Tips for RIM to make the BlackBerry shine !

Vijay Chattha writes a very interesting piece on techcrunch, giving some unsolicited advice to Research-In-Motion (RIM), the makers of the blackberry.
RIM makes profitable quarters, but still falters in share pricing. The Street is just not impressed. Vijay suggests 5 ideas to make RIM realize that it can still be a great company,
and it is just not realizing it.

A direct quote:

RIM reminds me of a line from the movie Swingers: “You’re money and you don’t even know it.” RIM is well positioned from a cash and market share perspective to make BlackBerry a global, mobile, must-have addiction, but the company needs to make bold moves now or risk becoming Nokia.

Read the full article here.

Amazing Car Photography

[pic from the same site – see link below]

If you have a passion for fancy looking cars, and you are passionate about photography (fast motion photography etc), then this site is a must watch for you. I was left breathless for some time – ofcourse the breathlessness was because of the combined effect of both the awesome cars and the beautiful photography.

Click here for the awesomeness.

US finds mineral deposits in Afghanistan

The NewYork Times has an article which says that the US has discovered huge amounts of mineral deposits in Afghanistan. Nice try. And we all have to believe that, only now that the US found it. I am reminded of the Avatar movie. the US has (atleast till now) invaded and fought war only in countries, where it has had some amount of financial interests (the various middle east wars). It has always claimed that, the wars have been fought for installing peace in these areas. And then what? Establish American companies there and reap the financial benefits. Very ironical is the fact that, the movie Avatar also had the exact same theme – precious mineral contents. I am pretty sure that the US would have found all of this using sophisticated remote sensing satellite technologies.

An excerpt:

U.S. Discovers Nearly $1 Trillion in Afghan Mineral Deposits

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in
untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any
previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter
the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself,
according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of
iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals
like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that
are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could
eventually be transformed into one of the most important
mining centers in the world, the United States officials

Read the NYTimes article here.

Apple vs Mac

Haha. ClientsfromHell has this amazing piece, which is too good not to share.

The Forbidden Fruit

Client: Hey, just one final question before I send the deposit. Do you use a PC or a MAC?

Me: I use a MAC.

Client: That is a problem. Do you have access to a PC? I am not a supporter of Apple products.

Me: No, I don’t have access to a PC, but this will have little to no effect on the work itself.

Client: I am a Christian and Apple products are sinful, I do not want our website to be created by a product made by this corrupt group. You need only look at their logo, an apple with a bite taken from it. Do you not know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? If I allowed you to create my website on a MAC I would be just like Adam, taking a bite of the forbidden fruit.


“Take my advise, destroy your mac and repent for when judgement day comes. It shall be you who is cast to hell for your sins.”

Me: [Block Contact]

Original piece is here.

Google removing Windows from its dev environment

According to the article that I just read, Google is phasing out any and all windows machines in its development environment. This is after the recent security issues that cropped from Chinese quarters. New joinees are given an option to either take a MAC OS machine or a linux box. Wow. Isnt that cool or what?

Employees wanting to stay on Windows required clearance from “quite senior levels”, one employee said. “Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval,” said another employee.

[Original link]