Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In search of truth on Islam

Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, is a cutting survey made by Gallup.

Thanks to saleemkhan , I get a pointer to some interesting facts. This is a wake-up call to the west and to all the world.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, U.S. public officials seemed to have no idea whether or not many Muslims supported the bombings. This troubled Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton, who felt that "no one in Washington had any idea what 1.3 billion Muslims were thinking, and yet we were working on intricate strategies that were going to change the world for all time." Clifton commissioned his company to undertake the enormous job.  [ source

The result is Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, based on six years of research and more than 50,000 interviews representing 1.3 billion Muslims who reside in more than 35 nations that are predominantly Muslim or have sizable Muslim populations. Representing more than 90% of the world's Muslim community, it makes this poll the largest, most comprehensive study of its kind.

What the data reveal and the authors illuminate may surprise you:

    • Muslims and Americans are equally likely to reject attacks on civilians as morally unjustifiable.
    • Large majorities of Muslims would guarantee free speech if it were up to them to write a new constitution AND they say religious leaders should have no direct role in drafting that constitution.
    • Muslims around the world say that what they LEAST admire about the West is its perceived moral decay and breakdown of traditional values -- the same answers that Americans themselves give when asked this question.
    • When asked about their dreams for the future, Muslims say they want better jobs and security, not conflict and violence.
    • Muslims say the most important thing Westerners can do to improve relations with their societies is to change their negative views toward Muslims and respect Islam.

What is amazing is that why are they doing this for Islam and religion in general ?  Gallop could do better if they did the opposite , Polled all countries (193 in all) and asked them what they think of America now. Are the Americans predatory in nature , in terms of commerce, policy and such ??  I think the value prop there would be an another wake up call for the Americans themselves !!!

IMHO, address the root issue and the rest will sort itself out !!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Funny Aggregation

I don't know how the verb "aggregation" got onto a menu item on the FF Browser !! Got to love computers :)-

Does anyone know who this could happen ? It would be kewl to be able to inject your own menu items when the FF rightmouse button is clicked..

I would like to see my own items digg this, twitter that ..oh well you get the idea :)-

Micro Formats+ Mirco Blogging=Super Tracking

I really like this idea of aggregation of Twits during an event.  If you use #aa08 in your twit, yeah thats a microformat, your twit entry gets piped into a wordpress blog

Now one can see real time chatter across a single specific social media app being aggregated. Regadless, if you follow the person or not !! I wish they had also grabbed flicker URL and post them too, based on Tags like "oscar08" or something like that.

More important, is the fact that "collective streams" are now becoming a big part of today's world. People watch the Oscars, interact with one another and a whole tapestry of online civilization is formed around an event.

Awsome !!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Rehash of the ClueTrain - circa 2004 !

This is a rehash of my old post. Given the fact that there is a lot of traction of Social Media and stuff like that I though I'll jump back and report this.

The MSN Search Team, (hmmmm when was like in Nov 2004 ?) take recognition of my manifesto. At their weekly Roundup, they comment:

"Peter Dawson told us in the blog comments that we should jump on the cluetrain. We're trying!"

cluetrain Manifesto is based on the hypothesis that Markets are conversations. Here it

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Texas Debate- Twitter Style

I love watching the political debate's on CNN and at the same time I also like chat on twitter.. here's some nice comments as it happens style :)-

zik Wow! Take a look at the legislative records of Clinton and Obama. Get ready to be surprised.
Leatrice @peterdawson EXACTLY. We can just vote him in right now. LOL
davewiner Also English is the language of business world-wide. Americans who don't speak English are at a disadvantage
anildash english-only advocates also purport to believe in free markets, yet they don't think english can compete without legislation mandating it
andy754 "there's no doubt, Barack, that you are a passionate, and qualified speaker..." and yet she has to accuse him of plagarism to try to win?
remarkk she's really good at taking her time and extending ad nauseum
rhh If this guy makes it into office, you yanks are going to need a *whole new media* - people who care about policy, and not personality
ThomasHan K, so which one of you two's health care plans is gonna fix me of my cough. Now!
Leatrice tactical victory following a strategic blunder..... I know that's right
remarkk speaking of overmedicated, what's with that slightly insane smile of Hillary's? It's unnerving.
davewiner For Hillary, it's got to be the moment she heard the name "Monica Lewinsky.
davewiner Oy she got a softball, and she turned it into a boring monologue.
Leatrice at least she didn't cry this time as she "found her vioce"

So its still a statically dead beat-- they are both still neck to neck in my opinion !!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

On politics

"If a man tonight falsely assures a woman of his undying love only to score with her, we rightly regard him as a sleazeball. But when politicians do essentially the same thing, save on a much larger scale, we call them "public servants" and treat them as our saviors. Very strange"

Thanks to Amit

Warning Global Financial catastrophic is happening !!

I would tell audiences that we were facing not a bubble but a froth - lots of small, local bubbles that never grew to a scale that could threaten the health of the overall economy." Alan Greenspan, The Age of Turbulence. [ via FT ]

Heres the 12 warning indicators .
  1. housing recession in US history , would wipe out between $4,000bn and $6,000bn in household wealth
  2. further losses, beyond the $250bn-$300bn now estimated, for subprime mortgages.
  3. big losses on unsecured consumer debt: credit cards, auto loans, student loans and so forth.
  4. downgrading of the monoline insurers, which do not deserve the AAA rating on which their business depends.
  5. meltdown of the commercial property market
  6.  bankruptcy of a large regional or national bank.
  7. big losses on reckless leveraged buy-outs
  8. wave of corporate defaults.
  9. a meltdown in the "shadow financial system" (hedge funds etc)
  10. further collapse in stock prices.
  11. drying-up of liquidity in a range of financial markets, including interbank and money markets
  12. vicious circle of losses, capital reduction, credit contraction, forced liquidation and fire sales of assets at below fundamental prices

Sounds like a SCARY MOVIE !!

Spam levels

From an actual discussion forum  !!

Joey : SPAM levels greatly decreased on my servers since Dude Van Doornail
kicked the bucket. Can anyone else confirm this on their equipment?

Simon : Thats because you've been writing less you moron !! reminds me of Google !!

I was one of the early adopters to and  for that matter of fact, still tracking the  PolarRose initiative.  Visual Search is the next step in search. PERIOD !!

Each time I see Munjal and his team  leap froggin forward, I think of em to be a next google. Why does this  remind me of google

"For instance, ideas at Google do not burst forth from the heads of geniuses and then find their way unimpeded to huge audiences of receptive users. Rather ideas emerge, are torn to shreds, reformulated, torn to shreds, prototyped, torn to shreds, launched to internal users, torn to shreds, rebuilt and relaunched, torn to shreds, refined some more, torn to shreds, put back together one last time, torn to shreds by SREs, tweaked again in a seemingly-endless frenzy of last minute work, and launched...whereupon they are torn to shreds by bloggers, journalists, and competitors."

When you consume content from like's Blog, and Munjal's blog you will certainly see the above happening in terms of product innovations. The are constantly building and rebuilding and refactoring. Team Like Rocks !!  Btw.. they have the first color search that works !!  (note : I have not tested, but think of it - a bot that distinguishes colors and tons of objects- exciting !!

I hope that they are on the track to fulfill and surpass revenue budgets for 2008. Mind you, what they are doing is mind blowing and surely, I won't be surprised if their exit strategy is via a acquisition. (maybe google ?) :)-

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Truth about 193 & Hydrazine

I early this week, I posted and linked to the Military briefing on a decesion  for an Aegis SM-3 to try to shoot down USA 193. Note my words "try'

Today I get another tip that the actual motive is to prove , yes prove to China that US also has the same capabilities. Jeffery's  insight is very candid and he's on the same level as John Pike with regards to Intel.

[Source : NYT ]  Jeffrey G. Lewis, an arms control specialist at the New America Foundation, warned that China would cite the intercept to justify its antisatellite test last year.

"The politics are terrible," Mr. Lewis said. "It will be used by the Chinese to excuse their hit-to-kill test. And it really strengthens the perceived link between antisatellite systems and missile defenses. We will be using a missile defense system to shoot down a satellite."

What is important is that currently there is no model available that relay the risk of a 'mis shot',  debris estimates or Hydrazine effects.Whatever the probability that the hydrazine will survive and vent, it is less than 1. That probability must then be discounted by the probability that the tank will land near enough a person (let alone an immobile one) to cause human harm.

In January 2007, the Chinese fired an SC-19 missile at a target satellite orbiting 475 miles overhead. About 1,600 pieces of debris, its remnants, were detected soon after that test.

Diplomacy !!

A True Story...

When Golda Meir held the office of Prime Minister, she tried to encourage Henry Kissinger to make Israel a top priority. He sent her a letter: "I would like to inform you that I'm first an American citizen, second Secretary of State and third a Jew." She responded: "In Israel we read from right to left"

need a mug like this

this is cool. I must book mark for later on


Sunday, February 17, 2008

Wus up ?


QOD !!

"The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us." - Quentin Crisp

aka Reputation marketing ?

Californian Ideology- Vault copy !!

"a loose alliance of writers, hackers, capitalists and artists from the West Coast of the USA have succeeded in defining a heterogeneous orthodoxy for the coming information age: the Californian Ideology." [ via : Alumut ]

I kinda disagree that the Main stream IT innovations comes only from the Valley. I think that its widely distributed. There is MIT and off course some of the leading research centers in France too.  This is high intensity read . Take time to consume, an mazing essay from the past -nearly 10 years ago. It's a vault copy !!

Personal Idea Incubator

I will soon be setting up my personal Idea lab.  Too many  ideas are getting lost and at times I vagualy remember them.  This post my juices going !!

Gmail Time Stamp issues

Seems like Gmail is having problems with time zones and NOT displaying the email in the time zone of the user.  As you can see my Timestamp is approx 4.39 at screen capture and yet the top email shows at 5.03PM and this post time stamp will  be around 5.05 :)-

Twitter Office

Twitter Office [Via :next Web]

Twitter Offices

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Testing Scheduled blog post

heres another test to see if this gets posted at 1.30PM EDT /16/08/2008

finally Bloggers gets scheduled !!

Finally Blogger gets scheduled windows for the community.

"When you then click the "Publish" button, your post will become "scheduled." When the date and time of the post arrive, your post will be automatically published to your blog."

one feature that I really really wanted Thanks Blogger !!

Friday, February 15, 2008

I Still dont belive u love me !!

This is one heck's insensitive girl !! Picked this img from POSTSECERT

8 trends to watch for in 2008

8 trends to be tracked  via [ McKinsey's San Francisco office ]

1. Distributing cocreation
2. Using consumers as innovators
3. Tapping into a world of talent
4. Extracting more value from interactions
5. Expanding the frontiers of automation
6.Unbundling production from delivery
7.Putting more science into management
8.Making businesses from information

Twit's- that make me go hmmmmm !

I kinda mark some of the twits I read into my Fav's.

Here's my new list for the time being ... (old list is here)

"skip this welcome screen". welcome screen? welcome screen? its an HP advert you dung beetles..."
yellowpark "That's what they said about Dirty Den and he died twice"
brycej Sometimes when you are having one of those days you stare at the bottle of Scotch on your desk.... and wish it was a bag of weed"
gapingvoid @noahdavidsimon Whether you're a small taco stand or MSFT, the "If you want a cool brand, you gotta do cool shit" mantra still applies"
ryancoleman I have it on good authority that this is not a very good time to go tobogganing. Especially with kids & karpets that can blow away easily"
ryancoleman "Ronald Regan wasn't Ronald Regan before he became Ronald Regan" brilliant.
vanessafox Is 89 tabs in one browser window Xs 4 browser windows too many?
pkedrosky Overheard in hallway at demo: " I have met marc benioff and been introduced three times and fucker still doesn't remember me"
davidcrow wondering if software parallels the auto industry: Oracle=GM; Google=Dodge; Microsoft=Ford; SAP=DalmerBenz
gabrielmansour I find it somewhat ironic that the "Productivity" folder in my feedreader is the one that has the most unread items. hmm
missrogue There are 2 sides to this cultural revolution. 1 end represents the revolutionaries, the other has opportunists looking to profit from it
webword The Downfall of Web 2.0 -- Darth Beta -- You heard it here first! ;-)
jowyang Time is like Money: 1) you never have enough 2) everyone wants a piece of it
brycej I just licked my Blackberry screen because it was dirty. Goodnight Folks I'm done
bokardo Over 600 comments on the Dreamhost outage. Delivery of service is a *relationship*. Look how emotional people are!
davewiner If Hillary wins, her husband should apologize for everything including the "I didn't have sex with that woman" line. And do it sincerely.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

satellite usa 193 coming down !

The decision to use an an Aegis SM-3 to try to shoot down USA 193 in the next 48 hrs.
Defense Department, White House and NASA officials speak with reporters at the Pentagon, discussing reentry of a U.S. satellite. Thanks to JEff

1. The intercept will occur at 240 kilometers (130 nautical miles)
2. The mass of the satellite is 2,300 kg (5,000 pounds)
3. The mass of the interceptor is 20 kg. (From CBO)
4. The closing velocity will be 9.8 km/s (22,000 mph), suggesting a virtually head-on collision.

Other pertinent observations. At 240 km, the satellite should be traveling 7.8 km/s; the SM-3 has a burnout velocity of 3 km/s.

Happy V- DAY


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sydney Anonymous Protest

Brain Wash Chanting :)-

some more Protest videos

Anon Vs Scientology - London Feed

This is the London video - nearly 700-1000 people turn out

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Yahoo Rejects MSFT Bid

JasonCalacanis  and Me , near practically seed the same thought on twitter. Literally Seconds away. Chatter is pouring in that Yahoo has rejected Microsoft offer of $44.6Billion stating that  its "Yahoo's board has decided Microsoft's $31-per-share offer "massively undervalues" .

WSJ was the first to break the story.  IMHO, 
Microsoft may have to make an offer as high as $37 to seal the deal

My earlier  post is here

Friday, February 08, 2008

Ego Acknowledgment !!

A new aggregator was launched by the creators of Trumers. Very neatly tucked under the acknowledgment link you will find a list of names there. I think we were the peeps that helped in culling the first All top list :)-

Its kewl to be be ack'ed by
Guy Kawasaki and this team !!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

How to lose a Girl in 10 Days - Day3


Make sure that you explain that former friend of yours is in your mind. email /show her a pic of a former girl friend. Let you current know that you miss the times of fun !!

oh yeah , tis thrusday - girls nite out- make sure to hook up at the bar/ coffee cafe with her and her  friends and in front of all friends show the pic and let them know you miss fogood times. nope you dont miss the girl -- YET !! :)-

Scientology cross !!

A good quote to cull

"Finally, to quote your beloved LRH, "if you want to control people, lie to them". I think that explains your lack of data on these subjects."

Cable Cuts Theory and counter Theory !!

All eyes are on the cable cuts on the middle east. I have tracking a lot of the information and placing my comments here

But so far the best counter theory is  by Tinhat

"Here's a variant on the conspiracy I really like!

Assume the cuts were deliberate and calculated.

The effect of the cuts are to re-route internet
traffic between Northern Europe and Pakistan so
that it now traverses the USA.

Who might want that?"

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

How to lose a Girl in 10 Days - Day2

Day 2 - tis not about the money

Make sure that you tell her that tis not about  expensive gifts. Valentine's Day surprise is meant to be from the heart -from yours to hers !! 

How to lose a Girl in 10 Days - Day1

I goto write this up so that it sync's in with Valentines day : )-  Hey it's all about a man's take to the other gender .. and it meant to be in phun !!

Day1  - Write her a note - saying that you have a big surprise for Valentines Day !!

Yeah, write her a flowerly little note, telling her that you a wonderful plan for Velentines day and ask her to make sure that she keeps that day open for you. Send her flowers at the same time :)-

Monday, February 04, 2008

Jerry Yang's 'confidential' memo to the SEC

Thanks to Brinke, for pointing me to a serious breach or miss use of the SEC web servers.

As can be seen from the screen capture - there has been some content being placed on the this URL. This page being dished out by the SEC.

However, if you trim the URL you will see that this page has been past \edger\data pathway contents should not be visible to the generic user.

Is this a serious breach of data and usage of government servers ?

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Statement from Brad Smith, General Counsel, Microsoft

"Today, Google is the dominant search engine and advertising company on the Web. Google has amassed about 75 percent of paid search revenues worldwide and its share continues to grow. According to published reports, Google currently has more than 65 percent search query share in the U.S. and more than 85 percent in Europe. Microsoft and Yahoo! on the other hand have roughly 30 percent combined in the U.S. and approximately 10 percent combined in Europe."

interest way General Counsel MSFT is rebutting David Drummond General Counsel, Google :)-

So google has worked to get that market space and MSFT at time debunked the internet as a platform..

This is going to be a great war of words.. still waiting for "new" YHOO Statement !!


lazyweb test

testing  if Hoosgot scraps content based on keyword within content [title]


I just had a look at livescribe, the newest and hotest gadget for the Personal computing.

Heres what my intial thoughts on their blog.

Is it possible to leverage the SDK towards UML spec's ? that is a drawing is done on the DPS paper and then the an applications converts the drawing into UML which is ready for Consumption.. along with direct Audio capture for each of the component's within the UML.

Methinks that will be killer app in terms of agile / next wave of SDLC's methods.. not to mention the host of apps that can be written for various vertical.. think of a doctor that scribble's on a patient's DPS (Dot Positioning systems) paper / chart and it goes routed to medical records to the pharmacy etc in a closed /secure loop infrastructure ? This means before you reach the pharmacy the medication is ready for pickup.

me likes this app. ..when does it ship to Canada ?

Hoosgot test

testing  if Hoosgot scraps content based on keyword within content !

Saturday, February 02, 2008

MacAir and China - early warning signs !!

 steverubel sez "MacBook Air supply issues definitely China weather related. That's why everyone is so cagey. I think everyone expected to have them today."

This is a comment of strong fact. China has been having a lot of problems with the Snow etc. Logistics is certainly being impacted.

Now, what happens  if there is a major national disastor in China ? Lets say the Bird Flu Virus, jumps to human beings or mutates and beings air borne. What will happen to the world ? 
Remember, there is no alternative logistic pipelines out China.  Just think of it, no new tires for the car's - spares parts of machinery, food, and don't expect cheap toys during Xmas season.  Net net about 40-60% of the US economy will be effected, another 30-40% of the EU's likewise the South America's.

The dependability of global trade on a specific geophysically located /country could spell another type of doomsday for the other countries. 

Southwest Airlines - Drink Coupons Hack !!!

Not sure if this hack works. but if you travel SWA, try it out and let me know .. [Vai DigtialFreeze ]

Southwest Airlines has a class of ticket called 'Business Select'. This ticket typically allows you to board the plane first, and because SWA doesn't have assigned seating means you have your pick of the seats on the plane. But there is quite an additional benefit.

You also get a free drink ticket. But they seem to have forgotten something in the implementation of this: Being your drink coupon is
issued to you when you print your boarding pass. It's also printed whenever you *reprint* your boarding pass!

Neat'o Way to get drunk on a short/mid  haul flight :)-

Friday, February 01, 2008

Chatter capture

To those who are interested in real time chatter with the Microsoft+ Yahoo deal. You can get some insight on eventracker

This is a neat way to keep all the chatter together and see whats happening when something big or small is happening within the ether !

MSFT Landscape for a technical Prespective

If MicroSoft buys Yahoo, then the technical landscape zones that will get revamped would the on the development strand of this mind map.

(MindMap created by Bryce Johnson )

What else could change ?


I get up this morning to to some breaking news and had to post immediately. THe chatter was picked up on Twitter.

Microsoft Corp. is offering $44.6 billion in cash and stock for search engine operator Yahoo Inc. in a move to boost its competitive edge in the online services market.

A Leading Industry Analyst , Monkchips states " its all about t economy is going to kick in. its all about the referrals baby. aQuantive has a plan".

Dennis of ZDNET "
This is not a done deal. We have speculated that one of the enterprise giants might think ride in as a white knight. After all, Oracle or IBM could use a vendor aligned to cloud computing and would arguably would make better use of Yahoo!'s assets, applying strong fiscal management.

As for me , I think its just one big Ploy by MSFT. Its an opprotunity for them to pull the steak knife and take a jab at Yahoo and Google. Both these companies are not doing well, as their expected earnings have fallen. In addition there has been increases in the TAC (traffic Acquisition Costs).

Stay tuned there is a media Conference call set for 8.30AM