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About two years back in this IEEE Spectrum Article (“Lighting Up the Andes”) I read about how a Canadian couple is lighting up remote villages in Bolivia (South America) using white LEDs & solar panels. Mission was simple, to free remote communities from reliance on costly kerosene lighting. The solution was to have LEDs – Light Emitting Diodes, the tiny bulb thing that you see in your electronic devices and Traffic Signals. The LEDs were powered by simple Solar Cell Panels. The beauty of their scheme is that they devised a small volunteer operation that blends tourism and charity. (Courtesy: IEEE…

Some incidents disturb you a lot and make you question about the world we are living in. One such incident that affected me was the Kumbakonam School Fire incident – 2 years back, the other one was the shooting that happened yesterday in a US School. During these times, the only thing we can do is to pray.

Americans and People familiar with USA, know “Uncle Sam” is a national personification of the United States. Several years back when I first came across this term , I didn’t understand it but eventually figured it out from the context. Over the years many times when I came across the term, I was curious on its origin and official status but never bothered to check it out. Today I took the effort to find out and got the answer from here & here. It dates from the War of 1812 and there are multiple theories behind the actual origin.

Last week there was a post by Jon Box in his blog about Microsoft adding jobs in India. Jon is one of my fellow Microsoft Regional Directors, from Memphis USA. I sent him back a detailed reply by email on how I feel on this important issue. Here it is: As someone who has been running an Indian IT Services Company for last several years and with sizable portion of my business coming from USA, these are my comments. In business the first rule of thumb – your returns are more or less dependent on your risks. You don’t take…

After spending last week in LA for Microsoft PDC, this whole week I was in Redmond (Microsoft is Headquartered here). I didn’t have any meetings today as all Microsoft Managers were out to MS Company Meet today – Microsoft is 30 now. My Cousin “Vijay” who lives here, suggested I drive down to Deception Pass. Deception Pass is a beautiful scenic place and a Washington State Park, which is about 80 miles from where I stayed (Bellevue, WA). In the past I have driven in the US only twice – first time with in Bellevue area itself and the second was…