Adobe Share is Just a Document Dump!

Adobe’s Share service is just a dumping ground for documents. It is still got a long way to go before challenging either MS Office Live or Google Docs and spreadsheets. I tried using it in Firefox and it ended up in a loop where the site was always trying to install Flash 9. I finally switched to IE and managed to use it. The UI is all clunky and flash. At this point, Share sounds more like an announcement of Adobe’s intent to play in this space more than anything else.

Adobe has so many different products it is so hard to identify which product does what: Live Cycle Policy, CorpShare are a couple that come to mind in the document sharing realm. Buzzword sounded very interesting, but before it could go mainstream Adobe acquired them. It will be interesting to see how Adobe puts all the various pieces together or simply adds one more product to its already long list!

Dravid Deserves Credit for Stepping Aside

My initial reaction when I read above Dravid’s resignation from the Indian captaincy was one of deep disappointment. I also couldn’t help thinking that he was “running away from responsibility” as Bishen Bedi put it. Here was India’s top and most reliable batsman with a mixed record as captain throwing in the towel just when it looked like was coming into his own, emerging from the shadow of Greg Chappell, with an impressive tour of England.

As I thought about it some more I realized that this was first time since Sunil Gavaskar that a top Indian cricketer actually went out when on top rather than being booted out. It clearly takes a lot of character to walk away from a highly visible and powerful (and not to mention commercially profitable) role like the Indian captaincy. Hats off to one of India’s top sportsmen. One hopes that Dravid continues this approach when he decides to hang up his boots some time in the future. His decision will eventually pave the way for the influx of new blood into the team. His stint as captain might not have been the best but he deserves credit and appreciation for passing the baton to a younger generation of players.

Pakistan: Messy At 60!

Musharraf can’t bring back Nawaz Shariff, his old boss whom he fired from office. But the courts think Mr. Shariff should be back in the country. Ms. Bhutto can’t become PM by law because she has had two turns at the job already. Musharraf can’t be President and Army chief according to the Supreme court. So he is being forced to dunk his uniform. Musharraf wants to be President but if he can’t, he wants to Army chief. No matter what, he wants to be in power. Ms. Bhutto wants to get back into action in some form or shape. But she first has to dodge hordes of corruption charges (among others) off her back. Given its endless war on terror, the US loves to keep Musharraf in office but can’t completely ignore the wishes of the Pakistani population. And then, there are all the fundamentalists groups, and of course Bin Laden and his followers, the spill over from Afghanistan, and the constant tension with India. It just seems like a situation that is getting worse by the day (btw, there are optimists even in this hour of crisis!).

After 60 years of so-called independence, its time Pakistan sought independence from what it has become during this time. A fresh start minus the current key players might be the best place to begin. Highly unrealistic and far-fetched, yet a grass roots movement to achieve this objective seems to be the only hope for Pakistan.