Archive for February, 2007

CPR: Video Demonstration.

Posted on February 27, 2007. Filed under: My comments |

This was one thing which I wanted to learn in school, but wasnt taught. This is certainly what I would love to learn in college, but probably won’t be taught. There is very less ammount entusiasm about primary medical care, in our eduation department. I got this damn good video from http://depts.washington.edu/learncpr/, you can check for more ssuch videos, and run them on net. Yup, I remember that this is GG, and not Health Gam, but a geek or two will certainly get a CPR when required if people will know about it.
I will still suggest to consult your doctor for more information and learn the finer points about it. ANd one more thing, this is an American video, thus for my Indian viewers which forms the majority…dont dial 911 [;-)] but 102 for ambulence.

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Where is Linux…or an open source OS?

Posted on February 26, 2007. Filed under: Poll post |

Its certainly not on my computer. Neither on my friends computer nor in my college, neither used in banks I visit, nor in railway stations. This post is not about Mac OS X, which also suffers from identity crisis in India. But talking of linux, there is a name worth mentioning, Ubuntu. Where is it?

This is first of my Poll Post, where I wont write much and would just throw a question up to grab and would wait for answers.

Q: Where is linux? What can be the reasons behind any OS-OS not gaining popularity? And why are you not using it?

So friends please feel free to answer.

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Social stigma and networking.

Posted on February 25, 2007. Filed under: My comments, social networking |

Since this is a one man and presently a non commercial blog, I don’t know till what date this fact will remain true, but at present this is the truth and by the virtue of that truth this blog is one of my personal blogs. By personal blogs, I mean to say that sometimes few personal things will leak into it, and thats not a crime (since I haven’t found any law book).
To start with, I have started doing yoga, and to mention I attended Baba Ramdev’s yoga camp. But that was no camp if you go by numbers, cos’ there were some 20k+ people who attended it daily for 6 days. But why am I sharing all this information on GG which is a geeky blog, about latest in technology, or web, or in other words anything techy to mention?
Web2.0 as I feel is more about sharing than about AJAX+Javascript+interactivity etc. But what sharing are we talking about, sharing to what limit. Am I supposed to share the names of girlfriends I have or the state of my stomach after eating a roadside chowmeen, which indeed I am not going to, and would prefer to leave it on your brain power.
Success of any new social network of any type known or unknown is based on few things:

  • Getting the alpha guy or girl.
  • Being an important part of communication.
  • And keeping users motivated.

There can be more reasons but I think at some stage you can zero on these three for any kind of social network. One point I didn’t mentioned but can be regarded as an equally important point is, its absorption in different cultures. And you will also so find that some how all these points are inter-related.

Getting the alpha guy/girl : You can go on Mashable and find a new social network reviewed daily. Sometimes its for papa, sometimes for mumma, sometimes for dog lovers, some times for gays and some times for not so gays also, that you start feeling that you can open a social network of own for banana lovers. But key to success of any social network is to get the alpha guy/girl/gay/mom/dad/banana lover. You get them and you get their group most likely.
So to have successful social network you need to get alpha for your beta. And let me tell you best alpha to get is a blogger(guy/girl/gay/mom/dad/banana lover) to cover your beta.

Being an important part of communication
: My prime motivation behind this blog post is Robert Scoble‘s daily rambling about Twitter. How? Go to his blog and as of present you may find every 3rd post mentioning Twitter and sometimes you feel that he is working for them(likely not). Twitter some how became an integral part of his daily communication, and to mention he is an alpha(guy/dad/and who knows, a banana lover). Falling on my experience on which I can certainly bank on is importance of Orkut in my communication. I dont find a new friend daily, neither I scroll through friends of friends of friends, what I mostly do is communicate with people I know, and thus it is an important part of my communication. But a communication will only occur if you have active friends in your list, and not like a girl who added me as her friend and never scrapped me back, and she seldom visit Orkut now. Hell, I really feel bad, for her not contacting me.

Keeping user motivated : To understand it, you can refer the last few lines of previous paragraph, about the girl. She probably lost the motivation and now she does not feel any need to visit Orkut any more, or else there is some kind of stigma regarding social networking. And some poor news for poor Orkut didn’t helped the cause either. But all in all we can sat that user lost her or his motivation to stick to a particular network. This can probably occur due to stigma factor or utility factor. For any social network like any FMCG, its utility is very important. Social networks can easily be classified as FMCG of web, or as a pack of FMCGs. Now if I find another social network which is more useful than the one I am spending most of my time currently, then I may shift keeping other two points in mind, which once again weave all the points together.

One point which I mentioned but didnt included it in the main 3s was the acceptance of any social network in a society. Acceptance derives its roots from the upbringing, complete social outlook and many other factors which are are worth of a PhD research. I don’t think that a banana lover’s network would be successful in India, but it may be a super hit in Banana Island. Because Indians might not find apt to share their banana eating skills or habits. Or there can be a stigma attached of ‘What if?’ if tell others that I eat two bananas at one go and like this there can be more and can be different for other social networks.
To sum it all, I can only tell you one thing, try as many social networks as possible but do keep a list of them, because you never know that one of those social network start fulfilling all these points one day, and become a hit between you and your friend. And yes one more thing, best way to check that whether you are alpha(…) is to join a social network and then send invitations to your friends and then see how many of them joined it.

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Renkoo, Ooh! a different way of networking.

Posted on February 23, 2007. Filed under: social networking, Web Technology |

My friends can certainly go goose as I am covering another social network because they again would be first to get any kind of invitation. Sometimes I even get questions like, how do I manage so many social networks, and I say I don’t. But still they will continue to get invites from me. They are my beta group, where from I can get updates and comments, and do I get them…oh! I will let my friends answer it.
So we now have Renkoo, a social network for inviting friends, pseudo clone of a popular US site Evite. First of all let me tell you about Renkoo, if you haven’t heard about it. Basically its a plan network , you can create a plan of certain party and then your network can finally come on conclusion. Its like cutting the hassles of When to meet, where to meet etc. There are many similar networks, I know few including Renkoo, but would suggest you to click similar pages for Renkoo on Google.
But now they are trying to come in the market of conventional social networking market, but they are doing it with difference. And to mention I loved this idea. Idea is, developing your profile based on questions asked by your friends. For an example, question could be, What is your favorite color? and your reply, say ‘blue’ will add up in your profile. Now you may asked why I loved this idea, because I always feel that, friends should be more inquisitive so as to strengthen the bond of friendship, but here it would be more on comical note. If you thin it in perspective of favorites and hates then it is not that bright idea, but when you look for more deeper question then it starts making sense. Since Renkoo is presently invite only therefore I could not test it, but I am really looking forward for it. (I have just got the invitation, its damn fast process.)

I am not being pessimistic, but there is also flaw, there is too much power in hands of friends, to understand, suppose, If I have few friends who already know me, might not feel the urge to ask the question. And as there wont be enough answers a new person might not feel the urge to add me in. But this is only a possibility.

As of present when I dont have any friend [;(] there are two default questions one to be answered by me and other to be answered by my friends. Questions are cool and are regularly update by and automatic process, but I dont know whether database of my answers to questions will be saved or not, to my pragmatic sense they should be. Like any social network, Renkoo also have one problem, that is lack of truth can mar the whole process. On design front I would give Renkoo a 4/5, I dont know what addition will get it 5/5 but I know that there is some thing more, that can be done. There is effective use of AJAX, on all the pages making , and this may fasten the whole process.

All in all, Renkoo is a nice attempt, to fuse two things that is social network and invites, making it a multi facet social network. I have made an account and if you want to make me your friend than contact me asap.

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Indians can have their own chips.

Posted on February 23, 2007. Filed under: India, Technology |


I love chips, this should not be mistaken with potato chips. I love semi conductor chips. This post is under the influence of echo, which is the after effect of a big announcement by Indian government. India is now with a chip policy, though it is an year late but it was certainly worth the wait. There is large amount of cheers in Indian Inc. and mind you they are right to do so.
To summarize,
Govt. will pick 20% of capital expenditure of manufacturing facility.
Minimum investment is $550 Millions for one who is aspiring.
There will be extra concessions for company opting land outside SEZ.

Land is certainly fertile but is devoid of farmers. When would the farmers would be coming? India is already on with Semindia, which will work like Maruti, working in technical collaboration with AMD, as AMD will but stipulated amount of chips coming out of Semindia, and would be providing the tech know how. But still this wonderful land can hold more than one company and waiting for market leader, Intel.
Another question could be, why now, and isn’t it late. China+Taiwan+Korea are already producing cheap chips and are flooding market, and if India spends large amount of money now then its kind of waste. But I feel that such doubts are misplaced, but yes India have to carve out their own niche when it comes to type, quality and extensive R&D.
I will certainly looking forward and would be keeping my eyes on it. Because this field will provide nice job opportunities. 😉

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Youtube is back, and here is the video.

Posted on February 22, 2007. Filed under: Technology |

The mechanism is very simple and yet very effective when it comes to its job.
My Friends Gaurav Pandey is the man behind it, keep it up mate.
I will be looking for more robots from his side. If you have got some interesting suggestions for improving or some other kind of ideas for stair climbing robots then please please do comment.

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Youtube downtime…

Posted on February 22, 2007. Filed under: social networking |


This is scheduled downtime, but I didnt knew about it, so for me it was not in schedule. My friend has posted his robot’s video, and presently I can not watch it. Soon I will be posting it. Bye the way his Robot’s name is Rusteez, inspired from animation movie Cars.
But waht can be the reason behind this downtime, are they going to bring any thing new, coz recently they had brought few new add ons, which will keep Youtube in technical lead for time to come. Lets see and wait for next.

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Another endeavour.

Posted on February 22, 2007. Filed under: Mine |

Blogging about blogging is one of the crappiest thing on blog, but its is also one of the most satisfying thing. This is not a review post, but a preview post of my another blog. It is IMWMI, that is the abbreviated form for ‘I am Weaving My Ideas’, this is my idea blog. I felt that few things should not be mashed up together and therefore I kept my idea blog away from Geekgam. My personal views about my friends and more of my personal and literary life is on Kattak. This makes three blogs which I keep regularly updated.

When I dont have anything to do I bring up new ideas, and create them in forms of Slogs, though none of the have been successful since they become too manual, but I still think they are very interesting concepts. Here is a list of my slogs, which are currently quite dry at this moment.

Obit-I : This is about writing a personal obituary.

This is a very interesting concept, it is not just funny, and a kind of jibe towards ‘The inevitable’, but also a nice management exercise, where in a large amount of analysis can be done on your obituary. To send in your own obituary, mail us at obited@gmail.com

Listed 10* : This is about sharing lists of 10.

I have always felt that lists serve more purpose as compared to other things. List provide simple yet crisp information, and since this is being done on a blogging platform, there will always be possibility of great numbers of comments. And these comments account for intelligent discussion over a simple list. Now if you want to submit your list then mail it to 10listed@gmail.com, from there I would bring it on blog with your name, and then send you its link. This is a manual task and that is why a slow process, and I am trying to bring in few more people to make it fast.

Then there are few kinky use of Google co-op by me:

Torrentry : Meta search for torrents.

Jobooze : Meta search for Jobs.

Socialitis : Searches few social networks. And it really works finely.

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Picasa+Web=Picasaweb,

Posted on February 19, 2007. Filed under: google, web services |


Picasa from Google is a well known software for image management + some tweaking options. But when it comes to Picasweb situations turns out murky. Google model for this service is different from many other online photo storage services like Photobucket, Imageshack etc. Picasaweb is like an internet partner to Picas and both are seamlessly integrated, with easy uploading options. Though Picasa is not a necessity for uploading, which means it also have normal uploading options. There is no mention of bandwidth provided but they give user some 250MB, which can be upgraded to 6GB for $25/year, which in itself is a good bargain.
Navigation on Picasaweb is very good, and swift, sharing facility is also great, which is the viral part, like any other such service. There is an option for print ordering also, which is very much in phase with other services. And very much similar to other such services there are all those tagging, commenting, HTML links etc. But when it comes to social aspect it is a big zero. Just to understand Flickr is such a success not because it is a photo storage service but it is very social friendly, you can spend hours surfing on flickr. Go to my Album, and you will not find a single way to search any other album, but my favorites, and currently I am not having any favorites, because none of my friend is using PW and I am not able to search any other album, which mean even I am facing a dead end. They are offering a video upload option, and also an option to uploads friends album, but hey I haven’t got a single friend on PW and neither I am able to make any as I am not able to search any.
If you think that there is no way out, then I am not going to buy your view. My logic is pretty simple, integrate Gmail(which now is an open network), Orkut(which is also an open network), Blogger(which was open and will remain open) with PW. And then what you get is a killer application, with killer web service.
Google has really got something wrong when it comes to create social networks around their service. One of the key feature of WordPress which by many is regarded as a better blogging platform than Blogger is their social nature. Google answer also turned out to be a debacle and Google would soon like to forget it. Google groups is not at the top of chain, and if there wouldn’t have been up to blogs then you might have probably missed many of their services.
While Google creates any new service or buy out a new one, you can try their old ones, and comment on this post.
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Where are girls?

Posted on February 17, 2007. Filed under: My comments |

I was hovering over various profiles of Indian bloggers on Mybloglog, I found few nice bloggers, but my surprise I find not a single girl other than Divya Uttam’s Blogging to fame blog. But it was more of blogging about healthy blogging. I am and neither will be sorry if at the end of this post you feel that this was a sexist post. Because I really mean what I am writing. There are few cool blogs by girls I know, and there must be many more by girls whom I don’t know but the point is how many Indian girls are writing on a technology blog. Not many.
I believe that girls write with greater grace than boys who are more brutal in their writing. Humph…there are few more things which girls do better than boys and can be incorporated in their blogging. But I will leave any such thing for psychologists.
My point is from where would the chances of Blogger’s Setting would come, if there would be no female bloggers, and more precisely female bloggers. I have discussed about technology with my friends for hours, and many future hours would be spent on it. I have discussed about technology with many of my friends who eventually were girls but they do not blog. So the final set up says that I don’t have a single female blogger to drink coffee with, or have a nice dinner. Leave dinner and coffee there has been no female blogger who commented on my blog besides my sister who did commented so as to encourage me.
If you are guessing that this post is an after effect of another single Valentine, then keep on thinking , but dont dare say it, because if I don’t like your comments then all the curses of Tutenkhamen and his family be on you.
On some serious note, this is really a serious trouble, there must be a kind of chi balance in blogosphere which is some what balanced toward male dominance. We need more feminine views, because I don’t see any other media where we can talk of equality at magnum opus scale.
Ok, if you are a girl, and felt that you should start blogging so as to tilt the balance then I will suggest leave text blogging go for vlogging. That would be something for which our future generations will thank you.
While I would take this opportunity to thanx my sister, didi thnx yaaar… you kept my spirits up even when I did’n got a single reader for months…and how do you get so many people to comment on your blog. Bye the way you all can check out what she is writing at Buddhu Box.
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