Saturday, December 17, 2005

Bill Gates' "Think week" (2004)

Bill Gates has a habit of "Think Week". It is taking a week off every year and spend it reading the latest research papers that he wouldn't have time to read normally. This is not that a unique concept nowadays because a lot executives do "corporate retreat", which is a very similar thing.
The link here points to a "eWeek" interview with Gates about his think week in 2004. I know we are approaching the end of 2005 but I am still excited to read about it.
He has talked about his routine in the think week. Basically it's just Reading + daily necessities (sleep, eat, etc). He makes commentary about each piece he has read. I think this is a brilliant idea! Everybody knows the benefit of writing comments on what we read. But we don't do it often at all because there are just more stuff than we could ever read! However, I think it is wise to trade a bit of reading time into writing time because the benefits is just so huge that we wouldn't consiously give away. We need to write something to really digest the information and recall it easily when we need later.
Blogging is a perfect place to write the commentaries. Especially a blog without many audiences, I wouldn't worry about boring my audiences to death :)

OK, here is this article's summary:

Gates is paying attention to microporcessing.
Gates has started reading about wireless tech in depth. He has pointed out Ultra-wideband and WiMax (802.16)
Gates is closely watching security. He has written a memo about IPSEC (IP security protocol)
Machine Translation (a research funded by Microsoft) is making good progress that English help docs can be translated to Spanish automatically and users don't tell significant difference from the human translated stuff.
Gates considers XML to be the next single big thing in IT. Every web services on the planet can be used as a subroutine of your system. This is a really powerful statement. MSFT and IBM has organized a few interop fest to crystalise the standard. Smart move !
Security is the highest pirority in MSFT. Longhorn is pushed back for this reason.
The big products coming before Longhorn are mainly infrastructural. Normal customers wouldn't even notice when they are deployed.
Visual Studio 2005 (codename) Whitehorse will allow visual designing of web services and visual customisation of relationship between application and deployment. Visual modeling is a hot topic. IBM's Rational group is doing some interesting things on this as well and they have Eclipse. Gates said UML is not the full answer to modeling. He think Modeling should be so powerful that businesses can directly use it to customise their enterpise solutions visually.


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