Sunday, May 28, 2006

Group Games for Mobiles ?

Is there a service/website for playing collaborative card games over GPRS (internet) on mobile phones ? Card games wouldnt require that much bandwidth, would be liked by many people, should be easy to develop.

[UPDATED] What about chess ?

Nokia open sources s60 browser

Nokia has open sourced s60 browser . I got it compiling and working.
I hacked it to have some minor changes - integrated it with google wap gateway, and
changed some of the rendered text. It was easy. Some of the symbian C++ tutorials helped a lot -
here and here .

Technical agenda for weekend is done,done,done.

Anti Quota Rally in Bangalore

Went to the anti-quota rally in bangalore . Checkout some of the news coverage from bbc ,hindu .
I felt there was lack of enthusiasm and seriousness on the part of protesters. I was in the non-serious group :). On deeper thoughts I am not that sure if this policy change affects that many people, and hence there is lack of seriousness.

The rally was unneccessarily docile :). The rally route was bad . There were stretches where noone could have heard us. Also rally caused no traffic jams - another bad. In the end I dont think anyone noticed. Whats the point of going to a rally when noone notices it ?

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Reservation in Education

Reservation in education is hot topic in india right now. And it is rightly so as it affects future of mllions of youngsters.

Is reservation right or wrong ? I think reservation or affirmative action is required to pull up categories who have been historically weak in their social standing. There can be several implementations of "Affirmative action". The present one of blanket quotas in education is the worst. I would list out the problems in the current policies and possible solutions
  • Reservation percentages are too high. They are more than 50% in some states. The propose d 50% in central univs would be devastating for general category.
  • Creamy layer. The current policy has created created a "creamy layer" withing SC/ST and OBC category. The children of beneficiaries, who have a good education and good financial status, still avail the quota. Creamy layer should be removed from the reservation since they already are at a higher social and financial standing.
  • Reservation Benefits are allowed multiple times for a single person. A person shouldnt get benefit of quota in education, then higher education and then in job, and then again in promotions. A person should be given the benefit possibly once or twice in a lifetime. From then onwards he/she should prove himself/herself on pure merit.
  • Not much emphasis of the government on education. India needs a hell lot of skilled people at all levels - technicians, engineers , doctors etc. Education oppurtunities are scarce, thats why reservation is such an issue. If we have enough education oppurtunities then reservation becomes a non issue. Some of the european countries actually have free education for all. We should strive for universal basic education along with more colleges at the higher education level.
  • [UPDATED] No onus to remove the quotas. There is a deep concern that quotas once started would not be removed. They would remain forever. Quota percentages should decrease at a constant rate every year.

What is tripti ??

You may ask what/where is tripti ? Tripti (actually trupti) is the name of our house in koramangala. Also note that literal meaning of tripti is "satisfaction". Now I think you dont need any other intro to the house.
BTW this is the (side)pic . better one coming soon-

Yo. Now even I am a blogger.

I never tried blogging till now. I was ashamed of this especially because I thought the reason is that I am not internet savvy. To make it worse I work for a dot-com.
Anyway It looks like things have changed now. I am internet savvy and can justify my dot-com job. Welcome to my blog. This blog would be mostly for/about my friends, family and some doze of technology.

Enjoy madi