Software to track farming

Finally, there is some meaningful IT solution to help farmers. Software maker Agroguía in Valladolid, Spain created GPS software that maps a tractor’s path and pushes analysis of field terrain and conditions to farmers in real time, helping them work their land more efficiently. Agroguía sells a kit with software and tablet. It retails for $1,662 (about Rs. 90,000). If you have large farm, it should help your life easier. If you are interested, check out the company’s website.

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Daylight saving and its effects on sleep

India doesn’t have daylight saving time. Thank God! If you live in U.S. or other countries (such as England and Australia) that follow daylight saving, you must be familiar with the weird feeling when the DST starts and ends. Today, daylight savings begin in U.S. Last year this time, I was in San Francisco. On March 14, 2011 (one day after the DST began) I saw a driver driving in opposite direction. Initially, I thought that it was a new software engineer from India that didn’t know the road rules in U.S. Then, I realized that it was an American.…

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FDI in India doubled

Foreign direct investments (FDI) in India more than doubled from $2.21 billion in May 2010 to $4.66 billion in May 2011. There was a dramatic increase of 77% in FDI from April to May this year. More details are here. Sure, it’s a good sign for Indian economy. Unfortunately, this is also sign that real estate prices in India are not going to come down any time soon. FDIs and local real estate brokers hiked the real estate prices in the last 10 years. It appears that the trend is going to continue for the foreseeable future.

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Mobile app market will emerge as a $38billion market by 2015

There are over 350,000 applications available for download on the iPhone platform. Downloadable applications spread to almost every other mobile platform such as Android and Windows Mobile. Recent report from Forrester Research indicates that the business opportunities associated with apps were just the beginning. Forrester estimates that the revenue created from customers buying and downloading apps to smartphones and tablets will reach $38 billion by 2015. Forrester Research’s John McCarthy estimates that enterprise services opportunity alone would be $17 billion market. The combined spend on apps and services would be $55 billion market by 2015! Forrester’s report also predicts that…

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Singapore Ambassador Calls India ‘Stupid’

These guys think like this all the time, now it came out in public because of wikileaks. According to wikileaks, Singapore Ambassador Tommy Koh called India ‘stupid’ in the context of India’s stance on ASEAN grouping. Full details are here. As you know, Wikileaks leaked a lot of official U.S. documents and embarrassed a lot of countries. It’s refreshing to know how our neighbor country thinks of us. Singapore is teeny tiny country. It depends on others even for water. It calls India stupid. Go figure.

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Myspace Concedes Defeat

Orkut is gone. Myspace finally concedes the defeat. Facebook is the social networking winner, at least for now. MyYearbook may catch up with facebook given the number of teenagers deserting facebook for myyearbook. In a desperate attempt to boost traffic, Myspace said it would allow users to sign up for its website with their existing Facebook credentials. The move will let Myspace import interests a user has identified on Facebook to show them content they may be interested in. Over time, it will give Facebook more data on Web users. The linkup is the latest in Myspace’s attempt to pare…

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Karnataka Land Scandal

Real estate scandals are not new in India. Once upon a time in India, corrupt politicians solicited the suitcase full of money to dole out favors. For the last 10 years, the corruption was relatively easy for these politicians. Get some lands at ridiculously low price and give out spectrum at insane prices. Just when BJP was criticizing Congress over 2G spectrum scandal, it has to face the scandal allegation on its own B.S. Yeddyurappa, CM in Karnataka. Urban lands were given to Yeddyurappa’s son and daughter just like that. After much drama, these lands were returned to Bangalore Development…

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Developing PHP using Netbeans IDE

If you have used notepad or simple editors like html-kit to develop PHP, try Netbeans for a change. It is a great IDE for Java developers. With the PHP support it provides, Netbeans is the great IDE for PHP developers too. Almost all the free software comes with complicated user guide or no help at all. Netbeans is little different in that aspect. It provides better than average documentation. If you are a PHP developer, check out this video to understand how to develop PHP using Netbeans. The video explains how to integrate change control software (subversion), how to use…

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Prostitution thru Craigslist – Continues…

Craigslist removed “erotic” category from its U.S. websites. But, it keeps the erotic category in many other countries including India. Interestingly, it removed erotic category from its Singapore site, possibly because of the fear of punitive action from Singapore Government. It’s obvious that Craigslist needs erotic category to grow its classifieds business. People look for sex, you give a place for that, then also show the ads for cars, furniture, etc., Sex is the viral influencing factor for centuries. Why change the proven business model, huh? As we wrote before, Indian government should take action against all websites that promote…

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