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Sachin’s 143 Against Australia In sharjah 1998

Sachin’s 143 Against Australia In sharjah 1998

Guys this is Tendulkar in 1998.  Watch him destroy Australia in the big...

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Social Media Revolution

Social Media Revolution

This is a nice video that gives you insight into the penetration of the social...

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Obama: A World Leader in the Making?

Obama: A World Leader in the Making?

A couple of months back, I wrote this sample article for one of my clients. As this was just a sample for which neither the payment was made nor the copyright was sought. Hence, the decision to publish it on my blog or not rested with me. Today, while browsing through my folders, I happen to see this article, and I thought to publish the article here. I believe, this will be an interesting read for my readers. Martin Luther king Jr. had a dream and Barak Obama has realized it. He said he can and America supported him, and so did the rest of the world. He swore as 44th president of the United States, and everyone watched him glued to the television. It was a proud moment, and we held our head high and fixed our gaze at the top-most invisible point in the horizon. It has been hundred days since and the time for a reality check has come. How do you perceive Barak Obama? Is he a leader of American people who voted for him; is he a world leader with American interest in mind, or is he a true leader of men and women of all class, creed, race, and ethnicity? How you answer this question will decide how you will evaluate the work done by Obama in his first hundred days in the oval office. Through his debates and speeches, he pitched himself as a true leader of men and women, regardless of their birth, and location, so through this article I will analyze his works in this light only. As a true world leader, Obama has fallen short of his promises on many occasions. If his announcement of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison within one year has set the stage for him to become a true world leader then his myopic South-East Asian policy has given one of the biggest dents in his world-leader image. Neither of the two got wide acceptance, but the former was seen by supporters as a step towards bringing fairness in trail and as a step that recognizes the prisoners’ human rights. His declaration of deploying more troops in Afghanistan by 2011 raised many eyebrows, and his strategy towards handling crisis in Pakistan is seen as half-hearted measure to crush international terrorism. This Af-Pak policy is neither going to curb the extremists’ intention to take over Pakistan, nor this policy will succeed in breaking the backbone of Taliban and Al-Qaeda. While drafting the Af-Pak policy his administration’s officials forgot to take into account the recent Talibanisation of Western Pakistan. They also misread the survey reports that conveyed the support Osama Bin Laden...

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A Down Twitter is anyway better than a Thousand up Identi.ca

A Down Twitter is anyway better than a Thousand up Identi.ca

Well, there is strong reason to make such a bold statement as I made through the title of this post. Let’s start with breaking the news, if you already don’t know that twitter with small, little blue t was down for more than four hours today from around 2:20 pm GMT till 6:29Pm GMT. I was shocked. I was exasperated. I was worried. I was searching all over the Google for the answer, posting questions on Plurk (another micro-blogging site), asking people on identi.ca (yet another micro-blogging site) and Facebook, and updating my status message on Gtalk (which eventually pushed one friend of mine to ask me what happend). And the answer I got convinced me of the twitter’s status. I was sad, and was waiting to see twitter happening again – I am so hooked – but this is not the reason behind the pronouncement I made in the headline. I said so because of what happened when twitter failed. Twitter did not made me feel too bad – yes, it did for sometime, or rather till the time I did not search Google – because of the things I found. After failing to connect to twitter despite pressing F5 countless times, I searched Google with this phrase, “Is Twitter Down?”. And the result I got was as exciting and as minimalistic as twitter itself. The first link was to a website with a page title, “Is Twitter Down?” (URL: http://istwitterdown.com), which had just one word written Yes with big red Y (by the way, if you click it now, you will get no with big, bold, proud N as an answer). Although it confirmed my doubt, yet, it left me wondering, and I exclaimed, “What the heck!” and I went to the second organic link. The landing page on the other side of the link was more entertaining than twitter itself. The page tittle of the website read, “When Twitter is Down” (URL: http://whentwitterisdown.com). I decided to check, what happens when twitter is down, and you know what, I was welcomed by a cool twitter-like blue, less-than-140-character message. It was not the physical look of the message (aphorism) that made me so excited about the failed twitter, but it was the message itself. I later realize, the message was clickable, and on clicking the message, I got yet another message, equally entertaining, and I kicked off from there. The message was started with something like When Twitter is down, it’s probably because you used it wrong. And went on to When Twitter is down, something is technically fucked up. When Twitter is down, move on to the next thing When Twitter is...

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Is Google Becoming the New Microsoft?

Is Google Becoming the New Microsoft?

Google is launching its own operating system, Google Chrome OS. The news came yesterday directly from the horse’s mouth. This development is worth noticing. It might be the beginning of the end of Microsoft’s thirty years of domination in the operating system market. Or is it so? Can Google beat Microsoft in its own game? Everyone is raising toast and welcoming the presumed victory of Google Chrome OS over Microsoft Windows, but I am skeptic about this. Very skeptic about this! I do not believe the new goliath (Google) will beat the old goliath (Microsoft) in the OS Game. Reason? This is what I am going to talk about. Once upon a time, Microsoft was a beast that needed to be tamed. Macintosh failed, so did Linux, which anyway is not one operating system. It appeared then that Microsoft is not just the new black, but it’s the black that is going to color the whole world in its own color. And then came internet and entered into the arena two starry-eyed individuals from Stanford University with Google. The discussion again started revolving around the table, particularly when the Google with its pristine white homepage became a huge success. Year in, year out, Google kept on launching one after another successful products. Google seemed to have the Midas touch. Everything that Google touched, from blogger (acquired) to Gmail to YouTube (acquired) to Picasa to Google earth to what not, was becoming a huge success, and with each product-launch the discussion over the dominance heated up. The fairy tale The story so far seemed like a typical biblical tale: David slowly proceeding ahead with its crusade against the Goliath (Microsoft). But what everyone did not realize or pretended not to realize is this: Google registered almost all its success in the fields where there was no Microsoft or where Microsoft, the elephant sat on its laurels (obviously I am referring to Hotmail), and didn’t attempted to dance. Google did wonderful job in search market. Why? Because despite Bill gate’s prophecy about internet in his book, The Roads Ahead, Microsoft was not very serious about the Internet. Microsoft was too delighted with its Personal computer domination to think about the change in the paradigm. Like many other biggies, Microsoft also became too big to notice small but important changes around. Hotmail is one example: despite being arguably the first company to use e-mail and paperless office (as claimed by Mr. Gates in his aforementioned book), and despite having the first mover’s advantage, Gmail dethroned Hotmail in the game that Hotmail itself started. Why? Because Microsoft became too complacent to innovate. The company remained stuck into its...

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My Personal Memories of Michael Jackson

My Personal Memories of Michael Jackson

I never knew Michael Jackson, nor did I hear much of his songs (almost none), still I liked him (I am not sure why). And the news of his demise shook me. Like many of his fans, I too never thought he is a mortal, and couldn’t associate death with this Pop Icon. He is dead now, or is he? I am still finding it hard to believe. Was Michael Jackson a mere mortal like you and me? I find it hard to believe; rather I never thought that way. Like me, there are millions of people out there who never thought Mike is just another mortal. He was not. As written above, I was never big fan of his songs, but I was always in awe with his fairy-talesque life, of his rise to greatness and the numerous faltering in the way. But I still have my share of memories of Michael Jackson. I was a kid when I first heard about this (then living) legend. I heard people talking about him. Being from a small Indian Town of 80s, English songs and Hollywood movies were not something I was very much aware of. I was 6 or 7 then. The name, Michael Jackson, itself overwhelmed me with awe, though I knew nothing about him. It was the time, when there was no Internet, no cable television or FM radio, and in a small town finding an English audio album or a Hollywood (non-dub) movie was a luxury, but fortunately, after months (2 or 3 perhaps) of searching I found one of his album. I, somehow, managed some money to buy the audio cassette. I was not very excited, was just happy to find the prize I was looking for. I went home and played the song. You got me right, I did not understand even a single word; rather I was unable to figure out any single word midst the deafening beats. The music seemed noise to me. It was complete nuisance for me. I scolded (not really) myself for wasting money. On the second thought, I felt proud for having an English-songs album in my living room to show off to visiting friends, relatives and family friends. Despite the fact that none of them had any idea about English songs and Hollywood movies (even dubbed). They were ignorant of anything outside their immediate environment, and that included Hindi newspaper, All India Radio and DD1 news, along with other things. This was my first encounter with the legend. Either to understand Michael’s music or just because I studied in a good boarding school then, I started indulging in Hollywood movies, not really...

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Mr. Advani: Watch your Mouth

Mr. Advani: Watch your Mouth

Old man has done it again, and this time too without being aware of what he is doing. From jai Shri Ram to Jai Shri Musharraf (Pervez Musharraf), Advani has proved to be a butt of political jokes and the most recent in the series is his senseless rattling to make voting compulsory for every Indian. This statement has proved once again that this old man either has no substance between his ears or he does not know how to use it. You should not worry sir; this is not your fault. How can you put the thing (read mind) in use if you are not trained to do so? This is not your fault, this is the fault of the alliances that you have. Blame it on RSS, the people there should have told you the alternative use of mind. Contrary to your belief sir, this tool is not meant only to please RSS. By the way, how do you propose to execute this grand plan of yours? You must not have known the complexity of the statement you are making, or else probably you would have refrained from voicing it. Again this is not your fault, not all minds are created equal. Sir, yours is not capable of holding complex thoughts, why don’t you just stick to Hinduism? I am sure you must be led to believe that all those who do not come out from home to vote are BJP voters. Instead of thinking like Hindu democratic dictator have you thought why people don’t come to vote? Well, unlike what your feeble mind makes you believe, not everyone is lazy and indifferent. There are people who want to vote but do not do so because you and your oppositions have failed to produce even one right candidate. This group is not in favour of electing criminals, RSS goons, Raj Thakreys of the world, and your beloved Narenda Modi. By the way what is your policy sir? C’mon I am not asking about Hindutva! I hope you understand the term “policy,” don’t you? If you still want to bring this dramatic change, I have couple of suggestion for you, and I dare you to follow them. The first in the list is to bring a constitutional change that will forbid any criminal from filing candidacy. The second in the list is to form an agency or body that will audit every politician’s performance and will provide them rating based on the works they accomplished vis-à-vis promises they made during election. This audit should also include the difference between the politicians’ pre-election wealth and the wealth accumulated at the end of the tenure....

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US Economy in Crisis

US Economy in Crisis

Experts are divided in their opinions. They are not sure, if the ongoing economic crisis of the United States has reached its climax, or we are sitting, composed in the eye of the economic hurricane. Whatever be their opinions about the current economic condition, they are quite in agreement about what and who has disassembled the US economy. US sub-prime housing market has started pulling bricks out of the US economic foundation and banks followed suit, which resulted in loss of billions of investors’ dollars. To safeguard their remaining wealth, panic-stricken investors started pulling out their investments from the market, both domestic and global, and the result is right in front of us, the global economic...

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Semi-finalist: 2009 Blogger Appreciation Award

Semi-finalist: 2009 Blogger Appreciation Award

Hey Friends This is indeed a proud moment for all of us. This Blog has made it to the semi-finals of 2009 Blogger Appreciation Award. Though I failed to take this to the final round but still making it to semi-finals never came to my wildest fantasy. Let’s celiberate this success! Semi-finalist: 2009 Blogger Appreciation Award biksy.com has been recognized for blogging excellence. Thanks friends for supporting me so far. Cheers!...

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