Amazon does an Apple. Launches Kindle!!

What have we got here……..Let me try to foresee:

1. Kindle used at schools – No book load for Indian kids. In India, we have been very much concerned about the book load kids carry. Now, they can pack all their books in Kindle
2. With a little bit of innovation, even writing books part of future Kindle. Eliminate notepads and small writing pads at office with Kindle Nano.

3. Save paper. Save trees wih more Kindle………that should kindle environment enthusiasts and companies vying for ISO 14001

Letz see what time has in store for Kindle like products. Amazon……welcome to the world of innovation!!



‘Book’ed in May

‘Book’ed in May

Inspired by a good book collection my cousin had, and ofcourse, enthused by the freizeit that I have been enjoying in the last few days, I have started my good old habit of reading books. Thought it would be a good idea to blog about how these books influenced me. Let me begin with details of what I booked (books read) in May 2007. Hope I would have a ‘booked’ entry for each month from now on.

Book: Atlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand

Until my college days, my ideologies were leaning more towards socialism and had felt that it was the duty and moral responsibility of one individual to share the burden of the other. Over a period of time, I realized that socialism would take us nowhere and just result in a nation with lazy bunch of people. Socialism would inhibit even an iota of willingness to succeed in our people. For example, if you let your friend copy and pass the exam, your friend would never try to learn on its own, depending on you every time to pass the exam.

This book reinforced my faith in capitalism. In my opinion, governments’ role is just to ensure a level playing field. I still remember the gist of Vivek Paul’s comment during one of the “Walk the Talk” shows: “When government relaxes its unnecessary restrictions and leaves the fields in which its presence is not necessary, the country would prosper in those fields just as a farming land prospers when famine leaves it.” Governments’ role is to ensure that talented people get the opportunity without any restrictions or reservations and thereby grow and hence, help in the growth of the nation.

In simple words, “If you can’t do something, then just leave it for other capable people to do”

Celebrity farmers!

What is common among various film personalities and politicians in our great agricultural nation? If you had read recent news about erstwhile UP CM, his Big ‘Bee’ friend who is really after money rather than honey, a poor little rich Khan, you would have guessed it right. All these blokes claim to be farmers by someway or the other.

By looking at all the land grabbing incidents in the recent past, by industries (singur, etc) or individuals, I can only quip:

“India ke kisanon ke man me gum hai,

Kyon ki keti ke liye zameen yahaan kum hai”

I don’t like zune. So, I want it to be hyped!

GigaOM has zuned out and says Zune has got a lot of negative reviews. Searched for Zune and did not find many encouraging reviews. Check out Stephanie C. Leary’s Zune review for a sample. :-p

To be frank, I very much expected this, rather was afraid of. After all itz a M$’s product :-/. Customers don’t turn ur back Puhleaaaze, for am sure a ‘Service Pack’ is already in the making. Go get the Zune all ye fellas, so that my dream comes true.

My dream: Zune puts up a stiff competition, initiating a price war, so that I can buy my favorite Apple Ipod or Creative Zen Vision M for a slightly lesser price for this Christmas.

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Linux and Windows: Brothers in arms – No kidding!!

Wow this is the news! Microsoft and Novell announced their partnership today. From initial news it looks like this agreement aims at making applications inter-operable ie. make it work equally well on Linux as well as Windows.

It is still too early to say who could be at advantage here with this deal. Microsoft or Novell? Windows or Linux?

Microsoft has killer Office applications. If this deal turns out in such a way that these applications, though closed are made available on Linux, it could mean a huge gain for Microsoft in short term on the applications front. Linux OS might gain in terms of gaining people who would turn away from it just because they could not use a killer application. But, I am curious about what would happen to many of the opensource applications that exist as replacements? Will they be able to compete on back of community support?

On the other hand, if opensource applications gain access to supporting Microsoft application’s closed formats better, it could mean a significant gain for the opensource community.

What’s in store for the future?

More on the deal:

Microsoft, Novell partner on historic Windows, Linux interoperability deal
Linux to work with Windows

Google and Netvibes – My theory

Since Google bought YouTube , theories like The Digg Buyout Theory are floating around, envisaging different buyout strategies that could position Google a leader in Web2.0 apps.

So, thought, I would putforth my theory as well. Since the day I started using Netvibes, got fascinated and hooked on to online desktop idea. I can see any new mails in my gmail account, check for any feeds that I had subscribed to, chat with my friends using meebo tab, all from one place.

Google also looks to try and build its own online desktop; but it is nowhere close to what Netvibes offers. The pace at which Netvibes has added features and number of users is impressive. So my theory – Google which wants to make a mark in desktop (future is online desktop) would benefit greatly by buying Netvibes. There have been few thoughts that Netvibes might fit well with Yahoo. But, here are some of my points as to why would Google be a better suitor than Yahoo.

1. Netvibes already supports mail plugin for gmail. It also provides one for Yahoo, but, since pop access in Yahoo is limited to premium users would imagine only a small crowd uses it for yahoo.
2. Netvibes already supports writely. Advantage Google here.
3. Netvibes has plugin for flickr. Google may want to have one for picasaweb soon.
4. Netvibes has a video search plugin for both Google and YouTube videos.
5. How about a plugin for orkut dominating rather than the one for MySpace?

Imagine Google getting all its users under one roof using a powerful online desktop!!

Kudos and brickbats welcome.

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