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Notes on tech

Notes on technology, business, enterpreneurship, economy, markets along with interesting general tidbits.

We've moved

9/16/2006 01:53:00 PM, posted by anand

The unimaginable happened. I got sick and tired of the blogger platform (this site is currently hosted on blogger) and moved lock, stock and blog to Wordpress. My new blog is located here: http://anandjain.wordpress.com/

MTNL to launch WiMAX in India

9/15/2006 01:03:00 PM, posted by anand

Business Standard reports that MTNL will launch WiMax enabled land line phones in India by 2007. WiMax cellphones will be launched by 2008.

MTNL is also launching IPTV, which will offer internet, voice and TV on a single line. At present, MTNL has 4 million landline subscribers and 3 lakh broadband subscribers.

I use MTNL broadband here in my office in Mumbai and am quite happy with their service. Just that they need to come up with unlimited usage plans.

Cellular connections touch 2.5 billion mark

9/08/2006 01:44:00 PM, posted by anand

Currently there are about 2.5 billion cellular connections the world over. Most of the growth is coming in from emerging markets. It took 20 years to reach the 1 billion connection mark, and just 3 years to reach the 2 billion mark.

The top ten countries for volume of new connections over the last year were China, India, Russia, USA, Pakistan, Ukraine, Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria and Bangladesh. Between them, they account for over half of the growth in the world cellular market over the last 12 months.

A quarter of the growth is coming from China and India. China’s market is still expanding at more than 5 million new connections per month. India has moved rapidly up the top ten list, with the rate of new connections quadrupling over the last 18 months to reach a level very close to China’s.

Source: Geekzone

Gateway of India

9/03/2006 08:07:00 AM, posted by anand

This afternoon, we took a cab down to the Gateway of India. Finally, got a chance to see this marvelous piece of art. The place was shoddy and crowded, however. Nothing much to do there, except to stare at the the magnificent structure. We then took a stroll and then a cab to the station and headed back.

Munnabhai lage raho

9/02/2006 11:37:00 AM, posted by anand

Watched Munnabhai lage raho twice in two days. Its hilarious. Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi continue the laugh riot, so much so that it is much better than Munnabhai MBBS.

I wont spoil the fun with any spoilers, but take my word. Go watch it. Then, watch it again!


8/31/2006 10:13:00 AM, posted by anand

Its going very busy at Burrp!. Last week, I flew down to Ahmedabad to meet up with family, but fell ill with viral fever. Returned back to Mumbai yesterday. Have recovered 85% or so. Hope to be 100% by the weekened.

Currently reading - The Long Tail, by Chris Anderson.

15 websites that changed the world

8/15/2006 04:27:00 AM, posted by anand

Guardian Unlimited has an article that lists the top 15 websites that changed the world. Here is the list:

eBay.com (Auction and shopping site)
wikipedia.com (online encyclopedia)
napster.com* (file sharing)
youtube.com (video sharing)
blogger.com (blog publishing system)
friendsreunited.com (school reunion site)
drudgereport.com (breaking news site)
myspace.com (social networking site)
amazon.com (online retailer of books, dvds etc)
slashdot.org (tech news and forum)
salon.com (online media)
craigslist.org (no frills classifieds)
google.com (search engine)
yahoo.com (internet portal)
easyjet.com (low cost airline site)

* Other than napster (which was illegal), all other sites are still in business. Napster tried to launch in a legal avatar, but hasnt been as successful as earlier.