Saturday, November 9, 2013

Get Your Free Personalized Autographed Picture of Sachin Tendulkar

BCCI is providing a personalized autographed picture of Sachin Tendulkar for fans who tweet a message for Sachin to @BCCI with #ThankYouSachin in Twitter. You will immediately get a autographed picture, tweeted to you, with your twitter account display name, which you can even later modify.

Some of the personalized autographed pictures of Sachin Tendulkar are :

1. Thanks for all the support & prayers.

2. I hope Team India inspires you to believe in your dreams.

4. I'm always humbled by the love I get from Team India.

Do let us know in comment on the picture you get!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

[Dot Com Start Ups] Internet Company Failures

Today I stumbled upon the "Dot-com Bubble".  To be honest, this was the first time I heard of it. This could be your first time too unless you were following the internet more than 10 years ago. The dot-com bubble refers to the sharp rise and steeper fall of dot-com business model. The dot-com business model centers around creating a catchy website with a good business idea with internet as the platform. These companies had a solid good idea for business. These companies were primarily funded by venture capital. They had both idea and money. So far, so good.

Some of the prominent dot-com companies were
  1. - Fashion Retailer.
  2. - A web portal with content from ABCNews, ESPN and FamilyFun.
  3. - Online store for pet supplies.
  4. - Audio and Video web casting.
  5. - Software to help government clients track purchases and contracts.
People's faith in the internet boom was evident from the fact that stock prices of companies began to increase if it had a "e-" prefix and/or ".com" at the end in the companies name! So there was no shortage of initial funding for new dot-com start up companies.
Internet Start up Failures
Dot Com Bubble Burst

This business model collapsed dramatically by 2001. The primary reason for the collapse was most of the companies did not have a good business model, and were greedily spending money to gain more "market" without actually making a profit. Since the company stock value was increasing, it didn't matter at the moment.

The goal was to"Get Big Fast". They forgot one key factor, Return on Investment. The tipping point was when US Federal Reserve increased interest rate 6 times and the economy began to lose speed. The investments began to dry up, and the start up companies collapsed. had spent $135 million of its venture capital and according to CNET, the greatest dot com bust in History.

The reasons for the failure is a good starting point lesson before starting any business. Though thousands of companies failed during the dot com bust, some survived to become online giants like eBay and Amazon.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs Timeline and Tributes

Steve Jobs Timeline 

1955: Born on Feb 24,1955.

1976: April 1, Apple Computer is formed. Apple I

1977: Apple II

1980: Apple's Share Value:  22$ per share.

1983: Lisa Computer(named after his daughter, Lisa) goes on sale. 
           Appoints John Sculley from Pepsico as CEO of Apple.

1984: Macintosh goes on sale. 

1985: Jobs resigns from Apple.
           Apple's Share Value:  15.25$ per share.

1986: Starts NeXT Inc. 

1987: Apple's Share Value:  64.5$ per share.

1989: First NeXT goes on sale.

1993: Apple reports quarterly loss of $188 million. Sculley resigns.
           Apple's Share Value:  29.25$ per share.

1996: Jobs appointed as Adviser to Apple.
           Apple's Share Value:  23.5$ per share.

1997: Jobs becomes "interim" CEO.

1998: iMac desktop a hit.
           Apple's Share Value:  30.31$ per share.

1999: Launches iBook laptop.
           Apple's Share Value:  46.56$ per share.

2000: Jobs becomes CEO.

2001. Apple's Share Value:  18.14$ per share.
          Releases iPod,iTunes.

2003: Launches iTunes Music Store.

2004: Jobs undergoes Surgery for a rare form of Pancreatic Cancer.
            Apple's Share Value:  32.34$ per share.

2007: Launches iPhone.
           Apple's Share Value:  92.57$ per share.

2009: Jobs receives liver transplant.
            Apple's Share Value:  142.43$ per share.

2010: Sales of 15 million iPads.
           Apple's Share Value:  207.88$ per share.

2011: 24th Aug, Jobs quits as Apple CEO.
           Apple's Share Value:  376.18$ per share.

Source: The Times of India

Famous Steve Jobs Quotes

"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new. "

"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations."
"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."

World's Tribute to Steve Jobs

Image Credit: Jonathan Mak Lon, a 19-year old Hong Kong Designer
Here is the link to the original image that has received 1122 comments so far.

"Three apples have changed the world.
Adam's,Newton's and Steve Job's."

"Among the greatest of American innovators-brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it." - Barack Obama,US President.

"Steve,thank you for being a mentor and a friend.Thanks for showing what you build can change the world. I will miss you". - Mark Zuckerberg,Facebook Founder.

"The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely." - Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp.

Google's Tribute
Google's Tribute to Jobs

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Join Google+ and New look in Gmail

The all new Google+ is now here.

The first impression for me was
  • Better Clarity than Facebook
  • Smooth,user friendly look
  • Facebook's Friends list is Circles in Google+
  • You can post posts and make it visible to a particular circle or to all.
 Google+ is now on limited field trial. Drop down your emails here to get the invite for Google+

Here the Google+ preview and walkthrough from Googleblog.

Google has released a all new cool look for Gmail. The theme is lot similar to Google+ with more preference given to clarity. Gmail in the new look looks less cluttered.

Here is the Gmailblog post about the all new looks.

You can get the new theme in Themes under Settings tab - Preview and Preview(Dense)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Software Review : AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter , Giveaway on July 5-8,2011

Giveaway: AnyBizSoft is giving free licenses on its PDF to Word converter on July 5-8,2011. Its a handy converter.Give it a try!

Application Name: AnyBizSoft PDF to Word

Type: Shareware

Price: 29.95 $

Website: AnyBizSoft : A Wondershare Company


Size: 6.43 MB

Compatibility: Windows 7/XP/Vista/2003 32bit

Trial Version: 3 pages limit.

Description and Advantages:

It converts the pdf document into Word - doc/docx depending on the version of Microsoft Word installed on the computer.

Its features are
  •     Standalone, don't require Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat
  •     Partial conversion—Select any pages from the PDF file to convert
  •     Right-click conversion—Right click on a PDF file and convert it into a Word document without launching the program
  •     Support importing Adobe PDF 1.0—1.7 formats
  •     Support encrypted PDF files conversion
  •     Preserve text, layouts, images, tables and hyperlinks in an editable Word document
  •     Support Batch conversion of 200 PDF files, Partial, and Right-click conversion modes
  •     Converts very large PDF files.

  • Since this is a standalone and doesn't require Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, the option of whether the output Word document being doc or docx should be left to the preference of the user.
  • The Word document, got after converting a large PDF file is having problems with its page numbers. Microsoft Word does however try to rectify that,but it consumes lot of CPU usage.
Free Giveaway: [Only July 5-8,2011]

Get your free licence here.

Strictly only for personal usage.

Author's Rating : 9.0/10

If you are frequent converter of PDF to docs, or needs to convert lots of  PDF files to Word with considerable amount of layouts and designs,then this software is for you.