Friday, June 30, 2006

Some Cool Links to visit

Freeware Utility : 450+ Freeware

Internet World Stats : Go Bonkers Reading these stats !

Greatest Internet Moments: Quite a huge collection

World's First Web Page : The one that started it all !

Cracked Screen Wallpaper: Give ur buddies a scare !

How File Sharing reveals your Identity: Wanna escape RIAA, chgeck out this one !

LOGO Mania !

Here's another link to a amazing Logo collection site, This site not only hosts all the great collection of logo's, but also gives a lot of info about the logo's of various companies, and not only comapnies but any damn logo in the world, which your eye could have seen.

The site also has a section on logo parodies, iviting contribution from netizens, to give a twist to famous logo's

You can contribute even your logo to the site, the site also has a logo, to browse the huge collection of the logo's you will have to vote through them....

The site is also in process to build up a logiQuizz section

Visit this site here: Good Logo

Join the SWARM

I found out this cool link on the web called SWARM

It is a site that let's you know what people around the world are browsing, RIGHT NOW, yes realtime updates keep happening on the site.

Once you visit the site, you can browse the links, the world is browsing, you have a text mode browsing and the second one is text based browsing, if you are using firefox browser you can also add SWARM extension to your browser to be a part of the community, you also have an option to keep tag for Adult content On or Off as per your preference.

A cool way to browse through the links on the net

Also the site does not list any personal and secured site browsing, for example, when you login to your bank account, or you login into your My Yahoo account, these kind of pages are not listed.

I bet you would not stop clicking ! : CLICK HERE

Monday, June 26, 2006

Reliance aims to provide GSM services by next year

Reliance Communications is aiming to launch their GSM services in the country by March next year. This is expected to further reduce the prices in the Indian mobile service market as the company aims to price their packages competitively to gain more users.

The company is already the leaders in the CDMA technology based mobile services and is now aiming to shift focus to GSM services.

Reliance Communications has also roped in JM Morgan Stanley (JMMS) as financial advisor for a proposed re-organization. Not much information is available on their plans but the company might bring together all their services and offerings under a single brand.

Reliance is expected to be allotted the 1,800 MHz spectrum by the Department of Telecommunications later this year. This would help them launch the GSM operations by early next year.

Lets hope Airtel & Hutch face some competition now, as they really suck bigtime in their network & billing promises.

Look up in the SKY !

The battle in the DTH segment is gonna heat up with the advent of Tata-Sky a TATA & Star Group venture, Dish-tv a Zee group company lacked few popular STAR channels package, which is a must have for cable viewers today, Tata Sky has tied up with Thomson for the set-top boxes and NDS Systems for the smart card technology. Vikram Kaushik, CEO, Tata Sky said about their upcoming services: “Our DTH service will completely redefine the television viewing experience in India. We are committed to building a state-of-the-art DTH operation. NDS Systems will enable us to transfer control and choice into the hands of subscribers,and what subscribers would be get along with a superior quality service would be excellent customer service"

Their services are expected to launch around the month of August

Koen van Driel, senior vice-president, satellite, terrestrial and cable business unit, Thomson added about their involvement in this launch: “As the largest and most exciting new DTH TV project in the world, we are very proud to have been selected as a key supplier by Tata Sky.”

Lets hope we get some respite from the local cable operators, my cable is operator is really a goon company, ICC networks, they charge 394 bucks for a regular subscriber who pays Rs 2000 installation charges, and ask temporary connections to shell out Rs 600 a month in case you do not want to pay Installation charges of Rs 2000.

Visit Their Site Here : Tata Sky

VSNL to acquire Direct Internet for $16.7 million

Tata’s VSNL is continuing with its acquisition spree as they have now announced their decision to acquire Direct Internet Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiary Primus Telecommunications India Ltd.

The deal is worth around 750 million rupees and is expected to be completed in the next couple of weeks.

Direct Internet provides Internet-based voice and data services while PTIL provides Internet service to small and medium enterprises in Indian cities.

VSNL has been keep on acquiring internet providing companies and just recently acquired telecoms network service firm Teleglobe International Holdings Ltd. They also acquired Tyco International’s global under-sea fiber optic cable network unit in July 2005.

Citigroup increases stake in VSNL

World’s largest financial services company Citigroup and its affiliate companies have increased their stake in the Indian telecom company VSNL.

Citigroup now has a 6.3% stake in the company up from 1.5%. With this deal, they own around 18.6 million shares of VSNL.

Citigroup went ahead with their plans by acquiring VSNL’s American Depository Receipts (ADRs) listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

The news was confirmed in a Citigroup filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). VSNL itself has refused to comment on this new development.

Tata is the major stakeholder in this company with around 44% of the shares. Indian government still owns a minor 26% stake in VSNL.

BSNL Broadband to roll out cable TV

As Star & Tata Joint Venture Tata Sky gear's up to take on the sattelite cable tv market, with Dish-tv, a Zee Television group venture already in the market, now BSNL is gonna get going in this space too, would it be just DD channel's packaged for some unrealistic pricing ?, never know as BSNL is not gonna provide any satellite receivers to users, it would be through broadband, and it's gonna be aunched first in PUNE

It has tied up with a firm called Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL), this company would help BSNL delivering the Cable TV content via their ADSL Broadband technology.

All that the consumer would require is a set top box, a landline and a television set that would also function as the monitor. they claim they are going to offer a good package of popular channel's, they have a broadband consumer base of around 27,000 customers in pune.They have scheduled a Independence day launch for the service.

Pune will become the first city in the country when the BSNL will launch multi player services through broadband connection on August 15. Here are some of the features that are on offer:
* Bouquet of cable channels
* Video on demand
* Video conferencing
* TV-to-TV SMS
* E-classes

Internet user base growth slowing down

As per incoming statistics, the global internet adoption rate has slowed down in the recent months. Japan is currently the country with highest percentage of its population connected to the internet and China has the internet users who spend the most time online.

A study has been released by The Face of the Web who got this study conducted by market researcher Ipso Insight. As per this report, the global online population grew by a modest five per cent from 2004 to 2005.

This is much lower than the growth of 20% survey registered a year before. The research group surveyed users from countries including Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, the UK, and the US.

France is one country, which is beating the world’s average with the most significant year-over-year gains in internet adoption among the markets tracked. France and UK are the main countries where mobile internet adoption seems to be the next big thing.

VoIP is catching up fast in France, UK, and Germany. America is one country, which has nearly reached the saturation point in terms of number of users connecting to the internet. Whatever it is, but my hunger for the net is never gonna go down, it feels harder now to move back to a cheaper 64kbps plan from my current Zip Zap Zoom 256 kbps connection.

The next big thing that could push internet is mobile internet, which can change the trend, as blogging is already catching up the heat around the globe, and surely people would like to blog ON THE MOVE !

HP Plans to Quit Selling Printers & Start Selling Prints

Hewlett-Packard, the world's leading printer manufacturer, wants to leave the printer business.

The vendor that dominates the market, with a 45 percent share, wants to move itself and its VARs from selling printers to selling printing—pay-per-click, managed print services and document management solutions—that captures more customer wallet and speaks to the ways businesses use printing, executives and partners in HP's Imaging and Printing Group said.

HP expects the strategy, which it and several other vendors have been drumming for months now, to drive sales in a slumping market as new solutions require upgrades, albeit with fewer printers in each shop, and maintain market share that equals opportunity at other points on the HP portfolio

For VARs (Vendors & Retailers), the opportunity means more value add, differentiation, and a piece of the services and supplies pie currently sent to retail chains and Web sites, executives and VARs said.

"It's selling pages not printers," said Jim Fall, director of strategic planning at Cannon IV, in Indianapolis, a print services VAR and HP partner of 17 years. "Instead of capturing the printer, you're capturing the print and everything that goes along with it—supplies, policy management, security. It's a solution-oriented sale that is much harder to grab but more rewarding in the end."

The strategy relies on the channel, Blackmer said, because it is a business sale, requiring a local presence and an understanding of how a customer operates.

HP is encouraging VARs with incentives, margins and marketing programs to drive the solution, Fall and Blackmer said.

Printer shipments have been slipping, with growth slowing from 80 percent in 2004-2005 to 24 percent yearly growth over the next five years, according to IDC.

"The first laser printers we ever sold are still out there and doing their job," said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of the IPG unit. "They're a workhorse, and we're glad to hear it. But you can't just sit back and wait for it to die to go in and sell another unit."

HP is encouraging "baby steps," Blackmer said. "We just want them begin having the conversation with their customers," she said. "Sell a care pack. Offer to do a print audit. Then you can look at something like access control or how many DeskJets are sitting unused under employee desks."

But the transition can be difficult, Fall and Blackmer said.

"It's a longer sales cycle," Fall said. "Selling a couple of printers might take three days. Selling a document management solution might take three months. If you're paying the bills by selling those units, that's a big investment to suddenly flick the switch to solution selling. You have to be ready for it."

As HP and VARs move up the continuum, VARs are already offering managed print services using remote management platforms, and HP is working on a partnership with a managed services provider to provide a resellable managed services offering, Blackmer said

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Nokia Planning to Stop Making CDMA Phones

It was not long before when i was working for reliance infocomm, now re-christened as Reliance Communications group, they were bang confident of the CDMA technology, that it would work wonder's for the Indian telecom growth, and would change the way we communicate.

well to some extent i do agree that reliance surely was able to create a mass hysteria by offering dirt cheap calling rates and some very basic handsets from LG & Samsung which i felt were overpriced and some quacks earned good money out of some silly postpaid schemes and handset faking was in news for long.

Well even Nokia was upbeat about the growth of CDMA market in india, with TATA's also joining the party, but quiet late, still a customisation and variety that's available in a GSM phone cannot be matched with a CDMA phone, even i started off with a CDMA phone, i appreciate the network reception it provides, even i have surfed on my computer using reliance net service and found a better alternative to my dial up service, the time i got hooked to broadband. But i have never looked back on to CDMA, i used it only once for all, but still have to carry my Office provided CDMA phone along with my GSM.

Here's a article where nokia is now planning to stop CDMA Handset production