Technology news and views
RSS icon Email icon Home icon
  • Jabber Publishes Jingle

    Posted on December 16th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    The Jabber Software Foundation has published the initial version of Jingle, a set of extensions to IETF’s XMPP for use in VoIP, video and other P2P multimedia sessions. Two of the publications are:

    Specs for additional session types like video will be published soon. From the press release:

    “Jingle provides a powerful framework for peer-to-peer multimedia sessions,” said Peter Saint-Andre, Executive Director of the Jabber Software Foundation and co-author of the Jingle specifications. “Thanks to Google’s commitment to open standards, the Jabber community can now build a wide range of new applications, from voice and video to file sharing, gaming, application casting, shared editing, and whiteboarding.”

    Scott Ludwig and Joe Beda of Google contributed to the two publications.

  • Python/BeautifulSoup to the rescue

    Posted on December 15th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    If you are a gadget freak like me and are subscribed th MobileWhack, Engadget or other gadget sites, you might’ve figured out that there’s a little competition among them as to who posts information about a new phone or other gadget.

    One such competition has to do with FCC (Federal Communications Commission) approvals of these devices – which usually gives advance information about them. Companies, of course, put up a confidentiality request stating that details of a device should not be released until so-and-so date. Once that date expires, FCC posts the relevant documents (including photos and user manuals in several cases) for our joy.

    In case you didn’t notice, I blog for MobileWhack, and since Paul over there needed some help with the FCC approvals, I hacked a Python script to grab info from their site daily. It runs every three hours on my system and notifies me of any approved devices.

    Heh, Python rocks. BeautifulSoup rocks too. Of course, I’m not posting the code for it – that’d give an edge to everyone else ;-)

  • Google Server Error

    Posted on December 15th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    I tried to open Gmail, and I am getting a 502 Server Error. It’s been going on for the last two minutes. Anyone know what’s up?

  • Eric Schmidt’s Ten Golden Rules for Google

    Posted on December 12th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    Take a look at this Newsweek article. My favorite part:

    Don’t be evil. Much has been written about Google’s slogan, but we really try to live by it, particularly in the ranks of management. As in every organization, people are passionate about their views. But nobody throws chairs at Google, unlike management practices used at some other well-known technology companies. We foster to create an atmosphere of tolerance and respect, not a company full of yes men.

  • U.K. 3G Report

    Posted on December 12th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    (Originally posted to

    According to Telephia, a provider of performance measurement info to the mobile industry, 3G users in the UK are more active in using their data services than their non-3G counterparts. While this is not a surprise, the report goes on to say that people use the operator’s content more than off-portal sites – which means the ARPU is actually higher.

    Operator portal content, including music, video messaging and games, turned big revenue earners. The most common activity, of course, happens to be browsing the internet, followed by video calling and video messaging. With blazing speeds, again this does not come as a surprise.

    Activity 3G Users Non-3G Users
    Internet Browsing 56% 39%
    Video Clip Downloads 35% 11%
    Video Messaging 34% 11%
    Video Calling 35% -NA-
    Game Downloads 34% 21%
    Full Track Music Downloads 32% 11%
    Streaming TV 10% 1%
    Online Game Playing 8% 5%

    Source: Telephia U.K. 3G Report, Q3 2005

    We in India are still waiting for 3G to make inroads. Recently, the COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) in their pre-budget memorandum for the 2006-07 year, lamented that the ARPU has steadily decreased in the last couple of years (standing at just Rs.390 in the April-June quarter in 2005), and there is also high prevailing rates of duties and taxes on the telecom sector.

    Implementing 3G is definitely one way of increasing the flagging ARPUs. I hope they do it soon.

  • Public Service Announcement

    Posted on December 12th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    Are you an Airtel user bombarded with SMSs and automated voice calls every day? Then all you need to do is send “BLOCK” to 222 from your mobile.

    I don’t recall Airtel ever having publicized this for whatever reasons, but I got pissed off with their recent ads and called them up today to get this answer.

    Apparently, it takes 48 hours to de-list me from their services. Shit, I can’t wait for so long!

  • Gmail Web Clips

    Posted on December 9th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    Well, Google has incorporated RSS feeds into Gmail as of today. Called Web Clips, they were in limited circulation previously, and now they are available to all Gmail users.

    What I’m not clear about the clips include Google Sponsored Links – but there seems to be no way to remove that from the list of subscriptions. The default set of subscriptions looks decent, but I’m removing most of them and putting my own list. Let’s see if this stays longer than the others.