Google Speaker Series

As part of the Google Speaker Series’s inaugural talk, Vinton cerf visited Hyderabad today(on Feb 23 2007). Along with him came the Google India head who said there would more talks, one in each quarter of the year.

Coming to the Vinton’s talk it was pretty good, considering the opinion with which i went to hear it(with no offence to Vinton). I have read a blog regarding his talk in Bangalore and it said it was highly technical, so i went to the talk expecting Greek and Latin and was pleasantly  surprised to hear plain English.

He talked about the requirements which he and his colleagues had to meet while  designing the IP  which are design independent of both the application as well as the infrastructure.  He also talked about the VPN, QoS, future of the Internet.

One of the on going project he talked about is the interplanetary networks which are being in use by the Nasa to communicate with the rover on the Mars.

Overall it was a great talk by the father of the Internet and i eagerly look forward for rest of the google speaker series


Yahoo! IM Inside E-mail

(Extracted from Reuters, February 12, 2007) Yahoo! Inc., the world’s largest consumer e-mail provider, on Monday said it has embedded instant messaging features inside its e-mail program, bridging a generational divide that has confused many users. Heavy Internet users, especially younger, Web-savvy users of social networking sites or office workers, have long toggled between e-mail and instant messaging services. But for more occasional users of consumer e-mail services, the allure of instant messaging has remained far from obvious. Consumers can now run the two programs in one Web browser. There is no need to download Yahoo! Messenger software, a complication for users who are not technically inclined. Each instant messaging dialogue will take place in a new conversation window within Yahoo Mail, allowing people to chat with multiple friends simultaneously, without leaving e-mail. John Kremer, vice president of Yahoo! Mail, said in a phone interview embedding instant messaging makes e-mail “an even more social experience” — by transforming how one communicates from a letter-writing experience into a back-and-forth chat.

This was the feature I was waiting for a long time.

Vinton Cerf in Hyderabad

Vinton Cerf who is one of the founding fathers of the Internet would give a talk as part of the Google Speaker Series on 23rd Feb. Vinton is the Vice President and chief Internet Evangelist at Google and leads the development of next generation of Internet Applications.

I have got an invitation from Google to attend the talk. Try your luck as Google says there are limited seats.

To meet Vinton in Bangalore on 21st Feb 2007 send your request to vcbangalore@google.com

To meet Vinton in hyderabad on 23st Feb 2007 send your request to vchyderabad@google.com

Sun Tech Days 2007

As a part of worldwide developer conference sun is organising Tech days in India at Hyderabad from February 21-23, 2007.

Sun says it’s Tech Days are loaded with practical information, examples of real-world solutions, and hands-on training. It helps developers learn new open and free technologies, develop better applications and improve their mission-critical infrastructure.

The Tech Days boasts about a lot of eminent speakers from the Sun’s core development team including the Vice President of Sun. The Tech days promises a lot of excitement with cutting-edge technical education. You can find more information here.

I am pretty cramped up in my schedule  so lets see if i can make it.

Its time to Fly

Barely few weeks after the ‘India poised’ campaign by the Times of India our entrepreneurs proved that the campaign was not all hype. With the Tatas and Birlas aggressively acquiring companies and Vodafone’s desparate bid for Hutchison to enter the worlds fastest growing telecommunications market the economy of India has only way to go, that is up.

With Google investing in Seedfund the venture capitalist firm and other venture capitalist firms like Motorola Venture, Silicon Valley Bank and Mayfield Fund setting up shops in India the young entrepreneur of India will have a lot of backing and exposure to compete in the global marketplace.

I personally feel all the right elements are falling into place and that could back true innovation in India.

Wiki Camp

Are you interested in wikis and want to know more about them? or are you thinking what this wiki is all about ? Don’t worry India’s first Wiki Camp will answer your queries.


Wikicamp is all about harnessing and understanding the power of Wikis. It is a one day event aimed to bring together the best minds from the Wiki/Internet space to talk about issues, opportunities and what the future and evolution of this valuable tool looks like.

The event will feature workshops, debates and keynotes on the present state and evolution of the wiki. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and President of Wikimedia Foundation will be attending the event.

The event is scheduled for the 25th of February, and the venue is at Tidel Park, Chennai. For more information check the wiki for the event.

Exciting Times ahead

After attending the Town-hall meeting with Nick Donofrio the Executive Vice President Innovation and Technology of IBM i felt i am lucky to be in the evolution period of many great technologies and ideas.

Nick spoke about many technologies and ideas and i think the most important one is the 3D-Internet. I feel it has the potential to take the centre stage. Just think about this, instead of the present shopping sites imagine walking around the shop and trying things you are looking to buy virtually sitting infront of your computer. IBM helped one of its client to open its shop in 3D-Internet and is investing a huge sum in this technology and i feel it has the potential to just push aside the current form of Internet. You can have a taste of the 3D-Internet here.

Among a lot of amazing ideas Nick spoke about for me the most catchy, crazy, awesome and ambitious idea is connecting the water bodies of the earth. As we know there are lot of water bodies on this earth but on wrong places. Nick said IBM is sponsoring a project which links all the water bodies on this globe.

One of the latest problems i came to know is about handling data which is being generated daily around the globe. Nick said research in this field is important as lot of data being generated and there is need to find a way so that we will be able to organize and search for the information easily. At that moment i felt the problem is nearly solved by the major search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.I could understand the problem only after he mentioned that daily 15 peta bytes of data is generated. That is huge because as far i know yahoo’s storage capacity is around 6 peta bytes and rest of them wont be too far way from it. The problem of search is far from being solved and it is now exponentially growin.

Thanks to nick i left the hall feeling pretty much excited to be around in such fascinating times.