October 2007


I found a link to a video in a group blog , where Deepak Chopra is one of the contributors. It offers a snapshot of the emerging trends. It is an interesting video. As it rattles off one trend after another, the video makes some startling points, such as the fact that there are more school kids with high IQs in China than there are school kids in the United States. Or that a single week of the New York Times contains more information than the average person absorbed in a lifetime in the 18th century. The overall message is that the world is changing exponentially. Information doubles every couple of years while the price of computers gets cut in half. If such trends continue, the market will produce a $1,000 computer in our lifetime with more capacity than the human brain.

Can we imagine what our future will look like ? ( tell me after you watch the ‘Shift happens’ video).

Here is another video of a movie in the making called ‘THE SHIFT movie‘.

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The first time I heard this term was at Education Without Borders 2007 conference, when Dr. Yunus (Noble peace prize winner 2006) was addressing a gathering of 1000+ students from across the globe. He said that we need more ‘Social entrepreneurs‘ to eradicate poverty and other illnesses that plague our socities and the World at large.

Today I read an article in the New York times about a ‘Social entrepreneur’ who was an ex-employee of Microsoft based in Bangalore, India. It’s a very interesting idea that his team has proposed and has implemented in the form babajob.com. “It is an important innovation because it opens up the marketplace to people of socioeconomic levels who may not have the widest array of jobs available to them.” remarked teve Pogorzelski, president of the international division of Monster.com, the American jobs site.

You can read the article here.

I don’t read comics but when I was introduced to Dilbert’s comics by Scott Adams it all changed. The guy makes a lot of sense and disguises them in the form of jokes. His blog – The Dilbert Blog is awesome. You may be wondering the title to this post says ‘Akademi Fantasia Untuk PM’ … yes yes Im getting to it… one of his blog posts talks about how to solve problems in the United States. Where he has proposed a new reality show that pits think tanks against one another, with the public getting to vote for the policies they like. Another favourite blogger of mine (he is not a comic artist) Amit Varma has proposed a similar solution for Indian politics his solution is to have a reality political game showKaun Banega Lok Sabha MP? (Who Wants to Be A Member of the Parliament?) where people “should be allowed to vote via SMS and phone calls. The revenues thus generated can go straight into the government’s coffers, and taxes can be abolished.

Then I was thinking about Malaysian politics… it occured to me that Mr. Mawi could be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia if there was a ‘Akademi Fantasia Untuk Perdana Menteri’ or ‘So you think you can be a PM?’ and he might probably win uncontested which translates to saving of public money. Malaysian economy will grow, how you ask me? Think of it… people will have more money which means more spending and more jobs will be generated because of it. Which would also mean there will be ‘PM’s Raya Concerts’ instead of ‘PM’s Raya Open house’ or even better PM’s raya open house with live performance by the PM !!

Have you ever wanted to learn a programming language?? but then once u have a look at any of the books found it so complicated. Well here is a fantastic online tutorial to learn a new programming language which is quickly becoming very popular called Ruby. This tutorial is helpful for both newcomers to programming and newcomers to Ruby.

There is also a hands-on tutorial online !! In 15-mins you can get the very basic tutorial and not only that you can practice it too! give it a shot

Sayonara for now!

Money can’t buy happiness but admission in an Ivy institution – Yes ! Looks like it’s not going to be a challenge anymore at least for the rich kids. In a recent article from Business week (thank you Haniff for the link) find out how.

A very interesting post from a Burmese blogger friend of mine…Try it for yourself (I haven’t cos I’m using Ubuntu ). It shows how you can perform magic in windows operating system!!!

MAGIC #1

An Indian discovered that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on the computer which can be named as “CON”. This is something pretty Cool…and Unbelievable. … At Microsoft the whole Team, couldn’t answer why this happened !
TRY IT NOW ,IT WILL NOT CREATE ” CON ” FOLDER

MAGIC #2

For those of you using Windows, do the following:

1.) Open an empty notepad file
2.) Type “Bush hid the facts” (without the quotes)
3 .) Save it as whatever you want.
4.) Close it, and re-open it.

MAGIC #3

Open Microsoft Word and type =rand (200, 99)

And then press ENTER
Then see the magic..

Do let me know if it worked or not…

Yes … thats what men with fertility problems need according to a study conducted by researchers in UK. Don’t trust me ? You can read it here.

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