Book Review: The Innovator’s DNA

the-innovators-dnaThe research piece behind this book might be the next thing I read, as I’m intrigued by the academic rigor applied.

The reveal and living examples of the five skills – questioning, networking, experimenting, observing and associating – are tangible and approachable given their articulation through well-known and highly visible entrepreneurs running innovative companies. There’s much to be gleaned by looking at the way these people behave and, even through simple emulation, enhancing one’s own skills.

My only real disappointment with the book is its limited approach to practical, daily application for those not yet at the top of the tree. It’s rather a different kettle of fish for the innovation-minded, but stuck in bureaucracy, worker who wants to make things better, is still motivated, and hasn’t been crushed by the machine.

How does that person actively innovate? And, in some cases, get away with it?

A section in this book (or an accompanying volume) focussing on daily, in-work, innovation would be useful.

BarCamp Sydney #4 – Saturday, 15 November 2008

The (un)organisers of BarCamp Sydney have let me know that they are preparing for yet another festival of creativity to engage and excite the Australian tech and innovation community. Details below.

Date: 15 November 2008

Venue: UNSW Roundhouse

Time: 9:00AM-5:00PMpm (registration starts at 8:30AM)

Register: Do it yourself on the wiki

If you’ve never been to a BarCamp before, I highly recommend it. Make some time in your schedule. For those that have been before, I needn’t remind you how great BarCamp is. Take a look at my tag list below to see just how much of your life this might touch.

Hopefully, I’ll see you there. I’m not sure how my timetable is yet.

Linksys NSLU2 – smarter than your average NAS

Linksys Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives NSLU2
I mentioned my new Linksys NSLU2 the other day. I’ve got it up and running (although I haven’t got all my data on it yet). I’m super-happy with it, mostly because it’s much smarter than its otherwise simple looks suggest. Y’see, under the hood, it’s a hackable (in the true sense) Linux box!

Getting it up and running from OS X was easy once I found this blog entry at Sample the Web. Of course, that sent me scampering across the ether to the Yahoo! group and then beyond to Tom’s Networking and the Linux on the NSLU2 page.

Now, I’ve reflashed the ROM, using uNSLUng from and added ssh and nfs support to the unit (the community calls it a “slug”… hehe). Next, maybe svn, Apache/MySQL/PHP, and media server capabilities…

These things are awesome! Get yourself one!

Drive sharing – Windows and OS X

I’ve been reading this excellent guide at MacRumors on sharing between OS X and Windows, but unfortunately, it doesn’t give me all the answers I need. Here’s the situation I have:

  • Powerbook in the study on Ethernet (occasional wireless) to router/switch;
  • Windows PC in the family room on wireless;
  • external USB HDD containing iTunes Library, digital photos, backups and software installers presently attached to Powerbook.

Here’s the situation I want:

  • Powerbook and Windows PC in current localities connected to network by current methods;
  • USB drive attached to Windows PC sharing entire contents to entire network at a useful speed.

I’ve followed the MacRumors guide linked to above, and it works, but accessing the USB drive from the Powerbook is deathly slow. I’ve covered off all the things I think it might be – firewall software, PC going into Suspend, etc., but to no avail, so I’ve moved the USB drive back to the study and attached it to the Powerbook.

Anyone out there got a clue on this? I’d really like the USB drive attached to the Windows box as when I move about with the Powerbook, the USB drive becomes unavailable, with isn’t want I’m after. All I really want is an acceptably quick speed across the network, which doesn’t seem to be happening.