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Thursday, March 31, 2005, 12:44 PM

The word "Hacker"


Steves Jobs and Wozniak
During my college days, my classmates started calling me hacker, when I cunningly fished few of them into my trap ( that was running on old Novell network) and did some silly tricks. They didnt knew that they are unknowingly demeaning the word Hacker.

Just wanted to share a wonderful essay by Paul revealing myths & mystries behind the word Hacker.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005, 2:44 PM

Human Area Networking Technology

NTT DoCoMo have developed a technology they call RedTacton, "which it claims can send data over the skin's surface at speeds of up to 2 Mbps -- equivalent to a fast broadband data connection. Your body could soon be the backbone of a broadband personal data network linking your mobile phone or MP3 player to a cordless headset, your digital camera to a PC or printer, and all the gadgets you carry around..." [via wirelesswatchjapan]

Can you forsee yourself syncronising & dumping your thoughts directly to a blog like this !!!

Monday, March 28, 2005, 6:32 PM

Want to analyse psychology: Observe ringtones

I know that someway or the other, the cell phone you are carrying conveys the individual's status in the society, which inturns depends on their spending capacity.

For example Nokia's series system. Nokia has considerably differentiated his mobile product line up. Larger the series number costlier is the device ( offcourse with richer feature set)
Nokia Series 90
Nokia Series 80
Nokia Series 60
Nokia Series 40
Nokia Series 30

But never knew that they can be used to reveals a lot about "Personality and flaws".

A survey by British company Tesco Mobile has revealed that, people who constantly change their tone to whatever is currently in the charts are unreliable characters.

Those who opt for classical music are regarded as pretentious, while ageing rockers can be easily identified by their polyphonic versions of classic tracks such as The Who's My Generation and Boston's More Than A Feeling.

If a phone boasts its owner's voice, or their partner or child, it means they are self-obsessed.

Men with rude or animal sounds as their ringtone are immature.

The survey also found 21 per cent of folk think having a standard phone ringtone is "uncool", indicates a lack of daring and fear of technology.

A quarter of phone users admit the first thing they do after buying a new phone is select a ringtone.

A post from ringtonia

Belated Happy Birthday Java!!

Java turned 10 on 23rd this month.


Though there isnt any announcement I heard from Sun, to mark this anniversary, Java has long way to go. Here is its evolution history arranged chronologically.

Congratulations James Gostling

Saturday, March 26, 2005, 1:22 PM

Japanese Word Processor

In response to one of my recent posting on "Early Japanese typewriters" I got a mail from my Japanese friend Noriko. I met her during my trip tp Tokyo in early 2003.

She has shared some interesting information with me. Guess you all would be interested to read her comments:
Hi Ruchit,

I think you might be interested in this site too. Please have a look.

http://www.toshiba.co.jp/kakan/en/history/1goki/1978wordpro.html

If this Japanese word processor was not invented, I don't think computers can never be so popular as they are in Japan.

I worked with the guy who developed this machine, and he was nice and smart. I learn some useful hints from him.

Have a happy weekend!

Noriko

Friday, March 25, 2005, 12:14 PM

Mobisodes: TV Serials for Mobile

China's first TV drama to be shown exclusively on mobile phones will begin shooting on 27 March. Entitled "Appointment," it will have five parts, with each only lasting five minutes. Catering to the interests of young people, who are more likely to watch TV plays on mobile phones, the drama is a romantic love story between a beautiful girl and two motorcycle riders, revealed Liu Hong, an official with the Beijing-based Leshi Media Group.


Nicole Richie will extend their outrageous reality series into the wireless space when Verizon Wireless launches "The Simple Life: Interns."

Thursday, March 24, 2005, 7:38 PM

Early Japanese typewriters

Determined to make their offices as efficient as those of the West, the Japanese invented a typewriter for their own complex writing system.

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The first one, appropriately named Model No. 1, appeared in 1915. Some minor improvements aside, the original design remained unchanged for several decades.

Video of a Japanese typewriter in action.

A post from wemakemoneynotart

Ringtones to full songs

My phone is ringing in a different mood today, I have just downloaded a cool polyphonic ringtones from Indiatimes 8888 services.

Ringtones has done it really well for value chain and continuing to do so. It is expected to reach US$ 4 billion by 2008

Now its time for full length music streaming/download to your cell phone, making it mobile-jukebox. Thanks to high speed networks and powerful phones.

Despite having many online streaming services like Rhapsody, LaunchCast & more. I still feel there is a huge gap to be filled in with media streaming on cellphones. Offcourse there are some intial friction over the lions' share between operator & labels. I think its more of a issue finding a better business model than anything else.

For those who are looking for the proof-of-concept, here is a news from wireless-watch-japan. KDDI's 'EZ Chaku Uta' music download services in japan has 3 million hits in just 4 months... wow

Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 3:34 PM

More on Agile

I found an interesting blog dedicated on Agile Testing.

Here is my previous posts on Xtreme programming tools.

Monday, March 21, 2005, 3:41 PM

Flickr has kicked the ass

I have been posting images on this blog using Ficker and the hottest news is, Flickr has been acquired by the Yahoo....wufff.

This definitely makes some sense as Yahoo is entering into blogging and flickr is one of the popular tool for posting images to blogs, but I am sure not many of us have understood why subject of this post is so assy......read ludicorp's philosphy here ;)

Sunday, March 20, 2005, 5:28 PM

Google Search: Dummies guide to how it works

Google
A google Search
Flow
Many of us wondered, what made google so successful. No doubt they have wonderful algorithms and ideas. ( click the adjacent image)

But they also follow 10 point Philosophy as listed.

How to become millionaire

With Laxmi Narayan Mittal (popularly called as LNM in his circle) ranked as third richest person in the globe by forbes, front covers, editorials, special stories are cluttered all over about him... and that starts spark, a dream to become dollar millionaire.


Here are some tips given by Economic Times on "how to become millionaire"

Friday, March 18, 2005, 11:57 AM

Google going Open Source

Yeah, its true....but fortunately or unfortunately you will have access to only some of the small code pieces ( read as projects) listed so far to optimse memory usage, core dumps ..and few more.

Its really a good strategy for google, which have been so far facing lot of criticism for being too closed for its Adsense logic, which made them $50bn giants...

Here is the link to Open Source Projects by google.

Probably this would also help google to find some bright programmers for its google labs.

Trackback from Haloscan

Lately, I was wondering that if I could know the people, their websites who have subscribed my RSS feed. Though I could not found any solution for the same so far, I found an Interesting tool which will help me track the links, where in other bloggers are quoting me :).

I have installed Haloscan trackback facility. Unfortunately installation caused all previous comments to vanish..... guess there is some error Haloscan trackback update. Hope to have some comments on it by Haloscan soon.

Wondering what is trackback, Click here.

Thanks fred et. al.

update: I backtracked the trackback option. It was irritating to find no email notification for comments for my blogs. Also previous comments were not visible after installing this.

Thursday, March 17, 2005, 12:05 PM

Localisation Efforts

I was trying to convert some cryptic looking ISCII files to Unicode characters this morning and I found a wonderful website ( bhashaIndia) by Microsoft focussed on its localisation efforts for Indian subcontinents. It hosts some wonderful tools/plugins which are free to download and are real value add for non-english Indian users. Webdunia, a non-bangalorean company, has done most part of it ( probably all).

Its not that WebDunia is only company in the India focussed on localization, there are few more out there, who had great software ideas & sharp minds.... but conking out slowly reason being, it takes much more than just having debt free money which they heir.

Saturday, March 12, 2005, 1:21 PM

Pornography drives Technology

Populations obviously wouldn’t grow without sex; many technologies wouldn’t either.

Internet, video cameras, camera phone, CTI Cards, Polariods, VCR, DVDs.... latest to join is iPod.

A corollary is that sex sells particularly well to almost the same demographic as new technology: young men. Very early adopters typically care more about the technology they are buying than the content available for it. That’s a good thing because there never is sufficient content until there is a market of people with the right players to look at and/or listen to it. The high margin and guaranteed demand for porn encourages its production early in the technology adoption cycle. Just when the market of early adopters is depleted, sexual content vastly expands the market for the device.

A wonderful insight on Unscientific Economics by Tom Evslin.

Thursday, March 10, 2005, 11:41 AM

Xtreme Programming #2: Some Testing tools

Continuing with my earlier post on XP#1, following are some wonderful testing tool available to exploit:

Bicycle Repair Man: The Bicycle Repair Man project is an attempt to create a refactoring browser for Python, using Extreme Programming techniques to deliver high quality functionality in as short a time frame as possible.

CppUnit: CppUnit is the C++ port of the famous JUnit framework for unit testing. Test output is in XML or text format for automatic testing and GUI based for supervised tests.

Mock Objects for C++: mockpp is a platform independent generic unit testing framework for C++. It's goal is to facilitate developing unit tests in the spirit of Mock Objects for Java, EasyMock and jMock.

pyUnitPerf: pyUnitPerf tests are meant to transparently add performance testing capabilities to existing pyUnit test suites. The pyUnitPerf framework introduces 2 new types of tests:
TimedTest: runs an existing pyUnit test case by imposing a limit to the time it takes to run the test.
LoadTest: runs an existing pyUnit test case by simulating concurrent users and iterations.

SUT: W3C Schema can quickly become complex and difficult to determine if they are validating the correct vocabulary. The addition of embedded Schematron schema only makes this problem worse. Schema Unit Test (SUT) introduces a framework for testing XML Schema.

testNG: The new generation of unit testing, using annotations and other innovative ideas.

Watir: Web Application Testing in Ruby. It is a library that enables you to automate tests for Web applications using Internet Explorer. Watir can do anything with IE that's supported by the Internet Explorer. That is, it can fill in forms, press buttons, follow hyperlinks, etc.

Selenium :Selenium is a test tool for web applications. Selenium tests run directly in a browsers, just as real users do. And they run in Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Firefox on Windows, Linux and Macintosh. No other test tool covers such a wide array of platforms.

Junit 3.8.1: Regression testing framework for the developer who implements unit tests in java.

JSystem: JSystem is a framework for writing and running automated tests, based on JUnit. Its main goal is to support automation of functional/system testin

There are so many of them for individual language/scripts namely for Ada, Flash ActionScript ,test frameworks for C 1 2 3 , C++, .NET framework, Delphi, Java framework for creation of acceptance tests for web applications, TagUnit, testing logical behavior of web pages, Macromedia Director , PHP3, PowerBuilder, Python, Transact-SQL, ASP, Visual Basic 6, VBA, XML

Developers, please do share your experiences with these tools..

Tuesday, March 08, 2005, 7:09 PM

The Rise of Innovation in Asia

Asian countries are no longer just a place to get cheap labor or programming skills. Innovation is on the rise.

India favored: "the work being outsourced goes beyond call centers and similar services to include research, HR functions, and engineering services"

A report from the Harvard Business School Asia Business Conference. Read here

Hacker helps wannabe biz students

A computer hacker helped applicants break into records at some of the most prestigious U.S. business schools Including Harvard Business School, to see if they were accepted weeks before official offers were sent out, officials said Friday, reports CNN

14 mbps on wireless, Its HSPDA

Forget about GPRS, +EDGE and even CDMA2000 which enables many of us to access internet at 115kpbs. HSPDA is a new avatar of wireless technology.


The HSDPA system is designed to allow users to view live streaming television among other mobile broadband services via their handsets. The companies claim the HSDPA system is seven times faster than Qualcomm Inc.’s code division multiple access (CDMA) evolution data optimized (EVDO) technology and five times faster than Europe’s wideband CDMA network. via Michael Sciannamea


A joint effort between South Korea’s LG Electronics and Canada’s Nortel Networks has brought about the development of a wireless phone that boasts transmission data speed of 14 megabits per second in the test environment. The phone is based on a new wireless broadband technology dubbed high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA).

Sunday, March 06, 2005, 12:42 PM

Time to LifeBlog life: Nokia

Nokia has came out with a new blog as LifeBlog which is essentially an effort to market thier high-end camera phone.

Nokia says:
Nokia Lifeblog is a PC and mobile phone software combination that effortlessly keeps a multimedia diary of the items you collect with your mobile phone. Lifeblog automatically organizes your photos, videos, text messages, and multimedia messages into a clear chronology you can easily browse, search, edit, and save....

Good to see another variant in the blogosphere.

It coincides with thier Nokiaimagine contest, for best MMS clicked.



Above are some of the MMS which i clicked meanwhile...:)

Xtreme programming #1

Happen to attend Agile India 2005@ Bangalore, India organised by Agile Software Community of India (ASCI).

Speakers include Bret Petichord, Fred George, Owen Rogers, and many more...

This was first ever introduction to Agile and eXtreme programming to me. Hopefully market will embrace such methodology which values more to business than to the process, as said bye somebody times before "documentations are just by-products of the process".

I guess most of the startup companies are partially following Agile Methodologies knowingly and unknowlingly as they dont get luxury of splendid resources and they just try not to allow documentation MUDA in the process doing only necessary scribbing.

I could not understood many parts of the whole conference, but I am really looking forward to take this ahead. Thanks to wonderful presentation "Agile from the Front Lines" by Fred George who delievered it with lot of humourous notes in between...

Saturday, March 05, 2005, 6:10 PM

Google...whats up there?

Early this year I heard that Google has bought rights for distributing domain names ( they say they want to understand the systems better), which followed by the news Google's interest in high capacity internet trans-continental backbone ( looks like wanted to provide IP call connectivity to end-users by just clicking on the adsense publishers.....)

And now heard about they just poached an OS guru from Microsoft.

Is it a time for Google OS?? or a more effective Adsense which will decide which banners to display depending upon the end-user's behavioural patterns (yes they can, they are already doing it at certain degree ) and not only on the content of the website ....wuff what a great Idea...Any takers :)

Friday, March 04, 2005, 5:51 PM

Why do I blog?

Ever wondered why do I blog???

Fernette & Brock gave me some more reasons....Its good for health.
1. Blogs can promote critical and analytical thinking.
2. Blogging can be a powerful promoter of creative, intuitive, and associational thinking.
3. Blogs promote analogical thinking.
4. Blogging is a powerful medium for increasing access and exposure to quality information.
5. Blogging combines the best of solitary reflection and social interaction.

Link: Blogging is good for health

Thanks for Jeff for making aware of this fact to all of your evid readers & bloggers.

Thursday, March 03, 2005, 10:20 AM

Raman's Effect: Effecting Intel

Scientists and Researches at the Intel Laboratories have developed a way to generate a continuous laser with a silicon device. This could perhaps become a giant step toward introducing optical interconnectivity in future processors, servers, and computers. The procedure make use of the popular Raman Effect and Intel has successfully built a transistor-like device which develops a continuous beam of light... read more

Happy Birthday Yahoo!!

Yahoo turns 10 and and invites you all for ice-cream by Baskin-Robins.


Source: www.kidsregen.org

It coincides with its new YSDN services ( doesn't it sounds similar, MSD...) which is Yahoo's Search Development Network ( APIs for search) , an effort to achieve something, what their search rivals Google has done sometime three years ago...

Tuesday, March 01, 2005, 10:02 AM

Its a hoax

We all become victims of hoax of varied level, but think about it, if it can be taken by two BIG CEOs..

I got a mail early this morning, which was about an old photograph from Popular Mechanics(1954) of what scientists believed a "home computer" would look like in fifty years (2004) ...


Scott McNealy( CEO, SunMicrosystems) and Mitch Kapor(Lotus founder) are amongst the other who got trapped in this hoax. Infact duo talked much about it in their official speech ( & blogs) later to find out the fizz...

In search of more info about this weired looking setup, I landed into an official web-page of Popular Mechanics to find the story here is a complete story

update: link to the above image is modified