Web Technology

What Microsoft need is this!

Posted on July 4, 2007. Filed under: advertisement, microsoft, Web Technology |

If you are reading news papers or remain connected to web then you must be knowing that Mr. Bill Gates is not the richest person now. Its now tagged to Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico. So does this inspired me to write this post…no..it is series of events which have inspired me to do so:

  • Launch and all the positive hype which iPhone got, and respect which apple does.
  • Though people have respect for the software behemoth, but still it does not command love, or create fear in its competitors.
  • Rise of Google, and other web based services which are trying to eat into MS territory.

Microsoft is every where, the place you think, they are there. But still you can not bet on every thing they will do. They did few things which were nice, but they are not successful, by that I mean Zune. Vista is wonderful but it does not make you sit and say, ‘Hey I want this any how’ the way iPhone did, or Leopard may do. I like search interface of Live search but I am not using it, I dont know why but there is some thing stopping me to do that. Might be they need to work on the Feng Shui or Vaastu of their websites. Amount of research which goes behind the doors must be impeccable, though we don’t know when it is going to show up.
Beyond the tech stuff I think it is the time when they put some money in intelligent advertising not people ready advertising.
One example of intelligent advertising which I would like to share with you readers will be one from advertisements archives. The Humara Bajaj campaign by Bajaj Auto. To the readers who dont know about it; Bajaj is two wheeler manufacturer from India. Initially when India was a nation without motorized vehicle, a nation with rising middle class without personal mode of transportation. During that time, Baja came up with Vespa type scooters, from technological transfer from Vespa. But they could not match the its competitors, and was in dearth need of some magic. And that magic was provided by this advertisement…

Humara Bajaj : Our BAJAJ
I wont go on literal translation of this ad and the song, because this ad cuts down the need of translation. You can see that Bajaj scooter is being used by every one, for nearly every thing and then it tells ‘New image of new India, our Bajaj.’ Youth, aged, women, men, everyone is shown using it. Its not about path breaking technology its about touching users emotionally, and with the right note. And the rest was history, Bajaj became biggest two wheeler manufacturer of nation and remain on the top spot for years. It became a nation success. There is not substitute to technology, no substitute to innovation, there is none. But one thing which a company should strive is to make that technology more digestible. Microsoft presently needs some thing similar to cut across the masses. Be there is everyones mind.

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Photoshop to be online! What next?

Posted on March 5, 2007. Filed under: My comments, web services, Web Technology |

This is a pre-holi news, and a big one. If blogospher is to be believed then( as I haven’t found a direct Adobe link till yet) Adobe would be launching online Photoshop it any time in coming six months. This would surely be a toned down version, and might be very much like what is already available. When it comes to desktop photo editing Photoshop is a market leader, and it is quite clear that they want to use their name in online world. They would be taking on Google who is a currently a online app king. But I think Zoho is also doing more than few correct things. But when it comes to photo editing I think an online version would serve two purposes, first it would bring them some revenue through advertisements and second this will probably attract customers to buy their desktop software. You can find a free copy of Photoshop from place you surely know, and this is hitting Adobe in a nasty way. What I would love to see is some kind of point system which could later be in cashed as a discount for Photoshop. It just an idea, but I suppose it will encourage users to work more on online photoshop this will gradually add some more money in Adobe’s pockets. Other good thing they can do is to bring up API for their online product very much like Google earth. This reason behind this ideas is my belief, ‘ more seen>more used>more revenue.’ We all know what a simple community driven widget in sidebar of a blogger can do for a website. When people can use some app for free, they start feeling a kind of bond with that service provider, then it doesn’t matter whether that company do some evil or not. And this love generates revenue, we all know it don’t we?
If you want a following, and this one also go for bigwigs, then you must show a free friendly face on internet, your advertisements should not be to bright to make user feel that he is being used, and this will keep the relation friendly, for long time. This also brings us to one other big question, will Microsoft do something similar, are they ready to be a force in online world, who knows…
I think Adobe’s Illustrator is also one good contender to be an online app. Will COREL jump to this online wagon?(Do you remember COREL?) One more thing which strikes to me, will some open source application also come in an online application form, who knows? GIMP may be next. With the rise of Flash and Flex as one of the preferred set as rich media generator, Adobe is really on steroids.
One thing leads to other, one thread leads to other, and scientists also say that this world is made up of strings. When we talk any thing online we some how also bring mobile devices in bigger equation. One can simply go on and think on using Photoshop on his iPhone! And other string lead us to one heated problem, What about small fishes who spent few caffeinated nights for developing online image, video editors?
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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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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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Alipr – Another photo search, different kind.

Posted on November 11, 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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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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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.
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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.

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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