Saturday, July 04, 2015

US Independence Day Celebration, 2015, Personal Style.


Independence Days of individual countries are celebrated with differing themes all the world over. Today, July 4, is US Independence Day.

Certain institutions take this opportunity to celebrate the day in their own unique way ...

Friday, June 05, 2015

Customization of Web Streaming for Classical Indian Music - An Unscientific Observation.

Music Genome Project®, we learn from Pandora's web site, is what powers the music service. In this post, I want to share my observations in customizing the web site for Indian Classical Music.

The only mechanism for customization of Pandora Radio is the Thumbs-Up/Thumbs-Down pair. (In How Pandora Radio Works, author Julia Layton describes in good detail how you can use the Pandora software to customize the music you'd want to listen to).

Indian classical music, as all other classical ones, is based on the 7-note octave, and so I figured it'd be easy to customize the music service. I created Hindustani Music Radio and Carnatic Music Radio stations. It took me several weeks of Thumbs-Up/Thumbs-Down activity before the stations became quite faithful to my original intention, even though the Music Genome Project claims that the number of music genomes in some classical systems is as many as 450 and, thus, I expected the music service to converge faster than it did. (At one point, when the number of Thumbs-Up/Thumbs-Down feedback was not probably enough, the Hindustani Music Radio would play Carnatic Music songs!)

If any of you listens to these two stations, and like them, my sharing them would have been well served. (I expect to continue to refine the two stations with more Thumbs-Up/Thumbs-Down activity as the future unfolds).

Another recent value we see on the Internet regarding the use of customization: Sloan Kettering and Pandora Music Genome architect to ‘prescribe’ music for cancer patients,

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Healthcare and Boeing?

Healthcare and Boeing, the aerospace giant?

Yes.

Not exactly the kind of healthcare schemes that employers are interested in, regarding their employees. But, a system for ensuring that patients get wholesome care by their doctors.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My First Uber Trip.

Ever since I learnt about the infusion of capital of Uber at an unusually high valuation, and definitely after I came to know about an UberCHOPPER service in Bangalore, I had been awaiting for an opportunity to experience the Uber service myself, complete with the use of the iPhone App, starting from requesting the service 1.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Minimalist Approach has Advantages.

When you move to a different town, as we did recently by moving to the Seattle area, an important realization hits you: You are indeed able to live in a minimalist manner, out of suitcases, so to speak. And, life is a lot simpler!

14 March 2014: Doodle for Google
Minimalist approach has other advantages.

Take the Google front page, for example. This simple front page has been the gateway for many people for their searches and for the diurnal goodies that Google itself leads you to: Today, it is about Doodle for Google, a scheme which invites young artists — Grades K-12 — to submit their doodles ...

Sunday, January 12, 2014

(An Almost) Perfect Parking Experience in Oakland, California.


Parkmobile
The smart way to park.
Scrambling for change before driving to a different location where you have to allow for parking has been a painful phenomenon. Until recently, that is.

I'm not talking about using a credit card to pay for the parking at a curb; this method, while definitely better than scrambling for change, doesn't come close in convenience. What if you need to extend the parking duration? Do you have to call the toll free number, and get into voice-mail jail? Pain.

Enter Parkmobile.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Chromecast, an Example of a Well-Productized Device.

The Chromecast Device.
Within minutes of unpacking the Chromecast device, you can see it working beautifully on your HDMI-equipped TV, getting controlled by your iPhone or iPad1! No reading manuals, nothing.

Thanks, Google!

You notice that any TV with an HDMI input, the Chromecast, and your iPhone or iPad work seamlessly.

Suddenly, Google has made it possible for everyone to see that you don't have to be in a walled garden in order to have good Internet experience! Articles such as Suddenly, Google is making great hardware make a great deal of sense.

I see only a bright future for Internet-connected devices!

1Of course, it'll work with Android devices too.

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Journalistic Faux Pas, Internet style.

Journalists make every effort to report news and information correctly. However, once in a while, mistakes happen.

An example is today's on CNN.com.

The front page provides the title "Apple downgrades Tim Cook". You wonder why Apple downgraded Tim Cook. When you click on the link, however, you are taken to another web page where the title is "Apple employees downgrade Tim Cook".

Big difference.

Apple as a corporate entity is different from its constituent employees although, in many cases, the employees have a say in what Apple, the corporate entity, does or says.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Who won in the 2013 US Presidential Election?

Of course, we all know that President Obama was reelected to the 2013 White house with a 303-206 majority in electoral votes last week. But, the real win is for two important constituencies:
  1. Education
  2. Economy (Middle class)
Education. The advent of China and India as potential economic forces in the world economy needs to be taken note of. The 21st century belongs to a properly educated workforce. Not merely in overall education emphasizing liberal arts, etc., but one that provides proper grounding in technology too. President Obama's passion towards this cause is unmistakable. Did you see such passion in the GOP camp?

Economy (The middle class). The backbone of any economy is a vibrant middle class. Particularly when the entire world is getting adjusted to a different 'economic center of gravity' than just the 'West', with both the US and the Western Europe in economic struggle, it takes some proactive

Friday, October 05, 2012

A Simplistic Model of Performing Earned Value Management (EVM) in a Project.

Most discussions on Earned Value Management (EVM) will tell us to compute planned values, PV(t), at the time of planning the project, and assess Earned Values, EV(t), as we make progress over time. This is a very easy and effective way of assessing how the project is performing with respect to time, i.e., schedule.

The problem, in many cases, is that Planned Value (PV) cannot realistically be computed at all. In a project that is expected to take about 18 months to complete, with an average of 25 engineers on the project throughout, and the number of engineers changing over time, we can only begin to compute the planned value as time progresses.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Google Fiber, when are you coming to our town?


This blog post is an alternative, easier-to-follow, representation of an article on Mashable.com, How Does Your Internet Service Stack up to Google Fiber?

PropertyAT&TComcastGoogleTime-Warner Verizon
NameMax Turbo Internet and U-verse U450 TV Xfinity Extreme 105 Internet and Digital Premier TV Gigabit + Fiber TVSignature Home PackageFiOS 300 and Ultimate HD
Price/mo$188$180$120$199$318
Internet access speed24 Mbit/s down, 3 Mbit/s up105 Mbit/s down, 10 Mbit/s up1000 Mbit/s down, 1000 Mbit/s up 105 Mbit/s down, 10 Mbit/s up 300 Mbit/s down, 65 Mbit/s up
Monthly Data Cap250 GB300 GBInfinite60 GBInfinite
Channels 430, incl. Cinemax, HBO> 300, incl. AMC, ESPN, HBO, Showtime162, incl. Showtime350; premium extra380, incl. ESPN, NFL RedZone, Showtime
DVRs, Recording1, 41, 21, 81, 21, 2
DVR - hrs65 HD60 HD 500 HD 150 HD 60 HD
Availability22 states39 states, & Washington, DCKansas City, KS & Kansas City, MO29 states 12 states, & Washington, DC