Posted in desi, India, nuclear, russia

India Celebrates its 58th Republic Day

Today, Jan 26th 2006, India celebrated its 58th Republic Day .

The chief guest of honor was Mr. Vladimir Putin, president of Russia. The two countries signed various landmark agreements including a nuclear agreement where Russia would help India build 4 new nuclear reactors.

Interestingly, just last month, the US Congress passed, an historic agreement that Bush signed during his visit to India last year, reversing decades  of US policy, that would allow seperation of Indian civil & military facilities Indian civilian nuclear facilities to can now receive nuclear fuel from US companies.

It is interesting, how India is, to say the least, still trying to maintain its Non-Aligned position.

Indeed, India is Special, as Putin also mentioned in his address during the parade.

Posted in Technology and Software, Web 2.0, Web Culture

The Decline of Desktop RSS Readers

A poll at Read/Write Web shows that almost 70% of users are using Web based (Bloglines, Rojo etc) or the Start Pages (Netvibes, Pageflakes etc).

1. Web-based (e.g. Bloglines, Google Reader, Rojo) 55% (495 votes)

2. Desktop (e.g. FeedDemon, NetNewsWire) 18% (160 votes)

3. Start page (e.g. Netvibes, Pageflakes) 14% (125 votes)

4. Browser (e.g. Firefox Live Bookmarks, IE, Flock) 7% (62 votes)

5. Portal-based (e.g. MyYahoo, ThePortNetwork) 2% (21 votes)

6. Other (please comment) 2% (18 votes)

7. Email-based client (e.g. Thunderbird, Newsgator) 1% (11 votes)

8. I subscribe to emails from individual blogs 0% (3 votes)

The experience with Web Based Readers & Start pages is very similar, compare to Portal based such as MyYahoo etc. I have tried portal based reader such as etc, but didn’t like the reading experience.

I am using both Netvibes and Rojo and keep switching between them because each has its own benefits. While Netvibes gives me the concise summary (& a newspaper feel) for my feeds categorized in different tabs, Rojo allows me to tag the same feed with multiple tags (I haven’t come across any Web-based reader that does it so well).

The usage of desktop readers have declined sharply. I don’t want to wait for 3-5 minutes for Awasu to come up. Not only you have to get away from the browser to launch the reader, it is quite common to forget to launch the reader. I don’t want to put it in my Startups programs either, which is already overcrowded. The browser based reader gives you the flexibility to put them as your home page and be available to you as soon as you launch the browser.

No wonder, only 18% of users are now using Desktop readers, which was close to 80% when the initial RSS readers were introduced.

Posted in Web 2.0

High Tech Credit Cards

Have you ever actually stopped to count how many credit cards, debit cards, and loyalty cards you have in your wallet? What if you could replace them all with one small electronic device?

“Everything that’s in here and putting it in here.”

Into a small, lightweight, thin, electronic device named iCache.

“Everything that is barcoded or has a mag stripe you can put in your iCache.”

The device stores credit card, debit card, loyalty, and club card information…scan your fingerprint, dial up your card, and icache becomes it.

“So if you need a card, you just scroll through your different choices. The information is then printed out into this card. You use it, and then 10 minutes later the information disappears.”

Posted in mobile, Skype, Web 2.0

Putting 2.7 billion in context: Mobile phone users

In the industrialized world, everybody who can talk and knows numbers, and can still hear and remember numbers – has a mobile phone. A recent story from Los Angeles tells us that a homeless person was accidentially dumped into a garbage
truck, and faced being crushed. He used his cellphone – I kid you not – to call the emergency number and was rescued. When the homeless carry this technology, everybody has it.

And the non-industrialized world? Catching up really fast. China adds 6 million phones every month, India adds 7 million phones every month. Bear in mind that the total phone population in countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark and Portugal – each countries with 120% or more penetration rates – is less than 6 million units total. China and India both add that amount every month.

Posted in ebay, India

PayPal Opening a New Development Center in Chennai, India

via EFY PayPal is planning to open a new development centre in Chennai, India, and hire hundreds of technical positions in 2007. The company is on the look out for techno-professional for the new centre.

“The setting up of PayPal’s India Development Centre is validation of India’s front-runner status in the global IT scenario,” said Dayanidhi Maran, union minister for communications and information technology. “The vast knowledge and expertise of Indian technical professionals will help PayPal expand its business, while continuing to provide secure online payment services for millions of Internet customers.”

PayPal vice president and general manager of global product development Raj Sundaresan said the company is now accepting resumes from experienced applicants, who can apply for positions by sending resumes to The PayPal development centre has openings for technical professionals with expertise in product development, software engineering and other IT functions.

Posted in mobiles

Open letter to Apple: The killer App is not voice nor music

Tomi T Ahonen, four-time bestselling author and expert on mobile phones and their services writes an open letter to Apple on iPhone

You are entering the mobile phone market. … I am sure you have researched the market well before joining it, but am afraid you may have been blinded by being based in America – the laggard in mobile telecoms – and having your roots in the IT industry, which is almost diametrically opposite to the telecoms industry among engineering sciences. It may give you great competitive advantages to approach the industry from a fresh angle, but I hope you understand what makes this industry tick. People do not replace automobiles every 18 months, nor laptop computers, digital cameras, plasma screen TVs, Playstations… nor iPods. … more

Posted in shopping

Target Price Drop Hack

via AVN!

Target’s full prices end in 9. So the first price tag will be $14.99 or $27.99, something like that.Then, every time Target discounts the product, the final digit of the price drops.

The lowest the last digit will drop is 4.

If you see something you want at Target and the price ends in 4, buy it. The price won’t go any lower.