Sep 30, 2008

Ok so why this shitty look?

I know I have prided myself in good presentation, but the reason I am doing this is now to get a template that I can work with and start from scratch to learn CSS (and XML) to work this blog up.

I am not a CSS designer, but I spoke to a person who designs blogs and their company charges about 4,500 Rs on a mockup in photoshop and Rs 12,000 for getting the html up and then Rs 3,000 for hosting. That comes out to be a grand total of 19,500 (without taxes). So I thought if I am going to spend 20k on this I'll just buy myself a book, learn some CSS up online and through it and then build this shit up on my own. I am not a miser, I think this is a great ROI. The cost though would be a lot of time spent on this. That's ok, I got time and interest and I am suddenly curious about how things work so that I know next time when someone charges me or says something can't be done, I know they aren't bullshitting. And a lot of design people bullshit. So do corporates but I digress.

First project, Learn CSS, style this blog up. I'll be posting a mockup and what are the changes I made to get this baby up. Do you guys have any great links for learning xml ? Let me know.

Sep 29, 2008

I started a gaming site.

That's always been one of my dreams to get started on Asian/Indian gaming scene news. We don't have any site in India that does that at the moment and I thought we should have a common ground talking about both the news and other related stuff to post/share and discuss about.

So I enlisted the help of 2 of my friends Nikhil and Siddhant and we together put up

Go on hit it, I know you are dying to and tell me what you think about it as well. We are still working on this and I think by the time this week is over, I'll be a master of hacking wordpress.

Sep 24, 2008

I am Superman, who are you?

I took this superhero personality test after seeing this post about things startups can learn about superheros. I highly recommend the read, it's well done and then as usual following links led me on to other things as well.

The Superhero Quiz!
I took it and as usual I turned out to be the nice guy, I am pretty sure my brother who can be a bitch at times would turn out to more of a Batman than me and then gloat. But for now I can't lie about the results (though I wish I could..)

My results for the Superhero personality quiz:
You are Superman

Green Lantern
The Flash
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.

Interestingly there is a super villian quiz as well and in that I turned out to be.

Your results:
You are Lex Luthor

Lex Luthor
Dr. Doom
The Joker
Dark Phoenix
Mr. Freeze
Green Goblin
Poison Ivy
A brilliant businessman on a quest for world domination and the self-proclaimed greatest criminal mind of our time!

HA! That's more like it baby.

How to remove the Nav Bar from Blogger

There's a cheesy nav bar on the top. Now you shouldn't be ashamed of it. Sergei Brin from Google uses it on his blogger and so does the whole of Google (but they created it so ...). Anyway the point of this post is if you want to remove the Nav Bar from your blogger to give it a more aesthetic appeal, then all you have to do is to add this small code into your template that is accessible in Layout (under customise option).

#navbar-iframe {
display: none;
visibility: hidden;

There that's it. Nothing more required and this instantly helps you remove the nav bar (short for navigation bar, which is actually pretty useful now that I have removed it hmm...).

Sep 23, 2008

New header

woooo what do you think?

Sep 19, 2008

Advantages to startup companies.

There are loads of things that are lost in a corporate enviroment. Most important being the flexibility of focus and the learning that you gain in it. Google is an exception, they aren't a startup anymore nor are they under the standard tag of corporations. My take on startups is that while the money is far lesser in the start compared to what you would get at an established company, there are certain fundamental things that people get an advantage over that's worth the lesser money.

The laying of foundations.
If you are in a startup, there are no ground rules. If you are on online startup, there are far lesser rules. There are established patterns of success of course, but very few people actually know what it would take to succeed. So you set targets and you keep shifting targets or revamping your models. What is so hot about this?

The fact is that everything you do is an exploration. You try something like ad sales, you figure it doesn't work out and then you work out something else. This is an advantage a lot of the online companies have over the manufacturing ones. The latter are forced to release a product, then shape it and there are many many many more man hours and risks and perfections involved. Take for example the manufacturing of a car. Now every part being produced takes a lot of manhours, expertise and a dedicated team. But the dedicated team have a routine job. The feedback comes only after the release of a product, or before the planning of production itself. Not during the phase of delivery.

This is where a company like Google is king, because they release half a product (note not half assed) and then see the trends of usage among their users and the way the "semi product" is embraced and then shape it up accordingly. An example: Gmail.

The identity (flexibility in experimentation)
A lot of the stuff I have learnt are the do's and don'ts when it comes to brand identity. Some corporations have had tremendous insight (or plain luck) into choosing an identity that is flexible. Again being a Google fangirl, I shall refer to the Google Logo. All it took into account was the colorful playful image of an array of colors and not restricted to something as hard as say Starbucks. Starbucks have grounded a range (or rather a set of colors) that have to be used and cannot be toyed with.

Now compare that to what we have in Google. (Note all of these pictures are copyright of Google and I have just uploaded the content here for viewing).

See the flexibilty and innovation? Apple's new logo as well can be used against a multitude of backgrounds. What is the point of this paragraph? When you are in a startup be flexible to the brand identity. When you are still establishing yourself, it is fine to experiment around. And when Microsoft and Google can actually allow their logos to be changed, why not someone who is just starting to establish themselves?

Sep 16, 2008

Even the great can fumble.

A site that has 1 million readers can fumble. That gives my typos such a welcome inspirational boost.

Sep 9, 2008

Leading Tomorrow Blog

I love reading stuff about CEOs, and what they do to stay sharp and on top. I have started a fun blog on it called Give it a look. This is my all in experiment to work on Blog Design/SEO and other stuff. I thought I should start with someone famous and I had a couple of names, but will zero in on Micheal Arrington probably as the first. Or Guy? o_O.

Either way it's going to be one post in 2 days I hope, since it takes a lot of time putting that up and going in the night and working it out. But I hope to get some good stuff done and try to get one portal for all business profiling.

Like I said, learning today.. leading tomorrow..

Sep 1, 2008

Must write every day.

Ever had so many thoughts and then when you sit down to write your mind goes blank? It's called the being out of touch syndrome. If you do something every day, you don't have to think about it. Like brushing your teeth. If you however are like me, who blogs once a year, then it's going to get you lazy and low on the google rankings.

So today's to clear that. I will post a blog entry every day no matter what. My friend Pegu gets about 300 visitors a day. I get 6. I know that's 50 times a mountain to climb, but I'm not going anywhere.

Are you?