Saturday, December 04, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Krishnamachari Srikkanth, chairman, National Senior Cricket Selection Committee, has launched CareerStrokes.com. Career Strokes is an online career consultation service that will offer career enhancement skills to young professionals, especially undergraduate and graduate students. The mode of learning will chiefly be through live interactive web seminars and online discussions with experts in the field of training and management mentors.
I did take some of their sample lessons and found them quite neatly done and presented in a lucid fashion. Worth a definite check out by young folks who are at crossroads of their career paths.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Junk SMSes are the biggest source of irritation for a mobile user in India today. Every alternate SMS is a solicitation SMS trying to sell you a service or a product. The government has tried setting up the National Do Not Call (NDNC) registry without much success. Now they are mooting a National Do Call (NDC) registry. Which means by default no mobile subscriber can be contacted by the bulk advertisers. Only if you subscribe to certain mailing lists can the bulk advertisers send you focused SMS. I am not sure how much of a success will this have provided it even sees the light of the day. The bulk advertisers are fighting it tooth and nail.
What is the problem here?
1. One, side the consumer is complaining that he/she is receiving unsolicited SMS.
2. Two, the cost of sending a SMS is less than 1 paisa for the telecom provider. Hence he is providing bulk SMS packages to advertisers
3. Three, a lot of places where you provide your mobile numbers with a sense of trust are also doubling up as aggregation points where the collector is reselling these mobile number lists for a commission.
4. Fourth, the customer has no way of reacting to a junk SMS except to register in the NDNC; that too without any palpable effect
5. Fifth, there is no law that imposes punishment in the form of penalty/ fines on either the telecom provider or the bulk advertiser today
If you look at the multi-faceted problem, you suddenly realize that there are 2-3 alternate ways to tackle with it
1. Impose hefty penalties on Telecom providers who allow their network to be used to deliver unsolicited SMS
2. Give the mobile customer more control.
a. Give him / her the ability to report SMS abuse
b. Provide customer a mailbox to reroute all SMS from unknown numbers as emails. SMS will be delivered over the phone only after the customer white-lists them
c. Create one time codes that that customers can pass onto agencies to which they need to provide mobile numbers that entitles them to SMS the customer a fixed number of times.
3. Crack down on small time phone number aggregators who sell self created lists to advertisers
It is only when you look at the problem from multiple dimensions that you see multiple approaches to tackle the problem.
Your ideas are welcome !!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Amazon has just launched the new $139 priced Wi-Fi enabled Kindle – The e-book that took the world by storm when it was introduced about 2 years back. At Rs. 6489 at prevailing exchange rates, I think this would pave the way for Indians to start vying at owning one. Making a device cheaper is all about enabling mass adoption. It is also about spurring an ecosystem creation. Attaining the tipping point where owning a Kindle will become a necessity rather than a luxury. Imagine what the ecosystem could do with a low priced Kindle
1. Schools adopting Kindle to replace bulky textbooks that kids lug around
2. Kindle could become the de-facto way news-paper could be distributed to houses every morning. (Not just newspaper-but newspapers). Even magazines need not be printed anymore. Last month’s Kindle can be exchanged for another Kindle loaded with the latest magazine edition
3. Kindle can also act as self-help documentation pads required at community centered services like post-office, banks, etc
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I compiled the Market Cap and revenues of the Top 10 Technology companies in the world.
Name of company
$ 235.06 Billion
$ 42.90 Billion
$ 220.41 Billion
$ 58.40 Billion
$ 161.79 Billion
$ 95.75 Billion
| || |
$ 154.07 Billion
$ 23.65 Billion
$ 129.44 Billion
$ 36.12 Billion
$ 119.40 Billion
$ 26.82 Billion
$ 115.17 Billion
$ 58.4 Billion
$ 107.43 Billion
$ 114.18 Billion
$ 53.50 Billion
$ 24.51 Billion
$ 57.82 Billion
$ 13.51 Billion
| || |
$ 1.32 Trillion
$ 494.24 Billion
1. The top 10 technology companies in the world have a combined market cap equivalent of India’s GDP
2. Their combined annual revenue is half of India’s GDP
3. 9 of the top 10 companies (also the top 9) are US based companies
4. Services companies like IBM and Hewlett Packard have revenues exceeding their market cap
5. Product companies have market caps that are roughly 4 times their annual revenues
What are your thoughts?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
- Support for Indic languages - You can type in native languages
- A huge collection of India specific wall papers and themes to personalize your browser
- News portals, entertainment, sports and business channels built in that stream news from various Indian websites
Friday, July 16, 2010
Saturday, July 03, 2010
No one would argue against that!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The one with largest active users was "What's your Airstrology"
Monday, May 17, 2010
While the world debates on the pros and cons of this move and its ramifications on the society as a whole, the question I ask is "If its BPO today,why not IT tomorrow?" and secondly "In a society where a 40%+ chunk of people still live below poverty line and caste and creed still rule, would this move create fresh convicts who want to get into the jail coz they sense a better opportunity of making money staying in rather than stay out?"
Surely these deserve some thoughts ! Do post your comments
Friday, April 30, 2010
- The Indian UID (Unique Identification for Citizens) project is named Aadhaar
- It involves giving each Indian a 16 digit unique ID
- The Government authority involved is Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
- Aadhar project, apart from scanning fingerprints will also scan your iris, as part of biometric data collection
- Aadhar Logo - Halo of the Sun on the imprint of a thumb
- First phase of UID will be launched in Feb of 2011
- First Phase will cover Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Bihar
- 19 bids have been received in response to UIDAI’s tender floated to engage in Application Software Development, Maintenance & Support. Some of the bidders are TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL and IBM
- The UIDAI will collect fingerprints of all 10 fingers.
- Adhaar project will give 600 million numbers to citizens in the next four years.
- BPL families enrolling in the project will receive Rs 100 along with their UID numbers in a new bank account to ensure their financial inclusion.
- The logo design was chosen from over 2,000 entries and Atul Sudhakarrao Pande is the brain behind the adopted design
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
India's smallest satellite set for May 9 launch - The smallest Indian satellite, promising to send Indian education into a higher orbit, will leave the Isro Satellite Centre in Bangalore and move to Sriharikota for integration with the four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) for launch on May 9. StudSat, an acronym for student satellite, has been classified as a pico-satellite, which weighs between 0.1 and 1kg. - Times Of India, April 28th, 2010
IBM has created a miniature 3D map of the Earth that is so small that a thousand of them could fit on a single grain of salt. IBM scientists created the map though a breakthrough technique that uses a tiny, silicon tip with a sharp apex — 100,000 times smaller than a sharpened pencil — to create patterns and structures as small as 15 nanometers at greatly reduced cost and complexity. IBM said this patterning technique opens new prospects for developing nano-sized objects in fields such as electronics, future chip technology, medicine, life sciences, and optoelectronics - Softwaretop100.org, April 26th, 2010
Both of them point towards a future that is increasingly nano. Miniaturization is the name of the game in every domain today. Miniaturization helps pack more features into a device, lowers power consumption and most importantly allows newer ways of using devices.
Building satellites even a decade back was the turf of government backed agencies that had access to huge funds.Today students in engineering colleges are doing it. The same stands true for robotics. I read about school kids starting to build and experiment with robots in Chennai
What it also means for a country like India is lower cost, easy reach of technology aided products, medical implants driven by technology to the common man.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- a central minister lost his crown,
- all IPL franchisees are under pressure to reveal their shareholding patterns,
- three central revenue agencies are investigating the allegations of big time money laundering, betting and trails leading back to the chairman of IPLT20,
- Lalit Modi, the chairman himself is staring at the axe coming down on him at the behest of BCCI on the 26th of April,
- The UPA is taking a moral high ground for having dismissed Shashi Tharoor as his proof of innocence did not convince them
- The Congress, the media suspects, may not be in all too favorable a mood to pursue the truth behind the allegations as it stands to incur the wrath of BCCI president Sharad Pawar, an ally of the UPA That too at a time when a big finance bill needs the full support of the house to get passed.
- The NDTV and Times NOW channels are calling the whole episode "Indian Paisa league" and "IPL's Dirty Truth"
- Times of India today morning is claiming that the total amount of betting money involved is 3500 crore INR
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Laptop for her is the equivalent of a mirror since she sees a wall paper of us both and her ensconced in the center. She knows that tapping the keyboard generates a sound. A favorite time of pasttime of hers. The Casio music keyboard is another favorite coz each key produces a different note.
Her ultimate choice is the idiot box (TV) since it keeps providing her unlimited entertainment without her asking for it. She recognises some of the oft repeated daily soap tracks and turns her head when they keep playing.
Today's kids are growing up to be in a totally different league than ours for sure !
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