Saturday, July 01, 2006

Airfares Made Easy (or Easier) - New York Times

Airfares Made Easy (or Easier) - New York Times

Next time you are planning to buy an airline ticket from Boston or Seattle, try this one out. However, given the site's prediction rates, there is a 25% chance that you will be cursing me.

Windows vs. Linux in embedded: the debate continues

Windows vs. Linux in embedded: the debate continues

This one is a good piece on the war brewing in the devices front.

IBM Microsoft Apple and Open Source

France vs. Apple: iTunes should become open-source? - Tech News - - Science & Technology

I Love this !!! I am doubtful if this would ever happen but if it does, it would mean a lot.

Stallman used to say, in reference to free software, "Free as in 'free speech' not 'free beer'. Of course now it referred to more as open source.

That aside, a number of interesting events are occuring in the hardware space, specially with linux mobile phones, routers and now Apple!!!

They are extending the ideology of open source and what it can do to innovation and customer welfare in the long run. IBM, Microsoft and Apple the three bations of closed source software are changing. IBM was the early entrant and therefore probably has the lead among the three. It is a major enterprise supplier and also has a great interest in SOA. It has invested heavily in building a brand among the open source community. With its strategic focus shifting to SOA, IBM can leverage on innovation driven by the open source ommunity, couple it with its hardware and offer good value proposition to customers.

Microsoft has always been a loser with enterprises when it comes to server space. Although it rules on the desktop front, it definitely sees the threat that Linux can be in the long run. Moreover, everyone including Google, Sony are eating away at MS from all sides.. The old guard that was the helm is leaving or either gone, and old MS is preparing for a major transtion with Vista, Codeplex and other such next generation offerings. These are excitign times.

Finally, Apple, the vesy foundation of being closed. Well, what can I say about a firm that has always been a single product vendor. I guess they can only sell one product well. One day, they have to adapt to the open source movement, and the sooner the better.

Open Source offers a very good value proposition to customers and is a viable alternative to proprietary applications. The case is made.

Long Libe the TUX!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Letter From Bill Keller on The Times's Banking Records Report - New York Times

Letter From Bill Keller on The Times's Banking Records Report - New York Times

This is an execellent reply to much of the ruckus against The New York Times reporting this issue. Freedom of the press, as granted by the constitution of the US provides the necessary checks for a democracy.

For a country like India, this revolution came in very late. But when it did, the gaps that were spanned in a short time were amazing.

However, much needs to be done with the print media and online versions of the same. It is a shame that newspapers such as TOI report more on filmi and sports news than on the most important issues being faced by India.

Hope things change soon.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The far far right

It is a pity that such extreme far right views are even entertained on mass media. The liberal media often unknowingly casts too much light on such idiotic and often far right views which have no bearing in today's society.

For good insights on the nation that never wants to be an imperial power, refer to this wonderful book by Niall Ferguson, a history professor at Harvard, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire.

Much of what Niall says seems applicable to US's current position on its misisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Well, everyone is entitled to their own views and finally you have to keep in mind that history, although factual, is interpretive.

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight Home | Ann Coulter - did she beat Paxman?

World Universities' ranking on the Web: Top USA & Canada

World Universities' ranking on the Web: Top USA & Canada
This is an interesting way of ranking world universities. I like it a lot because Penn State comes in 11th!!!