Saturday, April 29, 2006

Hyderabad engineer kidnapped by Taliban

Hyderabad engineer kidnapped by Taliban

New Delhi: The Indian Government on Saturday confirmed that Afganistan's rebel Taliban outfit had kidnapped Hyderbad-based engineer A. Suryanarayana.

Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said that Suryanarayana was working for the Bahraini company 'Al Mayyad'

which is into telecom and construction business in Afghanistan.

He said that the Government is in touch with the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan and the Bahraini company.

Suryanarayana was abducted on Friday evening while traveling from Kalat, the capital of Zabul, to Ghazni.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the abduction, but is yet to make its demands known.The kidnapping of Suryanarayana is the third incident in the last four months wherein an Indian has been targeted in Afghanistan.

The Taliban abducted Maniappan R Kutty, a Border Road Organization jawan and engaged in building of Zaranj-Delaram highway, four months ago. Three days after Kutty's kidnapping, his body was found in Kandahar province.

In February this year, Indian engineer Bharath Kunmar, working with a Turkish firm, was killed in a bomb blast in Farah province.

Indian doctors working in various hospitals in Afghanistan have also received threats from the Taliban, ousted from power in 2002.

New Delhi has taken up the issue of security of all Indians working in Afghanistan with Kabul at the highest level. The matter was also discussed when Afghan President Hamid Karzai when he visited Delhi earlier this month.



Indian Student dies in Armenia due to Racial Discrimination

A medical course student from India, Prashant Anchalia Yerevan studying in state medical university in Armenia dies in university campus allegedly due to medical negligence and co-students complain of racial discrimination as well.
While no one knows the facts, the blogosphere coverage of the events clearly show the ham handed attitude of the Armenian academia. In fact if the postings in the blogs covering the events are indeed correct, Indians need to review going there for further studies or doing business with them.
The blog world is taking up the issue quite seriously in a concerted way with posts covering the various protest moves and In fact an Armenian blogger, Onnik Krikorian is taking the lead here. While, I do not know where the events and coverage would progress into, but as I see it, clearly the pressure is building up inside the system to correct things and Blogosphere is playing a very useful & constructive role here.


Murthy's view on late office workers

Narayana Murthy's views on staying late in the office

It's half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on... PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing... and who's at work? Most of them???  

Take a closer look... All or most specimens are 20-something male species of the human race... Look closer... again all or most of them are bachelors... and why are they sitting late? Working hard? No way!!!

Any guesses???

Let's ask one of them... Here's what he says... "What's there 2 do after going home... here we get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee..   thats is why I am working late... importantly no bossssssss!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the scene in most research centres and software companies and other off-shore offices. Bachelors "time-passing" during late hours in the office just bcoz they say they've nothing else to do...

Now what r the consequences... read on... "Working"(for the record only) late hours soon becomes part of the institute or company culture.  With bosses more than eager to provide support to those "working" late in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good feedback,(oh, he's a hard worker... goes home only to change..!!).They aren't helping things too... To hell with bosses who don't understand the difference between "sitting" late and "working" late!!!

Very soon, the boss start expecting all employees to put in extra working hours. So, My dear Bachelors let me tell you, life changes when u get married and start having a family... office is no longer a priority, family is... and that's when the problem starts... becoz u start having commitments at home too. 

For your boss, the earlier "hardworking" guy suddenly seems to become a "early leaver" even if u leave an hour after regulartime... after doing  the same amount of work.  People leaving on time after doing their tasks for the day are labeled
as work-shirkers...

Girls who thankfully always (its changing nowadays... though) leave on time are labeled as "not up to it". All the while, the
bachelors pat their own backs and carry on "working" not realizing that they r spoiling the work culture at their own place and never realize that they wuld have to regret at one point of time .

*So what's the moral of the story?? *
* Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!! *

- Never put in extra time " *unless really needed
- Don't stay back un-necessarily and spoil your company work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your
colleagues. There are hundred other things to do in the evening..

- Learn music...
- Learn a foreign language...
- Try a sport... TT, cricket.........
- Importantly Get a girl friend or gal friend, take him/her around town...

 And for heaven's sake net cafe rates have dropped to an all-time low (plus, no fire-walls) and try cooking for a change.
Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad:

*"Life's calling,where are you??"*

Please pass on this message to all those colleagues And please do it before leaving time, don't stay back till midnight to
forward this!!!


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Damned if you excel, damned if you dont

This is the annual appraisal time at our place... The buzz words are "hike", "increment" ..
I pity the positive anticipation on part of Code Coolies.
Carrot and Stick at it's best!!!
At the end, it is only the stick for coolies and carrots for managers.
Why??!!! Culprit "The Bell Curve" of Statistics, where things are 'normalised'
Guess what.... the end of the bell curves are either too low performers or too high performers.
But Mediocrity wins....
If you strive to excel, you are at the end of curve, so no great hike. If you don't, then at the other end.
Damned if you excel , damned if you don't!!!
For further reading check, this, this and this. Seth Godin gives his best.....
PS:: Am a mediocre coolie, so waiting for my carrot.


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Saturday, April 22, 2006

RFID to teach English

Purdue University students have used RFID for teaching English to non-English speaking children. The computer system has been linked with RFID tags embedded in simple objects such as a plastic banana. When a child would pick up the banana, a computer screen would display 'anana' and ask the child to fill in the missing letter.

The system called Merlin's Magic Castle is being used at the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy. Amicia Elliott and Alexei Czeskis developed this idea and their idea won $8,000 in an entrepreneurial competition.

Friday, April 21, 2006

How to Practise Islam in Space - A serious concern.

Malaysia Conference : Considers How To Practice Islam In Space

Interesting things to note.... now Islam in space, expecting celestial objects to follow Islamic Cosmic Rules.

Malaysian Govt. is spending money to send few Jihadis .... and want the satellite to follow some rules.....


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Foot Mouth and RFID

Chinese RFID

Seems their Govt. is actively taking part in RFID initiatives. Here, in India, we are yet to get some frequencies for RFID use from the age old Telephones department.
Good going India...

Monday, April 17, 2006

Aryan Invasion Theory

Covers the entire Aryan Invasion Theory, as proposed by Max Muller, till the Archaeological findings disproving the same. 
Wonderful Coverage

Friday, April 7, 2006

Ethnic Dress Day, Today

There is a saying in Telugu "Puli ni choosi Nakka vaathalu pettukundi" meaning, A fox got itself scars to become a Tiger. In other words, mimicking a Tiger doesn't make a Fox a Tiger.

That is what has happened today with me. In last few days there was a thread of mails going around in our center/practice, that today we will observe "Ethnic Dress Day". A self styled club was formed, names ranging from Hungama to eternity were suggested, and people were 'energetic'.

As usual, today I went to a meeting at a different location, in formal cloths (Friday dressing, of course) and then went back all the way to my home, crossing over my office, to change into ethnic cloths.

 At home front, my wife was surprised to see me take out my old "marriage" day cloths, get them repressed, try them out etc and promptly commented, "Oh!  Getting married again. Good riddance".

 Well, landed up in office, when my plight started. Security personnel, administrative helpers etc started to giggle, as I walked toward office, after parking my vehicle. Our Telephone operator wished me with a tinge of smile than usual monastic way.

 I can never forget the look on our SBU Chief's face, who was talking on his mobile, at his favorite smoking spot. (A kind of amused, bewilderment)

 Upon entering our work floor, to my astonishment, I was the only one, in Ethic cloths. Rest all were in usual Friday dress and I was the only one who was "overly Ethnically dressed".

 Imagine a near-quintal fellow like me dressed in White laalchi and silk "pancha" worn in traditional way (tucking in back, after taking the cloth between the legs)

 Huh.. so much for the Tigers…. Wonder what happened to those "energetic" types, who are always in the forefront,  even for a silly thing like saying a hello to boss??

Thursday, April 6, 2006

RFID Malware

How do we plan to address the threat of Malware, especially when the RFID world is abuzz with the threats?


Today's In-Pharma carries an article co-written by Andrew Tanenbaum himself.


Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Started a new company

Last weekend, I was reviewing my last year’s financial performance.

The Indian Financial year and Telugu New Year nearly coincided, so could not stop thinking that way, especially when my balance sheet showed me to be having a net worth of Rs. 56.80/-. (Of course, way better than last few years YoY).

Decided to do something to make a good buck and started my Web 2.0 Company, which will work on ALE (Ajax Linking and Embedding).

Name of the company is, synonym for, but is it Web 2.0, so needs to end with an “r”. (Incidentally, kuapr is acronym for KUrnool Anil PRasad.) Now am waiting for the cash flow… :-)

Everyone's cashing in on it already, why shouldn’t I? (And you should try it too.) You can be the next Flickr, MySpace, Craigslist, YouTube, or or kuapr

Here's how it is done, in simple and easy steps*:

1. Dream up a Web 2.0 product/service
2. Give it a cool name
3. Add a catchy catchphrase [or a tacky tagline, whichever makes you sound cooler]
4. Sell your company to Yahoo!

[*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary.]