Friday, November 17, 2006

Casino Royale Review (2006, 17th November)

Casino Royale - I am not happy with the story, acting, or in fact anything in the movie. Sandy bought tickets for the movie a day before anticipating the rush. First of all symphony was quite nosiy and not very comfortable seating arrangment. About the movie, the movie lacked the bond style from the very begining, the black and white titles, its definetly old style and copied from other movies. Then comes the first 5 mins of movie, the chase, the guy whome bond was chasing was pretty good and had a perfect style but not bond, he was trying very hard to run. Then comes the story, its definelty not a story which can make upto a bond movie. Bond movies have always been about gadgets, cars, bond girls and much more but the movie lacked every bit of it. Bond looks pretty nervous through out the movie, he tries hard to smile and does not impress any girl in the movie, in fact too old. In one line, the new bond, does not look cool, too old, does not have the style. It is just another movie. Which I am sure will not make a good business.

Do you have a online Identity?

Before you even ask yourself.. Let me first make it clear what a online identity means...
It is something which you own on this internet space, like a email account, a domain name, a website!! If you own any one of the above 3 (which are all related) that means you have a online identity.. cool.. isn't it?.. but wait.. is your email address somthing like / / / then you don't have your own online identity as you dont own any of the above.. I am talking about,,, or any other domain which does not belong to you. You are at their mercy, they can let you down when ever they want.

So, How do I get a online identity?

How about an easy, affordable way to promote your business, class reunion or favorite hobby? A unique, memorable dot com domain name is the first step to doing all this and more. It's your 'address' on the World Wide Web, and along with your Web site, serves as your 'online identity,' reflecting your purpose and personality. Friends, family, customers - anyone in the world with Internet access - can type your domain name into their Web browser and visit your Web site. A domain name is really just your address on the Internet. It's where people can find you, and it serves as your online identity.

Yes, all you need to do is buy a domain name, that's it. It would maximum cost you $10 per year.. Yes, please not that it will not cost you anything more than $10 per year.
But again, to check your email or have a website you will have to buy a hosting account. So, we researched a little bit and found out a easy way to stop this process at $10 per year and still have 100 2GB email accounts, Unlimited free webspace and much more. We did the testing 1000 times (even more) to see if the solution we found was 100% secure.. infact our tests show that it is.

So, all you need is to register domain name at BlueCornea and we will help you setup everything for free. Why are we doing it for free?.. because we think everyone should have their own online identity. Once you register, we will mail you with all the details of how to get 100 2GB free email accounts, free unlimited webspace to post your site and much more.. We promise you that you will be 100% satisfied.

We’ll help you quickly establish an online identity and make it easy for customers find you with a domain name, Free business e-mail accounts, and a Free professional Web site. We will also equip you with free online tools for managing key areas of your business, designing your website, as well as free Shared Sites for storing and sharing information online.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Switch your personal email to google mail (you still get mail @ your_domain and can send from @ your_domain) its new GOOGLE APPS

Google Apps for Your Domain lets you offer private-labeled email, IM and calendar accounts to all of your users, so they can share ideas and work more effectively. These services are all unified by the start page, a new addition to this service, a unique, dynamic page where your users can preview their inboxes and calendars, browse content and links that you choose, search the web, and further customize the page to their liking. You can also design and publish web pages for your domain. It's all free and everything is hosted by Google. No hardware or software required.

What does this mean?

In layman terms, google has come up with this wonderful mail server, where you can setup mail to your personal domain, to be sent to google servers directly by changing the MX records.

How do I setup?

Just goto and you can set it up in 2 mins.

How do I access my mail?

Once the setup is over, you have to change the MX records with your hosting company (no this is not forwarding, you will no more receive mail on to your server but they will directly be collected on google server)

Create the user accounts, if there are more than 1 user you want to create at once, you can use Advanced tools. So, which ever mail you send to say will be sent to google servers.

To check your email.. Log in to your Google Apps mail account (

Why would I want to switch to google apps?

1. Google has hundreds of users working on making their gmail better.
2. They have the best spam buster I have seen. So, no more spam in your inbox.
3. Every email account you create gets a 2GB of space! does your hosting company provide 2GB for your email account for free?
4. The gmail interface is the best webmail interface, fast, excellent labeling system, you dont have to delete the mail any more.
5. You can start using gtalk with your personal email address, use google calender with your personal email address and many more features coming..

Stratup! Why very few succeed?

Paul Graham finds that not trying hard enough could be the only reason why startups fail. Most startups fail because they don't make something people want, and the reason most don't is that they don't try hard enough. He lists amongst other things, traps that need to be avoided : The Single founder syndrome, choice of location, marginal niche, idea imitations, obstinacy, raising little money, spending too much, Poor investor management , Founder fights , Insincere and half hearted attempts. Poor programmers, wrong choice of platform, slowness in launching, early launch, no defined customer base etc.. In today's world as he sees it, success may flow from not ducking key principles like focus on custmer success. He adds,“The companies that win are the ones that put users first. Google, for example. They made search work, then worried about how to make money from it. And yet some startup founders still think it's irresponsible not to focus on the business model from the beginning. They're often encouraged in this by investors whose experience comes from less malleable industries.It is irresponsible not to think about business models. It's just ten times more irresponsible not to think about the product”

A Half-Hearted Effort - This one point has been troubling me a lot. I am personally in a stage where I can see that I am working towards it but not with full effort. I ASK MYSEFL WHY? GOOD, I NEED TO FIGURE THIS OUT AND START WORKING HARD.

As Steve jobs keeps it, Stay hungry.. Stay foolish is the key for success of any business. You don't have to go with your gut feeling when you can think of a flawless solution, but when you are stuck between 2 things, I say you should go with the one in which you believe in…. you know it will be the path to success of your company, even when there is greater risk involved.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Stay hungry, stay foolish - Steve Jobs

This is an amazing speech by Steve Jobs in Stanford University's graduation ceremony!

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks—including death itself—at the university's 114th Commencement on Sunday in Stanford Stadium.

Wearing jeans and sandals under his black robe, Jobs delivered a keynote address that spanned his adoption at birth to his insights into mortality after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a year ago. In plainspoken terms, his address struck a balance between the obstacles he has encountered during his notably public life and the lessons he has gleaned—for example, from his high-profile ousting in 1985 from the computer company he helped start.

"I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me," said Jobs, 50. "It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods in my life."