Rickshaw Painting in Bangladesh

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Google versus Facebook

23 Nov

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There has been little discussion surrounding yesterday’s Facebook announcement of fbOpen, the open-source version of the Facebook platform. Many have speculated about the intention of fbOpen and have boiled it down to a response to Google’s OpenSocial initiative. It is difficult to predict what will happen now that the platform has been open-sourced but it appears that Facebook has moved beyond licensing the platform and is instead making it a free-for-all so that developers can have their application run on other websites.

To me, Facebook’s release of their open-source platform is also an acknowledgment that the world does not just exist in blue and white (Facebook’s colors). So if Facebook knows that there is a world beyond their borders, why don’t they just support the OpenSocial initiative? Facebook claims that it’s because of privacy reasons but there has to be something beyond privacy that is really a concern for them.

Mike Arrington seems to think that it is a last ditch effort by Facebook to become the defacto standard of the social web. Unfortunately for Facebook I think it is a losing battle. At this point I’d say that the majority of users have picked their social network of choice and will use one site most often. Additionally, Facebook selected a somewhat restrictive license as Matt Asay points out.

As I wrote this morning though, all of this is ultimately a stupid, drawn-out game of chess (or poker). I wrote, “The reality is that Facebook will find that no matter how much money they have in the bank, there is no way that they can innovate faster than the overall market.” Facebook shouldn’t try to out smart Google and others by participating in their game.

Instead Facebook should simply open up and move on to the real issue at hand: figuring out a way to make money on social networks. After all is said and done we’ll all be singing O.A.R.’s “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker.”

A.R. Rahman will compose T20, Commonwealth Games Theme Songs

23 Nov

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I have recently heard the news from Yahoo India portal that the music maestro A.R. Rahman will compose the theme music for the upcoming Champions’ League T20 Cricket Tournament in India. I believe this time, Rahman will come up with such a energetic and inspiring tune! Indian Premiere League (IPL) is also planning to make a promotional video  and the theme music will be composed by Rahman.It is also heard that A.R. Rahman will also compose the theme music of the Commonwealth Games to be held at New Delhi in 2010.

Thanks to Yahoo India Portal for this information.

The Jaipur Foot

19 Jan

Dr. Sethi and the Jaipur foot. On one end you have military organizations designing landmines, and on the other end you’ve got people like Dr. P.K. Sethi and Ramachandra Sharma.

The latter two developed the Jaipur foot, a flexible and variably stiff prosthetic made of sponge-filled vulcanized rubber. Cheap to manufacture, the Jaipur foot “has helped millions of amputees in developing countries to lead normal lives,” and enables users to run, climb, pedal, and even dance.

Sadly the Jaipur foot, which was developed in 1971, has recently come to our attention because Dr. Sethi recently passed away at the age of 80. But the prosthetic he and Sharma developed continues to be widely distributed.

(from http://www.designdirectory.com)

Tata Nano

19 Jan
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Tata unveils super-cheap, super-compact car. That there is the Tata Nano, the spiritual successor to the original Volkswagen Beetle. With manual steering, a sub-one-liter engine and wheels the size of dinner plates, the “People’s Car” from India was designed not for aggresive performance, but for aggressive economy.

How aggressive? The Nano gets 50 miles to the gallon and will retail for roughly $2,500–the same price as the DVD player option on a new Lexus, as one reviewer drolly noted.

While the diminutive car will most likely not meet U.S. and European safety standards, it wasn’t designed to compete with cars in those markets; it was designed for people whose previous form of transportation was connected to their ankles. Tata expects an annual demand of one million cars. As the so-called “other half” gains access to automobiles, what will be the impact on the transportation design field?

(From http://www.designdirectory.com)

Wine, Vodka, Whiskey or Gin?

4 Aug

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I am not sure how you will react to this news published by MSNBC.
You can go through the whole news and related video from this link.

Blackle.com

27 Jul

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For de der da ellers måtte bruge Google…:

When your screen is white, (such as an empty word page, or the google page) your computer consumes 74 watts, and when its black it consumes only 59 watts. Mark Ontkush wrote an article about the energy saving that would be achieved if Google had a black screen, taking in account the huge number of page views, according to his calculations, 750 mega watts/hour per year would be saved. In a response to this article Google created a black version of its search engine, called Blackle, with the exact same functions as the white version, but with lower energy consumption.”

http://www.blackle.com/

What google says about this project? Text copied from http://www.blackle.com/about/

How is Blackle saving energy?

Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy.

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. “Image displayed is primarily a function of the user’s color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen.” Roberson et al, 2002

In January 2007 a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine. Since then there has been skepticism about the significance of the energy savings that can be achieved and the cost in terms of readability of black web pages.

We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.

How can you help?

We encourage you to set Blackle as your home page<!–[if IE]> ( set )<![endif]–>. This way every time you load your Internet browser you will save a little bit of energy. Remember every bit counts! You will also be reminded about the need to save energy each time you see the Blackle page load.

Help us spread the word about Blackle by telling your friends and family to set it as their home page. If you have a blog then give us a mention. Or put the following text in your email signature: “Blackle.com – Saving energy one search at a time”.

There are a lot of great web sites about saving energy and being more environmentally friendly. They are full of great tips covering the little things that we can all do to make a difference today. Try Blackling “energy saving tips” or visit treehugger.com a great blog dedicated to environmental awareness.

You will notice the cursor in the search bar is located at the middle…this is superb!!