As a part of my earlier post on Web 2.0 related information here is a post that is a recorded video of the plans of Google in healthcare, storage, search and so on. Google seems to be charting out great plans for the individual users to access their personal health information online synonymous with their mailing plans. A very interesting video to know more about the plans of the behemoth. Good Day !
There have been many coffee table conversations with friends and buddies reminiscing about how IT has changed our lives itself. To be more specific there have been specific discussions where we have wondered about the compactness of the form factor that has changed over the period of years as personal computing has evolved. I am sure many of us have had similar conversations at our living rooms as well but this blog post is about the doers / aka.. the real performers who took up the initiative to make the form factor more compact. There has been instance i had wondered how a device as small as ipod is able to hold 30 gb data compared to the standard hard disk of a PC that is at least 8 times bigger and makes so much noise while reading.
Enter professor Albert Fert from Universite of Paris – Sud also scientific director of Unite Mixte de Physique of France and Peter Grunberg also a professor at Germany who pulled out the concept of GMR (Giant Magnetoresistance ) . GMR effect large changes in electrical resistance for small changes in magnetic resistances. This effect was explained by murdin so vividly here at reuters " A computer hard disk reader that uses GMR sensor is equivalent to a jet flying at a speed of 30,000 kmph ..at a height of just 1 meter above the ground and yet being able to see and catalog every single blade of grass as it passes over" Isnt this amazing ? This inventions has opened the frontiers of technology to a totally new level. There is a new term being coined called Spintronics for developments in this technology. Looks like movies like "Island" are soon to be a reality . Nano technology is going to bring in similar breakthrough into new avenues of scientific exploration. Soon there might be devices that can record a persons total life metabolism at all stages of growth that will be helpful to narrow down on what can be termed as good habit from bad habits. Devices of this kind might be of great help in drug discovery studies thus Technology contributing towards the betterment of mankind.
After so many years i could really comprehend that Nobel Prizes in Physics are given to some practical realtime solutions and theories too. Most of the time either the studies that get awarded nobel prizes are way above my grasp or are too abstract. But this time the awardees seem to be well deserved and their invention has greater implications in the days ahead of us.
At BCB3 the Big Fight was on Flex and Java as tools for RIA (Rich Internet Application). This debate attracted a lot of geeks to contribute and it turned out to be an interesting debate.
There have been concerns about the alternatives for Flex on the open source as Flex is an indegineous tool developed by the Adobe banner. Market comparisms have been happening around Windows presentation Framework and the Open Lazlo projects on parallel grounds to develop RIA’s. Open Laszlo formerly known as the Laszlo Presentation Server (LPS) is an open source software that has a very similar declarative model to Flex and also has a rich set of options for being hosted on the Web including the ability to support the Flash 6 player and above. The most compelling upcoming feature of Laszlo is the ability to generate Flash applications or Ajax applications from the same source code. Open source applications have always had limitations too like support for commercial usage and so on.
Talk about IT and if you are developing an application and if your competitor is not Microsoft then you are really missing the competition. So as always even in this front from Microsoft there has been some competition on tools to build RIA’s called Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). But comparing WPF and Flex 2 on common grounds is somewhat misleading as WPF will be used to create some amazing RIAs, it is primarily going to be used to build desktop applications that can be delivered over the internet.
Summarising my support on Flex let me tell you this , Flex is a very compelling technology. Eventhough the application is in its rudimentary stages in comparism there is a lot of development going into it to create robustness. Flex and Java integration will be a great tool for building RIA’s This combination will be able to harness the power of rich user experience of Flex and the great interactivity of the Ajax framework. BCB3 had a common impression that Flex and Ajax don’t compete – but they do, and the sudden peak in demand of Ajax just replicates that people like building rich web applications. At some point, the best Ajax developers will hit a wall and have to find other ways to bring their visions to life. There have been developments on this direction as well from the Ruby on rails community called the Flex Ajax Bridge but that is a totally different topic altogether to dwell on later.
Post Blog camp fever the Knowledge Foundation team has been huddling their heads together on plans about putting together an event, somewhat similar to DEMO, where we can get some fascinating ideas together on stage with working prototypes and pre-releases, bring the public there, and invite the VC circles there. The demo of the technology , depending on how well it resonates with the audience will give the VC a good perspective on how relevant the product is, and how well the team is capable of conveying their story – which might drive the VCs to invest in them, and it will help the small companies which are struggling to get some exposure.
With a lot of VCs here in India, and news about over-investments all over the place, and sadly all the good companies getting too few notice, it might be something worthwhile. Chennai could use an event like this, since the whole technology space really does need a boost. If it does pick up, it has potential to spawn, just like barcamp or whatever. It cant be an unconference, as there has to be a set of entrepreneurs and VCs (I am sure TIE will be happy to be part of it) to screen the technologies, and make sure that the pitches are compelling enough and help them brush up, but it could be fun nevertheless. TIECON is happening at the second week of December. Nonetheless it is a great idea and might serve as a great alternative / complement to TIE, ISB connect which is happening currently which is platform in which VC’s have more say
What would PROTO be?
A PROTO is totally different thing when compared to a Barcamp or a Blogcamp which could be done as where one can contribute whenever they can. It is different not only in the way it is conducted or organized but also in its core philosophy. A barcamp or a blogcamp is fundamentally inclusive but a PROTO is to its core exclusive and that is what constitutes to its popularity. Not every company that applies to PROTO get to present there , there is a screening team which does a thorough job of making sure that only the best of the products gets to reach to PROTO. We might have to think through some of these things while we plan ahead for PROTO. There will be a screening committee put together, and only products that are mature enough, have the relevance with the audience – or founders/presenters who have the capability to present a radically new idea to an audience will be permitted to demo. Now PROTO charges each individual company that presents, and yet i am not sure, but maybe also the audience that attends there. If we could get it done via sponsor, all the best, but if we charge some amount from the companies, it will ensure that they are committed, and there will be a threshold that will eliminate a lot of people who want to demo the program they wrote yesterday night. There is going to be a lot more work involved in this, and the videos / demos have to be very professionally organized. But, its just one step ahead, of what we have accomplished in bar/blogcamp
Will PROTO Take off ?
Our one major concern will be to evaluate about radical new ideas/products/technology but are there enough new radical ideas in India. I have been trying to look out for radical ideas in India and there are only very few names that comes to my mind. No doubt that entrepreneurship is on the rise in India and one gets to see web 2.0 companies springing up everywhere but most of them are what can be called YAFO companies (yet another fad opportunity) basically a concept successful elsewhere and just copied in India to meet a market gap (Bazee kind of companies). We might have to think about if we will have enough participation if we restrict ourselves to radical ideas. But then radical could be a very subjective word and also I could have not been exposed to many ideas that is the reason for me to think that ways. I think now would be a good opportunity to ask the group to name few radical companies that are based out of India.
Focus will be on to as services oriented companies such as TCS and such could be asked to attend. Putting them on the frontpage, gives a totally different wrapper around this whole thing. Microsoft, for starters is a good one to pursue. There are a whole bunch of VC firms in and around India (personally know a few) and let’s leverage organizations that are crucial parts of an "entrepreneurship and innovative" community…
Why PROTO in Chennai ?
Everyone one of us is aware that there are quite a few very interesting companies based out of bangalore. The curse with any bangalore-based company is that they are all on "stealth" mode. We can make a list of companies, and we will need to send them a notice soon, asking them to get a product ready to be "demo capable", atleast a month before the event, so that we all get a chance to look at it, and if it doesnt make the cut, look at other companies. The first event, we will have to be lenient… not too lenient hopefully, with the perfection of the pitch.
What would be interesting, is if we go a bit beyond India, and also scan for companies around us, in Singapore, Malaysia, etc etc. Rajan is thinking about it, and in a sense, we do want to give our companies exposure, but at the sametime, I think some just don’t know who their competition is and what they are competing against. Putting them face to face with their nemesis, will do quite a bit of good for them. That’s my thought.
Venuewise, we will need a place that can really catch the buzz. A place where anybody who is fascinated about what the next generation of lifestyle is going to be, can walk in. IIT, as much as I can get permission for this, is a bit too inside and wouldnt get much attention – unless we can do enough marketing buzz around it to cover up for it, trading for the prestige that goes with IIT. Hunting is on to find if there are any big avenues in the middle of the Chennai city, such as Nungambakkam or so?
One major concern raised by Syed was how to involve everyone who was a part of the blogcamp team to participation in PROTO. We need to strike a balance there – Think big and very very professional, like TED ( http://www.ted.com) and have the involvement of everyone. Even though, we’ll need to put together a team and committee to screen through companies and products, we still need to put together the event. Screening is going to be the very least of the process compared to all the other stuff that needs to go on. Plus, as part of the screening process, there will be a team which will go meet the companies (if possible) and perhaps have an interview with them and their team. That should make for some very interesting podcasting sessions. Plus the mingling of professionals with various dreams and aspirations, will be an amazing asset to those of us who are running among limited circles of the entrepreneurial spirit. If we want to go a complete "unconference" mode, then PROTO Camp is not a bad idea to follow – problem is that, you wont be getting any general audience, and it will just be barcamp with lots and lots of demos.
I am assuming at least 150 days of preparation for an event like this. And among the list of invitees, one that comes to mind, is Marissa Mayer of Google, the Product Manager for the company. Think profiles like that, and discussions we could have about the future of technology, add the dash of indian context to it, and it should make for one heck of an event. We need to list categories of technologies we are going to focus on. Volunteers pls pitch in …
OK Enough of the talking folks lets us sum up on this initiative of The Knowledge Foundation. As was said by vijay in the right context about TKF "Our motives are different, our momentum is different, and we are basically the next wave of India’s future. We have no financial benefits that come out of it. We try to pool people together, connect them by dots, and have a blast at doing it" .
Will someone wonder how to get involved? Well, think a combination and blog camp, bar camp done twice more elegantly (that is going to be tough to achieve, but we can get there). We are going to need all the people we need, to cover all the angles. So if you are interested then join us by mailing me or commenting here.
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Following the Blog Camp 2006 the core team has been flooded with offers to avail expertise on Various projects and we jumped the gun on the N-Logue project teaming up with TeNet (IIT Chennai) as many of us related it to a high priority task and need of the hour for Rural India. But we do have initiatives on the offers that have come our way and we would like to take them up as and when we could avail sizable resource to it. Outline here are 3 offers that we received apart from N-logue. And Kiruba has also received his share of offers on Barcamp Chennai 2007 and FOSS Chennai. We will Keep you all updated. It cannot get better than this!
URL : http://www.enewss.com
I have received very positive and encouraging feedback from anand (who represented enewss) at blogcamp chennai. We really appreciate giving us the oppurtunity to be associate sponsor.
Also one more aspect that arise out of my discussion with anand was to kick start the same euphoria witnessed at chennai in Hyderabad.
We would like to start in a small way in hyderabad. Could you help us in this effort?
Please let us know, if anyone else has already started this effort in Hyderabad, if not we will be more than happy to do there.
Any help/transfer_of_knowldedge will be highly appreciated and duly recognized.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Im Azhar on behalf of Malaysian students who love blogging everyday.
Congrats, to all BlogCamp India committees. I found your website after the unconference finish. What a wrong time… Anyway, i go through your programmed website, and i cant find any paper or article on conference session. Can i get the soft copies? Love to read all knowledge.
Another things, in Malaysia, we also have a club similar like India. It is Geng Jurnal or in English, The Journal Gang. http://www.jurnal.biz. I like to know more how to organize similar blog camp here. Could you give some advise?
Hope to hear from you soon.
Nor Azhar Bin Ahmad
Master Student’s In Bioinformatics
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Faculty of Computer Science and Information System
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
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Johor Darul Takzim, MALAYSIA
Office Tel : +6075532359/32360
Office Fax : +6075532201/65044
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3. We have receive offers to present in the OnMedia Conference at New York
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This morning i was scheduled for a meeting with Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, professor IIT Chennai on a project related to TeNeT (Telecom and Networks Group) thanx to our common friend Dr. Osama Manzar. As scheduled i arrived at the pristine IIT campus to meet Dr. Ashok. The meeting was attended by Mr. Falguni , Ms Saloni and Ms Aarthi . What ensued for the next 2 hrs was an interesting outline of a project on how we bloggers can make a big difference in the digital divide of india and measures we could take and contribute to empower rural india to bring to the global platform.
This project will be discussed in more detail in the forthcoming Blogcamp admin meeting and we need to evolve with our creative inputs so i suggest all to be there and not miss it.
Whenever there is a crisis or emergency we bloggers have been doing so much of good work in our field to facilitate better communication. Here is a requirement of a similar sort where we get our bit in the nation building process. We are not neta’s (politicians) but nations are built by people like us who would like to make a difference. So be there if you are interested to chip in your ideas and for other after the meeting the plans will be posted in my blog to know more about it. Have a nice day !
Just serving my time at Earth !
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Last night on an online discussion just me and kiruba were discussing on the future plans for Blog Camp and we fell into the rut of how things were easy for us because we had the venue as chennai and slowly the comfort feel started creeping in to the extent that we decided lets leave it to the crowd and see if anyone else comes with better suggestions and bigger team from other cities to pursue this initiative in 2007.
For today we found the following as very advantageous because the venue is chennai…
1. The Blog camp admin team is more than 60 + bloggers strong and 80% of that committed crowd is based at chennai. Getting that kind of synergy to help organize an event of this magnitude was easy.
2. Most of the sponsor companies have vested interest on the Target population (yuppie IT crowd) and chennai happens to be one of the happening IT capital in india.
3. We had some gracious support from the press like New indian express, CNN-IBN, Deccan Chronicle, Enewss and we had some good connections and access to them from our own circles. Without the makings of the press we wouldnt have got this visibility.
4. Accessibility : Since the event falls in sync with Connect 2006 we expect a lot of footfalls in the event and at the same time its totally a event done by a group of individuals who have taken to blogging as passion but getting the same kind of space as to a governement sponsored event is also a major plus.
But for now things are toning down and we look forward to the great event itself.
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Online marketing has evolved around so many areas like site hits, page visits, page ranking, and sticky eyes. Today with the advent of internet pervasiveness and the expansion of bandwidth at varous levels newer forms of marketing using compelling media like audio recordings that are converted into podcast and home grown videos are converted into optimised videos on youtube or google videos. Thus taking content to the world is now easy and doesnt need you to move mountains but the next challenge will be in attracting the target audience to the context relevant content. Thats a big challenge where a lot of marketers are adopting traditional methods to gather the relevant momentum. Today PR is easy but reach the right audience to translate all this PR into effective sales and bottom lines is where a lot of us are working on. For the moment pls listen to this intertesting podcast from Robert Scoble which revolves around how corporates are using blooging to do marketing online effectively.
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Today i recieved a new notebook (HP Pavilion Dv 2025 with AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile technology TL-50 1.6 ghz and 512 k cache) , 1 Gb RAM, 100 GB Hard drive with DVD R/RW . This is my third notebook and the second from HP. And its a steal of a price from the shelf at http://www.bestbuy.com. The RAM makes all the difference in the performance. I usually have my system up for 14 hrs nonstop and use it extensively for skype, conferencing, chat and for RFP preparation. Keeping my profile in mind i was shopping for a system to match the same and there was HP with this model that had all the features like the webcam, mic , greater performance and attractive price tag. This system is amazingly light and the looks kill. For the looks i would rate the Apple as the best and then there was an Acer Ferrari Limited edition that was good and HP Pavilion comes the near third. It has a feature called the quick play for DVD’s and that is the value for money. Couple that with a projector you have a home theater experience. Always HP carried some good accoustic speaker. This systems comes with a Altec Lansing speakers and it is great. There is one more feature in this HP dv2025 that is the small swicth that is available in the system which can switch on/off Wireless Lan with an indicator lamp(relates to ease of use). I am yet to check out the DVD writing capabilities of the system its carries a system called the Light scribe. Totally the system carries a big smile from me. I am now trying to test the system to my normal working hour limits and check it durability to withstand the pounding it will get in the months to come. As of today i am content and hats off to HP. The looks and performance in a machine! Previously i had a HP and that was excellent in performance and durability except for a minor glitch that whenever the system was up continuously for more that 5 hrs all of a sudden the keys "G" and "H" will not work. I thought it was something to do with me misusing the system. But got similar complaints from some of my friends too. At one point of time i had nearly given up that HP models are like that. But later i realised the kind of heavy usage i was putting the systems through and the way in which it was responding well. Except for that glitch everything is fine even till date. Hope they come out with a fix on those models. That would make me doubly joyful.
This morning there was an update meeting with regards to the upcoming India’s First Blog camp.Here are some pointers of what has happened
We found out definite leads on setting the venue as IIT Chennai. Now its Kribs to roll!
We have leads to pursue to get Krish Srikanth and Rajdeep Sardesai to the event. Thanx Aish!
The website design and content to be developed by hitesh and content developed by Syed (me) and Kiruba and to be up with all complete as on wednesday!
We had Deccan Chronicle covering this meeting for their paper due on wednesday! Thanks Nandu and Jason!
A solid plan was put in place with a strategy for covering sponsorship. Before we hit on this plan we need some parameters in place like the site with closure on venue a full fledged sponsor invitation and all that ….
Ok now all i think of is to to hit for the finals FIFA 2006. My bet is on France and all pumped up for action to start in 1 more hr. Good Night Folks!
Scrum is suplemented to Xp programming
There is a Product owner for any development. Product owner provides a product feature list.
A typical scrum team is 5 members with 2-3 basic coders + 1 visual designers+ coordniator cum researcher. They undergo a Sprint cycle. A typical duration of sprint cycle is 1 – 4 weeks. Mind you these sprint cycles once decided is not flexible in duration. Caution to team members Never over commit . Deliver a presentation of end deliverable or product. The teams come back and see what has been built…The product owner reviews it and either approves the sprint or cancel the sprint.
First sprint cycle – team overcommits and if they dont deliver then they need to take responsibility for it
Second cycle Sprint the team fearing previous failures tends to undercommits and feel that they can do betterThird sprint cycle people optimise. There are daily standup meeting for 15 mins . Review on what did the team got done since last meeting helps reshuffle and is a cool experience to realign their strategy. Scrum teams break down personal barriers and make workplace comfortable..
There is a scrum master is like the sheep dog of the scrum team and he is empowered to do anything to protect the team from external forces and that ensures focus is required. Yahoo podcast was done in this scrum teams and it did in record times less 30% time and also works on colocated offshore teams as well. Ideally by video conferences and two different team standup meetings as on different time zones. And all list was sent back and forth to be update in standup meetings as well.Scrum can be championed into the organization by typically someone like on a top down model.
Executive Snapshot on Crime Scenario in a typical city
Policing has been generally reactive in nature – police try to catch criminals who have committed crimes. In the last decade, however, police have become more proactive in preventing crimes and more effective in allocating scarce resources for the greatest crime reduction. This project is an effort to infuse advanced information technologies such as Geographic information system (GIS) and conventional automated record keeping supports this revolutionary movement. World over Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has become a vital tool for the prevention and control of crime in the developed countries and Police departments of advanced nations have started applying GIS for preventing crime. GIS provides a fresh alternative approach to the conventional statistical methods. Over the last decade, GIS has emerged as a powerful instrument for solving crime problems. Compared to the statistical methods, GIS has several advantages.
A primary advantage of GIS is that it can visualize the spatial patterns of crimes, the relations between crime and its correlates, and the differentiation of crime type and its related attributes. A second advantage is that even with a small sample size, GIS can still show meaningful information. Third, visualized information can be very useful in the deployment of police forces and the allocation of resources. Finally, with improvement in its software and ease for mastery, GIS is rapidly becoming an essential tool for analysis at all levels of police management, administration, and planning.
By implementation of this project we can achieve the following
1. A total integrated solution to help create a seamless Crime fighting unit.
2. Optimising Crime using Bleeding edge Technology.
3. Creation of a knowledge warehouse on Criminals, related crime and profiling crime
4. Patterns to help crime prevention.
5. Creation of a better decision support system for effective resource allocation like
6. Patrolling and police administration.
7. Help the PDRM (Inspector General of Police) on a paradigm Shift from Reactive Policing to Proactive policing.
8. Correlating geographic data with incidence of crime.
Current Scenario – Available Crime Data and assumptions
The overall crime situation at a city like Kuala Lumpur appears very Grim.
• A total of crimes were recorded in 2002, a increase of 5.5 % over 2001 (77,245).
• Violent Crimes were recorded, a surge of 8.5% compared with 2001 (14,812). The number of Violent Crimes recorded was the highest in the past 5 years.
• Looking at Crime Rate, per 100 000 population, the Overall Crime Rate stood at 1084.5, an increase of 6.4 % compared with 2000.
• Crime Detection Rate was 44 %, compared with 43.6% for 2001.
Classification of crime into Bank Robberies, “Copycat” crimes, Goldsmith/Watch Shop Robberies, Burglary, Homicide, Wounding and Serious Assault, Rape and Indecent Assault, Thefts sub classified as Shop Theft, Pick pocketing, Theft of Motor Vehicles and Deception. Serious Narcotics Cases sub classified into Heroin, MDMA (Ecstasy), Cannabis, Herbal Resin, Methamphetamine (Ice), Ketamine etc..Organised Crime and Triads, Cyber Crime, Illegal Immigrants, Juveniles and Young Persons Arrested for Crimes. Having this data separately and viewing the same as a layer in the map will provide insights into patterns.
Implication on proposed Strategy
The proposed new system creates one seamless crime-fighting unit. Combined display of GIS maps and Oracle database will give more information about an area, criminals, crime histories, road maps, shortest routes and hot spots. Query system is more helpful to get specific data and maps from the entire data. By using the integrated 3D mapping system the officers can comprehend crime incidence and detect patterns within a short period.
Information will be made accessible on more than 3,500 PCs throughout the department, providing users with hundreds of easy-to-query reports that provide officers with the most current information. The system spontaneously alerts department members when the data reveals particular crime patterns that might not be evident to the naked eye, thus helping investigators stay one step ahead of criminals. The project could save the department millions of dollars, and allow it to place more emphasis on fighting and deterring crime and less on administration.