Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Riding Solo To The Top Of The World is the unique experience of a lonesome traveler, who rides his motorcycle all the way from Mumbai to one of the remotest places in the World, the Changthang Plateau, in Ladakh, bordering China.Gaurav is very well known in Indian Biking community and he started 60kph motorcyling club, which is an all India motorcycling club that takes biking to the extreme and dare to go where no other man or wheels dared to go. All members ride the Royal Enfield Bullet, which they consider as a fellow traveler than a machine. Riding Bullets sometimes has its own disadvantages like reliability but most riders know their machines inside out and all always ready for a quick fix if the bike breaks down.
Situated at an average altitude of 15,000 feet, Changthang covers almost 30,000 square kilometers of Ladakh. A land devoid of roads and with temperatures that dip to minus 40 degree Celsius in winter.
What is incredible about the documentary is that it has been shot by Gaurav all alone, with no camera man or other stuff. So you can actually re-live his experience through this documentary.
I haven't myself seen the documentary, since its not out yet. There were couple of screenings in India for the members of biking community and Gaurav is still trying to find a suitable buyer for the film. Discovery, Nat Geo are you listening ? The reaction for the documentary I gather from the fellow riders is just one word "Speechless".
Heard the soundtrack of the movie and its just amazing. It is very apt for the theme of the movie, "Riding Solo". For some idea about the terrain in Ladakh, here are a couple of teasers from 60kph.
Update : Gaurav has now put a teaser of the documentary up on the website. You can watch it here .
Here is the youtube video
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
- I have doubts about AJAX scaling up for complex spreadsheets or other office applications.
- Secondly Google has tie up with Sun for open office, it should be pushing for xforms , not a AJAX based office suite. Open Document format can natively support xForms.
- Mozilla is working on Xforms extension (they released 0.4 build recently) and I used it for a few complex forms. RIA can be built better using this than AJAX alone.
In case Google is acquiring writely, then I see it more like a technology acquisitions rather than an application that can be shipped anytime soon. And if they are looking at providing office applications online, then why leave out spreadsheets? Are they acquiring numsum too? And can I cut data from Numsum and paste it in tabular format in Writely? Ray Ozzie was talking clipboard's yesterday.
Besides handling browser crashes, network failures, offline editing capabilities are critical. So in case they are going to provide an online editor, its critical to provide offline too. This is where open office is needed. You can edit offline and sync online etc, since underlying data is all XML.
I am sorry but writely, numsum etc are technology demonstration projects, and they are not usable applications yet!! Look how long it’s taking Google to get a calendar out of the door? Complex applications like office will take far more effort. We might be looking at years here.
Update: Om's speculation was right, from the Google official Blog.
- Add Glaxtar like features to Google Toolbar for Firefox. So users can have same Google/Firefox experience on every PC and at the same time Google can deliver personalized content.
- Single sign-on and quick links (or quick launches) to different applications to ensure user sticky-ness.
- Add xForms extension to the toolbar, so RIA Applications can be delivered over the web. Complex documents can be created and stored online.
- Add notifications extension to firefox
- Default Firefox to use tabbed browsing
Monday, March 06, 2006
Besides xForms can allow server side state maintenance using Ajax , so in case the browser crashes while the users are working on a really large form or document, the state can be recovered by the xForm state stored in the server.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
For example: Firefox team is working on server side stored state but they want to store only URLs rather than complete web pages for storage reasons. This theme will help us make the client less important (thin client, thick server model) which suits our strength vis-a-vis Microsoft and is also of great value to the userServer side stored state would be great and would change the nature of applications that can be developed and which depend on browser for delivery. But the biggest concern is privacy. Does this mean the browsing history would be stored on a centralized server? Does this mean, every user will have an online "temporary internet files" folder which Google would use to harness for personalized content.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
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