general issues

Are You Warming the Earth with Google Searches?

January 14, 2009

The Times (UK) has an item on the environmental effects of Google searches. Apparently, each Google search takes up the equivalent of half the energy of boiling a kettle. The report also cites a Gartner report that the global IT industry generates greenhouse gases as the world’s airlines. This is a discussion worth having, but […]

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Indian Software Product Innovation

August 12, 2007

This is a follow‐up from my previous article, The Rising Rupee‐Dollar Ratio”. Whenever there is talk about the growth of the Indian IT industry, there is much lamenting of the fact that almost all the revenues come from outsourced services such as programming and testing instead of from software products. People say and rightly so, why […]

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The Rising Rupee‐Dollar Ratio

August 12, 2007

I recently received an email article entitled “Stronger Rupee, Stronger India”. The essay was about the appreciation of the Indian Rupee against the US Dollar since the beginning of the year. The author’s argument was that a stronger rupee was better for India as it would make Indians less dependent on getting low‐cost IT service […]

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Flash Forward

June 2, 2007

There was an incredible story in the news today about a Polish man, Jan Grzebski, who woke up 19 years after having fallen in a coma. He attributed his survival to his caring wife, Gertuda, who stayed by her husband’s side and helped prevent any infections by moving his position every hour. It is a remarkable […]

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Tragic Massacre at Virginia Tech

April 17, 2007

The killing of more than 30 people at Virginia Tech has shocked the country. The list of victims has been released. Among the faculty, there is a Holocaust survivor. 4 other teachers and more than 20 students died, including a few foreign students. We cannot imagine the suffering and pain that the families of the […]

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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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Netflix, Snow, Google and AIDS

January 16, 2007

I know the title is kind of weird, but it just describes the 4 paragraphs below. Probably more interesting than saying “Updates on past posts”. (is “past post” an alliteration?) In my “Hair Down” post, I talked about Netflix vs Blockbuster where the Total Access program seems to me like a big Netflix killer. It […]

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AIDS and Corporate Responsibility

January 8, 2007

Corporate social responsibility dictates that business has an obligation to society beyond what is required by the law and the direct interests of the company. Under that doctrine, one could say that pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to do something about the global AIDS epidemic. Some strategies are to distribute drugs for free or at […]

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