Jitendra Madhav Ramchandani

May 26, 2007

burrp! is burping...

Burrp! is burping with popularity. Now it’s gaining reputation not only in Mumbai but in other metros as well.

Two new versions have been launched for Bangalore and Kolkata and a few more for Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Goa and Delhi are in pipeline.

They are also expanding the local stuff to books, cinemas, theatres, art galleries etc. And already launched a lifestyle online magzine called blah.

I am sure its soon going to have big fat popularity and business interests.

When an end-user feels that his/her views/choices have been counted, considered important and also published on the site, it usually attracts them to come up with more reviews. And imagine what happens if they get money as well! I was wondering if
  • Burrp! can pay money to the users per review per day basis. They can further think how to implement this logic in order to make it market friendly and acceptable.
Other things may be to:
  1. Improve web site usability

  2. Provide more details about places other than address and phone numbers, like timings, website, emails etc.

  3. Can also provide Google/Yahoo! sort of maps to locate the places.

  4. For Mumbai users, the bus routes can also be provided in order to make it more informative and friendly.

  5. Improve tag system.

  6. Eventually they can also invite the business owners to come up with discounts, special proposals, upcoming events information, books, or to write reviews, or test thier products before launch etc for burrpers! (Don’t know whether it is a good idea).
I am testing the usability and friendliness of the burrp website, will come back soon with my review. See you then.

What's in name?

I read an interesting article on how today’s big electronics and computer giants got their names.

Here is the simpler version of what I read.

The prophets of RDBMS, Larry Ellison and Bob Miner worked on a consulting project for CIA, USA, where they were asked to use a new SQL language white papered by IBM. The code name of this project was “Oracle”. The project was in due course expired but Larry and Bob took chance to take their start-up work in the market and they use the same word “Oracle” to name their new RDBMS engine.

The company founder Marc Ewing was given a cap with Red and White strips by his grandfather. People would turn to him to solve their problems and he was famous as the guy in Red hat. Eventually when he founded his company he named it Redhat.


The word Yahoo! was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

The name Google is a spelling error. The founders of the site, Larry page and Sergey Brin, actually wanted to register “Googol” but they communicated this orally and then it was by mistake registered as “Google”.

The word Microsoft was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was “shift deleted” later.

When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, Jack Smith (another founder) tried all kinds of names ending in “mail” and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters “html” - the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casings.

Apple was the favorite fruit of the founder Steve Jobs. He was running three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name.

However, in 1978, Apple Corps, the Beatles-founded holding company and owner of their record label, Apple Records, filed suit against Apple Computer for trademark infringement. The suit finally got settled in 1981 with an undisclosed amount being paid to Apple Corps.

The company name is derived from the initials for Stanford University Network.

The German gaint SAP stands for "Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing." The name comes from the founding members, four ex-IBM employees who used to work in the ‘Systems/Applications/Projects’ group at IBM.

Cisco is short for San Francisco. It has also been suggested that it was "CIS-co": Computer Information Services was the department at Stanford University where the founders worked.

Founders Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain, so they had to settle for an acronym for INTegrated ELectronics.

Sony owes its name to the Latin word “Sonus” and an American slang “Sonny” that means a bright youngster. It was chosen for its simple pronunciation that was same in any language.

So it is now a 50 years old “bright American youngster”.

Founders Paul and Joe Galvin came up with this name when their company started manufacturing car radios. Many early manufacturers of phonographs, radios and other audio gadgets in early 20th century used the suffix “ola”, that means “Hello” in Latin.

As the company was focused on making automotive electronics, the name was meant to express the idea of “sound” and “motion” and hence the word “Motorola” was coined.

This is taken from the Greek word “Xer” which means “dry”. As they produced the world’s first plain paper copier, the name Xerox was coined.

This is quite interesting; the founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

May 19, 2007

Unmilited storage! Yahoo!

After Rediff India announced the unlimited mail storage. Yahoo! too offers the same.

They have already begun with this offer and it will be soon available for it's world wide users.

The Yahoo! Mail VP, John Kremer said, "Yahoo! Mail has become an essential part of people's lives over the past decade and people around the world are increasingly sharing more of their lives online. By providing unlimited e-mail storage, we're continuing to build upon the industry's best Web mail service."

This upgrade will be available under both Existing Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Mail Beta versions.

I wonder, how things have changed in the past 6 years. From traditional 2 Megs of mail storage, it went upto 2 Gigas with Web 2 and now its unlimited. Let's see how Web 3 transforms the Internet communication.

Keep saving!

May 11, 2007

Google SWITCH, a rumor?

Google washed out the rumors of their first mobile phone - SWITCH.

They do not have any plans to SWITCH to hardware “at the moment” (now what they meant with ‘at the moment’? Are they going to do it later sometimes?).

Google says they are happy with providing software services, the past few acquisitions were aimed to enrich and expand their mobile services.

So grab some coffees and continue surfing.