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SMBE – Running on Open Source Software
Tech News, Tech Tips, Caribbean Tech

SMBE – Running on Open Source Software

Welcome to another post in the series, where I'll be expressing my views on open source technology and the benefits to Jamaica. This is the second write-up and I'll be showing how open source software benefits the business sector. If you missed the first post please feel free to catch up. The economics and social benefits derived from the application of open source technology in the Small and Medium Business Enterprise (SMBE) has been tremendous. The sector has seen an upward trend in the rate of adoption for open source technology and it is expected to continue growing in the coming years. This sharp upswing is not a result of open source offering a more cost-effective option but also stability, security and agility to the industry. Yes, open source has been a force for change on a...
The Realities of The Jamaican Job Market From a Tech Point Of View
Caribbean Tech, Opinion

The Realities of The Jamaican Job Market From a Tech Point Of View

Most young Jamaicans; university and college graduates, have become locked into the vicious failed cycle that is the Jamaican job market. There are very few options available with little prospects of creating your own job even if you develop a product that fills a niche and has attracted attention from potential customers. Why is this so? The answer is that in Jamaica there has developed a cycle of doom where you either conform with the norms of society or fail and leave the country to go make success somewhere else. For most, the latter is not possible and so many great innovators and entrepreneurs are forced to fall inline with a vicious system that robs them of their unique capacity of not only developing revolutionary products and services but also of their ability to make it big thems...
Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO – Fourteen years of Innovation with an “I”
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Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO – Fourteen years of Innovation with an “I”

An era has ended with the resignation of Apple CEO Steven Paul Jobs. Tim Cook, the Vice President, is now the CEO, with Steve Jobs stepping into the background as Chairman of the Apple Board much as had occurred when Bill Gates stepped down as Microsoft CEO and became Microsoft Chairman. His fourteen (14) years reign as Chief Executive Officer after his return in 1997AD is best chronicled in the below Infographic from Column Five: (click for full view) The innovator born February 24th 1955 to Paul and Clara Jobs nee Hagopian (yes he’s Syrian!) lived in Mountain View, California with no certification in Electrical Engineering started Apple Computers in 1977AD in his Garage with his friend Stephen Gary “Woz” Wozniak. “Woz” did most of the engineering work, while Steve Jobs stuck to the M...
Seagate – Samsung Swap Hard-Drive Assets – Profitable Cloudy Horizon
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Seagate – Samsung Swap Hard-Drive Assets – Profitable Cloudy Horizon

Since the recent consolidation of Seagate Technology PLC and Samsung Electronics Co. in a deal worth US$1.375 billion pieces of silver on Tuesday April 19th 2011AD, my thoughts have run the gamut of the imaginative. This of course, settled quite nicely, on comparisons of course to another similar consolidation. The deal gives Samsung Electronics Co a 10% stake in Seagate Technology PLC as it offloads it Mechanical Hard-Drive Business Unit on Samsung Electronics Co to focus on the coming of the more lucrative SSD (Solid State Drives) hungry market. Half cash, half stock, equity and a supply deal swap. Reminds me of the Debt and Equity swap between Digicel Group and America Movil, swapping Digicel Ecuador and Digicel El-Salvador operations in exchange for CLARO Jamaica! This is the We...
Jamaica’s 100MBps Internet Silver Lining – Tele-commuting Workplace is coming
Internet

Jamaica’s 100MBps Internet Silver Lining – Tele-commuting Workplace is coming

Every cloud has a silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint Don Marquis, Certain Maxims of Archie In my article “Social Network Prostitution: FOMO drives Millennials to "Inboxing"” I explored the Dark Side of the 23.9% lack of interest of the use of the Internet for Entrepreneurial pursuits and VC (Venture Capital) start-ups. 71% of the 38% who occasionally glance at a Computer and go online via Internet in Jamaica for Social Networking is a precursor to Social Prostitution. The coming of a Government of Jamaica instigated UAFCL (Universal Access Fund Company Limited) funded build-out of a 100MBps island wide Fiber Optic Network powered by LIME and FLOW may be the accelerant for its explosive rise among the populace who only have basic education. For ...
ICT Policy Conference Organized by UWI Mona School of Business
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ICT Policy Conference Organized by UWI Mona School of Business

Despite stories within the local and international media that seem to paint Jamaica's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in a bad light, there are great things happening within the industry - some being powered by Grassroots Communities such as Slashroots, ICT4D Jamaica, the Jamaica Design Association, and Kingston Beta; while others are being powered by persons within the public sector, as well as private sector companies. The Good News The latest good news within Jamaica's ICT sector comes in the form of  the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day – ICT Policy Conference. This conference is organized and will be hosted by The Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies (UWI), is scheduled to be held for the period May 17-18, 2011 at the Ex...
Twitter may offer Businesses Facebook-style Branded Pages
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Twitter may offer Businesses Facebook-style Branded Pages

It is no secret that one of Twitter's main goals of late is to try find ways to generate money. The San Fransisco based social networking and microblogging service which recently celebrated it's fifth birthday has been mulling over various ideas with the latest being reported by marketingmagazine.co.uk to offering businesses Facebook-style branded pages. It is understood that Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo, and Adam Bain, president of revenue, are leading the push to create fresh revenue streams. The pages would work in a similar way to Facebook Pages, providing brands with their own space to deliver content and encourage Twitter users to follow them, claim sources. There are currently limited promotional opportunities for brands on Twitter. Apart from free branded accoun...