- Google Hardware in 1999
- CELL : A new platform for digital entertainment (slides) (via)
- Yahoo Mindset is pretty interesting. The idea seems to have been borrowed from the MSN search sliders, but i feel that Yahoo! has really done a great job here with the customization of the search results. Go Try!
- Now a GreaseMonkey substitute for IE. We really live in interesting times! :)
- The Tao of programming. Cool!!
- All that matters in business is that you get it right once.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Two days without any internet connectivity due to BSNL cable issues. No internet connectiviy meant no mails, no blogs. Really was a pathetic scenario, and also proved how much iam dependent on the world wide web in my day to day life. If this is not addiction, then what is?
Posted by Krishna at 10:33 PM
Friday, May 27, 2005
I got this as a forward through email. This is supposed to be written by a Global IT Manager of an MNC in Bangalore. I can't vouch for the source, but the note is worth reading.
Every day for the last four months I have been hiring. I come to office each day, hassle my recruitment team, agencies and consultancies for resumes, perform interviews, negotiate salaries and make offers.
It's amazing to see how people negotiate for salaries and perks, no one asks anything anymore about what the job entails, what they can contribute, or how they can grow and realize their dreams here. It's about pay, and people are eagerly willing to display unbridled stupidity in managing their careers by focusing incessantly on money.
Heck, the time it takes to finalize an offer nowadays, I could send out an offer letter, go have several children, watch them grow, put them through school and then head back to office, the candidate is likely to have finished negotiating his pay and ready to join.
This is all fine and dandy; it's a hyper-inflationary job market. What's disturbing is the not-so-new trend of IT jobs flying out of India. I hear an 850-seater call center has decided to move out of India due to attrition and increasing costs. Hell, my own company has pushed out 100 jobs out of India into Eastern Europe, and I was part of that decision.
We need to wake up and smell the stink of the decay we are creating all around us in the IT job market.
Year-on-year end people here expect nothing less than 30 to 45% salary increases, where as the average salary hike in the US per year is 3% and Eastern Europe is 4%.
I could go on and on about the quality of the flotsam and jetsam that washes on to my desk in response to job ads, but we all know it. Sometimes it takes as many as 40+ interviews to close one position. Sad part? The bozos still think they are worth it.
At this rate IT India better ensure they have transferable skills, because in a couple of years from now they will not have jobs to feed their money-frenzied lifestyles.
Let's do justice to the lessons the dotcom tried to teach us, what goes up must come down.
Posted by Krishna at 1:10 AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
- The Web Application Leap - More on Ajax.
- Gates Casts Cold Eye on Google - WSJ
- Why smart people defend bad ideas - Excellent Essay
- Best Tech Schools in India - Results of the IDC-Dataquest-Nasscom survey (Registration required). As expected IITs take the top four slots. See the complete scorecard here
- This is how stupid people can be. Two StarWars fans were filming a mock duel when they poured fuel into two glass tubes and lit it. How innovative! Not surprisingly, they are in critical condition in a Essex hospital
Posted by Krishna at 6:15 AM
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
- Adam Barr looks back at the "Information At Your Fingertips" speech given by Bill Gates in 1990, and does an interesting analysis of how much of it has become a reality today.
- Channel9 Video on Virtual Earth. Pretty nice.
- Put your candidate to work - Nice article on hiring based on instincts by Johanna Rothman
- Writing servers is easy, writing clients is hard
- Bridges, Software Engineering, and God
Posted by Krishna at 9:15 AM
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Was generally browsing and wanted to figure out what Managed Code in the .NET environment was all about. Here are the links that I found interesting. In case you know of some good links that provide more info, please feel free to leave the links in the comments.
Posted by Krishna at 7:22 AM
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Today at the Sathyam Cinema Multiplex in Chennai, India will enter the world of digital cinema or DLP CinemaTM, with the premiere of the final part of the "Star Wars" saga - Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. For the uninitiated, DLP is a Texas Instruments Technology. Visit TI's site on DLP for more info.
Posted by Krishna at 1:23 AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Aww. This sucks. Iam trying to figure how different these are from pop-up ads on websites. Now every browser in the planet has an option to block pop-ups. Wonder how long before RSS readers start providing an option to block the ads in RSS feeds as well.
Posted by Krishna at 9:13 PM
Monday, May 16, 2005
We met up at Barista/Koshy's on St. Mark's Rd. We had a great time at both places. Nice to meet up with so many high enthu people! Here goes the list of folks who were present. Adel, Aditya, Ambarish, Anand, Arnab, Kiruba, Kishore, Madhu, Muthu, Prabhu, Rahul, Sam, Shubh, Sathish, Suman, Shyam, Venkat and of course, me. Really looking forward to meeting you folks more often! One interesting statistic was that out of the 17 or so bloggers who attended, around 11 were us Tamilians!
As i had forgotten to pick up my Canon, i had to settle with my cellphone for these pictures. So most photos are of not-so-great resolution! In case you want to look at slightly bigger photos, you can do so at my Flickr Page
Posted by Krishna at 8:07 AM
Sunday, May 15, 2005
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Thursday, May 12, 2005
I have been using Notepad2 for a while now, and I really love it. I have never been a fan of bloated up and fancy IDEs, and so this should come as no big surprise. Notepad2 is very lightweight, has syntax highlighting for all languages I use, and has excellent keyboard shortcuts for most of the editing functionality. The only thing i miss sorely is the lack of tabs for editing multiple files at a time. Luckily Notepad2 is open source and is licensed under the GPL, and so i guess i can just add this missing tidbit. Let's see when i manage to find some time for this!
Posted by Krishna at 8:17 AM
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Monday, May 09, 2005
This chilli is so hot, you'd have to drink 250,000 gallons of water just to put out the fire
Folders That Now Seem So Yesterday May Be Very Handy Tomorrow - A viewpoint. But the author doesn't spell out why he feels folders may be very handy. So an argument which I can't buy!
Posted by Krishna at 8:11 AM
Friday, May 06, 2005
Thursday, May 05, 2005
BusinessWeek has published an interview with Watts Humphrey, in which he talks about why companies should be moving up to TSP/PSP from CMM. Watts Humphrey was in TI India during March 2005 when he gave a talk on these topics and other related topics.
Posted by Krishna at 10:15 AM
Philips has reorganized its semiconductor business to get a market-focussed organization. The changes include the creation of an Automotive and Identification business unit. The other business units are Mobile and Personal, Home and Multi-Market semiconductors. So we are clearly seeing a renewed focus on automotive from the semiconductor companies. Nice.
Posted by Krishna at 9:03 AM
The fact of this business is that disruptive technologies happen, whether you like them to or not. If you create them yourself, you've got some control over how/when it happens. If you refuse to create them yourself, you have no one to blame but yourself when you become obsolete. It's the difference between good products and great products.
Posted by Krishna at 4:36 AM
Monday, May 02, 2005
Scott Granneman has posted a list of reviews for Firefox and Thunderbird books
Gates' sights set on automobiles with his gizmos
Might there be an SP3 before Longhorn?
Microsoft learns to crawl - The Story of MSN search!
Rajdeep Sardesai is no longer with NDTV !
Posted by Krishna at 11:20 PM
Video conferencing gets quantum security - Scientists from Toshiba's Cambridge Research Laboratory unveiled an invention, which is capable of generating 100 quantum 'keys' every second. This is fast enough for every individual frame of video to be protected by its own encryption. "This makes the system highly secure," says Andrew Shields, who leads the Cambridge team. "It would take an enormous computational resource to crack this frame by frame."
Posted by Krishna at 9:34 AM