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  • Harshad Joshi 5:30 pm on November 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply
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    Microsoft Vista released for sale 

    Microsoft Vista

    As I am typing this post on my blog, Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows Vista, starts its global roll-out on Thursday, being first made available to business customers.

    The system, a replacement for the firm’s current Windows XP operating system, will not be available to home consumers until the end of January.With Windows running on nine in 10 of the world’s PCs, analysts agree the new version should be a big success.

    However, Vista is two years late and its consumer launch misses Christmas.

    A huge but slow success

    Last minute delays at Microsoft meant that computer makers would have been able to install Vista only on about half the computers that they were hoping to sell over Christmas, said Al Gillen, a Vista expert with technology consultancy IDC.

    Microsoft predicts that Vista will be the fastest-selling operating system to date.

    Experts agree, but say this is merely a result of the wider usage of computers compared to five years ago, when Windows XP launched. Corporate customers, meanwhile, will take their time deploying Vista as well.

    “Our big corporate customers were the first to test Vista, but will probably be the last to introduce it, because they have the most [hardware and software] to test for compatibility with Vista,” said Gareth Hansford, managing director of Lenovo UK, the company that was IBM’s PC division until it was bought by Lenovo of China.

    He expects corporate customers to begin large-scale rollouts of Vista in about a year’s time. IDC’s Al Gillen agrees, and points to a very unusual feature built into Vista, which allows IT managers to “downgrade” the software on new computers and run Windows XP instead.

    Once the company is fully Vista-ready, the IT team can simply activate the original Vista license bought with the new PC. Most analysts believe that Vista will dominate computer desktops in about two years’ time.

    These are some interesting stats about Microsoft

    Founded: 1975

    HQ: Redmond, Washington

    Staff: 71,000

    Sales: $44.3bn

    Operating profit: $16.5bn

    Windows sales: $13.2bn

    Office sales: ~$10bn

    Financial year to 30 June 2006 Source: annual report 2006

    Now it would be interesting to find out what the Linux biggies like Red Hat, Debian and Ubuntu will try. I am not counting Novell Suse or OpenSuse here, probably due to its partnership with MS. Gazing into the crystal ball, its apparant that comon users will go in with Windows Vista, and XP will coexist atleast for 2 years for now. Interesting facts will pop us soon on the financial aswell as technology markets.

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  • Harshad Joshi 5:44 pm on November 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Broadband in India and Abroad – part 2 

    Today BSNL announced a launch of a new broadband service codenamed ‘TripleNet’ which will allow users to use the phone, surf the net, and above all, watch the TV on PC.

    Phase 1 will include free to air TV channels and Phase 2 will have value added services like games, FM radio, movies on demand and above all – video telephony. Instead of a modem, a set top box will be provided, and cable media will be used as the default connection. However, its unclear whether satellite communication will be used or not.

    Pune will be the first city in India where this kind of service will be tested and will be launched for all around Jan 2007. Apart from some technical hitches, BSNL broadband is regarded as an affordable way to get online comparatively fast.

    The other exciting thing would be a wirefree connection, and according to some sources, Pune is soon to get Wi-Max too.

    Hmm..the future appears bright and connected.

     
    • JV 6:38 pm on November 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Great news, I am being a netddict , waiting for such scheme.

    • shardul 4:12 pm on November 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Comment removed. Probable Spammer spotted.

    • Jigar 2:29 pm on December 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Can you lead us to the official announcement ?

  • Harshad Joshi 11:55 am on November 25, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    The Great Indian ‘copying’ challenge 

    Watching the TV continiously for a few days has made me realize that all the major TV Channels in India have absolutely lost their creative ideas and are hell bent in aping the US reality TV shows  and hopelessly trying to ‘indianize’ that version.

    Its a shame that these people, who are capable of having a large and good impact on Indian people, are themselves trying to find a readymade solution by doing this. The current live shows – Bigg Boss, [V] Roadies, FameX etc show nothing but absolutely wrong picture of Indian youth and its utterly disgrace to watch the pathetic things that are displayed all over. These programs are portraying – ‘Do anything. Lie, cheat, backstab, gossip, but survive’. However, there are a few entities who ae very happy on these shows. They are – Mobil communication companies, soft drink companies, and apparel companies, media managers, self proclaimed ‘ad-gurus’. Their profits are booming sky high. I lost Rs 5/- for sending one  sms to a reality show. Face it – I felt as if I gave it to a roadside begger.

    Only the (ruling) government owned Doordarshan is somewhat avoiding this trend, because its the only channel that has a wide reach to the most remotest place in India and is very cautious in preserving its image as a channel for masses. But unfortunately, the quality of content on Doordarshan is unspeakable, ununderstandable and its better to ignore this.

    Actually, watching the whole scenario, its clear that private channels are falling short of quality TV content and good old Doordarshan is uninterested in trying something new. The immature private news channels apparently are more obsessed with the concept of ‘breaking news’. For that these blokes can do anything. Almost anything. They can display unwatchable dead bodies, they can display blood, they can have a talk with henious murdarars, they can invite criminals live to their studios, they can have a live coverage of indian prisons, they can have sting operations on people, anything is possible….

    I wonder, who can beat the shit out of them?

     
    • JV 6:22 am on November 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Cant disagree with you. I frustrate whenever I have just causal glance at my tv screen. Today tv is the admittedly largest media, influencing the entire India effectively(adversely, I would rather say).

      But what can be done, when mass of people really enjoy such ‘creative’ programme.

      There is no direct control over what channels are showing.

    • SR 6:06 am on December 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      dude this is the basic buy n sell principle of economics. and it does not depend on a country or its cable providers, its the viewers who govern what needs to be shown on tv. but i certainly agree with you on two points, these shows are stupid and india lacks creativity not only in field of media but also in science and arts

    • archispeaks 9:04 am on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      true…sad but true!!

  • Harshad Joshi 2:08 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    An overview of free and open software(part 1) 

    Tux, the GNU/Linux mascot

    I support and use GNU/Linux kernel and open source software mainly due to following factors.

    1. Its free. Nothing can beat that.

    2. Its stable and seldomly crashes. Memory management is more efficient.

    3.Most of the documentation is available for free either online or offline.

    4. It has got great desktops and allows one to fully customize the environment and settings without causing major hiccups. However, newbies need to be watchful.

    But there are some things that are criticized

    1. Lack of central control – Who controls Linux OS? Do new distribution makers need to follow certain common norms that would enable core system to setup easily without involving too much user interference?

    2. Too many distros spoil the party – There are approx around 80 linux distibutions available today. Out of them, only 5 – Red Hat, Suse, Ubuntu, Debian, Knoppix are well known
    amongst common users. People get confused in this matter.Its hard to decide when there is too much or too less.

    3. Geek or n00b – Todays distros have to manage a balance between the geek and newbie. Too much simplification of Linux will definately affect its stable usability and real geeks will turn to more geeky kernels like FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Solaris etc. Linux is attractive, mainly because of its geekiness factor.

    4. Heavy duty multimedia users and gamers have to suffer a bit – Its true that linux clusters have helped to create some of the Hollywoods greatest flicks, but even then, its hard that pure gamers and CG programmers will switch to linux.

    5. Device manufacturers often ignore Linux users while designing drivers, although the scene is changing fast. Big players like HP, Nvidia, ATI, Creative bundle Linux drivers too.

    Meanwhile, feel free to vote in your favourite linux distro here.

     
    • laosboyme 2:39 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah You’re all right the sad thing is why do manugacturers ignore linux…

    • ventureskills 4:21 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I love the picture did you do it?
      We offer Linux on all our workstations and only supply our small business server with our image (slackware based) on. Current take up is 50% while your 3rd criticism is probably true if only for the number of “generic” distros out there I think for business users and business n00b the big 2 Distro’s are SuSe and Fedora we supply SuSe 80% and CentOS/Fedora 20% these work out of the box for some one who is new to linux, meanwhile we use a mixture of windows, Slackware, Gentoo and CentOS.

      The driver issue isn’t as bad as it use to be unless your a die hard game fan in which case sadly windows or a ps3 is your only choice.

  • Harshad Joshi 8:53 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    I am back 

    You can read a great article here..

     
    • Anonymous 2:13 pm on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Naturally, you chose to go on vacation when Google published the results of Wordmasters. Is it hibernation?

    • Scooby Doo 4:34 pm on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Harshad, It is Google’s loss that they did not find a volcano of talent in the guise of Harshad Joshi, Hari Menon, Deepa, Bot Hack etc. If they couldn’t find talent here, I can assure the gentlemen in Google that they will NEVER find talent anywhere in the world. This is because they have started a) over-rating themselves b) failing to spot real talent due to a bloated ego, c) they themselves do not know what it is they are looking for and d) they have all the curses of the 3000 odd participants in India dogging them throughout their lives.
      Somehow I am till date not able to buy the story that the results were posted on a little known website by the name of Techshout. The whole episode reeks of vendetta and sabotage. It has killed something inside the thousands of contestants who took part so enthusiastically in the Wordmasters contest. Many had taken precious time out from family, friends and offices so that they do not miss the opportunity. If you remember, the contest was held on the most holy day of the Hindu calendar: it was the most important day of Dussehra and Durga Puja. Was it a planned attempt to rob so many people of other important agendas at hand?
      I am sorry Harshad, but I find that a talented person like you should be looking for a job beyond Google. You can tell this to others who are crest fallen at Google’s arrogant attitude. This certainly is not the sort of treatment given to a self respecting, educated citizen of the world’s largest democracy.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:17 pm on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Scobby Doo

      You are right. I totally agree with you.

      But then we should be ready for all situations in life. I know its very easy to say this in a perfect controlled environment, but then most of the times, certain things are completely beyond our control and our reach. The moment we accept this fact, let me tell you – You actually begin to conquer your sadeness and anger. By doing this, one can completely eradicate the unwanted disturbance and focus on good things that come by our way.

      Anger is a very natural feeling. Esp when its apparant that we dont get what we deserve, we tend to become angry. Anger makes us aggressive and we just tend to lose the focus from our tasks, which may result in interesting and unexpected outcome. Just try channelizing the anger into a proper way and trust me – You will feel much better. My option is to go on long drives or listen to music. It helps me to keep my mind at comparative control and peace.

      Regarding behaviour of MNC’s. There is some truth in that, and it will change, but it wil take some time.

  • Harshad Joshi 3:52 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters 2006 – From where it all began 

    Dear readers.

    I want to tell you guys a few facts regarding this Google Wordmasters 2006.

    Like we all know, Google. has found contests to be a good way to identify talented staff in India. It did that to hire engineers in India, and it’s did it again, to find graduates with good English-writing skills for its AdWords advertising program.
    Google, which has an Indian research-and-development operation, is expanding the offshore operations to staff it with people with other skills required by Google worldwide.

    Google India has hired an undisclosed number of graduate staff for its AdWords and online sales programs. The company is not guaranteeing employment for contest winners, but it intends to use the contest’s screening and interview process to identify potential recruits. Google has separately advertised on its Web site for the position of an AdWords representative to assist in the management of its online advertising accounts. The company has said that it requires a graduate with strong American English editing and writing skills.

    Through its Wordmasters contest, Google hopes to identify the right persons for this kind of job, the spokeswoman added. Google is also looking for staff in India to assist in the management of its online customer accounts for its new service, Google Checkout, and for its online sales.

    A number of companies, including Microsoft, have used contests to help identify qualified Indian staff. For two years consecutive years Google has hosted a coding contest, called Google India Code Jam.

    Multinational companies with operations in India are looking for other opportunities to tap India’s low-cost skilled staff. Many of the companies that started with software development in India are now looking at business process outsourcing, online sales and content creation and management.

    This was on 21/09/2006

    Every one who participated was extremely pleased. The Google goody bag, the young and smart Google India employees, the aura and ambience of the local environment, the aspiring dreams of young budding writers waiting for getting their enourmous talent to be recognized by the worlds best company. This is what dreams are made up of. Remember – this is what you felt on reaching the venue.

    The event was completed within a couple of hours, and the contestants returned home, with the organizers promising the results after 1 month.

    Somewhere on 15 Oct 2006, this news made a headline –

    Google not finding right talent in India to suit its needs

    IT engineers may be dime-a-dozen in India, but internet search engine leader Google is having a hard time finding candidates with the right skill sets in the country.

    Google, which is considered to have a very low attrition rate even in the high-job-hopping Indian IT space, has found it more challenging to hire certain talent in India as compared to other parts of the world, the company’s founder-director Kavitark Ram Shriram admitted recently.

    The Indian origin founding board member of Google and a well-known venture capitalist said at an ‘Investing in India’ conference in San Francisco, “I know first hand that we have had a bit more of a challenge trying to hire engineers for Google in Bangalore compared to the other parts of the world.” The people are smart, innately smart, but do not have some particular skill set yet, Shriram added.

    The daunting admission comes from an influential board member of a company which puts a prominent link of ‘We’re Hiring’ on the home page of its India website.

    Besides, the company claims to encourage its employees “to make their dreams a reality,” to provide “a fun atmosphere” to work, along with other benefits like “mediclaim insurance, life insurance, business travel/personal accident insurance, sick time, maternity leave, paternity leave and family care leave.”

    When contacted, a Google India spokesperson declined to comment on the issues raised by Shriram, but said the company was very pleased with the talent it had found in India.(Obviously a big lie. Is the Company president out of his mind or is the spokesperson too diplomatic??)

    The spokesperson told PTI, “We are building global centres to be at the same quality throughout the world and Google Bangalore R&D centre is an important part of the Google innovation story.”

    The Bangalore centre was one of Google’s first R&D centres outside the US and was set up with a charter to innovate, implement, and launch new Google technologies and products. The company’s Google Finance service was first developed at this centre.

    “We are very pleased with the way this centre has grown and with the talent we have found in India,” the spokesperson said. (Another example of a big lie)

    The company director, who was among the two Indians in the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, cited the shortage of right talent with certain skills in web development and web design technology areas as well as at middle-manager levels.

    Now, do I need to tell anything more? The story itself reveals what exactly is behind Googles cards. I dont say that they are wrong, but we need to understand this. We are really way behind the world as far as Web 2.0 is concerned. But this situation wont last for too long. With the great Indian spirit, I am sure that we will top this newly found technology.

    An exclusive feature of the first tones of Freedom.

     
    • Hiren 3:57 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I participated in the contest about a month back but I can’t understand how one can gauge writing skills by writing just one essay over one hour. It should be more thorough and exhaustive.

    • Prashant 8:39 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      May be the winners are still on a Diwali Vacation?

    • abc 10:43 am on November 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      But the fact remains that most Indian websites are very poorly designed and take a long time to load.

  • Harshad Joshi 2:15 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google’giri’ 

    Googlegiri is a new term which is used to symbolize an act of unexpected  fiasco of an overhyped incident arising mainly due to a lot of backfiring. This word was recently coined during the excessive wait of Google Wordmasters 2006 result, courtesy of Harshad Joshi and his colluges. Used largely in geek and nerd community, it can also be extended into common public. Its somewhat analogous to term ‘Gandhigiri’, which also became a sort of hype when the latest version of a  film called Munnabhai was released, although the terms and the meanings are totally unrelated.

    Googlegiri (c) Harshad Joshi 2006, but can be freely used by anyone in any local language. No need to preserve this notice while speaking, but while using it in public media, a refrence wont do any harm 😉

     
    • Vandita 9:19 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I think all attempts to know the results of Word Masters Challenge have gone awry…thanks to Google guys who googlied the entire episode with much pomp and show.

      As somebody had posted in wordpress, the results can be expected by 7th Nov, not many hours to go. So untill that time, we can all share the principles of Google’Giri as coined by Harshad…

    • Harshad Joshi 10:17 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Only 24 hours to go. Who knows maybe the winners couriers might be already on the way??

    • Hiren 2:49 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting. Can’t help what yahoogiri would stand for. The recent trader riots and damage have proved that Gandhigiri was a pssing fad. At least yahoo and google would have more longevity.

  • Harshad Joshi 12:44 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Co-op Search Engine 

    I think I am a little late on this topic,but anyway…

    This is my new Google Co-op Search Engine over here.

    Feel free to experiment, but note that it dosent index thousand/million/billion pages. However, it does incorporate nice links and good content for technology/food/linux/Web 2.0 fans and users. And following Googles method, its currently in beta.

    Direct link to Semantic Space – http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=004747769890504554559%3Anckzlkyfnc0

    There is one Rollyo also, but I think that its less technical.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:00 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters – The Aftermath 

    Desperation, fraustration, anger, hate, curiosity. If you want to know what does it feel like, ask every Google Wordmasters 2006 participants who frantically searched the web for the answer, but unfortunately couldent find it. Its a sort of dismay and disarray. 2 days, and no sign of result..Bingo, its a perfect formula to drive someone crazy..

    Did you notice that I had put up a gentle warning about this particular compitition in my first post over here? It simply said this –

    Dont fall prey to any competition, even if the sponsers name is Google. Those who are curious, wait for 30 Oct 2006 to see the winners of this great Google Wordmasters bash 2006…

    * All content(including the nonsense concept) (c) 2006 Google India .

    Sadely, as usual, most of you ignored this warning..

    [TO BE CONTINUED]

    PSClick here to find how wiered and interesting terms people use to search Google. No, it isent a joke, its a hint of desperation. This is a pic I took some couple of nights ago. Enjoy.

    Update on 3 Nov 2005 11:15 pm IST

    We need to take some vital steps to teach Google India for the extra smartness they have shown.

    For at least a week, please boycott Google Search Engine and opt for Yahoo!, Ask.com, Answers.com, or Semantic Space Meta Search Engine.

    1. Yahoo! is one of the premier portals present today and has got consistant high traffic. Incidently, Yahoo! has got the #1 position according to Alexa web search.

    2. Ask.com, previously known as Ask Jeeves turns out to be a surprise package, with great quality contents and relevant terms. Its unlikely that result you will get is of unexpected quality.

    3. Answers.com isent a conventional search engine. Its an ‘answer’ engine not delvering simple links, but relevant content from top websites accross the world. Its best features are – a nice design, simple user interface and lots of other goodies. Incidently, Answer.com powers ‘The First Tones of Freedom‘ as the default knowledge provider.

    4. Semantic Space Web Engine – The last option for Google Web Search. Built on top of Google itself, the meta engine prides itself on providing a top quality searches based on highly well researched and analysed database of useful websites. Use it to find things you never thought to exist. Be careful though, its in beta stage.

    For syndication fans, try out – Newsgator, Bloglines, Digg, Del.icio.us

    With all the united efforts, I am sure that Google understands what users feel when they are hurt. Join it and experience the difference. There is a web beyond Google. Liberate your senses and I bet you will hear the first tones of Freedom.

     
    • Rajesh Kumar 4:34 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, it could just be that they have informed only the winnners and then asked them to keep the info to themselves.I am just guessing.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:45 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe no one won this competition..!!
      😉

    • Afterjoseph 5:29 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Since Google seems to be in no mood to clear the air, the REAL winners (wannabes and those who dream of owning a Maruti Swift need not apply) could come out and put an end to this mystery. Overall, this competiton seems to be backfiring bigtime on Google – they have at least 3000 people from across the country (not to mention their families and close friends) cursing them…

    • Harshad Joshi 5:36 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Joseph
      Let me correct the sum.

      Its 3000-3 = 2997 people cursing google alongwith several millions all across the globe.

      The remaining 3 are the blokes who won the compitition. 😉

    • Afterjoseph 5:51 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      But if there are no results announced, how would you assume that 3 blokes have won the competition? On one hand, there are people claiming that the results aren’t out and it’s all an eyewash. On the other, we are referring to winners. Should we put some newspaper onto this and let them figure out what on earth’s going on?

    • Hari Menon 6:09 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Press release from Google: “We regret to inform you that none of the entries in the Wordmasters Challenge were found suitable for the top prizes, so we have decided to give consolation prizes of Google keychains to the first hundred all correct entries. The next hundred shall receive snazzy pens. If you already got these in your goodie bag at the time of taking your test, you can exchange your key/pen for a FREE GMAIL ACCOUNT!!!”

      [PS: Just kidding!]

    • JOhn Mathew 6:36 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey,
      Yah. i also think its an eyewash. very good way of Branding. isnt it. making 3000 people wait for a month with their fingers crossed. so thats 3000 more crossed fingers added to the Handicapped list.
      Hey. do let me know if anyone comes to knwo bout the winner.
      bye
      john
      strategics05@gmail.com

    • Aastha 7:15 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Im curious about your “to be continued”.
      And seriously apalled at how there are no results from this competition.
      Has anyone sent in that self addressed envelope?

    • Kaushal Karkhanis 1:09 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey dude I forgot one thing – I remember the contest forms said results would be annouced on OR AROUND the 30th of October 2006 – how much around… let the skies decide!

    • bothack 1:45 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Rajesh Kumar:
      Google will never chose the winners and ask them to be quite. The whole damn thing was a PR stunt. So obvi if they are awarding they would make sure every ass on earth knows about it. Looking at the possibilities I feel Harshad is right when he says there might be no prize…

    • Nag 3:02 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      There is no way this was a publicity stunt. There will be a winner or three announced, wait and see. I’m willing to lay a wager on this. Any takers?

    • Harshad Joshi 3:15 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thats what the stuff Loyal Googlers are made up of.. 😉

      Dont bet dude. Feed some hungry and poor people instead. It will do ya lot of good. 😀

    • Cram 4:54 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi

      Perhaps you would like to look at this:
      http://blog.outer-court.com/forum/74471.html

      This apparently was NO wordmaster challenge but an exercise in building a parallel corpus. Hmmm…3000 blokes taken for a ride by the big G? Very evil.

    • Hari Menon 9:09 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It’s not even a week since October 30. Wait a few more days before you recommend doing anything as drastic as boycotting Google!

    • Harshad Joshi 6:05 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari

      relax dude. My concept of boycotting dosent involve a march on Google India armed with black flags, posters and banners saying ‘Google Go back’, or pelting stones at the office, shouting slogans,blood shedding etc as it used to be in pre independence era.

      😀

      ‘Boycott’ is a relative term. All that I wanted to say was – ‘Look for options beyond Google. Its no harm in trying other search engines on the web too..some of them are very good’.

      Just try it.. 😉

    • Scooby Doo 1:33 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Are we counting Sunday 5th November ’06 as the sixth day after the given date of Oct. 30th? Look at me…I STILL have hope! Maybe they’ll make a grand announcement on the seventh (and final) day, i.e. tomorrow, Monday the 6th of November. I have never, ever kept track of the calendar so fervently. If I don’t hear of any prize winners by tomorrow, I’m joining the revolutionary parties who will storm the East India Company of Google Inc.!

    • Harshad Joshi 2:00 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, we will all march and shout slogans against the Googlegiri

    • Scooby Doo 1:53 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Ok guys, it’s the seventh day from the Blessed date of 30th Oct. Are there any winners amongst us? If so, will you please stand up, so that we can applaud for you and rid ourselves of this horrible suspense story we’re living out?

    • maverick 6:41 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, please let me know on my email when the results are out. i am sick of browsing the net over the google results.

    • Scooby Doo 10:17 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well people, we may as well hang up our boots…the contest was a sham. And a big blow to Google’s image. Can we still hang on to our faith?

    • M.Sagar Kumar 11:58 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dear friends,

      I had gone through the above conversations. Though none of the above told me who the winners are, it gave me relief to learn about so many like minded friends undergoing a similar trauma. I am extremely sorry for deriving strength from the suspense every one is feeling.

    • maverick 12:01 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      why doesnt somebody call up google or enquire at their office in Hyderabad?

    • Harshad Joshi 12:10 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Because their Tata Indicom or Tata Walky number has changed and there is no way one can get the new number.

    • Sarita 11:11 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      yea people,

      i contested from the b’lore venue and i have been constantly browsing thru this blog site for news of any sort…really, have all been had..very evil…they cant afford to do something so evil. it would be a big big downer for them if they did. something is fishy somewhere…i guess we’ll have to just wait and watch. come to think of it even b4 the contest began except for some stray ads in the newsapapers on on off, their communication was pretty bad. i did not even get an email from them but got an sms the previous evening!

      well, anyway, results or no results, i love browsing thru this blog post now…it’s good fun 🙂 i think all here are brilliant writers! keep it up!!! :-d

      ps…should i boycott my gmail a/c and switch to good old yahoo instead

    • Harshad Joshi 2:11 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Long live Yahoo!

    • Sarita 5:05 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      OK everyone, since there is still no news of the results, why don’t you all judge my entry…it’s a poem that i have written on Innovations and included all the key words and they are in capital letters. I’m still a very immature writer so your comments might help…here goes…

      INNOVATIONS

      A new page I turn each day,
      With loads to EXPERIMENT all the way!
      Seems ABSURD when the process begins,
      Innovating is fun, as you can IMAGINE!

      Sometimes I wonder and ANALYSE,
      Feels like a new PHENOMENA on the rise!
      OBSERVATION helps me all the time,
      I smile as the creative bells chime!

      Make use of HORSE-SENSE and I seem to know how
      Think OUT OF THE BOX and hear myself say wow!
      Endless as the DIRECTIONS may seem,
      ENERGY and INQUISITIVENSS make a powerful team!

      WIERD as it may seem, I move on to CREATE,
      As I don my THINKING HAT, my mind is in a debate!
      IMPOSSIBLE as it seems, my mind keeps getting STUCK,
      I try to make it PRACTICAL with a little bit of LUCK!

      As minutes pass on, I feel excitement mounting up,
      Rack my brains and stay INQUISITIVE, but never once GIVE UP!
      Watch with bated breath as my creative brainchild takes shape
      ‘EUREKA’! I scream, as joy brews up my nape!

      Innovation always brings joy to me,
      I move on and on with willpower and glee!

      Thanks for reading it, in case u have 🙂 Waiting for ur comments…any response is welcome, as long as there is one…hahaha, unlike the big G!

      Cheers!

    • Ambi 3:41 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      nice try! my cousin was among the ten shortlisted… she just heard from them

    • Harshad Joshi 3:59 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Arrgh…I hope it dosent turn out to be another rumour. We had enough of it all ready.

    • M.Sagar Kumar 12:35 pm on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Though Google did not say anything officially so far, like it had done for inviting us to the test, it seems the results that are published by certain websites( non google ones) are actually google results only.

      I thank the organisers of this site for lighting a candle in the darkness and kept us all engaged and posted about the status all these days.
      Congratulations to all the winners.

      It is better for the winners and for the google also to release an advertisement on this——– the results.
      Otherwise what’s the use of winning a contest if the winner is kept in anonimity?
      Thank you all.

    • amit 8:08 pm on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      What’s in a name – William Shakespeare
      Got the joke?

    • Scooby Doo 1:38 am on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad
      I still can’t buy the news of the winners as listed on Techshout.com.
      This is because no where on the site is it mentioned that the news is officially from Google. Why would a giant choose a nondescript site to post the winners’ list?
      The only positive thing I see about Wordmasters’ Challenge is that it brought us all together here, and reading through the comments made one laugh, even though heart of hearts you feel like crying. People on this message board got so creative with comments. I think these messages should be posted online forever. Thanks Harshad for your support and ideas, along with Bot Hack and the rest. Discovering your sites made me realise that I wasn’t the only frustrated one!

    • Harshad Joshi 4:48 am on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Scobby Doo

      Hey guess what?

      You have just immortalized yourself by commenting on the blog.

      Your comments will be visible to future generations till WWW, Google, logging, computers, internet and finally this world exists. Writing is a great way of becoming immortal.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:51 am on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      There is no need to get fraustrated. Its because of this behaviour that big MNCs exploit our mindset and get away from it. Life is an ever learning experience. Just learn from it and document it, just as I have done it,so that it will be useful in the future.

    • M.Sagar Kumar 4:27 pm on November 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I am feeling sorry for the so called winners of this word game. They were kept in a secret state as if they had done something shabby.

      They must be craving for some sort of publicity which atleast will be noticed by thier neighbours, colleagues and relatives.

      Thanks to this global google, even the nearby panshopwaala will not trust the claims of the so called winners.

      Eversince google had hidden itself behind aloo techie, atleast we freed our selves from this senseless tension.

      Poor winners cannot have this luxury of mental peace.

      Let us all feel sorry for them.

    • Mitul 5:54 am on March 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I think Google has not done any fraud with anyone by organizing this contest. I participated from Ahmedabad.

      I think, Google might have paid to the venue owner by reserving it for a day and I am sure no body in the world are so fool just to pay money to do a practice on 300 people in 7 states! They might have already selected or might have not got what they looked for.

      The only thing is that, they should have been announced something to be a loyal to everyone. They failed in doing that to us.

      Thats a shame of india and CURRENT indian generation who like to party but cant raise a voice like people from 1947. (Current generation just like to hang out with girls and not like to stand up and raise even a single voice against anyone/anything). Just like to keep blogging and keep writing for nothing.

      So learn to take a blame on us and either do something or shut your mouth and suffer.

    • Mitul 6:01 am on March 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

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