Thursday, April 17, 2014

'5 core methods of innovation' won an award

The book got an award in the non-fiction category at:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cloud Computing and Corporate Privacy

The Cloud computing companies would like us to believe that information technology and computing power are ordinary utilities like electricity and water, and corporations should outsource the business of IT infrastructure management to a third party somewhere in the 'Cloud', being managed by them for a monthly fee.

However, unlike electricity and water, computers contain the business process logic and business algorithms developed over decades, giving unique advantages to a corporation.

It is questionable if passing all this information in the hands of another organization managing the 'Cloud' would be safe and beneficial in the long run.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Is Information the opium of the masses in 21st century ?

We are getting addicted to information almost non stop 24 by 7, and a large amount of this information is irrelevant to our lives.

Besides unending personal and business emails and latest news from online and TV, we are getting information from social networking sites: 'Which peanut butter sandwich did Michael eat',  'What clothes Kardashian is wearing', 'Hillary and her new haircut', 'What is the latest news in far east', 'Which sports star said what'. Many people also like to play video games almost all the times.

Some people are so addicted to screens that they are even texting and browsing while driving.

New and exciting information, though irrelevant, gives our brains a high, just like other addictions did. We feel we are in control and empowered, though it hardly changes any thing in our lives.

I tried 'Information de-addiction' for a few days by restricting information to only a short window during the whole day, and it was like I was back in 1970s. I definitely felt that I had a different set and level of hormones and the music in my car felt way better and interesting than other days. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Time to go long on Microsoft

The recent 'Scroogled' Ads from Microsoft are very impressive. ( example:

Instead of trying to copy Google, the company has realized it needs to position itself differently from Google. These 'Scroogled' advertisements hightlight that while Google's software is reading users' emails, microsoft's outlook respects the privacy of users and does not do it.

Microsoft's CEO is on the way out and Chairman Bill Gates is also being threatened by the board.

Overall, time to expect some good action from this company.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Do we need food supplements ?

The food supplements industry is coming up with new "essential" supplements every now and then. The underlying premise behind these food supplements (including Vitamins, Proteins, Omega 3 oil etc.) is that human body needs them and cannot produce them on its own. If body can convert mass into energy, essentailly the function of a nucleur reaction, it could also be coverting one type of element into another. Most of the world lived on just basic grains (wheat and rice) during most of the history. If food supplements were so important, and body could not produce it from grains, how could those people maintain healthy and strong bodies ?

Though generalization would be an overstatement, latest studies on multivitamins say that these are a waste of money (
and high doses of B12 can be dangerous (

and so is Omega 3 (

and now, the serious side effects of Protein foods, which people are eating heavily for the last 2 decades:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Issues in Hibernate Technology

The Hibernate technology allows programmers to ignore database design work - as it is an engine sitting between the front end and the database. However, the technology can ignore updating the database while simply updating the logic and processing within the java and xml. This leads to a disconnect with other systems (like a business intelligence system) which are still dependent on the values stored in the database. These systems would not know that information is displayed differently than what is stored in the database.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What a notice !

Here's a picture of a notice in a public bus in New Jersey. Read the Notice.

Now, Read the last line again !