January 22, 2017

10 years! A lot of things happened, a lot of things past.

Thank you very much, WordPress and WordPress.com!


My new blog at sbin.cn

January 30, 2007

Due to the publicly known reasons, this blog at wordpress.com has been not accessible at China for a long time till last Spring festival (Feb.2006). It’s very difficult for me to update and manage this blog, while most of my readers from mainland can not read it since then. So I decide move it to a new site with good performance.

Hope you guys can change your bookmark and RSS feeds. I am sorry for the unconvenience for this move. Thanks for the great pleasure WP community gave me.

It’s Cool. Go to Yahoo Mail Beta

November 13, 2006

I have a Yahoo Mail account to receive some mailing lists. For a long time I didnot login to check those messages. Today I found it changed outlook greatly, giving me a big surprise. Yahoo Mail Beta, very cool interface. See the below screenshot.

Yahoo Mail Beta

I had very different experience with Live Mail beta from Microsoft, slow response, bad interaction, … I felt very upset with it and changed back to the previous hotmail interface. Now go to Yahoo Mail beta. It’s cool.

This is a samle.

October 29, 2006

This morning I found this interesting offer by Google. It’s more convenient and powerful than the old Writely. Moreover, it provide me a way to write my blog at wordpress.com. I can communicate with my friends worldwide. It’s great !

My tag cloud

April 21, 2006

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originally uploaded by Richard Zhao.

When I was participating CNNOG 3 conference, I wrote down my tag cloud as the diagram, where you might find so tremendous scope you have to have a peek to catch up with the earth rolling.

Identity is the foundation for everything we do

March 24, 2006

Sarbanes Oxley is bring blossoming business opportunities not only to the big 4 accounting firms, but also to a lot of software vendors, Among those technologies and products involved in SOX compliance programs, identity management is the focal point that a lot of giant vendors fight for, Microsoft, IBM, CA, BMC, HP, Oracle, Novell, Sun and …. I am very happy to see the following diagram:

GM Director of software

where John Jackson from GM said "Identity is the foundation for everything we do".

"Ten years ago, the prevailing assumption was that if you were on the GM network, then you were a GM employee," says Jackson, who is on the board of the Liberty Alliance, a consortium developing protocols for sharing identities.

"Today, we have dealers and suppliers [on the network] that are not a part of GM. Add the fact that we are completely outsourced, and it becomes critical to track who you are and what rights you have so we can make sure that people only get to the information they are allowed to get to. Identity is the foundation for everything we do," he adds.

So important is this that GM has a 12-person identity group within the security team. The group continues to consolidate internal directories while expanding its identity federation deployment and building out virtual directories and SSO capabilities.

Users and analysts agree that identity is seeping into corporate infrastructure.

"In five years, what we talk about today as identity and access management will just be another part of the infrastructure, and it won't be sold separately. It will be part of your security foundation," says Sally Hudson, a security research manager at IDC.

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Good To Great – Hedgehog Concept by Jim Collins

March 23, 2006

A Hedgehog Concept is a simple, crystalline concept that flows from deep understanding about the intersection of the following three circles:

  1. What you can be the best in the world at (and, equally important, what you cannot be the best in the world at)?
    This discerning standard goes far beyond core competence.  Just because you possess a core competence doesn’t necessarily mean you can be the best in the world at it.  Conversely, what you can be the best at might not even be something in which you are currently engaged.
  2. What drives your economic engine?
    All the good-to-great companies attained piercing insight into how to most effectively generate sustained and robust cash flow and profitability.  In particular, they discovered the single denominator – profit per x – that had the greatest impact on the economics.  (It would be cash flow per x in the social sector.)
  3. What you are deeply passionate about?
    The good-to-great companies focused on those activities that ignited their passion.  The idea here is not to stimulate passion but to discover what makes you passionate.

Despite its vital importance (or, rather because of its vital importance), it would be a terrible mistake to thoughtlessly attempt to jump right to a Hedgehog Concept.  You can’t just go off-site for two days, pull out a bunch of flip charts, do breakout discussions, and come up with a deep understanding.  Well, you can do that, but you probably won’t get it right.  It would be like Einstein saying, “I think it’s time to become a great scientist, so I’m going to go off to the Four Seasons this weekend, pull out the flip charts, and unlock the secrets of the universe.”  Insight just doesn’t happen that way.  It took Einstein ten years of groping through the fog to get the theory of special relativity, and he was a bright guy.

It took about four years on average for the good-to-great companies to clarify their Hedgehog Concepts.  Like scientific insight, a Hedgehog Concept simplifies a complex world and makes decisions much easier.  But while it has crystalline clarity and elegant simplicity once you have it, getting the concept can be devilishly difficult and takes time.  Recognize that getting a Hedgehog Concept is an inherently iterative process, not an event.

The essence of the process is to get the right people engaged in vigorous dialogue and debate, infused with the brutal facts and guided by questions formed by the three circles.  Do we really understand what we can be the best in the world at, as distinct from what we can just be successful at?  Do we really understand the drivers in our economic engine, including our economic denominator?  Do we really understand what best ignites our passion?

– Extracted from Good To Great by Jim Collins