Conventional Wisdom


I was sitting in a session of a technology company and there was a very nice gentleman speaking at volumes about stuff that is generally so good to listen from a strategy point of view.

And then there was a word on “CONVENTIONAL WISDOM”

I was blank for a second: The gentleman in suit had opened a Pandora’s box in my world.

“Experienced guys gets this, gets that!!!” he said..

Technology world is fast changing and all the development and innovative ideas come out of Young minds!! Aren’t you speaking cryptic code for me when you being in a technology company talk about experience.

We are supposed to talk new and fresh. You need an agile and fresh mind and not old gray matter filled with worldly wisdom.

 

I can bet you on that: When the world is changing so fast and faster is technology, you would want people who are willing to change, and not people who would try to stand on your shoulders, see you do all the work and then take all the credit (because they are so called experienced!!)

 

I would rather stay inexperienced.

Why it is not fair to Compare Google with Facebook?


Google with its unique search engine brought relevance to people staying on the internet. The relevant search results and confidence that internet is acting as a useful source of information made people hang around on the computer/internet for so much longer!!

Facebook brought relevance to Social Media. Follow their friends on the internet, sharing and tagging pictures, voluntarily giving out information about oneself. The ability to know about people you care for without people who were updating their status to think about who would be interested in knowing it.  Following the news/videos suggested by friends on Facebook would generate more curiosity than one randomly following a story. In short Facebook brought people together in a more socially relevant way.

Both Google and Facebook are continuously innovating providing us with world class product.

Google and Facebook generate relevant ads based on who the user is: For example Google displays search results based on the users’ previous research and search history. Facebook on the other hand knows exactly who you are, which age group you belong to and which communities, bands, pages you have liked? This information combined with their superior analytics is an advertiser’s paradise.

Google never had the luxury of booming economy, however even during the economic downturn few years of their inception the company was one of the only few dotcom’s to survive the dotcom bust!

Facebook on the other hand hasn’t really faced any stiff competition yet! But nonetheless it has been excellent so far and sure to fend it off.

There have been debates about Google being beaten by Facebook as being advertiser’s paradise but did we ever ask the important question?

 

Had we not had Google, we wouldn’t have known where the internet would have been.

P.S:  The author is a Google/Facebook addict and sometimes checks his internet connection by checking if Google.com is available !!

2010 in review


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,900 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 8 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 38 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 2mb.

The busiest day of the year was July 8th with 62 views. The most popular post that day was Why Engineering? Which branch is good? – For me or for the world? A rogue engineer’ analysis of the hidden side to everything in engineering!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were google.co.in, uiowa.edu, search.conduit.com, google.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for ibanez bass, future of information technology in india, gurgaon vs noida, nagraj, and noida vs gurgaon.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Why Engineering? Which branch is good? – For me or for the world? A rogue engineer’ analysis of the hidden side to everything in engineering! July 2008
85 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

SEZ (Special Economic Zone) – An Overview, Challenges and Future July 2008
8 comments

3

Information Technology (IT) in India- the challenges, Future Scope July 2008
5 comments

4

GURGAON Vs NOIDA June 2008
6 comments

5

A Day At McKinsey & Co. (and a few days before that!) June 2008
4 comments

Where in the world is Santa Claus? Tracking Mission Critical phone calls :)


This Christmas, Avaya will help the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its volunteers answer that question tens of thousands of times.

From 2 Mountain time, on Dec. 24 thru the early hours of Dec. 25, more than 1,200 volunteer Santa trackers will man the 877-HI-NORAD Santa hotline, answering phone calls from children of all ages. Last year, the 25-hour NORAD Tracks Santa operations center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado received more than 74,000 calls from families around the world.

Peterson AFB uses Avaya’s real-time voice communications to help ensure these important calls get answered. Avaya Aura™ software and hardware have been tested and certified by the Department of Defense Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) to ensure security and reliability for missions such as this — when failure is not an option.

“The NORAD Tracks Santa program has grown immensely since 1955, when it first began fielding calls,” said Joyce Frankovis, NORAD Tracks Santa Project Officer. “Yet the excitement and wonder in children’s voices when they call to ask for Santa’s whereabouts is as apparent now as it was 55 years ago.”

The NORAD Tracks Santa program began in 1955 after a youngster dialed a misprinted telephone number for a Santa hotline, and instead reached a helpful commander at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Courtesy: Avaya Inc.

The Social Network


Watched the Movie The Social Network. Another Hollywood Masterpiece. Just to Kill Sometime and get some inspiration kicking !!

One the best lines in the Movie, when the Winklevoss Brothers go to the Harvard President to complain about the stolen idea of the Harvard Connection. (to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook)

“Harvard’s undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job”

 

Stop illegal logging in Madagascar, NOW!


Madagascar’s Eastern Moist Forest (Ala Atsinanana) hosts an incredible amount of unique species. Up to 90% of all species exist nowhere else on earth!

The Ala Atsinanana, however, is highly threatened and was recently placed by UNESCO the World Heritage in Danger sites list because of the ongoing government-influenced illegal logging crisis and continuing lemur bush meat consumption

How did this happen?

After the 2009 political crisis in Madagascar, several timber barons took advantage of the lack of environmental governance and law enforcement, to illegally fell precious logs (mainly rosewood and ebony) from within protected areas. The aim was to export it, mainly to China.

Exporting of raw precious wood is illegal according to Malagasy laws, but the government has repeatedly granted exceptions (January 29, 2009 and September 21, 2009) and therefore given cover to a rosewood mafia who deprives local people of their natural heritage.

These exceptions are illegal since there hasn’t been any stocking or logging permit issuance since 2002. Past exceptions caused severe depletion of the wood species, thus driving loggers inside protected areas where logging is not legally accepted.

What is worse, is that local communities who have few options in these poverty stricken areas. Local people are often exploited, working for ridiculously small amounts of money in terrible conditions – while the timber mafia has earned more than $250 Millions during the recent political crisis.

TAKE ACTION NOW:

3  SIMPLE steps:

WWF – Action Center detail http://t.co/EpmCw1f via @AddThis

 

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