Archive for November, 2006

Stellarium, a stellar software.

Posted on November 29, 2006. Filed under: software |

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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A mechanical Vaccuum.

Posted on November 27, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

This post is taken from my blog:flintsparks.blogspot.com

One of the ideas that i have is that of creating a light hand held and mechanical vaccum cleaner.

Most vaccum cleaners available in the market are electrical.but in India electricity is not a thing you can rely upon.also the major type of thing that needs to be cleaned up
is dust coz we don’t have much of paved roads.

I thought about it and googled a bit too.

I found out that vaccum cleaners work on basis of bernouli’s principle.In side the cleaner we have a strong current of air,hence less air pressure.

Out side air pressure is more.Hence things are sucked in from outside.

The most common principle of creating a high pressure is using a rotating disc with blades(just like a kiddy picture of sun).The whole disc moves and thus the velocity of air increases.

Replicating it,what we want to create is a system of gears which allows us to rotate the disc at high speed but with minimal effort.

I don’t know how to do it.Do you?

Well said it is”in details lie all the miseries”.

Keep trying.

 

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Beg to differ

Posted on November 27, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I felt that after Karthik’s moon mission post we were all swept away by emotion

Here’s a dose of objectivity :

It is not always technically possible to do all the stuff u said with robots.
A standard moon rover can go at a maximum of around 2km/hr easily outstripped by any fit human.

Secondly assembling stuff requires a lot of precession. On the IST they use a Canada Arm and I assure you, they dont come cheap. Most indegionous robotics would find it hard to remotely hammer a nail.

India as of now only has the capacity to launch Polar sattelites with certainty (2 successive GSLV tests have failed). Polar orbits are a complicated matter and the region is crowded with many sattelites (space traffic if u like). There is no way to launch an enormous survellaince net without causing global tension.

Currently a profitable proposition would be surveying the moon for minerals.

In conclusion sending an Indian to the moon may not be woth the money but sending a robot and producing truly original work, certainly would not be a lot easier.

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PS3 and we the Indians.

Posted on November 26, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

To be honest I havent seen PS3 and neither PSP in real. There are few reasons for that, firstly I am not a good gamer, and secondly there is no gaming device policy in place from sony. For those who are planning to buy any of the two device and want an Indian warranty version, my suggestion would be buy it, or go for Xbox 360.
Before I continue, let us see the MRP of PSP ans PS2 in india

  • PSP — Rs.15,480
  • PS2 — Rs.11,980

But this world is very fast, we in India are being fed by news of PS3 and Nintendo Wii launches worldwide.  PS3  recently wnet for midnight launch in US, at a minimum price tag of 600$ approx. That makes it nearly Rs.27,000 if your uncle live in US. But I dont think this is a right time to bother your uncle for PS3. Why??
You must be thinking hard, for it, why would I say that this is not  right time to bring in PS3. I would say it because you wont find a set game library in India for PS3, secondly, inspite of its goliath type power, it would be a like something from future in your room. Because soon many of you would find that your TV’s does not do justice to its power.
Leaving all this aside, let us understand this PS3 game. To put it frankly, Sony are selling PS3 in loss, their console price is much more than 600$. Then there is another thing, which is called as Blue Ray, its high def. DVD format competing against HD-DVD format supported by Rival Toshiba and Microsoft. And any good Blue Ray player will in present conditions would cost more than 600$. They will earn profit in future, but havent they put too much in laps of future by making a highly advanced technology in the black box and named it PS3. They will earn profit when games start selling which will provide them with royalty and same will happen with Blue Ray, but this will happen only and only if they sell their consoles well.
And now what about India? As an outdoor person I dont admire computer or console games, but as a tech freak I love there technology. But I think sony will at least take an year or so to launch PS3 in India. BY the mean time I will suggest you to go for Xbox 360, because its in more enjoyable condition, with few good games in kitty and good internet support and community and it can integrate well with PC though not seamlessly.

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Suggestions for better democracy.

Posted on November 25, 2006. Filed under: India, Politics |

Crazy, you can all me, but I won’t shy away from proposing some constitutional change or to say a demand for better performance of our central government. I recently read, which many of you would have read, that India is one the failed democracies, though I don’t buy there vision and neither there methodology, but still there are many things which can be improved to make ours a better democracy. One of them I think, which I am proposing over here is as follows:
Every party which is going to run for say minimum of 300 seats out of some 550+ seats in Lok Sabha elections, should before election declare there prime-minister candidate. And those who are in no position to nominate there PM candidate, which means that they are running for less than 300 seats, have to before hand support any of the Prime minister candidate. It would certainly tell us the people a clear picture of future, and thus make it easy to select candidate of our region. It will thus make parties answerable to public beforehand. It must also be made necessary for every candidate to (on there own money) publish their biodata in at least 2 popular local dailies.
I also feel that there must be some legal paper signed just like contracts between two parties before an alliance, which should be made public, and this must be done before election, so that people who vote should have a clear picture of parties and people for whom they are going to vote. This will avoid development of any future crap. And a much stable democratic structure. I think we should make democracy for our need and should break away from a highly borrowed up democratic system. India is a very unique nation, which absorbed democracy like no other nation that too after long autocratic rule. If any person comes up and say that India is failure in terms of a democracy then I would ask him to visit India, a nation of such a magnum opus society, with such a variety of cultures available, and with a very long history.
These are few potpourri views, which will only work better if reviewed by many others. So I will love to read comments on it.

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PS3, gaming in Indian context.

Posted on November 24, 2006. Filed under: gadgets, gaming |

To be honest I havent seen PS3 and neither PSP in real. There are few reasons for that, firstly I am not a good gamer, and secondly there is no gaming device policy in place from sony. For those who are planning to buy any of the two device and want an Indian warranty version, my suggestion would be buy it, or go for Xbox 360.
Before I continue, let us see the MRP of PSP ans PS2 in india

  • PSP — Rs.15,480
  • PS2 — Rs.11,980

But this world is very fast, we in India are being fed by news of PS3 and Nintendo Wii launches worldwide. PS3 recently wnet for midnight launch in US, at a minimum price tag of 600$ approx. That makes it nearly Rs.27,000 if your uncle live in US. But I dont think this is a right time to bother your uncle for PS3. Why??
You must be thinking hard, for it, why would I say that this is not right time to bring in PS3. I would say it because you wont find a set game library in India for PS3, secondly, inspite of its goliath type power, it would be a like something from future in your room. Because soon many of you would find that your TV’s does not do justice to its power.
Leaving all this aside, let us understand this PS3 game. To put it frankly, Sony are selling PS3 in loss, their console price is much more than 600$. Then there is another thing, which is called as Blue Ray, its high def. DVD format competing against HD-DVD format supported by Rival Toshiba and Microsoft. And any good Blue Ray player will in present conditions would cost more than 600$. They will earn profit in future, but havent they put too much in laps of future by making a highly advanced technology in the black box and named it PS3. They will earn profit when games start selling which will provide them with royalty and same will happen with Blue Ray, but this will happen only and only if they sell their consoles well.
And now what about India? As an outdoor person I dont admire computer or console games, but as a tech freak I love there technology. But I think sony will at least take an year or so to launch PS3 in India. BY the mean time I will suggest you to go for Xbox 360, because its in more enjoyable condition, with few good games in kitty and good internet support and community and it can integrate well with PC though not seamlessly.

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Yaari.com (Friendship)

Posted on November 24, 2006. Filed under: social networks, web services |

yaari.JPG

Its an India centric social network, that is trying to woo users by offering them free Ipod(shuffle-old), for them reaching over 100 friends or become heavily popular. A nice go, but I think is not that effective.

Its a invite only social network startup from two NRI, and looks pretty cool, in flickr pink and parrot green. Its single theme is highly ajaxed up, and it does every thing, it have an integrated chat client, an integrated mailbox and every thing else which you can find on a social network. But… yes a big *BUT* there is no option for customization of theme, which makes it monotonous, higly monotonous. It is fundamentally inspired from MySpace and then named it to make india centric, but added nothing to make it Indian. One more thing which I didnt liked is that I can only devide my friends in groups of there liking, i.e., on the basis of city and educational institutions/jobs, thats unfair, and by know I havent found a way to remove field boxes from main page. If I dont have any media content even then the media box will keep on showing on my main page.

How they are running this network is also unknown, because I havent heard that there is some big VC funding behind them nor there is any advertisement on its pages, to sum it up, they are not having any revenue generation options, which means that they can some day vanish from netsphere and I can loose my contacts.( Lets hope otherwise).

There are few things which I loved about yaari, one is that they are proving mobility feature, which makes it quite indian centric, then it is there color code, and finally there name.

They have to do something out of the box, to penetrate deep in Indian mass.

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Yaari.com , Friendship, which gives ipod

Posted on November 23, 2006. Filed under: social networking, web services |

yaari.JPG

Its an India centric social network, that is trying to woo users by offering them free Ipod(shuffle-old), for them reaching over 100 friends or become heavily popular. A nice go, but I think is not that effective.

Its a invite only social network startup from two NRI, and looks pretty cool, in flickr pink and parrot green. Its single theme is highly ajaxed up, and it does every thing, it have an integrated chat client, an integrated mailbox and every thing else which you can find on a social network. But… yes a big *BUT* there is no option for customization of theme, which makes it monotonous, higly monotonous. It is fundamentally inspired from MySpace and then named it to make india centric, but added nothing to make it Indian. One more thing which I didnt liked is that I can only devide my friends in groups of there liking, i.e., on the basis of city and educational institutions/jobs, thats unfair, and by know I havent found a way to remove field boxes from main page. If I dont have any media content even then the media box will keep on showing on my main page.

How they are running this network is also unknown, because I havent heard that there is some big VC funding behind them nor there is any advertisement on its pages, to sum it up, they are not having any revenue generation options, which means that they can some day vanish from netsphere and I can loose my contacts.( Lets hope otherwise).

There are few things which I loved about yaari, one is that they are proving mobility feature, which makes it quite indian centric, then it is there color code, and finally there name.

They have to do something out of the box, to penetrate deep in Indian mass.

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ALIPR – Another approach for photo search.

Posted on November 22, 2006. Filed under: web services, Web Technology |

ALIPR:- Automatic Linguistic Indexing of Picture- real time.
Pretty interesting indeed. I have been saying it for quite some time, that common image search which google or for that matter any other search engine does is not up to the mark. Riya broke the mould and they once again did it with Like. But what they did was something with great fanfare , here alipr is a site which is being developed without any fanfare, and thus might not be attracting any big crowd. ALIPR is more of a scientific taste and does not have any tadka of commerciality.
It is being developed by Jia Li and James Z. Wang.
As its title indicates they are trying to classify an image using words. Their system have a vocabulary of 332 English words, which though is not big in figures but is highly effective.

ALIPR version 1.0 is designed for color photographic images. ALIPR 1.0 is not designed for black&white photos, manipulated photos, objectionable images, cartoons, sketches, framed photos, etc. ALIPR’s prelude was our ALIP system, published in 2002.

They are doing some great job in image annotation. For more of there work go here.
Future of image search is in meta data or computer analysis.
They are basiclay on research project so we might just not see them on web 2.0 map, but yes they are doing there bit for web 2.0 by their own way.

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Google services, and thier Notebook

Posted on November 20, 2006. Filed under: google, web services |

Yesterday I was pondering, about the services of google without which I will feel uneasy, Saying that life would be impossible would certainly be an over statement.
So here I am with my list of the service offered by google which I use almost daily…

Orkut
Reader
Notebook
Gmail
Homepage
Search

Blogger

Hmm thats it.
Though all its services are nice, but few of it are not of top class. By that i mean… Orkut and Notebook.
Though lately they are putting some attention on Orkut, but notebook which is now, I think is like lesser child to google. I even believe that they should now shut notebook as an individual product. They should fuse it with reader, and should thus provide more capability to Reader as well as Notebook.
There is one more option… hmm… I think many of you would have guessed it at first place.
Integration with docs. Yes the new docs and spreadsheet by Google. Docs is a good word editor, and notebook can be good collector, so can be Reader. They provide note taking abilities in notebook, which is just a small time editor, where as docs is a good web based desktop publisher.
So now here is one better suggestion. Integrate Notebook to Reader at first place and then integrate Reader which now have notebook to Docs.
Just like Adobe, which now provides in its software, the feature called Adobe Bridge, google should provide a ‘G-Rope’ ( Nice name…), which will be roping every facility (not necessarily) with each other, because cut-copy-paste is so out dated.
I think Google should put my suggestion in their notebook

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