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mp3 surround

I am so excited by this news, germany’s Fraunhofer Institute which developed the mp3 codec is come up mp3 surround. One can enjoy surround sound on a headphone. I am going to check out the free software available for download.

Curatorial Culture

Curatorial Culture by stevenberlinjohnson.com. This is not something new, this is what trendsetting.com call’s as Curated Consumption, check out a very interesting trend.

Indian Youth Pulse

Rashmi Bansal is a journalist from mumbai , I guess she writes in occasionally at businessworld. She has a blog titled youth curry in which writes about the Indian youth(discovered via Om). I would say that she has great insightly about the indian youth pulse. Her recent post titled “The Call of the Call Centre Part 2 ” is just excellent.
She talks about how call center’s have perturbed the equation in Indian Youth’s sex life.
I like this quote the best in the column
“Whether this is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – that’s not for me to judge. It’s certainly difficult for parents, and will continue to be. I am someone who strongly believes young people should be allowed to experience life and make mistakes….”

If you’d like keep a tab on nature and shift in consumer needs of the largest demographic group(youth) in India I suggest you to add her blog to your blogroll.

Wiki-Based Search Engine

Kewl !! “Wiki-Based Search Engine Claims To Be Web’s Biggest” ( via URLwire ) . The real cool thing in it is that it enables user to edit search results. Wow. This is significantly differs from google [which uses pagerank( hyperlinks )] , it is a built a huge whois kind a database of all websites and creates index of summary of the websites thus having a greater coverage of the web.

I think it is still a very monolithic design, what would be a still cooler is to create a crawler for each user doing search with each crawler having a kind of balance between the index dataset duplication vs not requiring to ping a lot other nodes before finding the required index for search query. ( Basically a P2P kind of model , with each node as a crawler and each crawler having not much of duplication but requiring few pings to find its results ).

This way each crawler can index more elaborate summaries and solve the depth problem that it is faces. Also here the user only edits his own search results. What one person is looking for as results in a search term is not same as another person’s expectation of the same search term.

Management and Geeks

Vasant links to an article on the slashdot, Geeks in Management. Check out this book released recently by Joel Sposky titled Joel on Software or some real advice for managers in software development firms.He also has a blog by the same name.

Vasant you don’t have comments enabled in your blog , huh !!

Bangalore blog meet

AJ talks about bangalore bloggers meet. Tell me when and where is it. Mentions objective is to discuss Tsunami Efforts using our blogs.

Mobcasting ++

A couple of days ago I posted on the idea of mobcasting. It’s gaining a lot of traction,(already a wikipedia entry to it) Andy Carvin(http://www.andycarvin.com) had blogged about it in his blog this month and also has carried out some experiments(http://mobcasting.blogspot.com ) as well. He calls mobcasting as mobiles + podcasting + Smart Mobs(Rheingold’s concept). That’s really kewl. He left a comment on my previous post saying that he was working on a mobcasting tool that could be placed on any server with a telephone modem bridge. Now that is ultra kewl. would’nt have to wait for audioblogger to start a service here in india.
I am wondering how Andy Carvin found my post on mobcasting. Looks like he is also been scouring the web like I did to find out who’s been thinking on the idea of mobcasting. But neither google nor technorati turns up my post on searching !!!!

Firefox vs Explorer

My geeky roommate will totally freak out on reading this all the more given that he is working on telugu support for firefox, but here is very good analysis on firefox vs explorer

Cool stuff

Very interesting product from a Taiwanese company called Sysgration(http://www.sysgration.com/). A connector that sits between phone and phone jack and also plugs into USB and which redirects Skype calls to phone, has got tremendous implication on the telecom market worldwide. (via Venturebloghttp://www.ventureblog.com/articles/indiv/2005/001140.html)

Had to blog this

Vipul a very good friend of mine(now @ IIM-A) had been to college a few weeks ago. A junior( apparently i don’t remember him , grin !! ) blogs about his experience meeting with him. Very nice !! ( Just forwarded the link to Vipul)

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