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Ohh yes guys, the IPO of Micromax might hit the Indian market soon. Do you know Micromax? Honestly, I was not aware of this brand unless some of my friends and colleagues bought the mobiles of Micromax. Very few people know and in fact, even I was surprised to know that Micromax is the largest selling mobile handset in India. And the most amazing story of its success is: it has done so in a very short period of 3 years. Today, it is valued at $1 Bn. As far as I have heard about the Micromax from my friends, they say one prefers Micromax because it provided dual SIM support, qwerty interface at an amazingly low cost. Yes, low cost was its selling point and as I have discussed earlier on this blog, no matter what technology you provide and what features you give, we, Indians have just one first question: What is the price? And here is where I feel Micromax is a winner. I was not surprised to know that Micromax has gained its popularity in such a short period of time and captured 5% of the Indian mobile market, as reports suggest.

So, what does it mean to us?

  • Don’t stop dreaming and dreaming big. Remember 3 years back Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and few others were household names. Introducing itself at that time and emerging as the leading player is one of the greatest example of living a life of dreams for Micromax. kudos to all the whole team.
  • Entrepreneurs don’t fear. The believe in themselves more than anyone does. And Micromax proved it with its valuation.
  • Hard work, Focus and Determination are the key to success. Its the combination of all these factors that today Micromax is going for an IPO.
  • Ideas with customers in mind matter the most. I believe what clicked for Micromax is their approach to the Indian market. They just combined the idea of iPhone, cost factor plus the Indian attitude of shifting telecom providers to suit to the cheapest calling rates at that instant of time. Apple did not lunch iPhone in India and when it did, the cost was too high that it could even be anywhere near to success. Blackberry was not in market. And Micromax launched itself at just the right time with the correct attitude.

So, guys keep dreaming and believe in them. You never know when your Idea could be the IPO of the Indian Economy!!!

Sources: http://trak.in/tags/business/2011/01/10/micromax-ipo-stock-markets/

http://micromaxinfo.com/

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Today marks the day when Motorola officially splits into two independent companies: Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. Personally, I worked with Motorola in its research team during my internship way back in 2007. As a company, I have always admired it but deep inside me felt during my short tenure of 6 months that there was something wrong. After Moto Razr, none of the mobile phones did well and it lost the battle to smartphone such as iPhone.

I have always admired Motorola for its innovation. They were the pioneers of mobile technology. I remember the classic case study during my graduate studies: the classic case of failure of brick-size Motorola phones. I feel Motorola failed to learn from its mistakes. Constant innovation is the only change that every technology company has to embrace in order to stay in the market. Todays market is only for the fittest but the fit does not sustain for long. So keep innovating.

Coming back to the split, here are the key take-aways:

  • Motorola shareholders of record on Dec. 21 will receive one share of Mobility for every eight shares of Motorola Inc. they already held. Motorola Inc. shares will then go through a 1-for-7 reverse split and become Motorola Solutions shares.
  • Motorola is also selling off a division that makes network equipment for cell phone companies to Nokia Siemens Networks.
  • After the split, Motorola Mobility had $2.9 billion in sales in the most recent quarter, compared with $1.9 billion for the Motorola Solutions segments. However, the $321 million in operating earnings at Solutions was stronger than the $3 million that Mobility made.
  • Solutions will continue to be based in Schaumburg, I’ll., while Mobility will take up a temporary home in nearby Libertyville, Ill. Motorola officials have said that it may later move its headquarters team to San Diego, the San Francisco area or Austin, Texas.

I wish both the babies a very happy birthday and we will try to revisit them again on their birthdays to see their growth.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/01/03/financial/f122752S81.DTL

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This year, I would like to devote one article every alternate day to discuss about an interesting article. I hope to stick to the idea and am going to give my best for the same. We begin the tradition with today’s Wall Street article on Verizon.

Verizon announced to launch a set of Android powered 4G mobile phones later this year. With AT&T, claimed to be the largest and fastest network available in US, expected to launch the 4G in the mid of the year. I feel this year is going to be the year of Android. Tablets and mobile phones are going to rule the market and most of them can adopt the Android software as their operating systems. I wouldn’t be amazed if the year 2011 is named after the “Android Year”. So, do watch out for more trendy smartphones, tablets. With more smartphones and tablets, the war of network is going to get bitter. In US, we expect the war to be between AT&T and Verizon, but with the emergence of new players such as Spring and T-mobile. I feel we need to take a very close look at the upcoming Las Vegas Electronics show.

As the world gears up for the 4G network, the definition of 4G network remains kind of fuzzy. Initially, when we were expecting that the 4G technology is with us, the technology was renamed to Long Term Evolution (Basic LTE and LTE Advanced). Market and technology has struggled to define the 4G technology perfectly.

But lets not get into that debate. I will tell you couple of things that excites me in the 4G:

  • Smartphones are really going to get SMART. How SMART – We have to wait and watch. But definitely a lot of research and new gadgets are going to be with us.
  • With tablets and smartphone wars getting fierce, will other companies like Apple join the approach of Google to compete with Android. Would be interesting to watch but I would like to bet on Android now.
  • Speeds are going to KILLER. 100Mbits/s for trains and cars and 1Gbits/s for stationary.
  • Gaming and Entertainment will reach a new level of experience. Users are going to help irrespective of what they pay for.
  • Secure all-IP based mobile broadband solution for mobile phones, laptops and tablets.
  • Streamlined Multimedia is going to be the buzzword. May be a beginning of a great era of YouTube like companies.

No matter if it is 3G or 4G, I believe that the year 2011 is going to be the year of smartphones and tablets.

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703820904576057983626926892.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G

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Today I delivered my Project 3 Speech of Toastmaster and it was well appreciated. Again the main source of the speech is here. At the same time, I feel the time is coming that I have to begin writing my speeches of my own soon. Till then, let me manage as there are too many things in my kitty now.

The Objectives of the Project 3 Speech were:

The third Toastmasters speech project stresses the importance of clearly identifying your target objective, and then maintaining precise focus to achieve it. The basic aims for this speech project revolve around being focused and precise:

  • Determine your general purpose.
  • Focus in on your specific purpose.
  • Ensure that the entire speech maintains focus on your objective.

The Easy Part: Get to the Point

The first task is to get to the point. Before we generate an outline or our first draft, we need to make sure to know our purpose precisely. Make sure we can state it in a single simple sentence.

The Harder Part: Stay Focused On the Point

The much harder part — and the part that many speakers struggle badly with — is staying focused on the point.

No speaker intends to stray from their purpose; rather, it happens quite accidentally. Somewhere between getting to the point and writing the first draft, a collection of off topic elements are inserted into the speech.

  • It might be an off-topic opening anecdote which is “too good not to share”.
  • It might be some jaw-dropping statistics that are only remotely related to the topic.
  • It might be the latest whiz-bang effect in PowerPoint that is glitzy, but content-empty.

Find these extraneous elements, and eliminate them while editing our speech. Every element of our speech must reinforce our purpose. Each time we edit our speech, our goal should be to sharpen the focus.

Did you know that if you’re being forced to withdraw money from ATM at gunpoint, you can inform the police by entering your pin in reverse?
Or that Coca-cola logo is a secret message directed against a particular religion and the blasphemous message is clear if you hold the logo in front of a mirror?
And of-course, you know that Bill Gates is sharing his fortune and you can be a beneficiary if you choose to forward a certain mail?

All of these seemingly unrelated examples are: appealing, interesting and informative; But the biggest connection is: Source of all of these are chain-emails and at the same time each of them is incorrect.

Ms. Toastmaster, fellow toastmasters and Dear Guests,
My speech today is to urge you to break-the-chain:: to stop being part of chain-emails.
Well, not all chain-mails are bad. My grudge is against the mails that seek to lure or threaten the recipient into forcefully continuing the chain: the ones, which are meant to spread hatred, superstitions, misinformation or simply to continue the chain. Yes, I’ve even seen a chain saying: let’s see how far it can get; just add your name to the list and forward it to your friends. Can it get any dumber than this??

At this juncture, many of you may be feeling what harm an innocuous forwarded mail can do even if it’s factually incorrect? This is what many of my friends argue. But believe me it’s more dangerous than it looks.

To start with, it can make you look like an idiot. Sample this: I got an email from one of my juniors asking me to forward it to 10 guys and then press F6 five times. The mail claimed that after this, the name of my Secret admirer will appear on the screen. Such garbage coming from a software engineer!! I stopped reading his mails after that.

Many of us, who normally do not forward unsolicited mails, often give in to the emotional appeals and consider our job to the society done after forwarding such mails. I believe that most of us must have at some time received a mail regarding Red-Cross donating a cent for a cancer-struck child or for some 9/11 victim. What we don’t realize is the fact that we’re in fact causing more harm to the reputation and work of such organizations by forwarding unverified information about them. And then, they need to spend hundreds of man-hours for refuting the contents of the mail.

Coming to more serious effects:
Remember: often the original context of the mail is often lost in a chain and if some legal issue crops up and the mail is traced back to you, then you can be considered the author of that mail. Are you prepared to take that risk? Let us take a fictional scenario of Mr X, working for Microsoft, India, who gets a hoax-mail regarding a new virus attacking Windows XP. Mr. X forwards it to some of his friends thinking what’s wrong with being cautious. His friends forward it claiming “This comes from one of friends, who is working for Microsoft.” It won’t take more than two-three steps of the chain for that to become “This comes from officially from Microsoft” Very soon, MS is contacted for verification and when they trace the mail to their own employee, do you think it’s going to be easy for Mr X. I’ve read about employees losing their jobs on similar grounds.
Things can get worse for people who fall for such imaginary ideas. Think what can happen if you try the ATM trick and the tech-savvy robber gets to know that you were actually trying to inform the police.

Now that I believe I have managed to convince you against the dangers that this menace poses, here are some ideas to counter it.
The minimum we can do is not to be the source of any such message. A 2-minute search can reveal its falsehood. There’re sites like Break-the-chain and Hoax-slayer dedicated to the cause and they’ll give you scientific reasons why the particular message is hoax. But don’t stop at just ignoring the mail. If you’re able to establish the fakeness of the mail, do attack the source. Reply to the sender, mention the links and request him to write a damage control mail to recipients of this mail as well as the person from whom he got the mail. I know this may create a kind of reverse-chain, but this surely is worth it.
Further if you really like to forward something, ask yourself if you’re ready to be identified as the original source of message. Such simple steps and you’ve done your bit against this menace.

Dear Toastmasters, the e-mail is one of the best things to have happened to mankind in the field of communication. Let’s be responsible users and not abuse this great communication tool. We just need to use some common sense and follow some simple steps to Break-the-chain every time we encounter one!!!

PS: I was awarded the “Best Speaker” of the session for this speech.

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Very recently, I bought a laptop, which had limited version of Microsoft Office Suite 2007. Every time, I opened some MS Office application, it used to ask me to enter or buy a licence key for it. If I opt for Cancel, it used to tell me that you have some x amount of runs left before the trail version expires and I must buy a license.

But luckily, I got the workaround for it. It’s simple and makes the Office suite 2007 available for unlimited use. Just follow the below instructions and you are done:

1. Go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\OFFICE12\Office Setup Controller\Proof.en

2. Open the Proof.XML file.

3. Replace the word “AlreadyInstalled” with “NeverInstalled”.

And you are ready to use the suite for unlimited use.

I found out this tweak over a website while I was looking around for some cause for it, though as a Software Developer, I always believe to every software, there are certain files which govern their use and if one can control their usability, then he/she can control the software.

Microsoft, look for this cause and try to fix it. This is a serious flaw in your code or at least, in the licensing software policy, which needs to be fixed asap to stop piracy.

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I am trying to extend my last post on the strengths and weaknesses of Obama nd McCain with theirt standings on the different topics:

Abortion: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/abortion.html

Climate Change: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/climate.html

Economy/Taxes: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/economy.html

Energy: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/energy.html

Healthcare: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/health.html

Housing: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/housing.html

Immigration: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/immigration.html

Iran: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/iran.html

Iraq: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/iraq.html

Judges: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/judges.html

 

Courtesy: New York Times

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Here is a good comparison of Joe Biden and Sarah Palin on their stands on the most-talked and important issues of USA:

http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/issues/vice-presidents/index.html

 

Courtesy: New York Times.

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