Thursday, December 07, 2006

The New Judge!

What an honour!
Naked Chasm Jumpers have been asked to be a judge for the next Blog race that is run at Manchester Business School.
Something to look forward to for 2007.

Friday, December 01, 2006

And the Winner is.......

After a long, hard Blog race the winners were announced last night....

There was stiff competition from the other blogs, especially the Disruptive Influences with a very slick presentation and great "Jackanory" video on the blog. The Wisdom of Cows with their top branding were close competitors. While the 0-0 AET were entertaining from start to finish in their presentation.

However, there could only be one winner and it went to the Naked Chasm Jumpers!!

No speeches, but just thanks to all our readers.

Thursday, November 30, 2006


The Naked Chasm Jumpers blog reaches out to over a 1000 Visitors in just 6 weeks!

This achievement coincides with the same day that we present the Naked Chasm Blog to the MBA Class at Manchester Business School - Bring on the A-Grade!

Thank you for reading our blog.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Claim that Computing is Free Thanks to Moore’s Law

That is to say, the cost per MIP (million instructions) has now fallen to about a penny. Chris Anderson's article makes the point today saying that historically, the price of computing power has been astronomical; but, as hardware falls and Moore’s Law kicks in, that price has been falling at a faster and faster rate. Now, its virtually free.

Mr. Anderson gives a few other examples of things that have now also reached the “almost-free” inflection point — storage, bandwidth, and so on. I have to take exception to his assertion that free-computing equals waste, however, I think with all of these things now being essentially “free”, the real value will be in the value of ideas and creativity. Without the restraints and constraints of cost, more people will be able to participate in networks and take advantage of the power of computing for whatever purpose they desire. Almost-free will also act as a great democratiser on so many levels around the world, bringing the potential for information, the exchanging of ideas and knowledge to everyone.

The downside, of course, is that it is also ripe for abuse; one wonders, for example, if very cheap computers will just mean an explosion in spam.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Check It Out..... Not Long to Go Now!


With only 4 days left to go until the Naked Chasm Jumpers blog is formally presented - you need to check out the Naked Chasm Reviews and let us know your thoughts:

1. Crossing the Chasm Book Review

The objective of this text is to summarise the key concepts which underpin Crossing the Chasm to provide a context to consider its key strengths and arguable limitations.

PLUS please check out whether the Crossing the Chasm Book can actually cross a chasm.

2. General Electrics IT Strategy Review
General Electric, or GE as it is commonly known, is the second largest company in the world and so how does a firm like GE use Information Technology (IT) to achieve its business goals.

Im sure you will agree that these are award winning articles!!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Guidelines for Success with your Skunk Works project

Found the following article on Digg and it provides guidelines for Skunk Works projects within IT Depts. The author states that...

"I've been hearing the term skunk works a lot lately, in reference to off-plan projects that are moving forward in all that "free time" people have in the IT department. Sometimes the term sounds slightly perjorative, but I like it when a project I am involved with is referred to in this way."

This seems to fit with what Peter was saying at our lecture yesterday - Skunk Works are making a come back.
Check out the full article here for full details

At last ITRIPS are legal in the UK... (phew)

Under the cover of darkness I and many others have been using an ITRIP - a device that is a FM transmitter that allows iPods and other MP3 players to play through car radios. A great bit of kit by all accounts. The reason for using it under the cover of darkness is that previously the use of a ITRIP has been illegal.

The devices fell foul of the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949, which forbids the use of radio equipment without a licence or an exemption. But strong consumer demand for the devices led Ofcom to rethink the legislation. As a result certain FM transmitters, which can be tuned to spare frequencies, will be legal from 8 December.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Real Naked Jumper Spotted...

We are just "have a go" Naked Chasm Jumpers - however, there are people out there doing it for real. A naked man darted from a sport-utility vehicle into a downtown Washington office building and then jumped to his death from the eighth floor!

However, the funny part of the story is that before it became apparent what was taking place, the city's parking inspectors reacted to the abandoned SUV by slapping a ticket on the front windscreen.

Ten Worst Internet Acquisitions Ever

As the market for acquiring fledgling Internet companies heats up again (following the previous Intenet bubble) it's worth taking a look at all those acquisitions that didn't quite work out. For every acquisition that's successful there seems to be dozens that die.

However, what is most interesting about this article is the repeated errors. Some of the largest firms in the world cannot learn from their competition - why don't they learn from others mistakes? Could this mean that recent acquisitions, such as YouTube by Google and Myspace, are destined for disaster?

Also how much money is being spent - in some cases not millions, but billions of dollars? It seems that only the Americans are making such huge mistakes. So in reverse order:
10. Hotmail - acquired by Microsoft for about $400 million

9. Skype - acquired by eBay for $2.6 billion.

8. MySimon - acquired by CNET in 1999 for $700 million.

7. - acquired by Excite@Home for $780 million

6. Lycos - acquired by Terra Networks for $4.6 billion.

5. Netscape - acquired by AOL for $4.2 billion.

4. GeoCities - acquired by Yahoo! for $3.56 billion.

3. Excite - acquired by @Home in 1999 for $6.7 billion.

2. AOL - merged with TimeWarner in 2000.

1. - acquired by Yahoo! for $5 billion.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Building A Better Skunk Works by IBM

At our MBA lecture last week we were introduced to the concept of "Skunk Works" which Lockheed have used to dramatic effect. This article details how IBM are using Skunk Works by placing some of their most talented executives in their risky startup ventures.

It is interesting to see that a huge organisation like IBM is using Skunk Works to become a more learning organisation and develop new ideas outside the main business.