Archive for March, 2011

Think Different

March 22, 2011

Think Different

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

 

Think Different 10 Years later

March 21, 2011

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Think Different

March 21, 2011

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The new CRM — Civilian Resource Management

March 21, 2011

Wikipedia page on Corruption In India says:

As of 2010, India is the ninth-most corrupt country in the world, with about 54% of Indians paying a bribe in the past year, according to a global survey by Transparency International (TI).[4][5]

It also says:

Political corruption and bureaucratic corruption in India are major concerns.

Also check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_political_scandals

So the cheap south indian labor may also subscribe for increasing the exchange rate to increase there profits at the cost of the country.

Cheap gets cheaper and deteriorateor to the anywatz imbalanced ecosystem.

Guys you can’t make a dam tech product, say a simple CRM.

CRM that the world knows of is Customer Relationship Management.

You have the fucking balls, keep fucking.

India and indian cinema, anywaz have cheap romeoz and no Einsteins.

Can they have any Linus Torvald atleast. I know. Its NO.

Its said that the SCUM of India goes to Indian Politics and hence the Politics of India is SCUM.

Maid in India — Sonia Gandhi… Mind you they have nothing to do with M.K. Gandhi. India’s self proclaimed “Mahatma..”

This M.K. Gandhi wanted to be the epitome of Non-Violence so he withdrew the “Quit India” movement. And he was eventually killed inside India for trying to be FATHER to BOTH INDIA AND PAKISTAN.

Bollywood Apes are called the legendary actors….

They ape even the ACADEMY. Indian Film federation has formed IIFA – International Indian Film Academy

  • They don’t organize the fest in India
  • They take international which means every known artist packs bag, travels to the cere-money

I am sure because they make money because of endorsements, they organize it.

Plus there are atleast 5 more different film magazine awards or TV Channel awards in India….

The apes of Cinema, the Bollywood Apes —- “SALUTE YOUR APEing” —- “FO, Fo, FO”

The 7nth Pillar —- Khan Academy .org

March 19, 2011

Somewhere in July 2009, I shared my discovery of the 7 possible pillars of the Information Age.

Why just ‘7’?

Because I see and feel that there is nothing more than 7 original constituents for the prime streams.

Let me prove it.

Let me show

  • 7 colors in a rainbow (VIBGYOR)
  • 7 notes in music (Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni) — Note – The Last Sa is not the new note. Its just the higher notation of the first note.
  • 7 modes of entertainment industry (happy & sad, love & hate, winning & losing, sci-fi & animation, horror & god, comedy & tragedy, action (fight & sex)  & suspense)
  • 7 modes of information age (information, communication, transaction, automation, recreation, dissemination & education.)

Let me show you some examples of each of the pillar:

  1. Information:- Google.com, Google.com/News, Google.com/blogsearch, N number of portals
  2. Communication:- Email, Mobile, IM, Skype
  3. Transaction:- Paypal, Google Checkout, Amazon, Online Stocks
  4. Autmoation:- SAP, SalesForce, SugarCRM, 37Signals products
  5. Recreation:- Mp3, iTunes, YouTube, Playboy, Gaming
  6. Dissemination:- Wikipedia, Blogs – WordPress, Blogger
  7. Education :- Wikivarsity & Khan Academy

I always wanted to start something in elearning. I won’t like to call it electronic learning, its essentially enhanced learning system.

Now digitizing something is not what I call e-Learning.

We are in the information age and the promise of this age is to eradicate poverty. No other age has had this promise. What kind of employment this age will have when there is cut-throat competition for margins and high end motivation for productivity by reducing costs – in the sense of cheaper labor and less labor due to high end motivation is what I like to hack and share.

I was born inteligent – Education ruined me

March 19, 2011

I just applied for job to AgencyDigi, PayPal and Atidan. They all have good openings in UI, UX & IA. My expenses per month are not more than 5,000 INR bucks and I really don’t like working for others, especially when roles are well defined and very small.

All of my colleagues that I know off now are very good in their job careers but yes I never thought good of them and I still don’t. I dropped out of studies twice once in graduate level and again in masters level, just because the faculty was sub-standard and so was the campus and my desire to align with them and take a printout of a certification vanished.

My last sting with academia was in 2003, oh yes and the next was at a cyber-cafe now called Center for Development of Advanced Computing. I have done jobs at some places which I can never say I am proud of.

Now, what I am really interested in. Mark Twain once said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education”. I just want to improvise on it saying that I dun care about certification paper, all I want and need is learning, on-demand learning.

Now on-demand learning is there on the internet, but it all comes with the same f*** certification paper. And its all again like you have to pay a lot on demand service. I personally don’t like it because you have to pay a lot. Why should I pay $999 for a basic linux course.

When in school, I used to refer to all possible and available books on every subject. I did really have a great time. And my grades were also good. Somehow I lost the touch when I broke my leg and was in bed for more than 6 months. Its been more than 15 years I have never got my touch back, at-least in scoring grades. And I dun want to hatch wooden benches anywhere for any matter.

So before, I take a plunge in my dot-com dream, I just see that there are some people who are also doing what I am thinking of. There is Khan Academy, there is Personal MBA. KA deals with elementary school topics and PMBA deals with an MBA outside the campus and for the cost of the b0oks.

If life would have served me right, I think after my college, I would have done graduation in computer science and masters in computer science and then masters in management and then a PHD in enhanced learning systems. So the good guy tells me what does it stop me to do the same today. And share it with people online for a small nominal 1/- buck a day.

I think I have a unexplored idea. And I think I should be able to atleast make a dent start at it.

So my plans are to teach people

  • Computer Science — both FOSS & Proprietary
  • MBA — the league of extraordinary gentelman
  • HCI — Human Computer Interaction
  • Elementary Science
  • Elementary Maths
  • GMAT. GRE, SAT preps
  • Creative eye for eye

I won’t like to do more than 7 things.

1st April the fool’s day or the new year day of the yester-years is when, you will see what I am thinking off. Currently I am compounding the syllabus of MBA from all the best of the best colleges. I love deadlines, lets see if i can meet the deadline, this time.

HCI — Human Computer Interaction

March 18, 2011

I was just having a chat with a buddy who is going to do a 2 year masters in HCI.

Lets see what I see in HCI as in what more there can be which is not already.

HCI started and now is with:

  • Calculators
  • QWERTY Keyboard
  • Computing
  • Mobile
  • Web
  • Tablet better now known as iPAD
  • Small Gadgets (iPOD, GPS, Kindle)

Lets see each of them step by step.

1. Calculators — I remember the first I saw when I was in 2nd grade. It was big and the keys were very big and the display screen was also very big, though it could not take or calculate big numbers. Then in college there was a need for scientific calculator so i bought one and had a look and liked it. The snack of the designer of the sc, in the form of accumulating and positioning all the possible desired functions at a one place, was cool. If given a specification

2. QWERTY Keyboard — The keyboard that we use today was designed not by an HCI expert. And the design and layout is so so good. I just love it. I really have an inner most feeling that the english alphabets are so beautifully woven and placed that if you can have a sense for music and given a leaf of lyrics, it would be make some music on the mechanical keyboard, for it is that which would make some clanking noise. (The guy should also have some sense about english grammar and syllables).

3. Computing — The PCs and not the servers are the main stream biz for HCI experts. And yes there is “Start” & there is a “My Computer”. The main innovation that i see would happen when we have relational file systems and Web 3.0 .

4. Mobile — First there was Nokia and then iPhone to be followed by Android. The core of HCI in this field is also almost over.

5. Web — First there was TEXT, IMAGES, SOUND, VIDEO and not Interactivity. Web-Apps are the name of the game and i see that people of the web now say “Less is More”. There are fields like UXE, UI and IA. Not far to go.

6. Tablet — It was M$ who invented the tablet. Apple who understood it and innovated and the rest of the moolah to follow and loose. iPAD2 is far good than iPAD1.

7. Small Gadgets — iPOD has a niche market and the market for GPS is very small and almost diminishing. Kindle is good and will survive.

So where is the scope for innovation and HCI in the future.

I believe its in enhanced learning systems. A separate post on it

Happy Hacking

March 17, 2011

What is Happy? and what is Hacking?

  • Happy is 🙂
  • Hacking is ?

I was reading Eric Raymonds book “The Cathedral & the Bazaar”. In which he says “Richard Stallman” (aka. rms) is the last hacker of our planet.

Now, I know what is the difference between the word hacker and cracker.

The guy who is a cracker is definitely a hacker, but a bad one because he cracks the string (in CS – string is a chain of characters), either for fun or for frolic. He either steals data or money. While if he is caught he is in Jail.

The guy who is a hacker is a nice guy. There are very few of them. May of them are not there today. I know of one definitely and he is “Richard Stallman”. I had the pleasure of meeting him for the first time at TIFR and second time at IIT-Powai. And as I knew he would be coming to India as per his published schedule, I jumped into creating a free software college fest and making arrangements for him to be the guest of honor. We had all colors in the fest, but it was highly chaotic. I did study the chaos theory then. 🙂 😉

Lets see the whoz who of the Computing World that we know of:

  • Bill Gates (Henry William Gates III) — A better marketer than a hacker
  • Steve Jobs — A better understanding of design & aesthetics
  • Linus Torvalds — Still doing his college project 🙂 its called Linux
  • Richard Stallman — Stands for the world “Free”. Known as the Last Hacker
  • Andy Groove — The Intel Guy. Says only Paranoids Survive
  • Google Boyz (Page & Bin) — Made it in when they were lads. The World Wide Web (Internet) is in their pocket hard drives.
  • Larry Wall (Oracle Dude) — Says, “Software, Hardware, Business”. We take care of your complete biz automation

I dun want to add more than 7.

Now if we see, the computing that we have today is because of them. Be it an Operating System, Office Apps, iPOD, iPHONE, iPAD, Open Source, Free Software, More Cheaper & More Faster Processors, Searching the Web or Reliable Databases, its all because of them.

There was a time, when computers and internet was in-house only for computer scientists inside US Universities or inside US Military. The great spread happened because of cheap PCs. I don’t know who made the GUI or who made the first PC OS, but it was Henry who with his Windows software made a statement that, “I want Windows on every desktop”. I just have a feeling that iPAD will be the desktop killer. iPOD definitely killed the  walkman. Now Unix variants before RMS were only in Universities. RMS founded FSF, wrote the gcc compiler and the GPL license and went around all great Universities in World to preach what the 4 laws of free software are. His dream was to have a collaborative effort make the GNU OS. Now a Finish Student as a casual hack wrote Linux, using gcc and the GPL license. The resultant effort got tagged as Linux OS. RMS and people who understand the origination of idea and the mammoth effort do urge to everyone that it should be called GNU/Linux. And trust me it should not be called open source, where it was free software. Actually more appropriate word according to me would be “OPEN ENGINEERING. FREE SOURCE-CODE”. The Google Boys have created a brand which will last for ever with the computing age and with the race of mankind, and trust me  they just misspelled the word “Gogol”. The word “Google” has now become a verb in dictionaries. Larry Wall is the king of business automation and yes even he will survive.

Nobody today if learn say mechanical engineering, try’s to read how the wheel was invented. But in Computer Science, we need to see how was the system there before and how is it today and traverse on the time-line and see what is ahead. Let me explain, in the past computers were huge like a buildings, now we have iPADs for just 500 bucks. In the past we had walkmans which could store only 20 songs max, but now we have iPODs which can store more than 1000 songs. Previously there was only TV News, Magazines and Newspapers as a media -now- we have auido/video PODCASTS. I have seen podcasts of Stanford & MIT and they are very good. I don’t feel like going to any campus ever in life.

I was applying for job of a UXE at Bing India. But I don’t know why I lost the motivation. I will upload my presentation here on my blog to  share whatz the trend ahead. Keep watching.

User Survey @ 51Nuts.com

March 17, 2011

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UX woes @ FlipKart.com

March 17, 2011

Last night I got an email from a prospective customer at my 51Nuts.com

He was from outside India, maybe USA and he was finding it difficult to buy me a Gift Voucher from FlipKart, because FlipKart system demanded the clients address to be in India. Plus it asked for a SMS verification again which has be an Indian Cellular phone.

I gave a call to FlipKart customer service and they could not help much.

I gave my customer, my username and password to my FlipKart A/c.

Gave him baby steps to do the shopping of 2 books that which I want to give as extract @ 51Nuts.com . Since he was paying by credit card the SMS verification could be disabled and hence he could pay me by shopping for me.

If some one at FlipKart is listening, I would like them to acknowledge the discomfort offered.