Here is a PDF copy of the Lokpal Bill submitted in Loksabha.
"In this special production we put notable speaker, Scott Hanselman, to the test: learn CoffeeScript in 90 minutes, then present a 15 minute talk. We sit live with Scott as he probes the CoffeeScript documentation and designs his talk, walking us through his slide design process and code demos. Along the way we do what we do: to throw curveballs and see how he handles the pressure."
|The Art of Speaking with Scott Hanselman|
60 minutes Video, $18
"Ryan Singer designs user interfaces at 37signals. We flew to Chicago to learn how he works…first hand. We gave him a small task and watched him design a user interface out loud and on paper. The result is possibly the most insightful, educational, and thought provoking video we’ve produced so far. "
|Ryan Singer : UX Sketching|
72 minutes Video, $12
|Ryan Singer : UX/UI Prototype|
75 minutes Video, $12
Cambridge University Library is pleased to present the first items in its Foundations of Science collection: a selection from the Papers of Sir Isaac Newton. The Library holds the most important and substantial collection of Newton's scientific and mathematical manuscripts and over the next few months we intend to make most of our Newton papers available on this site.
|Newton Papers : Cambridge Digital Library|
After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately -- all for free.
"Europe has been the largest solar energy market for years, but it has ceded some of the spotlight this year to India as India becomes a new frontier for American manufacturers." - India: The Next Solar Frontier - Forbes
A special event ‘Celebrating Steve’ @ Apple campus on 19th of October, 2011.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Apple Inc.
Watch the ‘Celebrate Steve’ event here.
I haven’t watched any similar interview with the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and I just loved it. Not really for the stereo type questions that were asked, but the way he talked about things in and around Facebook.
Just came to know that Dennis Ritchie, known to the world as the creator of C Programming Language has passed away recently.
May he rest in peace.
C has been at the foundation of almost all software systems and the world of software owes a great deal to this genius.
For me personally, if I hadn’t been introduced to C on that wonderful day by my friend Naga Sreenu, I wouldn’t be where I am, most importantly I wouldn’t be what I am today. The initial infatuation and then love of C language, on Unix and that initial romance and excitement of solving C programming samples has turned my career forever. And it changed the way I approach any problem since then.
Thank you so much and may he rest in peace.
|Cumulative iPod Sales|
|iPod Sales Chart|
Of course, iPhone is eating into the iPod business. Numbers for iPods are expected to go slowly south. But that's not the point. Or is it ?
According to technology job board Dice’s October report, there’s one particular tech talent now in short supply across the U.S.: Microsoft’s .NET. Job postings requiring .NET are up more than 25% year-over-year, the company says – faster growth than the total job postings on all of Dice.com. -- TechcrunchLooking for a job, make your search faster here.
One of the best Talks I have ever listened to on Entrepreneurship, may consider this as the Entrepreneurship 101, not for how to become an Entrepreneur but to understand what is Entrepreneurship is all about. Of course, the definition may be biased and based on what valley firms are doing, but a much better definition overall.
Part of the annual GSB Entrepreneurship Conference.
As traditional barriers to scale erode, product life cycles compress, and the costs of starting a business fall, the opportunities for entrepreneurship have expanded. Steve Blank, the author of "Four Steps to the Ephiphany" and leading advocate for the "Customer Development" model of entrepreneurship, focuses on the new opportunities and challenges in a world in which entrepreneurship has become democratized.
|Gandhi & Nehru in the world of Books|
Want to do a SpotFix? Watch these first-timers!
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"The only time Apple ever lost the plot was when it put the M.B.A.s in charge."
Entrepreneurship is an emotional and economic roller coaster, says venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur Mark Suster. In this candid and informative lecture, Suster defies some of Silicon Valley's conventional wisdom. Based on his extensive experience with multiple companies, Suster shares his thoughts on the real day-to-day life of startups, smart ways to raise the right kind of funds, and offers honest advice in making your way as an entrepreneur. – Stanford’s e-corner
Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away - From the movie, Hitch
"Our Man is sitting in his office, worn down by the weight of life in this hustling, bustling city...
He dreams of the simple life and nature, peace and tranquility.
One man's short dream and then . . . back to reality."
|List of Posts|
It was an amazing presentation by Garrett Dimon at RefreshDallas last night, took us through the memory lane of bootstrapping SifterApp, filled with full of choices they made (both right and wrong) and occasional anecdotes.
I made it little late but I am glad I went in.
If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.- Isaac Newton
I have just kicked of building my software product a couple of days ago and the timing of this presentation couldn’t be any better. It cleared so many clouds and answered quite a few questions. I was too tempted to include ‘custom statuses’ and now its totally off the list.
This year almost all Ganesh Idols hide one otherwise quite visible features of Lord Ganapati (or Ganesh with love), the big tummy. Seems he went on seriously strict diet since last year . And even the pose is quite different, more of a relaxing on a lounge style.
B.R Chopra's Mahabharat is a show that has left an indelible impression in the hearts and minds of viewers worldwide with its timeless values and teachings. This classic tale of the victory of good over evil is available exclusively on the Internet at Rajshri.com.Written by Brahmrishi Ved Vyasa, the ancient philosopher thinker who was known to be the fountain of all human knowledge, it has been translated into many languages and even presented in ballet form in far off western and oriental countries. But the MAHABHARAT is not an abstruse philosophical or religious tract. It encompasses all shades of human nature from the utterly base to the completely divine; its high point is Lord Sri Krishna's message to humanity, the Song Celestial the divine BHAGVAT GITA, acknowledged to be the quintessence of all knowledge embodied in the Hindu ethos.
Internationally renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand makes his feature directorial debut with this environmentally conscious documentary produced by Luc Besson, and narrated by Glenn Close. Shot in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, Home presents the many wonders of planet Earth from an entirely aerial perspective. As such, we are afforded the unique opportunity to witness our changing environment from an entirely new vantage point. In our 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has hopelessly upset Mother Nature's delicate balance. Some experts claim that we have less than ten years to change our patterns of consumption and reverse the trend before the damage is irreversible. Produced to inspire action and encourage thoughtful debate, Home poses the prospect that unless we act quickly, we risk losing the only home we may ever have. -- Home on Youtube
“There are about 6.7 Billion people in this world that we know of. Whether you believe in ‘Creation’ or ‘Evolution’, this human race started with a tiny number. It is quite amazing to see how fast it multiplies. What is more amazing is that every single individual in that 6 billion crowd is born ‘unique’. Quite literally, you are born to be one in a billion, whether you believe it or not. “
|From How to Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon|
Check out this amazing TED Talk:Julia Bacha: Pay attention to nonviolence
I do not say we shouldn't try to fix the root cause, but we should be practical and consider the approach based on where we are now.
Corruption in India is like a cancer evolved over generations. It would be a better and quite practical solution to do a surgery and use chemicals and medicine (even though they all have quite serious side effects). Fixing the root cause really mean reversing the evolution (social and systematic) and kind of irreversible (or impractical). We can start over after the surgery, for sure, and take steps for a grass roots approach. But grass roots approach alone is like learning and maintaining healthy habits and avoiding carcinogenic substances after diagnosed with severe cancer. In today's world, there are only so many things practical to avoid even after you survive from cancer.
Lokpal may not be the perfect solution or complete solution, but a great start even if we could implement 50%. Given the circumstances, odds are quite high to implement it successfully. But that shouldn't deter from trying to achieve it.
Can you start a business if you are on H1B ? And Can that business sponsor your H1B and hire you as an employee ?
Yes and Yes.
Under the previous interpretations of CIS rules, a highly skilled worker who is legally in the United States on an H-1B visa could start a company but could not work for it. CIS updated the H1-B guidelines to “clarify” that business owners on H1-B visas could work for their own companies, provided that they work full time for the company and are treated like an employee. For example, the company could have a board that is able to hire, fire, pay, supervise or otherwise control the worker like they would any other staff member.
Its really wonderful news and clarification to both questions. Even though many people knew that they could start a business while on H1B, its always a rather gray area with too many interpretations.
|The Non-Tuition Costs of Education|
( Source : http://www.coursehero.com/)
Must read for everybody. Entrepreneurs, investors and some of you may start with a pinch of salt but to most people that are aware of how most of these hyped VC darlings and highly ‘valued’ companies work, should be just a reminder of the hard reality and what to focus on.
There was a lot of discussion on ‘Custom’ metrics that Groupon came up with to show to the world that it is actually doing great and making profits. But it turned out, they are all ‘gimmicks’ to hide costs and show profitable when it is actually loosing money.
"Alright, you caught us. We're actually not making any money. In fact, we are really losing a lot of money."
This is the essence of Groupon's declaration last week that it will remove the controversial accounting metric called Adjusted Consolidated Segment Operating Income (ACSOI) from its financial statements. ACSOI essentially measures Groupon's profits before subtracting its subscriber-acquisition costs and stock option-based compensation. The metric was an attempt to put a thin veneer of respectability on what are extremely disconcerting profitability numbers for the company. In the first quarter of 2011, Groupon posted a net loss of $113.9 million. Yet, the company reported ASCOI of positive $80.1 million. In most recent quarter, Groupon's losses continued to mount as it begrudgingly abandoned the ACSOI metric amidst criticism and incredulity from the SEC.
Text highlighted by me. Some more key excerpts that are kinda shocking to most unaware readers but totally in line with most ‘valued’ startups of the day.
Groupon's fundamental problem is that it has not yet discovered a viable business model.The company asserts that it will be profitable once it reaches scale but there is little reason to believe this.
The real cause of Groupon's problem is that it had too much of a good thing. With over $1 billion of venture capital money to invest in growth, what manager has time to worry about profitability? Groupon's "bad money" — investments that were patient for profit but impatient for growth — did not instill the discipline needed to enable the company to emerge as a successful standalone venture.
The story would be much different if Groupon did not have nearly unlimited access to funding so early in its corporate life
App Engine Boilerplate is a versatile yet minimalistic setup for new App Engine projects.
- html5-boilerplate 2.0(including it's automated build toolchain for minification and concatenation of js+css)
- Beautiful OpenID login with openid-selector
- Memcaching setup for requests and responses
- Flexible user-preferences model (with Gravatar link)
- Templates and template addons
- Tools such as
- configuration for admin areas, static files
- Released under the BSD license
It’s a great news in many aspects, that Google is buying Motorola, the pioneer of Mobile handsets for $12.5 Billion dollars.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.
For starters, that will renew a fresh lease of life to Android market amid growing concerns of security, fragmentation, looming patent wars and an exponential growth. So, can we expect now end-to-end controlled android device much like the Apple’s iOS devices?
Good competition will definitely bring the best of each. So we can expect a much brighter future and fierce competition in the mobile markets.
Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems -- and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error. In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.
This is yet another example of NDTV.com’s sensationalism twisted titles. The title says, as if this was a fact, woman made to urinate in pub...