Saturday, May 31, 2003

The Hoot features an article titled Weblogs: a library of live autobiographies written Jyothi Kiran.

A well researched and a comprehensive article that enables a stranger peek into the world of weblogs. My weblog got a mention in the article. Read it !!

Friday, May 30, 2003

See what could the deadly SARS to a beautiful marriage

Got this pic via email
Data Mining intiatives of the US government :

The Data mining efforts of the US government on US Citizens might be an effective tool to scrutinize terrorists and other illegal elements.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which created the predecessor of the Internet, is developing the Total Information Awareness database which is re-christened as Terrorist Information Awareness, draws on a cross-section of school, financial, travel, and medical records, looking for trends and patterns that may indicate terrorist activity.

The Computer-Assisted Passenger Prescreening System II (CAPPS II) which is being developed by the Transportation Security Administration would analyze airline passengers' names, addresses, birthdays, and phone numbers for use in preflight screenings. CAPPS II would replace the current airline passenger screening system in the U.S during the mid-2004.

While some section of congress feels that this could be an anti-privacy act, some duly defend it. However it could be, I am happy that the under-estimated and mis-understood data mining technology is put to its maximum use.

Read this for what Raghu Ramakirshnan, a professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, has to say about these data mining initiatives.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Outsourced : The coming of the end of Indian Tech era ?

This article not only signifies the obvious but also has hidden impacts.

Kevin Flanagan's suicide resulting because his tech job in Bank of America was outsourced to Indian Info-Tech companies shattered US during the month of April. And the aftermaths had a very negative impact on the Indian Info Tech companies. Four US states including New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut and Washington are planning to ban outsourcing totally.

Outsourcing has been there since ages and it isn't new to this world which has now shrinked handful. But it was expected that these bans would definetely happen because the no. of jobs lost in US due to this outsourcing spree amounted to 800,000. It all began when New Jersey passed a bill that none of their jobs would be outsourced outside the state.

With outsourcing ban started to becoming more than a fad in US, Commerce Minister Arun Jaitley said that the move was against the principle of market access and is very certain to have it negotiated in the WTO forums. If these bills get passed very smoothly in the US congress, it would couple with the already threatening L1 Visa ban bill and would create nasty impact on the Indian job front and also on the export income of India.

Monday, May 26, 2003

230 million downloads and still going strong. Kazaa, the file-sharing p2p software (including streaming audio/video), just as what napster was supposed to be for audio files. Read about it here.

Sunday, May 25, 2003

Can't stand this chennai heat. Last evening had good half-and-half bath in besant nagar beach. Well it wasn't intentional. We just went to have our feets washed but the gushing water tempted us and swept us by our feet. But the bag hanging behind me didn't allow to get drenched. As we were children we never had any such issues of carrying mobiles, credit cards, docs and such responsibilities. Wish we had a remote control to rewind our lives back to childhood.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Rahman is a Robinhood. As Valli, the ace lyricist uttered these words, a whopping crowd of 60,000 plus shouted happily on their way to glory. Last week, Vijay TV aired the part 1 of Unity of Light concert which took place in Chennai during the month of Feb. As A R Rahman performing for the first time in Chennai, chennaites had a chance to witness the whiz kid who hailed from this city and made chennai a global spot in the music arena. Watch for Part II this week on Vijay TV.

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Ash and her diamonds @ Cannes

Is it Ash or her diamonds that shined during the Cannes Film Festival ? Anyway here's presenting one more Julia Roberts to the Hollywood from our desi Bollywood.

Friday, May 16, 2003

Last night, I complelled myself to listen to Radio Mirchi @ 98.3 because I had comment that radio mirchi is doing well. I had listened to it just for few hours and wanted to see if the comment was true. During the nights they play some oldies which are very nice. Their comperes are really good and their ads are also fine. But I am still not convinced with their song picks. Some of them are really unheard. But lets wait and watch...err...hear.

Kanmani, the compere of Kaalai Thendral ( Morning Breeze ) in Suryan FM @ 105.8 is doing a great job. With her honey sweet voice and the entu that she shows to greet her callers is simply fabulous. I have become a regular listener of her shows and they are real mood-setters for the day.
I don't understand why people plug lampshades on the fences and then tie it tightly with a non-transparent polythene cover. Why put the lampshade in first place ? Any takes ?

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I am not sure if I would update anymore but I am planning to provide a link there so they would get routed back to So please re-link to me incase you are linking to me with the old blogspot url.

Monday, May 12, 2003

Dusted my Philips Powerhouse and put it into work with FM. All these days it was just lying across my room untouched because we all turned to MP3 Cds and it was just a plain old taperecorder. Atleast it was useful for the FM purpose. Radio Mirchi @ 98.3 seems very out of place and it plays some real unheard numbers. The oldies in Radio Mirchi are the better ones. Suryan FM @ 105.8 is clearly in the top of the race. There is a lot of potential and I am expecting more FM channels to be intitated in Chennai.

Watched Panchathantiram thrice in the last two days and it was a real timepass. As usual it was kamal's impressive comedy and I had a chance to listen to many of the crackers only when I watched it for more than once. Nice movie for a weekend.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Continuing the tiff between Cable TV operators and Satellite TV owners, I have some very strong thougts which might be acceptable by many. Meanwhile, today's newsapers say that there was a meeting by the Cable TV operators and consumers somewhere in chennai and the outcome was that they decided to air only FTA (Free-to-air) channels and this would help in saving dual income to Satellite TVs. Dual income includes, income from advertisements and also through these subscription costs which they charge Cable TV operators on the basis of no. of connections.

Sometimes, we are taken over so much by the media, that we don't even see the other side of the story. Imagine, The Hindu or Indian Express newspaper does the same thing. They sell papers free of charge to the newspaper shops and they get money only through advertisements. Would that happen? Will they ever agree to it or is it first of all correct? So you as a consumer pay 3 bucks for the newspaper guy and he will give take the money for himself because he delivers it in your house. So the 3 bucks that you pay does not reach the newspaper company. What would happen?. The sponsors or the advertisers would take over the newspaper company. They will start demanding what news should be presented in the nespaper and how it should be framed. Our newspapers will also become Satellite TV with more advertisements and less content.

Why don't we support subscription for all channels. THINK.

Friday, May 09, 2003

Invoking the Muse - Ila Kandasamy 'muses'

This was an impressive piece of note by Ila Kandaswamy who lives in from chennai. Check out the article here @ freshlimesoda. For those who are lazy as me to follow the link, I've copied the note. Truly Realistic !!
You are a young writer, you have the silver chords of hope, and you show the promise of a few admirable phrases. You have just fallen in love with writing and you subsist with an unknown faith. What drives you is the beauty of words, and the how distinctly they blend, and how with a little of your effort you can create pieces of elegance that touches someone somewhere very deeply. In the beginning though, you are your audience.

Someday you want to take it all seriously, you decide to write for the world out there, you want to play God, between all your tears and trauma you want to create an impressive work of art. And like millions of others, you want to learn how other writers have done it all. That is where it begins, the downward fall, the decline, and the persistent kinky restlessness. All that you learn about the process of writing through the featured interviews of gorgeous authors from the Sunday magazines reveals sundry obsessions. One writer swears by always writing longhand in foolscap paper in fluorescent orange colours. "And the lighting in the room: it must always be natural lighting. I am averse to any kind of artificial lighting," she pouts. You try to reconcile, to understand her whims, and you try to implement that in your life. It never works out, and you forget her for a while and you start wondering about other ideas. There is a balding author, the one who spins out a novel a year and he avers by red wine and his Dictaphone. You can't afford either, so you take solace in another man who recommends three litres of coffee per day at four a.m. in the morning. After weeks of this madness, your body has taken the blows -- it refuses to cooperate. But nothing stops you from that best form of flattery - imitation. So you religiously try a hundred and one recipes for writing, and then it something else captures you - the lure of the exotic. You begin drinking masala chais and start worshipping your muse with incense sticks and ritual gets hold of you. It is a kind of insanity, this relying on wearing your lime-green dress every time you sit down to write. Voices deep within mock at you. Sarcasm raises its ugly head between all your sacred rites and ceremonies, but you cling on to your methodical insanities. You forget the fact that the word "author" has the same root as the word "authority"- and that by submitting to dogma, you have lost control.

In so many ways, it is the greatest loss.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Light at the end of the cable? - End of consumer intelligence

The article in Hindu today clearly marks the end of consumer intelligence. Even a prudent urban customer can't understand these jargons like CAS, FTA and MSO.

Just like how BSNL confused us with its tabulated un-understandable tarrif card, cable operators have also vowed to confuse consumer thereby cashing in more money. Still today people are unaware that when they call a mobile from landline they are paying six times more than what they were paying a week back. And before they realise each would have spent more than what their sum of two months bill would be. But BSNL has advertised the change in tariff well in advance. It's only because the public wasn't aware of it. The media underplayed this price hike and what happened at the end was a loss to Mr. Public.

To the consumer dismay, even the private networks like Star TV is also advertising this STBs in between their programs. They don't understand, from day one of this CAS(Conditional Access System), if they don't meet the demand of Set-top boxes(STB), they will loose their TRB ratings. This will only allow more useless serials and will not help in innovativeness.

After all who is bothered about innovativeness. It is the sponsor of the program who drives what should be seen by the consumer. Just like how the news media is controlled by the goverment in captalist nations(you know which one),we are controlled by sponsors. This is what is called as Image Overload. The more they show Mandira Bedi, the more you debate about her dresing patterns. People even had bets on what she would wear for India/Pak match. The more you watch Hoodi BABA advertisement, the more you would like to buy a KB Calibre. The more Kareena sips Pepsi, you die to sip one too. Fundas of the new generation.
What is so special about ICICI bank? Anytime I look at an ICICI Atm, it so crowded just like a SBI or any other nationalised bank. It is suprising to look at a private bank serving this many customers at the same time. Is this because ICICI's service and interest rates are good or is it because most corporates indulge their employees in opening accounts with ICICI. In any case, it is a good news. I am still guessing why?.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

As the wheel turns, people change from baggy trousers to boot leggers to narrow trousers. Same is true for other walks of life also. The private FM mania is already alive and kicking in most metros of India. Chennai is the last to join the race. One reason being the no. of Tamil tv channels is more than any other regional language channels in India. Infact, even the no. of Hindhi tv channels is also less by a count of 1 or 2.

So there is always something or other new program/serial coming up and it generally took time for people to start finding an alternative for TV. Also, I think there had been some hiccups in granting permission for private FM stations in Tamil Nadu. Now things have changed and Suryan FM @105.8 started its broadcast from y'day. I've been personally waiting for this for sometime. Being under the umbrella of SUN TV network which is the leading South Indian TV network, Suryan FM can achieve more things than what others can.

Last night, I tuned into Suryan FM @105.8 and it had cystal clear sound quality and it was way ahead of the public FM sound quality. I slept with the radio on by morning when I woke up, the headphones were just beside my head and I could hear some voices. I realised I didn't switch it off. In morning they were playing thoughts of day which is usually broadcasted in SUN TV every morning. This is a clear advantage of being assosiated with a TV channel. They have the availability and flexibility of re-using the program which were programmed for the TV.

And when I read the newspaper today, Radio Mirchi @98.3 is also launched from today in chennai. Guys, start getting your personal radios. It's gonna be a lot fun. Better idea would be to buy a Nokia with radio on it and go bonkers!!

Monday, May 05, 2003

Boys for Gals - Can u hear us?

P.S : Read Boys Review

Shankar's long awaited Boys(for Gals) is expected to release this summer. But the wait extends that AR Rahman fans now atleast demand the music to be released. It’s been more than a year since Boys began. Shankar in his recent interviews keeps saying that he is finished most of the movie expect for a few songs. He said that the movie consisted of 10 songs of which a few of them are shorter ones. There are rumors going around that Jyothika was making a guest appearance for a song sequence.

Shankar known for his fantasy films like Mudhalvan (Nayak), Indian (Hindusthani), Gentleman and Jeans is set to come back with Boys which is said to be a reality movie. He says it has more elements of reality more of his usual fantasy oriented stories. The movie supposedly revolves around the lives of five guys and a girl and it describes the usual confusions and mishaps of teenage and how these guys rise back to the occasion.

Sujatha's go-getter dialogues would be a highlight. A R Rahman's songs would certainly make a bang. It's been sometime since AR Rahman rocked the tamil world. His latest Udhaya has been well received but hasn't made a big impact. Also ARR-Shankar combination has worked well in the past and they have been trendsetters. For the fans who are waiting for the movie for a long time, the music release will certainly cool their hearts.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Salute Communism

A dialogue between Kamal and Madhavan in their recent film Anbe Sivam goes on like this.

Madhavan: Ahhh...What ever I say you would it relate to communism.
Kamal : (silence)
Madhavan: Let me ask you ask you something. Russia is broken into pieces...right.
Madhavan: (continues) So why the hell are you still bragging about communism?
Kamal : Mr. Romeo, If Taj Mahal was ever to break down, will you guys stop loving?
Madhavan: (mockingly) Hello, Love is a feeling.
Kamal : Communism is also a feeling. Even before Karl Marx advocated it, several others felt it.

Having read Ayn Rand's Fountain Head for more than once, I had fallen in love with capitalism and objectivism until I read what communism was all about. While having a chat with my ex-boss, I was repeatedly saying about the objectivism’s idea of personal success and he whacked me and gave a brief of what communism was. I wasn't still convinced and I went on a journey into the net and read lots of stuff on communism.

The May Day, which is celebrated today, was once a historical day. The first of May demanded the introduction of the eight-hour day. But even after this goal was reached, May Day was not given up. As long as the struggle of the workers against the bourgeoisie and the ruling class continues, as long as all demands are not met, May Day will be the yearly expression of these demands. And, when better days dawn, when the working class of the world has won its deliverance then too humanity will probably celebrate May Day in honor of the bitter struggles and the many sufferings of the past. Read more about it here.

The Workers MayPole
by Walter Crane

...Let the winds lift your banners from far lands
With a message of strife and of hope:
Raise the Maypole aloft with its garlands
That gathers your cause in its scope....

...Stand fast, then, Oh Workers, your ground,
Together pull, strong and united:
Link your hands like a chain the world round,
If you will that your hopes be requited.

When the World's Workers, sisters and brothers,
Shall build, in the new coming years,
A lair house of life--not for others,
For the earth and its fulness is theirs.

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