Aug 29, 2008

I am codinglychallenged

I can't code. I can't go through heavy online technical stuff. I excel in writing anything except software and it has been pissing me off. Today is the last straw. I will no longer be dependant on information from other people to get my work done. I think it's high time I dived into this to get my work done.

For those that gave help so far thanks, for those that didn't respond or were too busy ignoring, watch and wait noob faces.

Aug 22, 2008

Wrath of the Lich King Trailer - Blizzard

If I were Robert Scoble and I had to cry over something, it would be the following cinematic.

Blizzard has wowed me again (no pun) and I can't believe the level of detail these guys put in their game. It's a game in the end.. A GAME. And yet they make art of it.

I am so awed by their awesomeness. In case you can't see the cinematic then head on to the following link.. Trailer for the Wrath of the Lich King. Blizzard just owns, along with their fantastic games of Warcraft and the Starcraft series, this is something that totally amazes me.

Aug 21, 2008

Relationship advice for IITians.

I am an IITian and whilst being proud of the name tag that I bear, there are some things I should advice young siblings of mine from there on. Namely relationships and how to deal with women in life. While you may solve taxes fast, compute stock rates indexs and earn millions creating Sun Microsystems or some such company, there is a high probabilty you fail in communication with the opposite sex. It's true. Deal with it, but help is here, so you can move on and never have to admit it in public. I read this about some guy writing a book on marrying an IITian and I thought no one wrote about this, so I decided to write it myself.

I intended this document to be an all in all one that talks about experiences of people who have been IITIans, gone through shit, have come out doing quite well now. Some of this is my observation, some of this is heard, but all of it is true and sensible. Some of this might be useful to you if you are generally clueless about relationships as well.

The start.

Every relationship comes as a blessing once you are out of that place. The only things you might have been acquainted with are the local cows Savithri, Gayathri and other holy names. This is not to disrespect the girls that get into that institution, but at the same time, you are so horded with guys, it makes it difficult for our belief of "each one lay one". I hope you understand. Btw, not all of the women in IIT are non males. This is a derogatory term we use when you aren't up to the mark. I can't tell you about the other terms we use because that will only result in the advice being diluted and you sending me hate emails. But you know who you are, and we love you just as much.

Anyways back to the guys. Know this, women have feelings, desires and are complicated. They aren't toys to be fooled around with. They are master strategists and have a plethora of ways to deal with you, manipulate you, ridicule you and also love you. But we are aiming at getting better at these things.

First off, reading about relationships is fine, but please don't get caught in public. 2 Good books I recommend on the subject are Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. And the second one is Why Men lie and women cry. Though you'll notice women are great at doing both crying and lying just as well.

On courting.
Dress well - This is something that every guy there should know. It's not ok to wear your worn out hawaii chappals and the same underwear of last week and unkempt beard with hair that looks like the amazon. It is not. It is extremely important to be well groomed. You don't have to be gay like Shah Rukh Khan, but it's important that you maintain a good overall neatness. It is not ok to not brush your teeth. And I'd advise quitting smoking or getting your teeth whitened.

Be trim - Ok coming from me this is a little hard to digest, but it's true. The fitter the species, the more attractive. You can't win everyone with your smile and humour alone. You have to look good. Would you want the person you date to look like Usha Uthup? Then don't look like Amjad Khan either, you don't have the money nor the fame nor the role in Sholay.

Dont smell - I emphasise this again because this is what you get accustomed to, if you smell bad then you stay away from everyone. Auto repel from mouth odor and body odor. Please don't wait to discover rain and bathing, just go get yourself cleaned before the date and more importantly maintain least amount of sweat at all times. Wash frequently. Some friends suggested using a 24 hour anti perspirant with a deo, while others say just a deo is good enough. Whatever you might use, test it before so you are comfortable. Don't believe in the Ax Ads, they are full of crap. Women don't get attracted to you so easily unless you have money, power, fame and more money, power and fame.

Clean your room and underwear - Forget the second base and third base shizzles, you would be blessed to make first stop itself. If, by chance, the woman actually decides to visit your home, it is not ok to live in a pig sty. Choose someone elses neat home and call it your own or clean it. Cleaniness is next to GetLaiditness. You wouldn't kiss in a toilet, don't ask others to do the same.

Resistance - Don't slobber over her. Please restrain, you are courting not showering. It's important that you keep in mind that the idea of a date is to get to know the person and get her to be comfortable with you and to like you over a period of time. And I'm not even going to the advice on the higher things. Suffice to say if it's your first time ever kissing any woman, you need not practice but you can learn a lot from your ahem education in movies and stuff. Experimentation is not wrong and more important it's really ok to ask her what she thinks she would like and then give it to her.

That shows your appreciation and respect to her wishes and your ability to provide. Don't tell your friends this though they'll have you laughing and asking you to practice with them.

Pay the bill the first few times, then share it. Generally a Man should pay. End of discussion. However there are times when you have to see if the person leads you on and just wants you to pay the bills all the time while she hangs out with other guys, then get the message dude, she's not into you and just your money. This doesn't include your "love" relationships since you can't love in the first few times. To those few that can and do fall in love, cherish it, once
you marry her you will eventually share anyway.

Do not ever mention another cute female out loudly.
If you need to know why, then you my friend have a long way to go. Any thoughts, sexual non sexual platonic whatsoever of ANY OTHER woman not being your family needs to be kept shut. And if it's family then get help anyway.

Give in to your expressions but don't be an idiot about it.
Some of you might start poetry, some of you might write love stories, some of you might shower your bedrooms with flowers, some of you might buy a lot of cute gifts. That's all ok. Give in to it and enjoy yourself while you are at it. And don't get too twined up in the intricacies, women know what they want out of you and they'll get it, this is for your personal fulfillment.

Most of all enjoy the trip. It doesn't happen. I will give you more gyan once you let me know how these things went. Here's to you kid.

Aug 20, 2008

Entreprenuers I admire - Mark Cuban

Who is Mark Cuban?

  • Started selling at the age of 12. Garbage bags at profit.
  • Went to college opened up a bar, got busted later on for a wet tshirt contest.
  • Sold shares for running the bar to his friends to buy it in the first place.
  • Started microsolutions, didn't know squat about computers and spent all night learning it.
  • Went on to make audionet, later called and then sold it to Yahoo for 6 billion.
  • Records the highest IPO scaling EVER in his time of release.
  • Bought his Gulf Stream Jet for 41 million dollars online!
  • Bought the Dallas Mavericks and turned them around
  • Fined the highest amount for offensive talk on referees in the history of the NBA.
  • Got married late, has a beautiful wife and 2 kids.
  • Is large, bespectacled, ambitious, pungent, smart, blogs aka someone like me.

Now that I have your attention. He is very vocal about issues and writes some great stuff/advice. And can you believe the dude became a millionaire at the age of 31 (same dream here.) And a billionaire by the age of 45?

I'm going to get a poster up of the guy and keep reminding myself of the reason we are on this earth.

An interview Young Money did with him.

Know the industry very well. Most people think it's all about the idea. It's not. EVERYONE has ideas. The hard part is doing the homework to know if the idea could work in an industry, then doing the preparation to be able to execute on the idea.

What personal characteristics should a person possess in order to become a successful entrepreneur?
Willingness to learn, to be able to focus, to absorb information, and to always realize that business is a 24 x 7 job where someone is always out there to kick your ass.
I figured my challenge was to learn as much as anyone about every and all businesses. [I believed] that every job I took was really me getting paid to learn about a new industry. I spent as much time as I could, learning and reading everything about business I could get my hands on. I used to go into the library for hours and hours reading business books and magazines.
They aren't new ideas, it's just that most people don't do their homework about their businesses and industry, so there is usually a place to sneak in and do something a little different. You just have to make sure what you want to do can sustain a business and make it profitable rather than be a niche that can be crushed [by the competition].

What advice would you give young adults just struggling to move up in the business world?
There are no shortcuts. You have to work hard, and try to put yourself in a position where if luck strikes, you can see the opportunity and take advantage of it. I would also say it's hard not to fool yourself. Everyone tells you how they are going to be "special," but few do the work to get there. Do the work.

"There never is one area that has a door open to everyone. Try to find an area with something you love to do and do it. It's a lot easier to work hard and prepare when you love what you are doing."

What would you tell entrepreneur hopefuls who are afraid of failing?
It's good [for them]. I'm always afraid of failing. It's great motivation to work harder.

What is the most important piece of advice you could offer someone who's just starting a business?
Do your homework and know your business better than anyone. Otherwise, someone who knows more and works harder will kick your ass. I went seven years without a vacation. I didn't even read a fiction book in that time. I was pretty focused.

Do you have any general saving and investing advice for young people?
Put it in the bank. The idiots that tell you to put your money in the market because eventually it will go up need to tell you that because they are trying to sell you something. The stock market is probably the worst investment vehicle out there. If you won't put your money in the bank, NEVER put your money in something where you don't have an information advantage. Why invest your money in something because a broker told you to? If the broker had a clue, he/she wouldn't be a broker, they would be on a beach somewhere.

And here's a cool ad he did for HP.

iPhone in India - 31k and 36k rupees.

iphone black on
The iPhone is coming to India. Vodafone is pricing it at Rs 31,000 for the 8gb and Rs 36,000 for the 16 gb.

That is dumb not to mention overpriced.

Is this any way to price a product that wants max number of
people to jump on. Haven't they heard that volume distribution
works far better? I am hoping Airtel is smarter on this atleast and
prices it lower. That will blow Vodafone hard out. But what I am
most upset with is Apple's pricing strategy in this. I know Indians
are greedy and will squeeze out every paise but how can someone
entering a market that's nimble and DOESN'T EVEN OFFER 3G
NETWORKING ACTUALLY expect to be a hit in the market.

I don't think the iPhone's worth getting for this money. In fact I
wouldn't pay over 23k for this. This is exactly the sort of stupidity
that makes users buy it outside in the states, crack it and then use
it here (ya people are already doing it but the iphone 1.0 isn't available anymore).

I would look at the Nokia E71 and the Blackberrys. They offer WiFi, copy pasting SMSs, text messaging, GPRS and allow you to use any SIM card no matter where you are. Isn't that better than the locked up iphone with an overpriced tag and a carrier who you MUST use?

Look at the differences If you want to use the web you would payRs 36000 (for handset) + Rs 12000 (yearly rent) + Call Charges + Extra data charges + Taxes.

However a BlackBerry Curve from Airtel - Rs 23000 (for headset) + Rs 6000 (yearly rent with unlimited data) + Call Charges + Taxes = LESSER THAN COST OF THE IPHONE ITSELF!

You can read more about the iPhone from Amit at Digital Inspiration right here.

Aug 19, 2008

Bangalore Airport, Spice Jet and Chennai Airport.

Bangalore Airport owns.

I know its been a week since I blogged. I wont make apologies, I didn't have the time and when I did I was lazy to update. I was travelling around a lot and wow has the Bangalore airport changed. Besides being in another country, the infrastructure had me awed. I spent a while gawking at the neatly arranged interiors and wondering what an excellent future/vision we have if this is where India's heading.

I won't call it westernized, cause that's not what the west introduced. I would call it efficient without being gawdy. They have an excellent bus service and it costs 150 bucks and 1.5 hours to reach Forum (it is not 4M as they say it.. it just stands for Forum). They have a return bus point which operates every hour/30 mins and picks you up. Neat AC buses as well and I was happy to know that Bangalore really is something an Indian can be proud about.

Chennai Airport Guards and Spicejet ground staff there suck.

Then came the Chennai Airport. I am from Chennai and it breaks my heart to know that you have to wait 45 mins to get to the flight which is due to leave in 5 mins. Spicejet, the airline, I travelled by had their ground staff waiting holding their bellys at the flight entrance and when asked why they couldn't pick out their passengers from the lines (there were 3 lines managed by a clueless North Indian; I have nothing against that it was just that he's in the wrong zone and with the wrong attitude), his reply was "We can't do anything the airport is like that".

What sort of an attitude is that? I was so pissed in the morning hours (4.15 am) and thought that given the chance to manage the airport I would get a turnover in 3 months, starting with firing that insolent guard and this ground staff guy from Spicejet. That's when I remember reading about Kishore Biyani (who started Pantaloons and Big Bazaar) and Dhirubhai Ambani (Reliance, duh), and the ways they kept check of their staff. They walked their own factories sometimes just entering without any announcement and saw how people worked there. Steve Jobs does this too in his elevator walks but there's a higher chance you'll get fired there.. What's important for the head honchos of Airlines, Airports, Kitchens and anyone involved in the service industry is to know how their service operation really is. Right now it's safe to sit back and know that one guy complaining on a web log is not going to upseat his ass from the job, but the day that comes in I'm going to smile a sadistic smile.


Aug 7, 2008

Times of India is losing respect in my eyes.

Why are people so afraid to say what they feel? I have always noticed that Americans are either too courteous or don't open their mouth. That's probably because they get their ass sued if they so much as say something that a lawyer could manipulate to be offensive. What a shitty life to lead.

This is the same in India. Any mention of the Hindu Tiger or whatever he goes by will stir up the same controversy. House bombed or something of that sort. People are living in constant fear. And it helps to have a trash newspaper like Times of India spurning out every rape/death/murder/robbery happening in Delhi to make you hate the place. How much of this is true? I am not sure, but I am pretty convinced that after reading through 3 months of Times of India, the times in Delhi are pretty bad to live in.

That's not really the case. You take a paper like Mint and it shows you what progress people are making and how life looks good. The times of India though is a study of contrast. In one area they want to "Lead India" or "Teach India" and at the same time make sure no crime is left "unwritten" about. Then there's their regular trash Delhi Times. Talks about some footballer's ho every page.

All of this leads me to believe the best bit about marketing is the sex involved. If you have sex in your product, if you have sex in your design, in fact if it is as good as sex, it will sell. In the end everyone's selling something aren't they? Anyhoo with this, I bid adieu to my subscription with TOI, I have had enough of the masala and I am so disgusted I haven't read the paper in over 3 weeks now. So I will be on the look out for the old ET that I read, or the Live Mint, or the Hindustan Times. If you got any recommendations let me know.

Btw, I really find it hard to separate both gaming and social marketing and photography and communication with different blogs, so I thought I'll just add everything together. If you are into Warcraft progaming there's a really cool blog by a Progamer called ToD. His real name is Yoan Merlo and the interesting thing is he shares his birthday with my brother. SAME EXACT DATE AND YEAR! Cool right? Anyway read about it on ToD's blog after he joined Gravitas Gaming.

I met HoT, another progamer from the Ukraine and I always knew he was an awesome guy, here's his writings too!

Aug 4, 2008

Hehe some funny stuff.

Aug 1, 2008

Twitter addons for Firefox 3.

I hope you are using Firefox 3, that's the first step if you want to read the rest of the post.
If for some reason you are stuck with Firefox 2 (which is a good car, but the Ferrari is better) or GOD FORBID INTERNET EXPLORER (.....), then you guys need the new set of wheels. You can grab Firefox 3 and get racing at this page. And the post describing the awesomeness of Firefox 3 will be saved for later. Right now it's Twitter.

I presume you know what Twitter is. If not read the wikipedia entry for Twitter. Second in my search for a good firefox addon for twitter, I came across 2 great ones that prevented me from looking further.

I recommend the following two twitter addons for Firefox 3.

a) TwitterBar :- This is a clean addon which allows you to just use the URL column of your browser and type in your messages and it gets automatically posted on to your page. There's a small + sign on the right which serves 2 things. By taking your mouse over it, you see how many characters are left and then clicking the + lets you post. Pretty nifty but you can't see the incoming tweets from other. You can grab Twitterbar here.

b) Twitterfox 1.6 :- This is what I am using currently, very clean, adds a small t to the right bottom corner of your Firefox window and clicking on it shows the tweets in a nice simple manner. You can also add replies etc and see all your incoming tweets. With options such as remove alerts as well, it makes for a very nifty twitter plugin and I highly recommend it.
You can grab TwitterFox here. And read more on their main page.

Some other links you might want to check out if you are using the older version of Firefox are. You can check out my twitter page at this place.