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Why Intel Will Be a Mobile Loser

Intel, as it’s wont to do, overnight made a splashy unveiling of a new family of processors: the Atom Z6xx series, whose chips are much more powerful than current versions but consume less power. Why the hoopla?

  Apparently these chips, which run at over 1.5 GHz, can be used to power not only smartphones but also tablets. So as I usually do when a public company announces major news, I checked Intel’s stock price in pre-market trading: largely unchanged from its closing price the day before. If this was supposed to be such a big deal, why was the market ignoring it, and responding by shrugging its proverbial shoulders?

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Indian Tech biggies in race for $38-bn outsourcing deals

Top IT firms in india like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and Wipro are busy chasing multi-billion contracts. including China Mobile, Verizon US and Bharti Airtel, against multinational rivals as reported by ET.

As per one research done by outsourcing experts firms such as Ovum said around 500 contracts worth nearly $37.5 billion are set to expire by September this year, ranging anywhere between $1 million and $1 billion each. “It’s a long, tough summer,” said a senior official at one of the Indian tech firms exploring opportunities at telecom majors such as China Mobile and Verizon. “Coming out of recession, we are facing perhaps the toughest sales challenge ever — the deals are smaller, competition is breathing down our necks and there is this huge expectation that we are back to normal,” he added, requesting anonymity.

Larger offshore vendors, which now include the likes of HP, IBM and Accenture, are likely to bid for a number of contractual opportunities, said Jens Butler, principal analyst at Ovum. “Cost-cutting is not the only theme, it is a component of client requirements,” added Mr Butler, who is based in Sydney, Australia.

Not to forget that due to recession lots of contract which are due for renewal went on hold last year. Since the market has been stabilized, companies are looking further to renew the same but with those companies who can offer better deal than previous one’s in terms of commercial, services and flexibility. All this because of tight budget and possibilities of further negotiated T&C.

At the other hand various SMBs are also keeping an eye on these deals to get a pie. Most of the biggies who are likely to be awarded with few deals have started engagements with such SMBs to ensure the low commercials and high profit margin by outsourcing these deals to right companies in turn.

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Windows 7 based Project got killed !

May 5, 2010 2 comments

With the end of April, one of the most anticipated project by HP has been end, reported by TechCrunch. It has been informed by TechCrunch that Hewlett-Packard allmost killed off its much ballyhooed Windows 7 tablet computer, says a source who’s been briefed on the matter.

The device was first unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2010 in January and was supposed to hit the market in mid 2010. But source from TechCrunch informed that HP is not satisfied with Windows 7 as a tablet operating system and has terminated the project (something CrunchGear mentioned months ago).

HP may also be abandoning Intel-based hardware for its slate lineup simply because it’s too power hungry. That would also rule out Windows 7 as an operating system.

So what will HP use as an operating system? Look for Google-powered devices, which have already been announced. And HP really does seem determined to make a go of the Palm WebOS. They said how important it was to them yesterday, and they will likely experiment with porting it to a slate-type device.

Will WebOS emerge as a successful operating system for tablet devices? That seems very unlikely given the dominance of the closed Apple OS and the likely success of the open Android and Chrome operating systems from Google. To get traction from third party developers with WebOS HP will need to sell a lot of units. And it’s not clear what they’d gain from all that effort, anyway. HP knows how to build and sell hardware, not operating systems.

Let us know your comments on actual story behind. Here’s the video promoting the HP Windows tablet from January:

TCS Chief named Best CEO in the country !

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) chief Natarajan Chandrasekaran has made the cut as best CEO in the country while Infosys’ Kris Gopalakrishnan has been ranked the second best by the FinanceAsia magazine.

The publication has named Mr Chandrasekaran and Mr Gopalakrishnan as best CEOs, based on a poll of over 300 investors and analysts in Asia.

FinanceAsia today published the India list for various categories, including best CEO, best CFO, best managed company, best corporate governance, best investor relations, and best corporate social responsibility.

Among the CFOs, TCS’ Sethuraman Mahalingam has been named the best in the country and is followed by Infosys’ Vibin Balakrishnan.

The magazine has named Infosys as the best managed company while Bharti Airtel has cornered the second spot.

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A look at the world of Wall Street Quants

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Wall Street is the global image of Capitalism and increasingly,  post the recent financial crisis, it has become the symbol for unfettered greed and casino capitalism. Mathematicians and computer nerds on the street (known as “Quants”) are the unlikely culprits as they are the ones who designed those dangerous computer programs which helped structure complex financial products, which nobody else understood and ultimately brought the US economy on i’s knees.

This video explores the quants’ world and tells us their side of the story and reflects on what is wrong with banking today.

And the stuff discussed arent new…here’s a TIME cover from the mid 90’s

Kind of affirms the [misquoted] cliche “Those who forget the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them”


Ubuntu’s new desktop friendly Linux alternative to Windows

April 28, 2010 1 comment

Linux as an operating system has it’s share of victories and losses. It has been victorious on the server front with more than 90% of all webservers running on it. On the desktop front however, Microsoft has remained king.  To give you a fair idea the following is the market share of OSes (desktop & mobile) as reported by internet usage data :

We see that Linux has a very dismal presence. The reason for its bad performance in the desktop space can be attributed to a lot of factors. Initially Linux was not meant to be a replacement OS at all. It was the brainchild of a student in the University of Hensinki called Linus Torvalds (hence the name). Torvalds wanted to make a unix clone for the educational community. After it’s potential was realized, big and anti-MS corporations such as IBM, Sun and Oracle started pushing their weight behind the penguin (Linux’s Mascot) and Linux gained acceptance in the Enterprise market.

It is important to note that Linux as the OS is completely free. Linux companies such as RedHat, Oracle or Novell make money on Linux by support and training. Unlike Windows Linux does not come in any single flavour. Multiple distributions offering Linux exist, and they differ esentially in look and feel but support common LINUX file standards. On the enterprise front, the most popular is Redhat Linux and Ubuntu is popular for desktops. Earlier on, What kept back people away from linux is unfamiliarity and unfriendly user interface. Application support has also been a problem as there were few useful applications for office, entertainment and internet. Cut forward to 10 years and the scenario has changed somewhat. Due to the fact that Linux is heavily supported by the community, Linux was fine tuned and made more user-friendly and more and more useful apps started showing up. It wasn’t linux alone, but included the whole open-source ecosphere which gave us great free technology such as Java and OpenOffice. The advent of web 2.0 sites and apps made native desktop applications unnecessary and mobile technology for internet use has caught up with PCs. You can do pretty much all you need on a browser.

So why is Microsoft still king?

What has really kept Microsoft unhinged has largely been Microsoft Office and proprietary file standards like FAT and NTFS. It also had to do a lot with an aggressive company maintaining it’s monopoly position by all means. But that’s another story.  However in 1999 a free software called OpenOffice arrived on the scene. It was horrible free alternative to microsoft office and supported a format called odf.  The company behind it was acquired bu Sun which itself got gobbled up by Oracle.  It has improved by leaps and bounds and is a very capable office suite. here’s a screenshot :

Now that is a PPT clone  running under windows of course, but provides the same slick functionality in Linux. then there’s online/downloadable apps like skype, messaging (GAIM), acrobat, MP3 players, basically whatver you run on windows.  and a linux browser renders the web and online apps the same way a Windows browser would do.

Coming to Ubuntu, it’s a Linux flavour developed by a company called Canonical, a private company founded (and funded) by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth for the promotion of free software projects. They have been at it since 2004 and are in their 9th version. What makes this post relevant is that they are releasing the game changing 10th edition this weekend. And this is what it will look like this :

Not too shabby eh?

It will have excellent interoperability with Windows and introduces several improvement in terms of Social Network integration (facebook, twitter etc). Mind you no desktop OS (windows/mac) has done this yet. It is also entering Apple Territory with the introduction of UbuntuOne which is an iTunes like music application and will allow purchase of DRM-free music (plain MP3).

Bottomline! boys and girls. If you have a  PC which still runs on WinXP or earlier and you dont do anything fancy like gaming or Media authoring, and are not dependant heavily upon Microsoft Office or native windows apps, then give Lucid Lynx a go.. It may turn out to be a cheaper and a lighter alternative to Windows 7.

Useful links :
Click for review of the release and UbuntuOne

Installation Screenshots

Tech Commentary of the release

…………….. and lastly a cute pic of Tux eyeing Windows

– Debranjan