Monthly Archives: December 2009

What makes Google innovative

I was lucky enough to attend the first Information Science and Technology Christmas lecture at Tokyo University the other day and, although all the talks were interesting, I particularly enjoyed Kentaro Tokusei sharing Google’s ideas about innovation.

Kentaro Tokusei is currently Google’s Group Product Manager (and a nice guy, according to my colleague) and is clearly enthusiastic about the products his people create. Although, like many, my concerns about privacy increase with everything Google releases, it was still interesting to hear his 8 steps to innovation:

  1. A mission that matters
  2. Think big but start small
  3. Continual innovation, not instant perfection
  4. Ideas come from everywhere
  5. Share everything
  6. Data drives decisions
  7. 20% time
  8. Be a platform

Not much to disagree with there and arguably no real revelations, but still good food for thought. He finished with “Believe in the impossible and it can become true” – a suitable closing remark for a Christmas lecture.

How to install Truecrypt on Fedora

I’ve tried on several versions of Fedora but never really been able to install Truecrypt. Either it’s resulted in lots of errors or I’ve given up after getting tired of fruitless searching and reading.

At last I’ve found a guide that’s not too long and works!

It’s written for Truecrypt 6.2 on Fedora 11 but worked perfectly for me with Truecrypt 6.3a on Fedora 12:

Of course, it would be best if Truecrypt was available in Linux repositories but from what I understand, the way it’s written makes it very difficult for distros to package and maintain. Even so, the greatness of Truecrypt still makes it worth doing yourself.