBM logo, it is also the case for DELL/HP...in every university.
Hope you get well soon!
As you said, the desktop/screensaver things have already been there, then do you think the sale/ advertising effect exists for IBM/HP/DELL??
If the ultimate aim is to get sponsors from ad revenue, then what do you think about the ROI from ad companies?
Yaya, you are right, I can not provide any grounds to support the idea. I can not give you the return on invest that is on a comptitive edge to act as a ads platform.
But I am wondering, do this things exist already? Do schools/ any cyber cafe/ online game acardes do this things??
Just look at the active booming desktop widges market, you will know the desktop ad thing is still hit.
But only showing the ads on screen-saver/ desktop provide a v. different means to measure for a metric calculation.
How can the advertiser know if this can lead to deals?
Why are you so particular?
This is the purpose of devil advocate!
It doesnt matter, wild ideas do need reality check!
Monday, January 08, 2007
10:02 PM 4 comments
不如關門 2007-01-08, 香港經濟日報, C13, 世事, 中環穿梭, 畢流香
和諧社會之道 中產減富不減 2007-01-08, 信報財經新聞, P23, 時事評論, 林行止專欄, 林行止
倫敦免費報棄地鐵 2007-01-08, am730, M20, 投資, 中環博客, 禤中怡
強國衰落更堪借鑑 2007-01-08, 明報, B10, 錢眼人生, 財經書評, 陸振球
《星級酒店》光怪陸離眾生相 2007-01-08, 香港經濟日報, C19, 影視樂, 程日
女主播趙海珠變身窩輪大使 2007-01-08, 頭條日報, P30, 財經專題, Smart 理財 ←有病冇病？
大學奇招促師生禁煙 2007-01-08, 星島日報, F02, 大學版, 學府風, 袁效仁 ←有病冇病2？
An idea a day:
44. Install a simple $$ indicator in all ATM.
Today I went to an ATM to cash out, after waited v. long time in a long long queue, I found that the ATM only has $1000 cash, WTF.
If every ATMs, just like simple drinks vending machine, indicating which type of $$ do they have, then this fuxking situation will never occur again.
In addition, if the ATM do not have any cash, then people will not have to insert card and type password before they know that this is a dummy machine.
But, why do this do not exist??
Really a mystery!
so unlucky man~
It's not a problem~
Most of the ideas are originated from all those "bad-luck".
Sunday, January 07, 2007
9:41 AM 9 comments
血腥暴君的愛情小說 2007-01-07, 明報, P20, 讀書, 沈旭暉
經濟達人 2007-01-07, 明報, P22, 讀書, 錢潮人潮Money Matter
即食麵之父傳奇一生告終 2007-01-07, 東方日報, A06, 探射燈
網上賣姓氏月賺六萬 2007-01-07, 蘋果日報, A20, 兩岸要聞
我的創業心得：涼茶舖盈利鬥「膏」 2007-01-07, 東方日報, B04, 產經
喪，無罪 玩，有理 2007-01-07, 蘋果日報, E08, 名采論壇, 字作廣告電影, 畢明(廣告腦作總監影評人)
Pizza's attractions 3 January 2007, Financial Times, London Ed1, Page 14, LEX COLUMN
In praise of mess - The inefficiency of tidiness 6 January 2007, The Economist, ECN, BK, Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman.
Richard Florida - Best of '06
Tom Peters - Tom's Notable Books 2006
Tim Sanders - Read These Ten Books Next Year
LifeHacks - 50 Best Hacks For Your Life
Coolhunting - Read More Books
Refer to idea 4, at November 08, IPOizing the microloan model can add incentive for investors
kiva.org - microloan to developing countries entrepeneuers
ACCION - microloan to US entrepeneuers, maxmium $ = 10,000
Refer to idea 15, at November 25, the book jacket ads thing is already hip in Japan
BOOKS AS BILLBOARDS - Colorful Book Jackets Do More Than Protect May 8, 2006, Trends in Japan
An idea a day:
43. Refer to idea 14, install mobile phone muter in several compartments in MTR/ KCR/ LTR, or even in the lower/ upper desk of buses in HK.
The technology is already ready, this has been applied in several theatres.
For freq. commuters, it is v. disturbing to have a buzzing bee sit near you. If there is a "silence compartment", people can select if they want to have a nice morning/ evening sleep/ chat in their phone.
Are there any need to install high tech things within compartments?
Or just state it clear that the compartment is the "silence" one is ok?
As people will go into that compartment if they want it silence.
This can ensure the compartment is absolutely "cell-phone" free.
Have you ever think of condition in the peak hours? All people will rush into all compartments, even you stated that this is for "silence-traveller" only.
We could even take it higher:
Confine only some compartments in MTR are "cell-phone-able", this could force people either go into those if they want to talk, or finish the talk on the platform, than go into "silence-compartments".
You guys may think that I am too extreme on this issue, but I think talking disturbingly loud is just like smoking in your face!
Congraguate for your idea being actualized!
Look forward to others.
just surfed here accidentally. want to say, this is a very great place to surf.
“Trends in Japan”十分好，多謝分享！ :)
I've read Freakonomics. It's not bad, but doesn't have that kind of in-depth description about economic principles. The author emphasized a lot of quantitative surveys and experiments, though the stories are interesting. I have heard of The Undercover Economists, but not the other ones. I'm looking for these books, thinking they might be better.
You have come back to HK?
How is the trip? Funny?
Yeah, my new term has started. That was semester break, and so I had the vacation. Not bad, though not fun:)
Saturday, January 06, 2007
9:57 AM 5 comments
PCCW still sucks!
維珍航空衝擊美國 2007-01-06, 香港經濟日報, C11, 世事, 中環穿梭, 畢流香
私募基金概念︰市值要高收入要穩 / 政治是大企業的玩意 2007-01-04, 蘋果日報, B16, 財經要聞, 案內人隨筆, 尹思哲
風險資本新秀撼Google 2007-01-04, 信報財經新聞, P20, 理財投資, 時勢微觀, 畢老林
俄國情婦文化 2007-01-03, 東方日報, A27, 國際, 世界視線
逼懶蟲「轉性」有法 2007-01-03, 信報財經新聞, P20, 理財投資, 時勢微觀, 畢老林
重新計時 Think clock wise！ 2007-01-05, 香港經濟日報, C05, 閱讀, 陳大興
FBI絕密檔案 2007-01-04, 香港經濟日報, A33, 行政人員, 管理書, 吳曉怡
《英國醫學雜誌》面世166年 網上選最偉大醫學突破 2007-01-06, 蘋果日報, A21, 世界風情
執行力是成敗關鍵 2007-01-06, 太陽報, E07, 娛閒, 黃擎天
零成本創業肥師奶網上賣BB二手衫 2007-01-03, 壹本便利, TE030, 創業板, 每週熱Blog
機械臂搜書 5分鐘送到 商業周刊選全球11佳圖書館 2007-01-03, 香港經濟日報, A16, 國際專題, 許懿安、陳國勳
An idea a day:
42. Suggest Univeristy to partner with commerical ad firm, by unifying the powerpoint template of all the lectures notes, with ads printed on them, which will then be used as handout for students.
As some universities in hk are struggling for fund raising, why not think it more creatively, and partner with companies to make the university as a ad/sale platform? The size of the ads need not to be very large and disturbing, the ads can be on the front page/back page of powerpoint, or the sponsor name can be printed as footer/header.
It also can give an initative to professor to print and give out notes to students, if commission is provided for each printed. As most professors like to play students, they like students to print themselves.
Such a good idea... (seems that I ‘m reading Freakonomics)
Cos, our government (let alone the Universities) already dominated by some mega commercial firms implicitly. And some universities, such as HKPU becomes much commercial, the decision of remaining or closing departments are critically account on their “performance / revenue”.
This idea paves the road for the government / universities to partner or co-operates with the commercial world reasonably. 理直氣壯
This idea is a little bit like one of your newspaper clipping:
at which, a group of Japanese students buy a photocopier to university, free for people to use, but restricted to use the provided paper, on which, have ads printed on the surface.
Your version is not as viable, as there are lots of bureaucracy to pass, in order to execute it.
Or, could we play it down to professor level, at which professors find sponsors themselves, and earn the ads fee by printing ads lecture notes?
But, I am sure that, the collective audience would be much greater and more attractive to ads companies, if the act involved the whole univerity.
There would be v. fierce resentment for univerity to embrace the ads world, but when we talking about fund raising, people will shut up their mouth, if money-lacking is the fact.
By using your method, the university actually making $$ from nothing, as printing notes and putting simple ads on the paper do not require any extra over-head, this method is a $$-making machine, and zero-input is required!
This idea also similar to one of your previous idea:
5. Develop an advertising company which sponsers the publishing of newsletters / fryers for university societies, in return for the rights to put ads on them.
Thx for you guys comment.
Seems that you are really in Orangedays, remembering every details in what have published!
Yes, ideas breed ideas, previous examples can spin off many interesting things.
As Carr said, this is a $$-making machine, I would be v. glad if it is really applicable.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
8:13 PM 6 comments
Really hate the slow speed!
千金散盡還復來？ 2007-01-02, 信報財經新聞, P20, 理財投資, 時勢微觀, 畢老林
贏在卓越服務（上） 2006-12-19, 香港經濟日報, A42, 企業管理, 管理技巧, 李如虹
贏在卓越服務 (下) 2007-01-02, 香港經濟日報, A30, 企業管理, 管理技巧, 李如虹
鄧永鏘 07繼續風騷快活 語出驚人 2007-01-02, 香港經濟日報, A29, 行政人員, 劉奇明
國泰今年聘800人時薪增13.7%資深空姐坦言工作唔易做 2007-01-02, 蘋果日報, A10, 港聞
新軟件偷截伴侶手機短訊 2007-01-02, 蘋果日報, A24, 世界風情
Parker筆 與歷史結下不解緣 2007-01-02, 投資理財, 048,049, 營商攻略, 陳秉植
香薰精華油疑致男童脹乳 2007-01-02, 東方日報, A06, 探射燈
Virgin、easyJet、AirAsia組廉價航空大聯盟 2007-01-02, 蘋果日報, A26, 環球焦點
Cash-Rich Venture Capital Isn't Carefree 2 January 2007, The Wall Street Journal, R18, Pui-Wing Tam
An idea a day:
41. Selling cheap RFID-embeded decoration to drivers, at the same time, install detectors at heavy-traffic road, then the concentration at that spot can be found.
This can provide a more fast/ instant/ accurate/ numeric means for drivers/ commuters to take heed, before they go work every morning, apart from seeing this.
Yes, many Electronic Tolling Collection systems use RFID to electronically debit the accounts of registered cars without their stopping. This technology has been applied to Korea, Pakistan, India, Malyaysia, Singapore, even Autotoll from HK, do have this facility.
The infra-structure is ready for your idea, but is there a need to have such "accurate" method to gauge the traffic?
Taking tunnel as an example, if we could know the concentration/flow of traffic at all the tunnels, stated at how many cars/minute, then there is some method to calculate the time needed for any car to pass the tunnel, thus, people can compare tunnels heading towards the same destination, for shorter time to go.
From your gov website, there is a camera gauging traffic, is it enough for average person?
If every cars could have GPS navigation system, and all connected to internet, all drivers will know the exact time to travel from any point to others, if the number of detectors and RFID tags reached a critical mass.
Yes, I should say this is really "Far-Ahead", and may be only exist in movies.
If every drivers knows the time for travel, then all commuters can benefit.
Imagine you can access the accurate arrival and departure time of bus or mini-bus, it can shorten the time for people to wait at the station, leaving more time for life!
Commuters will know when the latest he should wake up and travel, but never being late to school or work!
I heard the similar technology in TV. Yes, it is very useful during traffic jams.
But, in some cities, the roads are really crowd. So, those drivers cannot avoid the jams every morning.
The gov. can reduce the quantities of the vehicles. e.g. In Malay, The private car must carry at least 4 passengers in the morning.
Monday, January 01, 2007
1:34 PM 3 comments
Happy New Year!
雲海推介07十大必闖異域 2007-01-01, 太陽報, E06, 娛閒, 六八旦
上帝已Out? 2007-01-01, 茶杯, 38, William Nixon
電車女．化妝狂 2007-01-01, 茶杯, 118
婚姻靠Contract愛情無Tenure 2007-01-01, 茶杯, 114
105 Service Businesses to Start in 2007 October 25, 2005, Entrepreneur.com
The 400 Richest Americans Forbes, 09.21.06, 6:00 PM ET, Special Report, Matthew Miller and Tatiana Serafin
An idea a day:
40. Follow up to 39, instead of a website for diseased, the same setting can be applied to business people, where they can bluff about their job disatisfication.
People with job disatisfication in the business world just like those diseased, always want to escape the eternity.
It is the greatest market in all countries, if it can attract audience, it can surely earn a lot!
Social networking is the most-hit thing in 2006.
happy new year, tim
hapi new year~