August 26, 2005

Quotable Quote

A thing...

When you talk about it, it's a dream.
When you plan it, it's possible.
But when you schedule it, you know it's real.

 
  
~Tony Robertson

August 24, 2005

IT Facts and Trends


Image Courtesy: http://www.walthamstow-hall.co.uk

Here are some facts about IT, Telecom industries which you can share with your colleagues (of opposite sex ;-)) to impress them during coffee breaks, Enjoy.

  1. 72% of Americans view the worst cell phone habit as unnecessarily loud conversations in public places, while 65% say the worst e-mail habits is sending along chain e-mail and using poor grammar.
  2. India's wireless sector added 2.49 mln new users in July 2005, taking the total number of customers to 60.366 mln. The Cellular Operators Association said 1.954 mln customers have signed up for GSM services in July 2005.
  3. Given price equiality between mobile and land lines, more than 50% would cut the land line.
  4. 50% of Australian children now own a mobile phone, which they use for a wide array of services beyond calls and SMS, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
  5. India currently has 25 mln internet users, which is expected to grow to grow to 100 mln by 2007-08, says Internet and Online Association of India.
  6. According to IDC, China and India will experience the highest growth in professional software developers between 2003 and 2008 with compound annual growth rates (CAGR) of 25.6% and 24.5% respectively.
  7. Software exports from the city of Bangalore (India) shot up 34% in April-August 2004 compared to the same period the previous year, government agency Software Technology Parks of India said.
  8. 81% of UK companies to increase outsourcing in the next 2-3 years. India will take a first mover advantage of 75% of outsourcing, there is close competition for second place, between Central and Eastern Europe (28%) and China (25%).

Courtesy: http://blogs.zdnet.com/ITFacts

August 22, 2005

India on Top!

Weissman Center for International Banking at Baruch College and The Paaras Group surveyed the outsourcing field among the North American and European companies in regards to their outsourcing destinations. Since many companies have multiple outsourcing locations, the results do not add up to 100%.
Where American and European companies outsource
Country IT Contact Center BPO
India 91% 80% 90%
Philippines 17% 20%  
Central/South America 13% 40% 10%
China 9%   10%
Singapore 9%    
Ireland 5% 5% 25%
Spain 4% 20%  
Malaysia 4% 20% 10%
Eastern Europe 4%    
Australia 4%   20%
Source: Weissman Center for International Banking at
Baruch College and The Paaras Group

Courtesy: ZDNet Research http://blogs.zdnet.com/ITFacts/?p=8247


August 21, 2005

Walk With Me


Image Courtesy: Vikatan


Walk with me, the path of life,
to explore every bend of the road
Enjoy with me the beauty of life,
along its wonderful way

Find comfort with me, in each other's arms,
when grief crosses our path
Find strength with me, in each other's strength,
when despair lies in wait

Laugh with me, a single true laugh,
to enlighten another's distress
Cry with me, a single true tear,
to understand true happiness

Cherish with me, the wonders of life,
as they need to be preserved
Rejoice with me, in the mysteries,
of what is yet to be

Find peace with me, in each other's souls,
when the world has gone insane
Find love with me, in each other's hearts,
until this life has been fulfilled

And when the path comes to an end
I hope we can say from within
We've known the beauty of true love,
our love came from within

- a poem by
by Munda, www.netpoets.com

One Minute Movies!


Pic courtesy:BBC Film Network

While I was searching for a short movie clip, I came across this BBC's webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/oneminutemovies/ - which lists short films of duration 1 minute or less.
As usual, I fished for a Indian 'film maker'. I found A. Kamalakkannan, who has directed 3 such films. I found 2 (Population Dynamics, The Wish) of the three movies very interesting as their themes are so 'original and brilliant'.
Population Dynamics is a classic - which subtly embeds Malthus principle! (population will grow in geometrical rate i.e., 2, 4, 8, 16 ...etc)
The Wish - is equally good, tells the power of faith among a sect of people(Hindus)
So, got a mobile phone camera? Instead of shooting some cheap movies, people can show their creativity!!
All you have got is One Minute!

August 17, 2005

Amazon to Yahoo!

Image Courtesy: Wired Magazine

I read this article 10 Years That Changed the World on WIRED magazine, yesterday. I have always wondered how some companies like Amazon, Google, Yahoo survived the dot-com burst, and still leading the industry.

Though many other factors and a strong determined team of individuals have attributed to their success, We can observe three things which are common in their strategy. This applies even to any company, not only dot-com firms.

1. Serve more people

2. Innovate and Improve with time

3. Constantly follow users' needs!


The artice with some amazing photos traces back the time when Yahoo, Google were in the garages (when started!).

I highly recommend you to read the story!

August 16, 2005

Independence Day Poll!

Pic Courtesy: The Hindu Newspaper(www.hindu.com)


Hi,

Greetings to you on the occasion of India's 59th INDEPENDENCE DAY.

I have created a poll to reflect our opinion about “Corruption in India”. I would request you to answer these 14 questions for me (which may take less than 5 minutes). I do not require any personal information. I would be delightful (and grateful too!) if you can spare few minutes for me.


The weblink for the poll is http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB224K65J9XQQ

The poll will be closed automatically on August 25, 2005.

The answers would be published on 25th September, 2005 at http://wethinkasonenation.blogspot.com (We think as one nation!)

I would be grateful if you recommend this survey to your friends and family members.

I have plans to write an article in a leading Newspaper / Magazine to voice our views on this subject. I greatly appreciate your efforts and I am thankful for you.

If you have questions or comments about this poll, please e-mail to me pthirumurugan@gmail.com

Thanks and regards,
Thiru Murugan

Disclaimer: This is a survey conducted by me out of my own interest. This is not associated with any organisations.

August 15, 2005

Mr. President!


Image Courtesy: www.presidentofindia.com

"I will not be presumptuous enough to say that my life
can be a role model for anybody; but some poor child
living in an obscure place in an underprivileged
social setting may find a little solace
in the way my destiny has been shaped.
It could perhaps help such children liberate themselves
from the bondage of their illusory
backwardness and hopelessness"
-A P J Abdul Kalam, Hon'ble President of India
/

The photo that you are seeing (above) is the people's affection for the President of India. And, in every part of India, he is well-respected and popular (particularly, among kids!). As another independence day special speech is about to be delivered by him, let us revisit at his last year's speech and see what has been accomplished so far (by us!).

I freely pick four important points his talk centred around.

1. Education: After the launch of EDUSAT - a first of its kind satellite for education, now we can say quality experts and teachers can extend their reach to remote rural villages through 'tele-education'. Yet, the content creation (educational materials to support) needs a big boost.

2. External Relations: The rise of India as a ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) giant has certainly pulled the eyes of US, Australian, European investors towards our country. Also, this economic shift is going to improve our external political ties with every other nation in the world. No nation can afford to ignore India!

3. Water Management: Still we are struggling in this area. Though, we have the expertise and scientific tools (Communication satellites!), what we lack is some useful and relevant application to the grassroot level. Water shortage, Flooding in the cities can be managed with the current expertise and a strong political will.

4. Employment: The education system fundamentally needs a basic re-structuring. We create students who come out of universities to look for 'that elusive job'. We should create more opportunities to enable them to become employers (entrepreneurs). Some schemes have to be worked out in collaboration with financial institutions and venture-capitalists to encourage such investments.

Lot of things have to be done.
It all starts with a change in our mindset!

August 13, 2005

Drumstick for the World!


Image Courtesy: www.drumstickindia.com

Drumstick farmer puts Indian village on global map
An enterprising farmer from a village in Maharashtra's Nashik district has begun exporting drumsticks to far off places in the world via online.

Balasaheb Marale is the drumstick king of Maharashtra! A poor and unknown farmer who supplied to the local markets for years, now he has gone online and international.

Marale gets his orders at Drumstick India and supplies to NRIs the world over - from his village Sinnar to Singapore, Canada, Taiwan, Kuwait. And even to Pakistan.

News from http://www.nextbillion.net/

August 10, 2005

Sachin, Always!

I like reading blogs than writing one (it's easy!). So, I came across a blog by Meenaks. Incidentally, I rate this innings of Tendulkar as his best - despite the criticisms like 'he didn't finish the job, as usual!'

Who cares.. he is always Sachin Tendulkar!


Courtesy: A. Muralidharan,Cricinfo

"Let me say one thing first. Both knocks that I have picked out here are matches which India ultimately lost. But that is the beauty. If our cricket God can make our losses appear so sweet, there is no doubt how great he can make our victories appear..!!

The best Test knock: 1998-1999, 1st Test, vs Pakistan, M A Chidambaram Stadium, 136 in second innings

Four days of intense, exciting cricket on a pitch full of pace, bounce and turn. India took a narrow 16 run lead in the first innings. Pakistan make 286 in the second setting India a victory target of 271. Indian reply begins shakily (VVS Laxman 0, S. Ramesh 5) and then proceeds to become worse (Dravid 10, Azhar and Ganguly out early). India is 82 for 5, down and almost out. Then, Tendulkar happened.

Stunning range of strokeplay that helps him tame pace and spin quite effortlessly. He excelled in both defense and attack. But alas, all good things come to an end. This time, quite early. When he was out for 136, the Indian team total was 217 for 6, a small indication of his monumental contribution.

Well.. the Chennai match is remembered for the victory lap taken by Pakistanis, heartily cheered by the Chennai crowd (the best in the world) but I remember the match for the sight of Tendulkar walking back to the pitch, head bowed down in despair, but proud of having fought like a champion.

On the back of his shirt, we see a red slash. An injury aggravated. The doctor had advised him not to play that day..!!"

And in the comments section for this post, a person named filbert had said "India had made just 6 runs before sachin came into the crease and they made exaclty 5 runs after he departed!!"

August 4, 2005

Timeless, Priceless!


Courtesy: Gertie Huddleston, "Roper River Landscape Dusk, 1997 - Flinders Art Gallery

I have been to an art gallery which showcased paintings, crafts made by Australaian native people. You can see the depth and variety of colours, they use in their creations. The environs, they live , on the contrary is mostly monotonous, dull (for us!) desert land.

I noted a similar trend in Rajasthan, where people express all the colours in the dress they weave, paintings they create, even on the house doors! Simply colourful. Obviously to beat the monotony!

"Australian Aboriginal art is the oldest living
art tradition in the world, with paintings in
rock shelters dating back 20,000 years.

The art includes naturalistic paintings of
human, plant and animal figures, as well as
non-naturalistic, or "abstract" designs with
concentric circles, "u" shapes, and lines."

I bought two mini-paintings (Another picture here!) for my collection.
Would love to visit central parts of Australia,
where the creators live!

Text Courtesy Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery