January 2007

January 2007 in Review

January 31, 2007

The first month of 2007 ends today which means only 11 more months to complete all the New Year Resolutions. Here is what happened on the technology front. I started writing my novel on Zoho Wiki. I hope to publish it sometime during this summer. Semi-autobiographical, it is a collection of stories and anecdotes. I […]

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Internet Video and Audiences

January 29, 2007

First of all, thanks to Robert Scoble for putting me on his link blog. Considering the recent controversy regarding the Intel videos, I thought an analysis of video blogs in terms of its potential audience may be an interesting topic to think and write about. Videos are a big hit on the Internet — the […]

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A Malayalam Blog and Kerala Information Technology

January 28, 2007

One of my college juniors, Sijith Nair, who is now in Los Angeles, has started writing his blog http://kuttanskadhakal.blogspot.com in Malayalam. Great Work, Sijith. This is the first non-English blog I am reading and Sijith’s narration of his travel difficulties in Paris makes it very interesting. BTW, use Firefox to view the blog as I […]

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Quick Review of Google Products

January 27, 2007

As most people would have, I switched over to using Google Search the first time I tried it after a recommendation from a friend. Over the years, Google has added many products to their portfolio and I have tried to use many of them. Here is a quick review of my experiences with each product. […]

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Yahoo! Bookmarks Beta

January 27, 2007

A few weeks back, I complained that Yahoo! Bookmarks was the lowest on my ratings of good bookmarking software. I learnt since that there was a beta version available. The initial good impression it conveyed convinced me enough to move all my bookmarks into it (from IE and Live Favorites) and also install the Yahoo! […]

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More on Balance

January 24, 2007

A few days back, I praised the concept of balance in this post. But in December, I said that “balance is difficult.” Did I totally, completely lose it? Well, actually, there were 2 separate points I was trying to make: One must prioritize certain values and ends over others. Trying to achieve everything at the same time […]

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Review of Scoble’s Book

January 21, 2007

I recently finished reading the book “Naked Conversations” by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel. As an introduction to the various facets of business blogging, it fulfils its purpose. People who have already read “Blog!” (by Kline and Burstein) and “Permission Marketing” (by Seth Godin) will be familiar with some of the ideas expressed in it. […]

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Building the Right Team

January 21, 2007

Having the right people on your team is key to the success of your project or organization. What are the criteria to select such people? This answer may vary for different people and different organizations. One example of a framework for hiring is the 4-E and 1-P method advocated by Jack Welch. As for me, here […]

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The Learning Ladder

January 20, 2007

A useful metaphor for easier learning is the concept of the “learning ladder”. Imagine a ladder where you are standing at the bottom and the top rung is your end goal. You can reach the top without much effort by climbing one rung at a time. Now imagine someone saws a few rungs in between. […]

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Helping Developing Nations

January 20, 2007

The developments in many Third World countries over the past few decades show that poor nations cannot go it alone in their development efforts. Richer nations are expected to help them. Many countries need a basic level of growth (at or above 6%) before they can see their poverty decline. These countries do not have the […]

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