Thursday, July 16, 2009

Super Citizens!!

After every election we witness this phenomena. Ex MPs, MLAs Ministers not rushing to vacate their official residences and perks etc.

Uttarakhand though is witnessing a slightly different version of it these days. As a result of BJP's internal politics last CM had to resign. He did this but only after installing his own nominee to the same post. It has been almost a month since the new CM has taken over but still he is not able to move into the official CM residence. The pretext is that a suitable accommodation has not been found by the state government for the ex CM.

It maybe a courtesy extended by the new CM but I think it stinks of a very unethical practice of our politicians who consider themselves super citizens. As ex CM is now only an MLA, he should set some example of ethics and honesty( which he and his supporters keep repeating as his virtues) by moving out of the CM residence atleast.

Just hope that this doesnt create a new precedent for future CMs!!

The bigger question is, in democracy should there be a room for creating such super citizens for whom state government has to provide all these facilities? Ex CMs, Ministers, MLAs already amass enough wealth through corruption and on top of it taxpayers have to give them retirement benefits? Rewards for poor governance?!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Do we need windows or any other big bloated OSs??

Announcement of Google about Chrome OS actually opens a new debate altogether. Do we need Windows? Windows today is essentially base of Microsoft’s PC dominance. We actually need windows so that we can run other applications on top of it. That leads us to question as to why such this entire software universe is so resource hungry?

Lets Just compare Google Docs with MS Office suite. MS Office Suite needs not only its own bulk of a software but also below that we need entire Windows OS which would need a certain set of PC hardware setup.

Google Docs may not give us a full array of document editing facilities like MS Office but it works out of a browser, can be remote hosted and then it can work out of minimal of the hardware setup.

Now when we see the announcement in the light of this comparison, it suddenly means that there is now a killer app possibility here for low end PCs and Notebooks. Just imagine what if Google would release local version of its “Google Apps” service, that too free of cost!!?

Finally old PCs and laptops may come out of the closet :)

But then .. aren't we creating another Microsoft out of Google? What if they pull the plug on us someday ?