Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Open Source Politics – Making sense of the AAP phenomenon

Monday, April 21st, 2014 No Comments
The open source movement in the technology world has had significant impact on almost every aspect in the field - the Linux operating system and, more recently, the Android operating system being two leading examples. The open source approach involves sharing of the basic design or code in a collaborative environment where anyone can participate and contribute. Subsequent improvements and features help the development community push the technology further and ultimately benefit end-users. This approach attracts anyone and everyone who ...

Politically Inspired Technology – The AAP’s platform

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 No Comments
Very often, you find new technologies in search of a market. But in other instances, it is the reverse; new technology solutions are developed to address a specific need and then it turns out to be a winner. The rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has created some interesting opportunities for its young and technology savvy members to channelize their skills to solve pressing campaign problems. One of the primary goals of any political party involved in a campaign ...

Time for some cell phone etiquette

Monday, April 15th, 2013 No Comments
There is no question that cell phones have had dramatic positive effects on people’s lives in India. The ability to get access to anyone and everyone and having access to all the information on the planet on your phone is surely an unparalleled example of people empowerment. Unfortunately, like everything else in life, cell phone usage has a bad side - the sheer annoyance factor is one, the safety issue is another, the constant distraction being a third, among a long ...

Internet, Social Media Jai Ho

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 No Comments
It was a weekday evening. The TV serials were on in full swing. During the commercial break, my mother turned the TV off. A few minutes later, she tried to turn it back on and, lo and behold, it would not turn on. The red light at the bottom of the TV monitor turned to blue like it always does, but the TV did not seem to come alive like it normally does! In desperation, she gave up on the ...

Amazon opens Fire on the tablet market

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 No Comments
After several weeks of rumors, Amazon formally plunged into the tablet market by announcing the Kindle Fire tablet device and a few cheaper models of its Kindle e-Reader. With the iPad, Apple virtually invented the Tablet market and pitch-forked it into the mainstream, despite a fairly high price tag. The iPad at its current price point, is viewed by many as an alternative to a laptop or a PC. A typical buyer of an iPad is one who might have ...

Steve Jobs, Tussi Great Ho!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 No Comments
The dramatic rise of Apple during the reign of Steve Jobs, which unfortunately ended recently, is truly commendable. I remember seeing a Mac for the first time when I was in graduate school. At that stage, the Mac was used mostly by the Administrative staff at the University. Later, when I joined the workforce, I realized that Macs were used by the Administrative staff, the Technical Publications groups, and the Marketing and Sales teams within most organizations, while everyone else ...

Google plays catchup with Google Plus

Thursday, July 14th, 2011 No Comments
I have been a very active user of many Google products and services over the years and I must caution you that it’s a lot like being on drugs. It grows on you. The more you have, the more you want. Some form of a Google fix several times each day is now part of my everyday routine. The good news for Google is that there are many millions around the globe like me. Yet, Google is threatened by a ...

Android Smartphones: Cool, but still nerdy

Monday, August 9th, 2010 No Comments
The Android phones have been in the news of late for their rapid increase in sales. The web is replete with speculation of a replay of the Mac vs PC like battle in the mobile space between the iPhone and Android phones.  Its hard to argue with this comparison because there are great similarities. The iPhone is closely guarded by Apple while the Android platform is more "open" though largely Google centric. As someone who has used the iPod touch ...

VOIP and The Promise of Free Calls

Saturday, July 4th, 2009 No Comments
Over the last several years I have been an active user of internet based phone services. Skype, Google Voice, Voice chat through Yahoo IM etc.  are the ones I have been using most frequently. There is no doubt that the ability to make calls over the Internet (free or at a low cost) has far reaching, powerful implications but these services (like most new technologies) have their share of challenges.  Here are some of my experiences with these services over ...

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.