| Amma Gets a TV|
While it is nothing like the Hoshitashi
Home Theater System I bought last year, my mother bought a television (her
first) this week. The customer service at IndiaInfo.com
is excellent -- they even brought the TV home, installed it, taught my
mother how to use the remote control, and setup cable service for her.
The timing is perfect, because soon she will be on TV in the Namaskara show, and she can watch herself! We have been on TV several times before -- including BBC, TechTV (never got to see them) and an hour long interview on Uday TV (saw recording), but since we didn't have a TV, she never saw the broadcasts.
For those of you who wish to gift electronics to families and friends in
India, I recommend IndiaInfo.com service.
Status Report on Kamat Blog Portal
- Bug: There was a defect in the caching logic that prevented some sites to report updates. I believe that the same bug exists in Weblogs.com's cache comparison logic because I have seen the same behavior there. The
problem is this: To verify that a blog has changed, the portal will look at certain part of the page (so it can bypass dynamically inserted timestamps
and advertisements), and in some instances (in my case when the page had
very large, static left hand sides) the new copy is identical to the old
cached copy and causes the portal to lose the update. Corrected.
- Reverse Ping Integration: I have added a script to periodically look at
Weblogs.com and import relevant pings into Blog Portal. So
the ping synchronization between Blog Portal and Weblogs.com is
- Introduction of a new bug: Since Blog Portal accepts only one ping
per hour, if a ping was imported from Weblogs.com, it no longer honors the PickupLine
submitted by the author during the same hour. I will fix this.
Bad Weather is Good Business
My company sells Emergency Response Management software that helps
governments and utility providers (power, gas, telephone, and cable service
providers) respond to natural calamities such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and
blizzards. Hence, in a twisted way, bad weather is good for my business.
Our software does not rely on public networks (for obvious reasons -- you
can't send email if the email is down), and instead makes use of private
networks (such as those owned by military and telcos).
I am not the only beneficiary of nature's wrath. Have you noticed how the
stocks of Home Depot
and Lowes go up every time
there's a storm and homes get damaged?
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, December 27, 2002|
Last Modified: 12/27/2002