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New Buzz on Google Reader

Ok with all the initial buzz about Google Buzz in Google Buzz,
I decided to set things right (atleast  from my perspective 🙂 ).
Google Buzz is cool in the fact that it is embedded inside the
gmail account and one can connect multiple sites using that. Did
you notice Orkut (and for that matter facebook or any other social
networking site )is not one of them?
Ok, Buzz is not another networking site per se.
Google apps which includes gmail, orkut, youtube, Reader etc has
almost every possible replacement (except for twitter)for most of
the crazy things that web 2.0 can do (and in some cases Google is
a leader in that app). With Google Buzz, they have shot an arrow
at twitter while also increasing the presence of people on Google
profiles and Reader. Taking my own example, only around 15% of my
chat contacts used Google Reader before Buzz and just in a day,
there is a huge spike in the number of requests I am getting on
Reader. Google Reader was probably the only Google app which had
not created much buzz and was used only by a dedicated set of nerds
and information junkies. Google frequently made many significant
and some trivial updates to Reader but nothing I guess did much to
increase its popularity except for being acknowledge by existing
users. Google finally must have decided..”if new users are not coming
to Reader, we will take Reader to them and while doing so, we will
also take a shot at twitter.” Google Buzz is undoubtedly the best
thing that has happened for Google Reader, we need to see how it
turns out.
If Google is listening, please consider the below for the next version.

Typically, I am not continuously logged into twitter/facebook/orkut
(I find it too distracting..I have a job you know 🙂 ), but I
usually have my Reader open just to read anything interesting from
the subscribed sites. Now, whenever I write something cool on
my blog (as I am doing now 🙂 ) or I read some crazy stuff,
I would love to share it across Reader,twitter, facebook,blogs etc
with just one click. Currently, the easiest way to do it is to get
stuff on my Reader, share them. There is a 3rd party application
called twitterfeed which connects Reader to twitter. Have a twitter
widget on other sites/blogs which will show the shared items.
But  twitterfeed is too clumsy and at times, not realtime and limits
the number of items that could be shared. With Google Buzz, Google
has addressed the problem but not completely solved it. We now seem
to have a one way traffic from twitter to Buzz but it would be good
to have seamless two way traffic across multiple platforms so I can
share them with just one click and people can view them from whatever
sites they have logged into.  Amen 🙂

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Droid Calling Nexus….Busy Tone

Everyone has something to hold on to..Everyone has
except the ones who don’t 🙂 ..For some it could
be their families, and for others it could be his/her
work!! Quite a few will do anything to maintain the
status quo and few can’t tolerate if their ego (or
religion) is touched. The impact of the actions that
people take depends on how much do they believe in
things that trigger them (whether it is good or bad).

It is always important to know this about people while
dealing with them to avoid any surprises.

Now what applies to a person in  microcosm also applies
to an organization in macrocosm. Also, in general the
core philosophy changes form being specific to generic
as we move from an individual to an organization.
Based on the above loose premise 🙂 , let me come
to the topic of this post…

While Motorola and Google are two big companies and
obviously would have known each others core business,
I am still surprized that they(MOTO) were a bit taken
aback when Nexus one came along.

Sometime back, Google developed Android OS for cell
phone systems, Motorola which had an ailing cell phone
business at that point and increasingly pressurized
by the foray of new smart phones coming to the market
(led by Iphone of course)was too happy to embrace
Android and introduced Droid.
Was Google more than being selfless in opening up the
Android source code? The assured answer turns out to be
a big yes though their publicly made comment was
something on the following lines “to have a healthy
competitive ecosystem in Mobile OS platforms and to
ensure Apple doesn’t become Microsoft of Smartphones”.
Anyway as we all know, Google did introduce a new
smartphone called Nexus one based on Android. Now, why
would google which was marketing Android to the cell
phone companies started to compete against its customers!
Did Google decide to enter  a new industry?

A brief history…
Google has been gobbling most of the market share in
search based ad revenues over the years and things
were fine as long as the most of these searches were
PC based. Enter smart phones and you have a gradual
shift in more and more searches from PC to these phones
and google definitely wanted a piece of this (as they
were quick to recognize that smartphone based search is
the future). The profit google makes through ads is so
huge that they really don’t care if they give away turn
by turn navigation application for free (a move turning
out to be a death blow to leaders in specialized GPS
devices/apps) along with Android.

Till, apple introduced iphone, except for a couple of
companies like Palm and Blackberry, no other cell phone
companies were too keen on this high end market (since
most of their revenues came from selling low to middle
range cell phones) and were suddenly caught unaware by
Iphone which changed the whole cell phone game. They
did not have the OS/software to actually get into the
smartphone market on time while Apple with its head
start was sitting pretty. So it was not a surprize that
Google having the Android (with its varied features)
almost ready and free was too good to be left untouched
for the cell phone companies.

To summarize, the birth of Android followed by Google’s
entry into Smartphones was mainly to extend the search
spectrum for Google. Note that there were also these
rumours which made Google to have a more direct control
of its smart phone searches by having its own phone which
inevitably meant competing with other Android based phones.
This was a high risk decision and until now, it has paid
off well for google as we see that smartphone business is
increasingly turning out be a 2 player game by the day.

Coming back to Motorola??? If Motorola had known about
Nexus, would it still have embraced Android, I guess it
did not have any choice at that moment but atleast it
would have prepared for it or negotiated a better deal
with Google. And we all know once you start using
something which is good and cheap (Android in this case),
it is always hard to go back. All izz not so well for
Motorola but atleast it is good to see it is doing
something and then there is this.

If you have made it till now, I think you need get the
above s**t out of your system, don’t worry Google has a
solution to that via Google toilet 🙂 ..

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The Day The Future Began

Ya, that’s right, 50 years ago today(sept 12) was the day the
future began and that too with a BANG…

Siliconics

Siliconics


Thinkers, philosophers, artists and scientists from time to
time have predicted future from their own perspective and only
a few times they have been successful in their endeavours..
This, they do, by applying their limited;-) imaginative brain
to model the present scientific developments and extrapolate
its advancement to future…this has one basic flaw and that
is the assumption of a continuous curve b/w present and future.
Many a times the future has been so blatantly different
from what had been perceived that it definitely calls for a
missing link..
somewhere along the curve fitted b/w the present-future
(time on x-axis) and world view(or rather the not so expected
future on the y-axis), one can always see a threshold point
where in a significant and mind blowing breakthrough invention
or a discovery, results in a discontinuity and a paradigm shift(DC
shift for the tech junkies)in the curve. Suddenly the misty
fog is cleared and the world looks completely different from then
on…Theory of relativity was such a discontinuity and so was the
monolithic Integrated circuit….
Many of you know the term “chips” has some another meaning
apart from the most common junk food for an already obese
constipated population…
Some of you know about the Moore`s Law by the
Intel co-founder which has become a Mantra driving
an entire Industry all these years…
Only a few would know in the industry and rarely a nerd or
a geek outside, about the legendary Jack Kilby of Texas
Instruments…
The man whose sheer ingenuity led to the creation of
semiconductor industry in the first place
, told…he would
have made the monolithic Integrated circuit prettier if
he had known that it would draw so much attention…
This was the most significant development by TI since they
had divulged the commercial viability of silicon transistor..
There are innumerous uses of the “circuit-on-a-chip or rather
now, system-on-a-chip or simply a microchip” everywhere in our
day to day life..Right from waking up with the chip in your
cell phone playing your favorite music to the next generation
sleek comps, medical instruments like pacemakers, disposable
hearing aids!!,fitness equipments and play stations, mp3 players,
servers are the first few things bursting out of my mind as I
am writing this…

If you want to know how did it all begin, check what if he had gone on vacation?

p.s:-If you don`t understand some of the technical terms, nothing to
worry;-)..its been a while since I have thought about starting
a tech category to share, learn and what a day better than the
50th Anniversary of Jack Kilby`s Invention…
So folks, watch out for this space for some tech fundas and
my experiences/blunders in the big, complex and crazy world of
Semiconductors!!…


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