Sun Rising

The Economist writes:

Sun’s resurgence appears to be based not only on the boring stuff of lay-offs and cost-cutting, but also on a vigorous plan to grow in an industry that is supposedly stagnant. The market for humdrum corporate servers supporting run-of-the-mill business applications is shrinking, in effect, since the price of the things is falling faster than the growth in volume being shipped. But, says Greg Papadopoulos, Sun’s technology chief, there is a parallel universe that is expanding quickly. It contains unusually demanding customers such as FedEx, which needs big computers to route trucks and aircraft efficiently; drug firms that need to model complex molecules; weather and climate forecasters; and fast-growing Web 2.0 start-ups that handle huge amounts of data, such as video and blogging sites.

Mr Papadopoulos, borrowing from astronomy, calls this expanding constellation of clients a red-shift market. As the universe expands, light from galaxies moving away from Earth appears shifted toward the longer (and hence redder) wavelengths of the spectrum. Light from stars and galaxies moving towards Earth, by contrast, would be blue-shifted. Sun’s strategy is to keep fighting rivals such as Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM and Dell for the traditional blue-shifted customers while also targeting the more interesting red-shifted customers.

Semantic Web

Robert Scoble has a simple explanation: “Basically Web pages will no longer be just pages, or posts. Theyll all be split up into little objects, stored in a database (a massive, scalable one at that) and then your words can be displayed in different ways. Imagine a really awesome search engine that could bring back much much more granular stuff than Google can today. Or, heck, imagine you could view my blog by posts with most inbound links.”

Desktop to Webtop

Bill Burnham writes:

[The] trend is the migration of desktop data to the online storage cloud and the fight between Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft to control this data because he who controls the data will most likely control the “webtop” and the suite of web-based applications that access that data.

What is the “webtop”?, well the webtop is basically a web-centric version of the desktop OS. Microsoft’s $270BN market valuation attests to the value of the desktop OS (and its suite of integrated applications) and there is a growing belief in the tech world that much of that $270BN may be up for grabs again as end-users make the platform transition from desktops to webtops. There is also a realization that in the standards-based world of the web, the only real sustainable advantage is control of unique customer data because without that data one webtop OS is basically indistinguishable from the next.

Nokia N95

Engadget has a review: “Cost aside, this is one of the best smartphones and perhaps the best S60 device we’ve ever laid hands on, but let’s be honest, $750 can be a tough pill to swallow — especially considering we get nothing better than EDGE data.”

Mobile Web Wars

Fortune writes: “Carriers want to limit users to a menu of preset options, but there’s a movement afoot to liberate mobile Web browsers.”

many of the Internet content companies agitating to dismantle the carriers’ walled gardens aren’t necessarily offering mobile-centric applications of their own. “The content providers still are thinking about analogs to their wireline applications,” says Andy Zimmerman, who leads in Accenture’s communications client group.

But Web purists say consumers should be the ones to decide what applications or Web sites they want access to, and indeed, some cracks in the walled garden are starting to form. A number of handset makers, European carriers and Web companies have banded together to support dotMobi, a domain designed for accessing sites on a mobile phone.

TECH TALK: Letter to a Two-Year-Old: A Day in Your Life

Dear Abhishek,

I love your life. You wake up whenever you feel like sometime between 6 and 7 am. Unless you decide that 5:30 am is also a good time to be up and about. The responsibility of managing you early mornings is mine. We sit at the window, read books, play with toys, or simply do our pillow-fights. As your mom works downstairs in the kitchen, we have our own little fun. Your attention span is incredibly low. So, I have to be quite creative in keeping you happy and entertained. (Presumably, you think the same about me!)

On the few days that you are not here (away with your mother to her parents place), life is just not the same. I wake up feeling lonely and depressed. I miss you so much. Like today. It reminds me of how life was for so long before you were born and I dont want to go back to those memories. I just want to be near you all the time!

Back to your day. Around 7:30 am or so, your mom will get your breakfast. Milk and khakras mixed together. Feeding you is an incredible challenge. It is almost like you are doing us a big favour by eating. It takes a long time for you to finish your breakfast as you wander all over the place with your mother chasing you. Once in a while, when you are real hungry, you gobble it down fast but those days are rare.

After breakfast, it is time for your bath. We had a bai till December who would bathe you and give you a little massage. Now, it is between your mom and me. You like baths with me because of the shower time that we have together. Then, its the process of getting the clothes on you or you in the clothes. Of late, youve been trying to make the decisions and that at times can cause consternation. You decide youd like to wear two pants, for example. Once you are ready, we go to the temple. We leave home at 9 am or so and go to the Jain temple at Babulnath. You are in your element in the temple. Then, I drop you and your mom home and I am off to work.

At home, you play around on your own for the most part. You create your own imaginary worlds, singing and talking, and perhaps thinking. You flit from room to room, toy to toy. And then it is time for lunch. On most days, you then sleep for a couple hours after lunch. Unless of course, youve slept in the morning which typically happens when youve woken up very early. Post-lunch, its back to play. Either by yourself or your cousins (my sisters kids who stay in the flat next to us). Siddharth is three years elder to you and Maya is a year older. You play and learn from them, and of course fight. But it is good to see you being social that was a worry your mom and I once had. How would you interact with other kids? You werent very outgoing when you were younger.

Tomorrow: A Day in Your Life (continued)

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