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December 23, 2008 Posted by | Business | Leave a comment

Saving Global Markets

Everyone involved in tackling the Global Free market meltdown has been tackling different aspects of the problem. The focus is on getting the global economy back on rails, putting growth back onto the charts and preserving savings, jobs and the macro-economic infrastructure of the world as we know it today.

In my opinion, all this started in 1987 with the first increase in volumes of trading that could no longer be sustained by legacy systems. This led to the initiation of large scale electronic automation. Following NYSE would show you that the exchange almost runs itself. Here’s an open-book on the history of this automation. Almost all other exchanges were modeled after this as free float indices.

New Technology has made it possible to deal with the huge volume of trading. The current consensus is to impose more stringent regulations on free market trading. Regulations by themselves will have to be subtle and provide guidance rather than impose rules to avoid contradicting the fundamental principles of the free market.

Technology empowers volume trading at speeds no one can react to (e.g. Friday, 24-Oct-2008, Dow Jones opened and lost 400 pts within the first 5 minutes of trading.) I have witnessed numbed retail investors pulling out when the markets were sliding for no rhyme or reason thinking that they would ensue some liquidity for themselves that could be invested in Savings Bank accounts. Investors are psychologically said to follow a herd mentality [citation needed]. When some start selling, a domino effect ensues ending in a worsened market slide. Investors from either institutional, corporate or retail sector react similarly however educated they might be in financial investments.

My proposed solution to dealing with the global market slump might sound naive, but is quite plausible. With the present crisis in hand we can slow down volumes of trading using the “Automated Systems.” I propose a system of limited transaction credits and limited volume credits for trading for all types of investors. An investor involved in high volume buy-ins or sell-outs can be restricted. The same can be done for high transactions (for those who have multiple holdings.) This can be imposed globally. The end of the European-Asian summit showcases the willingness of governments across the globe to tackle this “together”, in their own words, “with teamwork.”

The main idea is to slow down the system. As humans we are adept at solving problems once they slow down to a rate of change that can be delt with. Human biological response to rapid change or speed has limitations. Road Safety norms also propose speed limits to help us react better to situations. Like “Formula 1 Racing“, high speed reaction requires entirely different technology, training, psychological preparedness to react ahead of events (even turns) and huge risk mitigation (car safety in Formula 1 today is at an all time high.) This is certainly not the case with investors of all portfolios.

In 1929 when the economic crisis ensued, we had fewer free markets and the hit was considerably bad. However, today the markets are distributed across the globe. Such a system is also prepared to share risk and reward rather than cascade effects of a single source of investors.

If we slow down the pace of trading, we would be able to choose the right regulations in the interim to stabilize economy. We know that there is a global economic slow-down, either that takes control of our decisions or we take over the slow-down.

The first thing human beings lack when tackling a looming crisis is patience. That is the first part that we need to face this crisis. Regulation of free markets to slow them down might force introspective solutions to strengthen the markets. The second think we do is to search for a scapegoat in retrospect. I am convinced that the NATO war against Iraq (mostly supported by the U.S.A. and U.K.) will be on top of the lists. There will be many such on the list. Retrospect will reel our focus away from the future forcing us to make more mistakes going forward. This is the first thing we need to avoid.

My solution, Take the very technology that allowed high volume, high speed trading and use it to slow the system down. This is the very first step to avoid a high-speed 1929 styled crisis. The worst part is, if we don’t use the technology that helped the slide, we will find ourselves moving into disguised socialist reforms in all countries. This might prove contradictory to the global free market economy that has been built over decades. Capitalism is not bad, free markets are not bad, gaming in markets is not bad; it is as close to a natural process without an illusion of control.

October 25, 2008 Posted by | Artificial Intelligence, Business, psychology, Software | , , , | 2 Comments

Mobile Phone Apparel

Today almost everyone, even in the third world has access to mobile phones. The latest trend is to pack a Media Player coupled with “assisted” GPS into your mobile phone. If you really are interested in how this works, you could read this article. Navigation assistance has become an added function to Mobile Phone/PIM/Media Player combos we are using.

The big question is, whether the increasing appeal and usage of mobile phones sometimes referred to as handphones is actually killing the telecom market for fixed desktop landline or wireless phones. Korea and Japan (NTT DoCoMo) started out with Video conferencing (albeit at very low quality) at least 3 years back after an almost failed trial 5 years back. There are no doubts as to the direction Japan and Korea are heading.

The new buzzword in the mobile world is 3G. This of course, is to signal the start of Triple Play on Mobile Phones. The strange part about mobile phones is that instead of subverting the entire POTS , they actually added value to the existing POTS networks. Some services were directed at lowering overseas or long distance calls, while others were starting to offer Business Solutions. As a contrasting reminder, Radio did not complement Telegraph, but replaced it instead. Telephony and Telephone networks replaced Telegraph, they did not complement it. So the advent of Mobile phone technology as a rider on existing telephony networks is one place they have shown difference.

While Mobile phones were becoming ubiquitous, there were strong concerns about health safety as mobile phones are all radio equipment used at close proximity. If you do compare them to the H.A.M. radios and earlier radios, the transceiver (antenna) and the voice/data encoder were not directly coupled in such a small case. Field Military Radios were also similarly designed. But putting them altogether, thanks to the benefits of high density integration, several health groups raised alarms. These continue to be serious as Microwave radiation does pose health hazards that have been researched.

Today most of the phones which offer high-end business user or multimedia user or combined services are bulky (irrespective of what the ads claim.) While clamshell designs, slider designs for phones are quite common today, they will most likely be replaced by equipment that can fit with the apparel we wear. Wearable computing was taking the concept of Personal computing to insane heights. Having a communicator embedded in our apparel would be a welcome initiative (provided we could turn it off.)

There have been some early trials. The first are easy to guess, they were wristwatches. The second set are wearable around the neck (like a necklace.) The third is to have a wearable exoskeleton. The huge drive is to make them lighter to carry, less easier to forget and increase their “personal” factor.

Mobile phones (as they are still referred to today) could be the first level of intrusion into the field of bio-cybernetics.

October 10, 2008 Posted by | Business, Hardware | , , , | 2 Comments

Mono bridges Linux and Microsoft Software

Three years back, Miguel De Icaza, a co-founder of GNOME and once chair of GNOME decided to stake out a marriage between Linux and Microsoft’s Windows products. His solution first came out as Ximian Linux where several ideas were borrowed from Microsoft Windows. He stretched his attempt to the extent that he tried to have this initiative sold to the emBallmer, effectively Microsoft Corp.

Back then, Microsoft was not feeling so threatened of Linux and did not give due consideration to what he was offering. In fact this marriage would have led to Microsoft’s entry into what it does consider a rival operating system. Microsoft being an Application rich company (with huge returns from Microsoft Office) need only to enter another OS as they did for Mac OS to push their software availability forward.

As the story goes, meanwhile the Ubuntu revolution of making a more desktop and business-user friendly linux made way. Whlie no one suspected that this would be a very successful initiative, reality spoke for itself. Now Microsoft had a threat, a real threat, an Operating System on which their applications weren’t yet running.

If you have been following the development of Mono, you would have convinced yourself that this was many days in the coming. So with Mono 2.0, Miguel now boasts support for C##3.0. This effectively means new applications written across Linux, Microsoft Windows Net 2.0 standard and Mac OS.

This will come in as a welcome announcement for application developers who intend to target applications across platforms. The Mono Virtual Machine is not that different from its grand predecessor, the Java Virtual Machine which is more widely deployed. However, in the Desktop Application Space, the Mono Virtual Machine would provide more value to application developers. This means increased business for Software Service Houses overseas (particularly in India and elsewhere) to continue focusing their skills.

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Business, Linux, Software | , , | 2 Comments

Are you waiting for IT returns…?

Hi Guys,

It seems in india income tax returns for Information technology companies will be delayed because the govt in india does not have the information technology to process the returns … kind of ironic…:)

http://www.caclubindia.com/news/2007/9/now_software_may_hold_up_tax_refunds.asp

October 6, 2008 Posted by | Business | , , | Leave a comment

Top ten myths of startups

Hi People ,

This is a very interesting article about startup companies .

http://www.start-up.co.nz/top-ten-myths-of-entrepreneurship/

Must read.

October 5, 2008 Posted by | Business | , , | Leave a comment

Crossloop

Hi Guys,

This seems like a great solution for techsupport and also making a business out of this .

http://www.crossloop.com , i am signing up maybe you guys should too ..

October 5, 2008 Posted by | Business, Hardware, Software | , , , | 4 Comments

Setting up software product company in india

Seems like nobody in india knows how to setup a product company and all lawyers and accountants are clueless regarding setting up a software product company.

Case in point : http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?biz.5.281424.14

An interesting insight by a brave soul.

October 1, 2008 Posted by | Business | , , , | Leave a comment