Google and Yahoo have been the source of a huge amount of knowledge and information for everyone and for me.
From my point of view, I also see that some small ideas can be very useful elsewhere are proobably not finding their way into daily life.
One such, I feel is that of sponsored translation cards.
- Whenever I go somewhere out of town, I often find a language problem. I have now almost mastered the art of communicating in sign language.
- But not everyone has the time or patience to do that. As Google and Yahoo have shown, certain solid content bundled with lots of ads is a good way of making money. And you just have to see the amount of money companies spend on ads.
- Ads can be put on paper, cloth, accessories, and in as well as on gadgets
So, I hereby release the following idea as free for anyone to use, no patents, Intellectual Property, or other fuzzwords (or FUDwords), no attribution, nothing. For Google and Yahoo, you can sell ads offline as well!
Let us say that you are going from UK to France. And you don’t know French. So, what I suggest you to do is to:
- Take blank paper pieces or cards cut out of cardboard or thick paper.
- On one side write the English word
- On the other side write the French word
- Use a large font size and cover up 50% of the card’s visible space with this information
- The other half of the surface can hold ads of any company that has to do with industries like tourism, cosmetics, hospitality, FMCGs, any popular consumer brands offering any products or sevices, for example, globally recognized financial institutions, Foreign Exchange companies, banks, Travel agencies, local hotels, local tourist spots, and so on.
- How many words?
Anyone who has travelled enough will tell you a good list.
- What about pictures? Of course! Better!
- What about sound? Hmmm… now it becomes interesting. Embedded flash memory. RFID-like data. IMO, to tackle social problems, social reform is a better solution with maximum ROI. RFIDs should be on weapons and ammunition, not on humans. Only then can crime reduce. Humans cannot shoot if the gun is disabled like Vista gets locked. But whatever, not our concern.
- Google and Yahoo can make nice bucks. The tourism industry can make lots of additions. Like a default set of phrases spoken out from the device or mobile phone.
- If you are carryng a laptop or a smart phone, just make some audio entries for the place which you are heading for.
- How do I make translations? Use Google, Yahoo, BabelFish, any, many. Executives or busy people, rather than asking the secretary to make cards, can simply purchase a pack for $5. So, for example, we have a English-to-French pack of cards. Or the Portuguese to English. And so on.
- If you think of it, no PC is required for this. And some small businesses will make both ends meet.
- Picture cards are best, but you need to keep in mind the local culture very well. You also need to prevent faux pas. But that is easy.
- And then…..
You can put Tux and GNU on both sides of the card and sell it as the Linux Translation Cards Pack. LTCP (pun) !!
- If you are really that eager to give Linux to *everyone*, you can put a Damn Small Linux card-CD with the pack of cards. The cards make you the money, DSL gives you and DSL some Linux users.
Just Damn it!
- And eventually … 2008 will become the year of the Linux Desktop!
So, Google, Yahoo, make Travel cards with ads!
But don’t make LTCP. Let the Linux guys do that and get more business. Linux people should make money. The GPL allows it pretty explicitly and although the License fee is absent, support can be paid for. And when, say 50% of the Desktop market frees up, and the next billion start using smart devices, Linux and Java are here to stay.
But G,Y, please don’t sue any smaller entity for this idea. I thought up ths idea myself and I am giving it out here for free for everyone to use as they see fit. (Your server logs will tell whether or not I looked at any Patents.) I don’t care for it because I can clearly see that in this information age, everyone gets the same ideas in software. Patenting software is either discrimination, not covert but overt, or, it is oligopoly.