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This blog discusses the experiences of a consulting professional currently working at EmPower Research, a firm that provides decision support services to clients through offices in NYC, San Francisco and Bangalore, India.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Among top 10 transport trends in 2010, I like cars that drive (and stop) on their own: autonomous cars! Even Google is on this.
For free software, visit daily. They give away one software FREE every day. They give games free too. Enjoy.....
The 10 Things That Science Fiction Promised That DID HAPPEN in 2010 Are Here. Enjoy a thrilling read.
Here is how Malawi succeeded in putting behind drought and becoming a food-surplus nation.
A journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step. In case of food security, Malawi has shown the way with success in cropping management
Forrester has named EmPower Research among one of the "vendors with proprietary social analytics tools and professional consulting teams that write custom research reports based on social media data".

Great news to end 2010 with and to begin 2011 with. Read on here for more.
Forrester rates EmPower Research as a vendor with proprietary social analytics tools and professional consulting teams for custom research.
Here is hoping stem cell transplants become as common as band-aid in the future so that more diseases can be cured predictably.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New York, are you ready to welcome the new taxi in your city? Bye bye, Ford Crown Victory..we will miss you.
The "Rasputin" of Boney M is no more. RIP, Daddy Cool.
Stem-cell transplant cures man of HIV - for the first time in the world. Great news. What next?
The next 5 predictions to watch out for - says IBM. Here is hoping these become reality rather than wishful thinking!
Sahara can fuel 50% of world's electricity if these two solar power projects take-off. Let's hope they do!
Hilarious take on one's personality basis the email client used.
DYK that comp-aided "algorithm" trading makes up 70% of volume on Wall St. Wow - that is so scary! AI alert!
Now man makes a machine that mimics how plants break down sunlight. This can transform energy acquisition, going forward. Kudos!
Hats off to JK Rowling. The sport that she wrote about - Quidditch, is now going mainstream. Amazing to see that.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

DYK that computer-aided "algorithm" trading accounts for about 70% of trade volume on Wall Street. Wow - that is so scary! AI alert!
Want to know what fidgetal, misApp, wikisqueak, dreadsheet or disgracebook mean? Read on. Hilarious take on new words!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Moving into a new larger office is just a GREAT FEELING. Congrats EmPower on another SMILESTONE! Here is a toast to many more in the offing!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Was appalled to see poor service on Shatabdi Exp. from Mysore to Blr. Sadly, rlwy employees don't know what premium service means! Awful!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

An excellent article on the hits and misses of futurologists in the past. Amazing to see how man thought about the future.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Assange showed us how politicians lead two lives & exposed the science of diplomatic trickery. Sadly, this will continue! Thick skin helps!
Global economic giants woo India as they look for more business. Sadly, India is not able to manage to keep its house in order!
A lunar eclipse that was the first to fall on the winter solstice since 1638. The next solstice eclipse won’t be until 2094. WOW!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Btw, BT stands for Behavioral Targeting in my last post. Could not fit it in thanks to Twitter-Logic.
I pity the ad industry. When they target all, they are penalized for spamming. When they do BT, they are told to behave. Not funny at all!
Just coming to terms with the fact that ADs are a HUGE unwanted part of life now. 30-35% or more of my daily time is spent dodging ads. WTF?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Want to know how our lives could change? Check this video out - this firm has been purchased by RIM now! Amazing is not enough!!
DYK the mother of PC demos happened 42 years ago? Many features that we have now were shown then. Doug Engelbart, take a bow!
Another idea for solar power - this time the panels go on TOP of the freeway. Wherever they are, tapping the sun is important.
Wondering if in the future, Facebook/Orkut/MySpace ID will be used for identity verification? Think about it...may be a good idea. Thoughts?
Played Business after years yesterday. Nice game...very used to be called Trade when we used to play it...ah nostalgia!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Great street food in Mumbai - no surprises and drool!!
DYK that humming birds cannot walk. That was quite an eye opener to me!!
Global remittances cross $410B in 2010. India leads the pack at $55B.
This is a rare disease that is scary and aspirational at the same time. Imagine if you slept for 10 days at a time! You like that?
BlackBerry store on CMH Road repaired my Curve but chipped part of the device. WTF? Is this Airtel service that AR Rahman croons about? Bad!
FedEx/Ketchum study says corporates spent 5-15% of overall external comms budgets on social media programs in 2010. Interesting statistic!
Saw an hoarding on Chrome today while on my way to office. Set me thinking - OOH for a browser? Game changer or desperation by Google?

Monday, December 6, 2010

MFIs in India under pressure as borrower defaults and political intervention question their survival.
A new biz model - Facebook as a platform for collecting loyalty points in rewards programs. Will be interesting to see if it works.
Interesting discovery that can help repair Multiple sclerosis damage found. A definite ray of hope for MS patients.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Broadband can bridge the economic divide by improving areas like health, commerce & governance. This report says it all.
Now this Italian city follows a best practice that I want to see recreated EVERYWHERE. A wind-win situation sums it up well.
How Google Translate helps you find food....very interesting......thanks @basrur