Monday, May 29, 2017

UBER for Vets And Others

What's this?

Imagine the following
  1. Single parent needs one of the friends to give a ride to their kid(s) to/from school.
  2. Vet needs a ride to VA Hospital or the nearest mall.

Their choices are

  1. Call UBER/taxi
  2. Call Friends and ask
  3. Go on WhatsApp to their network for friends?  Or, their group of car poolers/drivers that have offered to help?

Can we make it better?

  1. What if taxi was cost prohibitive like it is for most on a fixed income?
  2. What of calling friends and playing tag takes too long?
  3. Would WhatsApp work? What if you are new to the area or would like to reach out to trusted parties for help?

Imagine now that there is an organization that serves the person since they belong to a group.  Here is what I think it could look like but I need help to see if it makes sense and is viable.

Single parent is part of a group of school parents that they trust. 
  • They can the rideShare App and ask those parents via the App for a ride.  
  • And, they can add  their trusted circle of neighbours, friends, family but this set of folks are not part of the "trusted parents from school" group.  
  • But, both get the request. 
  •  First person to respond with a confirmation wins and others get to know that the request was fulfilled.

Imagine that the VA verifies (background check) a set of volunteers in the Valley. 
  • They are part of the RideShare Program.  
  • Any other VA could come to this group and ask for a ride.  
  • Any volunteer that can meet the need can respond and everyone else would know that the need was met.

Would people use this?  Would it be of value?  Let me know.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Helping hands for Vets

There are several different ways that people go out and help their local community, people in their state/country/world.  I am saddened by -

And, then I saw -  This organization wants to build a memorial wall and then an area for families to meet.  But, is there something else that can be done? 

Imagine if you will...

A Vet wants a ride to go to somewhere.  How do they reach out to someone for help?  An 'UBER for Vets' concept. 

So, can we build an UBER for vets where the Vet has a trusted network and the drivers are trusted by this vet or by the Operation Welcome Home folks?  Wouldn't it be great to have an app that facilitates
 the above?

Want to help build that?  I am starting slowly but looking for help.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Digital Everywhere

The mobile apps got here 3-4 years ago when I benefited from a better app from the airlines and hotels.  But, what about becoming digital?

We see it now with mobile checkin, mobile wallets and MFS (  And, of course, the Apple and AT&T experience where the clunky POS is long gone.  Yes, Apple Pay has now made payments digital.

The next frontier is the Connected Car, Digital Home and IoT (though aren't the first two examples of IoT?). These are cool technologies (Zetta from Apigee is unique amongst many but I may be biased):

But, they are building blocks!!!

Digital starts showing up when external 'apps' start working  with my ecosystem to help me

Now, we can see how the world will change and it won't be because of the 'app' in your pocket!!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

IPtables on Centos 6.3

Tomcat 6 on CentOS 6.3 installation is a breeze...lots of how-tos out there:


But, why not mention IP Tables.

  1. vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables
  2. #enter this line after the SSH line and NOT at the bottom of the file
  3. -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 8080  -j ACCEPT
  4. /etc/init.d/iptables restart

Now, you are set.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Coolest KnowNow Apps - Whiteboard

A long time ago (crica 2003/4) there was an app created to allow an energy broker to trade futures. This app presented on single page with the various futures that were traded in a grid format. The brokers could place bid/asks on behalf of their clients and close deals.

I actually saw this same page on a huge whiteboard at the energy brokers company.

What was awesome about this? That we have an AJAX application at that time and it was a business application used every day!

GoDaddy Windows + Wordpress won't work

This was a painful lesson.

  1. Talked to GoDaddy and they say you can use WordPress w/ Windows account
  2. Download was easy, setup was easy, and I could write new posts to the blog and create new pages.
  3. Tried to change the configuration and that's where it fell apart.
I used K2, Tarski and the default Kubrick themes to test out if I could change options and none of them seemed to work. A few days of debugging showed that some of the options were not created in MySQL! Some more research showed just a slew of weird behavior :-(

Called GoDaddy again and they said "we don't support WordPress on Windows accounts!" Well, I sure wish they had told me that before I debugged PHP and the various themes!

So, DotNetNuke that will support the non-profit organization's web site. It actually downloaded easily and I was able to quickly create a site leveraging several different modules!

Yeah, I know - most of you are saying GoDaddy? Windows? Why didn't you use the LAMP stack that you know so well. I said non-profit organization, right? And, we have a custom ASP app that locked us into Windows.

Friday, June 27, 2008

KnowNow's secret sauce

I was contemplating what was so special about KnowNow and I came up w/ two features that encapsulate it all:

Dynamic creation of topics while enforcing permissions

The event router allowed you to create any topic and posts messages to them. And, anyone with the permissions could consume those messages. For e.g. let's say you run a web site and want to allow users on the web site to chat w/ each other - gmail supports this! How do you allow two users , say Fred & George, to start chatting with each other?

  • Your back end systems need to create a secure channel where just the two of them can communicate and others cannot snoop, or even know of this conversation. How would you do this in JMS?
  • What if Fred wants invite Harry into the conversation? Now, Fred needs to give permission to Harry to be able to read and write from that channel.

Imagine hundreds of such conversations and you run into problems with database storage, and near real time delivery. How does the server 'push' the information out?

Real time delivery to the browser

OK, so RIA is prevalent now. Well, it wasn't 7 years ago, I guess I would say it wasn't 4 years ago. Rohit & Adam's vision did come to reality!

Point is that with Comet and Ajax we now have browser apps that come close to rivaling fat applications on the desktop. Google docs is a great example! But, KnowNow could have given you that ability back in 2002! For your own applications on your web site!

I wonder if others out there (ex-KN, customers, or partners) think that some other features were unique???

It was a blast while it lasted!

UBER for Vets And Others

What's this? Imagine the following Single parent needs one of the friends to give a ride to their kid(s) to/from school. Vet needs...