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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Node.js and client app are the future of webdeving?

Recently we had to try a new technology. As expected, we did hit edge case quickly. After analyzing thoroughly, we had to ditch part of the stack.

But, I had developed much interest over Node.js, Redis, WebSocket and client app technologies lately and I hope that they'll take the lead.

Some frequently asked questions about these technologies:

What is Node.js?
It is set of JavaScript libraries around Google’s V8 JavaScript engine, written by Ryan Dahl in 2009.

Why Node.js is picking up?
With Node.js, it’s easy to write web server in pure JavaScript. We can totally eliminate another language interpreter layer by programming the web server to handle the request directly (For example, in LAMP, PHP is required to handle the requests. But, in Node.js based server, no such layer is required).

Is Node.js a right choice?
It depends. Though few developers may find it easy to adopt, others may find it difficult to write quality code in event-driven asynchronous style. When there are lots of modules in a project, it is better to stay with Rails-like framework.

What is Redis?
Redis is key-value (think about array('key'=> 'value')) based in-memory database.

Why Redis is picking up?
With Redis, the data access time will be greatly improved.

Is Redis a right choice?
For me, Redis is an ideal choice for medium-to-high data store and where complex reports are not required; in those cases, it’s better to use it around any RDBMS like MySQL.

What is client app technology?
The "views/templates" are available in client-side (obviously transferred from server once) and the data are transferred in JSON format from server. With this, it may be enough to setup REST service in server-end; but the client-side code may get trickier. This approach is already used in Gmail and Twitter. With Backbone.js, Knockout.js and similar frameworks, it's somewhat easy to write client apps.

Why client app technology is picking up?
Few modules--like digg, delicious, etc are the latest trend in web. So, it would be right choice for fast responsive web pages.

Is client app a right technology?
If there are too many modules and SEO is of big concern, it’s better to stay with Rails-like framework. But, note that LinkedIn has mentioned that SEO is possible with dust.js, the library that they have chosen for their client app technology migration. Some developers may find it difficult and would end up writing sloppy codes. When more browsers compatibilities are required, it may not be the right fit.

What is WebSocket?
It is the push technology through we can instantly push changed data to client.

Is WebSocket a right choice?
It depends. When the data changes are to be propagated to all clients, it will be ideal choice. We may use Socket.Io library for the browser compatibility. It is also a good fit with Node.js

Think Different - truth and creative people behind


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 and vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things.
They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
-- Think different, Apple's TV commercial
Kids of Mac toys often attribute everything to Steve Jobs. But, I recently happened to read the people and story behind the inspiring "Think Different" ad. I think, everyone must read it--to be inspired.

Prapanchan's Humans, Angels, Devils - article of the year


Tamil writer Prapanchan is writing மனிதர் தேவர் நரகர் (Humans, Angels, Devils) in Puthiya Thalaimurai magazine every week. His writing style is amazing. I liked all the series, but close to my heart are his take on Kanimozhi/Karunanidhi and memories related to Kumudam magazine in which he has quoted Haiku of Issa:
A world of grief and pain:
Flowers bloom;
Even then ...

Masala programming

Recently I came across some code snippets and it's full of mess, lacking fundamentals, lacking basic code separation... That made me to wonder why some developers aren't learning the basics before trying anything.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Koodankulam - another ISRO? And best critic from John Rubert

Mahendragiri ISRO is situated close to my hometown and now Koodankulam...

When ISRO was started, there were no industries. At that time, everyone was happy about the project as many believed that it would create more employment opportunities. (As per some conspiracy theories, Kanyakumari was sidelined for being Congress-fort then). Later on few guys got job there... and later on they complained that they're been transferred to other place for being local guys--by Anti-Tamil seniors.

Few months ago, an Engineer from Secundrabad who's working in ISRO joined me in train. The guy shared some information... he's recruited/recommended by his Secundrabad colleague, his ambition is to work in NASA, his job is just to check meter and make a note of it..., many guys have similar boring jobs... Anybody who's complaining IT guys should talk to these ISRO guys!

ISRO is a big example on how Indian government is spending crores of rupees lavishly. Majority of the projects--according to the guy, are architected by some members from space companies; they'll give few instructions and processes to these guys and they'll do monitoring works. This in India is called rocket science!

Though ISRO is usually marketed as Indian government's effort, Koodankulam is clearly marketed as Russian project. Some nuclear scientists have started supporting it; I wish they do more than meter-reading! I wish that local guys are not sidelined as in ISRO! So, what's the point? I don't know much about the safety; but I think it will be another ISRO for Indian government to spend crores lavishly... I think, it will be another ISRO for Anti-Tamil experts. (On another note, I don't know how still some pathetic Nadar groups are thinking that they'll get job there)

Best Anti-Koodankulam critic from John Rubert

Recently, I have been directed to Jayabarathan 's blog where he's supporting nuclear plant and bashing Gnani. In that blog, I have noted a wonderful critic by John Rubert. Through his critic, I came to know many safety issues exposed by Tehelka magazine:
Here I have copy-pasted the whole critic that are in Tamil; I'll try to translate them and publish in Englishified blog:
  1. மீன்பிடித் தொழிலால் கூடங்குளம் பகுதியில் இருந்து ஆண்டொன்றிற்கு அரசுக்கு 2000 கோடி ரூபாய் வருவாய் கிடைக்கிறது. இதை எல்லம் அணுவுலை அமைந்தால் எந்தா நாட்டிற்கும் நம்மால் மீன் ஏற்றுமதி செய்ய இயலாது. இந்த இழப்பு உங்கள் கண்ணிற்கு தெரியாதது ஏனோ? கல்பாக்கத்தில் பணி புரியும் பொறியியல் வல்லுனர்கள் அங்கு கிடைக்கும் மீன்களை வாங்குவதில்லை என்பது உஙளுக்குத் தெரியும் என எண்ணுகிறேன்.
  2. புவி வெப்பத்திலிருந்து(Geothermal) மின்னாலைகள் அமைப்பதில் ஆராய்ச்சி செய்வதற்கு கூட அரசு சற்றும் சிந்தியாதது ஏனோ? இதில் 35GW முதல் 2000GW வரை கிடைக்கும் என ஆய்வுகள் கூறுகின்றன.
  3. அணுக்கரு உலையிலிருந்து குறைந்த அளவு கதிர்வீச்சு எக்காலத்திலும் வந்து கொண்டிருக்கும் என்பதை அறிஞர்களே ஒத்துக் கொண்டுள்ளனர். இது உயிரிகளில் திடீர் மாற்றத்தை (Mutation) ஏற்படுத்தும் என்பது உஙளுக்கு தெரியாதது ஏனோ?
  4. இந்த கதிர்வீச்சு அதை சுற்றியுள்ள பகுதியில் வாழும் மக்களுக்கு உடல் நலக் கோளாறுகளை ஏற்படுத்துகிறது. எடுத்துக் காட்டாக கல்பாக்கத்தில் அணுமின் உலையில் வேலைப் பார்ப்பவர்களின் குழந்தைகள் உடல் ஊனமுற்றவர்களாகப் பிறக்கின்றனர். அதைச் சுற்றி வாழ்பவர்கள் பலர் புற்றுநோயாலும் தன்னெதிர்ப்புள்ள (self immune) தைராய்டு நோயினாலும் பாதிக்கபட்டுள்ளார்கள் என்பதையும் தாங்கள் டெகல்கா அறிக்கையில் ஏன் படிக்க வில்லை?
  5. கல்பாக்கத்தில் இயல்பு அளவை விட 50 மடங்கு காமா கதிர்வேச்சு கூடுதல் என்பதை நீங்கள் எப்போது உணர்ந்து கொள்வீர்கள்? (டெகல்கா படியுங்கள்)
  6. தமிழ் நாட்டில் உள்ள காற்றாலைகள் இத்தகைய மின் தேவையுள்ள நிலையிலும் காற்று இருந்தும் ஓடாமல் இருப்பது ஏன் என்று உங்களுக்குத் தெரியுமா? மின்னாற்றலை கையாளும் அளவிற்கு போதுமான அளவு துணை மின் நிலையங்கள் இல்லாது இருப்பது தான். அணு உலை வந்தால் மட்டும் என்னவாகும்?
  7. தமிழ் நாட்டில் போதுமான அளவு மின் உற்பத்தி இருந்தும் மின் வெட்டு இருப்பது. தயாரிக்கும் மின்சாரத்தை நடுவண் க்ரிட் இல் இணைக்கும் அளவிற்கு கூடுதல் ஆற்றலை நடுவண் க்ரிட் தாங்க வல்லது அல்ல என்பது உங்களுக்குத் தெரியுமா? அங்ஙணம் தாங்கினால். மரபு சாரா மின்னாற்றலை கிடைக்கும் சமயத்தில் பயன்படுத்தி விட்டு அது இல்லாத சமயத்தில் மட்டும் பிற மின்னிலையங்களிலிருந்து மின்சாரம் உற்பத்தி செய்து தன்னிறைவு பெற்று. மின்வெட்டிலிருந்து தற்காத்துக் கொள்ளலாம் என்பது ஏன் உஙளுக்குப் புரிய வில்லை.
  8. டெகல்கா அறிக்கையை எடுத்து படியுங்கள் எத்தனை பேர் கல்பாக்கத்திலும் பிற அணு மின்னிலையங்களிலும் கதிர்வீச்சால் இறந்துள்ளார்கள் என்று. அவர்கள் குறிப்பிட்டுள்ள அதிகாரப் பூர்வமான ஆதாரத்தையும் பாருங்கள். அல்லது உங்களைப் போல் உள்ளவர்கள் நம்ப
  9. நீங்கள் கூறிய ஆறாவது விரல் பலருக்கு தோன்றியுள்ளது. ராஜஸ்தான் யுரேனியச் சுரஙத்தைப் பற்றித் தேடிப் பாருங்கள். அனைத்து அணுமின் நிலையங்களைப் பற்றி டெகல்காவில் படியுங்கள். பூனை கண்மூடினால் உலகம் இருளாது அல்லவா? குதிரைக்கு கடிவாளம் இட்டால் பாதையின் பக்கவாட்டில் புல் இல்லாமல் போகுமோ! (மின்சாரம் நல்லது பயனுள்ளது என்பது எனக்கும் தெரியும் அதன் அழிவுகரம் கடிவாளம் நீக்கிப் பார்த்தால் தான் தெரியும்.
  10. உஙளுக்கும் உங்கள் பிள்ளைகளுக்கும் பாதிப்பு ஏற்பட வில்லை என்பதால் யாருக்குமே ஏற்படாது என்பது தவறு. ஒருவேளை இந்தக் கதிர்வீச்சடியின் பாதிப்பு பத்து தலைமுறைக்குப் பின் தெரிந்தால் என்ன செய்வீர்கள். உஙள் ஜீன்-இன் ஆயிரக் கணக்கான மூலக்Kஊறுகளில் ஒன்றும் பதிக்கப் படவில்லை என்பதை எப்படி உறுதி செய்வீர்கள்?
  11. வடக்கு வளர்கிறது தெற்கு தேகிறது என்று சொல்லிவிட்டு உங்கள் மகளை மேற்கு வளர அனுப்பி விட்டீர்கள் போலும்.
  12. முறையுடன் பழக்கினால் யானையின் மூர்க்க குணத்தை கட்டுப்படுத்த தான் முடியும். யானை ஒருபோதும் மதம் பிடிக்காது என்று உறுதி கூற முடியுமா? ஒரு வேலை மதம் பிடித்தால் என்னவாகும். அனைவரையும் கொன்று போடும் அணு உலைக்கு மதம் பிடித்தால் தலைமுறை தலைமுறைகள் பதிக்கப் படுமே.
  13. அணு மின்னிலையத்தால் உங்களைப் போலுள்ள 0.01 விழுக்காடு மக்களுக்கு வேலை வாய்ப்பு கிடைத்தது என்பதற்காக 99.99 விழுக்காடு மக்களை அழிவு வாய்க்கு இழுத்துச் செல்வது ஏன்?
  14. இதுவரை விபத்து நடந்த எல்ல இடத்திலும் அதை கட்டிய பொறியியல் ஆளர்கள். விபத்து நடக்காது என்று உறுதி அளிக்க வில்லையா? பின் ஏன் விபத்துகள் நடந்தன அதுபோல் கூடங்குளத்தில் நடவாது என்று நீங்கள் எப்படிக் கூற முடியும் தாங்கள் கடவுளா என்ன?
  15. நடுவண் க்ரிட்டை அரசு மறுசீரமைக்கப் பரிசீலிக்காதது ஏன்?
  16. நாளொன்றிற்கு 100,000 டாலர் இழப்பு என்றீர்கள் அது எப்படி என்று விளக்க முடியுமா?
  17. தமிழகம் இந்த மின்சாரத்தை அண்டை மானிலத்திற்கு விற்கதான் போகிறது என்பது உங்களுக்குத் தெரியாதா? இதன்மூலம் வடக்கை மேலும் வளர வைக்க வேண்டும் என்பது தான் உங்கள் நோக்கா?
  18. சரி உங்கள் கூற்றை சற்று மாற்றி 100,000 டாலர் வருவாய் இழப்பு என்று வைத்துக் கொள்வோம். அப்படியானால் நாளொன்றிற்கு வருவாய் அணுமின் நிலையம் மூலம் கிடப்பது 50 லட்சம் ரூபாய். அப்படியானால் ஆண்டிற்கு 182.5 கோடி (இது மீன் மூலம் கிடைக்கும் வருவாயை விட பத்து மடங்கிற்கு மேல் குறைவு). இதில் முதலீடு 13000 கோடி. முதலீடைப் திரும்பப் பெற ஆகும் காலம் 71 ஆண்டுகள். 1 விழுக்காடு வட்டிக்கு வங்கியில் இட்டு வைத்தால் கூட இதை விட ஆதாயம் அதிகம் கிட்டுமே?
  19. உங்கள் புள்ளீ விபரத்திற்கு வருவோம். இரு சக்கர ஊர்தியில் விபத்து ஏற்படுவதற்கான வாய்ப்பு 4000 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு ஒருமுறை என்று உள்ளது. ஒருவேளை 4000 பேர் ஓட்டுவதாகக் கொண்டால் ஒரு ஆண்டிற்கு ஒருமுறை. சற்று மதி நுட்பத்தோடு சிந்திதாலே நான் சொல்லுவது சரி என்பது புலப்படும். நான் சொல்லுவது சரியாக இல்லை என்றால் ஒரு இந்த ஆண்டில் ஒரு விபத்துக்கு மேல் ஏற்பட்க் கூடாது. இந்தக் கணக்கில் பார்த்தால் உலகம் முழுவதும் 10,00,000 அணுமின் பணியாளர்கள் உள்ளதாகக் கொள்வோம். எனில் 10 ஆண்டிற்கு ஒரு முறை விபத்து நிகளும். அங்ஙனம் நிகழ்ந்தால் என்னவாகும். இருசக்கர ஊர்தி போன்று அவர் மட்டும் மடியா மாட்டார். பலர் மடிவர். அவர்களது சந்ததிகளும் சேர்ந்து அல்லவா மடியும். பிற விபத்துகளை இதனுடன் எப்படி ஒப்பிட முடியும். நீங்கள் சொல்லுவது போல் 100,00,000 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு ஒருமுறை தான் விபத்து நிகழும் என்றே கொள்வோம். அது ஏன் நாளையாக இருக்காது எஙிறீர்கள்?
  20. அழிவு வாய் (அபாயம்) பற்றியது அல்ல மக்களின் அச்சம் அதன் விளைவைப் பற்றியதே.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Who is S.P. Udayakumar, (Koodankulam anti-nuclear) activist of the year


I greatly admired S.P. Udayakumar  (Koodankulam anti-nuclear activist) for his calm and composed response; it is usually not easy to reply moronic Narayanasamy and moronic Ponraj (advisor of Abdul Kalam) who're always blabbering irrationally. By wrongly judging from his sober and humble look, I'd thought that he's an illiterate villager from Koodankulam. But, recently I came to know that he's studied in USA and worked as a professor there. My respect for him greatly increased when I compared him with other exhibitionist NRIs.

Here are the details that I collected...

Name: S.P. Udayakumar
Age: 50
Native: Nagercoil
Family: Wife Meera running SACCER primary and middle school, 2-sons

Education

  • M.A. (Peace Studies) from Notre Dame University in the United States (1990)
  • Ph.D. (Political Science) from the University of Hawaii (1996)

(Past) Occupation 

  • Research fellow at Kirwan Institute
  • Professor at Governor's School of Public Issues and the Future of New Jersey at Monmouth University
  • India-Pakistan Reconciliation School, a free on-line course (2001)
  • Director of TRANSCEND South Asia, the world's first on-line peace university

Activism

  • Co-founded the Green Party of India (2000)
  • Member of World Futures Studies Federation
  • Member of the International Peace Research Association
  • Editorial member of Journal of Futures Studies
  • Koodankulam anti-nuclear movement

Links


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Stupid Times of India demands 100 crores!

For some time now, I was wondering why Times of India is reporting against to Tamils, especially on death penalty and Mullaiperiyar dam. Today, I came to know that it’s demanding 100 crores from The Weekend Leader for unhiding the truth with Rising emotions, falling objectivity, the truth behind Mullaiperiyar coverage in Chennai newsrooms authored by Radhika Giri.

Get well soon - creative political tag line of the year


I personally find "Get well soon Kapil Mamu", the political tag line against to Internet censorship is quite creative.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hacking new technology

Our team always used to hit the edge cases quickly... Some technologies might be there for years, but when we start hacking, we'll immediately come across a situation that might faced only by veterans. Our experience with Delphi (one of the coolest technologies), ASP.NET MVC, MonoRail/ASP.NET, iPhone/Android programming proved that. This time, with another new technology... fingers crossed...

Blockade for "Save Perarivalan"

My post Save Perarivalan was sadly late, but one of the earlier posts written in English. I have also tried my best to translate popular conspiracy theories on Rajiv Gandhi assassination. Fortunately that seem to have worked well and the post got more attention -- especially news like this: The noose and their views [Mid Day, November 4, 2011] started to appear.

Recently I have noticed traffic to the page with referrer links http://x.x.x.x:15871/cgi-bin/blockOptions.cgi?ws-session=xxx -- meaning the page is blocked using Websense. When I resolved the IPs, shockingly they're from some big IT companies!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rajiv Gandhi assassination, conspiracy theories in English


This is part of my Save Perarivalan series.

In Tamil, we have lots of news articles available on the conspiracy theories surrounding Rajiv Gandhi assassination, investigation, Subramanian Swamy's alleged involvement, Chandraswami's alleged involvement, P. Chidambaram's alleged involvement, Jain Commission report, other countries' alleged involvement, etc. But in English, we have very few articles available on the topic:

  • The Deadly Duo Crucial evidence linking Chandraswami to the Rajiv case went missing from Rao's PMO. Outlook investigates. Outlook Magazine, dated November 24, 1997
  • The Scoop Is Ours THE Jain Commission's interim report on Rajiv Gandhi's assassination has created a furore in political circles and hogged the headlines in all major national dailies. Outlook Magazine, dated November 24, 1997
  • Dusty Trail TWELVE extensions in six years and no sign of the final report yet. Outlook Magazine, dated November 24, 1997
  • "Some Files Weren't Shown To Me" S.B. Chavan, Union home minister in the Narasimha Rao years, talks to Outlook about the government's role in the alleged cover-up. Outlook Magazine, dated November 24, 1997
  • Rajiv Gandhi murder-- who organised it and who wanted Rajiv bombed? LankaNewspapers.com Nale, dated January 26, 2009
  • Rajiv Gandhi Murder--Part II. LankaNewspapers.com Nale, dated January 28, 2009

So, I thought of translating two important news articles on the topic:


Friday, October 07, 2011

Afzal Guru might be innocent -- Savukku

I have stopped reading Savukku.net (Once I called it as WikiLeaks of India) for sometime-- when it started J.J. evangelism after the state elections. But, recently, when I checked, it seems to be back to its core journalism with good hidden truths on Pramakudi incident and articles on death penalty.

Its article on Afzal Guru is first of its kind in media--especially when everyone is crying foul to hang him. In மரண தண்டனையை ஒழிப்போம் 4 (Let's stop death penalty, Part 4) article, it highlights counter theory about police brutality. I have noted that majority of the information are already available on the book written by Afzal Guru available online from JusticeForAfzalGuru.org website--but not prominent in mainstream media.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Beyond Groupon Now -- Street marketing platform in GroupDeal

Our team has developed GroupDeal, group buying software platform that powers many Groupon competitor sites.

Being ours is the first and popular groupon clone in the market, our team introduced many new features. Like I already pointed out, we added self service merchant login in the first version itself and Groupon introduced the same feature--much later as Groupon 2.0.

By August 2011, our team introduced another killer feature termed as "GroupDeal Live". It is more than Groupon's Groupon Now:
  • It has street marketing ability. With it, merchants can create deals for the (sudden) crowd.
  • By looking at merchant control panel, they can find the users around their shops and branches. The users are classified into Normal/Web Users and iPhone Users--and so, merchants can identify the new crowd. They can then create deals to attract the online crowd.
  • The platform will be of huge help during any procession or sudden crowd in any branches.
I hope, Groupon will adopt this concept in their software soon and tech news sites will call it as a big innovation (if they didn't read or follow our platform).

Rise of chatterbox men


I have lamented many times about rise of hypocritical smile among men--because of the fad for imported soft skills.
Earlier, girls used to have these characteristics:
  • Smiling and laughing without reasons
  • Being chatterbox
  • Being shy to stand alone (often pairing with other girls, during events)
In recent times, guys acquired all these characteristics, while girls have acquired the opposite. Recently, I happened to attend one pooja function and majority of the men couldn’t stop chatting even during worship time.

Monday, September 05, 2011

TRP mafia and Anna Hazare -- best critic from Settaikkaran


Lately, friend of mine texted me to read Arundhati Roy's I'd rather not be Anna article published in The Hindu newspaper. Previously I too blogged on the topic and it once received huge traffic.

I always boast myself that Tamil has huge number of authors who can get to depth. Though there are lots of critical views on Anna Hazare issue, the best critic I have read is from Settaikkaran blog "உண்ணா" ஹஜாரேயும் ஊழல் எதிர்ப்பு நாடகமும்

As long as we have such in-depth articles in Tamil, we may not get victimized by TRP mafia of north India.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Save Perarivalan, killer of Rajiv Gandhi (?!)

Perarivalan's MCA degree has drawn my attention on his case. I thought of digging little deeper on this. He is one of the convicted persons on Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, sentenced to death/capital punishment.

Perarivalan's Judgment

Search for "Arivu" (Perarivalan's alias) on the final judgment by Supreme Court titled "State Of Tamil Nadu Through ... vs Nalini And 25 Others on 11 May, 1999" and then compare the judgment of any acquitted person on the list. It seems that all are weighted equally on the case, but Perarivalan's got death sentence.

I then searched over and found a Tamil blog dated January 7, 2007 where he explains his case as "Rejected Justice". English version of his text/book is available in slideshow format "An Appeal from The Death Row"

Possible reasons for his innocence

After reading judgment file and his blog/book, it all looks like:
  • He's a guy with DK and LTTE propaganda. (DK seems to have sidelined him.)
  • If he does really belong to core LTTE execution team, he may not have the fear of death (he might have preferred suicide before getting caught by police).
  • The battery that he has bought may or may not be used in the bomb, as the bomb manufacturer is still not detected or investigated.
  • He doesn't seem to be aware of the conspiracy at all.
  • Much important legal point is that, though the Supreme Court has clearly held that the TADA act cannot apply to the Rajiv Gandhi murder case, the verdict was based on the confessional statements recorded under TADA. TADA act denies the opportunity to appeal in court. In his book, he mentions the reason for signing the confessional statement and how he wasn’t given chance to explain in court: After signing under severe torture I was forced to get in to the horrible prison room and I simply wept there. The guard there on duty asked me, "why are you weeping ?" I explained everything to him. Then he consoled, "the signature in police custody is not valid in Court. Hence whatever had been written in the document will not affect you". I believed his statement. He uttered those words with human love. There is truth in his statement. He made the statement on the basis of his familiarity with normal legal procedures. But the tragedy is that he did not know anything about TADA.

    I did not know TADA. I did not know the significance of confessional statements. I did not know the legal consequence of confessional statement. Still I signed because I was forced to sign.

Anti-Justice politics?

As usual, some people are making politics out of this death sentence and showing their intelligence. If Perarivalan is really innocent, is this politics against justice or?

Also, everywhere in the internet, many want the killers to be hanged. There shouldn't be any doubt on that; but what about hanging innocent people? Didn't they aware Perarivalan's cry for justice?

Need of the hour

  • Perarivalan's English book/text has to be made available in plaintext or HTML format to be picked up search engines (Current format is not search engine friendly) to get social media attention.
  • The case has to be relooked further; if any judgment is passed again, it must be convincible enough.
  • Yet another cry for justice--by everyone.

Update September 5, 2011


Update November 28, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Save American College, Madurai (Update 2011)

This article was written on Jan 16, 2011 and updated on Jan 26, 2011, Mar 16, 2011, Mar 21, 2011, Mar 28, 2011, Apr 10, 2011, and May 1, 2011


In 2008, I have written Save American College, Madurai that seemed to help many people including alumni to understand the situation, politics and chaos. At that time, I was favoring Principal's party as favoringBishop's party could turn adverse as they'rewas already trying to replace non-permanent staffs; in fact, I have even donated a meager amount for the legal battle.[Update: Corrected the sentence to convey the intended meaning. Thanks for those who pointed out]

This time, people hit the same old article and asking the details. When I contacted, this time, nobody have clear reason for the chaos--except that it's a ego clash between Principal and Bishop party.

Problems and reasons



  • Till now, all bishops were being part of The American College, Madurai Governing Council. All/Most of the bishops played subtle role till now.

  • Principal (Chinnaraj Joseph) and Bishop (Christopher Asir) were close for sometime.[Update: Pro-bishop website published a photo of Chinnaraj Joseph receiving blessings from Christopher Asir, when he was appointed as a Principal]. During those times, Chinnaraj Joseph allowed Christoper Asir to interfere in certain matters. When the two broke up for unknown reasons, in 2008, Principal and fellow members complained highhandedness of Bishop and went on strike.

  • Strike and legal battle turned positive for Principal--especially due to high profile, media and alumni support for Principal.

  • By end of 2010, Principal's group again got irked as he wasn't given extension of service as his retirement is nearing. He reportedly lost few months of his service over the strike. Principal's party alleged Bishop's role. Since, there were already some misunderstandings continued between both the parties, they again started the chaos.

  • Retired Prof. Sam George writes that the problem has come to an end after Prof. Solomon Pappiah met Chief Minister Karunanidhi and a committee has been formed.


Bottom line


Sources say that the problem may still arise as there's a big ego clash between both the parties and it doesn't seem to be fight for cause--but fight for ego. The sad thing is that many self-financing staffs have already left the college--for example, if you have finished MBA 2 years before, you may not find a single lecturer of that time now. Students are mainly affected as some of them couldn't get necessary certificates in time due to "administration shift". There are also decent number of girl students added now in UG self-financing section and they were also reportedly affected at those times in getting certificates, education, etc.

I hope, this ego clash will come to an end with no party winning other and the unknown reason for the tiff between Principal and Bishop will get publicized.



Update (2011-01-26)



Not a caste politics [Update: See caste politics below]


Some people rumored that it's a caste politics between Prof. Solomon Pappiah + Chinnaraj Joseph and Christopher Asir. When I checked, it's not related to caste--as both Principal and Bishop are from same community. There's no clear reason known how Prof. Solomon Pappiah is dragged into the scene.

No party is clear about the situation


Though some professors are aligning with one party, they don't have any clear reason--except that they're aligning for "relationship" reasons. There doesn't seem to be any cause on both the sides. Everybody agrees that the personal values of both Principal and Bishop are not good.

Party links


Personally, I'm not favoring any party this time. But, to understand at least vague reasons, you may visit the below sites:

  • Pro-principal - updated by Prof. Sam George (Zoology, retired)

  • Pro-bishop - updated by Prof. Albert Christopher Dhas (Economics)




Update (2011-03-16)



People are asking me about March 14th mayhem. As far as I learnt, present students were also been part of the rampage. But, the real concern for many are about the future of the students as the semester exam and state government election are nearing.



Update (2011-03-21; expanded 2011-04-10)



This blog is under attack for being "wrong" and unbiased.

Third front emerging?


Some feels that the issue can be resolved in court without affecting students' education.(?)

Unofficial Reasons


Version-1: Money & power


This is the prevailing layman theory.

Version-2: Caste politics


According to this theory, the "furious" people on both sides are actually against to both Principal and Bishop for their community.

Some says that both CSI and American College were dominated by one-caste people for some long time, but whenever there's someone to be selected/elected for Bishop or Principal post, caste is been brought up and people are getting divided upon caste. It is said some caste members don't like the domination of particular community and when the problem started, they vehemently fuelled the problem. It is also said that the "furious" people don't like the way both Principal and Bishops were chosen; their cause is to weaken particular community's domination.

Some even says that Principal and Bishop may join anytime due to their community affiliation.

Version-3: Started in CSI


When I checked about this theory, some says this is new for them and some of things could be true.

Unofficial short version


Both the parties want successor (new principal) from their side and also power on their side.

MCC like independent committee - solution?


Principal party proposed independent committee and when I checked some brought the following pros and cons. Some felt that it's not about the constitution, but the people.

Pros


CSI institution is polluted with politics for decades. A bishop directly or indirectly spends 5-35 crore rupees during his election. So, he'll try to pull back those money through institutions under his control. Such independent committee will reduce such election expenses.

Cons


They have their own set of politics. For example, MCC's committee is now controlled by chauvinistic Nairs.

Possible solution


Neutral principal--possibly from thrird front (?)



Update (2011-03-28)



One hidden news is that Students seek Jayalalithaa's help to resolve American College issue (The Hindu, dated March 18, 2011)




Update (2011-04-10)



I have expanded some texts above.

No solution before May/election



Some says government is reluctant to take decision on "Christian" institution as sidelining any party could be sensitive.

Backlash in Principal party



Sources say, unlike previous time, Principal party is in weak stand now; some of the mentioned reasons:




  • They dumped their original demand of extension of service for Chinnaraj Joseph





  • They tried to get students support (Bishop party is also having some students on their side), but wasn't appreciated well as they were boycotting classes.





  • They brought 3rd party recommendation committee, but that created more damage for them. Refer Dr. Mumtaj Begam, Director of Academic Staff College, Madurai Kamaraj University's questions on the report, especially those on "dates".





  • Their blog is closed and moderated for comments, leaving questions on democracy.


  • Bishop party trying political support



    Some say Bishop party is trying to get political support. Few others say Principal party is also trying to get political support. But, both of them seem to be reluctant on AIADMK.

    Solution?



    Some say the "intensity" has reduced on both the sides. If they're willing to dump current "candidates", the problem can be solved. Arguing on college "constitution" may not bring quick solution. When the third front could bring more people, the problem can come to an end at least for now.




    Update (2011-05-01)



    Another hidden news is that State government must temporarily take over American College: [Madurai Kamaraj University's Academic] council (The Hindu, dated March 19, 2011)



    Wednesday, August 03, 2011

    TechCrunch features CollegeBudget, group buying site

    TechCrunch featured CollegeBudget, group buying site similar to Groupon but targeting college students. The concept is promising and can be extended to other areas.

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Our support team rocks!

    Currently our team has 10 premium products in hand. Reportedly few clients are not happy with support process and so I had to look into it closely. It was a great surprise for me, our support team managed by Meganathan handles support tickets at ease, usually closing within 24 hours... remember that we have 10 premium products to support and reportedly we're giving free support for some long days after purchase.

    We have finally found that the problem is not with the process, but how some of us had communicated. Mere "fixed", "resolved" words weren't enough for some technical clients who want to know how we have resolved.

    Burrow - team spirit stole the show

    It is a big day for us. Though I keep saying that our Burrow product is superior to AirBnB, finally AirBnB has listed most of Burrow features in their roadmap (Refer TechCrunch post On Safety: A Word From Airbnb).

    It was a great moment for us as we could claim the innovation card now--unlike we couldn't do it other day, make humble noises, all because we had documented it in our Labs site. The documentation effort was possible purely because of Abuthakir and Boopathi; these guys are leading other teams and not related to actual Burrow team of Sivachidambaram and Balaji; but still they helped us to get this glory. This is a great story on team effort. My heart goes back into the history and thank everyone--from Abuthakir, Manonmani,... our alumni,... and the great (current) team. Together we can make at least small/humble things.

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    180+ seconds loading site - how to fix [sic]


    I came across a site that has a loading time of 180+seconds. When discussing about how to fix such sites, a person who has steep corporate culture/experience, informed these notes. Very interesting...

    Politics... Politics...
    Create more and more politics. Create politics on URLs, labels, design and any weird things. Also, create mad/unnecessary competition--competition without any excellence.

    Hype... Hype...
    Create fake hype around the crap site. Make everyone speaks about it.

    Team building = poaching!
    Look for good performers in other team and poach them. Break other team through sneaky attempts. Get help of cabals.

    Factoid... Factoid...
    Spread rumors and factoids about other teams.

    Appraisals... Appraisals...
    Recommend more and more appraisals for sycophants.

    Flexibility... Flexibility...
    Treat sycophants like scientists and throw them with flexible timings. Still defend them so that you'll also be praised.

    Time++ Time++
    Develop the project for 13+ months; remember 13 is a lucky number. Still throw more and more time.

    Vengeance... Vengeance...
    When smart people question about performance of the site, take vengeance and fire them with smile.

    Cartoonish rainbow web designs
    Keep kids and sycophants around so that they'll always "appreciate" cartoonish designs. Kill readability and visibility with multiple colors. (Read Steve Jobs' take on ESPN phone)

    AirBnB saved at Hacker News with title change by YC?

    Prelude: I'm following AirBnB closely as our team has developed Burrow, a complete rental booking software that is very much superior to AirBnB.

    Original title found at cached copy
    Today, AirBnB had a bad day with bad news rocking at Hacker News: a lady host got robbed by a traveler. The original article had a title "AirBnB: Crimes committed against host" that suddenly got more traction (refer the cached title found at Google below). After sometime, the title got changed by "admins" to "Violated: A traveler’s lost faith, a difficult lesson learned", the one at original article--that made the news to frown suddenly from #1 spot. If YC has a game here, it is always good to be a YC backed startup...

    What's wrong with AirBnB

    From the beginning itself, our team has noted AirBnB is half-baked, lacking many useful and necessary features--especially reviews about hosts and travelers. I have noted that now, they have added review about hosts; but still they haven't seem to add review about travelers. For more details on why and where AirBnB fails, please refer my post Burrow is superior than AirBnB



    Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    Another anti-MBA...

    Once a darling of industry, the supply chain-focused Dell has lost its growth and value as a raft of new MBA leaders – mostly recruited from consultancy Bain & Company – have kept applying traditional industrial management with its cost curves and economy-of-scale illogic to a market racked by the introduction of new products such as smartphones and tablets. - Why Steve Jobs Couldn’t Find a Job Today, Forbes Blog

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Don't innovate!


    Gopinath had a shocking news for me this morning... the site that we were cloning--cloning with additional features and innovations had just released a new version, but with six features taken from our version. Had we released it some days before, we might have grabbed the innovation pride. But...

    The weirdest thing was that we're forced to clone including the landing page as in their previous version (and that is the reason for this delay), but when we're doing, they switched to our homepage version! Damn...

    It doesn't stop here. I was pacifying myself and pushing the software to be released by afternoon--at least then to claim the innovation card. Now Kanagavel has another "good news" for me, that we have to "tune" the product to be exactly as in PSD that would take another week to ship...

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    IT people & poor gifting

    I'm noticing a steep decline in gifting (on special occasions like wedding) interest among IT people. IT people are very much interested in celebrations, but not interested to spend money on gifts for their colleagues. I think, it must be due to poor (more specifically fake) relationships among peers or short-lived relationships because of job hopping. Abuthakir told me that it's due the attitude that "Why should I spend money for him?".

    For the sake of record... in my father's era, it was common to gift gold items, even though their earnings were not close to what the least earning person in IT draws now. But, these days, IT people's average spend on colleagues' special occasions is Rs.100/- (which is too less and not even close to my father era)

    Java is dead?

    During my college days, I had a gut feeling that Java would die pretty soon, but it wasn't. My reasons were:

    1. Java was locking me down on unnecessary OOP
    2. Too lengthy programming as in C++
    3. Slow JVM
    After long time, my gut feeling is becoming true with reason #2 mentioned above. This space is now getting bitten by:
    1. Scala (pronounced skaa-lah or skey-lah)
    2. Clojure (pronounced closure)

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    LGBT supporting is new disease/fever


    In the recent times, in India it's a fashion to support LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgender or non-straights). Most of the people (including Gnani, whom I don't agree on this topic) write that it's been recognized as normal scientifically, legally, etc. But, the fact is that Science keep changing--one person proposes one theory and the other disproves.

    Whoever has seen the transgender's dress lifting trauma can clearly understand that it's more of mental thing. It also worth to mention that LGBT had successfully been treated with mental therapy. But, the Indian blinded mob is now attacking Ghulam Nabi Azad for his remark on homosexuality. I strongly agree with him though I think, his western remark is unwarranted (Transgenders are been in India for decades).

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Why? Kanimozhi in & Barkha Dutt out

    In the lobbying scam Kanimozhi is now jailed. But, why Barkha Dutt is still out? What card is saving her?

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    "Fire MBAs" - Bob Lutz, former GM Vice Chairman


    Personally, I don't value MBA degree (even though I have met and had very knowledgeable friends at college). For me, it's a hyped and useless degree. Most of the MBAs I have seen are pure Juggu Boys (sycophants) and irrational cabals, who can't take any decision on their own, but can only create chaos and politics.

    That's one of the reasons I like Paul Graham of Y-Combinator. He's a great icon for Hackers (to get back the respect).

    I just stumbled upon this link through Hacker News where TIME magazine reports on Bob Lutz's latest book Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business. Some interesting notes:
    • we need to fire the M.B.A.s and let engineers run the show.
    • "if you can measure it, you can manage it"
    • The only time Apple ever lost the plot was when it put the M.B.A.s in charge. 
    • "Shoemakers should be run by shoe guys, and software firms by software guys."

    "Brahmin" card will save Dayanidhi Maran?


    Everybody thinks that DMK is anti-Brahmin. But, in reality, Dayanidhi Maran's mother and wife are Brahmins--more specifically, all except his father are Brahmins. That's one of the reasons he was admired even by Cho, a famous anti-DMK and pro-Brahmin.

    Now, everybody reports that Dayanidhi Maran will be jailed. But, I think, his "Brahmin" roots will save him through pro-Brahmin media which is more corrupt and racist.

    Facebook = desperate wives + Peeping Toms + exhibitionist psychos

    This is one of my findings on Facebook user base. Will blog more on this later.

    Monday, July 04, 2011

    Nadar rocks!

    If you ask a single question and get 10-different indirect answers, then the person might be a westerner.
    If you get 5-different indirect answers, then the person might be from Indian corporate mafia.

    If you happen to read any sane corporate interviews, it might be either from Shiv Nadar or Shivkumar (of Nokia). The reason must be that both are Tamilians. (On a personal note, I strongly believe that only Tamilians and Tamil TV channels have "to the point" discussions/communication).

    Having said, I keep following Shiv Nadar's interviews and news (Wikipedia says that he's alumnus of The American College!)... and recently found that he started Shiv Nadar University ... Great story.

    Burrow is superior than AirBnB

    Our team has developed Burrow, an online rental booking software in line with AirBnB (AirBnB clone).

    Ever since, we're asked to build a better rental booking software, we've thoroughly studied every websites on the domain including: 9flats.com, myfriendshotel.com, crashpadder.com, istopover.com, roomorama.com, metroflats.com, vrbo.com, couchsurfing.org, globalfreeloaders.com, Stay4Free.com, lodjee.com, evergreenclub.com, sublet.com, homeaway.com, onefinestay.com (and, now Wimdu.com)

    Though AirBnB was popular and gaining news, we noted that AirBnB's UI is a great pain and it lacked many necessary features available in other similar sites. Our team has thoroughly analyzed the project and applied all necessary knowledge that we gathered from our FPPlatform product (that powers most of the Fiverr alternative sites).

    Recently we keep noticing that AirBnB is chasing Burrow's calendar UI, referral concept, flagging option and review rating. Ironically, I think, it would be wise for AirBnB to buy Burrow and save the chasing cost instead!

    Burrow's every piece is well architected and designed to scale high traffic sites (with gzip based file caching mechanism)

    Here's the comparison document I have prepared sometime ago Burrow Vs AirBnB; note that some comments may be outdated as many new features have been added in Burrow since then.

    Burrow can be customized to fit in to similar domains: renting office spaces, renting vehicles, etc

    Sunday, July 03, 2011

    In crisis prayer works

    I have been agnostic about prayers for some years now. In the beginning of May, our family faced a big financial boomerang that I thought was immutable. My parents and Heleena put their faith in prayers and within few days, we're back to normal. Those who're aware of the situation say it's a miracle!

    Sunday, April 24, 2011

    HRM systems diagnostic checklists

    For last couple of days, I have tried to get overall idea about appraisal system in other companies and materials about appraisals. While checking, I came across an interesting checklist and warning indicators:

    Your organization is more than likely in trouble if any of the following holds true:
    • chronic industrial relations problems
    • no means of resolving employee grievances
    • increasing / erratic employee turnover
    • increasing number of customer complaints
    • no pride in the organization
    • inter-group conflicts
    • no career paths for ambitious talented employees
    • dissatisfaction with pay and conditions
    • unclear job roles
    • no clear performance measures
    • quality is unimportant
    • bad product service / delivery records
    • poor recruitment standards / practices
    • no management development programs
    • no induction training for new employees
    • critical skill shortages
    • inter-departmental conflict
    • you do not know if any of the above are applicable
    • you ignore any of the above

    Friday, April 22, 2011

    100 spits per minute = Madurai!

    Whenever I'd praise Madurai people's helping tendency, others would ask me if I like their idlis or noticed anything peculiar. Like I already mentioned, I don't like Madurai foods.

    I had a vague memory that someone said that Madurai people would brag for drinking plain water as they did drink alcohol. But, for me, I was always surprised at they way they spit--more often and unnecessarily.

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Madurai food Vs Nagercoil food

    There's huge cry that Madurai idlis are best. Having stayed in Madurai for 7-years, I can give assurance that they're crap. Madurai foods (especially available in hotels) are of poor hygiene and poor in taste. But, I always like the people--they're friendly and helping.

    My favorite is always Azad Hotel's (Nagercoil, near Tower Junction) chicken kothu parotta. Nagercoil food like aviyal, samba (red) rice, etc are always good and healthy as they're cooked in coconut oil and with high hygiene--even in hotels.

    Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    Dummies and scapegoats most wanted

    Of late I'm noticing that there's a huge demand for dummies and scapegoats. I suppose, this is due to cynical world that is leaning towards sneaky approaches.

    I'm thinking like Gnani?

    I have noticed some high traffic on my take on Anna Hazare (Published on Apr 11th). But, I'm quite surprised that Gnani's thought (Published on Apr 16th) is close to mine.

    Monday, April 18, 2011

    English fever and low self-esteem

    Chinese may be learning English but they are not switching their medium to English—all higher education takes place in Chinese.
    ...
    The obsession with English-medium education, particularly for technical and higher studies, is keeping millions of Indian children behind. The top business and professional schools in India remain English-based—their entrance exams are not only in English but specifically test English-language skills. A child in China, or for that matter, Japan or South Korea, does not have to deal with debilitating switch in medium to go to engineering, medical or business school.
    ...
    it is worth remembering that only four of the richest 20 economies in the world, by highest per-capita income, are English-based. Universal education, not English-medium, is what gives China the advantage over India.
    ...
    It is also a fallacy that our software success is built on knowledge of English. Israel’s population is half of Delhi’s, yet its software exports rival our own. It is true that many people in Israel do know English, though not many know it well. When I was a manager for Microsoft visiting my team in Haifa, I was surprised to find that the medium of communication—written and oral—within the Microsoft Israel office was Hebrew.
    ...
    When I was working at Microsoft, Redmond, we flew software engineers from as far away as Russia for interviews. Some of these people did not speak a word of English—I interviewed them through interpreters and they were some of the best hires I made.

    Yet, in India, we may overlook talent if we insist on conducting interviews for technical candidates only in English, rather than the language they would be most comfortable speaking. The goal—to evaluate them based on their technical proficiency, rather than their knowledge of English.

    —Sankrant Sanu in Opportunities Beyond English article in Entrepreneur magazine, March 2010

    When I discussed about the article with Heleena (about 1-year ago), she told me that it's not possible to change low self-esteemed Indians.

    Barefoot Steve Jobs and British slaves...

    Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc sometimes walk in barefoot in their comapus (I don't know, how I missed this earlier!). They're able to use/market it to differentiate themselves.

    Whenever some newcomer or new manager--influenced by British colonial rule, visits our team, they complain about barefoot and casual dressed hackers. For years, I have been defending that they're not intentional but they're geekish. Had I known this earlier, I would have compared Apple Inc culture with our team!

    Not to mention that our Online Marketing Manager (who's from London but working in Chennai) never wears suit or tie. He once told me that he wears suit only on Christmas dinner and for funeral.

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Cabals and cynic bossism -- destroy team

    Like I mentioned before, I often used to say that "trust is the binding force and hope is the driving force".

    The things that destroy the team I have noted are:

    Cabals


    They are always opinionated, push themselves, bypass their reporting people/hierarchy, look for other cabals to understand the "shortcuts", etc. I find these people are quite damaging, they can never trust their reporting people--even though the reporting person is quite rational.

    Cynic bossism


    These people will never trust their immediate subordinates. They'll constantly spy their subordinates as they're panic and will try to see if they have better subordinate below their immediate subordinates. By doing so, they always damage morale of their subordinates, their spirit for the team, etc. Often these people will have their enemy within their own / peer level than from sub-levels.

    Though many times I have noted that these people are quite damaging, till now, I have no experience in "handling" them. Now, I have started understanding how to fix them.

    Karunanidhi, Happy Tamil New Year!

    For years, we have celebrated Tamil New Year on April 14th. But, the "doctor" Karunanidhi has changed that and willfully declared April 14th Ambedkar Jayanthi--Holiday! The most affected people here are those who work in private sectors.

    Sad that government servants aka Karunanidhi's servants are still playing sycophancy

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Kids, cartoon, cricket, Rajini, Facebook, Mac

    When I was studying in schools, I've noticed that Rajinikanth fans were insane and irrational. Of late, I'm noticing such attitude with cricket fans who take sportive things so serious and take serious things so sportive--moronic. Similarly I'm also noticing Facebook "herdy kids" and Mac fanatics (though I agree that iPhone is better, but can't agree that Mac is better for it's "usability").

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    Cricket voyeurs on rise

    For the sake of record, I'm noticing Cricket voyeurs [sic] on rise.

    MBAs Vs Hackers

    MBAs Vs Hackers war is always on and hackers win with creating Linux to Firefox internationally. But, in India, coding is always considered to be a lower end job. In the international hacker cult, they code, code and code even at their 60s. In India, MBAs always take a lead saying "anybody can code", so every programmer is forced to "switch" to leadership role. Another problem with India is that there is no "real hacker" comparable with International cult.

    I have been lamenting this for years and smelling the "gap" for years. I've consoled myself with "Learner, Hacker, Idiot" tag in LinkedIn profile. Recently I noticed some guys who branded themselves as hackers when they're bashing MBAs in Quora. Having impressed by their "attitude", I checked their product and found nothing better than StockFox.

    Some hacker chauvinistic links I'm fond of:

    Top Indian web startups

    Disclaimer: This list contains some of our team's projects

    Sites that are useful and usable
    1. erail.in - created by a single person and serves useful to quickly find availability in Indian trains
    2. ClearTrip - seems to be inspired by many other sites like Vayama, but able to get better UI
    3. RediffMail - speed is the big boost
    4. Myntra - good idea, but poor UI
    5. redBus - good idea, but poor UI and execution
    6. Sites from The Times Group are also of good idea, but poorly executed/architected. They clearly try and target the web startup "gap"

    Sites that are innovative (world's first/never seen before kind)
    1. SocialAV - World's first and only antivirus building community (by our team)
    2. CSSilize - World's first and only project management tool for slicing works (by our team)
    3. jobreapr - World's first and only fixed price job search engine (by our team)

    Monday, April 11, 2011

    Bra & Condom websites on making or in demand?

    My post Bra & Condom eCommerce website for Indian market is getting more hits now. Looks like they're of high demand or some are trying to create such sites. Some even brought my attention about CondomShopee; but that's not complete with "sizes" that I mentioned. Someone brought my me another shopping site that's also selling bras TheAgada; though the site is looking cool, the bra shopping isn't perfect.

    Not to mention, I'll be greatly interested in architecting or ideating such bra and condom websites/business.

    Labs launched, finally

    It was a great moment for our team as it was planned more than 5-years ago; but last week we get the Labs launched.

    Anna Hazare hype, irresponsibile media?

    In recent times, barkhagate scam clearly shows that the Indian media is much corrupt than the politicians. They give unnecessary hype to certain things to get TRP. Ever since Anna has gone compared himself with Gandhi and Shivaji, it was clear that he's trying to draw politicians attention. It was a clean tactic than what Medha Patkar or any maoists couldn't get such hype.

    The TwitGens [sic] can't really understand how a Lokpal (ombudsman) system can even be corrupt; remember that the author of Savaukku did quit from DVAC (Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption).

    Economic Times article on this issue shares my views; I don't understand why they couldn't get such views published in Times of India. I think, we can't expect anything good from the media that's vehemently pushing AIADMK.

    Scheduled blog post

    Since, I blog on weekends, the number of posts are heavy on single date. I was looking for a solution to streamline and found draft.blogger.com; hereafter the posts will be scheduled--including this post...

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Jayalalitha = "change"??

    Recently I have followed OurVote.in, the site that tracks Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2011 through Facebook voting. According to the site, AIADMK is winning on huge margin as per Facebook users and everybody is mentioning Jayalalitha as a "change". I think, it's mainly because of media mayhem.

    My personal opinion is to oust both DMK and AIADMK. BJP is Indian Taliban. PMK is chameleon. Vote only for Congress, CPM, DMDK, Dalit parties... and wherever DMK is facing AIADMK straight, vote for IJK or best independent candidate. When Congress gets majority, control goes to Rahul Gandhi and he appoints Nallakannu like person from CPM as Chief Minister... and CPM becomes half capitalists (pure communism is failure)... I have a dream...

    Sri Lankan Tamil's critic on "Tamil Nationalism" and Thamarai, Seeman, Vaiko, etc

    In Tamil Nadu, it's common for politician like Vaiko and activists like Nedumaran, Seeman, Thamarai, etc to support LTTE and Tamil Nationalism. But, the critic I read long time ago, by a Sri Lankan Tamil is an eye opener at least for me பியசேன: கபடத் தமிழ்த்தேசியத்திற்கு கடிக்க நல்ல அவல்!

    Saturday, April 02, 2011

    Leadership mantra: trust and hope

    I often used to tell that "trust" is the binding force of team. Now, I have added "hope" as survival of life/business/team.

    Idea crazy and free advices on rise

    Just for the sake of record, I have noted that "idea crazy" people who think theirs is novel and should be kept secret are on rise. Though I agree to some extent that the ideas be kept secret to get pioneership [sic] credit, I wonder, why they can't compare Coca cola and Pepsi. People giving "free advices" on "ideas" are also on rise.

    Friday, April 01, 2011

    IT startup - scaling up customer base

    Recently I had an interesting conversation with someone who brought me a new theory that integrating sales team and development team "closely" will increase the productivity. Conversation went on like these:

    Someone: Sales team and development team should work closely for better productivity.
    Me: What are the IT companies having such setup? What are the IT companies that increased productivity through such setup?
    Someone: (No answer)
    Me: How have you arrived at that theory?
    Someone: 'coz the sales team will get more technical questions and only when they closely work with the development team, they can able to answer.

    Later I felt that the person is somewhat right, the problem lies with the customer base and the person's inability to bring better solution. Then, I come to an analogy of Waiter, Cook and customer base in a hotel.

    Waiter, Cook and customer base in Hotel



    Here, the Waiter can be compared with the IT salesman and Cook can be compared with the developer. For this example, the Hotel can be taken as Saravana Bhavan, where Cook prepares the foods like Dosa and Waiter acts like a salesman.



    • Customer base #1


      These kind of customers will order foods and won't taste all dishes. They'll pay the bill without any complaints, but you can't understand why they didn't taste all dishes and wasted some food that they paid for. These people will usually be rich and may not come often. Usually may comprise of 5-10%.


    • Customer base #2


      These kind of people will order foods by name and will taste everything. They'll pay the bill without complaints and will usually be happy. They'll also visit often. Usually will comprise 30-40%


    • Customer base #3


      These kind of people would try to taste new dishes. They'll inquire the taste (sweet, sour, spicy) of the food and would love to try new ones. They'll be happy or sad based on the taste. But, they'll pay the bill and visit again. Usually will comprise 50-60%.


    • Customer base #4


      These kind of people will usually be extremely good Cook themselves or some of them will even pretend to be. They'll ask micro details about the ingredients of the food, from where the ingredients are sourced, why particular ingredient is not added,... and any questions that can be answered only by Cook--not the Waiter. For whatever thing they get, they'll usually complain and would fight to pay the bill. Usually will comprise less than 1%.



    When dealing with "Customer base #4", people will usually think that the Waiter can better be trained by Cook to give "necessary answers". Also, people would usually keep Waiters above Cooks socially. But, the real problem is that Waiters are cheap and replaceable than Cooks. When the customer is trying to outsmart the Cook, there's no winner.

    When coming to IT startups... they should constantly improve the customer base--so that the "Customer base #4" is always below 1%. If such customer base takes 100%, then they can't scale up well.

    Richard Branson: People Power -- the Engine of Any Business

    I read the article People Power -- the Engine of Any Business by Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Group) in Entrepreneur magazine some long time ago, but the following piece is still echoing in my mind:

    One main reason people leave a job is that they are not listened to.


    Be aware that a bad leader can destroy a business very quickly. In small businesses this is easily apparent. On my island of Necker in the Caribbean, we had a general manager who tried to change the way things were done. He discouraged the staff from drinking with our guests. This soured the atmosphere fast. We had to step in to replace the manager and restore staff morale and the sense of management’s trust in them, which had been broken.

    Zac Brown Band rocks...

    When I was doing UG, my super-senior friend Ronald introduced me to MLTR and I was totally taken away by the music then. About 15-years later, I'm feeling same ecstasy when listening to Zac Brown Band's Whatever It Is and Highway 20 Ride. The voice and music are amazingly cool.

    Eric Meyer released reset.css v2.0

    Just noted that Eric Meyer has released new version of reset.css by January.

    The important thing I have noted is that he addressed the concern I raised over :focus{} styling on his earlier version, by dropping that altogether.

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    Newspapers: The Hindu vs Times of India

    For some years, I was subscribed to The Hindu and Economic Times alone; but when the sales person of Times of India forced me to subscribe with offers, I was kinda reluctant and finally subscribed just for the offer. I didn't like the Arnab Goswami of Times Now and still don't like him. Now, it looks like Times of India is leading in terms of journalism, though I don't like how it's pushing AIADMK. At this moment, Times of India is a clear winner though The Hindu is trying with Wikileaks articles.

    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    Fame reaches only few...

    Ever since I have given my Humble Award to Gaana Rahman, the Gaana singer whom I thought will get popular soon, I keep my fingers crossed--'coz the fame reaches only very few. For instance, many people forgot Devendran, the music composer of Vedam Puthithu. I had to first create a Wikipedia page for M. M. Keeravani, whom many people can't realize that he composed the classic Devaraagam

    Going to vote DMK, unfortunately...

    There has been huge cry that AIADMK is going to win coming Tamil Nadu election 2011. I was expecting some third front, but now forced to vote for DMK.

    Though insane, I have to choose parties on rejection basis... First set of rejection: 1. BJP, 2. PMK, 3. AIADMK. Parties I like especially for the leaders--not for their ideologies: 1. CPI/CPM, 2. MDMK. Party I wanted to give "chance": DMDMK. Party I wanted to give "chance" just for Rahul Gandhi: (sadly) Congress. Party I don't like: DMK. But, with all above combinations, I'm left with DMK.

    Most stupid fellows on this election are: 1. CPI/CPM, 2. MDMK, 3. DMDMK

    Yahoo! News Vs digg

    Of late, I'm noticing that the News entries in Yahoo! is getting more comments than digg. Looks like Yahoo! is having more user engagement.

    Untouchability in the name of "eligibility"

    Summary: Why Indian government's eligibility criteria sucks...

    How do you want our policemen look?
    1. Like an actor?
    2. Tall and chesty?
    3. Ability to match dots and dots to solve puzzle?

    If that's your preference, then our government's criteria rocks, otherwise it sucks. Look at the eligibility chart published by Tamil Nadu police. It may look sane for those who're already swallowed by the crazy system. Otherwise, it's extremely crazy. I don't know, if Veerappan had necessary chest; but he really rocked every chesty policemen! In the world of pistols, are these things really matters--especially the height??

    And, the "age". Why can't they fix the retirement age to 35 then? In other words, why the "criteria" is only for the "entry"?

    Someone told me that they ask puzzles and "joining dots" type of questions in IPS examinations. Are they going to solve puzzle or crimes?

    Happiness brings success...

    Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
    Albert Schweitzer

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Why hackers suck...


    "If you work your way down the Forbes 400 making an x next to the name of each person with an MBA, you'll learn something important about business school. After Warren Buffett, you don't hit another MBA till number 22, Phil Knight, the CEO of Nike. There are only 5 MBAs in the top 50. What you notice in the Forbes 400 are a lot of people with technical backgrounds. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, Jeff Bezos, Gordon Moore. The rulers of the technology business tend to come from technology, not business. So if you want to invest two years in something that will help you succeed in business, the evidence suggests you'd do better to learn how to hack than get an MBA."
    Paul Graham in How to start a startup



    But, I'm very much amused, in real world, how such sane hackers are been ruled and overtaken by sales, marketing and HR guys. How those guys put the words into hackers mouth and outsmart?

    On a second thought, it must be for God's sake...

    "Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are."
    Proverbs 26:4



    "Don't waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice."
    Proverbs 23:9

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Groupon's PR - possible reason for success...

    Of late, I'm quite serious to find some PR personnel to get media attention for our products and labs initiatives:

    Labs



    • CSSilize - World's first and only project management tool for slicing works (PSD to XHTML conversion and WordPress theme works)

    • SocialAV - World's first and only antivirus building community (start building antivirus online...)

    • jobreapr - World's first and only fixed price job search engine

    • Uboo - India's first full blown consumer portal (private beta)



    Products



    • GroupDeal - powers many Groupon competitor group buying sites

    • FPPlatform - powers many Fiverr competitor fixed price job sites

    • SFPlatform - powers many Kickstarter competitor crowd funding sites



    Why PR?


    As I blogged earlier, our team has added lot of innovations and features. Recently our GroupDeal product/company got a mention in The New York Times. Similar or better coverage might give our team great energy to innovate further and may get good VCs.

    How Groupon is doing PR?


    This is of great interest to me. I was wondering if that's hype or paid news. Someone even posted a question in Quora: Which PR firms handle Twitter, Facebook, Groupon, and other recent leading internet startups?

    Groupon & TechCrunch


    Of late, found that TechCrunch's star writer Leena Rao is wife of Suneel Gupta, VP of Product at Groupon!

    Related links

    Sunday, February 27, 2011

    Indians on TechCrunch- what's wrong?

    I have noted that there are decent voice for Indians in TechCrunch, the popular technical blog: Rahul Nihalani, Leena Rao,... But, still there's no importance given for Indian entrepreneurship and Indian tech news. As far as I see, Indian companies that get the mention are just from NRIs, for example Micromobs. Unfortunately, these companies are not at all comparable with the Indian entrepreneurship spirit.

    This clearly proves that there's huge untapped potential on the startup and media in India.

    Quora, missing promotional buttons

    I've finally got an account in Quora. Google Groups once captured Usenet and now Quora is capturing the market. Right now, my profile and activities are in stealth mode. The information is quite addictive. But, I couldn't still find a button to link to Quora profile--something like Twitter's follow button or LinkedIn's button. I think, Quora is yet to focus here on promotion.

    Entrepreneur magazine of Infomedia 18 finally responds...

    I liked the content of Entrepreneur magazine from Infomedia 18. When I thought of subscribing for 3-years, I sent the amount by DD to them by December 2010. Despite sending number of emails and contacting them over the phone, my subscription wasn't successful. Being desperate, I have sent mails to all available emails and they finally responded this week.

    Actor Surya to beat EEEE Madhavan?

    Previously I wrote about fake smile male-queens [sic]. In this trend, it looks like actor Surya is trying to beat actor Madhavan.

    Learnt from exit and enter interviews...

    Things learnt from interviews lately...

    • Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish - book on entrepreneurship

    • When people don't feel the growth of company in terms of headcount, they move.

    • When people decided to move they're confused about the reasons and priority.

    • Money is the only motivation.

    • People who leave company can easily access the confidential information like billing, etc.

    • When the people realize that their efforts can better be promoted by themselves than a sales guy, they move.

    • Being "employee" alone is not sufficient for some; some expects partnership.

    Marketplace payment gateway - what's wrong?

    our team has developed popular FPPlatform (aka, fiverr clone) and SFPlatform (seed/crowd funding platform). I see, here we're facing huge crunch in terms of payment gateway solutions. The least closest here is the solution from PayPal called adaptive payments. But, due to their API design and approval process, there's gap creating (Not to mention that PayPal is working with us to improve that).

    Over the top of my head, thinking of creating a payment gateway provider on the top of PayPal or Authorize.net with improved API design (something like Braintree)

    iCon G4 - "Chines iPhone" for 20% of price

    Recently surprised to find the ad of mobile phone that has similar look but costs just Rs.6,490/- and found the shopping page here.

    Wikipedia - people page - what's wrong?

    Recently I got to be highly skeptical about the future and quality of the Wikipedia, especially on the article about people.

    Problem



    • People from West create pages for the "winners" of a TV show and think it's perfectly ok--as those "winners" do deserve the Wikipedia page

    • People from India create pages on "bloggers" and "cinema people". They think that it's perfectly ok to have them featured. People like Vilayanur S. Ramachandran have decent page and where as notable people like Dr.C.N.Deivanayagam are absolutely ignored.

    • If the trend is continuing, some college topper may get a page in Wikipedia and... heck everyone may get a article just like a profile page

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    MySuperDealToday overtakes Groupon in Birmingham?

    MySuperDealToday is a very important site for us as it uses our GroupDeal group buying platform. They launched the site with amazing 1,440 sale for the very first deal. The recent deal page of Groupon and MySuperDealToday somewhat confirms that MySuperDealToday has already captured the market.

    Daughter turns 3 and time is running fast

    Pillai has just turned 3. Heleena and myself are going to complete 5-years of married life. Time is running fast, pretty fast--like tomorrow I gonna die. Who knows about tomorrow?...

    Wasting my energy on impossible things...

    Of late, I feel that I'm wasting my energy on impossible things and worrying about the things that I shouldn't really care at all.

    Sunday, February 20, 2011

    Search similar and duplicate fixed price jobs through jobreapr

    I previously mentioned that our team has developed jobreapr the fixed price job search engine that searches through Fiverr alternatives and gives better results.

    In the phase-2 release, team has worked hard to add few more sites and more importantly introduced similar and duplicate listing through new algorithm. With this version, user can quickly check for similar jobs across all sites and also find if the job is duplicated across other fixed price job sites--and then order the job in best place/site.

    MySpace & the missing person to scale up startups

    There's huge cry that MySpace--the site that was popular few years ago is kind of dead--kind of killed by Facebook. So, what's the problem?...

    Often startups start with the some "killer idea". The startups are usually started by a guy who is technical savvy or a sales guy who thinks he can sell it better or a marketing guy who thinks he can market it better... but, often these startups missing a person who is willing to scale it up (I think, such person's designation can be set as Scaler[sic] or so)--instead of just getting satisfied with his technical/sales/marketing ability. So far, I have noted in interviews that people move from company to company when it doesn't grow and scales up. Word of mouth and crowd power is essential to get the startups running. But, companies like MySpace's death are already predicted.

    Bra & Condom eCommerce website for Indian market

    For a long time, I have noted that there's huge potential for an online shopping site that targets bras and condoms.

    Why a bra site in India?



    • There's no good site available in India. Currently, only enamor has a website; but that doesn't seem to be active and friendly.

    • Majority of the Indian women don't know how to find the right size. Majority wrongly refers the size as a single number--just referring the circumference around breast; but good brands have two-letter representations.



    Why a condom site in India?


    Indian groupon sites Vs. GroupDeal

    I previously noted that Groupon is chasing GroupDeal, the group buying software platform that our team has developed and also powers many Groupon competitor sites. Remember the self-service platform and QR-code based online validations are first introduced by GroupDeal.

    There are lot of Groupon like sites introduced in India. Here, I list few of them. But, I'm pretty sure that any site that use our GroupDeal product can do much better.


    Issues with Indian Groupons


    When quickly checked, there doesn't seem to be clarity on the focus for these players and some are looking aggressive but doesn't seem to have good software platform. There is also a good write up on these at VCBytes