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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

My Blog is on vacation ...

with me :) - shall be back in action after September 10th.


Till then,
Good bye !


Monday, August 28, 2006

Amitabh Bachchan on Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Hrishikesh Mukherjee
[Photo Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk]

Hrishikesh Mukherjee, one of India's greatest film directors passed away yesterday. The best part about his films were that they were so close to reality - Anand, Chupke Chupke, Abhiman were some of him immortal films. Here is Amitabh Bachchan's tribute to him ...

May his soul rest in peace.

-- Thyaga

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The ball tampering controversy - my view Part II

Ok - the controversy is just turning into a soap opera now. I had blogged a post earlier about my views on this controversy. Now the situation has turned completely different:
  1. Inzamam's hearing has been postponed till the end of September - this gives Inzy some time to concentrate on his cricket and also for the lawyers to present the cases (of course, this also means that the axe is still hanging around Inzy's head).
  2. ICC sensationally released the email exchanges between Hair and the ICC chiefs - i think, this is the most unprofessional of the ICC - Hair had clearly sent the email in confidence and i think ICC has betrayed that. According to the email, Hair had offered to quit if ICC were to offer him $500, 000 to compensate him for his future matches, that he would have umpired had he not retired.
  3. Malcom Speed, ICC's chief executive then made a statement that Hair's career may be over now.
  4. Hair then hit back at the ICC saying that his offer of the $500,000 was made at the behest of ICC.
One thing that has come up as a result of this unfolding drama is that the wonderful cricket of cricket has taken a back-seat and matters off the field have taken precedence.

I would rather worry about the "Men in Blue" rather than the "Men in White".

-- Thyaga

Friday, August 25, 2006

O'Reilly Code Search

Remember those early years when you used to read the O'Reilly books and learnt some cool programming tricks but then you were always lazy to not "type in" the code to check it out? - that problem does not exist anymore with the release of the O'Reilly Code Search which searches from over 2.6 million lines of code from these books.

This is indeed a dream for software programmers - enjoy!

-- T

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Kodak Photo - why do i need to join to see the photos?

I received an invitation to view photos that my friend had uploaded on Kodak Photos - but i can't view the album UNLESS I register - this is the biggest mistake marketers make. They force something on customers expecting that they will do something - it doesn't work that way. It is a bit like the superstitious FAQ writers that Joel Spolsky wrote about in his Blog yesterday.

-- Thyaga

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Monetizing the Blogosphere ...

2 years ago, the Blogosphere was exploding - there were the early adopters who took to Blogging and have been active at it ever since. Many of these guys in fact, make significant revenues just by Blogging. Imagine, sitting in your chair and writing about anything that you like and yeah! - make a lot of $$s too :). Here is a nice Blog Post on the monetizing of the Blogosphere.

Interested? - then start off ...

-- T

India's Independence Day at Nasdaq

Nasdaq celebrated India's Independence Day - this shows the growing importance of India as a trading partner.


-- Thyaga

The ball tampering controversy - my view

End of a Test or beginning of a controversy?
[Copyright: Getty Images, Source: http://www.cricket.com]

Over the past few days, the cricketing world has been rocked by a ball-tampering fiasco where umpire Darrel Hair accused the Pakistan team of tampering with the ball. This incident occurred on the 4th day of the 4th test at the Oval Cricket Ground. He awarded 5 penalty runs to England and had the ball changed. After the tea interval, the England batsmen walked out to the middle along with the umpires but the Pakistan players were nowhere to be seen. Hair soon declared that Pakistan had forfeited the game. You can go through the details here ...

My take on this whole episode is this:

(1). Darrel Hair has repeatedly courted controversies and his record with Asian countries has particularly been bad. He was the first to openly no-ball Muralitharan for chucking and that opened a can of worms regarding chucking and recently ICC had to amend its laws for chucking. ICC seriously needs to look into this "anti-Asian" attitude of Hair.

(2). When the incident happened, the person who should have taken charge of the situation was the match refree Mike Proctor - but he did none of that.

(3). Inzamam did the right thing by carrying on play till tea instead of taking a decision in haste and walking out as Ranatunga famously did in Australia. Over tea, Pakistan protested against Hair's decision and I think, they were right in protesting against the decision. There was no substantial proof of ball tampering even though there were 26 Sky TV cameras in operation !

(4). Hair's decision could have been provoked by Duncan Fletcher - he had gone to meet the match refree in the morning to voice his suspicion. The match refree could have informed Hair about it and the result was there to see.

(5). I think Hair's decision reflects more of a policeman attitude rather than of a judge, a view publicly pointed out by Rashid Latif, Imran Khan, Ranatunga etc.

(6). From the looks of it, it seems that Inzy may be banned for 4 Tests and 8 ODIs - if that is the case, then the Pakistan team should show solidarity towards their captain and simply not play the ODIs in England.

(7). Its time ICC looks into the repeated complaints from the Asian block and give them proper respect that they deserve.

-- Thyaga

Monday, August 21, 2006

Amazon choking under too much load

A few days ago, I had blogged about how Yahoo! Maps might be choking under too much traffic load. Check out what happened when i went to Amazon today morning to check out a Canon Digital Camera !

Saturday, August 19, 2006

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Metcalfe's law might be wrong

Most of us who have used the Internet or have done some amount of communications courses or heard about the "Network effect" in business, have heard about the "Metcalfe's Law". One of the most laws that are taught in Business schools, it says that the value of a communications network is proportional to the square of the number of its users. However, a new IEEE study seems to think that this is not true. Read on ...

Tale of 2 cricketers

2 years ago, when India toured Pakistan, India had unearthed a star - Irfan Pathan. He wrecked the Pakistan batting line-up with relentless ease. One of the players who struggled repeatedly against him was a player known as Yousuf Youhana, one of the very few "non-Muslims" at that time to play the game. Come 2005 and Yousuf Youhana embraced Islam and become Mohammad Yousuf. Ever since that, his performances have gone up the roof.

Currently, Yousuf is touring England and has 3 Test Centuries on the trot. On the other hand, Irfan Pathan is struggling to make it to the Indian Test Team now and in fact, was dropped for most of the Caribbean Test Series. As they say, cricket is after all a confidence game. Of course, for Yousuf, it might seem that there are reasons more than confidence as well. All said and done, Yousuf is in the form of his life right now.

-- Thyaga

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Energy Efficient VCs :)

Recently I had Blogged about how Sun had saved a cool $700-$1000 per server once it decided to go "green". Here is another article that talks about the activities in that sphere - looks like VCs are now funding anything that will save energy - going green is the new catch-phrase nowadays.

Any takers?

-- Thyaga

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Mini Microsoft or Blogger problem

When I went to Mini Microsoft today, I found this on the screen:

No idea what this is - some header information is messed up? - or is it the Growing pains of Blogger?

Any idea?

Google launches FREE Wi-Fi in Mountain View

Firstly, it is a pleasure to be in the vicinity of one of the most innovative hi-tech companies around :) - Google. The latest news is that they have installed FREE Wi-Fi in the city of Mountain View (where my office is located).

Well, firstly this is great news. Just like the Open Source movement made code FREE for all developers, Google is making Internet Connectivity FREE too. So, really “all 10 thumbs up” for that :).

So, what could be the impact of this:

(1). Companies like T-Mobile which use Starbucks as their channel to provide Wi-Fi connections and also charge for it, are going to be the biggest losers - the Starbucks down the road has so many “developers” drinking coffee and hacking away on some code :). From now on, they just have to pay for the coffee !

(2). Although the connectivity is free, you will definitely be sharing the bandwidth - so, be cautioned about the security issues here. Your Boss may not like the idea that you are
communicating your Web 2.0 hacks and ideas through this shared bandwidth - ouch ! Otherwise, this is indeed a great idea.

(3). Here is the detailed interactive map of all the 380 access points.

Starbucks with Google Wi-Fi anyone? - I will be there :).

– Thyaga

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

SGStream Alternatives

The triangular series between India, Sri Lanka and South Africa has started and I am still trying to figure out some alternatives for SGStream. An anonymous post on my Blog pointed me to http://www.cricketspot.com

I would appreciate if I could get more choices so that I can make my decision.

-- T

Sun making money by going "green"

I was reading Jonathan Schwartz's recent Blog post and he talks about how going "green" had helped Sun to reduce the cost of their servers by $700 to $1000. Now, that is a substantial savings indeed. My first reaction is how can this help my company - i mean, how can a Internet software startup do with "green" so that it can get in the "green" ($) bills.

Any ideas?

-- T

Monday, August 14, 2006

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to India and to all my fellow Indians

-- Thyaga

India's VC investments on the rise

India's VC investments seems to be on the rise. Most VC firms are now setting up "India" specific funds and obviously, many well known Indian entrepreneurs are now joining in as partners. Here is a good Blog post that covers this in depth.

Shabaash India!

-- T

Innovation in Web 2.0 world

Today, we talk about Web 2.0 and how the control now is in the hands of the users. But read this excellent Blog post (and i agree to whatever she says) - innovation needs to be able to create "new" needs and not "meet" unmet ones.

-- Thyaga

Friday, August 11, 2006

Srinath on Pathan

Pathan: Hair cut might prove lucky?
[Photo Copyright: Getty Images]

Srinath, India's ex fast bowler thinks that Pathan will come good soon and that the current loss of form is just temporary. Pathan, who had risen to become India's numero uno fast bowler, has undergone an amazing lack of form. His confidence is obviously not there and it showed in his performances in the Caribbean. As one of India's biggest hope in the World Cup, it is important that he strikes form fast and hits the ground running.

Go Pathan !

-- Thyaga

Yahoo! choking under too much load

Yesterday, when I was printing out maps and directions from Yahoo!, I repeatedly kept getting Server Busy messages. Now, I have seen this occasionally in Google (especially in GMail because of the amount of Ajax that they use in that :)). Probably, they were trying something new at that time (which is odd because it was during lunch time when most people would like to use the Map service anyway). Here is the screenshot:

So, is it that these services are not scaling up enough or is it that the number of users are on the rise? Write in ...

-- T

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The "Think Different" campaign

It is 2006 now - yet, the "Think Different" campaign that was launched by Apple under Steve Jobs continues to be one of the best marketing campaigns ever launched. It converted Apple from a struggling computer company to a global powerhouse. Here is a great link - http://www.electric-escape.net/node/565 about the entire campaign.

I remember seeing a larger than life billboard of Satyajit Ray outside Mosconi Center with "Think Different" written at the bottom right - i thought that the idea was really cool.

I am sure all of you might have seen the ad campaign - which one do you like the most and why?

Write in !

-- T

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Dada in the 30 member probable's list

Dada: False Lifeline?

Yesterday the Indian 30 probables for the Champions Trophy was announced and well, 3 well-known figures from the past - Saurav Ganguly, Zaheer Khan, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble find themselves in the list. Though VVS and Kumble still feature in India's test teams, Dada and Zaheer have been out from both forms of the game.

This is indeed an interesting team selection but knowing the Indian selectors only too well, I know thaqt this is actually a false lifeline for Dada.

-- Thyaga

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Web 2.0 Video from Michael Arrington

Here is a good 24 minute video documentary created by Michael Arrington from Techcrunch. He is interviewing the CEOs of some of the hottest Internet startups.

[Video Source: http://www.techcrunch.com]

Enjoy it!
-- Thyaga

Web 2.0 companies slideshow

Here is a comprehensive list of all Web 2.0 companies

Click on the first link on the LHS and then click on the Play (>) button



Monday, August 07, 2006

India needs to invest more on infrastructure

The latest Confideration of Indian Industry (CII) report says that India needs to invest more on its infrastructure if it wants to maintain the current level of economic growth. The CII said that India was expected to spend about $47bn on infrastructure in the fiscal year to March 2007, a figure which needs to be doubled to $84bn a year by 2012. Read on ...

I totally agree to whatever has been said in the report. Today, Bangalore is considered the next Silicon Valley of the world, but the roads and electricity problem that besiege the city are causing increase pain and anguish amongst the companies there. Some of them such as Infosys and Wipro have already threatened the Government that they would quite Bangalore if the infrastructure was not improved. It is not only Bangalore - in Chennai, it is the water problem, in Kolkata - pollution, in Delhi - it is the extreme climate and Mumbai - just way too dangerous now to stay!

It it time the 3 economic musketeers of India - MMS (PM), PC (FM) and MA (EA) get together to chalk out a plan for the country. As for the acronyms, try to figure them out - if you cannot, then leave me a comment and I shall let you know what i am trying to say :)

-- T

Internet Grammar entering everyday lives

People who are used to chatting over the Internet are used to acronyms and wrong use of the English "txt" :). For example, LOL, IMHO etc may seem right from the Hebrew dictionary for a common person but for an avid Internet / Chat user, these mean "Laugh out Loud" and "In My Humble Opinion" respectively. So, it was no surprise when an Ohio woman's license plate application of "nwtf" was rejected. To her, it meant "NorthWood Tree Farm," the business she owns. Apparently the youngsters at the motor vehicle bureau identified it more closely with internet usage of wtf, usually meaning "what the f***."

Internet Grammar, it seems, is "NHTS" (now hear to stay! LOL :))

-- T

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Inspirational stuff ...

If you wanted to be an entrepreneur and want to do something good by yourself, then this is something that you should look at this inspirational video

-- Thyaga

Friday, August 04, 2006

Good Lord!

A devotee in South India has donated diamond earrings worth Rs 1.1 crore to the Tirupati Temple. Read on...

-- T

China Beach - a Global Warming effect ?

Somewhere below these people is a beach !
[Copyright: http://www.dailymail.co.uk]

An estimated 200000 people flocked to the beach in the Northern Chinese resort of Quindao as temperatures soared. Read more ...

But in Southern China, a typhoon was creating havoc - weather patterns have gone completely crazy. How much do you think is a direct effect of Global Warming?

-- Thyaga

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Great site on Product Marketing

My wife forwarded this a great link about Product Marketing to me. Actually, the author Daniel Shefer has a website of his own and most of his articles are out there. Check it out when you get the time - it is worth a read if you are interested in Product Marketing.

-- Thyaga