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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Free Cricket Telecast on the Internet

Finally, a treat for cricket lovers! - the 1st cricket test match between India and England at Nagpur can be seen live over the Internet for FREE, courtesy of cricketontv website which is offering a promotion. Check this out https://cricketon.tv/India-England.asp and enjoy a great game of cricket.
Cheers,
Thyaga
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India England series begins today

The India England series kicks off today with the 1st test match at Nagpur. Although India lost the Test series to Pakistan in Pakistan, they bounced back convincingly in the 1-dayers to win it 4-1. Also, they have a lot of fresh faces in the Test team - Sree Santh, VRV Singh, Suresh Raina along with the regular faces must be all waiting to make their mark. On the other hand, England have been beseiged with injury problems - Vaughan and Simon Jones have already gone back to England, Trescothik has withdrawn on personal reasons and both Pieterson and Collingwood have back problems. Captaincy Tips?

That leaves Flintoff with the not-so-envious task of leading the side for the first time, being the talismanic cricketer, one of their main bowlers and their ever dependent batsmen all in one. That is one huge task asking from him. But as Nasser Hussain pointed out, all this might actually work out in their favor and put the pressure back on India. What will happen - will the Indians fire, will Sachin blaze, will Harmison and co knock out the Indians etc - all these questions will soon be answered when the battle begins tonight.


Cheers,
Thyaga

Monday, February 27, 2006

Elevator Pitch Business Plan Contest

On Friday, I participated in an Elevator Pitch Business Plan contest at Santa Clara University. Basically, the idea is to pitch a Business Plan within 2 minutes i.e. the time it takes you to go from 1 floor to another in an elevator. You need to pitch your idea in front of a class-room of people and in front of some esteemed judges. After that you will be grilled for 5 minutes by the judges on the viability of the plan and what the future plans are for the business.
 
I pitched the idea of a Mobility Kiosk - Mobile Utility Kiosks for the Mobile User. Specificially, this will give the user (a). ability to recharge his mobile devices such as cell-phones, PDAs, handhelds etc and (b). ability to print photographs directly from the mobile devices. I feel that there is a huge potential for such a Kiosk, especially with the battery life being such a huge problem in the industry nowadays.
 
Anyway, there were around 20 teams that pitched in their business ideas. Some of them were cool, some I didn't understand and some were not very well presented. All in all, it was a great learning experience - hopefully, this will help us in future someday :).
 
Cheers,
Thyaga
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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Help Save Ashish

I got an email today from a friend of mine about an Asian Indian child Ashish who needs bone-marrow transplants. See, if you can help. More details are at http://www.helpsaveashish.com
 
Regards,
Thyaga

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Future Stars of Cricket

Pakistan won the Under-19 World Cup recently with a thrilling win over India in the finals. That disappointment apart, this tournament has brought into prominence some of the promising stars of Indian cricket today such as Gaurav Dhiman, C.Pujara and Piyush Chawla. There is a nice article at CricInfo on the complete list of players from this World Cup who would go on to represent their countries soon.
 
Cheers,
Thyaga
 
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Monday, February 20, 2006

UN Millennium Development Goals

As part of a course that I am taking in B-school, I got to know about the UN's Millennium Development Goals to be implemented by 2015. Basically, in this course, we need to nominate a technology / innovation that can be applied to meeting a part of at least 1 of these goals. Pretty good stuff indeed - social entrepreneurship is an interesting concept!

For all the social entrepreneurial efforts going on in India, take a look at this - it is really interesting and amazing. If you know of any technology that you would want me to consider for my paper, do let me know.

Cheers,
Thyaga

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Super Bowl 2006 commercials

Super Bowl is one of the major sporting events in USA. Millions of people watch it on Television. Naturally, companies spend millions of dollars to advertise on commercials during the Super Bowl. So, if you have missed this year's Super Bowl and you are feeling sad that you couldn't see the commercials, then you don't need to worry anymore. Thanks to Google's new Video service, you can view them invidually or all at once over the Internet. In fact, it contains some videos that were not aired on TV.
 
Technology is indeed amazing - it adds value to people's lives is more ways than one.
 
Enjoy the commercials.
 
-- Thyaga
 
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India win the 1-day series


India have won the 1-day series over Pakistan, defeating them by 5 wickets in the 4th 1-dayer at Multan. I think, this is a great win because it just shows how much improvement India has made in the 1-day arena in the last year or so. It is a time to just relax and enjoy this moment and to congratulate the Indian team for a terrific job.

Go Team India Go !

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

How to use SGStream

In one of my earlier Blogs, I had talked about SGStream. Reading the Blog, one of my friends asked me how to register for an event at SGStream. Actually, my friend was right - the site does look a little "shady" and it is impossible to register without knowing the process. So, here is the summary of steps to be taken:
(2). Click on the Events Link
(3). Enter the place where the match is being held. For example, for the 4th 1-dayer between India and Pakistan tonight at Multan, enter the word "Multan" in the Search Box and then click on Search.
(4). The match details will come up ($10.00) - select the match and then follow the instructions for registration.
Enjoy!
-- Thyaga
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Nice Blog ...

I found a very nice Blog article on Sachin's batting in the 3rd 1-dayer at Lahore. Hopefully, Sachin shall carry on his purple patch.
 
Go Sachin !
 
-- Thyaga
 
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India in the U-19 Cricket World Cup Final

While India Seniors are battling it out across the border, our India U-19 Cricket team has advanced to the U-19 World Cup Final. You might wonder why this tournament is so important – it is important because the previous editions of these tournaments have produced players such as Yuvraj, Kaif, Dhoni and Pathan. Some huge prospects from this year’s tournament are – Pujara (great opening prospect), Piyush Chawla (perfect Kumble replacement - he is the guy who got Sachin bowled by a Googly in the Irani Trophy) and G.Dhiman (Flintoff clone – can open the batting and bowling).

Hoping for the best !

Thyaga

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Amazing stuff at the Winter Olympics, 2006

If you thought that miracles and fairy tales exist only in fiction, then think again. Also, if you think that Chinese know only how to manufacture and provide low-cost labor, then also think again. Here is a story of a Chinese ice-skater participating in the Winter Olympics and her courage is simply something to be inspired by. As they say, you can't judge one's character by his/her fall - you should judge a character by how fast he/she rises.
 
Amazing stuff indeed!
 
-- Thyaga
 
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Monday, February 06, 2006

Cricket Live Telecast through SGStream

For the 1st 1-day internation between India and Pakistan at Peshawar, I took the live telecast from SGStream for $10.00. Initially, I was a little wary of this because the website does not clearly give details about the match and the telecast rights. However, I just decided to take the risk and go on with it.
In the past, I had taken live telecasts on the Internet from Willow.tv or EchoStar MediaZone, which is the online arm of Dish Network. However, these sites do not offer registration on a piece-meal fashion:). You either have to buy the whole package or nothing at all. So, if you want to take the telecast for only 1 1-dayer, then you cannot take it :). As such, SGStream was definitely a very tempting option.
After seeing the match through SGStream, I am really really impressed with the quality - it was very good and highly comparable with the other sites that I have seen from. So, that begs a couple of questions from me - firstly, how are they making money? (more appropriately, what is their upfront cost and investment ?) and secondly, is this legal ? (more appropriately, is this a violation of copyright laws?). If any of you know about these, then please do leave me a comment - I would appreciate it a lot.
Cheers and don't forget to catch the next match live at SGStream :).
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Thursday, February 02, 2006

A Tree can a save a life

Next time, you need to tell that to someone, show them this video

A Rally car spectator's life is saved by a well placed tree. After that he should become the spokesman for Earth Day and just wander the earth planting trees everywhere he goes. Or just stop standing on the sidelines of 100 MPH car races...either way :).

Cheers,
Thyaga