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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.

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.

Blogging to earn money

January 17, 2011

I was not enjoying my job since last 2 weeks, I dun intend to do data entry so what if it is do SEM. I thought of going independent. I dun intend to do a job. Starting a consultancy to cater to Indian clients is bad because Indian clients first don’t pay well, secondly they don’t value time and commitments.

@ Barcamp Mumbai I met Karamveer, who earns more than $ 60,000 a month because of his 100+ blogs. For me even if I earn $1,000 a month from my blogs I will be happy.

Now I need to understand what all can I blog on. Say sky is the limit or better anything under the sun. To make a kickstart I would like to blog about technology, FOSS, FOSS technologies and FOSS apps. I did make an attempt to make  vlog on FOSS when YouTube was in its infancy. Now my target is to earn money and also explore the creative side of me.

Before making any concrete decisions I would first like to make a list of verticals for which there are potential advertisers on Google who are ready to pay money and write content for that vertical on which there will be contextual advertisements from the paying advertisers. I think this is the best way to think of making an attempt to making money to blogging. Write content in context to the direction where you will have contextual advertisements by dollar paying advertisers.

7 Pillars of ClassRome – Part 1

August 6, 2009

I blogged about ClassRome.com some minutes back, have some more time before going to bed so decided to blog yet another entry on ClassRome.

This is my 5th attempt at making a 7 point framework. (Previous attempts were on Information Age, Entertainment Industry and well Rainbow (VIBGYOR) & Music (7 Notes) also.)

The 7 Pillars of any school-2-college-2-higher-college-2-first-job person is:

  1. Classroom Bunking
  2. Dating
  3. Notes Sharing
  4. Exams
  5. Guest Lectures
  6. School/College Events
  7. Career Building

All possible student activities revolve around these pillars. As and when I have time, I will be writing more about them.

Classrome

August 6, 2009

I have the urge for doing a 360 degree development of a cool web app which will be used by most of the world market.

As per my 7 pillar framework, I find education to be the most opportunistic sector. Now lets see what are the different market segments in it. There are 3 segments in this industry.

  1. CMS & LCMS Makers
  2. ePublishing for CMS & LCMS
  3. eSchools or Universties which use the services for the 1st and the 2nd market segment to deliver there courses

Name any eLearning company in the world I bet there services are around these. I was thinking of what segment I can fit some cool idea which no one has touched, well after lot of thinking I came to the conclusion that they are all touched to the extent that I cannot imagine.

But no one has been doing what I have in mind. I have a 7 point framework for my new pet project which I have been tickling since a long long time. I want the code name of the project to be ClassRome.com

I will be writing about Classrome more soon here. Keep watching.

Why ‘7’

August 6, 2009

A friend of mine and a colleague at office were asking me repeatedly that why do I choose always 7 as the count for analyzing any projects that come to my table (I work as an Information Architect).

The answer is simple. There are only 7 colors in a rainbow and there are only 7 notes in music. Based on the 7 colors of rainbow and 7 notes in music unlimited amount of color combinations and songs and symphonies have been made.

Isn’t this a simple thought.

🙂

7 Pillars of Entertainment Industry – Part 1

August 6, 2009

There are 7 pillars of entertainment industry, be it a movie or a theater. They are:

  1. Happy & Sad
  2. Love (Romance) & Hate
  3. Winning (Fight, Sports, War) & Losing
  4. Sci-Fi & Animation
  5. Horror & God
  6. Comedy & Tragedy
  7. Action (Fight, Sex) & Suspense

All possible movies, dramas have been built and will be built around these pillars. They might include maybe just one pillar or maybe more than one pillar.

As and when I have time, I will be writing more about them.

7 Pillars of Information Age – Part 8

July 30, 2009

EDUCATION

What is Education?

It is a blend of communication and dissemination & still a unique entity. There are not any Blue Ocean Pioneers in this branch. The ocean is still blue.

7 Pillars of Information Age – Part 7

July 30, 2009

AUTOMATION

What is Automation?

Any form of automation in the process or business workflows and computing is  the automation branch.

Who are the players?

On the automation branch we have ERP, CRM , Accounting players.

Who are the Blue Ocean Pioneers?

  • ERP – SAP, Oracle etc.
  • CRM – SugarCRM, SalesForce etc.
  • Accounting – Tally

7 Pillars of Information Age – Part 6

July 30, 2009

RECREATION

What is Recreation?

Any form of activity like gaming, online gaming, watching videos online, downloading Mp3s etc. is a form of recreation.

Who are the players?

On the dissemination branch we have gaming sites, YouTube, iTunes etc.

Who are the Blue Ocean Pioneers?

  • MP3 – iTunes
  • Video – YouTube
  • Games – IndiaGames, StickCricket