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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Drona - The Indian Superman

The Abhishek Bachchan starrer, Drona is gonna hit the screens next week.

Wikipedia calls it "as a Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones movie, but with an original story". But I will call it "Superman in the Matrix".

Here's excerpt of the story:

"Rooted in the vibrant tapestry of Indian mythology, Drona is the compelling modern tale of one man's spectacular voyage through the labyrinths of mystic myths and legendary legacies. Of a journey that will force him to face his fears and make him the hero he was born to become. From the times, when time itself was a newborn baby, the universe has kept one secret carefully camouflaged within its folds. A secret, which if unraveled, could unlock the destruction of mankind and the entire cosmos. Today, only one man can protect the universe's precious secret and thus, save the human race from absolute annihilation."

Sounds interesting. After being fed up with the super-human Krissh and the romantic future candyfloss Love Story : 2050, Drona might be a change to the Bollywood Super Humans!!

And this time, they are coming out with a 32-page comic book which serves as the prelude to the movie. Hope some good soul will upload it somewhere. If anyone does that, I will surely put it up here. Subscribe to my feed and get hold of it.

Here's an interview with the director Goldie Behl. Check out his plans for the future.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

8 Mistakes of Google

It's time of celebration at Google. 10 years of collecting and organizing information. 

Quite ironically, Indiatimes has put together 8 blunders that Google had committed in the past. Well, most of it is about products which never attained any success. Check out the list - Google's biggest business blunders!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Buji's picks for the week - September 07

My picks for this week.

Microsoft eats its own dog-food!! [link]

No comments. I love it.

The Tech Barons [link]

If you want to have a look at a brief profile of the Tech Barons of the world, check this list. The one missing is none other that Bill. Is it purposeful? And of course, Jerry is not there.

Thinking too much can make you fat!! [link]

Just read it. Its interesting.

Dark Matter [link]

The Large Hadran Collider in Geneva will open this week. And if it's a success, one of the greatest mysteries of particle physics, Dark Matter. But, scientists in Cleveland,England with their Boulby project are determined to snatch it from CERN. Read on.

Oddest Book Title!! [link]

Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers. Check it out.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Asia's Best Tech Companies

Indiatimes has brought out the list of Asia's best tech companies. The rankings are based on long-term profitability, sales and earnings growth, stock price appreciation and projected earnings for every company in the region with revenues or market capitalization of at least $5 billion.

Check out the list. There are a couple of cheers for the Indian IT. Anyway, I have put spoilers already.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

The Deterioration of IITs!!

Indian Institute of Technology.

There is even a joke among we non-IITians that even being a sweeper in IIT is better than studying anywhere else. And our dear Prime Minister has started digging graves for them!!

This year, 6 new IITs have come up. This falls in with the plan to start 8 new IITs to 'boost the engineering and technology education'. But are they really IITS?

'The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), are a group of seven autonomous engineering and technology-oriented institutes of higher education established and declared as Institutes of National Importance by the Government of India', says Wikipedia. (They don't seem have to have considered the new ones to be qualified to be called as IIT!!)

IITs were started with great plans and with the expertise of countries like US, Germany and Russia. At present, India have the capability to plan with its own brains, but is that what the Government did? Quoting C.N.R Rao, the scientific advisor to Prime Minister and a visiting professor of Cambridge,

'Opening so may IITs in one year is a disaster. I had no idea that so many IITs have already come up in our country.

This is not a play. To open IITs, you need proper planning. There are makeshift campuses and some are even attending classes in old IITs. I came to know about this development after the institutes admitted students.

This is sad and I have told the prime minister and even the human resource development minister (Arjun Singh) about this. I am dissatisfied with the developments.'

Can I call this the 'second slip into the abyss of darkness'? First the IIM fees issue, and now this. Is the Prime Minister and the Human Resource Minister pushing hard to screw up our greatest institutions??

Are the IITians hearing me?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

From the Land of Pharaohs to that of Sex Maniacs!!

I have never been to Egypt. I had always thought that Egypt could be counted upon as one of the developed countries from that part of the globe. But, the BBC report, Egypt Voice : Sexual Harassment shocked me. Some excerpts:

"I get harassed 100 times a day. I tried everything to stop it but it doesn't stop. I wear loose clothes, I don't wear make up, I spend more than an hour in front of the mirror everyday thinking of ways to hide my body" says a shop-keeper

"Once I was waiting for the bus with my child and a car stopped, the guy waved his hand at me with a 20 pound note. It was unbelievable. Another time I was walking home and this guy unzipped his trousers in a car next to me" says a housewife.

It's shocking that such things happen and the authorities don't give a damn about it. I never thought Egypt will be like this. But, I am really happy to see that the women are building up the courage to speak out these atrocities to the outside world.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Chrome - The Color of Internet

Google has finally announced their browser - Google Chrome. Well, they say it's a fresh take on the browsers. They have a comic strip which explains the process.

I find it a bit bad step from Google. Enthusiasts for sure, will download and might make another record, but what about the common users? I remember how difficult it was and how much time I spent in educating my colleagues about the advantages of using Firefox. And some of them who are reluctant, still stick to Explorer.

Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia about Chrome:

"While all of the major tabbed web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera) have been designed with window as the primary container, Google Chrome will put tabs first. The most striking way the user will see this is that tabs are at the top of the user interface, instead of below the controls, as in the other major tabbed browsers. In Chrome, each tab will be an individual process, and each will have it's own browser controls and address bar (dubbed omnibox), a design that adds stability to the browser. If one tab fails only one process dies, the browser is still running. Chrome will also feature a process manager which will allow the user to see how much memory and CPU each tab is taking up, as well as kill off unresponsive tabs."

Sounds good, doesn't it? The Beta will be released today. Let's see.

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