Thursday, October 27, 2011

Digvijay Singh and the Art of Living

When I asked my hockey coach in school why I was never allowed to play the big matches, he told me that I was confused about which side I was playing on. It took me well into adulthood to get this fixed. Looks like Digvijaya Singh has a similar problem. After Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare, he has now accused Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of being an RSS sponsored ploy to destabilize the government. The way certain politicians are reacting to any and all observations about the corrupt system that they have spawned tells me that he would not have got a chance in the hockey team either. But, good for him, he seems to have got himself an invite to take an Art of Living course.

There are a couple of important issues here, regardless of where Sri (sri sri) Ravi Shankar's sponsorship comes from. The one trait that all of these "protesting" people have is a leaning towards spirituality and value based leadership. Their values, lifestyles, and beliefs are all out in the open. They do not need a political or a marketing machinery to attract the crowds. The news that they are visiting town is usually enough to fill a stadium.

Similarly, the respect that people like Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal command is entirely based on the tangible work they have done in their lives, and on their public conduct. These are all people that the nation looks up to and respects. And in rather large numbers.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Fujifilm X10 - Back to the Future

Fujifilm recently announced the latest addition to its Finepix range of cameras, the X10. A delight for lovers of the classic retro look that was introduced in the earlier and more expensive X100, this compact challenges the prosumer segment with its D-SLR-like capabilities. It is a 12 megapixel camera with a 2/3 in CMOS sensor. It comes with a 4X optical zoom using the new Super EBC Fujinon lens. The display is a 2.8 in LCD that gives 100 percent coverage, while the optical viewfinder gives 85 percent coverage. Here is a first impression of this compact that is almost a D-SLR but looks like a vintage.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tools To Help Manage Time

There are many tools that can help you improve your time management skills. For those of us who have been brought up on Outlook and GTD plug-ins, there are a host of options that have emerged over the years. While my favorite collection system still remains my notebook and pen, I have increasingly started using the digital solutions that make several aspects of managing tasks much easier. Here is a look at some of the really good time management tools that you should be using as a business or project manager, team leader, or just a productivity hacker.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Deconstructing the new Kindle Line-up from Amazon

Amazon has just commenced on one of the most unusual launch blitzes and product line promotion with the new Kindles. Kindle has been at the forefront of Amazon's growth strategy for a while now, and the new line up of new old Kindles, the Kindle Touch, the Kindle Fire, and the Silk browser, is only a reaffirmation of that strategy. For the consumer or the prospective buyer though, things can get a little confusing. Added to this is the neat marketing trick of free unlimited unrestricted wireless 3G on the keyboard version but restricted access on the touchscreen version.

Here are two articles over at Gizmowatch that breaks down the hype about the new Kindles and puts out all that you need to know in simple terms.

If your question is "which Kindle should I buy?," read this article.

If you want the lowdown on the Kindle Touch 3G and the free unlimited wireless, read this article.

If you have figured out which one you want to buy, click on the links below to directly go to the product page on Amazon for more details.

Kindle Keyboard, WiFi

Kindle Keyboard, 3G

Kindle Fire, WiFi

Kindle Touch, 3G


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