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Time to say Good Bye!!!

I guess its good time to say good bye. I really guess this blog thing is too good for me and besides putting a lot of efforts i could not learn the traits that are considered to be ethical. I am just one unfortunate person who could not publish his thoughts openly through the most open communication medium i.e. blogs. I know recent incident is not so pushy to pull off and things similar to this usually happen on internet. But i guess it has come to a point where i really can't move on. I tried to move on but there i was-------stuck again. I realize that was totally my fault. Somebody was just posting his comments and i tried to move "between my computer and his computer" :) But i would say, i am just a technology enthusiast NOT just a MSFT die-hard fan, even if others have to disagree. Lastly, my humble apologies to those who got hurt. I really do.

Another problem with this medium of communication is that you can't change your audience, and i don't dare to, so the easiest way i can figure out is to move yourself out of the loop. So all in all, i had great time, lots of wonderful people here talking about wonderful things. It was great to be a part of such a place and i know these people will keep me coming back to this great place. Thanks for everyone who dropped in and provided feedback. Wish everyone luck. Take care. Hasta La Vista.

 

 

Posted Sunday, March 26, 2006 7:05 PM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

Cool Artist

I just came across this great source. The artist's work is awesome, he just seems like an artist who really thinks out of the box.

Posted Sunday, March 26, 2006 5:51 AM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

Comments on 'agaxWrite' V 1.1 :)

There are some comments to previous post and i would like to clarify them through a blog post RATHER THAN posting a comment to a comment. I guess in blogs comment is the only evil. Usually they point themselves nowhere, just like an unguided missile :)

Well, seriously i don't know where comments are heading to. I don't own Microsoft and don't own their stock either. However, numbers still tell you that IE is on top. Though , it is possible that they might loose that in future. Microsoft is copying features? Is that new? This is what they have been doing since long :)


I don't care if Google missed it because of Firefox/Firefox-owner or not, but don't you ask the shopkeeper before buying an expensive rather mega-expensive product ? For that matter, you would do extensive market research and you won't care if the shopkeeper hires someone who has built that mega-expensive product, primarily to convince customers, if you know what i mean? The only exception to this is you have piles of money and you are mad, which in itself is a big exception :)
Google is supporting for Open Source? Huh. Microsoft has been shipping for MAC, so ? There are some open source projects being supported by Microsoft. Moreover, i guess you don't use Gmail and if do then i guess you might have seen errors produced by it. Have you read their EULA? It states that Google can delete your accounts even without a prior notice and i have even heard that they have blocked some accounts. So all might rush and get some backups. Come on softwares are meant to be broken, a little bit is always ok :)


Now please don't assume that i am a hardcore Microsoft fan, i love Google as much as any technology enthusiast do but i guess we should be flexible enough to praise whenever we come across any cool technology OR ELSE Microsoft lovers will tell you that if you can't stop blaming Microsoft then first go and come up with something better than that:)


Lastly,We all must clearly know or better yet ask some one how to differeniate between an opinion and a fact. Facts are facts and generated by respected and authentic bodies. Opnions, however, should be backed by well supported arguments.Because people spread opnions based on other people opnions so we must try to feel the responsibility. Again if you know what i mean?
I don't mean to offend anyone and i don't intend to start a flamewar either. I respect everybody's opnions and thank people who take time off to read and comment on this blog. I really do. 

Please don't assume from this blog entry that i don't want any one to comment. Your advice has always been very welcome and i guess its this feedback that motivates someone to blog. So lets launch an avalanche of feed back:)

Posted Friday, March 24, 2006 5:01 PM by fakeGeek | 8 Comments

Some random thoughts on 'ajaxWrite'

I tried to post these comments on author's blog but i guess they went down the drain. A very nice online document processor. Anyways, i have some thoughts and wanted to share. Can we really compare ajaxWrite with Writely? Should Google have bought ajaxWrite? The last question suggests an interesting case, to me atleast :)

My argument, based on the last question, is threefold

1)-It only works on FireFox and this is the first big indicator why Google rightly missed it. More than 68 % of browser market is occupied with IE and you just can't ignore it. If i use IE and i happen to come across ajaxWritely and it doesn't work on my browser then i just don't give a flip about it, doesn't matter how cool the application is. I just won't remember it.

2-)Writely had quite a user base. I guess it was over 150K, however, i am not sure about the exact figure.

3)-Writely founders have long been into document-software and they had quite a credibility as well.


Moreover its called the first-mover advantage , just my two cents :)

 

 

Posted Friday, March 24, 2006 2:57 PM by fakeGeek | 3 Comments

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.NET and Vista?

A very thorough analysis that might raise a flag in your mind. I just wrote a long long post as i had some ideas, but while copying/pasting stuff i lost my whole three paragraphs.

Are we really multitasking on these pathetic multi-tasking OSs. Yeah, yeah i know it needs some sense as well, but why really are you looking at this text on a machine that can process x.xx GZ information in one second. Art of making usable machines is very noble, but i guess if it is given in hands of some jerks then i shouldn't really blame anyone. People talk about living in 21st century only if they have a sexy-UI, i guess there are very small and important issues to solve first on UI-centric systems if you really think 'I rock when i use UI' or 'I want to take off my clothes if i have a nice UI infront of me' . I apologize if someone is offended i really didn't mean to offend anyone, but i just feel better now :-)

Posted Saturday, March 18, 2006 4:19 AM by fakeGeek | 2 Comments

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Amazon S3

Seems very promising but they should have alloted some chunks for free, so developers can try that for free and spread the word. However, given the repute of Amazon you can just rely on what is written on their website. Here are some features

  • Write, read, and delete objects containing from 1 byte to 5 gigabytes of data each. The number of objects you can store is unlimited.
  • Each object is stored and retrieved via a unique, developer-assigned key.
  • Authentication mechanisms are provided to ensure that data is kept secure from unauthorized access. Objects can be made private or public, and rights can be granted to specific users.
  • Uses standards-based REST and SOAP interfaces designed to work with any Internet-development toolkit.
  • Built to be flexible so that protocol or functional layers can easily be added.  Default download protocol is HTTP.  A BitTorrent (TM) protocol interface is provided to lower costs for high-scale distribution.  Additional interfaces will be added in the future. 
  • Posted Saturday, March 18, 2006 4:06 AM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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    Live Clipboard...
    This has been generating quite a buzz now. Cool idea, conceputalized by Ray Ozzie and implemented by his brother, both at Microsoft. I especially liked the stuff where you can copy/cut paste between two browser windows. I see a lot of stuff happening within Live.com by using clipboards. They can be useful and provide a new look to web applications. I have not thought about the other way around :-) Lets see.

    Posted Wednesday, March 08, 2006 11:44 PM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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    Origami, an iPod-like device from Microsoft and comparing some notes

    Microsoft confirms here that they are going to release an iPod-Like device, which will allow users to listen to music, browse internet, play video games and jot handwritten notes. It all started when a cryptic presentation at this domnain started creating some buzz. Let me look into my crystal ball :)

    So we will all have to wait and see. Mircosoft defeated Apple in OS wars. Couple of days back i started reading a book on Apple and without a shadow of doubt Apple used to be one of the most promising and innovative companies and still is. One of the many dilemmas they faced back then, was the question their Managers used to ask each other ' Are we a hardware company or a Software company ?'

    Now Apple was into hardware and software,both. They even started developing a tablet PC, yes, even before it was called Table PC. Steve Jobs was kicked out and a non-techy was put in charge of the company , by the way, later he also held the title of CTO alongwith his other titles. So all in all lot was happening at Apple in those days. They were all charged up. Lots of projects were floating around, they were innovating. Awful lot of competent and smart people were leaving the company at the same time.

     

    But Microsoft is different. Deep pockets, smart people, small teams and non-contemporary software and management practises working on not-so-innovative tools and products. Yea, i mean over some time they are doing ordinary things extra ordinarly. Now coming back to the previous point, the point that caused me to write all this is 'Is Microsoft a software company or a hardware/game company ?'  They already are a software company since inception. Then they were into XBOX and now some iPod-like device. Microsoft will soon produce hardwares, ICs, start manufacturing desktop PC and laptops, atleast this is not beyond my comprehension. Now if my memory is serving me right, it was Compaq or someother company that faced that dilemma i.e. Hardware company Vs Software company. So what they did was that they got divided into divisions. A software division and a hardware division. Basic theme was to let division focus on their own entire product lines rather than stepping into other divions as it happened at Apple.

    However, Microsoft has different mindset. They have small focussed teams and biggest advantage they get is that they own the most widely used OS in the world. So you say Internet is the next big giant. They have already won browser war; though they have been having tough time lately, just so you know. So it implicitly becomes very easy for them to pitch and test their ideas. Again it becomes very difficult to come up with a rational and sane answer to questions like 'What was intial focus, are you staying away from it ? ' and 'What is your focus, games,software,hardware or what? '  Microsoft was late in anticipating technological changes, at times, changes that occured in last decade. But when they did they took everything with a storm. But question remains, Microsoft is no more a company whose profits comes only from selling software. However, its true that their primary business is software. At times this is as simple as anything and at times it becomes difficult to comprehend.

    Posted Thursday, March 02, 2006 10:42 AM by fakeGeek | 1 Comments

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    Windows Live Local, Amazing...

    Well, i guess its time to say 'Aha' again :)

     

    I have just seen a technology preview of Windows Live Local and this is wonderful, and i should tell you that i don't use word 'Wonderful' that often when it comes to Mircrosoft :) Going one step ahead when you are working at cutting edge requires relentless innovation and lots of B's :)

    I mean GoogleMaps and GoogleEarth is amazing but thinking and going one step further requires innovation,sweat,tears,blood and a big big heart.Windows live local, basically, let you type in your address and you get a view of the area as if you are driving in a vehicle. Well, you can drive either in a Sportscar or Racecar. Awesome. You will simply be stunned  into silence like the lady in black ;)

    Posted Wednesday, March 01, 2006 11:55 AM by fakeGeek | 1 Comments

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    Very cool technology

    This is exactly when you say 'Wow','Aha' and etc. Just go and watch it. Technology as shown on the demo, known as Multi-Touch Interaction Experiments. I am sure it is one of the best demos i have ever seen.

    Posted Friday, February 24, 2006 8:57 AM by fakeGeek | 5 Comments

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    You only have to be right only once!

    This is ,by far, the best thing i read in a long long time. I have been a victim of this, i have gone all through this , but i just couldn't say it because i am not the best one to say that and put it in words the way Mark Cuban put it. I thank God i didn't say/write that because people would have gone mad :) Here are some exceprts and little bit of a rant down the road.

    I like to tell the story of how I started up a bar, Motley’s Pub when I wasn’t even of legal drinking age the summer before my senior year at Indiana University. No one really asks me how it turned out. It was great until we got busted for letting a 16-year-old win a wet t-shirt contest (I swear I checked her ID, and it was good!).

    No one really asks me about my adventures working for Mellon Bank, or Tronics 2000, or trying to start a business selling powdered milk (it was cheaper by the gallon, and I thought it tasted good). They don’t ask me about working as a bartender at night at Elans when I first got to Dallas, or getting fired from my job at Your Business Software for wanting to close a sale rather than sweeping the floor and opening up the store.

    No one ever asked me about what it was like when I started MicroSolutions and how I used to count the months I was in business, hoping to outlast my previous endeavors and make this one a success.

    Gees, this is so true. No one asks you how things are turning out for you. People are only good at seeing people with success. If you go through a failure no one is even interested in listening to success you had before that failure. Even worst you will often come across people criticizing your failures in such a way that you might be thinking to change the course drastically.

    Over the period of time, i have learnt to say NO and partially listen to those who really are not interested in your ideas. Yes, your surroundings does matter. Tell you what? Its not bad at all to talk about automated washrooms and all that in Microsoft corridors.This really is important, you have to keep the company of those who doesn't discourage you, atleast if they can't encourage.Its you who has to go through all the pain and hope that this one will be a success. Repeat this after me, ONLY YOU. Thou shall be doomed to dementia if you didn't repeat that after me :-)

                                                                                                                   

    With every effort, I learned a lot. With every mistake and failure, not only mine, but of those around me, I learned what not to do. I also got to study the success of those I did business with as well. I had more than a healthy dose of fear, and an unlimited amount of hope, and more importantly, no limit on time and effort.

    Then when I took that money and started trading technology stocks that were in the areas that MIcroSolutions focused on. I remember vividly being told how lucky I was to have expertise in such a hot area, as technology stocks started to trade up.

    Of course, no one wanted to comment on how lucky I was to spend time reading software manuals, or Cisco Router manuals, or sitting in my house testing and comparing new technologies, but that’s a topic for another blog post.

    The point of all this is that it doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and either should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because…

    All that matters in business is that you get it right once.

    Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.

    This is true, very true. You have to get it right once and then everyone can tell you how lucky you are. Most of the people think that you have to be in a different league and must carry genes of a special person to be successful. Plain wrong. Even worst, people think that successful people are just nice and clean entities, who can't bring up a failure.People will even forgive a successful person even if he had been chasing girls or doing all the nasty stuff in the town.No one really cares about failures and this is why 99.99% of people know that Microsoft is the first and only company Bill Gates started off with. Bill Gates was lucky( Though hard work comes along, however, if you think he was not lucky then you have to gather a lot of courage and guts to come up with an arugment that deny this fact). By the way Microsoft was not the first company he founded.  Before Microsoft he started off with Traf-O-Data.

    Successful people are neat, they just don't do anything silly. They are like a perfect pen that can even write on a dirty and distored paper. They have all the great looks in the world, which can easily bring Heather Graham knocking down their door.They are just so smart and they even don't pee like we do. Oh come on. Not ironically and certainly,I do not buy that. I think successful people make more mistakes that a normal man can make in his whole life. They even study,analyze and read about mistakes that other people have made.

    I have been planning to write some articles but i don't find enough time. As i think these unconnected points might not be able to bring up a point that is convincing. So i end here with these unconnected points with a hope that i have been successful in wasting your time:-)

     

    Posted Friday, February 24, 2006 7:14 AM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

    How they named companies

    Naming a startup is a headache. Everybody tries to bruteforce alphabets to comeup with a cool yet different name. Here i have found an interesting article that described how companies were named. Following are some exceprts taken from the article

    Adobe- came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the houses of founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke .

    AltaVista- Spanish for "high view".

    Apple- for the favourite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple orchard. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computer if his colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 p.m. Apple's Macintosh is named after a popular variety of apple sold in the US. Apple also wanted to distance itself from the cold, unapproachable, complicated imagery created by the other computer companies at the time had names like IBM, NEC, DEC, ADPAC, Cincom, Dylakor, Input, Integral Systems, SAP, PSDI, Syncsort and Tesseract. The new company sought to reverse the entrenched view of computers in order to get people to use them at home. They looked for a name that was unlike the names of traditional computer companies, a name that also supported a brand positioning strategy that was to be perceived as simple, warm, human, approachable and different. Note: Apple had to get approval from the Beatle's Apple Corps to use the name 'Apple' and paid a one-time royalty of $100,000 to McIntosh Laboratory, Inc., a maker of high-end audio equipment, to use the derivative name 'Macintosh', known now as just 'Mac'.
    Cisco- short for San Francisco. It has also been suggested that it was "CIS-co" -- Computer Information Services was the department at StanfordUniversitythat the founders worked in.

    eBay- Pierre Omidyar, who had created the Auction Web trading website, had formed a web consulting concern called Echo Bay Technology Group. " EchoBay" didn't refer to the town in Nevada, the nature area close to Lake Mead, or any real place. "It just sounded cool," Omidyar reportedly said. When he tried to register EchoBay.com, though, he found that Echo Bay Mines, a gold mining company, had gotten it first. So, Omidyar registered what (at the time) he thought was the second best name: eBay.com.

    Hotmail- Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters "HTML" - the markup language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing. (If you click on Hotmail's 'mail' tab, you will still find "HoTMaiL" in the URL.)

                                                                                                                      

    Microsoft- coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was removed later on.

    Nike- named for the Greek goddess of victory.

    Sun Microsystems- its founders designed their first workstation in their dorm at StanfordUniversity, and chose the name Stanford University Network for their product, hoping to sell it to the college. They didn't.
    Yahoo!- a "backronym" for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle. The word Yahoo was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders David Filo and Jerry Yang selected the name because they jokingly considered themselves yahoos

                                                              

    Posted Wednesday, February 22, 2006 5:17 PM by fakeGeek | 3 Comments

    A hilarious,presumed, interview with Inzimam
    Once in a blue moon i go to Chowk and i always find something interesting. Now here is a presumed interview with Inzimam. The author has manipulated Inzimam's english in such a way that you would definitely be rolling out on the floor. He is such a great player, and have been underrated throughout his career, that his communication skills can be forgiven easily. Lastly, moderators have done a great job to upgrade the portal, which in my opnion, has significantly enhanced the user experience. Kudos to the team.

    Posted Wednesday, February 22, 2006 3:59 AM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

    Unusual buildings on earth

    Not many of those exist, fascinating piece of work. I am not feeling like churning out stories now, so some other time :-)

    Posted Tuesday, February 21, 2006 1:39 AM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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    Collaborative art project
    This really is an amazing piece of work.

    Posted Sunday, February 19, 2006 11:57 PM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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