Lord of the Links

My sojourn into the Spider's Web

Friday, December 31, 2004

Microsoft's Passport fails to travel far as Web strategy

Microsoft gives up forcing Passport on other websites. Its greatest backers, monster.com and eBay have dropped Passport. Guess, world domination isn't actually very easy.
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Apple's next great idea

Next up. Plans for an entry level iMac priced at $500. That would be 25k. wow !
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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Amazon Honor System

Hit Refresh and you will see the donation amount aggravating. Feels so good.

Thanks to IndiaUncut.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Gates joins Berkshire Hathaway board

Friendship between the two richest people on Earth.
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Economist.com | Go

A very simple and antedeluvian Chinese game, but considered one of the most difficult from an Artificial Intelligence point of view. Even today a program to defeat an intelligent 10-year old has not been written.
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Just Another Love Story by Rajesh J. Advani on Sulekha

A lovely love story. The best I have read.
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Friday, December 17, 2004

Indian fishermen save whale shark

A very good gesture
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Chinese Railways Leaves Indian Counterpart Behind

India misses the bus again !
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Disneyland in India soon?

I hope so :D
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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Indian sparks euthanasia debate

If only the Indian media could leave Kareena-Shahid and the DPS scandal and focus on such news.

Venkatesh is a former national chess champion who wants to donate his organs before he dies, but the court refuses to allow it till he is 'brain dead'. He is moving the Supreme Court.
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TCS chief S Ramadorai is 'IT man of the year'

The year indeed belonged to TCS, with its mega IPO.
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Monday, December 13, 2004

Court Case Pits Google and Geico

Geico claims that Google in infringing on its trademark by allowing its competitors to sponsor searchs on the phrases "Geico" and "Geico Direct". This ruling could have a far reaching effect on the online search industry.
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Star gives BJP soap opera a twist

Another Indian Politician gets the foot-in-the-mouth disease.
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Sunday, December 12, 2004

M S Subbulakshmi: 'Nightingale' of Carnatic music

An Obituary of the great musician
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Saturday, December 11, 2004

13 Hot Businesses for 2005

Entrepreneur.com list for the 13 exciting businesses for 2005. The list is:

- eBay Drop-Off Stores
- Kids Plus-Size Clothing
- Search Engine Optimization
- Performance Apparel
- Functional Food
- Financial Planning
- Concierge Physician Services
- Hispanic Marketing
- Technology Security Consulting
- Peer Support Groups
- Wine Businesses
- Staffing Services
- Niche Health and Fitness

More details on site
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A Malaysian Prince in the Indian Army

Strange. But true.
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Nationalise Reliance: Swamy

Wow ! Just wow ! How the hell do these guys get such ideas ?
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Sensex? What that?

This article introduces you to the Sensex and what it means. Not very informative, but good for a start !
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Twenty Top Software People in the World

Well, this is a list of top forty software people in the world and there will be a poll to decide the top twenty.

But hey, there's got to be a mistake here. Where am I ?
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Libraries Reach Out, Online

How libraries are waking up to the internet...
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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Air China raises $1.07bn in IPO

Whoa ! Compared to this Indian IPO's seem Lilliputians
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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Airbus Showdown

The Author, Robert Samuelson, concurs that Airbus is one up on Boeing because it survives on government subsidies by the EU. Although, it might be true to a certain extent, one can not rule out the fact that Boeing has only itself to blame. It's management standards have not been the best in the past few years.
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Forbes names the 40 richest Indians

The report is fine but is reports Baba Kalyani being from Kalyani group. Wasn't that Bharat Forge?

Anyway, the surprise is that Mittal has surpassed Premji as the richest Indian, perhaps a after effect of the acquisition of ISG
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Vinod Khosla's $5-million grant for IIT

Somebody please give me something as well !

Jokes apart, this is for a new IT school at IITD
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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

New Shatabdi to run @ 150 kmph

Its high time the Indian Railways spruce up their services if they are to wade away the prospective competition provided by the new *low-cost* airlines.
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Ratan Tata mulls Tata Sons float

TATA group plans to make TataSons a Berkshire Hathaway like investment company. Since the major source of revenue (TCS) is now gone, it is also considering investing in new exciting areas and nurture another billion dollar company.
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China bans Nike ad

China banned a Nike advertizement saying that it insults Chinese culture. The ad showed a basketball player defeating a kung-fu master, two ladies dressed in Chinese attire and a sacred dragon.
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Contemplating a PC Market Without I.B.M.

Why does the Big Daddy of the Computer Industry wants to withdraw from a market it originally founded? IBM feels its not as profitalbe and does not promise enough growth. Besides, it is betting on centralized computing services like thin clients as opposed to individual PCs, and this move sure shows a commitment to distributed computing.
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Monday, December 06, 2004

Unhelpful China

An article in Washington Post which clearly shows the growing discontent between the US and China. The author accuses China of being over-ambitious and trying to undermine US's vested interests. Nationalist overtones are only obvious.
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Sunday, December 05, 2004

Or, You Can Just Sell Out

The story of Rajesh Jain, who founded Indiaworld communications in 1995 and sold it to Sify at the peak of the Internet boom for $120 million.
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Immlet to Dartmouth Grads

Jeff Immlet, the Chairman of General Electric, tells Dartmouth graduates what it takes to be successful. Pearls of wisdom.
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Jeff Immlet on the future

A wonderful speech about how the future is going to shape, how he sees lots of risks as well as lots of opportunities both at the same time. Must read
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A Tale of Two Indias

Time Asia's cover story on India
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Saturday, December 04, 2004

BBC makhaos bigtime

BBC falls prey to a hoax where a person in the guise of an employee of Dow chemicals gave a statement that Dow had acknowledged responsibility for the accident and was taking steps to remedy its faults.
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Nishith Desai in world's top 50 tax pros list

An Indian makes it to the top 50 IT consultants in the world
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Friday, December 03, 2004


A wonderful short story. But not complete now :(
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In Buddhadeb's reforming West Bengal, red carpet still means a chakka jam

Wonder where they get ideas such as "Chakka Jam"s. And think of it, the bandh was called at a time when most children are leaving schools for home. When will these guys ever have some sense?
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Temporary staff, lasting solution

Will this be counted under BPO?
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