Archive for October, 2006

One line says it all.

Posted on October 30, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Robert Scoble(one of my news source) on his, Oh! so popular blog, has written a post regarding Zune, which is mentioning a post on Zunester, a blog by Microsoft employee David Caulton. The whole Zune thing is not that important to me though I am not untouched by zune, but thats something for some other day.
One line which prompted me to write this post is one line by Robert Scoble :

If a product causes conversations to happen, then it’ll see more adoption quicker.

This statement is in Zune’s context, and RS took example of ipod, which due to its design became part of conversation, and keeps on doing so by regular master strokes from apple. But this very statement is apt for many things, and specialy things which are for public use. For me orkut is one good example. India is third on the demographic chart of orkut, and its one talk point of students in India. But such geeky things can not sustain if they are not provided with manure named – innovation.
If you are planning to open a new startup, then wait, think, of whose needs do you want to garner, niche audience or audience in general. Anf then plan out one thing which gives them the opportunity to talk abou when they are not using your service.
Think, how mant time a day you say ‘Google’.

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Dimdim, a real killer product.

Posted on October 29, 2006. Filed under: web services, Web Technology |

Dimdim, if they do what they are saying they will do then they are surely on for some big time, and might be accquired by some big fish for some hefty sum. But thats a late call, istead a very late call.
Presently they are at alpha stage. Ahh I am so excited that I forgot to mention, that what they ae doing.

Ok as Webyantra wrote it,

It may sound anachronous today, but not too long ago, you had to pay money to use email. The default email company (circa 1995-96) was Prodigy, till Hotmail came along and changed the rules of the game. Something similar happened with Skype, which has all but sounded the death knell for conventional international telephony. And now, a ‘made-in-India’ product is attempting to do to web conferencing companies (WebEx/GoToMeeting), what Hotmail & Skype did to their respective competitors.

And I agree, since they are open source they might jut be able to do it. Basicaly, Dimdim, as they say ,are an opensource web confrencing company. Providing users with presentation, application and desktop showing capablities over internet. But on product page they are talking about some sort of price point which they are not making clear, they are also not telling that what would be attached strings to their free model.
But one thing is for sure that this Indo-Us company is on for something big.

Go and check their demo.


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Toufee – Revisited.

Posted on October 29, 2006. Filed under: web services |

In my previous post about Toufee(which makes movies in flash), I worte about few aspects in which they score home runs and also few holes which are needed to be plugged. And I also contacted there team, and I am pleased to get there prompt reply. It was Sanchit(CEO-Co Founder) Bhatnagar, who contacted me. Its really nice when a new startup is active, not only on the site front but also on consumer relation front.
The site design iddue was raised fe other bloggers also, and Toufee people are prompt and are on way to work on aesthetics. They are also on for a business model which can certainly work for their and users good.
But still thees are early days, and there is a long way to go.
Lets see, but certainly this Indian startup is on my watch list.


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Cryogenic success.

Posted on October 29, 2006. Filed under: India, Physics |

Congooos to my nation. In a major scientific breakthrough of its space programme, India has successfully conducted the first of its indigenously developed cryogenic rocket engine. This makes India 5th nation of world to have a self developed cryogenic engine. They are plannig to go for long duration tests in coming days( who knows one might be going on just now), as the first one was for 50 seconds.
I thought it is geeky enough to discuss…

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Tezaa, an opinion attemt.

Posted on October 28, 2006. Filed under: web services |

A very nice attemt by an Indian group of, its a niche product, and can just have a cult following, very much like 43things(including its brother and sisters). I feel when you are in web2.0 group, which Tezaa indeed is, then two things matter like two sleeves, looks and content. I think Tezaa scores on both point. Lookwise its calm and not sense pushig.
It can surely have cult following.
They also have a code that can be put on blogs and sites(but not on MySpace, as it does not support javascript-they should look into this).
I would like if they remain dynamic(they have recently changed their look).
I would love to see tag cloud on front page. They shoud try to make it addictive, it might require some heavy coding but I mean to say is that their consecutive pols are not at all linked. I believe that people will hook more if they get a kind of a chain of polls. They are not having any expiry for polls, it means that they will have zillions of polls, but how would I know that there is a poll on nuclear science, it might not showup in their tag cloud as tagclouds support limited number of options. For that I think they should just put some catteogries field.
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And yes one last question which I would like their makers to really think about… How are they going to keep it running. I saw no ads, not even google text ads… Hmm… and I think they can have a successfull revenue generating model.
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By the way as an end user I am hooked to it.
My advice >>> Go check it.

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Stellarium…Good product for astro freaks.

Posted on October 28, 2006. Filed under: softwares |

They say,

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It
shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye,
binoculars or a telescope.
It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

I tried it and I found it as a nice addition to my PC. It is available for Mac., Win. as well as for Linux. As a user we have to just set the coordinates, and it show the sky view, showing in 3D. Its 3D is what we can call ‘A’ class. Since its a part of open source community we can certainly look forward to continous development. It certainly boasts of few rich features, which previous 2D similar softwares didnt provided.
Best thing which I can suggest you after downloading this software is opening a local planetarium sort of thing. Which you can certainly do woth the help of a projector and a computer.

My suggestion >>> Go get it.

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What next?

Posted on October 27, 2006. Filed under: Web Technology |

I was thinking and was explaining about all this vlogging phenomenon to someone very close to me. She only asked me one question, What next?
Bhum… Haisha, haisha, my excitement, my enthusiasm, all fell down.
But, yes her question was very logical indeed. What next… We have got nearly 10 clones of You Tube, and there is lot of egarbage over there and might remain there till eternity. But by now I have started feeling a kind of a trend. We had many generic video host and now we will have specific video hosts. My Spcae is trying it in a very different way, they are bringing in competetions. Though I have forgot the names but ther are also few talent hunt kind of video hosts. And there soon will be all comedy centric, all horror centric kind of not so You Tube clones.
But even that will amount to same strata development, what about meta-vlogging. Google most probably will integrate ads with videos, sooner or later, thats what I think. But that all is not something meta, its that nobody except Google had any power similar to what Ad-Sense provided it, and nobody had the vision for You Tube. So be it… they in any case wont be helping me in my assignments.
But the question( though I have thought of few answers) still stand, What next.

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Dimdim… A real killer product.

Posted on October 27, 2006. Filed under: web services, Web Technology |

Dimdim, if they do what they are saying they will do then they are surely on for some big time, and might be accquired by some big fish for some hefty sum. But thats a late call, istead a very late call.
Presently they are at alpha stage. Ahh I am so excited that I forgot to mention, that what they ae doing.
Ok as Webyantra wrote it,

It may sound anachronous today, but not too long ago, you had to pay money to use email. The default email company (circa 1995-96) was Prodigy, till Hotmail came along and changed the rules of the game. Something similar happened with Skype, which has all but sounded the death knell for conventional international telephony. And now, a ‘made-in-India’ product is attempting to do to web conferencing companies (WebEx/GoToMeeting), what Hotmail & Skype did to their respective competitors.

And I agree, since they are open source they might jut be able to do it. Basicaly, Dimdim, as they say ,are an opensource web confrencing company. Providing users with presentation, application and desktop showing capablities over internet. But on product page they are talking about some sort of price point which they are not making clear, they are also not telling that what would be attached strings to their free model.
But one thing is for sure that this Indo-Us company is on for something big.

Go and check their demo.


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Tezaa… An Indian opinion attempt.

Posted on October 27, 2006. Filed under: web services, Web Technology |

A very nice attemt by an Indian group of, its a niche product, and can just have a cult following, very much like 43things(including its brother and sisters). I feel when you are in web2.0 group, which Tezaa indeed is, then two things matter like two sleeves, looks and content. I think Tezaa scores on both point. Lookwise its calm and not sense pushig.
It can surely have cult following.
They also have a code that can be put on blogs and sites(but not on MySpace, as it does not support javascript-they should look into this).
I would like if they remain dynamic(they have recently changed their look).
I would love to see tag cloud on front page. They shoud try to make it addictive, it might require some heavy coding but I mean to say is that their consecutive pols are not at all linked. I believe that people will hook more if they get a kind of a chain of polls. They are not having any expiry for polls, it means that they will have zillions of polls, but how would I know that there is a poll on nuclear science, it might not showup in their tag cloud as tagclouds support limited number of options. For that I think they should just put some catteogries field.
.
.
.
And yes one last question which I would like their makers to really think about… How are they going to keep it running. I saw no ads, not even google text ads… Hmm… and I think they can have a successfull revenue generating model.
.
.
By the way as an end user I am hooked to it.
My advice >>> Go check it.

kT

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What after embedded videos…

Posted on October 26, 2006. Filed under: web services, Web Technology |

I was thinking and was explaining about all this vlogging phenomenon to someone very close to me. She only asked me one question, What next?
Bhum… Haisha, haisha, my excitement, my enthusiasm, all fell down.
But, yes her question was very logical indeed. What next… We have got nearly 10 clones of You Tube, and there is lot of egarbage over there and might remain there till eternity. But by now I have started feeling a kind of a trend. We had many generic video host and now we will have specific video hosts. My SPcae is trying it in a very different way, they are bringing in competetions. Though I hav forgot the names but ther are also few talent hunt kind of video hosts. And there soon will be all comedy centric, all horror centric kind of not so You Tube clones.
But even that will ammount to same strata development, what about meta-vlogging. Google most probably will integrate ads with videos, sooner or later, thats what I think. But that all is not something meta, its that nobody except Google had any power similar to what Ad-Sense provided it, and nobody had the vision for  You Tube.  So be it…  they in any case wont be helping me in my assingnments.
But the question( though I have thought of few answers) still stand, What next.

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