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Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 5:27 PM

Asia leading wireless development

A PDF report from Lehman Brothers reveals that while we're still debating 3G in U.S., companies in Asia are pondering 4G...

This report includes some good details on India and also describes in detail the various next generation 4G alternatives such as WiMAX, CDMA2000 EV-DO Release A, HSDPA/HSUPA, TD-CDMA and Flash-OFDM.

Google going bullish

Ram Shriram, an Indian by origin was the first to invest in the Google , helping Google duo setting up out of their college dormitory and then to raising more capital and...

Since then, Google is touching the moon, Google shares touches $300 for the first time and are now up 260% since IPO.

Wondering how much would have VC firms and individual LPs have made money, check Burnham's post to find out how
Kleiner and Sequoia Turned their $12.5M into $4.3BN

Tuesday, June 28, 2005, 9:57 AM

Fish Philosophy: Choose your Attitude

I was reading FISH, gifted by my long time friend Upasna, and I really felt sharing the essence of this thin yet strong book with all of you.



WE ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE
THE WAY WE DO THE WORK,
EVEN IF THERE IS NO CHOICE
FOR THE WORK ITSELF



A must read for all the professionals....

Friday, June 24, 2005, 10:13 AM

10 Ways to Improve Cellphones

PC World’s Grace Aquino has come up with a list of 10 things she believes manufacturers should do to make handsets work better. They are:

10. Improve the Design
9. Label Phones With the Model Name
8. Enable Every Aspect of Bluetooth
7. Add a USB Port—and Supply a Cable
6. Simplify the User Interface
5. Enhance the Speaker and the Microphone
4. Make It Easy to Unlock GSM Phones
3. Allow Data Backups on Carrier Servers
2. Improve Network Coverage, Especially for Voice Calls
1. Improve Overall Performance

Michael says "Some of these are fairly obvious, but she makes good points, especially with numbers 9, 8, and 4."

Wednesday, June 22, 2005, 3:46 PM

Delete SMS remotely

Ever been into embarrassing situation of sending an sms to a wrong person, containing not-so-formal stuff...

Samsung has a solution for you.

Cellular News reports that Samsung has been awarded a patent (US2005124360) on a method of sending an SMS to a handset then being able to later send a "delete" command to the same phone to erase the SMS from the handset memory.

The patent is apparently aimed at people who mass broadcast messages and accidentally include incorrect people in the mailing list.

How about we use the same technique as a Digital Right Management Tool. As soon as a mobile user has read the SMS ( MMS??) , send a 'delete' sms command, so that it cannot be forwarded ahead to another phones... ^_^

Visualise your Radio



'Visual Radio' – The service allows listeners to tune in to FM radio and at the same time, view interactive information and graphics on their Nokia mobile handset. For example, one would be able to see the title and artist of a song playing on the radio, and participate in radio station promotions and various quiz programs interactively. Promoted by mobile major Nokia, a lot of FM broadcasters vying the increasing subscriber base in India – the concept is currently being evaluated by many with pilots in the offing.

“This would be a good way to merge synergies between a FM broadcaster and a telecom service provider. As both of them are looking at ways to increase profitability – technology driven concepts like this would make a lot of sense in developing markets like India,” Isokoski added.


Wondering, if we could have named it Interactive Radio analogous to Interactive TV.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005, 1:06 PM

Flickr Album



Flickr Album
Wanted to share a cool tool with you all, Flickr Album, which captures all of my pictures on Flickr and produce an album based on tag.

The best thing I liked is the realistic presentation of the album and feel of turning the real life album leaf..

Just created an album for Bangalore-Japanese meetup which we are having frequently, everytime with new zeal.

Here is the link for the album


Update: To see the pictures in the album, place mouse on the right bottom corner of the album. A fold will appear, drag it (while left mouse is pressed down) towards left, as if you are turning the page.

Who Will Google Buy Next?

News of Google outage coming again from OM . Though this time I have not heard the same from anyone else, I am sure increasing complexity in internetworking real data & growing size of subsidiary menagerie at Google are playing role in it.

Google, the Internet behemoth, is snatching up small companies left and right. Gautham sends me a link to a Andrevan post, who discusses possibilities for Googlification for some of the yet-to-acquire companies based on his analysis on acquired ones. Read here

Some of the aquisitions they made so far are Deja, Picasa, Blogger, Outride, Applied Symentics, Kaltix, Blogger, Keyhole, Zipdash...

Friday, June 17, 2005, 6:49 PM

skyping

We all liked and embraced Skype, Internet telephony that just works.

Video calls are coming to Skype, thanks to vSkype, a plug-in developed by Santa Cruz Networks. The company has just released a public beta, which for now works only on windows machines.



vSkype Beta allows users to securely conduct video calls in groups from 2 to 200 and share applications, spreadsheets, presentations, or photos with others on a call. In future releases users will be able to download and play Santa Cruz Network’s games with other Skype users and access our library of camera personalities, wallpaper, and drawing tools. Professional users will be provided with various call controls, white boarding, meeting moderation, bandwidth control, and recording and archiving tools through their network of partners.

More on GreaseMonkey/Firefox

After I posted "Enhance your internet experience with firefox" yesterday I got all sort of offline message pointing me towards different web browsers. Sunil was using Opera & Abhishek is more fond of Avant.

One of the cool features I like in Firefox is GreaseMonkey which allows me to add in new features seamlessly to the websites you use more and more....

Today I found a new script which allows you to add 'Delete' button to your very gmail page, which adverdently Google team avoided as they were giving away 2GB for mailbox and felt it would be time wasting effort to put a 'delete' button along with other buttons.

Now I will not have find for the 'move to trash' link in the drop down menu, atleast for deleting junk mails which are on all time high.

Thursday, June 16, 2005, 9:22 AM

Enhance your internet experience with firefox

I shifted to Firefox lately from IE because: It supports tabs & It is claimed to have better security mechanism. Even being a heavy weight application consuming lot of memory resources,
I use Firefox advertently, probably because the team is working on cool utilities like Greasemonkey.

Now Feld posts an article on how to tweak and speed up the firefox performance.

If you are a Firefox user on a high speed line (don’t try this on dialup), try the following:

Go to the address bar in Firefox and type in "about:config"

Look for the following lines:

  • network.http.pipelining = false
  • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 4
  • network.http.proxy.pipelining = false

Change them to (by click/double-click the line):

  • network.http.pipelining = true
  • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 30
  • network.http.proxy.pipelining = true

This configures the browser to make 30 requests at once and not wait for a reply to the request before making another request

Then you need to create one new option:

  • Right click anywhere on the page and select New-> Integer.
  • Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay"
  • Set its value to "0".

This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives. You need to restart Firefox for this to be enabled. On sites that support pipelining (not all do) the results are dramatic.

It exploits the HTTP pipelining feature of HTTP/1.1, which allows multiple HTTP requests to be written out to a socket together without waiting for the corresponding responses, resulting in dramatic improvement in page loading times, especially over high latency connections.

I am still to find out what all popular websites supports HTTP pipelining, but I am sure enabling pipelining will not only result in better user-experience but also help reduce the traffic across the internet pipe.

Give it a try .....

Wednesday, June 15, 2005, 9:57 AM

Terrestial Radio in danger

Terrestrial radio is under assault. The attacks are coming from all sides — satellite radio, iPods, subscription music services, broadband radio, and podcasting. Given all that, the $20 billion a year radio industry has to reinvent itself. Fast.

So what’s a radio executive to do? Industry insiders are excited about high-definition radio, which marries analog and digital signals and sends out a hybrid data stream. HD radios then decode the two types of signal and play them back as separate channels. ...more

This isnt looks impressive to me as the only benefit I could find out better use of bandwidth. Providing specialised stations may lure some of the music lovers, but ipods and others have a big catalogue too.

Unified rates for Indian Telecom

India is heading towards a new paradigm, where there will be no distinction between the local and STD calls.

"There would be uniform rates and a ‘OneIndia' approach" says Dayanidhi Maran (Union minister for telecommunications and information technology for India)

Its indeed an applausable effort, resulting in affordable telephony, greater density and offcourse boost to economy due to reduced operational cost for small shops.

We look forward to have Unified Numbering Scheme as well, where in the telephone number remains the same irrespective of the service provider one opts for.

Friday, June 10, 2005, 11:09 AM

Poker Billionaires

Last month I came across 2-3 RFPs incidently both from guys connected to UK and both wanted to developed online pocker stuff. I was just thinking why is that UK guys is suddenly falling in love with online pocker...and the news broke.

Party Gaming , an online poker/gambling company based in Gibraltar is all set to go public in London with a valuation estimated at around $10 billion. Interestingly two of the three key minds behind the setup are Indian. Anurag Dikshit (now Billionaire at 33) helped hack together the back-end for the site along with his college pal Vikrant Bhargava.

Company with 1100 employees (with 925 in India) with a call-center at hyderabad. Amazing !!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005, 9:41 AM

Media or technology

Google is not a technology company..... but is a Media company. This rationale arises from the fact that 99% of their revenues come from advertisements, making them largest media company in the world(larger than Time Warner)

Google market capitalization is raised to $80.8 billion. Media or Technology, young Google is undoubtly the most valuable company.

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 2:10 PM

Vending Machines

From coke to mineral water to condoms... now its turn for electronic gadgets available on vending machines.

Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta,world’s busiest airport, installed machines vending iPod minis and Shuffles as well as digital cameras, photographic supplies and batteries.

FlashForward: AC 2038: Enter gender, skin color, hair style, built... and press ENTER to get a customised kid.

Summer Camps

With mercury rising the column, every summer marks gamut of camps ranging from dance classes to trekking to...whatever.

Incidentally, this summer I found two different styled Summer Camps facilitated by big names:

1. Google has come up with a Summer of Code program for students interested writing Open source softwares. A win-win situation for everyone.. check it out this flyer

2. Paul Graham's Summer Founder program for budding entrepreneurs. Its intake is closed as of now, but surely worth watching its activities.

Interesting !!