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Wednesday, April 27, 2005, 2:22 PM

Microsoft Challenge

The start something thing for Microsoft is a contest for designing the next generation OS/ Windows PC. They are going to give someone $125,000.

The Challenge
Rethink the Windows-based PC experience today and the role it plays in people's lives. Envision how the digital lifestyle—from personal productivity at work or home, to entertainment, mobility, lifestyle and form—all play a part in development. Think big, be bold, and inspiring, but pay attention to sustainable technologies, and ecological and environmental innovation."

Tuesday, April 26, 2005, 11:08 AM

Blogs Will Change Your Business

"Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up...or catch you later" -Bussiness Week



Blogging making it to International BusinessWeek cover story.

Friday, April 22, 2005, 9:57 AM

OutSourcing: Out on sea waves

Geeks are enthralled by the story that a San Diego company called SeaCode is purchasing a cruise liner, is then going to pick up a shipload of 600 Indian coders, and park the boat in international waters three miles off the coast of Los Angeles. That way outsourcers can pay Indian prices but enjoy proximity and local time zones.

Source:Sea-code
SeaCode claims to have raised the capital to buy the boat which could cost as much as $300M and will hit their first port-of-call in months.

It sounds silly to me... lets wait & see how is that different being porting Indian code talents to foreign lands.

Read more here

Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 7:58 PM

And a fabulous team

You need something inside and few things outside. Importantly you need a fabulous dedicated team to work with you.

Jeff Wuorio shares 6 tips to hire technology pro:
  • First, evaluate where in your business a tech pro will fit best.
  • Make sure your hire can build a bridge.
  • Have candidates show you documentation of their work.
  • Make certain whoever you hire has people skills.
  • Make sure your tech pro has broad expertise.
  • Map out your interviews strategically.
Read the details here.

The Startup Ecosystem

Its not just you need to have it in you to make it big, you need to have a conducive ecosystem as well.

"The things that makes any area conducive to business creation (the Bay Area or Boston or Austin or wherever) are an entrepreneurial culture and a supportive ecosystem of institutions and professionals. While it is certainly possible to create great businesses without those things, it is far more challenging. Places like the Bay Area tend to have a disproportionate number of individuals who are willing to bet on risky ventures. And they have a disproportionate number of lawyers, bankers, investors, accountants who have an expertise in business creation. In combination, all these things are self reenforcing and create an even stronger startup culture, which in turn creates a stronger drive towards business creation, which in turn fuels an economy of startup-focused service providers, which in turn lubricates the funding process, which in turn promotes startup growth, which in turn creates an even stronger startup culture, and so on" - David on VentureBlog

Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 10:04 AM

Japanese meet@ Bangalore

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Coffee day, Brigade Rd.
Bangalore, India

My short stint at Tokyo back in 2003 gave me a glimpse of what Japanese culture is. And that led to my interest to learn more of Japanese language and japanese culture.

I felt elated when I found a japanese speaking group in Bangalore who shares the same enthusiasm. It was really fun to be amongst them and we had fun at coffee and over korean delicacy.

This group is soon to have a website and an e-group to form a common interaction platform. Will post as soon as its up.

We are meeting again at International Marathon on 15th May. Looking forward to have lots of fun filled learnings :)

Friday, April 15, 2005, 2:46 PM

Do you have it in you?



"The best way to become an entrepreneur is to jump into the water and get your feet wet", said several successful businessmen at the Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Conference.

I am just wondering if there is someone who knows about Hotmail story and does not get impressed by Sabeer. Though he was not a college drop out unlike other tech stalwarts, Bill .... above HBS conclusion still holds true

Thursday, April 14, 2005, 11:54 AM

University checks attendance by phone

A Japanese university has started using mobile phones in a new plan to thwart attendance cheats.

"Under the plan, students at Aomori University, upon entering a class, must use a mobile phone to e-mail a number their teacher will show them as the lesson begins. This number connects to a college administrators' site.

Administrators then randomly select five to 10 students who have claimed attendance and send them a reply.

Those receiving the reply must stand up in the classroom and give their name. The random selection aims to prevent students from helping absentee pals skirt the attendance requirement."

via [textually.org]<[News.in]

Tuesday, April 12, 2005, 7:54 PM

Bluetooth(ed)

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I just configured a bluetooth usb dongle with my old compaq laptop with nokia 6600 phone.

<-- some of the fantastic pics to share with, which i transferred using new personal bluetooth network.

I would have preferred flickr's mobile option for directly posting those mob-pics to blog, but that dosn't seems to be working perfectly with Nokia 6600.

Any ways, keep looking for more pictorial presentations on this blog...

Wednesday, April 06, 2005, 3:04 PM

Plaxo is safe & great

I stopped using Plaxo for a while after I heard from some of my friends that it keep my personal information in the personal domain & probably that may result in lot of SPAM to me and to other on my contact address book.

But then I got interfaced to Stacy ( Plaxo's Privacy officer) via by friend Mark who is working with Plaxo. I have raised the same privacy & spam issue to her and Stacy reverted with following 6 point privacy practices they follow:

- Your Information is your own and you decide who will have access to it.

- You maintain ownership rights to Your Information, even if there is a business transition or policy change.

- You may add, delete, or modify Your Information at any time.

- Plaxo will not update or modify Your Information without your permission.

- Plaxo will not sell, exchange, or otherwise share Your Information with third parties, unless required by law or in accordance with your instructions.

- Plaxo does not send spam, maintain spam mailing lists, or support the activities of spammers.

Makes sense...isnt. I am back with plaxo now and I am also trying their wap version.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005, 7:41 PM

Users dont know what they want

If you are into a company which makes products, and you feel that the best approach to build a product is to ask the end-user what do they want, probably you are WRONG.

Few of the great products which have been built around till date in software domain are created on & around "fabulous ideas" and not on the feedback from the end-users. Reason being, end-user is not an expert on it and does not understand what that technology can do for them( otherwise the end-user would have invented something and you would have been the end user)

Marc Andreesen’s invention of the modern Internet browser is one example.

Tim Berner-Lee’s invention of the WorldWideWeb without which there would have been nothing to browse is another example.

Offcourse user's feedback is necessary once the product is out of lab, but as truely said by Tom, users dont know what they want.

Tom, thanks for sharing this wonderful peice of information. I am literally too young to remember about VisiCalc, the first ever computer based spreadsheets.

R World: Ringing the cash register for Reliance

Reliance Infocomm (a Reliance group company)has made their R-world services( CDMA based internet browsing facility) pay-by-use on this April 1st, but it has already crossed the figure of 1 crores rupees in just 2 days!!

Few of the reasons which I percieve for this huge quick money generation is their announcement strategy.
  • Reliance announced it on April 1st, which is a International fool's day and probably people did not took it seriously.
  • There was enough rumours for about a year in the market that R-world can be made pay-by-use but there was not enough advertisements stating the official start of pay-by-tarriff model of R-World.
  • Their announcement of the pay-per-use tarriff with ODI going on between Indian & Pakistan. India has big cricket fans.

Though Reliance infocomm has done good job providing various Value Added Services, there are many issues which still makes the enduser many a times miserable using Reliance phones. Hope we have better, faster & stable services with proper customer support (Their customer service agents really sucks).

Friday, April 01, 2005, 3:51 PM

How To Become A Hacker

I got some good comments online as well offline for my previous post on Hacker. Some of them have confusions between debgging & hacking and few are asking whether I want to be a hacker.

Sure, I am not trying to be a Hacker ( dont know if this happens by chance while I meander through the SiliconVerse-a Digital Universe). I just love to share the information & probably this is one of the spirits I have in common with hackers...

Here is one more interesting article on "How to become a Hacker".