Courtesy : EconomicTimes, 16 August 2002

Bangalore: BPL Mobile, a leading mobile service provider, and Navinmail set up by
Sabeer Bhatia, co-founder of Hotmail, have joined hands to introduce two new products in India using the voice-messaging platform.

The products, miVoice and MPAS (mobile answer phone service), on mots (BPL Mobile prepaid card service) will be introduced soon. The new products incorporate
technologies of Telivoice and Telipower, belonging to Navinmail, a creation of Bhatia.

Navinmail Service (India) Pvt Ltd is a 100-per cent subsidiary of Navin Communications based in California and founded by a team of Indian-American entrepreneurs.

miVoice allows BPL mobile subscribers to send and receive voice messages to the ISD destinations such as the US and Canada and to all subscribers in networks in major
metros of India at a very low rate of Rs 3.95 and Rs 1.95, respectively. MAPS allows

BPL subscribers to be reachable even when their handsets are switched off, busy or
when no answer comes from the handset.

BPL Mobile president and CEO F B Cardoso says: “Customer feedback has shown that SMS service has a language barrier and is impersonal. With miVoice, we have removed these barriers by allowing the subscribers to send a message in their own voice at almost the cost of the SMS.”

Navinmail co-chairman Bhatia says: “Having a dynamic voicemail facility on the
cellular network is as powerful as having an e-mail facility on the Internet.”

REUTERS[ TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2005 05:40:33 PM]

SAN FRANCISCO: Internet search leader Google Inc. late has announced a test service for finding local restaurants, stores and other businesses via Web-enabled cellphones and other mobile devices.

Google’s local search service for mobile will be available in the United States and Canada at http://mobile.google.com/local, or from the main Google search page on mobile devices starting Tuesday morning.

Yahoo Inc. in October rolled out its mobile search service, which included local search, amid a fierce rivalry. Google Local for mobile will enable users to see 10 local search results. The service, which integrates the location of the businesses in search results on a map, also provides addresses, phone numbers and driving directions.

Google’s mobile local search service does not currently carry ads. Web search companies have been keen to break into the local advertising market, which the Kelsey Group expects to reach $5.1 billion in the United States by 2009. The market research firm sees local search advertising accounting for about two-thirds of that total.

Local search ad spending hit $162 million in 2004, the Kelsey Group said.

Check some of the Management Fundas:
(This can happen at any moment in anyone’s life…)

1.
Scenario:
A young executive was leaving the office at 6 pm when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand. “Listen,” said the CEO, “this is a very sensitive and important document and my secretary has left. Can you make this thing work?” “Certainly, Sir” said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button. “Excellent, excellent!” said the CEO as his paper disappeared inside the machine. “I just need one copy.”

Moral of the story:
Never, never assume that your boss knows everything.

2.
Scenario:
There were 4 guys John, Franky, Manav and Ashley who found a small bottle. When they rubbed the bottle, a genie appeared. Thankful that they had released him , the genie said, “Next to you all are 4 swimming pools, I will give each of you a wish. When you run towards the pool and jump, you shout what you want the pool of water to become, and then your wish will come true.” John ran towards the pool, jumped and shouted “Wine”. The pool immediately changed into a pool of wine. John was ecstatic. Next came Franky. He did the same and shouted, “Vodka” and immersed himself into a pool of vodka. Manav jumped and shouted, “Beer”. The last of them was Ashley. He was running towards the pool when suddenly he stepped on a banana peel. He slipped towards the pool and shouted, “Shit!!!!!!!………”

Moral of the story:
Mind your language; you never know what it will land you in.

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

1.
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.

5.
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.

6.
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)