29 December 2007

Life Tips or just plain farce

I was watching an amazing show on MTV. It was filled with true sarcasm by VJ Cyrus,the Virus. He had those seemingly genuine disgust against the 'Life Tips' show called 'Love Bites'. Seriously what are those shows for. They tell you what to wear, what to eat and what to talk. Bloody hell, where is the real you. You want some idiot to fall in love with someone else. Or should I say that all people will fall in love with the person with same kind of personality. Yeah really I would have never discovered how to date and how to fall in love, rather make someone fall in love with me. I admit that I do not command any experience on the subject, (I am still happy) but all this seems farce to me. You would actually be believing that one size fits all. Please give me a break. I wonder if there is any blog which is actually into this stuff(It being there wont surprise me, though being other way round would). Anyways I would seriously like to consider the qualification of the so called Gurus. But then there is no dearth of these sorts of Gurus, you can pick any of the so called lifestyle and learn about all the best of styles. But serious question is, where does individual taste and style go. Any answers readers.

Those 8 questions - Question 7

Can the impact of your actions rippling into the future be
considered an immortal soul?

Well actually isn't that whats supposed to be meant when we say some great soul is still with us. When you believe in something, least little thing that you need is some proof. So please excuse, this is no question at all.

PS: This continues as a series of questions posed as explained here.

Other related posts are:

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-8-questions-question-6.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-8-questions-question-5.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-8-questions-question-4.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-8-questions-question-3.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/are-humans-product-of-skilled-or.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/if-you-suspected-you-were-deluded-how.html

18 December 2007

Orkut's Indian Connection

Indians are heavily influencing orkut. Well it should have been with so many Indian just hooked onto Orkut and so many developers coming out of India every year. I am sure google too recruits them like many other software giants. Well a proof of that was uncovered to me a few days ago when I tried to get the location of the thumbnails in the friends update. It was something like

http://img1.orkut.com/images/chhota/15/556/677123.jpg?tid=123213

I just managed to notice the word 'chhota'. Now thats a nice desi way to say, thumbnails. No wonder orkut is getting feature laden each day. Not because the developers are Indians, but this small thing shows the passion they are carrying while developing this amazing social network. I truly believe that this kind of passion is what makes things go beyond the ordinary.

16 December 2007

Is there a righteous voice left in India

I really felt pained when I browsed through the forums at expressindia.com and rediff.com. These are forums which are below each news topic. I felt there are only two kinds of people out there. One who hate Narendra Modi for all reasons known and unknown and others who loved him for reasons all known and unknown. Now what pains me is that instead trying to point that the opposition(Congress) is doing good work for farmers and all in other states like Maharashtra and AP(Well this indeed is with a lot of sarcasm). They are only trying to justify that Narendra Modi is a killer. Bloody hell if he is a killer, he is dangerous, what the hell is a central government there for. But then they are all sayers and never the doers. Unlike Modi who actually does something and talks a lot about other things. He does not clearly made a pro cotton farmer policy(Read here). But sadly Congress feels its unnecessary to make its something of an issue. Instead it tried to make use of the standard Communal-Secular rhetoric and Mr Modi is all too comfortable talking on those lines. I really wont be surprised to see him coming back to power. He has Gujrat Asmita as his trump card to keep off all the dirt and mud Congress is trying to splash on him. Instead he got them on the wrong foot with Afzal Guru. Now even I think that he is probably kept alive so that the terrorists would kidnap some innocent Indians and make sure that he is released in return. Then everyone will be happy. {Sad}

11 December 2007

Vista is less pirated, should Microsoft rejoice or worry

According to this story by Engadget, the rate of piracy of Vista is half of XP. Now should MS be happy about. After all piracy is low. But are they overlooking the fact that people hate Vista even if its free or at real dirt cheap prices. There have been several instances where people have downgraded their system to XP instead of the standard Vista. If the kind of hard selling that they are doing, I feel they are pretty much aware of the fact that people just dont trust Windows Vista. The acceptance level has reached a new low. The only way for them to outsell is to make their earlier product look bad. But then why would not they believe that the competitor (Linux and Mac) would not be dubbed as better creations. I really dont know if Vista is all that bad. I am happy with XP provided by office. I plan not to shift to Vista, unless forced. So the big question is, would you shift to Vista, even if it were to be free?

08 December 2007

Out of the world job offer from Google

I just happened to chance upon this amazing job offer from Google. Its a really out of the world offer. Guys if you are really interested real hard core technology development related activities, please read through. It may be once in a life time chance. The best part is that its open to all and the location is onsite, on Moon. I just cant imagine the pay package of Google, plus onsite fees. Probably if you thought onsite chance from an Indian Services company can do you good for a couple of years, well with Google it might be what you need in this lifetime, unless of course there are some people who are working to prolong your life(Read here) . But then, thats always a possibility. Anyways, the fact is, work is going to be a really challenging one. You will be doing some hardcore research and development work, including but not limited to, algorithm development, page rank optimizations and newer web related technologies. So what are you waiting for, jump on guys.

Some additional information is here

This one is about the Spaceship creation competition http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/

This one is about securing the NASA runway http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/13/technology/13google.html

This one is about what to expect at the interview at Google http://www.randomperspective.com/page.asp?1news/2/091 

PS: I am not applying because I am really like to be down to earth {Happy}

06 December 2007

Who is a terrorist ?

Mr. Narendra Modi has asked a very valid question. I wonder how come no one ever asked it for so long. What is the future for Mr Afzal Guru. I get a feeling that this Congress government is waiting for another hijacking to happen and it is able to release Mr Afzal 'Inncocent' Guru. Why the heck is government taking the killing of brave Indian Jawans lite. I feel they are more concerned with getting the votes banks right than doing right thing.

I dont feel anything wrong with the fact that Mr Modi is trying to talk the right stuff, to counter the acid attack on him carried out with the worst kind of degratory words rather than certain actions which were aught to be taken by the Congress Government in power. But I seriously doubt that taking sides on the terrorist(Making assumptions based on all info available to me). Its like you want to make the supporter of Dawood Ibrahim, the Prime Minister of India. People seem to have forgotten what Sanjay Dutt must have had received. He is no innocent, he is no follower of Gandhi, he is no Munna. He is a supporter of terrorists and has helped them not once but several times even after being arrested under TADA. He perhaps deserves a much more severe punishment than what he is getting. But thanks to Congress probably he would never get it. Now is a supporter of terrorist better or worse than a terrorist.

There are people who dont even want to look at the right side. The worst part is they are siding with Sanjay Dutt. Supporters of his are equal to the Al-Qaeda supporters. So are the supporters of Afzal Guru. I really dont know what the heck is the Congress Government waiting for.

But then again the truth be told that Mr. Narendra Modi is no saint. If he tries to justify the killing of Sohrabuddin, then he is wrong. He just fails to see the death and possibly rape of several other innocent in the name of encounters. To promote or justify it as well an unforgivable offence. But then the name calling being done in Gujrat is all started by the shameless Sonia Gandhi. All these words are great political rhetoric. Indian elections are never won by making yourself bigger( You know what happened when BJP tried in the last Loksabha Elections), its always on pointing fingers at others. Yeah if you ask anyone, what should be done who harms Indians, well the answer is obvious. Kill him. They being muslims cannot be reason to discount them. If they did it, they must pay for it.

Both Mr Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi are being equals in promoting injustice. Are not these two as much terrorists as the Afzal and Sohrabuddin? You believe Mr Modi is a saint??? Read here .

05 December 2007

Yeh india ka naatak hain bhidu

Well I dont know if accidentally I had made some correct statements in this post about sikhs. I was so sure that it had no intellectual value but then I read this story. So here its says that Mr Anil Ambani is at fault for 'allegedly' circulating derogatory jokes against the Sikh community through its mobile Internet services. The masterminds again are from Lucknow, Lucknow Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee(LGPC). Seems like Lucknow is fast turning hub for all kinds of religious intolerance and communalism.

I would like the LGPC people to first read the classics by Khushwant Singh. His jokes are the best of their kind. He is one guy which really made the sardar jokes reach out to the market. Then came the MTV and Mr Cyrus Bakara. They took these jokes to the masses. Each one of the young generation waited to hear these jokes. The final death nail was the Great Indian Laughter Challenge and Great Indian Comedy Show. Both of them literally taking humor and sardars to new heights. The Great Indian Sardar, Mr Sidhuji listening and enjoying the entire performance. 'N' times Johny Liver has made fun of Sardars by acting as one in many movies including the 'Raja Hindustani'.

But still the LGPC filed the case against Mr Ambani. Either they are stupid or this is a means of cheap publicity by Mr Ambani. Who the hell knows how to read a joke on a Reliance mobile. Who care untill you have friends who message you the jokes of all variety day in and out. With the Internet on the Reliance mobile running at blazing speeds of 56 bytes per second(No Spelling mistakes its 56 byes per second), how does anyone have patience to read a joke, let alone laugh at it? Another possibility is that this act of genius is due to the fact that when Reliance was launched initially, the RWorld was free service. Someone in LGPC took the pain to read the joke from there when it was free 3 years back, but understood it recently. Hence the case.

Out of this entire incident the only conclusion that I can make up is that either my 'Theory of Stupidity' is right or Mr Ambani is a smart guy. My 2 cents on the second option. Where do you put yours?

02 December 2007

The pain of December 6, 1992

I remember the day this thing happened. I was a kid at that time. When I heard of the Babri Masjid being demolished, some how my first reaction was not that of fear or disappointment but that of happiness. That feeling came to me instinctively. As a kid I did things on instinct and not with any logic or thought. It was more so because I had seen the video of the then video cassette based news channels Newtrack and Eyewitness. They were of the brutal killing of several innocent men, women and children during the first attempt a couple of years ago in 1990. I felt that something has been done to attack the system back which killed several innocents. It was a defeat for the Mulayam Singh who had then sided with the muslims and had done a massacre of Hindus in 1990.

But now fifteen years later I feel different. There is remorse over killing of so many hindus as well as demolition of the mosque. But what's the way forward. You can get into an infinite loop of destroying and rebuilding temples and mosques. Let these politicians keep us fighting for ever. Or make a settlement. Lets leave whatever has been destroyed and things built on them as it is. Let the politicians be elected based on the work they have done for betterment of the society. And just dump those who utter the word religion or caste.

If you do not do this and say that you want to reclaim whatever has been replaced by the people. Then it will bring more pain. The only reason I see why you would like to do it is for your ego. And if you really think you are religious then destroy the ego first. I am sure no religion calls for ego. I don't know for sure but sooner or later, if the trend of destruction continues, there will be several Hindu temples in south which will be proved as being Jain initially (The Hindu newspaper has a story here) and would be appropriately reclaimed. But then all this hardly does anything for betterment of the society. Its better to build new rather than destroy existing and rebuilding. May good thought prevail.

 

PS: This post is there because of some useless organization putting up posters to revive the pain of Dec 6, 1992 in Bangalore.

01 December 2007

Yet another research which just.........

Each researcher come up with an amazing new theory and I can do anything but..... you know what. I am talking about yet another research which talks about internet addiction. Its just stupid to say things like this. I wonder if television, phone and breathing also comes under the same category.

These guys say

"Internet addiction is not manifesting itself as an urge. It's more than that. It's a deep craving. They (the addicts) are just like anyone else who is addicted to coffee, exercise, or talking on their cellular phone"

This supposed to be a big research. Something like telling you need to breadth else you will die. If someone is just crazy to talk all the time with someone, is that addiction. I think these researchers are really poor at English like me {Tongue}. Please suggest some better word than addiction to these guys.

I dont know this research been conducted by whom or whatever but one thing is sure, research like these can be no value. Its like saying your love to see your wife or gf everyday is a pathological condition. Crazy isnt it.

God help me I am addicted to checking mail, blogging and orkutting.

 

Related Post:

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2006/11/these-researches-now-are-driving-me.html

16 November 2007

Barcamp Bangalore 5 - Will be missing it this time around

I had attended Barcamp Bangalore 4. I liked the concept and decided that I will probably help out organize next time around, considering that its open to all. The old timers were really happy to get us on board. But the spoiler for me is the fact that I would have had been out of town on the days Barcamp was schedules. Having taken the dip in the organizing it, it was very much clear that whether I attend or not, let me just help if there is no one. I dont know if I was of any help or not, but I did argue a lot {Tongue} on a lot of matters.

I hope that this Barcamp will again generate the enthusiasm and interest in people to do something beyond. There will be some technologies to be understood and some nuance to be cleared.

So guys see in the next Barcamp, Hopefully {Sigh}.

15 November 2007

Theory of Stupidity

Well its an interesting topic to research on. Though I am not doing any kind of Ph.D on it but still I feel I have had enough of such experiences to believe that I am able enough to talk about it. More so because I am a keen observer. I am always observing who is visiting my site for example. I have explained this theory to a lot of my friends. Interestingly never has anyone come up with a counter argument. Anyways lets get to the point.

There is some smart guy(Me) who has formed the law of stupidity which goes as follows.

  

  1. Everyone is stupid.
  2. Smartness is actually just absence of stupidity
  3. Stupidity is proportional to hair length. 

First Law basically says is that "Stupidity is ubiquous". This means that stupidity is everywhere. Each one of us is stupid to some extent. Each one of us will act stupid in one situation or the other. Take me for example, I will act totally stupid when I am talking to a girl over whom I have some level of attraction. I will blabber something totally stupid. End result I do not have a girlfriend :-(. I am actually happy about it as I do not act stupid in front of my friends as some other friends of mine (with girlfriends) often have to.  I hope you all agree to it.

Second Law states basically means that like darkness is absence of light, same smartness is absence of stupidity. If you dont have stupidity you will have smartness. Thats all I say. I am sure many of you wont agree to it. But then why do you say that everyone is smart. We never say that. If you look at any child he his much smarter initially. He knows how to take care of himself. Once he has lost control of his instincts and starts using his synaptic neurons, stupidity is induced in his actions. If I am right then either evolution has introduced stupidity in all of us at some later point of time. If I am wrong then its there since epoch. But if it was since epoch then the stupidity would have lead to killing of the stupid janta as hunters needed a lot of smartness. Hence I am lead into believing that the future of humanity is bleak. Especially after watching the movie 'Idiocracy', to me it does not seem impossible.

The third law tries to quantify stupidity. Well my observation says that stupidity is proportional to hair length. So basically longer the hair, more stupid you would be. To prove my point here I would like to quote certain observations. Well we generally call two kinds of people stupid, the girls and the Sardars. What do they have common? The hair is longer thats it. Not to undermine the possibility of the girls but the most successful one have rather short hair. Let me quote a few people to prove my point, Indira Gandhi, Kiran Bedi, Kiran Mazundar Shaw and Sonia Gandhi. Even Miss Mayawati became the CM after having her hair cur short. Let quote some ladies who I consider stupid, Mamata Bannerjee, Jayalalitha and Rabri Devi. Do you see the point now?  Also the amount of nutrients that is supplied to the brain does not vary all that much, so you can either have your grey cells nourished or the black cells. Either way one of those would experience some amount of stunted growth.

Now lets get to some mathematics. The equation for the third law is something like this

Stupidity(S)  'proportonal to' hairLength(H)

or,  S = c. H, where c=character constant.

This character constant varies from person to person. This is the reason why you would not find so many exception in the successful women and Sardars. You might also find the this phenomenon amusing that even guys with longer hair act dumb more than you female friends would. A possible reason is that their 'c' value is really low and/or hair length is high. Well Einstein would be a good example for exception.

Another interesting thing is if the person is bald. That is to say his hair length is zero. So will he have zero stupidity. Well Actually this is a difficult situation. He has no hair. So we cannot quantify anything. He will definitely inherit stupidity but it cannot be quantified using the usual equation. Just like if you cannot see something what good is a ruler to measure its length.

PS: This post is for fun only. Any intellectual value associated with it is purely a coincidence.

12 November 2007

Phishing Attempt with gmail

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This was one of the most amazing mails that I have got. Seems like somebody got really creative. Best part is the security image. Amazingly this security image is a text. Woosh. Creativity at its heights. Morons really. Look at that warning code. Too good.  Dumbos get real. Nobody is going to fall for this silly mail. Genius of this guy lies in the fact that he got hold of the mail id as customer.mailboxverification@gmail.com . I know for sure that gmail or for that matter any free email service provider will never be able to block these people. I have seen mailid dropping a few characters or replacing a few characters to avoid detection. So best of luck to Google and others in fighting them out. Its just that people must be careful enough to discard this out.

07 November 2007

World Usability Day event at Bangalore

5th November(instead of 8th because of Diwali) was celebrated as World Usability Day. Bangalore was not untouched by the phenomenon, though it would rather had been a major thing. But clearly with over 120(My guess) it was not ignorable event. Long time since the usability aspects have been ignored by the technologists. iPhone and iPod have clearly shown the way. They were nothing radical in concept but they infact radically changed the usability part of the respective equipments.

I must add here that I was late for the event. But none the less I did have the opportunity to hear Mr MP Ranjan on Designing. His take on the Design for the user and design in various fields. Pretty much the whole talk is online at his blog http://design-for-india.blogspot.com/. But it was real experience to hear it from the horse's mouth.

Next Sarit from HFI presented the findings of usability test of Indian Railways Online reservation site at http://www.irctc.co.in/ . Ironically it was the awarded Genius of the Web award for the best PSU. Not very astonishing though considering that most PSU sites are actually unusable. It was interesting to note that how difficult it was to get a simple reservation done. It was nightmarish to someone who is not 100% aware of nuances of the Indian Railways. I strongly believe that the way US Government has a policy of certifying usability of all government websites and making sure that they are readable and usable by even a student of class 4, must be implemented in India. This is something 100% lacking with the Indian Government IT Usage Policy. Though I dont like to say it but, I strongly feel, reservations, favorism and corruption is reflected here.

An interesting workshop with teams given topics to come up with ideas for a useable solution for different problems. Different teams worked up solutions for better working models of the real life problems in health care tracking, mobiles for the elderly and mobile for the illiterate.

Shawn from http://babajobs.com told about how he is making life better for the bottom of the pyramid people like cooks, maids and drivers to be searched and found via his social networking site.

Mr Gururaj and Dr R Washington talked about health care system they had designed for Karnataka Health Trust. A truely exciting work. How they are tracking the sex worker and their health records. How its easier for everyone to make use of it.

Overall a really nice event. With something to take home for everyone, and I am not just talking about the goodies that I got. :-)

05 November 2007

Barcamp Bangalore Registrations open

Barcamp Bangalore 5

Finally we have the registrations open for Barcamp Bangalore 5. As usual its through the wiki here. You are requested to enter in the format specified. For wiki entry enter in following format

 # Name , Blog/Website, Organisation, Email Id,
'''Collectives: Primary:'''ABC '''Others: '''XYZ

I hope this is going to be the most liveliest of all barcamps happening around the world, the Baap of all Unconferences.

31 October 2007

Barcamp Bangalore collectives registrations open

Well the registration for the collectives have began. If you think there is some topic to be discussed at barcamp, then go ahead and register. Here is how to do that.

 http://barcampbangalore.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4

But before that I feel everyone must read this

http://barcampbangalore.org/wiki/BCB5_Collective_Approach

It explains you about what to expect from Barcamp and Collectives. Really its been written in an excellent manner by Shourya Sarcar. A must read for all Barcampers new and old timers both.

Theory of Success and Productivity!!!!

I today got this amazing story to read from the master of 'office humor', Scott Adams. Usually he would write the stuff in a very discrete and sarcastic way. But today he missed the bigger point.

So here is that point for u. There are two ingeniously stupid researchers who have come up with something interesting. This actually is worth the igNobel or "No Balls" if not the Nobel Prize.

Research 1 says that Happiness = success.

Research 2 says that Sadness = productivity.

Now if I say that both researchers are earnestly true then I can form some real good mathematical equations.

Sadness = No Happiness.

Since Happiness = success, Sadness = No success.

Hmmm now is the fun, as Sadness = Productivity , we can say that,

Productivity = No Success

Now effectively,

No Productivity = Success.

This clearly proves that harder you work, less successful you would be and your appraisal will reflect that. So for more success work less. If you have worked hard then don't crib about your appraisal, your don't deserve a better appraisal. You must be left unhappy so that your productivity does not get hampered.

Cry Lord Cry!!! Either this world is like Negro's left cheek(thats neither fair nor right) or one(or both) of these researchers had a serious attack of stupidity while conducting their research. I don't know. What's your say on it.

Those 8 Questions - Question 6

The dictionary defines "faith" as belief without evidence. It
defines "stupidity" as unreasoned thinking. Is faith without
evidence a form of unreasoned thinking?

Seems so very obvious isn't it. But if you tell the same in case of Ram Setu, well it seems all too obvious. But amazingly this was the very thing I was trying oppose. I had talked about how important is faith for every Indian. So whats wrong with it. Well faith whatsoever it may be is something which you believe in and has not been disproved. Its not just a belief without evidence rather its a belief with no contradicting evidence or unexplained phenomenon justified by some means. Your faith in those changes as soon as you find a logical or scientific explanation. The planetary positions and sun being center of the solar system were explained differently before Galileo came up with the proof, that was faith. Yes at times when people start believing in faith without any logic or reasoning with the idea of harming someone else, thats when things go wrong. Its

good to have faith but we must make sure that we do not go over the top to justify it although it is wrong. A tough call at all times. But none the less you need to keep faith in people to use good judgement.

PS: This continues as a series of questions posed as explained here.

Other related posts are:

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-8-questions-question-5.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-8-questions-question-4.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-8-questions-question-3.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/are-humans-product-of-skilled-or.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/if-you-suspected-you-were-deluded-how.html

29 October 2007

Those 8 Questions - Question 5

Is consciousness anything more than a continual process of
imagining, acting, observing the impact of the action, and
imagining again with new information?

The above statement to anyone would seem like the most correct at first glance. It would seem the most rational statement. But consciousness is being able to obverse whatever is happening around. Thats all. A person who is kind of disabled is also conscious. He knows what is happening around. He would do nothing but be conscious none the less. Funnily any person lost in his ego does the some action but can you really call him conscious. Well actually not because he is lost in his own parallel reality. By the time the ego starts taking the backstage, he would rather want to see his parallel world than the real world. So what is consciousness? I believe consciousness does not involve the step of imagining or acting. Its just observing is consciousness. If you can feel and understand the situation then its enough for consciousness. Rest how you are guided to do all is all about conscience. But am I contradicting the example of the egoistic guy,  after all he still observes things. But he does not observe the reality, he realizes them in his own reality. So apparently there is no contradiction. A very tricky thing to talk about. So whats your opinion?

PS: This continues as a series of questions posed as explained here.

Other related posts are:

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-8-questions-question-4.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-8-questions-question-3.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/are-humans-product-of-skilled-or.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/if-you-suspected-you-were-deluded-how.html

25 October 2007

Meeting with IT Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka

Thanks to the blogging and the bloggers community especially Prashanth from Techbangalore.com I got invite to meet IT Secretary of Govt of Karnataka, Mr M.N. Vidyashankar. Frankly I wasnt much prepared for the conversation expect the fact I work for an IT company. Along with me were Hari, Arun and Prashanth. Mr M.N. Vidyashankar received us at his office. He started with great enthusiasm explaining us what Bangalore is for IT. He stated certain facts that showed how much IT meant for Karnataka. He was clear that IT could not be ignored at all, after all 26% of Karnataka's GDP comes from in there although to India's GDP it contributes a mere 4%. With 4.9lakh plus people employed by the industry it was bigger than the state which is around 4.5 lakhs.

He told us that infrastructure crunch was the reason why around 18 months back heads started rolling. 10000 acre Knowledge City at Biradi is the outcome of that. Bigger plan is get 5 such self contained townships with over 60000 acres of land. Interesting part of this township is that every company that buys land for its corporate use will have to compulsorily get residential land as well. For better commuting till the International Airport a special 8lane highway will be constructed. Extension of Metro is also under consideration. But the bigger question that still remains is that are not people in Bangalore going to work in that place. If so, how good or bad will that be. When certain areas of Bangalore dont have proper transportation means how is that township going to manage. Not everyone in Bangalore has the luxury of a car. Even if its there, at time we do need the public transport. Without that being in place I see no point why someone will move from Bangalore to Knowledge City. And initially for sure companies will have to relocate staff from existing locations itself. I am not sure how most of the people are going to react. I am sure more thought has to be put into this. Getting people first or the establishments(shops, public transport etc) is an example of classic chicken and egg problem.

BangaloreIT.in which is on 29 Oct to 1st Nov this year has a new theme, "Gateway to Asia". Its at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre on Tumkur Road so that conference and exhibition might not located at different locations. He has already had a lot of convincing and conversation with ambassadors of several countries. He has been promised delegation from several of the countries. The industry captains chair this commission and plan its activities. He wants to get the government out of it and let the industry do it. His idea is to make BangaloreIT.in something like CeBIT. A very clear question came from Arun, "Why are we not showcasing the event with people waiting to tell that they are doing next." The focus of the event should shift from showcasing Bangalore and IT in India to showcasing IT itself. Bangalore story does not need to be told. Everyone already knows it. When we do it Bangalore, Karnataka and India are automatically impressed on them. And he did not look all that convinced with this. He thought that the industry had made the agenda and it should only drag it forward. Another of the suggestion made was not just have industry captains but the young blood also involved. Mr Vidyashankar just said, its done. I was amazed that he could be that receptive to the idea. After all its not just the wisdom of the experienced but the energy of the young that will actually move the country forward. He was very clear that the BangaloreIT.in has faltered and slipped due to certain problems but moving forward he wants to remove all that is blocking its progress. He said that certain arrangements have been done to have more people coming in like, students would be allowed free entry, transportation arrangement for colleges and plus there would be transportation arranged from all bus terminal at very short durations. Seems like government is all geared up to give IT its top priority. They are even going to tag all visitors with RFID and help them succeed in getting their job done.

I had one question about why the government was not serious about promoting startups. But sadly instead of reply from Mr Vidyashankar a fellow blogger from praja.in(He likes to remain anonymous) said he did not want government to get involved in it. Perhaps not the right thing to be done but none the less, I got an answer from Mr Vidyashankar. He said that ITPL did have that concept but it was still not very well utilized even after 18months. But then actually the startups do not need all that facility but some basic facility at a real low cost.

Anyway it a good to see that Government of Karnataka is recognizing the non-traditional media and contacted us for the session. I hope this does not end up as a one off event. Thanks to Maya Naresh from text100.com for arranging the meet.

Planning towards Barcamp Bangalore 07 Winter Edition

Well the heads rolled this weekend again on what should be the Barcamp Bangalore 07 Winter Edition. A lot of hot debates and responsibilities being shared between people. Sponsorship, marketing, logistics etc being taken up. Besides these a few fundamental principles were formed for Barcamp Bangalore 07 Winter Edition.

Firstly Collective based approach was to be repeated. Yes there was a hot debate on it with people getting into each others point well. In the end it was decided to continue with the "Collectives" Experiment.

Second should we restrict Barcamp to Tech only. Last Barcamp had gone beyond that. There were collectives like photography, biking and unband. Certain participants felt that this was diluting the whole atmosphere from being a bleed-edge tech discussion forum to a milder, do-all discussion forum. So it was finally decided that we should make a Barcamp a forum to create a ecosystem where multi-disciplinary activities take place. I wish to see some new age marketing concepts being discussed in the Barcamp.

The Logo Contest is on at http://barcampbangalore.org/wiki/Logo_selection.

Registration will be opening up in the next week so keep watching this space for more announcements.

 

23 October 2007

Those 8 Questions - Question 4

Why would God be so unclear about what book or books  he authored?

Well does God have no better work to do than to copyright and get royalty for them. He would right 'N' different books telling each of the regions duds a different stories. He would tell them a different story so that each one of them is confused about Him and they would never find the real truth about Him. Yeah really if you believe that God wrote all those books then this is the only explanation. Obviously God never wrote even one of the word in those books. It were mere imagination or exaggeration  of what they saw happening all around them. Their fears were tied to stories by the more intelligent ones so they could overcome their fears. If you believe too much in them, then I am sorry but thats what I believe.

PS: This continues as a series of questions posed as explained here.

Other related posts are:

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/those-8-questions-question-3.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/are-humans-product-of-skilled-or.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/if-you-suspected-you-were-deluded-how.html

22 October 2007

Those 8 Questions - Question 3

Would an omnipotent being need to think in the way that
people understand it? Or is thinking unnecessary for a
timeless, indestructible being whose preferences are the
same as reality?

If we say that its true then God is just another human. Well personification of God is there in almost all religions of the world. In a sense we actually reduce the complexity of being God just enough so that we can make some sense out of Him. But then the big question still there is that is reason for human life a conscious effort or is it merely a coincidence of right things being there at the right places. Its really interesting to think about possibilities and not concretely prove anything. Thats the thing that many people around the world, not just in India, are exploiting to make people believe that they have the sole ownership on the right way of life and God is with them. But then my next question is that, if God is with you then why are you still suffering and why you still need more money and people to join you. You would probably be happy and enjoying knowing why you are there in this world in the first place.

Now if I assume that God is the creator of this world then we would probably be some sort of an experiment. He would be watching over us and checking out what we are upto. Now does he need to think. Bloody hell if he wants to consciously create something. then obviously he would have to do some thinking. So my conclusion is that either we are not a creation of conscious mind or God does not think. You can assume anything, but both cannot take place the same time.

 

PS: This continues as a series of questions posed as explained here.

Other related posts are:

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/are-humans-product-of-skilled-or.html

http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/if-you-suspected-you-were-deluded-how.html

16 October 2007

Are humans the product of a skilled or an unskilled designer?

Are Humans perfect. Well the answer obviously is no. As Scott Adams would like to say "If God is so smart why so you fart". If you look carefully at the human body you would obviously marvel at the creators skills. So calling the designer unskilled is actually sad if not wrong. That would definitely be the view of a pessimist soul. But if think logically even the best of professional  fails make things perfect. So you can forgive our creator for all that is there which is not perfected. With the presently available information all I can say is that our creator is studying us. He wants to make never version of humans as he has been doing for all these years. Since humans are not perfect he will surely create something better. When is the question yet to be answered. Let see when that happens.

15 October 2007

Barcamp Bangalore 07 Winter Edition Kickoff

Barcamp kickoff meet was there at India Coffee House at MG Road. I reached there just in time to find the Barcamp regulars Arun, Hari, Jace a.k.a. Kiran(I found out that day), Srinivas and Keshav among others whom I kind of met for the first time. Since I was there before others could join in, I had a little chit-chat with them. One thing was clear to me at that time, Collectives or no Collectives would be the hot topic.

Soon more people joined us, among those who I remember are Vinoo, Manasi and Kiruba. Well actually there were too many to remember and without the list from Hari I dont think I can recall all names :-( Another important mention that I would make here is Aditya who joined us on phone.

Well as I had predicted Collectives or no Collectives drove the discussion. Most of us made it amply clear that collectives are required but we need to buck up the communications part. Another suggestion was to make the collectives instead of folder like, make them tag like. But frankly I felt that it did not address any issue that was the reason to look around for other options. Bangalore Barcamp being the largest of all needs a different treatment. More than that we needed make the objectives of the having this kind of unconference clear to all participants. There was this another idea of having no projectors or rather no ppts. According to some including me they actually play a spoilsport rather than anything else. But then most felt that though they are somewhat destructive but at times not having it would be a rather sad thing. Also less rules is more fun. Hence the idea was a total reject. A lot of hot debate on how the old timers loved the first two bar camps and not the last one. I suppose people get greedy. They want to attend each and every talk that is going on and sadly that cannot happen. Another line of thought was making barcamp more focused on topics, the way the Chennai guys do, Wikicamp, Searchcamp, Blogcamp and others. This was quickly dismissed by the Kiruba himself who was clear that the barcamp has its own charms as an umbrella organization. Soon after we left for our ways with the idea that we would be doing something good to start an ecosystem in Bangalore, which can actually make Bangalore truly a Silicon Valley.

12 October 2007

Why Vodka?

One stupid and innovative Australian tried to commit suicide by drinking an antifreeze compound. Just as diamond is used to cut a diamond the doctors found the antidote in alcohol. Alcohol is an antifreeze {Happy}. But very soon the chemist was out of stock. So they used Vodka instead. 

This incident leaves me wondering, was vodka the fav of the gentleman in question or the doc, so that he could have some for free. Then again why not beer or rather Fosters(Oz for beer). Why not some good quality wine or a vintage whisky. After all wine, whisky and vodka all have same quantity of alcohol.

Another thought is that may be all this is a publicity stunt by the Vodka maker who are accumulating losses.

Is Vodka really cheap out there that the docs preferred vodka to anything else.

Whatever be the case one thing is for sure, that poor chap is going to have a real bad hangover. Where are the anti-hangover pill makers, you have a good customer here or may be a Model(provided he gets over the hangover).

Bottomline is "If you wanna die, dont drink vodka"

10 October 2007

Google guys are just too good

I think you guys must have had a real good experience searching on Google. No wonder they have a very good algorithm but then that too us susceptible to spam so you cant really have 100% reliability on that. That was the question that made me think that googlrithm is more complex than what it seems. And yesterday night I got that light from my thinking bulb. At first when Google introduced Google Sitemaps and Google Analytics. No one would have suspected it to have any consequences on search. But now I realize that the assumption is perhaps wrong. So heres my hypothesis on how Google makes it happen.

Well every webmaster now by default goes to Google Sitemaps to get his site in the list. The webmaster would get information like his indexed pages, when his page was indexed and what searches picked up his pages and at what rank. It also records for which searches his site was visited. Great now you know who visited your site for what result. But then Google also knows. From here Google Analytics takes over. It records how long was the user there before he moved on. That too determines how useful your page was. Very simple but effective most of the time. Also Google Analytics would let the search engine know what is the usual time a visitor is at the site. So you get a higher ranking for more the number of visitors and longer they spent on your site. A spam site would never get visitors to spend anything more that 5seconds and if you have most visitors staying for real short period then your ranking gets a good hit. A very simple solution indeed all while giving the webmasters a feeling of serving them well. Ironically it does that too well. Google Sitemaps and Google Analytics are both such good tools that they leave competition miles behind. Great going Google.

08 October 2007

If you suspected you were deluded, how could you find out for sure? : Those 8 questions answered

So the big questions is how would you find out if you were deluded. I tried to solve this problem in the same way as I do with my computer science problem. Relate to the problem in a different manner. Try and imagine that same problem in a different perspective. So in this case I replace a delude self with a blind man. Now if one fine day due to some neurological miracle he begins to see. But the catch is that what he is seeing is imaginary most of the time. Now this guy will never be able to find out what is that he is watching is not imaginary. The way out, is that he can ask someone else about the correctness of the situation. But what is the other person too is having a kind of hallucination. And if there is too much of faith involved then the logic and truth are doomed for life. Ultimate solution could be testing the facts for truth yourself. Now take for example there is a magical act. How do you test for truthfulness. Well only tools that you have are openness of your mind and the right knowledge. Sure some people are good at bluffing about their supernatural abilities and there are some people who are good at catching it too. So knowledge, logic and reasoning are the only way to get out of delusion.

05 October 2007

Those 8 questions

I read this book called Religious Wars by Scott Adams. It was a rather interesting take on the current world situation. The usual humor writer whom we associate with Dilbert has now given a rather different view. Seems like he has grown old finally {Big Grin}. He posed the following questions.

1. If you suspected you were deluded, how could you find
out for sure?
2. Are humans the product of a skilled or an unskilled
designer?
3. Would an omnipotent being need to think in the way that
people understand it? Or is thinking unnecessary for a
timeless, indestructible being whose preferences are the
same as reality?
4. Why would God be so unclear about what book or books
he authored?
5. Is consciousness anything more than a continual process of
imagining, acting, observing the impact of the action, and
imagining again with new information?
6. The dictionary defines "faith" as belief without evidence. It
defines "stupidity" as unreasoned thinking. Is belief without
evidence a form of unreasoned thinking?
7. Can the impact of your actions rippling into the future be
considered an immortal soul?
8. Could atheists and believers accept the same definition of
God?

I would like to answer each one of those in coming post. By that time you guys can ponder over it.

26 September 2007

We now know for whom the muslims round the world prayed

When I heard Pakistani Skipper Shohaib Mallik tell in the presentation ceremony that he was thankful to all the muslims around the world who had supported him I really felt surprised. But then the humor in me came alive and some interesting thoughts hit me.

So I tell you about possibility number 1. It so happened that muslims around the world did not pray for Pakistan. It actually happened that most of the muslims in India were supporting the home team. So keeping in mind the majority, Allaha decided that India should win. So Mr Shohab Mallik's only hope went for a toss.

Another possibility is that the muslim's Shohaib Mallik was counting on certain muslims who were actually busy praying for success in suicide attacks on innocent civilians so that in turn they would get 70 odd virgins in heaven. In the end Shohaib Mallik had no one praying for him.

Another reason could be that since the muslims prayed that may the may the muslims take the cup. And God looking at Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan (probably he considers them to be the more muslim) decided that they should be happy. He helped Irfan Pathan get all the crucial wickets and runs so that he could be awarded the Man of the Match. No wonder India won.

Interestingly either of the two things can be true. Most muslims do not pray for Pakistan and instead consider India to be their real representative or Allah does not like Pakistanis. Whichever be the real scenario one thing is true Pakistani skipper is living in a dreamland and so are the big heads of Pakistan.

21 September 2007

An Anthropology of Indian Chutneys

Well the Indian household as I understand makes use of four different varieties of chutneys mainly. Though there are several other variations available but as far as I know the usual ones are

  • Green Chutney or Dhaniya ki Chutney
  • Imli ki Chutney
  • Nariyal Chutney
  • Tomato Sauce(Yes the way we use it, yes you can call it chutney)

So what so special about green chutney. Well it is the spicy variety. People often(may be once in a blue moon{Big Grin}t) confuse it with chilly sauce but it is distinct from it. Unlike the sauces it cannot be preserved for long duration, or rather it is not. Another difference which might be irrelevant is that this chutney is made of dhaniya. Whats that in English. Sorry I dont know. Google and find out if you wish too. The most awesome thing of this chutney is that it adds a flavour to the snacks that you are having without actually destroying the original flavour of the snacks.

Imli ki Chutney is of the sweet variety. It adds a distinct flavour to your snacks. If its a Samosa then you ought to have it with this chutney. Its just yummy. Though the original recipe for it has been patented by the Gujjus of India but like all other pirated items it is treated as one of their own across India. They are even remixed to the local flavours.

Nariyal Chutney is a patented chutney of South India. Though North Indian believe that this chutney is meant only for the Idli and Dosas but the fact is that aboriginal South Indian have it with almost everything. Although actually its tasteless but the salt and green chilly in it make it real hot and tasty. I bet that you cannot have Idli without this chutney. Even if I lose the bet, one thing is for sure, that you will lose the taste of Idli. This chutney confirms the reason why there are so many Exclusive Piles Clinic in South India{Batting Eyelashes}.

Tomato Sauce. Well this is one of those items which are used in almost everything. There is a very good reason for that. Thats because it actually overpowers the flavour of the snack that you are having. So if you really hate some snack, your best bet is to have it with tomato sauce. You would feel as if you are only having this tomato sauce, keeping in mind that no one actually hates it.  This tomato sauce is also known at several places as Tomato Ketchup.

Other than the four mentioned above there are others like Lahsun(Garlic) ki chutney, Dhana-Mirch ki chutney and Pudine ki chutney. There well may be many other chutneys as well but they are just a variation of the ones mentioned above. So its safe to say that I have mentioned all. If you really think that I missed something please let me know in the comments below{Raised Eyebrow}. Yummmy

17 September 2007

DCamp Bangalore.....Yes I was there

With so many things happening for the engineers Bar Camp, OCC and now D Camp. Sure we are going to see the next MS or Google from India very soon. D Camp or design camp was held a Yahoo office in EGL.

First presentation was by Muthu from Sun Microsystems. He started with demo on how to use CSS and Javascript. Next how to use it to get 'Your Kind' of a look for your webpage. Then we had the demo for YUI Javascript Library. And the usual corporate bashing was kicked off but Muthu cleverly moved the controversy out by saying that YUI is his favourite thats all and the ultimate call to use is on the developer themselves.

Joe Arnold from Yahoo! was next to make a presentation with an unusual title "Learning to Fly". Rather actually it was a great one. Interesting way to explain how to design, using the Wright brothers experience on how to build invent a plane. Some interesting thought on what it takes to build or rather invent a good product.

  • You need an itch to invent
  • No PhDs actually required
  • Test first and test again
  • Dont rely on others data
  • Gather your own data
  • Dont go all at once launches
  • Look for inspiration at unlikely places
  • Do not over design or over engineer
  • Solution often do not exist, invent them
  • Look for patterns
  • Spend time with engineers

Does that seem like Agile to you. Yes it is but the way he presented the whole idea, it was just excellent.

Third Session was by Ruta from Yahoo! No points for guessing what did he talk about. Yahoo Innovations. Some interesting ones are here

  • Yahoo IM karaoke
  • Flickerator: Your Yahoo avatar put in your favorite snap at flickr
  • Random Avatar generation.(Avatar Transmogrifier)
  • Yahoo Avatar Makeover Plugin.Make your own avatar and for your friends too.

Sidenote: Yahoo Avatar was done in India entirely.

Next speaker was Amit Pande from Oracle. Topic for him, "Enterprise 2.0". Interestingly he made is clear that he is not going to talk about anything related to technologies like AJAX or Oracle frameworks. He talked about how organizations should adapt to Web2.0 technologies. Make use of Wiki, social network and others. Some companies have already started working to work towards that is and execs are looking towards adapting that soon. His underlying theme was that Interesting note on design practices

  • Be aware of Fad/Utility Ratio
  • Best of consumer releam with policy, security and scale.
  • Literal translations most of the time do not work well.

Nicest talk as of now at D Camp.

Three touchstones of Interface Design by Harish from One Big Web

Basically you can go through his presentation but the main points that came up were that you should have an interface which is generic, efficient and intuitive. You have to make a good balance of each to get the best product out.

Siddhi from Sliver Stripe Software presented on Programmer Spaces. Peopleware and The Psychology of Computer Programmers were two books that he mentioned . The presentation was basically about how the workplace be organized so that best can come out of the programmers.

Interesting points about time we work

  • 30% alone
  • 50% with 1 other person
  • 20% with more than 1 person.

Schematic Mapping by Arun was the next topic. Interesting thoughts on how to reduce information on maps(may be extended to others) to give actually be more useful. This guys actually made a schematic for Chennai.

Next presentation was by Navneet from Google on User Motivation. Pretty interesting points for ideal process

  1. Functionality - Physicality
  2. Trust - Safety
  3. Social - Belonging
  4. Experience - Esteem
  5. Pride - Actualization

Bhasker Kode on Overview/Evolution of end-user programming was next to present his ideas. He also is the one doing some interesting stuff at http://returnable.org/.

Two guys from Microsoft(Supreet Singh & Pandurang Nayak) showed up the Silverlight with all the usual jhinga-a-laala. I actually yawned once during this presentation. If you want to attend the Silverlight Design meet, send mail to supr...@microsoft.com.

Basically it was a great time. A lot to learn from there. I met some of the usual people in the circuit and some new ones also. I felt great to hear that some of the good things happening in India. I hope similar things keep happening and thanks to Yahoo! for supporting this initiative.

And if anyone knows of any of the presentations link, please let me know.




14 September 2007

Ram Ram....Yeah kya hai

WTF...thats what I said when I heard this http://www.ibnlive.com/news/govt-says-no-proof-ram-existed-vhp-seethes/48547-3.html. Amazing thing. Ram never existed. But dude how can we prove that we prove that Ram never existed. How can you prove that somebody some hundred thousand years ago existed. I cannot see your brains does that mean anything. I really cant say that. Its just an open question, a question of faith. And a country like India which is not secular. Yes its not secular because here's what Google returns from define:secular. I would say India is more of multi-religious. You need to respect the peoples sentiments and if there is mythology associated with any of the places you need to respect them. Now that Govenment is reviewing and calling back its affidavit I feel we need to rething what should be done in this non-secular multi religious India.

But the blogospheres reaction was interesting. Some of them are here

Did Lord Rama Exist?

yet another goof up in the name of religion

A “Babri Masjid” by Congress

Space photos no proof of Ram Setu: NASA

Rama Rama

12 September 2007

Hindu India??? Muslim Billionaire -- Bullshit

The Wall street Journal reports with this as its headline

How a Muslim Billionaire Thrives in Hindu India

Mr. Premji Has Wealth And Clout as Wipro Chief; The Imam Disapproves.

What bullshit is this. Hindu India??? Was it Mr Praveen Togaria or some stupid Hindu Fundamentalist who gave this view. India is not Hindu first of all and it was not he being Hindu or Muslim that made the difference. It was his hard work and vision that saw him make that mark in the International space. More than Mr Azim Premji I feel its former President of India APJ Abul Kalaam who is looked upon a role model than anything else. And if the report is to suggest anything, its the fact that Wipro has made its mark because of its secular policies. I dont know of any Indian Hindu billionaire who would not be secular. Although you are a pious Hindu like the Birlas building a temple in every city in India, but when you do business you cannot constrain yourself on the people front. I dont think its true. And I am not discounting some of the lesser known small home business where someone of your own will only work. Caste etc. do play a big role there. Perhaps thats the reason they never go over the top the way Wipro, Infy, Tata, Birla or Ambanis have done it. Obviously in this secular India being a single minded never works. Even the political parties have realized it and so we see BJP seeking Muslim help and BSP wooing the Brahmins and others too. Go knows when others will realize the truth. But least of all it was required from WSJ. Shame on you

10 September 2007

Google Webmaster Sitemaps bug

Dear Google,
I have my blog at http://the100rabh.blogspot.com as you can see ;-). I was looking into Google Webmaster Sitemaps. Today I found that I was not able to see more than 100 inlinks to my page.
The main page link was this
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/externallinks?siteUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fthe100rabh.blogspot.com%2F&hl=en&bplink=http%3A%2F%2Fthe100rabh.blogspot.com%2F&sort=allsubdomain&num=100

The next link was this
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/externallinks?siteUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fthe100rabh.blogspot.com%2F&hl=en&sort=allsubdomain&view=&bplink=&num=100&bpmark=100,0,100,0,0&fwd=true

It was frustrating to see that clicking on the next link I went to the main inlinks page. For the time being I found solution as this

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/externallinks?siteUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fthe100rabh.blogspot.com%2F&hl=en&bplink=http%3A%2F%2Fthe100rabh.blogspot.com%2F&sort=allsubdomain&num=100&bpmark=100,200,XXX,YYY,0&fwd=true

Instead of clicking on next I make my own next URL. I just change that value of XXX in multiples of 100 with YYY being 100 more than XXX and you keep going to the next page....Google boys are you listening?

After giving some thought to the problem I have realized that the reason for this kind of behavior is a silly mistake on the programmers part. But I believe that the larger problem is because of the way Google gets and displays data. No doubt I am not the best in the business, but my common sense tells me that less I expose thing to be manipulated at the client end, more secure I am. In this case I did the same manipulation as I did to make a Greasemonkey script to get to the last page of the topic in an Orkut community. The script can be found here. Your comments are invited.

Bangalore Bloggers Meet II

It started with the mail from Me :-).... So finally we meet on 8th Sept 07 after a lot of requests falling for the meet day to be shifted from 1st to 8th.

Here I went to see that the key organizer, Sanjukta is not there. Oh no she is late...

After a quick round of introductions AJ started the meet with what should be in the mailing list. We had a number of views.

  • AJ's suggestions was to have different mailing lists
  • Ramjee suggested that we have a forum
  • Another is that we make rules like
    • Do not publicize your own blog.
    • Make etiquettes to work with mailing list posts.
  • Himanshu's suggestion was to have a number of moderators.

Final decision

  • Have an etiquette for mailing list.
  • Make moderators if things go out of hand.

Etiquette

  • Only people from the mailing list those who are not having relevant blog.
  • No personal blogging
  • Only exchange of ideas.
  • No empty links

Next on Agenda, NLS meet. Ideas for what to talk about

  • Technicals
    • Pod-casting
    • Setting up a blog
    • Visitor tracking and analysis
    • Widgets
  • Ethics of blogging
  • Indian Laws relevant to blogging

One day workshop sometime later.

Why Wordpress is a bad by AJ.

  • Random changes to policies.
    • Ads included randomly.
    • Sub domains assigned to different people without informing current owners.

My Ideal Startup

Well last Sunday I again happened to be at the Open Coffee Club of Bangalore. A whole lot of interesting ideas on marketing and all were tossed up. The big question that's always in my mind was answered during this session. Yes what is my ideal startup.

I think what would make up my ideal startup would be some ideas taken from Hari and Venkat (Venkat has a startup named OutSmart, so guys be ready to expect something). Here are the something's a startup should do.

  • Be positive about your idea and more importantly show it.
  • Have a long term plan, something like 2 years. Be ready and plan up to flourish in those two years, not just survive. This should be planned before you get your hands wet.
  • Waiting for VC may not be the best bet. Keep ground realities in check.
  • More often than not the power of idea is so strong that one can loose track of customer expectations. Be firmly stitched to that ground.
  • Make employees feel that they are adding value to their resume. A startup may fail but their knowledge will make them sail ahead.
  • Be ready to refuse people rather than just recruit for the sake of it. Get only the best. A 1::500 recruit to resume ratio is not unimaginative.
  • Keep all employees aware of the best things happening. It drives the spirit to work in them.
  • Drive the team spirit by making sure that people sit in a group so that team spirit thrives.
  • Money or any kind of benefit cannot stop an employee from quitting your company. Bonds etc only bring a bad name to the company. A startup for sure cannot afford it. Instead if the employee may come back if he finds the relationship and environment worth the value. Even if he does not he will brag about his past company. This sure will bring goodwill to you and perhaps some good employees too.

I don't know about others but I sure will follow this for my startup if I ever start.

05 September 2007

Silly questions

It makes me worry sometimes looking at the kind of reporting that goes on in the media. I feel there are just too many junk heads around who do just the useless reporting. But then I feel that Scott Adam is just so right, everyone is an idiot depending on the situation. Each one of us just acts stupid at some point or the other. But still I always thought that there were a lot many checks in place for the media to not allow such useless comments to come out in the open.

Here is the latest by Indian Express.
They asked Mr Saurav 'Dada' Ganguly if they are going to win the series in England.
What is dada supposed to answer. Yeah the Englishmen are going to beat us our pants down( Yeah I cannot pull off my shirt) or The Indian team is lead by a loser who cannot butter his bread or Dawood paid us Rs 100000000000000000000000000000000 to loose. Bullshit. Hopeless

Other known examples.
  • A man has just survived a building that fell on him but left his near and dear ones dead. And the media asks, " How do you feel about it". What should the man do, Kill that reporter then and there?
  • Media asks an election candidate "Are you going to win". Expected replies
    • Not I am just there to see myself loose.
    • Win, No way I am the biggest looser around
    • Yeah I gave away Rs1000000000000 for campaign to loose. No way I am going to win.
  • A 'Mis' Universe contestant is asked "What are you doing to do after getting the Miss Universe crown?". Expected answers
    • I am going to become like Mother Teresa and denounce all the wealth that the contest is going to give me. I will live the life of a saint and work towards worlds well being. Thats the reason I got into this contest, obviously otherwise I could not have done any good work.
    • Yeah after I win this contest, I will get loads of moolah and will live the life of luxury. Not counting endless modeling assingments for obscene amount of money and if I am lucky a role in a movie or tele series.
  • A captain who just lost a series. "What do you have to say about it"
    • Well I took a big moolah from the betting syndicate to loose the series
    • You know I am not feeling well.
    • It was revenge on the board member who insulted me by comparing XYZ with me.
    • Me and my team are hopeless players of the game.
I wonder what is the sense in asking such questions when the results are pretty much obvious to a blind man too :-)

03 September 2007

Seven Strategies to getting an auto in Bangalore

I know that like me, many Bangaloreans of all origins have a lot of trouble in getting auto. The biggest problem is that people have shell out amounts which are really high. We can easily blame it on the Autowalas but the truth is that he too wants to earn a lot of money like all of us out here. He too wants to have a Capachino at the CCD or take a bite at McDees. But the auto fare just does not allow him to do all that. Now that he has an advantage got himself. There a lot of people and comparatively lot less auto-rickshaws. So he just asks for obscene amounts of money for a distance way too less. I have faced it myself and now here I present to you 'Strategies to getting an auto in Bangalore'.

Well let me start with rule no. 1
Rule 1
Never pay more that whats in the meter.

If you just cannot follow this rule, please do not read further.The strategy is definitely not going to work for you. Infact you could even help raising the unjustified fares even more.

Rule 2
Read Rule No. 1 Again

Why is that. Well thats just to emphasise on Rule 1. I hope you will read further only if you ready to follow Rule1

Rule 3
Always ask autos parked in the stand but never hire unless they go as per fare meter.

It is a general observation that the the autos in stand would never go for hire unless you pay extra. So you would never get an auto on hire from the stand. But still give it a try. Never bargain, just refuse right on the fact. It will make them realize that people are not ready to pay extra. This is very important in the long term perspective. So how do you get an auto. Read the next rule

Rule 4
Give him a reason to take you to your destination

By the above rule what I mean is that you should give the auto driver a reason to give you the service. This should not be confused with more money.
That the most you could have done wrong. Actually this is what is going wrong. Give him a softer reason. Something like a longer distance or to a place where he can get a lot more hirers. Another possibility is that you are going to the place where that auto driver belongs to. In fact this is what next rule asks you to do

Rule 5
Take an auto from the right place

You need to stand in the right place to take an auto. I would give a personal experience in this regard. How many times have you tried to get an auto from MG Road to say something like Airport Road or Indiranagar. I am sure you would have had failed in the endeavor or paid heavily for it. But if you try the same thing while standing on the Residency Road, you will end up happy. The reason being that person is going to somewhere there itself and so is rather happy to take you along. You can try other places too. Readers are requested to share their similar experiences. Other alternative is that you should try and take pre-paid auto. Thats a rather nice way to get off all the hassles. But then its not available everywhere.

Rule 6
Break up your journey if its too long and and the drivers are unwilling

Most of the time drivers are rather unwilling to go long distances. Something like going from Basveshwarnagar to Indiranagar may be a rather long one and not many will be ready for it. So break your journey up. Take an auto to something like Shivajinagar and take another from there to Indiranagar. In this way you have little discomfort of taking 2 autos but believe me you will end up saving a lot of headache and money. Of course make sure that you get down somewhere you know can get an auto easily.

Rule 7
Treat the auto driver as another service provider

The auto driver is yet another service provider. You tip the waiter in a hotel or at a pizza store. Why not tip an auto driver for his good behavior. Sometimes even a thank you makes the life of a person better. It gives him a sense of pride. I wonder why people dont do that in India.

Thats it from me. If you folks find any better ways, please comment. If you liked my suggestion I wish you would spread the word and comment on the post too. Please feel free to copy paste and forward ;-)

25 August 2007

What a stupid question.

Will jail for Salman Khan deter wildlife poaching? Thats the most stupid of the questions to ask actually. But still the CNN-IBN dared to ask. Amazing stupidity. Did Sanjay Dutt's imprisonment prevent people from helping mafia and terrorists. Its stupid that the very same people who made huge hue and cry over imprisonment for Sanjay Dutt are considering jail for Salman. Its kind of a hypocrisy to ask for imprisonment for killing a Blackbuck and not for plotting to kill hundreds of Mumbaikars. I just cant imagine the value of life of humans is lesser than the animal. Strange ways of media in India. Will anyone talk??

24 August 2007

Game Set Match Won

After two post
http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/08/what-would-you-do-if-traditional.html
http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/08/i-as-blogger-has-affected-someone.html
I finally get to hear what I wanted. The confession of a journalist...NO A 'feature article writer'. Here is what Mrs Priyadarshini Nandy has to say in her post today
And btw, I didnt form opinion on what the TEL guys told me.. It was a feature article and not a journalistic piece. I just wrote what they told me.. if you come and tell me that you have fun at work, I don't know why I should'nt believe you - then, I'd have to mistrust everyone.. What a life that would be!
This statement makes it clear for everyone each of the points I had made in my first post regarding this. Let me make that once more.
  • Do not trust Mid Day as a reliable source of information. You never know when they are writing a feature article and when a real review.
  • Tata Elxsi made up all those stories.
  • Tata Elxsi does not treat employees as it talks about treating them. Thats the reason it has to take the help of feature articles. Comments on my and Priyadarshini's blog are ample indicator of the same.
  • Either there is nothing called Tata Values (it may be one of the illusion created by feature articles) or Bosses at Tata Elxsi have thrown it out of the window( thats why they get the moolah).
  • The author of that has more lies to tell than the truth. She is perfectly suited for reporting Page 3 parties. Please contact her, she will definitely write a very good feature article :-P She still says she was in dark about the truth of Tata Elxsi. Well all I can say is that suspicion should have had risen when people at Tata Elxsi preferred have a few people's picture taken, rather than giving pictures of some event which took place a few days back, if indeed people in Tata Elxsi have fun.
Indian media is sold out to others. This was exactly the feeling when I read all over the media about Sanjay Dutt. He is a bloody criminal who harbored terrorists. But media is portraying him as if he is the next Mahatma Gandhi. Yes he did play the role of Munna who followed principles of Mahatma Gandhi but thats it. He did have conversations with Dawood and other underworld ganglords. He did stage shows for Dawood. So were many others involved in the Bombay Blast which killed so many. After all AK-47 which probably killed a few innocent cititzens of India was found at him home. But media portrays him as a victim rather than a villian. Yes he is a Khalnayak. Probably that transformation was also due to immense power he commands.
I now seriously believe that I should trust bloggers more for reviews than the Mid Day. Thats simply because unlike sponsored posts by bloggers Mid Day does not care to make it clear to the reader if this article has been sponsored. This is the sad truth of media today. I hope Mid Day makes it a point to highlight in its article the fact that they have received some favors to write it. Thats the most ethical thing to do. May God give them right senses.
And as far as the business people are concerned , well their only objective is to make money anyways. So no point of talking of ethics and stuff about them.
Thanks to every who commented on my post as well as that of Priyadarshini Nandy's. You helped me make the noise enough to get to one ear. I hope this noise goes far and wide.