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IT Facts and Trends

Image Courtesy: http://www.walthamstow-hall.co.uk Here are some facts about IT, Telecom industries which you can share with your colleagues (of opposite sex ;-)) to impress them during coffee breaks, Enjoy. 72% of Americans view the worst cell phone habit as unnecessarily loud conversations in public places, while 65% say the worst e-mail habits is sending along chain e-mail and using poor grammar. India's wireless sector added 2.49 mln new users in July 2005, taking the total number of customers to 60.366 mln. The Cellular Operators Association said 1.954 mln customers have signed up for GSM services in July 2005. Given price equiality between mobile and land lines, more than 50% would cut the land line. 50% of Australian children now own a mobile phone, which they use for a wide array of services beyond calls and SMS, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. India currently has 25 mln internet users, which is expected to grow to grow to 100 mln by 2007-08, says Intern

India on Top!

Weissman Center for International Banking at Baruch College and The Paaras Group surveyed the outsourcing field among the North American and European companies in regards to their outsourcing destinations. Since many companies have multiple outsourcing locations, the results do not add up to 100%. Where American and European companies outsource Country IT Contact Center BPO India 91% 80% 90% Philippines 17% 20%   Central/South America 13% 40% 10% China 9%   10% Singapore 9%     Ireland 5% 5% 25% Spain 4% 20%   Malaysia 4% 20% 10% Eastern Europe 4%     Australia 4%   20% Source: Weissman Center for International Banking at Baruch College and The Paaras Group Courtesy: ZDNet Research http://blogs.zdnet.com/ITFacts/?p=8247

Walk With Me

Image Courtesy: Vikatan Walk with me, the path of life, to explore every bend of the road Enjoy with me the beauty of life, along its wonderful way Find comfort with me, in each other's arms, when grief crosses our path Find strength with me, in each other's strength, when despair lies in wait Laugh with me, a single true laugh, to enlighten another's distress Cry with me, a single true tear, to understand true happiness Cherish with me, the wonders of life, as they need to be preserved Rejoice with me, in the mysteries, of what is yet to be Find peace with me, in each other's souls, when the world has gone insane Find love with me, in each other's hearts, until this life has been fulfilled And when the path comes to an end I hope we can say from within We've known the beauty of true love, our love came from within - a poem by by Munda, www.netpoets.com

One Minute Movies!

Pic courtesy:BBC Film Network While I was searching for a short movie clip, I came across this BBC's webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/oneminutemovies/ - which lists short films of duration 1 minute or less. As usual, I fished for a Indian 'film maker'. I found A. Kamalakkannan, who has directed 3 such films. I found 2 ( Population Dynamics , The Wish ) of the three movies very interesting as their themes are so 'original and brilliant'. Population Dynamics is a classic - which subtly embeds Malthus principle! (population will grow in geometrical rate i.e., 2, 4, 8, 16 ...etc) The Wish - is equally good, tells the power of faith among a sect of people(Hindus) So, got a mobile phone camera? Instead of shooting some cheap movies, people can show their creativity!! All you have got is One Minute!

Amazon to Yahoo!

Image Courtesy: Wired Magazine I read this article 10 Years That Changed the World on WIRED magazine, yesterday. I have always wondered how some companies like Amazon, Google, Yahoo survived the dot-com burst, and still leading the industry. Though many other factors and a strong determined team of individuals have attributed to their success, We can observe three things which are common in their strategy. This applies even to any company, not only dot-com firms. 1. Serve more people 2. Innovate and Improve with time 3. Constantly follow users' needs! The artice with some amazing photos traces back the time when Yahoo, Google were in the garages (when started!). I highly recommend you to read the story!

Mr. President!

Image Courtesy: www.presidentofindia.com "I will not be presumptuous enough to say that my life can be a role model for anybody; but some poor child living in an obscure place in an underprivileged social setting may find a little solace in the way my destiny has been shaped. It could perhaps help such children liberate themselves from the bondage of their illusory backwardness and hopelessness" -A P J Abdul Kalam, Hon'ble President of India / The photo that you are seeing (above) is the people's affection for the President of India. And, in every part of India, he is well-respected and popular (particularly, among kids!). As another independence day special speech is about to be delivered by him, let us revisit at his last year's speech and see what has been accomplished so far (by us!). I freely pick four important points his talk centred around. 1. Education: After the launch of EDUSAT - a first of its kind satellite for education, now we can

Drumstick for the World!

Image Courtesy: www.drumstickindia.com Drumstick farmer puts Indian village on global map An enterprising farmer from a village in Maharashtra's Nashik district has begun exporting drumsticks to far off places in the world via online. Balasaheb Marale is the drumstick king of Maharashtra! A poor and unknown farmer who supplied to the local markets for years, now he has gone online and international. Marale gets his orders at Drumstick India and supplies to NRIs the world over - from his village Sinnar to Singapore, Canada, Taiwan, Kuwait. And even to Pakistan. News from http://www.nextbillion.net/

Sachin, Always!

I like reading blogs than writing one (it's easy!). So, I came across a blog by Meenaks . Incidentally, I rate this innings of Tendulkar as his best - despite the criticisms like 'he didn't finish the job, as usual!' Who cares.. he is always Sachin Tendulkar! Courtesy: A. Muralidharan,Cricinfo "Let me say one thing first. Both knocks that I have picked out here are matches which India ultimately lost. But that is the beauty. If our cricket God can make our losses appear so sweet, there is no doubt how great he can make our victories appear..!! The best Test knock: 1998-1999, 1st Test, vs Pakistan, M A Chidambaram Stadium, 136 in second innings Four days of intense, exciting cricket on a pitch full of pace, bounce and turn. India took a narrow 16 run lead in the first innings. Pakistan make 286 in the second setting India a victory target of 271. Indian reply begins shakily (VVS Laxman 0, S. Ramesh 5) and then proceeds to become worse (Dravid 10, Azhar and Gan

Timeless, Priceless!

Courtesy: Gertie Huddleston, "Roper River Landscape Dusk, 1997 - Flinders Art Gallery I have been to an art gallery which showcased paintings, crafts made by Australaian native people. You can see the depth and variety of colours, they use in their creations. The environs, they live , on the contrary is mostly monotonous, dull (for us!) desert land. I noted a similar trend in Rajasthan , where people express all the colours in the dress they weave, paintings they create, even on the house doors! Simply colourful. Obviously to beat the monotony! "Australian Aboriginal art is the oldest living art tradition in the world, with paintings in rock shelters dating back 20,000 years. The art includes naturalistic paintings of human, plant and animal figures, as well as non-naturalistic, or "abstract" designs with concentric circles, "u" shapes, and lines." I bought two mini-paintings (Another picture here !) for my collection. Would love to visit centra