Friday, February 24, 2006

From Brij Singh: One More Idea » Blog Archive » Running FM station with only $1

I like the fresh and no-holds barred approach of Rajdeep Sardesai’s IBN channel. Using a mixture of aggressive tone, sting led scoops, limited citizen journalism and lot of inexperienced news anchors this channel stands out from the pack with it’s freshness."

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Wearable game weaves clues into cloth

Wearable game weaves clues into cloth | CNET News.com: "That's because Edoc Laundry's first line, expected to launch March 1, literally weaves an episodic, multimedia game into the fabric of the garments. The Seattle-based company is believed to be the first to attempt such a fashion feat."

Sunday, February 19, 2006

From Genuine Curiosity Blog: Incompetence is wonderful

Various learning models I've encountered over the years talk about four stages of learning. I just read an article by Peter Bergulnd that reminded me of this - here's an excerptmore..

Addendum to the above writeup: I think we here in India reach Concious Incompentence very early, by looking at others, whereas we do not reach for Unconcious Incompentence. We always look for new things to happen/take over, but not master one thing properly. Especially todays generation, always want new things before even they could master old ones. Nobody believes in the 80/20 principle. Sometimes we think that we know a lot, yes we do know a lot 20% of it, which is used in situations only 80% of the time. However to solve problems of the rest 20% we need 80% of the knowledge.

Constant Concious Incompetence must go in this direction of trying to understand the rest 80%. This is when we can change the way we look at life and the way we live.

From Atanu Dey: The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

The prime directive that the Buddha gave to humanity was as simple as it was wise: First do no harm; then try to do good. Easy enough to state but it is astonishingly hard to follow for the average human being. Granted that the occasional human has flashes of genius, but these are rare and therefore shine brightly against a backdrop of all-pervasive darkness of the general stupidity of humanity at large. No one, present company included, is quite exempt from moments of supreme stupidity and random acts of senselessness. Stupidity is as much part of our human condition as our much vaunted rationality. Which is why it is so difficult to follow the Buddha’s directive: we are just not smart enough.more...

From Firefox:Spread Firefox don't be a fanatic

Note: This article has been re-written to communicate the ideas originally expressed more clearly.

In my opinion it's ridiculous to have "loyalty" to a company. I base my evaluation of products only on their own self-worth and merit as a product, and not on any pre-conceived opinions about the company that develops it or distributes it. Generalizing about the software of one company as a whole is, frankly, narrow-minded and readily worthy of ridicule. A comment such as 'Note also that Firefox users are in denial about the greatness of Microsoft's products.', would display a bias for Microsoft products and discredit whoever said it. Both sides are doing this, and often our side is a bit ruder about it. Of course you can often expect that if one application from a company is good that they have applied the same level of standard to their other applications, but you still have to try them out to see what you think of them.more...

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Line56.com: Oracle Acquisition Predictions

Oracle has acquired open source embedded database specialist Sleepycat, but the company's interest in open source companies may not stop there.

There's already been widespread speculation about Oracle's possible interest in JBoss (middleware) and Zend (development/scripting tools), but now an alert from AMR Research discusses other potential targets in open source business intelligence. Click here to find out more!

AMR named Actuate, JasperSoft, and Pentaho as Oracle's possible BI targets. "Each would give Oracle the ability to expand further into open source as it moves up the stack from middleware components and tools to more of an application flavor."

Oracle has good reasons to get deeper into open source, argues AMR, with such moves "enhancing its stake as a ubiquitous technology platform provider, a la IBM. A traditional software purchase model alone would eventually stymie Oracle's growth objectives."

Monday, February 13, 2006

From Premshree Blog: Yahoo User Interface Library

Premshree's (品速力) Personal Weblog: "Yahoo! just released the Yahoo! User Interface Library, under a BSD license. From the website:

The Yahoo! User Interface Library is a set of utilities and controls, written in JavaScript, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, HTML and AJAX. The UI Library Utilities facilitate the implementation of rich client-side features by enhancing and normalizing the developer's interface to important elements of the browser infrastructure (such as events, in-page HTTP requests and the DOM). The Yahoo UI Library Controls produce visual, interactive user interface elements on the page with just a few lines of code and an included CSS file. All the components in the Yahoo! User Interface Library have been released as open source under a BSD license and are free for all uses."

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Valentines Day?? Something to think about

A friend of mine(Mayukh Debnath) gave a beautiful analogy of what Valentines Day is, I quote him "We are supposed to start Tax Planning from the beginning of the year, but only during the end of the year we focus on out Tax saving investments, so what we need is a noose around our neck to do that, Valentines day is something similar. we are supposed to like a person all year round, but we get a day just to show that on Valentines Day".

Small devices Big Changes

I've always wondered, where the world is going to. Smaller chips, but faster throughput. Smaller music players, smaller computers, smaller laptops, smaller... well everything. ALMOST.

You don't see core changes, such as smaller electricity generators for the same amount of electricity to be generated. Smaller cars acheiveing off-road status,smaller cities sustaining growth in a sensible way. again ALMOST. Look at this article here We see in this case that smaller wind turbines producing the same effect of large turbines. If this can be done, in a low cost manner, it could revolutionise the world. But lo wait up. Things cannot just move because a small group is actually trying to do this. Do we think that a large country like US is going to stop using Oil?

Oil, it is the most important business for US. In the second half of the last century, they have waged wars,economically weakend countries to their knees(Quoting the idea from the book Confessions of an Economic Hitman). Do you really think that they woud promote such a technology to become viable? I don't think so, as long as Oil is controlled by them, alternative technologies would never surface. If not them, the OPEC, would align themselves to US to stop such a technology-shift(Bungling for humanity) to happen.

Alternative fuels, such as Bio-Diesel,Ethanol... are all fine, as long as still they are in the low consumption stage, if anybody has/will invent a technology to run cars on Water economically, this would never come to the forefront at the moment, till OPEC and US walk hand in hand.,,,

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Demo 2006: Simplify and ice cream from ZDNet.com

Demo 2006: Simplify and ice cream

Demo host Chris Shipley called upon the tech industry to simplify, simplify, echoing Henry David Thoreau. Personal computing has become much too complex…individuals are becoming overwhelmed…which has moved personal tech to point of diminishing returns.' Chris contends that many people may just sit out the market, and that the complexity and overload may stop or slow down acquisition of new technology until applications, devices and services don't have a steep learning curve or require a permission slip from an IT department. Simplify–this is the challenge, how to make computer more simple for individual.' She doesn't suggest dumbing down technology, but to simply bring it back from the 'brink of diminishing returns.'

She also noted that for many products, the line is blurred between professional and personal use. 'The difference between business and consumer is fading…we have to smarten up technology to make sure the products we buy as individuals meet our needs as business executives,' Chris said.

The first demo was a vending machine–MooBella–that makes ice cream. The machine creates the flavors (96 combinations) and flash freezes the ingredients (with a Linux-based software system), delivering scoops within 45 seconds. The vending machine can communicate sales data, track inventory and receive machine alerts. 'It takes ice cream where no ice cream gone before,' said company president Bruce Ginsberg. The company hopes that Starbucks will add MooBella machines to its stores, but for now the company is in test mode and looking for funding–beyond the $36 million already invested. "

When the Disruptor Breaks the Ceiling

The following entry was submitted by InnoBlog reader, Juan Pablo Vazquez Sampere. He is the Managing Director of Stratemic in Spain. He had the following to say about Openoffice and it's impact on Microsoft:


Openoffice.org has gone portable. The open-source office productivity suite has just introduced a sustaining innovation to build on its existing disruptive innovation path and to separate this product from the rest of the software-gadget-like products.

They have introduced a new simplified version of its office software that runs from a USB drive. This innovation allows non-consumers to use the Openoffice.org suite on computers not connected to the internet or that don’t have Openoffice.org installed.

But, why do I say non consumers when a user that wants to use the Openoffice.org software has it already installed in his personal computer? Because, according to the “jobs-to-be-done” theory (see The Innovator’s Dilemma Chapter 3) until now, the consumer was unable to use the software in all circumstances. In addition, this innovation is not like the previous sustaining innovations the open-source community has included in Openoffice.org. It is built upon the convenience differentiation factor allowing Openoffice.org to disrupt Microsoft Office inside its value network for the first time.

Before, Microsoft Office was the only office productivity suite that worked on any computer no matter whether or not it was connected to the internet. Now Openoffice.org can offer consumers this disruptive product in the same circumstances as Microsoft.

What are the possible reactions from Microsoft to this disruptive competitor? The value network has now been broken. Microsoft should make sure the sustaining innovation with on-demand Microsoft Office Live builds on improvements that not only will be valued by more demanding (and hence higher margin) consumers but will also be valued by lower-end consumers. If these two types of consumers are not seriously addressed in Microsoft’s strategy, they could find themselves serving only the very sophisticated upper end tier of consumers with the corresponding market shrinkage and loss of first-mover advantage.

Will Microsoft Office Live up to the challenge? Are infrastructural innovations capable of acting as a platform to introduce a sustaining innovation that will capture the next higher margin consumer and, at the same time, neutralize the disruptive competitor? Will Microsoft’s rigidities prevent them from reacting appropriately with Office Live?

Only time will tell …

Sunday, February 05, 2006

CNN.com - 25 words that hurt your resume - Jan 20, 2006

CNN.com - 25 words that hurt your resume - Jan 20, 2006: "So, you're experienced? Before you advertise this in your resume, be sure you can prove it.

Often, when job seekers try to sell themselves to potential employers, they load their resumes with vague claims that are transparent to hiring managers, according to Scott Bennett, author of 'The Elements of Resume Style' (AMACOM).

By contrast, the most successful job seekers avoid these vague phrases on their resumes in favor of accomplishments."more...

Indians alright by somebody ruling them?

I'm writing back after a very long time. Hope I can increase the frequency.

Yesterday(Sunday), I had a lot of time to think about things other than home and office, what struck my mind(during a nice hot showers where all ideas come to me), is that we Indians are being ruled.Here is my point of view.

Pre-Independence we were ruled by the British, which, with great difficulty were sent back. Now we are being ruled by MNC's.

India as a country, atleast in the IT sector is thriving because of MNC's. These multinationals who come here in the name of Globalization, actually come here for cheap labour only. Not for the quality of work that we can do. When I spoke to quite a few friends of mine who are from various MNC's the trend that I saw that emerged was, that none of the teams here in India, actually do breakthrough work for the company, they do other activities like testing,minor developments,support and maintenance and some amount of consulting. A lot of the work in terms of new innovations happening are still with the base countries.

I think I completely agree with such a business model of MNC's, because they want their countries to to grow, they want to make use of their population, their youth to develop new products no outsource the same. (Globalisation is this...)

However what I ask is , what are we doing to innovate more here? We work for MNC's for their products, but nothing is coming from India, take it IT, take it automobiles(I consider TATA as a true Indian brand making cars, others are assembling cars). So where is all the innovation going/happening??

Innovation in India is not HAPPENING. With people accepting mediocrity, things are not moving. We do not stand for our principles other than in Cricket(now I doubt that too), to say India is not a service country but we CAN DO INNOVATION. We are still happy with being an outsourcing country.

Somebody was mentioning that we are more concerned with power play and heirarchy in the society rather than real outputs. I don not know where this stems from, somebody says the caste system, however Suraj(a good friend of mine) says that caste system was made so that work can be distributed. I agree to this point, the question still remains is why no innovation now?

What we have to look at in the future is, we should be able to drive innovation into teh minds of everybody, in every process, in every industry, in every life. Every Indian must build a value system and live up to it. Every Indian must take pride that he/she drives around, uses a music system, uses a mobile..... "Made in India". Till then, we are going to be ruled by others as British ruled us.

Think about this friends, it is really a sorry state of affairs.,,

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