Idea – Free Internet Part Of A Dual Part Movie

Why not take advantage of the Internet by which you can distribute data all over the world at a very low cost. The idea is to make movies into two parts. One that you can distribute and let the public watch for free and one longer part they pay a ticket for later at the cinema. The movie is meant to be watched both from the Internet and at the cinema. What is a proper length for the Internet part I don’t know but it probably should not be longer than 40 min like that of a short film. I believe this will generate a lot of interest for the whole movie.

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Idea – Machine Learning Based Cache?

I have written before how you can invent new things simply by giving yourself enough information for your imagination. You can do this by simply guessing the name of the possible invention. I do this by manipulating the existing name of the invention. Here for example I want to innovate the computer related cache.

Cache → Smart Cache → Machine Learning Based Cache

I don’t know how this would work but I feel the name could be an interesting start. I imagine a machine learning setup could decide what to store in the cache. At what time and for how long based on various inputs.

Perhaps one could also take advantage of machine learning when designing a process scheduler. In any case I believe it will be worth the research. This will move Linux on a path of becoming smarter.

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Idea – Machine Learning Inspired Cache and Scheduler For Linux

Idea – Dual/Multi Keyword Search In Text Editors?

The idea is simple. Could we implement a dual or multi keyword search syntax for ordinary search tasks in our text editors. I don’t know the best definition for such a keyword search but I can try. As far as I know you can now search for two keywords if you know what keyword comes after the first and if the editor has a search direction. My idea goes as follows. For a user defined number of rows find that area of rows that contains all the keywords and highlight them. I think the number of rows is often just one line.

So searching for the padding in some .css file becomes (10 row area).

Here the search failed for the exact string “main menu padding 10” so it continued with multi search.

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Idea – Rounded Corners For Paper Or Other Products

This idea is really simple. Even if you can maximize the area with sharp corners it might not be the most favorable surface for us to look at. I therefore suggest that whenever you see a sharp corner. You can ask yourself. What if a rounded corner would look better. Products that I think rounded corners would be suited for would be photo papers print outs, magazines, regular writing paper. For us computer nerds we could just add rounded corners for the image viewer or maybe for the whole desktop in Linux. Like an old black and white television.

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For the desktop I provided my rounded Ubuntu MATE. View the image in full screen for the maximum effect. Click on the image and in Firefox press F11. If this could be done with something similar to HTML, CSS then it would be pretty cool. With such Desktop CSS you could start to adapt pretty much everything.

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desktop { border-radius: 64px; }

Idea – A Wireless Replacement For The TV-Cable?

The idea is simple. A wireless replacement for the cable from the socket outlet to the TV should have come years ago. I think however you can make some prototype with two Raspberry Pi’s or maybe one raspberry pi and a Chromecast. The Raspberry Pi is placed at the socket outlet. You need a TV-card with cable input and a wireless dongle connected to it. The idea is then that you select the channel from the phone or tablet and let the Raspberry Pi stream the single channel to the TV. The video should be streamed with lossy compression for the sake of the bandwidth. The quality could suffer a little bit but I think the loss of trouble with cables is worth it. I mean you can place the TV where you want it to be.

Idea – A Wireless Replacement For The TV-Cable
Idea – A Wireless Replacement For The TV-Cable

Idea – Online Chat Support At The Tax Agency Website?

Often a series of simple questions are needed to resolve an issue for a customer. It can then be simply to much to fill in a form and communicate through email or inefficient to communicate through the phone. Thats why I propose an online chat that could have multiple functions like giving intelligent answers to questions that might require counter questions or simply give you some guidance.

Another idea would be to also have a function where you watch a real time screencast (video) in your browser where the web service person can visually show you how to navigate the site. I think these ideas are important for sites that are as complex as the tax agency web site and compliments each other.

Idea – An Example Of Guessing The Name Of An Invention

The idea is simple. As I described earlier. Every invention or innovation can be reduced to a name. Presented with a name of an invention could then be enough for your imagination to work on.

Example

Bathing Sponge → Water Sponge → Fluid Sponge → Gas Sponge

Now that you have guessed the name of the invention. You will try to figure out what a gas sponge could be. What could it be used for? What does it do, what does it look like and so on. From my primitive Google search there exist cement that stores some amount of gas. Maybe this sponge could suck up a particular gas from the air.

Idea – Open Source Small Project Collaboration?

I was thinking. Maybe there should exist a site where you can present and collaborate on small computing projects. I have lots of ideas that could be tested in a R/Scilab/Matlab environment. I’m sure others also have ideas that they need help to test.

An example of a small computing project I want to test.

Thinking about noise reduction. A start would be to look at a smaller scale of the photo. Usually that scaled down photo contains very little visible noise which is what I want. The objects I can see from that smaller image are the objects I want to keep. When zooming in I want to filter out those pixels that introduce new objects similar to the ones that we would call noise.

Idea – Database Of Creative Commons Licensed Math/Physics/… School Exercises?

The idea is simple. If more school exercises were released under an appropriate creative commons license then you have a legal way to share or modify those. I believe this is necessary to expand and protect the right to education. This open up the possibility of an open and free database of such appropriate creative commons licensed school material. If translated to different languages it would help a lot of people.

Idea – Online Stores With Multi-Design

When your business depends on consumer satisfaction why not provide the customer with a choice. Similar to physical stores that change their interior a virtual store can have multiple designs. Simply by pressing a button. Would it then be possible to have a familiar long term design and one rapidly improving one at the same time?

TIP – Print Your Contacts/Phone Number List From A PDF

The idea is to keep a paper backup of your contact list. On a smartphone this is really simple. Download “Contacts to PDF” on android or some similar program. In the program I would recommend you select Csv and load that converted file into LibreOffice Calc. This is because you can easily filter or remove unwanted entries in Calc. If you convert it to a PDF directly this is not possible. After you sorted the Csv file in Calc and saved it you can export it to a PDF or print it.

Idea – Two Problem Search Strategy

The idea is simple. When searching for new ideas you might want to try this approach. First pick a problem you want to think about. When you get stuck the idea is to simply change the target, change the problem to a similar one or one that you think resembles the first. After thinking about some similar problems. The answers you get when thinking about the first problem might be suitable for the similar problem. With this you get to utilize the work you put down thinking about the first problem. Then going forward with the similar problem might reveal something about the first problem.

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Idea – Private/Paid Chat Support For Linux?

I don’t know if this idea will work or not. But before you have a system good enough for people to pay for. You could have a system adapted for people to support their friends and relatives in an easy manner. In the example below moving the mouse to the right side border or some corner will show a pop up question area. Pressing this will initiate a chat window. In that you can write your question with text and images. Since we have a lot of free software on Linux. It might be a good idea if the most popular software are supported through this system besides the operating system. I’m thinking GIMP, LibreOffice, OpenShot, Audacity, VirtualBox and so on. If people were then able to improve their productivity in this way maybe they would reward this service.

Update

Thinking about this further. I would think it would be smart if the company or the employer would pay. Even if the questions to the chat support seem to be non work related. A more IT savvy staff is a good thing.

 

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Idea – Show Popularity Ranking And Price For Items Inside Physical Stores

My idea is simple. With connected e-ink displays for the price of items in physical stores. I thought why not implement an easy way for the customer to make a choice based on the popularity. Similar to the way you choose software based on the number of downloads or ranking here you could see what items are popular with some number representing the popularity. I think this could work for a lot of groups of items. The idea is to get information like the combined preference of a lot of customers to the individual customer in an easy way.

I think this additional information could convince you to buy a kind of product you might not have tried otherwise. Now that you see that it is popular.

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Idea – Solar Powered Sewing Machine And Other Tools

I believe we need to update a lot of our existing tools. To enhance the working capability of people in places without much electricity or non at all. The tools need to be very low power but with the same standard. The reason for the low power requirement is that it would be good if they were able to be charged by a solar panel. I believe besides a battery powered sewing machine a cordless screwdriver both could be made very useful in rural areas without electricity. If they could be charged by cheap solar power similar to phones I think it could be a success. I saw one company that shared batteries for different tools. I think this is good because if you have at least one extra battery one battery could be charged during use.

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Solar powered sewing machine for rural areas

Idea – Software Failure Prevention From Output Recognition?

I’m not a programmer so this will just be naive speculation on my part. Inspired by machine learning like face recognition. The idea is that not only are the inputs filtered to give valid outputs but output are also analyzed by computer recognition. If you get unexpected results, or unintended behavior. The recognition will catch this. If this works it would be like if a vehicle like an airplane had freewill. The output is all the time recognized and coinciding with the will (software) of the airplane.

Idea – Timed Sound Effects In Children Stories

A simple programming idea. When reading a children story on the tablet it should be easy to have sound effects. I think you could just add a button or an image in HTML that when pressed plays a sound or starts an animation with the sound. It could be pig sounds, strong wind or such. So when you read a story you could then time in some effects.

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Idea – Prepare The Brain By Guessing In Advance

The idea is simple. When watching science videos or other educational videos. Pause the video and make a guess of what the conclusions will be or something about the findings. I then assume that if your guess is accurate then there is a chance that the closely related additional guesses you made could also be true. With this you get information that you then can do research about. Otherwise if it does not coincide you get critical thinking.

Pause the video to make guesses. Then resume and compare.
Pause the video to make guesses. Then resume and compare.

Idea – The Educational Magazine

Since schoolbooks can be kind of dry and boring. I thought. Why not create a magazine series around the subjects. Here you can split the theory of the book into a number of magazines. I don’t know if it should be like a comic book but it could be enhanced with videos and conversations in podcast form to make it more fun. I think this could be a way to get adapted learning. Where students can select among many magazines that are more or less advanced. These magazines are not meant to be a replacement for the traditional books.

Idea – Card Terminal That Also Speaks The Amount

This idea is simple. Why not have card terminals that outputs an audio version of the text. For those who have trouble seeing I believe at least the amount should be spoken to them in those high quality computer voices. I think it will also catch some errors where for instance some extra zeros has been added.

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Card Terminal That Also Speaks The Amount