Thursday, November 29, 2012

Marissa Mayer Is Doing It

I was willing to give Marissa Mayer three years before passing judgment. But only after three months I think she has made it ample clear that she will turn around Yahoo. She already has.

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21% Growth Rate

Cover of "Slumdog Millionaire [Blu-ray]"
Cover of Slumdog Millionaire [Blu-ray]
This is mind boggling. This defies all economic theories. This beats China at its peak. And he has been doing it through agriculture, primarily.

Bihar beats Gujarat, Maharashtra with 21.9% growth in 11th Plan
only Sikkim and Goa, which are much smaller in size than Bihar, have performed better than the state. .... 21.9 per cent during the 11th Plan spread over 2007 to 12. ... Sikkim recorded highest GSDP growth rate of 31.6 per cent ..... The worst performers include Jharkhand which recorded GSDP growth rate of 9.2 per cent .... During the 11th Plan, Gujarat grew at 16 per cent followed by Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh at 15.3 per cent each.
Slumdog Millionaire: A Movie About My People

I was born in Bihar.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tiny Houses Are Amazing

Check this out. 20K for a house. It is not just the price tag, I find myself liking the economy of the space.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Inconvenient Search

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It's interesting to see Google compete with itself.

How Google Plans to Find the UnGoogleable
The company wants to improve its mobile search services by automatically delivering information you wouldn’t think to search for online. .... relatively small pieces of information that I’d never turn to Google for. For example, how long the line currently is in a local grocery store. Some offline activities, such as reading a novel, or cooking a meal, generated questions that I hadn’t turned to Google to answer—mainly due to the inconvenience of having to grab a computer or phone in order to sift through results. ..... mobile devices made it possible for Google to discover unmet needs for information ..... the perfect search engine will provide you with exactly what you need to know at exactly the right moment, potentially without you having to ask for it ....... Google Now offers unsolicited directions, weather forecasts, flight updates ...... the pinnacle of this hands-free experience, an entirely new class of device ....... "In the future you might want to search very new information from the physical environment ..... Your information needs are very localized to that place and event and moment.” ....... Google Now already combines location data with real-time feeds, for example, from U.S. public transit authorities, allowing a user to walk up to a bus stop and pull out his phone to find arrival times already provided. ..... a search engine for mobile devices dubbed Gander, which communicates directly with local sensors. A pilot being installed on the University of Texas campus will, starting early next year, allow students to find out wait times at different caf├ęs and restaurants, or find the nearest person working on the same assignment
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Ingress And Location

Google Game Could Be Augmented Reality's First Killer App
Ingress ... will give the company even more information about your current location. ...... Ingress’s world is one in which the discovery of so-called “exotic matter” has split the population into two groups: the Enlightened, who want to learn how to harness the power of this energy, and the Resistance, who, well, resist this change. Players pick a side, and then walk around their city, collecting exotic matter to keep scanners charged and taking control of exotic-matter-exuding portals in order to capture more land for their team...... what it suggests about Google’s future plans, which seem to revolve around finding new ways to extend its reach from the browser on your laptop to the devices you carry with you at all times. The goal makes plenty of sense when you consider that traditional online advertising—Google’s bread and butter—could eventually be eclipsed by mobile, location-based advertising. ...... Portals are found in public places—in San Francisco, where I was playing, this includes city landmarks such as museums, statues, and murals. Resistance portals are blue, Enlightened ones are green, and there are also some gray ones out there that remain unclaimed.

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Windows 8: Another Case For The Chromebook

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A most amazing thing about the Chromebook - and there are many - is you don't need anti-virus software on it. The plan seems to be that you stop paying your annual rent to Norton and with that saving you buy a Chromebook instead. The anti-virus software is so expensive, and the Chromebook is so cheap and getting cheaper.

Same Crap, Different OS: Windows 8
Crapware has long been a thorn in the sides of Windows users. Consumers and enterprise users buy PCs under the faulty impression that they’ll be getting a completely clean computer when they break open the box. Instead, they find a PC that’s been loaded up with junk that they typically don’t need. What’s worse, all of that software slows down boot times and performance, since the programs are usually set to load automatically and typically run in the background.
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