Monday, August 28, 2006

Indo China comparison

Its a talk of this decade - the two new economic and military powerhouses. There are a lot of similarities between these two nations. Foremost these are the two oldest civilizations of the world. Second they were subjected to colonization. Third Budhha himself. Fourth both have a strong middle class driven economies. You get to read a lot of perspectives of people on who would succeed or overtake the other. The reality is they both have to learn a lot from each other and the western world. Lets see how they stand head-to-head?

Why is China better than India?
1. Very strong infrastructure.
2. Strong manufacturing industry.
3. Strong immigrant population in the western world that have been successful to affect the political decisions.
4. Relative peace on its' borders.
5. People look in their history and the civilization for answers for its' future.

Why is India better than China?
1. Strong democratic values.
2. States are relatively independent to encourage their own foreign investments.
3. English speaking people. Because of the culture that has always encouraged multiple languages to co-exist, the acceptance of foreign language like English was never been an issue.
4. Open internet.
5. Strong entrepreneurial mindset of the middleclass.

Lesson for China - Trust your people and your system. Open the internet.
Lesson for India - Invest in the infrastructure and energy, your success rely on them.

Friday, August 25, 2006

The dark side of Hollywood

..Is even more beautiful
Morgan Freeman
Denzel Washington

Samuel L. Jackson

Will Smith

Terrence Howard

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

[Sequel] Bollywood' top 5 best supporting actors

Naseeruddin Shah
Pankaj Kapoor
Arshad Warsi
Saif Ali Khan

Om Puri

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Top 5 bollywood actors

Amitabh Bachchan
Aamir Khan
Shahrukh Khan

Hrithik Roshan

Sanjay Dutt

Which side of ball tampering does Pakis do not understand?

This is atleast the fourth time when Pakistan cricket team were caught tampering with the ball. This time against the English team. This is the known case when they were caught doing it, don't know how many times they have won the games uncaught.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Six sigma to solve terrorism

The division of a problem has proved itself one of the basis for all the high performance algorithms. From all the dos and donts from six sigma one which has stuck to my mind is how it encourages to rate (divide) people. Top 10% - the high performers, 70% - the average performers who you need to run the company, 10% who are misplaced and need serious mentoring and the last 5% who need to go. (BTW, I think six sigma is 20-70-10 and sun sigma is 10-70-10-5 but thats not the point). Can we solve the problem of terrorism with six sigma then? In any community there are only about less than 5% of people who have either the mindset of a terrorist or are physical supporters and who need to be found out and either removed or dealt with strongly. The 10% are the ones who are disillusioned. They are disillusioned of lack of proper leadership and mentoring. If continued, these are the people who are more likely to fall in the last 5% but not necessarily, all they need is a right direction. The majority of any community are the average people who deal with day to day problems and are trying to earn their living with respect and dignity. This 70% of the people needs to be given the right environment to thrive and the leadership which can encourage them to grow positive. And last but not the least the top 10% who are the leaders and need the states' major focus. The perception of a country is driven by these top 10%. They may not be the political leaders of a community but common people of the society who are doing exceptionally well. There are pitfalls but if this division is fair there is no reason why a state cannot be run successfully as the six sigma has run the top companies.

How to blog...

I want to blog about pure technical stuff but usually do not do it. I like writing business sortta blogs and sure do not know how to write them. And my personal blogs end up me being the only one appreciating it. Is there a class I can attend on how to blog? Jonathan?

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The pleasure of being iPodless

It started as a rebellion but has now turned into a pleasure I am enjoying - The joy of being iPodless! First I never justified the pricetag on a iPod. Why to pay 300 some bucks for a mp3 player? Haven't I paid $1000+ for my laptop already? Second, I love to be online, connected or if possible try to be infront of my computer. So finding my iPod moment is difficult anyway. My headphone and the realplayer on my computer does that job already. Third, if I decide to ever get a player I would rather choose from other mp3 players. Players with same features and less price. Fourth, I choose to find my own ways. Cults which the iPod owners have started to form are not for me. Oumph I do not belong here - I have a iPod. So I have started feeling different that guy who did not follow the trend.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

15 years of web and my entanglement

Saw these sites with details on the last 15 years of web. @BBC and @Sun. Nice to see how a once nascent technology changed the whole world. So what was my progression in this web?

1996 - Graduated as a Computer Engineer. Had heard about such a network but had never seen one.
1996 - Asked to work on my first Java applet. The applet was slow and flaky.
1997 - Created my first HTML page(s) and deployed on a CERN webserver.
1997 - Developed my first ever CGI driven web application.
1998 - Developed first virtual reality driven data acquisition system.
2000 - Developed the Login, Registration and Subscription modules for a start-up dot-com.
2001 - Worked on first large scale web based quoting application.
2002 - Sad with the performance of Netscape4.x and felt happy with Opera
2003 - Moved to external portal group for Sun Microsystems.
2003 - Wrote my first NSAPI plugin.
2003 - Got introduced to webservices.
2004 - Started writing blogs.
2004 - Wrote a critical Webservice API to integrate [look at the dynamic product listing] with
2004 - Led a team and developed one of the external portals for Sun Microsystems.
2005 - Saw the portal being EOL'd.
2006 - Welcoming AJAX.
2006 - Still where is my eternity?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The importance of being real..

A wonderful article on yahoo. Could not refuse to reproduce it here...

... One of the things I loved most about the Marine Corps was that I never had to worry about what anyone was thinking. When I was preparing to be an officer, there was no sensitivity training. When superior officers spoke to you, they didn't have to wrap their words in ribbons and bows, and didn't worry about hurting anyone's feelings.

... When I returned from the war and entered the civilized world of business, I was shocked by the phoniness, the covert hostility (disguised as caring), and the fake smiles that are rampant to this day. It's been over 30 years since I was discharged from the Marines, and I still haven't adjusted.Read More

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Sweets and coke are good but...

The excruciating pain during the root canal initiation was enough to make me nervous and this image is not helping me either. Gosh I have to go through it again this wednesday.