Buddhi (Sanskrit, "intellect") is the higher mental faculty, the instrument of knowledge, discernment, and decision.

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Monday, August 14, 2006

15 sites that changed the world

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the web, The Observer has compiled a list of sites that changed the world.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Java, not Ajax

From O'Reilly Radar:

It's often frustrating to early developers with big visions when something later comes along and steals their thunder by offering far less. But there's a lesson here: as Donald Knuth says, premature optimization is the root of all evil. And that doesn't just apply to performance, it applies to design. It's impossible to think through what people are going to want to do until they start doing it, so sometimes it's best to seed the market with a hack that gets people going, and then follow up as you watch what they do with it.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

India Numbers

12 million PCs
Internet users =~ 38 million
Online advertisers =~ 1,000

100 million television sets
TV advertisers =~ 7,000

13,000 cinema houses and multiplexes
Newspapers and print media advertisers =~ 70,000

Source: Aadi's blog

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Dilli or New Delhi

Winksite is having a problem in choosing the right name for India's capital. People call it by the name Dilli but write it as New Delhi. Go for it - let them know what it should be. Too bad there is only binary choice - Dilli or New Delhi and no option for "Can't Say".

While setting up metros for the mobile chat network side of what we do we’ve come across something we need some help on.

It boils down to something like this - You say New Delhi. I say Dilli.

We did some research, talked to some friends from that part of the world, and checked out what other social networking sites like Xanga were doing. For additional information please see: “India’s New Names“.

We went with Dilli.

…but now we’re hearing some differing opinions as to which is preferred. Including comments made to Scott while he was visiting Mumbai.

So which should it be - Dilli or New Delhi? We would like to know what you think?

At WINKsite a metro is a geographic area. We limit metros to large metropolitan areas. The name for that metro could refer to a major city in that area or the city itself.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Two big-picture lectures about India

1 The first was the Narayanan Oration (April 2004) at the Australian National University: India: On the growth turnpike.
2 The second was the Gadgil Memorial Lecture in October 2005: India's economic future: Moving beyond State Capitalism.

Source: Ajay Shah's blog

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Habermas' Heritage: The Future of the Public Sphere in the Network Society

"Habermas' Heritage: The Future of the Public Sphere in the Network Society" - Boeder, Pieter

I've always enjoyed a well-constructed attempt to update philosophy and sociology in the context of the current digital era, which is unfolding as we write. In this piece, Boeder offers a lively (if dense) analysis of public discourse and its importance to society in the Web era. Drawing on the work of Habermas, he charts the Internet's growth, the ongoing consolidation of media, and the growing need for an independent sphere of public discourse in the face of these massive forces. He is not a pessimist, though; the public sphere was never a static state, whatever media it relied upon, which have ranged from coffee houses to editorial pages. Habermas argued that as mass media has mutated into monopoly capitalist forms, the role of public debate has shifted from the "dissemination of reliable information to the formation of public opinion." Arguably, this is exactly what MoveOn.Org has been doing, and countless Blogs and Podcasts as well. This article is interesting because it serves as a reminder that the forces that shape society weren't created just yesterday, and that a fresh look at classic philosophy and sociology is not only a good idea, but can actually help us understand the subtle changes the Internet has begun in our public lives. - TH

Thursday, November 24, 2005

API Invests $2 Million To Test New Business Models - American Press Institute

"Newspaper Next: The Transformation Project" will explore the trends disrupting the newspaper industry and develop practical business initiatives newspapers can adopt. API is investing $2 million into this project, which is the centerpiece of the Institute’s 60th anniversary.