A quarter …

Check out the Birthday Calendar folks.
I turned 25 years as of yesterday – May 30, 2005 Just listing what the Birthday Calendar Script says for :-). Most of it is pretty true. Which one is not … I shall leave it for you to guess …

You entered: 5/30/1981

Your date of conception was on or about 6 September 1980 which was a Saturday.
You were born on a Saturday under the astrological sign Gemini.
Your Life path number is 9. { do check that out – pretty true and interesting}
You were born in the Chinese year of the Rooster.

As of 5/30/2006 3:39:23 PM EDT
You are 25 years old.
You are 300 months old. { I need to celebrate when its 365 months!! }
You are 1,305 weeks old.
You are 9,131 days old.
You are 219,159 hours old.
You are 13,149,579 minutes old.
You are 788,974,763 seconds old. { I need to celebrate when its $1 billion secs!! woof … }

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 3.57377690802348 years old. (Life’s just a big chewy bone for you!)

Your birthstone is Emerald The Mystical properties of Emerald

Though not meant to replace traditional medical treatment, Emerald is used for physical and emotional healing. { yeah, I badly need that! I am bipolar remember … }

Your birth tree is Ash Tree, the Ambition

Uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with its fate, can be egoistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over heart, but takes partnership very serious.

MoMo India

Added later:

{ What is Momo? MoMo stands for Mobile Monday. Do read more on about it in Wikipedia. }

Rajan, Rajiv, Prashant and I have created the a yahoogroups for Mobile Monday – India Chapter. We decided to start with India as we didn't see much interest in each city. We shall spread as we become bigger. For the yahoo groups go here – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/momoindia/j

Also – I have created a MoMo grou.ps ID which is integrated with the yahoogroups (its getting integrated as I am writing this blog post). The grou.ps is great as we can share blogposts, links, photos and there is a wiki also! Click this for MoMo – Dashboard. You can also access it on the mobile at – http://m.grou.ps/momoindia

A flickr group has also been created – http://flickr.com/groups/momoindia for sharing pics related to mobile development in India.

Use the tag 'momoindia' whatever you do! :-) We are sure this is a small beginning of a bigger community! More inputs and suggestions are really welcome. And yeah do join the groups if 'mobile development' is your interest.



Click to join momoindia

No lectures!

I am in a 'think future' mood today :-) – I often am but I am enthused to write about certain things finally … I got motivated to write this when I read College 2.0 – I have been reading these kind of articles.

(my proposed ) Future of Learning:

  • No more monodramatic Lectures.
  • No waking put for early classes.
  • Learn at your convenience.
  • Meet your professor only if needed.
  • Give exams only if needed.
  • Do assignments and learn from your mistakes as well as from what othersare doing properly!
  • Ask Qs anytime
  • Get it answered by anyone – professor, student or anyone in the internet
  • Download talks – text, audio, video or pictures independent of space and time
  • Edit and create learning materials – from scratch or from what your professor has made
  • Share 'again'
  • And more …

Basically learn at your convenience and time depending on your interests.
There are limitations to what you can do now currently in terms of cost, feasibility, technology, scalability, willingness to adapt. Yes, everyone can argue but let me list you the technology and tools:

  • High End Mobile Phone with GPRS connection

or

  • Desktop computer + internet connection
  • Mp3 player
  • digital cameras

Enabling backend technology:

  • Email
  • Wiki
  • Blog
  • RSS
  • Tags
  • Databases
  • 'pod/video/picture' casting
  • media editing software
  • Calendaring system

Will write later once this spark again on what I would do if I can change the way things are now taught in IITM in specific. I graduated in 2002 and I am pretty sure nothin has changed in this time frame :D

tomorrows desktop

James Gosling (Father of Java) said:

The cell phone is tomorrow’s desktop.

Now, that is something I fully agree. This clearly also means Most of India will never see a Desktop (as we know it now)! If you think its futuristic- think future :-). Look beyond what you can see … Its all about convergence at affordable price to the common man. Awaiting your comments.

I am a private person …..

Check out the MSNBC interview with Steve Jobs, I loved his final remarks about himself:

Well, I'm a private person. I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what's next.

For now, in a tough business and in a tough town, the Apple store in midtown
Manhattan is what's next. That is, until the next thing comes along.

grou.ps 2.0

I got this mail today from GROU.PS – a service I had registered for months ago didn’t come back to check it out. Its cool that Yahoo is now synchronised :-) I will soon check it out. Meanwhile folks anyone interested in a groups 2.0 concepts – register there and let me know.

By groups 2.0 I personally mean using RSS, tags (blog posts, flickr, delicious bookmarks) wikis and email effectively so that the people in a group use the entire internet and work as a group all the time i.e work and think as a group. Its no longer just uploading files and emails! I don’t see any groups service offering this as of now. No one is harnessing the power of the web as of now.

Here is the email I got from them. Would been good if they could have used my name instead of just saying ‘early adopters’! But you know what I am happy somewhere someplace someone actually called me an early adopter.

Dear early adopters,

Now it’s very easy to synchronize your existing Yahoo! Groups with our
services; import group members and archive mails in our Talks section in
one simple step. Here is what you need to do:

1) Sign in @ http://grou.ps/authentication.do
2) Select your grou.p from the left pane (you need to have admin
privileges)
3) Follow the “Grou.p Administration” link
4) Click on “Wrapper” button
5) Enter your Yahoo! account information (username and password) and Yahoo!
Group name (nothing stored)
6) Voila..

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