Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Save your money on Mobile phone bills

Save your money on Mobile phone bills

Visit www.yourbillbuddy.com
It offers excellent service absolutely free.
It analyzes your mobile bills, provides report, and
Suggests the best plan for your usage.
Try it out sometime to get more value for your money…

Monday, October 17, 2005

Internet Over Power

Internet Over Power Lines
     In Bangalore it is hard to get the broadband connections because of the limited infrastructure of cable and telephone lines. For instance, Airtel does not provide broadband to any residence, even in major cities like Bangalore. They do a feasibility study and reject the application if there is only one application on that street. They are not ready to bring the telephone line for one person. I applied twice in the period of 1 year and didn’t get the connection and recently went for the BSNL DataONE broadband connection. Good to see that BSNL has telephone lines everywhere.

Enough of all these restrictions due to the limited infrastructure of telephone lines and cables. Thanks to the innovations, now we can get the broadband connections if you have the electricity line :-) Every house has an electricity connection, so anyone can go for broadband connection.
Check out the News:
In Spain and elsewhere in Europe, utility companies have long offered high-speed Internet service to consumers over their power lines. But American utilities are only now beginning to roll out broadband connections on their grid. Known as broadband over power lines, or B.P.L., the service is poised to challenge the cable and phone companies that dominate the high-speed Internet market. Instead of burying cables and rewiring homes, B.P.L. providers use the local power grid, which means that any home with electricity could get the service. While the technology is not new, the home adapters and equipment on telephone poles that transmit data over power lines as radio signals have only recently become affordable enough for companies to start selling the service. [NY Times, 10/17]”

Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

Recently I have read Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats. Let me share few words about it. Six Thinking Hats method is primarily based on the concept of parallel thinking, which is straight opposite to the conventional individual thinking in a meeting.
According to Edward, individual thinking in a meeting will lead to argument that result in waste of time. On the other hand, parallel thinking provides a framework that allows everyone to think in the same direction and to get the full advantage in all directions. Simple example mentioned in the book is Review of a house. Imagine there are four people viewing the house from different directions (N, S, W, and E). Obviously they all get different opinions about the house, which might conflict each other, that results in an argument. On the other hand, in parallel thinking, everyone view the house from one direction at a time so that everyone applies their thoughts in one direction at a time and everyone agrees with each other. Then move on to the next direction.

Now I’ll brief a bit about the hats. Edward selected the color hats to give different thinking directions.

White – Information and Facts
On wearing White hat, you have to put forward the facts without any emotions.
Basically Neutral Thinking

Black – Cautious
On wearing Black hat, you have to be cautious. Try to figure out all the negative aspects. Basically Negative thinking

Red – Emotion, Feelings, etc.
On wearing Red hat, you can put forward your feelings and emotions formally in the meeting. You don’t have to support the feeling. Basically Emotions

Yellow – Support
On wearing Yellow hat, you can support the proposal with the existing methods.
Basically Positive Thinking

Green – Ideas, Innovation
On wearing green hat, you apply your creativity and bring new innovative ideas.
Basically Creative / Lateral Thinking

Blue – Thinking about thinking, Organization of Thinking
On wearing blue hat, you have to think about the thinking process. Basically Organize the thinking process

I haven’t applied this method anywhere yet, will apply soon and post the experience. Meanwhile if anyone of you has applied this method anywhere, please let me know the effectiveness. Feel free to drop a mail….

Thursday, October 13, 2005

New way to read the web - RSS/ATOM feeds

New way to read the web - RSS/ATOM feeds

Long time, no blog...
Just thought of sharing some info on the new technologies... (new technology because, I just explored it today ()
Come out of the traditional ways of reading the news, blog, or any web sites that enabled their RSS feeds. Nowadays many websites provide RSS feeds in ATOM formats, which you can collect from a RSS feed reader and read at your comfort.You can have all your favourite news feeds, technical forum feeds, etc and read from one place.

I was thinking to explore a bit on RSS feeds, today I got the time to do that. I read a bit about RSS/ATOM feeds @ http://www.mnot.net/rss/tutorial/, installed the FeedReader, a cool tool, gathered few RSS feeds (News, Finance, Blogs, etc…) from my favorite list, configured them in Feedreader.
It is very cool to read through the FeedReader (
Install any aggregator and have fun reading (