Italy, India and Democracy

Sonia Gandhi may have started the next wave of Indian development. For all the coverage India gets about outsourcing, I’m actually surprised that many news journals have failed to pick up on the Indian elections.

Things you may or may not know about Sonia Gandhi.

Sonia is the wife of the late Rajiv Gandhi who was assassinated while campaigning in Tamil Nadu.

Sonia is Italian by birth and has two children, Priyanka and Rahul.

Battle of the Handhelds

Brighthand is talking about a possible two horse race in the handheld market. Apparently HP and Dell may soon be the only prominent players in the marketplace. The printer scene also seems likely to head this way with HP and Dell turning out to be prominent players as well. Although, Lexmark, Cannon, Xerox and Minolta seem to be putting up a good fight.

The last time I went shopping for an inkjet, I decided to settle for the cheapest printer solely because of the high costs of the cartridges. Infact, I could buy a Cannon printer for the cost of an HP inkjet cartridge.

Talk about customer lock-ins.

Managing Group Schedules

Does anyone manage a schedule for a team? All of a sudden I find myself in a position trying to manage a schedule for a team of about 15 consultants. Thankfully there is some leverage and additional help, but there must be an easier way to plan the month ahead instead of co-ordinating 15 people over 31 days fluctuating between 1-2 shifts per day and possibly working on 4 different scenarios.

Suggestions?

Networking Online

I am confused as to how successful online business networking sites are. For example, in the last month alone, I’ve had to revisit or accept invitations from:

Orkut
Ryze
LinkedIn
Friendster
Ecademy

My biggest concern is maintaining this silo of networking data. There must be a way to bridge this information – seamlessly.

The Googlized Blogger

Is it only me or is Blogger having a hard time publishing posts?

I’m tempted to switch to SFTP, but I doubt if my server supports that yet. Speaking of servers, I’ve been using Webhost4life for The Zambian and have opted to use 1and1 for more recent projects. For the longest time, Webhost4life has proved to be more than sufficient for my needs, but it seems like I may need to upgrade to a more responsive service provider. 1and1 on the other hand is the mega web hosting provider. The continued advertising overkill that 1and1 has unleashed on the world can sometimes be nauseating. For readers of eWeek, you’ve probably already been exposed to pages of information on why you should switch to 1and1 and can relate to what I mean.

Personally, as long as my web hosting provider can offer outstanding uptime and excellent customer service, I’ll be a happy camper.