Very interesting article on the ups and downs in development of Macintosh operating system.
This is a part 1 of 5 part speech by Bill Gates at Harvard, he has a good sense of humor. I found the next four parts really boring.
Listening to the entire speech it feels that he is not, what he is considered to be. Crook, mean, evil, ready to do anything to gain an upper hand in the world of technology. Instead it feels he has completely denounced that world, and entered a new phase of being a philanthropist. Looks like he is still very passionate about whatever he does.
It doesn’t matter what people talk about him, he has been one of the driving force for where the technology is today. Unlike his peers Larry Ellison or Steve Jobs who still are at the helm of their corporation. Gates has successfully passed on the baton to Steve Ballmer, and has given Microsoft a ability to hold its fort in his absence. Thats a great achievement not sure if Apple or Oracle has that capability.
Anyways the opening remarks of the speech are humorous, Its a good watch.
Following link points to a good article by Thomas Friedman on serial innovators K.R. Sridhar and Vinod Khosla on their Green Startups.
The article talks about how America even in the times of recession provides scope for innovators to dream their dream.
Reading the article I felt really proud for the two Indians, on what they have accomplished. The whole world is talking about green energy and green tech, these gentlemen have done something incredible with doing much talking.
Vinod Koshla’s startup Calera converts CO2 (Carbon-di-oxide) generated by power plants to CaCO3 (Calcium Carbonate) bricks, avoiding the CO2 emission to the atmosphere.
K.R. Sridhar has been on news after he featured on 60 minutes. His start-up Bloom Energy, has a green solution called Bloom Box. Bloom boxes generates electricity at 8 to 10 cents a kilowatt of electricity using Natural gas or Bio-gas.
I wish them a grand success in their endeavors. We’ll need many more such innovation to save our planet and to provide everyone clean and affordable energy solutions.
Although Jobs became “iCEO” in the summer of 1997, Apple acquired NeXT in late 1996 for what would become OS X, and got Jobs for free. It was the best deal the company has ever made. Just look at the numbers.
Driod from Motorola coming soon, releasing this Nov. Hope it gets released in India too…
its to be seen if Droid is all set to create a new fad like Razr… Will the robot do the trick for Motorola ? its to be seen !!!
There is Acer Liquid too making waves, it runs on Android 1.6 powered by powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. There is Dell too getting into smart phone business with their Android offering. But nothing is more tempting than the smart phone from the manufacturers of the the first practical mobile phones. Hail Moto !!*** In today's scenario for a smart phone manufacturer to succeed, it should either be Apple or it should manufacture GPhones powered by Android.** Otherwise the demise is certain: The first victim NOKIA : 2009 Q2 result : Sales down 24% – Profits down 72%.
** Considering that Microsoft does not pull out something spectacular with WinMo 7.0. Interesting times for a cell phone consumer.
Despite the cold reception from Microsoft’s top management, the Internet Explorer development team maintains a relationship with Mozilla. They meet regularly to discuss web standards such as extended validation certificates. In 2005 Mozilla agreed to allow Microsoft to use its Web feed logo in the interest of common graphical representation of the Web feeds feature.
In October 2006, as congratulations for a successful ship of Firefox 2, the Internet Explorer 7 development team sent a cake to Mozilla. As a nod to the browser wars, some readers joked about the cake being poisoned, while others jokingly suggested that Mozilla send a cake back along with the recipe, in reference to the open-source software movement. The IE development team sent another cake on June 17, 2008, upon the successful release of Firefox 3.
I knew about the love relationship Google shares with Mozilla. Mozilla is earning big bucks on this relationship.
Never knew that IE and Mozilla dev teams share co-cordial relationship. The cake incident is funny.