Wednesday, August 31, 2005

How to Make Phone Calls Without a Telephone - New York Times

New York Times says.....
How to Make Phone Calls Without a Telephone
Published: September 1, 2005
Internet telephone service is well on its way into the mainstream.

Companies like Vonage, using a technology called voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP, offer cheap long-distance rates and features not found with conventional phone service. Cable giants, too, are taking Internet phones to the masses.Now a subset of VoIP services, called PC-to-phone service, is gaining momentum. With these services, users can make calls to and receive calls from regular phones on their PC's as long they have a broadband connection, VoIP software downloaded from the Web and a headset.One advantage of such services is the ability to make calls through an Internet-connected laptop when cellular service is unreliable. Many people also prefer the convenience of talking while working on a PC; the services can operate while you are doing other tasks on the computer. Another advantage is price. PC-to-phone VoIP rates are less expensive than conventional phone calls and in many cases cheaper than phone-to-phone VoIP services, which route calls through broadband modems to regular phones.Early versions of these services have been around since the late 1990's, but the rise of Skype, a mostly free VoIP service using file-sharing technology, has increased competition in the field.


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

There Is No Such Thing as User-Generated Content

Nivi said ..

User-generated content is all the rage! Unfortunately, there is no such thing.

Users are not interested in generating content.

They are interested in communicating.

Blogs are not content. They are communication.

The “15 million” bloggers out there do not consider themselves publishers. Probably only a few hundred or a thousand of those bloggers are “publishing”. The rest of them are communicating. Just like they communicate over email or telephone or IM. They are regular folks who are just talking.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

How to Save the World

Dave Pollard writes: "Alex Pattakos' book Prisoners of our Thoughts synthesizes the work of death camp survivor Viktor Frankl down to seven key principles that will help you be happier and more successful in your life:

1. Exercise the freedom to choose your own attitude
2. Know your 'why', and discover your higher purpose
3. Overcome your fears through self-knowledge
4. Don't try too hard or delude yourself, so you don't work against your self-interest
5. See yourself from a distance, so you 'get outside yourself'
6. Shift your 'frame', your focus of attention, so you can see things differently
7. Get beyond your own self-interest, and connect with community and the world"

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Apple, Microsoft duel over iPod patent

Business Week: Apple Vs Microsoft on iPod
"AUG. 16 9:04 P.M. ET Given the intense rivalry between Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corp., this recent revelation had a comedic tinge: Apple took too long to file a patent on part of its blockbuster iPod music players, so Microsoft beat Apple to it.

Bloggers and other tech pundits snickered at the prospect of Steve Jobs having to pay Bill Gates royalties on the beloved iPods, which account for more than one-third of Apple's revenue. One Web columnist even dubbed the patent office the 'iPod killer.'more...

But that scenario is unlikely."

From Reality TV to Reality Ads

Advertising with a Difference
Led by the Dove 'beauties' campaign featuring real women rather than perfect models, these ads seem to be striking a chord with consumers
An odd thing happened at Ogilvy and Mather's Chicago office this spring. An emotional father called the ad agency's managing partner, Debora Boyda, thanking her for creating the Dove soap campaign that features decidedly ordinary-looking women in their underwear. Not skinny, beautiful models here. Just randomly selected women who tout their use of Dove soap."

BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » Konfeedulator: Feedthink meets widgethink

Jeff Jarvis wrote: "Yahoo is buying Konfabulator, the neat program that lets you place all kinds of constantly updated widgets on your computer and lets all kinds of creative and generous people write those widgets. Apple — the great copycat — snarfed up the idea for its OSX dashboard. In the old days, we would have said that Yahoo is fighting Microsoft and Apple to take over the operating system or the desktop."more....

Bid your name into a Grisham novel | CNET

CNET Reports: Bid your name into a Grisham novel
"A group of American authors has decided to auction names of characters in their forthcoming novels, in a bid to raise funds for the First Amendment Project.

Using eBay, the authors will auction the character names using the auction portal's charity listings, Giving Works. People can submit bids on behalf of their own name or any other name they choose during the auction series, which is scheduled to run between Sept. 1 and Sept. 25. The money raised will be donated to the FAP, a nonprofit organization promoting freedom of information and expression.

The idea for the auction came from Neil Gaiman, who recently sold off the name of a cruise liner in his upcoming novel, 'Anansi Boys,' for $35,000 on eBay. The proceeds were donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund."

My comment: I wonder where the worl is going to be now......

From Web page to Web platform | CNET

CNET News reports: From Web page to Web platform
"What do you get if you cross Google Maps with an online gas-price tracker? A shift in the way the Web works.

The advent of the Web 10 years ago opened up vast banks of information to anyone with an Internet connection. Now, clever programming tricks that use data from public Web sites are letting developers mix up that information to suit consumers' particular needs.

Cheap Gas, a Google Maps-powered interface, is part of the phenomenon. Dozens of such nifty 'mash up' programs, built by independent developers using tools provided by online businesses, provide services beyond those of the base sites." more....

The Seeds of the Next Silicon Valley

Business Week said :- "The Seeds of the Next Silicon Valley
How Indian tech companies are helping to incubate startups

At the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus in Kharagpur, near Calcutta, a small team of engineers is beavering away on what they hope will prove a killer competitor to the BlackBerry. At IIT Bombay, an earth sciences professor is about to launch a company that will tap the vapor of geothermal springs to drive turbines, generators, and power stations -- the first company to do so in India. Across the country, at IIT Madras, students and professors have spun off a startup that's working on a no-frills network computer aimed at the Asian corporate and government markets that will sell for just $100. 'We dream of building billion-dollar-product companies here,' says Ashok Jhunjhunwala, an electrical engineering professor at IIT Madras. 'We believe we have laid the foundation for them.'" more:

Monday, August 08, 2005

Circle of Innovation-Tom Peters

I bought a book yesterday "Circle of Innovation". Truly a different book. A must read, I nearly finished half of the same. He explains the WOW factor. Nothing is greater than the WOW factor. Will keep this blog updated as and when I finish the book.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Invention intervention--fixing the patent system | CNET

Patent system's problems defy easy solutions
By Michael Kanellos
August 4, 2005

In the early 1800s, the U.S. patent office was housed at a converted hotel in Washington, D.C., and when applications were approved, a clerk would ride the agency's pony across town to get the president's signature on them.

Reliance on the horse was a sign of the 'primitive state of the country and of the patent office at the time, where the quickest way to deliver messages around the city of Washington was by a boy on a pony,' according to 'The Patent Office Pony,' by Kenneth W. Dobyns. He also writes that in 1835, the office issued 757 patents."

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Tour de Office

"The last km was a sweating one, I could see the destination, a large blue building, with glass panes..... my office". I shifted my gears and pushed harder, no I'm not driving, I was cycling. It all started with my crazy idea of cycling from home to office(Jayanagar 9th Block to Whitefield, about 22 km). I had mentally divided this into stages, thought I stopped and rested only once for about 5min. The scariest part of the expedition was going over the Marathahalli Bridge, the truck drivers seem to eat you up there, scary. The whole tour took about 1hr 10min. What dissappointed me, was the building security insisted that I park outside, even when our company has a parking lot. As i said in my earlier blog, it is shameful.

Now I've got to think about going back home, sans the dust and pollution.....

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Lack of usage impairs ERP | CNET

Lack of usage impairs ERP
Published: August 2, 2005, 11:16 AM PDT
By Matt Hines
"In a statistical illustration that software adoption remains a top challenge in enterprise applications, researchers said Tuesday that nearly half of all licenses for enterprise resource planning software go unused.

According to a report released by AMR Research, based on the Boston firm's recent survey of 271 companies that have already purchased the systems, some 46 percent of all ERP 'seats' remain uninstalled. ERP applications, marketed by vendors such as Oracle and SAP, typically address the automation of fundamental business processes such as accounting, finance and human resources.

AMR said the high number of unused licenses most likely explains the relative sluggishness of the ERP market over the past several years. The research company believes many customers purchased more licenses than they actually needed during the economic downturn from 2001 to 2003. Those companies were likely attempting to invest in systems they had already installed rather than spend on new technologies and subsequently went too far....

New Paradigm - REST

Web Services are making a headway into the world of software production(please note from now on after my earlier blog, I prefer to use the manufacturing terms for software). One of the key concepts which are defined is REST(Representational State Transfer). This is a Phd Dissertation by Roy Fielding in 2000. Interesting stuff, where he says that keep all your elements of your architecture losely coupled, and get them to communicate via XML. Say, you have 4 layers, Presentation, Presentation Logic, Business Logic and the Data Access Layer(I'm not considering the database layer as generally we do not use XML DB's). Presentation itself is an XML layer, considering the advent of XFORMS, which is going to revelutionize the front end world. Presentation Logic can be written in any language comfortable, so to the Business logic. The communication paradigm between these two could be a company's internal standards as well as a commonly acceptable standards. This not only allows communication between systems, but also between layers of a system, which would allow us to Loosely Couple the components. An intermediate interface layer which converts data to XML, or objects to XML, would also be a part of this paradigm.

I guess this kind of technology is going to create a new way we would use software, we would call the oracle service which is really losely coupled, to store our datasets. We would call Macromedia flex via the same, to show our front ends, we would call SAP's business logic, and at the same time, have our own business logic, to talk to others.

The logical start point and end points in such a framework would be XML


Just for the record. Oracle Bought in 41% of iflex for $909 million

Monday, August 01, 2005

Manufacturing of Software

After the advent of companies who provide services alone for various streams, software is no more going to be written, but it is going to be assembled, either by humans as to what they want of by "Software Agents" who would recognise the immediate requirement. I clearly can see a picture, where software is going to be built like a car in a manufacturing unit, where you take every section of the car and fit it in the right places to get a car of your requirement. The real challenge to this process is to build the right tools to do the same. Once this is done, software is no more the world of programming, but Manufacturing. This is going to make a huge difference in the consumption of software too. Prices will plummet to never seen zones, companies would focus more on providing content and experience to the real world usage than to create applications, which the users will bend to use accordinly.

Scenes from day today happenings.

Some of the scenes I notice everyday
- Swollen faces of kids going to school.
- Browed faces of employees going to office.
- Angry faces of drivers on the road.
- Dissatisfied faces of people in the bust stops
- Confused faces of college students.
- Painful faces ... ofcourse of people in pain.


Why have we forgotten the concept of smiling laughing, enjoying every moment. Why don't we consider every moment of our lives as the last moment we would ever live and smile,laugh. Everybody floats mails around, on the virtues of smiling, but rarely do they smile or laugh. I see people in office, saying hello, but no smile attached to it. WHY?????

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