True Grasp of Innovation

It seems there is a clear and simple understanding of innovation, that … no one can formulate. As a consequence of this dilemma, corporations pretend they offer you something innovative, but in reality that may be far from the truth.

I would like to figure out simple criteria for true innovation, and there are three of them:

  1. Innovative product must improve or open totally new experience. So in effect it can make a change.
  2. Innovative product must be useful, i.e. has clear practical purpose for customer. So it can be adopted widely.
  3. Innovative product must comply with society laws. So it can be legally manufactured and distributed (sold, advertised).

Those three are essential. Drugs, for example, would be OK with 1st and 2nd, but not with the last one.

As simple as that.

There are implications to this definition of course. For instance, an innovative product is not just any new product. Not just product where hi-tech materials are used.

Also it is clear now why it is so difficult to produce an innovative product, as the first condition and the second one are rarely stick together. Sometimes in FMCG industries they are rarely meet at all. So a company may produce a product with a new fancy innovative feature, that adds nothing to consumer experience, neither appears obvious of how it could be used at all.

You cannot force adoption of innovation to get true success.


SONRU — a Stumbling Block to Your Next Job

This review is written with a humble job seeker in mind and for a sake of justice.

In searching and applying for a job, you can encounter all kinds of bureaucratic traps—one of them is service. is “Automated Video Interviewing Software” as they call themselves, and it really is a heartless piece of code that treat you (as a candidate) like a prisoner. As it says on their website, it allows “candidates to show their personality, and […] recruiters to streamline the selection process.” While the latter is true, the first statement has dreadful meaning of being sarcastic. I personally do not like very much remote interviews by phone, because a candidate cannot really read the reaction (e.g. body language) of the other side (applies both ways of course). Skype is better in this regard, but still you may have technical connection issues, preventing you from showing your best. But Sonru is even worse than a phone interview, as a candidate has absolutely no clue of how and by whom his or her record would be perceived.

Typically, you get a link with a code via email from Sonru robot. When you login, you have to literally position yourself within a frame as seen thru your PC or iPAD camera and try to answer some test questions. You can practice the test interview as many times as you want — that can help you understand how you look and sound on the record. Where it does not help, it can drain your mental powers with such rehearsals. So I suggest try once, then take a break and do the real questionary. If you are serious about the job you are applying to, try to show your brightest side, be “cool, calm, and collected.”

The real questions you cannot know in advance of course. They are all time-limited and you can see the countdown, and this is a hidden threat: a question may seem simple to finish half the allocated time. If you feel like that, stop the recording and move to the next question. If you try to fill the time up, you may ramble.

If you don’t fit easily within the timeframe for a question, don’t panic trying to dash off. You may have the last question for all additional information you could wish to add.

You finished? Oh, you never know what happens next, although you may feel yourself like finishing a hard task or project. I believe any similar experience is good, but in this case your effort has no direct response (unless they finally hire you). But maybe they’d laugh at you. Or maybe the hiring manager could see your record and make a reasonable decision. But maybe not. Maybe it will be screened and deleted by some ruthless HR clerk well before.

If you are not serious about the job, my advice — do not waste your time with Sonru. Skip it, it is not worth the effort. Spend your time on reading a good book or caring about your loved ones.

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Two Hilarious and Smart Videos from Tripp and Tyler

This is true reflection of how conference calls really work:

And this is fun as well — how emails look so awkward:

There are more funny videos from Tripp and Tyler youtube account


Windows 10 Insider Build 10558 Leaked

Microsoft continues to improve its latest Windows 10 OS. Insiders can get this release of Windows build 10558, so can you. I don’t know why people bother to try system which works 0.03% better than the old one 10240 (besides this is subjective!), but OK.

Here’s a list of improvements:

  • new version of Microsoft Edge
  • new Messaging and Skype Video apps
  • Find my device settings using GPS/location info
  • Edge browser tab preview
  • New Registry Editor icon
  • Spotlight feature for Enterprise Users
  • Install apps to external storage
  • Dark UI in Messaging app
  • Safe to remove (USB drives) icon in system tray
  • updated icons for Control Panel

The build syntax is:

Image below courtesy of Wzor

Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Build 10558

Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Build 10558 by Wzor

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New Apollo Archive Unedited Photos on Flickr

Conspiracy theory lovers rejoice! There are a bunch (thousands) of unedited pictures from Apollo 8-16 missions published on Flickr here. All photos in this article above and below are high-resolution Apollo imagery scanned by NASA’s Johnson Space Center, courtesy of NASA.

Apollo 17

Apollo 17

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Try Your Luck in USA 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

People love free stuff, even when it is about such important decisions like changing countries and lives. So here’s good news for those who want to move to USA: Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2017 (AKA DV-2017) is now open again to try your luck.

Here’s a link to the US State Department Web site where you can apply: DV-2017
The application timing is strictly limited from October 1st till November 3rd 2015.

Read the instructions first to make sure you are eligible.

Here’s also a handy video tutorial on how to submit an entry in the right way:

I hope this year we will be free of bugs and hackers like in some instances before.

Here’s a an official guide to experiencing the United States of America:

Privacy and Windows 10 — Unsupported Statement of Microsoft

Only a lazy guy have not commented on Windows 10 privacy “issues” yet. Here’s what Terry Myerson has to say on it in his Microsoft blog to defend his company point: “With Windows 10, information we collect is encrypted in transit to our servers, and then stored in secure facilities.”

Well, look at this video:

As you can see it is possible to decrypt the information sent. If it is easy for a regular user, it must be easy for hackers in general.

Here’s some instruction with walk-through video from winsupersite on Windows 10 privacy settings.

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OneNote 2016 Annoyance. A permanent sorry about cleaning up.

My transfer to Microsoft Office 2016, that has been recently released, has failed. The trouble is OneNote 2016 functionality. It keeps showing the message: “We’re sorry. OneNote is cleaning up from the last time it was open. Please wait.” Although it is actually working OK after, this message is very annoying, and I could not stand it, neither could my wife :(

OneNote 2016 error

I have MS Windows 10 build 10240. Office version was Office_2016_16_0_4266_1003_x86 (I also tried Office_2016_16_0_4266_1003_x64 without success).

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Magnificent Antarctica by Kalle Ljung

This is a beautiful video by Kalle Ljung Antarctica. Watch in HD quality and with good sound system.

Swedish filmmaker Kalle Ljung and his crew shot this drone footage during a 20-day trip to Antarctica last winter. Article on Time.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview

Like Microsoft says, if “you think BIOS is a plant-based fuel, this program may not be right for you.” For everyone else it is very worth trying new Windows 10 for PC thru Microsoft Insider Program. This is a prerelease software, so be careful and use it at your risk, timely backup never hurt anyone.

Download links:

Product key: 6P99N-YF42M-TPGBG-9VMJP-YKHCF
Editions Link to download SHA-1 hash value

Windows 10 Insider Preview (x64) – Build 10074

Link to download

 Download (3.78 GB)

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Windows 10 Insider Preview (x86) – Build 10074

Link to download

 Download (2.77 GB)

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