Sunday, September 10, 2006

Microsoft Max Blog : The latest Max!

I gave MS Max a spin over the weekend. I am very impressed by the product. Nice interface and very well designed UI interface. Microsoft is slowly becoming my favorite Tech company with cool product launches in recent past.

Some more reviews here...

Link to Microsoft Max Blog : The latest Max!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Innovation at work -® InkDrop Program

I am very impressed with Staples as a company full of innovation and deep customer focus. They have launched an InkDrop program - here is how it works - When your ink cartridge runs out, drop a new one in your printer and mail us the empty one using a prepaid InkDrop envelope or mailing label. Staples will send you a replacement before you run out of ink. It is like Netflix for Ink cartridge.

InkDrop from Satples

Windows Live Writer

Microsoft launched a beta version of Windows Live Writer - Windows Live Writer is a desktop application to compose compelling blog posts. Now, I have no more excuses for not blogging! This desktop application is awesome.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Mobile, virtualised Australian Open costs less for Tennis Australia

Great Technology Showcase at Australian Open
Numerous technologies making their debut at this year's Open:
  1. IBM back-end technologies including its Java application server
  2. 'push' content delivery engine
  3. on-demand computing
  4. Pocket AusOpen service, delivered through Optus' mobile network, provides a mobile-friendly content service with match details, player statistics and histories, and other relevant information.
  5. A live Internet radio feed has been added to the Web site
  6. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed pushes Open updates out to interested subscribers.
  7. PointTracker service provides online fans with a detailed view of the path the ball takes through each volley.
  8. GPS, which has been fitted to seven of the 84 vehicles used to move players and officials around Melbourne during the event.
  9. IBM reduced the cost of that on-demand service by using server virtualisation technologies to consolidate the 60 servers used last year, onto just nine new p5 550 Express servers. These servers, running multiple virtual machines based on the Linux and IBM AIX operating systems, are created and destroyed to match changing Web site demand that can run up to 113,000 concurrent users.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Is web browser dead?

Yahoo and others are touting of products and services for PC, mobile phone and even TV that allows access to information and content "without even opening a browser".

Is this the begining of end of browser as we know it today?

If you think about it, first opening a browser; typing and waiting for content to be loaded and read, seems archaic. We should be able to receive relevant and customized content directly without having to go thru' browsers.

You bet we are headed in that direction.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Sun Hopes Hanging With Its New Friend Makes It Look Cool

WSJ has a great article on Google-Sun hype that was created last week.

WHAT A PITY that Scott McNealy was on stage as a participant, and not back in his office as an observer, during last week's big news conference between Sun Microsystems and Google. Mr. McNealy, Sun's boss, is a master of the savage, funny put-down, and I would love to have heard his riff on the event.

Sun and Google are as big names as Silicon Valley has to offer, and the mere announcement late Monday afternoon that the two were planning something was itself news. Wall Street analysts were forced to rush out research reports speculating about what might be in store.

They needn't have bothered. The actual event was a model for how well-known companies can make a major media event out of a nothingburger. All that is required are a few transactional-sounding but empty phrases, a couple of vague promises and the implicit invocation of the Microsoft boogeyman, all baked together as a "strategic relationship."

You can tell the meagerness of Tuesday's offerings by the highlight: Sun will offer the Google Toolbar Web search aid in some of its own software downloads.

...Google's ever-expanding catalog of desktop programs -- the Toolbar, Gmail, Google Maps and the rest -- don't typically use Sun's Java language, but instead several nonproprietary technologies. Chief among these is Ajax, a Web programming style that now has the sort of buzz once enjoyed by Java.

- By Lee Gomes, 12 October 2005, The Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Yahoo, Microsoft close to IM pact

Cnet is reporting that:
Microsoft and Yahoo are close to a pact that would allow users of their respective instant messaging services to exchange messages with one another, a source told CNET on Tuesday.
It is time IM operators allow interoperability. It will promote broader use of IM for text and voice conversations and help IM become mainstream communication tool via computers, cellphone and VoIP phones.

It is very likely that Google Talk may have created the need for this alliance. After all Google is the common rival here.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Yahoo Adds Blogs to Its News Section

Yahoo adds blogs to its news search. Under Yahoo's new approach, a keyword search for online news will include a list of relevant Web logs, or "blogs," displayed in a box to the right of the results collected from mainstream journalism.

I like this approach as it allows the mainstream information to be separated from rants.

As a non geek user, I don't get the website yet (have been wrong in the past). It is generating some buzz within the blog circle. I tried the website today.
Bottomline: Looks promising but the deceptive ads are annoying as hell!

Message to Chris Pirillo :
Deceptive marketing on the website is offensive. Chris, you will make money in the long (or even short run) if the product is good. Deceptive GoogleAds piss off users like myself. The difference between 15 mins. of fame and long term success is gaining user loyalty and no user likes to be loyal if the trust is not established.

Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), world's 3rd best tech universities is reporting that a United Kingdom-based Times Higher Education Supplement has ranked the Indian Institutes of Technology as the third best technology universities in the world for 2005.

It is great to see other countries provide excellent technical education. It appears, about 25 to 30 percent IIT graduates leave India for US right after the graduation. IIT graduates are scattered across the high-tech world and can be seen aplenty in Silicon Valley and in organizations such as NASA, Microsoft, and IBM. The roster includes ace venture capitalist Vinod Khosla of Kleiner Perkins; Arun Netravali, former president of Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs; Rajat Gupta, former managing director of McKinsey; Gururaj Deshpande, founder of Sycamore Networks; Arun Sarin, CEO of Vodafone; Victor Menezes, senior vice chairman of Citigroup; and Raghuram Rajan, chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. Even the comic strip character Asok, from Dilbert, comes from IIT. No wonder Businessweek called IIT graduates one of the "hottest exports India has ever produced."

Yahoo Podcast

Just played around with Yahoo Podcast. It is really great. Simple yet effective user interface. Integration with iTunes works great. It is getting rave reviews already.