Friday, October 28, 2005

Working in India.. doing the odd jobs... and yet feeling proud..

This is more of a rant against out sourcing and the way indians are taking up jobs. In a way outsourcing is good but on the other hand we as indians are doing third grade jobs. Most indians when they join a college hardly know what they wish to do. Even once they finish their studies don't know what they want. If being a doctor was cool every other person would be going in for that. So like sheeps everyone is following the set standards. Since being in the IT sector is cool (lots of money) every tom, dick and harry seems to be jumping in.

With the dumb ass projections comming up that the IT sector would boom and blah! blah! the innocent victims are the indians who are jumping in the band wagon. Where will they be 10 years from now? No one knows and no one cares right now. We have jobs and lots of jobs and that is all that matters. And this is one thing which really makes me sick. People are acting like sheep and will end up stacked up in a cubicle for the next 10-20-30 years of their lives. And maybe after 10-15 years they will realise that this is not what they really wanted to do. The next big question are people really happy with their jobs? Lets just look at what makes people happy.

Money - this is the key driver for most people in India. When in a college kids hardly get monkey to spend and suddenly these guys and girls are getting more than what their parents would get when they retire. So how is it wrong.. you might be thinking. Earning money is good. Well there is nothing bad in earning money as long you are enjoying your work. But with the kind of work that is comming to India it is hardly interesting. Most big compaines in India have their testing centers in India. Most IT jobs in India can be classified as being a glorified typist. Their is harldy any R work being done in India. Most people would feel comfortable in thier jobs 'cause they are good for nothing in any case and since they are getting good money they will stick with it. Or to put it in a more blunt way most people are working 'cause they know they have the best jobs in the country, they are sitting in the AC cubicle, not doing much work, but being paid loads of money. And to top it all they can go for trips abroad. I should not forget this going abroad thing, 'cause this is one other place where we as Indians are stuck. Whenever you hear anyone say about going abroad. The first thing to be asked is how much one is saving. The guy or girl would say 1500-2000 USD per month. And there and then the Indian brain starts working and a magical figure of around Rs. 75000 per month. OH! MY GOD. Plus the tag of having gone abroad. This is once sick thing we need to get over fast before it is too late.

Thinking about all this one might think that I am against something so good.

Let me change the scenerio a little bit. Lets say there is a down turn or the jobs start going to some other country where the prices are even lower that what Indians are being paid. After all what most Indians are doing in the "IT sector" is no rocket science.

What would happen then? Most guys would be shaken down to the core with little or no good work exprience most indian workers in the IT sector would suffer a major setback. A setback that no one is ready to take. If you are a person in the IT sector just think for a moment. What would you do if the job you are working in was no longer with you 1 year down the line? What would you do? Would you still be able to survive? Can you survive in half the pay of what you are getting right now?

Just for your survival think about it. Are you doing something that is so cutting edge that it would take any other person a good 1-2 years to get to your level? If yes you are safe. If not then think about it, if your job can be done by the kid who passes out of college tommorow. Why would anybody who is sane enough pay you the amount you are being paid right now? With so many people passing out of colleges each year. And I mean with more than 60% of those guys and girls looking for IT jobs why do you think they would not target your job. If you are not the best in what you do then just start counting the days before your job goes to the next kid who comes out of college. I would love to write more but I am really sleepy right now. And besides that no one is ever going to read this :)

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

www.vivekjishtu.com

Finally bought vivekjishtu.com and got it registered. So now the domain vivekjishtu.com points to this page. Nothing earth shattering in it. But just wanted to write it down. Okay as for the "next big thing" I just hope it does not turn out to be a dud. So all I can do is keep shut about it :|

But still I would like to add a brief overview of what the so called NBT (next big thing) is. It will allow you to blog anytime, anywhere. It will allow you to write and compose emails. Plus the coolest part is that it would be purely plugin based. And the final cool point would be that it would be cross platform and would work on IE (Internet Explorer) and firefox. It will support blogger, wordpress, gmail, yahoo, hotmail and a few others. Adding a webmail or blogging software would mean writing a little plugin for the NBT.

I guess I have written quite a lot. Most of it is right now in my brain but I hope it should not take more than 15-20 days to get a working prototype. Any VC's interested in investing :)

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Viamatic Thumb Tab

Yesterday launched the extension for firefox that shows thumbnails in firefox tabs. The good part is that all of it happens in realtime. There are a few problems using this extension. The biggest one being that it uses quite a lot of memory. This problem should be solved in the next version. My foXpose extension seems to be hanging no where. I will try and wrap it up in the next two days. The "next big thing" seems to be hanging nowhere.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Broadband in India a pathetic lie

With the kind of tarrif structure broadband can never ever take off in India. I guess there are a bunch or morons who make the telecom policy in India who have little or no idea what a KB, MB or GB is. To have a sample of this take a look at the tarrif plans offered by BSNL in thier GPRS segment.

Rs. 199 rental scheme 10p per kb which works out to be roughly Rs. 100 per MB :) and the other scheme is Rs 345 which offers unlimited download. I mean where is the logic in offering the 199 scheme. Its is to screw up the normal person who has little or no idea about these things. One of my friends had opted for the 345 scheme but the wise guy at the exchange changed it to 199 and my friend got a bill of Rs. 12,000. Cause he had downloaded 100 MB of data. So if he had got the 345 scheme he would pay Rs. 345 but due to the staff who know little about KB, MB or GB he would have to shell out 12,000.

Then comes the other offering by BSNL and the other private players. Broadband with limits, 1 GB is the max you can download. I was going through the FAQs for one of these companies. It stated that in 1GB I could download "20000" pages of html. Or I could watch 1 hour of live video which would work out to a little over 100-200 MB per hour. So that way I could watch 10 hours of streaming video for "just" Rs. 500 if I use BSNL, Rs. 895 if I am using TATA and a simlar scheme by Airtel broadband.

What all can I do with 1 GB(Giga Byte) download?



One GB is 1024 Megabyte or 1073741824 bytes. You can do the following with 1 GB download limit :

1. An average web page is about 50 kilobytes in size - so you could
download around 20,000 web pages for 1 gigabyte.
2. An hour of surfing the web would be around 10 megabytes (200 pages)
so you could surf non-stop for about 100 hours for 1 gigabyte.
3. An hour of streamed radio would use about 15-20 megabytes.
4. An hour of streamed video uses around 100-150 megabytes.
5. Playing an online game typically uses about 10-15 megabytes per hour.
6. Emails are very small - so 100 emails would be just 1 megabyte - or 100,000 emails for 1 gigabyte! (of course the attachments count extra)
7. A super-high resolution (5-6 megapixel) digital camera JPEG picture or typical MP3 music file is about 2-3 megabytes so you could download 350-500 of these images/music files for 1 gigabyte.

Very few users would actually exceed the download limits set.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.

The really funny part if the last line "Very few users would actually exceed the download limits" and who was the wise guy who checked how people actually surf the net. I really do not know who is the idiot who seems to be making all these policies about the broadband with limits. All over the world India is one of the clever countries which seems to have this to "curb" the use of broadband. And just to remind you these are for the basic 256 kbps line.

As far as GPRS is concerned after all my love hate relationship with Airtel. From what I know they seem to work out the cheapest atleast till today. Tommorow is another day. Hutch seems to believe that they also need to charge just 10p per kb. Which again works out to be Rs. 100 per MB. So how does GPRS work and why is it so expensive?


Is GPRS expensive to implement in the network?

A quick answer, all networks after 2000 would be GPRS enabled by default. Again that is a rough date actually it should be 1998 but just to be on the safer side. As for a fact EGPRS/EDGE is expensive because there is a cost factor in changing the network equipment. But for GPRS most networks right from being setup are GPRS enabled. There the cost makes little or no sense.

The voice data is always given preference over the GPRS data. So if there are too many voice calls the GPRS links would be disconnected not the other way round. So in a way GPRS makes optimum use of the resources, i.e. only if the operators knew it. I mean all of them seem to be bunch of idiots who have no idea about technology but are there 'cause they are there.

If the situation reamins like this I don't see broadband making inroads for the next 10 years. Here is a sample listing from a ISP in UK. The unlimited 512K line is Rs. 2000 again on the safer side (24.99 * 80). I am taking the exchange rate of 1 UK Pound = Rs 80.

Will we get these kind of speeds at this price in India? With the kind of dumbos who make the policies I seriously doubt it. Get people who know technology on board and then see broadband really take off.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

AJAX Yahoo! Mail 25000 downloads in two months.

I guess finally the AJAX Yahoo! mail extension would reach 25000 downloads in about 2 months. Plus the greasemonkey AJAX Yahoo! mail user script is also not doing all that bad. It was a little suprising to see so many people actually using it. Today I finally submitted the user javascript for opera, lets see if it works out the same on opera. Its been a very strange two months for me. I resigned from my first real job :)


After such a long time I am doing what I have always wanted to do. I hope that our next three extensions will be released with firefox 1.5. Since the two of those use the canvas tag introduced in 1.5 it makes sense to launch them once 1.5 is launched. As for the third extension it is a mix of flock + greasemonkey. I hope I am not spilling out too many beans. Two months and a few extensions, somehow its not too bad. I just hope XUL web applications somehow hit big time. All it needs is a little push from google.



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Unable to open Wordpress.com and Flock.com

This is a very funny thing. I am unable to open flock.com and wordpress.com and I have literally no idea why its hapenning. The other site I remember I tried to open was zimbara.com (spellings could be wrong. These sites simply timeout.

I had to download the flock browser using http://flock.com.nyud.net:8090/. I have no idea what the servers at nyud.net are doing with such huge amounts of traffic that they seem to generate. But it works and that is what really matters.


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Flock and the first impression

Well I will start with the first impression. It seems clumsy at best. I know I am being harsh, but it seems to be out of place on my computer. The one thing firefox got right was that they were not trying to impose the browser on you. You are given a very basic shell which you can extend as you wish. If you like themes you download it, but if you don't, nobody imposes it on you.

That is one place where I see it as a negetive. But in anycase these are very early days and its just a developer preview. So things could change.

Besides that I kinda like this blog editor. I am also making a similar extension for firefox, "ezBlogPad" but I have not even started that as yet. So that will be completed once I start it. Other that that it seems just like firefox with a clumsy theme.

"The theme is soothing and blah!", says xyz. I don't care how soothing it is. It is trying to fit in with all my other programs and it looks like an alien.

But that is just my first impression. Will write more once I see more of it. And I won't trash it, 'cause I know there is a lot of effort that has gone into making it. :)

Flock the social browser

I finally started my preview of the flock browser. Just started it and this is my first post from it. I will test it out today and lets see if this becomes my default browser :)