Punditji out, computerji in
is amalgamating with modernism. The eons-old art (or science?) of
prediction has gone hi-tech if the number of Websites and computer
software on astrology that abound the Net and market are an
indication. In the pre-e era, those who believed in janampatris would
visit an astrologer to get a natal chart made. In the WWW age, they
either surf the Net or visit a shop that hands out computer printouts
of horoscopes. In the pre-e era, those
who believed in janampatris would visit an astrologer to get a
natal chart made.
kundlis allure foreigners
horoscopes have taken the place of manual kundli, or astrological
charts, in Varanasi, the holy town of Hindus. Thousands of foreigners
throng the city every year and many often get attracted to the
traditional astrologers. More and more people are now relying on the
accuracy of the computers than the traditional kundlis or janampatris.
drive for storing data
Internet is the best tool for sharing information in today’s
technological era. The World Wide Web has, to a great extent, changed
approach towards doing things. It has revolutionised the way we
thought, worked and communicated. With the advent of technologies,
such as e-mail and instant messaging, disseminating information is now
just a matter of seconds. Over a period of time the
Internet has also found its way into business activities and has become
an extensively used tool for communication.
are no longer use-and-throw machines
Pentium 4 2 GHz, 80GB hard disk, 256 MB super-fast DDR RAM, Intel
original motherboard, 17" TFT display monitor, 32X CD writer with
the latest configuration — Buy now." Such type of
advertisements are a permanent fixture in all leading newspaper and
magazines. Think again. Do all
professionals really need such hi-powered PCs? Does a typist really
need it? Or, maybe, a doctor, a lawyer or a journalist? Many
professionals rarely use their machines to their full capacity, as
most of the software needs only low minimum specifications to operate
phones’ subscriber base declines
subscriber base has registered a decline in the addition at just 3.6
lakh in September compared to five lakh additions in August. "The
four metros together recorded a steep decline of 25 per cent reduction
in additions," Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI)
said in its latest figures released here today.
Windows CE for mobile phones
the users worldwide relied more and more on computers for information,
the need to have "information anywhere and anytime" grew.
With the advancements in chip technology the miniaturisation paved way
to devices that provided on the move the features that were close to
their desktop counterparts.
undermines e-newsletters’ credibility
newsletters may be brilliant, as a marketing ploy, but companies still
have to fight spam to keep the interest of customers growing, says a
new study. According to US-based Net think-tank the Nielsen Norman
Group, people can have highly emotional reactions to e-mail
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IT sector rebounds
IT sector, the locomotive of the country’s
economic growth, is finally showing signs of a rebound after
struggling with softening demand and intense pricing pressure in the
last few quarters. Analysts say the latest quarterly earnings posted
by blue-chip software companies clearly indicate that the elusive
recovery is on the way and that the stubborn technology spending
slowdown is over.
ready for 4G convergence
goal of the third-generation 3G services has been to implement the
convergence of three parameters — voice, video and data on one
channel. Convergence refers to integration of communications, business
applications, management and security aspects, both on wired as well
as wireless networks.
that Microsoft plays
you can’t beat them, buy them. Or so, appears to be Microsoft’s
approach to the $ 30 billion video games industry. Last week Bill
Gates’ software giant swallowed Rare, the acclaimed British company
behind the Donkey Kong, Starfox and Goldeneye games, for $ 400
million. Rare’s reclusive founder-owners, the Stamper brothers, will
develop games only for Microsoft’s Xbox. Until now the British
company had made its games exclusively for the rival, Nintendo system.
Disappointingly for Microsoft, just a year after launch the Xbox is
battling with Nintendo’s Gamecube to establish itself in second
position in the global market.