Saturday, April 30, 2005
Will the 'small box' end [err bridge] the digital divide?
Making thin clients more user frinedly seems to be the new new thing! Rajesh Jain has blogged about the concept for a while. His new company Novatium [ a JV with IIT Madras] will soon release the product in India.
Friday, April 29, 2005
the comments are a step ahead .. :)
PS - this is for my friends who find excuses to drink ;) Cheers
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Saturday, April 23, 2005
On humanity - our humanity is a form of virus in the genetic body?
On Religion - Religion, however, as a kind of organised misconception. It's millions of people being systematically educated in error
Am going to pick up the book today .. sounds interesting
"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." -- Robin Williams (1952- ) U.S. Actor and Comedian
Friday, April 22, 2005
New York’s Museum of Modern Art featured it alongside the white T-shirt, the incandescent lightbulb, and 121 other icons of beautiful everyday design in its “Humble Masterpieces” exhibit.
Read more on The Rake
Manned today by school dropouts and underprivileged children, the Fab Lab is a collection of high-tech tools that can be used to fabricate instruments of any utility and configuration.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Taking care of the present
"even as we continue to want to grow and have big dreams, we are not taking care of the present"
makes the point, that we need to take care of the present while we dream about tomorrow, in all areas of our life - business or personal.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
"no survey or focus group will ever tell you what the next great thing is going to be. That kind of idea, that kind of product, comes from visionaries who understand a new technology well enough to dream up an unintended use and who are stubborn and skillful enough to implement what nobody even knew to want.
These are the products and services that change our lives."
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Effects of outsourcing
Big outsourcing providers like Infosys may not be fountains of innovation, but their presence will have—in fact, is already having—trickle-down effects. Outsourcing, many Indians argue, is training India’s next generation of tech entrepreneurs.
The BOP model is focused on taking a single product or service and finding ways to make it cheap enough to offer to a larger, poorer, market. This is why I think it's essentially about commodification.
The Long Tail, on the other hand, is about nicheification. Rather than finding ways to create an even lower lowest common denominator, the Long Tail is about finding economically efficient ways to capitalize on the infinite diversity of taste and demand that has heretofore been overshadowed by mass markets. The millions who find themselves in the tail in some aspect of their life (and that includes all of us) are no poorer than those in the head. Indeed, they are often drawn down the tail by their refined taste, in pursuit of qualities that are not afforded by one-size-fits-all. And they are often willing to pay a premium for those goods and services that suit them better. The Long Tail is, indeed, the very opposite of commodification.
So the Long Tail is made up of millions of niches. The Bottom of the Pyramid is made up of mass markets made even more mass. Both lower costs to reach more people, but they do so in different ways for different reasons. They're complimentary forces, but fundamentally different in their approach and aims.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Initiated by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST) programme the project aims to develop prototype products and services which will deliver information and learning experiences via technologies that are inexpensive, portable and accessible to the majority of EU citizens.
The project is exploring how technologies like mobile phones in the hands of these young people, now and in the near future, might be used to engage them in learning activities, start to change their attitudes to learning and thereby contribute to improving their skills, opportunities and lives.
That the best solution is seldom the first to come to mind is one reason behind the effectiveness of brainstorming as a problem-solving technique. Rather than simply taking the first solution that comes to mind, we push our minds further to come up with additional ideas. Typically, the first few ideas will be rather obvious and not very creative solutions. But once we've cleared our minds of the obvious, we must push our minds further to come up with new ideas. This is when creativity kicks in and powers our thinking.
No matter what area you work in "winners do the things losers don't want to" and most often those are the little details.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
His NGO BookBox is creating TV and digital "books" for every child and in every language, making SLS, "India's contribution to world literacy".
He can be contacted on email@example.com
President Kalam's speech at the Microsoft Summit 2005
1. Any system to reach large portion of Indian people, needs language neutral software. It is vital particularly for the school education system because we have 18 official languages, which are spoken in different parts of the country.
2. For enabling the visually challenged people, a cost effective technology solution is needed at the operating system level (Voice integrated).
3. We need virus free operating system; which is also free from the vulnerability of external and internal attack and ensures the security of data, when using internet.
When the world is flat, you can innovate without having to emigrate. This is going to get interesting. We are about to see creative destruction on steroids.
He talks about the six flattners -
There is no sugar-coating this: in a flat world, every individual is going to have to run a little faster if he or she wants to advance his or her standard of living.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
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Kunal Bajaj, a young NRI who is now a full time consultant with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) talks about some key areas where India needs to push telecom reforms -
A lot of people say that India has been slow in adopting new technologies, but for once this delay has worked to India’s advantage with India adopting the latest technology. India has got the fastest growth rate of GSM and CDMA technology in the world and is way ahead of China.One of the big initiatives for India would be to replicate the growth we experienced in mobile telephones in broadband and Internet space as well. Broadband is more than talking. It involves, education and governance as well. So we need to push that.
Click here to read the complete interview
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Why would these two competitors -- and companies with largely different operating styles -- combine? Fear of Microsoft. While I've written many times before that Microsoft isn't going to walk all over Google -- much less both Google and Yahoo -- the two companies themselves are falling victim to the hype. Search is seen as so important, such a major future money maker, that they want to unite now.
But then again - you never know whats coming next from Google!