Daily Archives: January 25, 2013

NASA technology (29)

TDRS-K Spacecraft Ready for Launch
NASA – NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-K, enclosed in its payload fairing, passes through the Launch Complex 39 area at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 20, 2013 as it travels from the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., to its launch site.

TDRS-K will lift off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station‘s Space Launch Complex 41 on Jan. 30, 2013. The TDRS-K spacecraft is part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a constellation of space-based communication satellites providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services. Image Credit: NASA/Glenn Benson

It’s not Apple’s fault, it’s ours

English: Apple's headquarters at Infinite Loop...

English: Apple’s headquarters at Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By James Saft – Apple is a great company making great products, and has an outstanding record of creating new markets. It enjoys margins closer to those of a software company than a consumer giant, has more than $130 billion in cash and a historically unique franchise, one it has been able to expand time and again.

The saga of Apple is actually a great lesson in a fundamental truth of investing – most of your problems, and opportunities, come courtesy of other investors.

“Much (perhaps most) of the risk in investing comes not from companies, institutions or securities involved,” famed hedge fund manager Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital Management wrote in his most recent client letter. here “It comes from the behavior of other investors.” more> http://tinyurl.com/avh37x7

How Dreamworks, LinkedIn and Google Build Intrapreneurial Cultures

The headquarters of PDI/Dreamworks at 1800 Sea...

The headquarters of PDI/Dreamworks at 1800 Seaport Boulevard, in Redwood City, California.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By John Webb – Intrapreneurship should be embedded in the overall culture of the business: adopted, accepted and celebrated as core practice and directed towards the organizational goals. Companies must therefore become versed in the methods and practices for activating and developing intrapreneurship if they are to meet the demands of today’s brave new world:

  • Look For It
  • Be Transparent
  • Be Inclusive
  • Give People Ownership
  • Make Risk-Taking and Failure Acceptable
  • Create a Learning Culture
  • Train Employees on Creating and Selling Innovation
  • Support People With Ideas
  • Offer Room to Play Around
  • Create a Safe Place for Innovation
  • Celebrate and Reward Intrapreneurial Behaviour
  • Encourage Cross-Discipline Projects and Collaboration
  • Encourage Networking and Knowledge Sharing
  • Focus on How to Better Serve Customers
  • Be Sensitive to External Changes
  • Shorten the ‘Yes Chain’
  • Create and Allocate a Funding Pot for Intrapreneurial Initiatives

more> http://tinyurl.com/asshqhd

Energy-Aware Industrial Devices

By Al Presher – With energy-aware industrial devices coming into the marketplace, manufacturers and OEMs will have an important tool to help reduce energy costs as much as 20-30 percent using intelligent, Ethernet-based networking.

Using open-interface standards such as PROFIenergy, Sercos Energy, and the CIP Energy Object, these new energy-saving strategies could become part of a new normal for manufacturers.

The initial target applications are monitoring and saving energy by placing systems into standby mode during production pauses. And even though the base technology has been ready for a couple of years, application deployment has taken time. more> http://tinyurl.com/bhe88qn

Fed balance sheet size hits record in latest week

Development of the balance sheet of the US Fed...

Development of the balance sheet of the US Federal Reserve since January 2007, showing amounts of agency bonds and mortgage backed securities apart, used on Kredietcrisis. Data obtained from the website of the Federal Reserve, statistical release H.4.1. To be updated regularly; theoretically, this could be updated weekly, but I don’t think I’ll manage to do it that often. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reuters – The Fed‘s balance sheet – a broad gauge of its lending to the financial system – stood at $2.994 trillion on January 23, up from $2.946 trillion on January 16.

The Fed’s holdings of Treasuries totaled $1.697 trillion as of Wednesday, higher than $1.689 trillion the previous week. more> http://tinyurl.com/avwz4rh