• Events,  Lounge,  Rostrum,  Speeches,  Technology

    Net Neutrality

    I was invited by the office bearers of Rotary Club of Madras Central to deliver a talk today in Hyatt Regency on the topic of “Net Neutrality”. This has been a hot topic highlighted in media and discussed in social media due to TRAI (Indian Telecom Regulator) recently asking for comment following outcry over Airtel Zero rating plan and Facebook’s Free Basics (earlier called as Internet.ORG). The audience I was addressing had come from various industry backgrounds, technical and non technical, so I started with a brief introduction on Internet, the economics at work in data business before proceeding with the core topic and my views on the same. In today’s world every business however small or…

  • Events,  Rostrum,  Speeches,  Technology,  தமிழ்

    Mobile Apps Technology

    தமிழ் கணிமை தொழில்நுட்ப அமைப்பான உத்தமம், இன்று முதல் செல்பேசிக் கணிமை 2016 என்ற பெயரில் இருநாள் பயிலரங்கம் ஒன்றை நடத்துகிறார்கள். இன்று மதியம் என்னை “குறுச்செயலிகள் உருவாக்க தொழில்நுட்பம்” (Mobile Apps Development Technology) என்ற தலைப்பில் பேச அழைத்தார்கள். In my talk I covered on 3 areas – The Opportunity that Mobile Apps presents, Platform Decisions that you have on how to develop a Mobile App and lastly covered case studies of design decisions we made while developing apps for our clients. Opportunity: Mobile Apps download have grown from 24.9 Billion in 2011 to 309.6 Billion in 2016; Percentage of Free Apps have grown 88.4% to 93% not huge. The important thing to notice is the massive growth in terms of numbers of…

  • Gadgets

    Micromax Juice 3

    I was looking for a simple smartphone that I can get for my father in law. He was using a Nokia feature phone (Nokia C1-00) and liked it’s voice clarity, simplicity and long battery life. I looked for similar features in a smartphone and has the Apps he cares about which were Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube. I considered going for iPhone as he was using an iPad while at home, but gave up that option as he wasn’t sure he will be comfortable with a touch screen in phone. That meant going for a new phone that didn’t cost much, say less than Rs.10,000 (USD 150). After considering many brands I went with the suggestion…

  • Events,  தமிழ்

    Tamil achievers talk – Muthu Nedumaran

    தமிழ் இணையக் கல்விக்கழகம் இன்று “சிகரம் தொட்ட கணித்தமிழர்கள்” என்னும் தலைப்பில்,  கணினியில் தமிழைக் கொண்டுவந்ததில் பல வெற்றி முயற்சிகளை செய்த திரு.முத்து நெடுமாறன் அவர்களுடைய நிகழ்ச்சியை நடத்தியது. முத்து கடந்த இருபத்து ஆண்டுகளுக்கு மேலாக  ஒரு நல்ல நண்பர் என்பதில் எனக்கு பெருமை. முத்துவின் தெற்காசிய, இந்திய மொழி தொழில்நுட்பம் மற்றும் எழுத்துருக்கள் இடம் பெறாத கணிப்பொறிகள் மிக சில என்று தான் சொல்ல வேண்டும். ஆப்பில் கணிப்பொறியிலும், ஐபோன் கையடக்கக் கருவிகளிலும்,  HTC ஆண்டிராய்டு அலைப்பேசியிலும் அவரின் தமிழ் எழுத்துருக்களைத் தான் நாம் அன்றாடம் பயன்படுத்துகிறோம். மைக்கரோசாப்ட் விண்டோஸ்இல் கூட முத்துவின் மொழி எழுத்துருக்கள் உள்ளது. மற்ற கூகிள் ஆண்டிராய்டு கையடக்கக் கருவிகளில் பலவற்றில் அவரின் செல்லினம் செயலி தான் தமிழின் முகம்.  Muthu recalled of his first job as an Engineer trainer in a computer firm in Malaysia where how in his spare time he developed a Tamil font as a TSR (Terminate ‘n’ Stay Resident) program in MS-DOS, the saying from his first…

  • Gadgets

    Sony Xperia Z3

    Few months back I decided to upgrade from HTC Desire 820 to a new phone. I was growing impatient for HTC to upgrade OS to Android 5.0 (Lollipop). It’s going to be a year and there is no sign HTC is going to offer an upgrade for HTC Desire 820, without the upgrade the 64 bit features of the processor are not enabled, as a result the battery life of the device is poor. Charge runs out by evening after doing a full charge in the morning. This meant I have to shop for a new phone, I wanted a phone that is not huge (around 5 inches and no phablets) has good…

  • Gadgets

    Hold your phone right for a good selfie

    The secret to a good selfie is holding it right, ensuring stability and minimise shacking. Proper lighting, good framing comes only next to proper holding. I finally learned the right way of holding the phone for a good selfie. Use your Index & Small finger to hold the phone stable. Middle fingers are placed behind the screen for back support. Keep the Thumb finger free for clicking. That’s it!

  • Flashback,  Gadgets,  Lounge

    Dial Up and Roaming

    The rumours about Microsoft rebranding Skype WiFi Hotspots offering, which allows you to connect to paid WiFi hotspots around the world with your Skype credit, set me on a nostalgic path for few minutes. It was circa 1996 when I was using analogue phone lines & dial up modems to connect to the Internet through Government of India’s company VSNL. VSNL had a partnership with a company in USA called iPass, you can opt-in to, on additional charge to get enrolled into iPass service and then install iPass Dial-Up connection software in your PC (Windows/Mac laptop). With that in place, from many places around the world you could dial-in to…

  • Events,  Microsoft

    Microsoft Build 2015

    Today the keynote of Microsoft Build 2015 conference was a wild ride, cool, far reaching, innovative – all words you won’t have associated with Microsoft for a long time. I will capture my take in the following ten highlights in honor of upcoming Windows 10. One of my favourite Microsoftie “Scott Guthrie” on his signature Red Shirt on stage announced for Azure Platform – Elastic Pool to pool SQL Azure databases resources and manage jobs across databases, Docker support in Azure. As a developer at heart, my favourite, launch of Visual Studio Code for Mac OS X, Linux & Windows. Microsoft calls it a Code Optimized Editor to highlight the fact…