July 10, 2007
There are many legends on how innovative the Indian engineers and software programmers are but this one from Kamat.com’s blog beats all. Vikas Kamat describes how a team in India was trying to debug a piece of software that was to run on Macintosh.. except one problem.. that they did not have access to a Mac!
There were asked to use innovation and "best practices". The result:
A couple of days later they fixed the entire application to work on a Mac. It was amazing because they did it without even knowing what the problem was, and relied on what Mac. users had told us. It made me proud of the resourcefulness of Indian programmers.
Here is an article by Thomas Friedman – which I think captures the issue of mess in the Islamic world in the best possible manner. I think it strikes at the root of the issues.
In the past few years, hundreds of Muslims have committed suicide amid innocent civilians — without making any concrete political demands and without generating any vigorous, sustained condemnation in the Muslim world.
Two trends are at work here: humiliation and atomization. Islam’s self-identity is that it is the most perfect and complete expression of God’s monotheistic message, and the Koran is God’s last and most perfect word. To put it another way, young Muslims are raised on the view that Islam is God 3.0. Christianity is God 2.0. Judaism is God 1.0. And Hinduism and all others are God 0.0.
6 years back I had remarked that Iraq war will go down in the history of the US as the Worst Mistake EVER! Many military personnel dead and thousands of Iraqi civilians murdered… and the world is now in a situation which is worse than where we started off from. The future in Middle East and indeed the world itself was never as dark! Here is a very telling article "The Hobbled Hegemon".
Is this the beginning of the end of US dominance? It is a question that most Americans need to ask.. but for that they need to know What created their dominance?
America is the richest country and the most sophisticated high-tech military power in the world, and is spending more on defence in real terms than at any time since the end of the second world war. Yet it is being exhausted by insurgents armed with AK-47 assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and improvised bombs. With strong pressure on President George Bush to withdraw from Iraq, jihadist militants scent a victory as momentous as the eviction of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989—a defeat that helped to dissolve the Soviet empire.
This is a fantastic video on world peace. Watch it.
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