Sunday, February 27, 2011

I just didn't mean to say ONLY hello

Most emotional part of life is when I had to say bye to people. Mostly not knowing if I'll meet them again. More often it does. And also places.

Every time I had to move to an different company or coming out of college/company there is always an excitement about what's going to happen next till the moment of departing. Last few days and hours are when I thoughts of what I'm gonna miss keeps haunting. I'm glad to hold more than few friendship through these changes.

As far Indian IT is concerned, onsite can bring good fortune money wise. Moving to a new country acquiring new friends is always exciting. Still remember my first trip to UK. Full of excitement and big smile with an empty bank account hoping to fill it. On the way to airport is when emotional part of me showed its not so pretty face. Out of nowhere thoughts of why I had to move out of India to a different place strike me down. Lot of thoughts were going on those 20 minutes to airport. All it took was few days in UK to get out of that. Same happened moving out of UK, never knowing if I'll come to this country again. Got used so much to UK and the only country I had ventured out of India, UK holds a special place. Nothing beats it.

After an year and an missed opportunity to Switzerland, here I am in Canada for more than a year now. And emotional part of me still thrives. It's wholly my choice to go back but that doesn't take away anything from Canada. Winter here sucks but still I'll miss it. Almost packed, all set to go and had to got through this again. Will miss playing tennis for sure.

It's hard to predict what life has in store for us. That is what makes life interesting and also sucks. All of these trips out of home definitely had impact on ways I do think and definitely on how I react. Definitely made me realize the liberal & free thinking part of me.

Two big breaks and back in home. All is well to move forward in life.

P.S -  Meeting friends, partying helps a lot. And faster broadband.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Indian Black Money holders - Chintan Gandhi

Continuation of my previous post trying to figure who all black money holder as leaked by Tehelka.

May be I'm searching a bit late after most out of those 18 removed all of their references from internet, searching most of the names gives irrelevant or leads to unrelated persons. Or most of these work behind the scenes.

Only real link I was bale to find about Chintan Gandhi is an old article from Apr'10. A third generation entrepreneur, so he already had inherited a lot. Involved in natural healthcare products, LCD screens & pharmaceuticals.

Google cannot find nothing more than this. Looks I'm searching in wrong places. Are these 18 small fishes in an big ocean?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Indian Black Money holders - Manoj Dhupelia

TEHELKA last week released 15 of India's top black money holders. After going through the list realized I didn't even heard about none of those. So it's time do some research on them. Lets start with Manoj Dhupelia.

He is founder of V B Desai Financial Services Limited invalid in merchant banking and company is publicly listed. Surprisingly his name is no longer listed as founder of company, as per website. Google archive of the page as on 28-Jan lists Manoj Dhupella as one of founder of the company. Interestingly other founder Late Mr VB Deasi was member of BSE and consultant of RBI.

Manoj Dhupelia is member of Kolkatta stock exchange. CSE website lists MONOJ DHUPELIA & MONOJ DHUPELIA STOCK BROKING SERVICES PVT.LTD as members. I presume MONOJ is wrongly written.

Isn't it conflict of interest to be member of a stock exchange and also run own brooking service?

Self-ad marketing - cheat the search engines & sell the product

One way application developers publicize their products is by requesting reputed website to write an honest review of their product. For most of Mac apps I go with MacWorld, MacApp storm and then few forums. Introduction of Mac App store changes this game a bit, as user can write their review which can either crush the app to bottom or make is #1. Still Google results does matter. So blogs do matter to determine what shows up at top of result.

Last week was looking for an application to clean up Genre/Artist/Album mess I have in my library. And one app showed up o top Tidy songs. App was reviewed by maskable , makeuseof and few more reputed sites. But what showed up as first result for generic search 'iTunes Genre cleanup' was this website. If you look at the sites achieve you'll find all of their posts is about one thing 'TidySongs'. All this to make sure TidySongs comes as first Google result.

If the app is worth the money is different issue. But how will you trust such a company or developer indulging in such a shady activity?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

iPhone App store policy good or bad?

Apple responds: we want a cut of Amazon, Sony e-book sales: "We are now requiring that if an app offers customers the ability to purchase books outside of the app, that the same option is also available to customers from within the app with in-app purchase"

(Via .Ars)

 

Apple fan boys will not complain, haters obviously will. But does this policy fair enough?

Bad side,

  • 30% of revenue will goto Apple. Amazon has their own payment system and will eat their profit.

  • No way to skip iPhone app store to install apps. Other option is to provide html5 app like Google. Will users like it?

No real good side to this policy other than Apple maintain control over iPhone eco-system and revenues. For an fair argument,

  • Why should user had to buy content outside app store? No harm is in-app purchasing? Amazon doesn't work with Paypal in similar terms.

As per this policy Kindle directing purchases to browser had to be banned as well. I see two problems here,

  1. Purchases made through Amazon Kindle or Sony eReader can be accessed through their application alone. And both of them don't have any app for Linux.

  2. Apple control of iPhone apps and no way to install apps without jail breaking. Mac's are lucky being able to install via Mac App store or by regular means.

We are looking at content owner and distribution owner in arms. Will it impact users of iOS, definitely will not. Both Amazon & Sony had to play by terms of Apple or users will move away to iBooks.

Amazon/Sony aren't angels to be supported and they care about money just like Apple. Thanks all three corporations for making an interesting new.