Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What will beat iPad?

iPad, as useful/useless a device it may be, is a significant innovation (or lack of?). Nothing can deny its success among Apple fanboys. Assuming people are actually comfortable using a pad than a netbook than obvious question is what will be next?  My guess is that it will be 3D Pads. I haven't heard of any prototype yet. Nearest I could google up was this 3D Drawing Pad but this is certainly no-where close to what we are talking about. We know 3D TVs are already here. What remains is getting it into our hands. With 3D content development already started, my guess is that we shall start seeing such a product becoming reality by 2012 (given that world doesn't ends). I just pray that whenever it comes, its running on Chromium instead of iPhone OS :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Power of Collaboration


I wrote about this a while back as one of the Habits of Innovative People. In recent months, I got some more taste of it so I think I shall share that too.

Most innovative people have a trait of laziness. That motivates or rather makes them innovate for the solutions of the repetitive tasks. But is sometimes also drives for collaboration. They have the ideas but are bit lazy (not enough motivated) to implement it. There is they find an energetic mind, which is willing to follow and learn from them, creates a wonderful collaboration opportunity. Am sure all PhD students can see an analogy here. So the point here is that if you are a innovative person with ideas but without time/energy/motivation to implement it, try find someone who would do it for you. They are not difficult to find if you look in right places. College students and early career professional are generally ideal fit here.

However, if you are on the other side; that is, you are the young energetic mind. Then try to collaborate with someone who has the idea but not the time. You don't get used for free. You get a huge learning opportunity. And an experience which will take longer if you go alone.

I have noticed trust is often the issue between these two parties. Young want to piggy-back and experience doesn't want to give a free ride. Perhaps the same old debate about the value of an idea. When I faced the situation, I just asked myself, what I value more - the idea or the implementation. If I feel the idea is worth big, then I do not share and use that to motivate myself to go about it alone. However, if the idea is of not big personally value for me,  I either share or give it away. Or try to 'collaborate' to have it implemented. That keeps the 'joy of creation' factor alive.

In that previous post I mentioned that solving a complex problem is generally not the need for collaboration. I don't deny that complex problem are better dealt with when a group of expert minds work on them. What I mean to say is that you don't need to collaborate only for complex problems. You may do i for smaller (lame) ones too.

This also touches the Mentor-Mentee relationship but that is more than collaboration. We shall discuss that in next post perhaps.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

And now...when Twitter won't work

So soon it happened. Can't agree more this with this article on TechCrunch. The article is not really about tweets breaking the news out from Fort Hood base. But more why we as a society has gone to egoist and deprived of human emotions. With as the sociological and psychological part of it left aside, such situations are always a challenge posed by rule-changing innovations.

Back when Sony first introduced Walkman, it changed the society's view towards music. It became more like I am enjoying my music and you keep guessing what it is. iPods took it to next level and it was like forget the music, I look so cool listen to it. iPhones did same in mobile phone arena. So the innovations at times are really more about more to make us egoist people be more egocentric.

Same will happen to Twitter and to every such innovation. Soon they loose focus of the actual purpose and end up being a tool to feed our egos. It's a never ending cycle. If you carefully notice, many twitter clients are not how well we can listen to others. Rather how quickly we can say what we have to (without bothering if there is anyone caring to listen). Most people follow others so they get followed back and get to show a bigger count. For the same reason, they won't block the spam bots as they inflate their followers count.

As a society we really need some innovations that we make us realize we are humans. We need innovations to teach us manners again. So that, 'compassion' doesn't become a word that we hear only at beauty pageants.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Twitter - why it works?

Twitter's USP lies in the 140 characters. The character limit forces users not only to choose their words correctly, but also makes them state things concisely, cutting down on all the crap and crib that nobody cares about. I can go on and on, saying the same stuff in different words because a blog entry would let me do that. But twitter its different. If I have to say this on twitter it will probably be like

Twitter works coz its 140 char limit forces us to say things concisely. 
No cribs/rants. Focus is on facts. It makes us more articulate.

Let's Play

I feel I can spare some minutes now, so let's restart.

Monday, May 25, 2009


I have started a new blog related to Eclipse and PDE. Ya, its all technical stuff and that's what am really busy with. So till I achieve a balance with the new work, this blog remains paused. Hope to get writing here, not soon though.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


This is wiered but it is so. I noticed almost all the traffic to my blog is coming through condron. But this shouldn't be completely unexpected. This is an obscure unknown blog and any chances of it to get eyeballs if through a blog roller like condron. Am not complaning :)