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The truth about the state of the economy

Saturday, November 21st, 2009 No Comments
No one seems to know the real state of the economy or rather agree on where the crisis stands or where its headed. The stock market is doing fine, yet unemployment is at an all time high and the dollar seems to be on a steady decline. The entire world is keen to learn the answer but it's interesting to note that even the experts are unsure and can't agree on this issue. A perfect example of this confusion is reflected ...

The Dollar's demise?

Monday, October 19th, 2009 No Comments
Check out this piece about the dollar and its demise. The article helps put things in perspective.Besides, it gives you a nice "techie" analogy which I thought was interesting. One economist likens it to using the Windows operating system for your computer; sure, it's expensive and has bugs, and sure there are freeware alternatives, but it's more convenient to use Windows because 'everyone else is using it'. And like Windows, reserve currencies enjoy an 'incumbency advantage': unless a new currency can ...

Indo-US Relations in the age of Obama

Monday, October 19th, 2009 No Comments
Interesting take on the Indo-US relations with the change in Washington. "We are a very tiny blip for Obama," says former national security advisor Brajesh Mishra. "My feeling is that we are back to the days of the first term of the Clinton administration when India hardly mattered to the Americans."

Robert Reich argues against Sen. Snowe's Trigger

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 No Comments
Check out this piece by Robert Reich, former labor Secretary (under President Clinton). He argues in favor of the public option without the need for any triggers. The beauty of Snowe's proposal is that it seems to offer Blue Dogs a way out and liberal Democrats a way in. Nobody has to vote for or against a public option. The public option just happens automatically if its purposes -- wider coverage and lower costs -- aren't achieved. And the trigger idea ...

Blogging, Twitter, and now Lifelogging!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 No Comments
First it was blogging. Then it was Twitter. Now it lifelogging -- logging every step of your life! Don't miss the last part of the article. Of late, Bell has eased back on lifelogging. Microsoft opted not to develop its own suite of commercial lifelogging products given other priorities, so he and Gemmell moved on to other projects, such as building databases for cancer research. That's a relief! :-)

Book about "Afterlife"

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 No Comments
Read a review of the book "SUM: Forty Tales from the Afterlives" in the Mercury News. David Eagleman shows in his new book, "Sum," very entertaining, too. The author, a neuroscientist with literary leanings, has set out a series of possibilities for the afterlife, described in 40 vignettes, each of which presents a different explanation of who God is and why he or she (or, in some cases, they) chose to create us and what might be planned for us on ...

Don't like Targeted Ads, Get TACO

Saturday, July 4th, 2009 No Comments
Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-out (TACO) available as an add-on for Firefox allows users to opt out of targeted advertising from some 84 different online ad networks. It was apparently developed by a grad student at Indian University.

Microsoft IE 8 Ad worst ever?

Saturday, July 4th, 2009 No Comments
According to the WSJ Microsoft yanked its IE 8 ad after many felt it was the word tech ad ever. Check it out for yourself! p.s: I find IE 8 a lot better than IE 7.

President Obama and pronunciation

Friday, July 3rd, 2009 No Comments
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End of Deodhar Trophy?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 No Comments
The BCCI canceled the Deodhar Trophy for 2009-10 season because of a tight schedule. Its an interesting move and a sure sign that with the rise of T20 cricket something has to give. The big question is whether this is an isolated instance or a sign of trend that the 50 over game is slowly making way for the more trendy and fast paced T20.