Youtube Buzz

The Youtube buzz is very reminiscent of the dotcomm days. Lots of free video and lots of traffic. How they will make money no one seems to know (I dare say “care”). Yet, they have boat loads of dough. One investor said to me, “If I had a chance to invest in Youtube, I would simply because Sequoia Capital has invested”

This is sooooooo dotcomm!

Meanwhile, there are competitors galore. In the same space this company seems to at least have a business model of some sort.

Google and Chips?

Check out this NYT article.

“Beyond servers, there are signs that Google is now designing its own microchips. The company has hired many of the engineers responsible for the Digital Equipment Corporation’s well-regarded Alpha chip….”

I am curious to see if this ever turns out to be true or another mere speculation. There was an article in the recent Businessweek about Google’s lack of hit services/solutions besides search. Sometimes it appears that there is some method to Google product strategy madness, but very often it doesn’t. This is one more instance of lack of it.

West Indies: Wrong choice for the WC?

The ICC might have goofed by selecting WI as the venue of the next world cup. The sign up process for the matches is so archaic and disorganized. In this day and age of the Internet the current system of ticketing is a shame! The ICC with all its wealth should have made a better choice. So far, it doesn’t appear as though the WI are capable of hosting an event of this scale.

North Korea celebrates 4th of July!

Sounds like Kim Jong wanted to celebrate 4, July. He just chose missiles instead of fire crackers. The guy is nuts. Thank god, the long range missile Test failed.

The US has the strange knack of driving nuts the world over to scale new heights. Yes, US always gets the blame for anything that happens in the world! That’s the price for being the sole super power.

Every nation wants to have one-on-one negotiations with the US. So maybe its time the US held an “open house” and invited all the Kim Jong-il’s and Ahmadinejad’s of the world for discussions once and for all.

It will be interesting to see how far the UN and its resolutions can help address this current crisis.

Enron Founder’s death

This is quite an anti-climax to the Enron scandal. Given the kind of mental agony he must have been through, it is not surprising that he died of a heart attack. In fact, it is surprising that he didn’t have a heart attack sooner given all the stress he must have been under! Considering the loses people faced because of Enron he probably hardly had any sympathisers and understandably so.

I dare say that at 64 with a likely huge sentence ahead of him, his death due to natural causes was his best possible exit strategy. In short, he supposedly duped the world with Enron and just when it got time to nail him once and for all, he “bailed out” for ever!

Mr. Lay was supposedly close to president Bush and family. Given Bush’s direct line to God, makes one wonder if there was an update from above on this issue.

Help! Bangalore Calling!

While the world is calling India for help with all the call centers and outsourcing happening, here is one where India is reaching out to the rest of the world for help. The Bangalore authorities are wooing Westerners to invest in the local infrastructure projects.

Amidst all the intense activity in Karnataka politics, there seems to be a recognition (thankfully!) that Bangalore’s infrastructure stinks and needs desperate attention. Hopefully, this effort produces so quick results before its too late!

At last, India wins a Test Series!

India beat the West Indies in the final Test match to win the series! Firstly, its quite a relief to not have another drawn Test.

After 30+ years team India has managed to win a Test series outside the sub-continent (barring the worthless Zimbabwae win). Hats off to Dravid and his boys for this achievement. When victories are so far and few, the team management and the team as whole deserves all the credit they can get.

Dravid has clearly lead from the front, particular in this Test where his scores in both innings highlight his value to the team as much as it underscores his superlative skills as a batsman. Finally, we have a captain who is not affected by the extra load of captaincy? Or is that a pre-mature statement?

Top take-aways from this series:

  • Irfan Pathan might be on his way to the fast bowlers’ bin to join Balaji, Zaheer, Nehra, Doda Ganesh, Yohanan, Aavishkar Salvi and others.
  • Yuvraj Singh though an excellent ODI player, is a highly over-rated Test player and desperately in need of a break. The Jaffers of India who are amassing runs in domestic cricket could do better justice in the Test middle order (Venu, Badani, Mongia, S. Sriram etc.). Its a shame India traded VVS Laxman for Yuvraj in a recent Test match.
  • Jaffer is a safe bet for the next couple of series. His weakness outside the off stump is likely to make him easy fodder for McGrath and co.
  • VRV Singh could use more domestic experience before playing Test cricket.
  • Munaf Patel is proving to be a good consistent bowler. He does seems more effective with a slightly older ball.
  • Sreesanth could use some more consistency. His talent shows only in patches unfortunately.
  • The two out of form players, Viru and Kaif ended up with a fairly decent tour. Viru put in a very impressive show with the ball as well!
  • Greg Chappell has one more feather in his cap and is certain to have further increased his clout in Indian cricket.
  • Ganguly’s hopes of a return to the team should have further receded with the series win.
  • One can only hope that the selectors will be more sensible in the future and pick an extra batsman or a bowler instead of a second wicket keeper.
  • Bhajji is definitely a safer bet in Tests than an inexperience medium pacer.