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..

You may also want to see our latest features…

Thanks for using GROU.PS services.

life as a metaphor

“Life is described in one of four ways: a journey,
a battle, a pilgrimage, or a race. Select your own
metaphor, but the necessity of finishing is all
the same.” – from The War Cry

film cameras

C-Net has a photo gallery called “Film cameras, bye-bye” I love these history of things. Looking and learning how design evovled. And what was the logic behind it. Some of the pics are really facisnating. My favourite ones are here:








And of the camera of all :-)

Attract and Motivate

Its all about the looks! A good post on “attract and motivate through customer experience“. The auhtor says:

“The “demotivators” I’ve identified are “trust” and “usability”, in
other words, these are not so much motivators, but enablers, lubricants
of cooperation if you like. “Motivators” are actually more enablers,
ie. autonomy is just about putting frameworks in place that enable
customers to be creative.”

example given = IKEA! i.e this doesn’t apply only to just web companies :D

Smitha

Smitha one of my office colleague is leaving us and going to the US to be with her hubby. It was nice having her in the office. Always had a smiling face and is famous for her profound quotes! ha ha … I am sure we are going to miss her presence. Some pics at the farewell lunch all of us had at Radhesyam :D! Smitha, have a nice time at Florida Smitha …

And also had a 'walk the talk' video on the way back to office: "bye bye bye Smitha"

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Rajesh – thoughts on blogging

Rajesh Jain (My Boss) just blogged on Blogging and himself. I thought it would be a nice reading for all of you. He blogs at www.emergic.org

I met him through his blog and also got interviewed and got a job in his company through his blog!! (There you go about benefits about blogs)

Four Blog Years: The Beginning [May 15, 2006]
How I Blog [May 16, 2006]
MyToday [May 17, 2006]
Thinking Evolution [May 18, 2006]


“make our offline lives richer”

Two great back to back posts on why web apps fail!

The 7+7 reasons he mentions are:

  1. Focus on social instead of personal.
  2. They solve too many problems, or try to.
  3. They’re about making someone other than the user happy.
  4. They sell it the wrong way.
  5. Not in it for the long haul.
  6. They show too much of what’s going on, and get gamed.
  7. They don’t have an underlying business strategy of improving people’s lives.
  8. They’re never built.
  9. They’re modeling an offline activity incompletely.
  10. They’re ahead of the curve.
  11. They don’t plan for change.
  12. They don’t charge money.
  13. They have no barrier to entry…at all.
  14. They don’t think holistically.

He finally ends with this sentence:

“If we look closely, that’s what most successful web apps do: they make our offline lives richer.”

I completely agree. We are all here to make a difference in everybody’s life! Lets make the so called web 2.0 really social so that the impact comes back to the ‘real’ world.

another day in blogosphere …

I am glad that I discovered the blogosphere pretty early. I have been blogging for more than a year and reading blogs close to 2 years. I think I can call myself as an early adopter. Why I do it? I shall be soon writing a post of it (I am collecting my thoughts and also other’s thoughts).  Will leave you all with some links for the day …

All of them are a real good read. Enjoy …

money – cash only please!

Got yet another forward – which I think I blog:

Money

It can buy a house, but not a home
It can buy a clock, but not time
It can buy you a position, but not respect
It can buy you a bed, but not sleep
It can buy you a book, but not knowledge
It can buy you medicine, but not health
It can buy you blood, but not life

So you see money isn’t everything
And it often causes pain and suffering
I tell you this because I am your friend

And as your friend I want to
Take away your pain and suffering!!
So, Send me all your money
And I will suffer for you!

Cash only please!
After all, what are friends for, right??

Indian mobile customer scenario

Sunil from Wirkle talks about his woes as a mobile customer. He is part of a mobile company start up – so I understand he has connections from all the operators in India. Only if you are in India can you really appreciate this statement :-) :

If sending arbitirary SMSes to promote ringtones doesn’t end, these
guys have started the process of automated voice calls. You get a ring,
you pick up your phone – just to hear an automated voice call
describing you a new service and then you feel like killing all these
mobile operator guys.

And then lot of sales calls – from credit card, loans and from mobile
operator representatives themselves trying to get hold of consumers
from other operators. I have recieved lot of calls from Hutch, Airtel
representatives in the past asking me to switch plans.

Last week I recieved another call (you see I recieve so many calls!!)
from customer care to subscribe to caller tones and that too for
“FREE”. That’s how they sell. I told them I just don’t want the
service, not even if you pay me for that. But that annoying guy put an
annoying caller tone on my mobile and now I am fighting another battle
with customer care of Idea to get this off my phone.

ha ha! He is frustrated and irritated yet dependent on the operators.

Customer service‘ is ‘zilch’ in India. This one of the main reasons why there is a dire need ‘Number Portability‘. Only then the operators will come at the mercy of customers untill then its going to be the other way around.

I have two interesting incidents personally.

First, One of my office colleagues got a new SIM from ‘Airtel’ and he had not yet given the number to anyone of us. In the middle of the meeting he gets a call … guess what? Its a BPL guy asking him whether he wants a free SIM :D

Second, I live in Colaba – almost at the southern tip of Bombay. There is something really vague in my house. when I come out of my lift to the main door – Airtel informs me I am on Roaming :D (on Idea cellular network). {I get an sms} I enter my hall and sit down to remove my shoes – I get another sms information i am back in airtel! I go look out of my window – I get another sms informing I am roaming and another sms once I am in my bedroom! I get 4 sms daily from Airtel telling me I am roaming – I am not roaming :-)