Source : www.business-standard.com

ZDNet India April 15, 2005

What the next version of Windows will offer when it hits the market next year.

After months of keeping its prized cow in the barn, Microsoft is beginning to let Longhorn out of the corral for public viewing.

Beginning with brief demonstrations to reporters this week, the software maker is starting to shed light on just what the next version of Windows will offer when it hits the market next year. High on the list of features are security enhancements, improved desktop searching and organizing, and better methods for laptops to roam from one network to another.

“This is going to be a big deal,” Jim Allchin, Microsoft group vice president, said. While he acknowledged that Microsoft is unlikely to get throngs of people to show up outside retail stores on launch day as happened with Windows 95, he did say the company expects Longhorn to drive PC sales. “This product has something for everybody.”

In a brief demonstration, Allchin showed off several key features that make the new OS stand out from prior versions. A “quick search pane,” for example, allows users to type queries and instantly see matching files.

In both look and form, the search mechanism is similar to the Spotlight feature in Apple Computer’s Mac OS X Tiger, which goes on sale later this month.

Search results can be saved as virtual folders that are automatically updated to include all items that fit a particular query, such as “authored by Mary” or “containing the word ‘Cleveland.'” Documents, pictures, music and even applications can also be given a rating or keywords to add further criteria for searching.

But while the OS bears plenty of similarities to Tiger, Allchin stressed that Microsoft has broken new ground in Longhorn. For example, document icons are no longer a hint of the type of file, but rather a small picture of the file itself. The icon for a Word document, for example, is a tiny iteration of the first page of the file. Folders, too, show glimpses of what’s inside. Such images can be rather small, but they offer a visual cue that aids in the searching process, Allchin said.

Allchin said that Longhorn also goes further than Tiger when it comes to what one can do with search results, saying it offers new ways to organize and view the information. While the look of the OS hasn’t been finalized, the translucent windows and other graphics tricks are expected to find their way into the finished software.

Microsoft clearly has a lot of work to do with Longhorn. Although the company has added Tablet and Media Center versions, as well as the Service Pack 2 security enhancements, a lot has changed since XP debuted five years ago.

What’s in a name?

As for timing, Allchin said development is basically on track for the schedule outlined by the company last fall. An updated developer preview version will be given out at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, or WinHEC, set to take place at month’s end in Seattle.

The company is still shooting for an initial beta around midyear, though it could be July, as the new official schedule is “early summer.” A second beta is planned, though no final date has been given, with the goal of having the OS broadly available on PCs by next year’s holiday season. Longhorn will come in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, Allchin said.

While many details about Longhorn have been nailed down, others, including its name, are still up in the air. The company is close to deciding which different versions will be available, but it’s not ready to announce that yet.

It is too soon to say, for example, whether there will be separate Media Center or Tablet PC editions, Allchin said. “We are moving features around,” he said.

Microsoft talked fairly early about Longhorn, with company Chairman Bill Gates first demonstrating it at a developer in October 2003. At the time, the company focused largely on the “under the hood” features of the OS–in particular, a new file system, Web services architecture and the presentation system.

Since then, Microsoft has significantly reshaped the OS. Last year, the company announced that it would pull out the new file system and that the Web services and presentation pieces would also be made available for Windows XP.

Got to know when to hold ’em

Allchin said his priority is making sure Longhorn meets quality standards, followed by getting the product out on schedule.

Packing it full of features is a third priority, and the one most likely to give. As a result, Microsoft would delay Longhorn over quality concerns, but is unlikely to let individual features hold up its release. That could mean some further trimming around the edges if things fall behind.

As with Windows XP Service Pack 2, security remains at the forefront of Microsoft’s development efforts. With Longhorn, Microsoft isn’t focusing as much on building in antivirus software as it is changing the behaviors that leave computer systems vulnerable to attack. For example, most computers today are run in administrator mode, making it easy to add new programs and make other changes, but also allowing major fundamental changes to a computer to be made by malicious software.

With Longhorn, Microsoft is trying to change that so a computer runs with the least possible permission level. Only those programs that truly need administrator privileges would run at that level. Microsoft plans a similar change to Internet Explorer that would reduce the level of access given to external Web sites in an attempt to lessen the possibility of malicious attacks.

Microsoft also has focused on improving the experience when using a laptop computer. A fast-start option, combined with support for external displays, will make it easier to create computers that can display calendar information or play music without having to start up the whole PC, including the OS.

Another change will make it easier for a person’s PC to join a network at work or at home, while remaining invisible to other machines when getting Wi-Fi at a coffee shop.

In the category of making sure things “just work,” Allchin cited enhancements such as making sure that a laptop that connects to a projector displays correctly without having to press any keys. In addition, he said, are settings tailored for specific tasks, such as watching a DVD. The computer will just assume that the user doesn’t want the movie muted and probably wants to watch it full-screen.

Getting down to business

If there is more than one PC in a home network, Allchin said, it will be easy to allow sharing of files and easy to get at those files. For example, a PC with Longhorn might show all the music files together, whether they are on the local PC or another machine on the network.

There are also features designed to make it easier on businesses that use large numbers of Longhorn machines. Microsoft has created a new way for companies to put their custom installation of the OS onto a group of new machines.

Allchin said those enhancements – along with a reduction in the number of times customers have to reboot their machines and other features – will mean that companies that move to Longhorn will be able to cut their operating costs. Of course, he added, “that’s up to us to prove.”

Microsoft is also crafting its preliminary list of which capabilities a computer will need to run Longhorn. Allchin said the company is recommending that systems have 512MB of memory, as well as “today’s level” of processor.

There will be different levels of display quality depending on how much graphics horsepower a computer has.

The richest view, code-named Aero Glass, sports the fanciest bells and whistles, such as translucent windows that come to life when opened or maximized. That’s where the heftiest graphics requirements come in, but Allchin said recent tests show it might not require as much horsepower as originally thought.

Another view, Aero, will have slightly lower requirements and offer many, but not all, of the features. Finally, a minimal user interface will look fairly similar to current versions of Windows.

Allchin said the company is continuing to tinker with different interfaces and their requirements, “but clearly we want as many machines as possible to have Aero Glass because there is a lot more we can do in that.”

This is an excrept from the book “How to enjoy your life and your job” by Dale Carnegie.

1.
Don’t Critize, condemn or complain.

2.
Give honest and sincere appreciation.

3.
Arouse in the other person an eager want.

4.
Become genuinely interested in other people.

5.
Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely.

6.
Show respect for the other person’s opinions.Never say “YOU’RE WRONG”

7.
Begin in a very friendly way

8.
Get the other person saying “Yes,yes” immediately.

9.
Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers

10.
Appeal to the nobler motives

11.
Call the attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.

12.
Talk about your own mistakes before critizing the other person.

13.
Ask questions instead of giving direct orders

14.
Let the other person save face.

“I am trying to implement all these points and advice every professional,infact every person should try to practice it.”

This is an excrept from the Book “How to enjoy your Life and Job” by DALE CARNEGIE.It is very important that you read it carefully and absorb in your mind.

HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING

1.
Do not imitate others.Be what you are because you are unique in this world.

2.
Applying these four good working habits:
a.
Clear your desk of all the papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand.
b.
Do things in the order of importance.
c.
When you face a problem,solve it then and there,if you have the facts necessary to make a decision.
d.
Learn to organize,deputize and suprevise.

3.
Learn to relax at your work.

4.
Put enthusiasm at your work.The day you lose it,you will lose everything.

5.
Count your blessings and not your troubles.Remember that blessings will always be more than the no of troubles.

6.
Remember that unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment

7.
Do the very best you can

Technovision Systems introduces anti-drowsy gadget

Summit Khanna / Ahmedabad March 22, 2005

Source: www.business-standard.com

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It’s been a long day at work and is a long drive back home. The last thing you want is a drooping eyes in a snail-paced traffic. But now help is at hand in the form of “No Nap” developed by the Ankleshwar-based company, Technovision Systems.

2.
No Nap is an anti-drowsy gadget that helps fatigued drivers overcome their drowsiness.

The surveys on highway accidents have revealed that most accidents occur due to the driver being subjected to long hours of continuous driving. The exhausting and monotonous job often makes the driver dull and dozy, which is a very dangerous state, and can lead to fatal accidents, Azhar Pathan, one of the partners of Technovision Systems, told Business Standard.

3.
We started working on an anti-drowsy product, which would help the driver in breaking the thin sheet of drowsiness, and help him recover his concentration. We developed the product late last year, and launched it at an automobile show in Pune in October, he said.

No Nap is worn on the left ear. It works on the principle of gravitational switch. When the driver’s head nods forward due to drowsiness, the gadget senses the motion of the head, and activates the gravitational switch. The device gives a sound to alarm the driver, and helps him recover his presence of mind, and concentration, he said. Pathan said that the response to the device has been excellent.

4.
We have not yet launched the product in India, but we have exported a good quantity. In just around four months, we have exported over 10,000 pieces of No Nap to the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Sweden and Dubai. We have appointed distributors for this product in all these countries. We expect to export around 8 lakh pieces in the next two years,he said.

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When asked why the product has not been launched in India, Pathan said, There is not much awareness about this device in the Indian market. If we launch the product, we are sure there are many people, who would be willing to copy it, which could hurt our business. On account of these apprehensions, we have decided not to launch the product in the domestic market, until there is a good amount of awareness about it, he said.

No Nap weighs just 13 gm, i.e. it is very light weight, and is operated with batteries. It is quite compact and ergonomically designed, has low maintenance cost, is easy to use and very effective, and is affordably priced at Rs 350, he said.

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This device can also be used by people working in risk prone sites like in construction, heavy industries and machinery. Students, security guards and defence personnel, can also use it during night vigilance.

Does anyone remember the scene of IT all over the world, when the was a burst in the DotCom bubble and to add to the worry there was Y2K(No IT person can forget the year 2000) which created many problems.Many jobs lost in the US and other IT major countries due to the DotCom burst and there was a major slump in the jobs in the IT field.During that time people looked upon India,just like a tall person looks down at a short person.

People in India who were dreaming of doing something big in the IT industry came under pressure and many companies(Remember one such company called SilverLine Software in Mumbai) shut down as a result of heavy loss as well as lack of projects.Companies started laying off people,this lay off was not only in the USA but in other countries since most of the projects come from the US.The IT scene was very bleak and everyone had lost faith in this industry.But there was Google who had a track record of not a single lay off even during the IT SlowDown.

I remember the days where India was not shown in the selection box of countries while we install Microsoft Windows.But hasnt India improved a lot??Slowly and steadily people started looking at other options other than US and than India was born..or to be more specific new age HiTech India was born.The IT slowdown came as a blessing in disguise for India.Companies started outsourcing work to India and other countries like Brazil,China etc to name a few.IT biggies like Samsung,Oralce,Accenture,Adobe,Microsoft(Do you know that apart from US , Microsoft has only one development centre ouside US and that’s in Hyderabad) started coming to India and opened centres in various cities in India like Bangalore(The Garden City Of India),Hyderabad,Chennai,Noida etc.

One organization who is resonsible for getting all the work from other countries is NASSCOM(National Association Of Software and Services Comapnies) and since,we have started talking about NASSCOM,how can one forget the great Dewang Mehta(1962-2001) who was the President of NASSCOM till the year 2001.He was the President of NASSCOM during the rigid period of IT Slowdown and he told that his dream is that every person in India should have 4 basic neccessities (Now,see that we had 3 basic necessities in life,where has the forth come from)in life ie.ROTI(Food),KAPDA(Clothes),MAKAN(House) and Computer.This dream of Dewang Mehta is slowly taking shape and the time has come that India will be the first choice of IT companies for opening their centres as well as outsource work.

Throughout my article i used one word to great effect.Yes,you have guessed it right its OutSourcing.Some people fear when they use this word because once we use this word,than it means that we have received work that is not of good quality or the work is scrap.Sometimes the work may not be of good quality or it may be involving some sort of testing which they want it to be done by cheap labour.So where exactly do we get cheap labour?Most of the people say that India is the hub of cheap labour.If an Indian engineer goes onsite to the client’s place , than the pay that he gets will be less as compared to what a person who has gone onsite from some other country.So since we do work for less amount,does that make labour cheap.Well,this word “Cheap” has a hidden meaning.Just charging a few dollars less,does not make labour cheap,but the point is that this is just the start of a new beginning(where we wont BEG but still we will GAIN).There are many Indians in Silicon Valley of US ,who have become enterpreneurs and have started their own companies and they are doing well.I remember Mr Gururaj Deshpande, CEO of Symacore Networks(and also Tejas Networks in Bangalore) and i am an ardent follower of his managerial skills.There is Mr Vinod Khosla,the co-founder of SUN(Stanford University Networks) MicroSystems and the Venture Capitalist(VC) of Silicon Valley’s Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.These are just few of those Indians who made it big in the IT Sector and that too outside India.In the years to come,there will be more Indians who would become enterpreneurs in this field.

We say “Failure is a stepping Stone to success” or “Blessing comes in Disguise” and India has taken that blessing and has become one of the countries where IT has lots of contribution in the overall revenues of the country.So this is definitely the birth of a new India and this baby will nurture and become more mature in the years to come.

-Himanshu Sheth
(17th March 2005,8:51 PM)

‘What it takes to be a top ad exec’
[Economic Times]
[ WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2005 12:48:23 AM]

Jagdip Bakshi,
CEO, Contract Advertising

Involvement is the key. If you are truly involved in the job, success will come to you. Erstwhile US President, John F Kennedy used this line in many of his speeches and that is, “I don’t mind if my son chooses drilling roads as his occupation, but he should be the best at that.”

John Goodman,
CEO, India and South Asia, Ogilvy & Mather

Get under the skin of your client’s business to a degree that it is clear you care about their success as much as they do. Be willing to take on new things and take some risks with your career — difficult assignments, strange places, and unfamiliar disciplines.

One of the smartest moves I ever made was going to the Czech Republic to run a start-up office right after their revolution in 1992. Everyone thought I was committing career suicide, but it gave me a very early taste of real entrepreneurship and running an agency by myself. And, start work early! I’ve usually cleared a lot of admin 1-2 hours before everyone else starts.

CVL Srinivas,
Managing Director, Maxus

Believe that there is no reward without risks. And, judgment and intuition are as important as analysis and research. Today’s world needs a multidimensional approach to problem solving. In this fast changing world, the rate of change “inside” must be greater than the rate of change “outside” in order to stay alive.

This is especially true in our media business. And lastly, convert problems into opportunities. As Richard Bach said, “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for us in its hands. We seek problems because we enjoy their gifts.”

Meenakshi Madhvani,
Founder, Spatial Access

Hardwork, Honesty & Humility. Work each day as if it is the last day of your life. Be honest so that if tomorrow comes you can look it in the eye. Be humble and recognise the fact that you are but an instrument to serve a larger purpose. Have fun while doing it!

Jayshree Sundar,
Executive Director, Leo Burnett

Advertising is like joining the university of life. Observe life — the best ideas and insights come from there.

Preet Bedi,
President, Rediffusion DY&R

Assess and be fair to yourself. That makes you cope with both failure and success and doesn’t let you become either over-defensive or over-offensive.

Prem Mehta,
Chairman & Managing Director, Lintas

Commit yourself to a cause beyond self-interest and chase excellence in whatever you take up.

Starting from the olden days where we used to see the wires scattered everywhere.An age where we had telephones,but which we could not be taken from one place to another,but gone are the days where we require the wires.We can throw the wires in one dust bin.From the age when Grahem Bell invented the Telephone,technology has grown Leaps and Bounds and a day will come when there would be no wires left in the world and everything in this world would be called as “WIRELESS”(which has been the buzz word for this modern world.).

A few days back,i was watching TV and i saw the interview of Larry Page(Founder of Google) and he told about how the future of Google is in the field of Technology.Now,the amazing thing to be noted is that a search for a particular word on Google took a few milliseconds and the no of results extracted from the search was in lakhs.But this is what u do on your PC/Laptop.Now Google would provide solutions wirelessly for the search that you make.For eg. If you are a particular place A in a city B and you are searching for the nearest medical shop in that area,than the right solution is not searching around for that shop.Instead,just type the name of the area and the city in your mobile and send the request to the Google server and within a few seconds,the result will be in your cell phone.Amazing is’nt it….

A big revolution came in the world of computers with the advent of USB devices.(Computer itself is revolutionary).Now for those of you who have no idea about USB,let me tell you that USB(Universal Serial Bus) is a Plug and Play Device which you just attach on the USB port of your PC.Imagine the USB going wireless.Now with the wireless USB, you can transfer the data from the PC to the USB stick and vice versa.

Few days back,I was just wondering if we have the voice recognition facility where in if we want to find where is place “ABC”,we just say “ABC” and it will fetch the results from its server and will give us the results on the phone.This takes just a few seconds and within no time , you have the results in the cell phone.

Now after few years,not only will there be PC in each and every house in India,but in some places , your house would be controlled by PC and there wont be any requirement for keys!!!!That sounds really good…Isnt it…

I am waiting for technology to take over and this will happen within no time….

Inputs taken from:
http://www.bbc.com/clickonline
http://www.timesofindia.com

Sequence is Romie(Preity) meets Karan(Hrithik):

Note:
For the people who havent watched this movie,plz borrow the VCD from me ASAP.This is my attempt in creating such a Sequence and your comments(good/bad) are most welcome.

Start of Sequence.

Romie:Kya,tumne zindagi mein ek baar code kiya aur usme bhi itne sare bugs.
Tumhara Manager naraaz tha,pareshan tha ki yeh uloo ka paatha kaise code karega,lekin tumne kaha ki yeh mera design hai aur isliye main hi usko code karoonga kyon ki mere paas Google ka saath hai.Yeh code kiya tumne.

Karan:Lekin Romie meri baat to suno

Romie:Kya sunu??

Romie:Yaad hai isi jagah pe tumne mujhse wada kiya tha ki ek din tum mujhse shaadi karke ,tum mujhe is desh se door Swades (Apna US of A)mein le jaaoge.Shayaad wohb irada bhi badal jaye.

Karan:Romie,Yeh tum kya kahe rahi ho tum…

Romie:Aur kya kahoo mein??

Karan:Romie mera Laksya hai ki mein ek din koi MNC mein Manager ho aoonga aur mein ek kone mein baith ke LapTop pe games kar raha ho aoonga aur bas mere Engineers ko dikane ke liya faltu ke TeleCons karoonga.Haan,Main “Jaado” (Jadoo….Remember that Irritating character)karke doosre logo see kaam kara aoonga.Ab,to Romie bol do ki “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai” mujhse.

Romie:Tikh hai,Jis Din tum apna “Lakshya” paa loge , Tab mujhe apni Company mein Visitor banake boolana taki mein free mein khana kha saako.Aur haan,Yuh Ki Hume Zyada Bolne Ki Aadat Ho Nahi Hai(from Sholay),ek baat bolna to bhool gayi ki agar tumhare company mein koi openings ho mere bolgspot pe daal dena.

End of Sequence.

(I dont know what happend after this sequence may be Both got good jobs coz of the outsourcing from the other IT Major Countries like US,UK etc).