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Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 2:14 PM

Government planning to tap bloggers

With blogging having attained the status of most pervasive corporate PR tool, now its turn for Indian government to makeup its image using blogging.

If you are a serious blogger, the Indian government may just open its doors to you!

India is in the process of framing rules for granting accreditation to internet journalists and bloggers for the first time, taking a reality check on an evolving world of net writers who could shape opinion and who have already been granted access to official corridors in countries such as the US.

Complete story on EconomicTimes[you need to login using indiatimes ID]

Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 6:52 PM

Indian GSM operators for HSPDA

At one hand where TRAI is still working out the regulations for 3G mobile based services, GSM operators in India are already eyeing for HSPDA, which allows five times faster access rate as compared to current 3G standards.

In the race to offer higher data speeds to mobile users, GSM-based operators are now looking at deploying the latest technology called the High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) that promises to offer speeds that are five times faster than current 3G technology. [viaThe Hindu Business Line]

The move is aimed at countering the challenge from Reliance Infocomm's EV-DO (evolution data optimised) technology based on the CDMA platform.

With 14mbps of speed, its going to be major step towards the PC-mobile convergence.

Broadband through gas

Soon broadband over powerline will be the stale topic to discuss about as an innovative way to access internet.

A San Diego-start-up, Nethercomm Corp., is promising that it can deliver up to 10 gigabits per second broadband using natural gas pipelines.

The idea here is to encode the broadband signals using ultra wideband and beam them through the pipeline, and then at the gas meter, the signal is offloaded (using Nethercomm equipment off course) to on-the-premise wireline or wireless networks.

Do you feel like Wow!!

Nokia Challenges imagination

Nokia has openned a lounge for dreamers..............yeah dreamers who can dream & imagine about the cell phones. Cell phones as a pervasive, omnipresent tool.

It challenges to break the fence, the way you want to see & feel the phones..... probably you need to think again about mobiles as a small black box as a kid and start thinking otherway round.

Here is the link Nokia

Truely personal mobile devices

Mobile devices have been quoted as being 'personal' for many of the known reasons. It plays music for you, acts as camera, blogger tool, communication tool, it remains with you ....et. al.

But what it would be like if it can collect your personal behavioural statistical data as well...

Jennifer Bove's thesis project explores the changing role of the mobile phone as a personal device, and how it could be adapted to better fit an active context. [via we make money not art]



If mobile can capture & act on physiological data, we can soon have theme settings according to your state of motion and or your mobile can automatically dial-up your family doctor when you are struck with heart attack....

Thursday, May 12, 2005, 11:24 AM

Making Wrong Code Look Wrong

I have been reading posts by Joel on software for years and here comes a yet another tip for budding programmers.

He eloquently describes how "Making Wrong Code Look Wrong" by giving a analogy with a bakery supported by simple yet explanatory web-based programing example.

He says "This business of making wrong code look wrong depends on getting the right things close together in one place on the screen. When I’m looking at a string, in order to get the code right, I need to know, everywhere I see that string, whether it’s safe or unsafe. I don’t want that information to be in another file or on another page that I would have to scroll to. I have to be able to see it right there and that means a variable naming convention."

I am sure, this is not just useful for new programmers, but also an eye opener for some non-technical managers who tries to boss around. Tom has a wonderful post tackling non-technical boss genre.

Is that really Accelerating?


For the users who were bit late installing Google Accelerator, google says no to them. They are already full of the capacity.

I saved around 2.3hrs for approx 18 hours of search using google accelerator. That makes just 0.127% of decrease in search time.

Om questions about the need of this product itself and relates it to the google hype & possible data spying as pointed out before.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 3:08 PM

Blowing up Internet business model

Ever felt the need of a crosswebsite information while looking for a book or a particular topic of interest. How about if we can fetch & display related information from parallel portals while making some purchase decision.....

GreaseMonkey, a latest extension for firefox web browsers allows us to do so. It allows you to select, mix and present contents from various websites, to be displayed as and when required.

Its a fabulous toolfor end user for new web experience, providing enormous amount ofdata mining and intelligently meshing for new product ideas, but its going to be a challenge for the e-commerce websites to tackle the direct comparisions on thier websites itself.

I am wondering why mozilla developers named it 'Greasemonkey'...probably it makes the vertical search deep across the web as smooth as grease for monkey ( after all we all inherit from them ;-) )

This is how one can use greasemonkey..

You just need to have
1. Firefox 1.0.3
2. Greasemonkey Extension

Now you are all set to go.. you can write your own customised scripts or otherwise use some of the predefined scripts i have tried:

1. Greasemonkey can add persistent searches to Gmail with such transparency that you forget Google doesn’t provide this feature.

2. Greasemonkey can insert prices from competitive booksellers right into Amazon.

3. Greasemonkey can reduce the friction to using vertical search sites by automatically running vertical searches based on the context of your current web page.

How about if we can have ratings for different movies and price & availability for local theatres...or a cross blog script which displays a latest post on a hot topic like this..

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 10:06 AM

ScanSoft to acquire rival Nuance

ScanSoft Inc., a maker of speech recognition software, said Monday it has agreed to acquire rival Nuance Communications Inc. for $221 million. [via silliconvalley]



If I remember, in Q1 2003, ScanSoft buys out SpeechWorks, one of the successful speech technology company and not this a turn of Nuance making ScanSoft largest speech technology product and service provider company.

Monday, May 09, 2005, 10:43 AM

Microsoft challenge for Indian geeks



In a yet another attempt to tap the indian potential, Microsoft has announced a Challenge for Indian IT geeks.

"Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. invites you to put your genius to test to create the next Killer Application using the forthcoming development tools and mobile platforms in Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey) and coming up with the most ingenious Tips-and-Tricks for Windows Server 2003 deployment." Complete info

Earlier Microsoft has announced global challenge for next generation OS design


Thursday, May 05, 2005, 2:56 PM

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini,
originally created by Ruchit.
Its wonderful a wonderful tool to become picasso..

www.mrpicassohead.com

Adjacent are my strokes.. I named it 'Gemini 'click on it to zoom.

Google mining web

Google is out with their yet another tool known as Google Web Accelerator.

"Google Web Accelerator is an application that uses the power of Google's global computer network to make web pages load faster. Google Web Accelerator is easy to use; all you have to do is download and install it, and from then on many web pages will automatically load faster than before." says google.

After the installation all web access happends via google data server ( with some exception to secured connections) and probably caching in all your web activities(see privacy note).

I tried installing it on my machine with Mozilla but could not see the icons on the browser tool bar...its in beta says the google....Lets wait and watch the response from the the geeks if they scream again for subpoena

Wednesday, May 04, 2005, 3:57 PM

Cut the fence

One of the biggest inability of mobile operators to cash in the data services is because they believe they know best what any user would want to do with mobile data, and therefore keep their gardens fenced up high & tight.

Mike Masnick takes example from the Recording industry and advocates more involvement of Operator during the content development process and facilitating the small content innovators.

Best results come out when a company have the resources at the disposal as that of a big companies and act fast like small companies..

There are some good example amongst the operator's itself like KDDI which keeps just around 9% of the content revenues as against European and Indian operators which ranges from 50-80% and passing meager. If not getting directly involved in the content generation, giving away the bigger pie portion to developers supports the ecosystem.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005, 3:56 PM

Most innovative IT companies

Google is at position 2, Microsoft at 28, enough reasons to scare Bill gates.

"They're masters of technology and innovation. They're global thinkers driven by strategic vision. They're nimbler than Martha Stewart's PR team. They're The Wired 40."

See the latest rating by wired.com

Bill Gates on mobile



Gates believes the cellphone is THE platform to develop (and so do I), the portable space you have with(or will have soon) media players, cameras, GPS, digital wallets, Streaming entertainment and more..

Complete Interview by Engadget

Monday, May 02, 2005, 10:05 AM

Success Mantra for a team: diversified views

I do totally agree with Matt's view who says:

A management team that finds itself 100% in agreement, 100% of the time, is in trouble. A management team that can have disagreements and use that tension productively to drive decisions is much better off. Building such a team requires the CEO to seek out executives who view the world differently, who have the courage to speak their minds in the face of strong opposition, and who have the ability to see different points of view.

I have seen atleast one company which headed towards the downfall as the middle level manager(s) dont have courage to speak out their minds....the team broke apart.