Jigar Mehta’s WebBlog

July 29, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — jigarme @ 2:42 pm

Today was the last day at VARAHA. I really enjoyed a lot working at VARAHA (in my one year time span), it was really a great experience. All of my collegues were so co-operative, I would like to work again at VARAHA in future (if getting chance 🙂 )

I am thankful to all Hiren, Nirav, Shraddha, Hiral, Jayesh, Parag, Viral, Gautam who have closely worked with me as a team.. rather would say as another family. I am also very happy that got a chance to work with some smartest and experienced people like Anurag, Manish, Prasad and Jogen (all our executives !!!).

Had got a good farewell too (lunch at TULSI – My favorite restaurant at ahmedabad 😉

Now, it is already 1:00 AM at night. The day has finally come for which I was eagerly waiting from long time. From today my new life is beginning. Am leaving my sweet loving house and my respected parents. Will have to manage many things there too (which I hate to do..) 😦

Anyways, am going to bangalore tomorrow by 8:10 spicejet flight and will reach there by 10:10. Lets see how it turns out (my new life of course)…

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July 27, 2006

Intel launches Core 2 Duo Processor…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jigarme @ 3:54 pm

Core 2 Duo

I love innovation, it gets me out of bed early each morning anticipating the next new idea. History has taught us that new ideas can come from anyone, anywhere and at anytime. 

 Intel’s Core 2 Duo is today’s new idea; a faster microprocessor that runs cooler and requires less power, our prayers have been answered.

The Core2 micro-architecture is a combination of Intel’s Pentium D NetBurst architecture and the Pentium M Centrino technology. The beauty of this microprocessor is it’s size, silicon wafers formed at 65 nanometers enabling many more chips per-dye and with three Fabs tooled and ready to roll the Core 2 Duo will rock as the most affordable chip ever launched by Intel.

I was at an Intel Partner briefing two weeks ago and saw the road maps and the early benchmarks for what was then called Conroe and what most impressed me is the incredible improvements in the Mobile space with Merom or the Centrino 2 Duo, due out at the end of Q4.

 

Everybody is going to hold-off buying a new laptop because the Centrino 2 Duo will be Windows
Vista Capable and Premium Ready
. A Centrino 2 Duo
Tablet PC running Windows Vista Premium 64 with four gigs of RAM is number one on my Christmas list this year.  

July 26, 2006

IE7 will be downloaded-installed as a ‘High-Priority’ Update..

Filed under: Uncategorized — jigarme @ 4:48 pm

Microsoft announced distribution plans for Internet Explorer 7 on Wednesday, saying it would make the next-generation browser available as a high-priority download via the Automatic Updates feature. However, the company would make available an option to ‘opt out’ of the update, including an application for enterprise users to block the update across their entire network.

When the new browser is released, those who have Automatic Updates will be greeted with a screen giving them an option to either install, ask later, or opt out of installing IE7 altogether. This would ensure customers are prepared to upgrade, Director of Internet Explorer Product Management Gary Schare told BetaNews.

“We want to be transparent,” he said. He explained that if a feature would significant enhance security of Windows, it is automatically delivered without interaction from the user. “If it significantly changes the user experience or feature set, we will always prompt,” he added. In this case, IE7 falls into the latter category.

Schare said the company was releasing a small application known as the Internet Explorer 7 Blocker Toolkit, which is intended for use in enterprise environments. The feature would allow an IT administrator to block the automatic update of the new browser across the entire network, and would not expire.

Still missing is a definitive date for the release of IE7. Schare declined to say a specific launch date, only offering that the browser would arrive sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. “Vista and IE7 are in a similar timeframe,” he said. “However, IE7 is a lot simpler than Vista so it could ship separate from it.”

Schare said the two products could potentially ship several months apart.

In any case, the Internet Explorer team does expect to ship one more release candidate before the end of September, but it should not be materially different and only includes bug fixes and minor adjustments. Schare said in terms of the product, IE7 Beta 3 is “feature complete.”

The Internet Explorer 7 Blocker Toolkit is available for download from FileForum.

AMD buy ATI for 5.4 billion dollars..

Filed under: Uncategorized — jigarme @ 4:47 pm

AMD will pay $4.2 billion in cash and issue 57 million shares of common stock to ATI shareholders. Through the acquisition, AMD is looking to expand its efforts in high-growth markets such as consumer digital media and mobile computing, and bolster its position with large corporate customers.

“This strategy has been in the making for a number of years and culminated with the ATI acquisition,” said Hector Ruiz, AMD chief executive, during a conference call with analysts. “Visual computing is playing a larger role in what we are doing going forward.”

AMD’s Opteron family of processors has taken market share from Intel in some areas, although Intel still has dominates the overall market and offers chipsets with integrated graphics capabilities.

ATI will add graphics chips and chipsets to AMD’s offerings. AMD is also hoping to use ATI to compliment its desktop business with ATI’s strong presence in mobile computing.

Beginning in 2008, AMD aims to develop chip platforms that integrate microprocessors and graphics processors. AMD plans to develop these chips for use in media, data, graphics and general-purpose uses.

Partnerships and competitors
The companies’ current partnerships may become an issue in the future. AMD partners with ATI rival Nvidia for graphics chips, while ATI is an Intel partner.

AMD said it expects to continue its partnership with Nvidia, offering customers a choice of two graphics technologies. ATI, meanwhile, plans to continue with its existing product road map for the next six months, which includes “ramping up” on the Intel side.

Although the pending merger will bring AMD and ATI under one roof, there are no plans in the near future to combine the manufacturing of AMD and ATI chips in an integrated foundry, Ruiz said.

He noted that microprocessors are manufactured using more-mainstream techniques than those required for graphics chips. Both companies are currently facing challenges meeting their existing manufacturing needs, AMD and ATI executives said.

Talk of a merger between the two companies first emerged in May. Over the weekend, the rumors intensified until it was almost considered a done deal on Sunday.

Many industry analysts have said it made little financial or strategic sense for AMD to buy ATI outright. But AMD, the No. 2 supplier of processors, said it will use the purchase of Markham, Ontario-based ATI to expand its product mix and its market share as it battles No. 1 Intel.

The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter and lead to combined annual sales of $7.3 billion. The company expects to have a combined workforce of 15,000.

AMD has obtained a $2.5 billion term loan commitment from Morgan Stanley Senior Funding which, together with combined existing cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investment balances of about $3 billion, provides full funding for acquisition, the chipmaker said. The deal is subject to the approval of ATI shareholders and regulators in the United States and Canada.

Who Bill Gates is ??

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Before 1981, no one even knew who Bill Gates was. Twenty-five years later, he is the richest man in the world, a world-class philanthropist, and certainly a contender for that dubious title of ‘most hated’. How did he do it?

In 1981, when IBM decided to explore the marketing potential of the personal computer, Apple Computer, Inc. was already a five-year-old company. Microsoft had been founded a year earlier, in late 1975, and was producing a BASIC interpreter, written by Paul Allen and Bill Gates. Steve Ballmer had recently been hired by Microsoft to run the business side of things.

IBM was looking for an operating system for its IBM PC and came to Microsoft. Without a product, Microsoft turned to Seattle Computer Products, who subsequently received a total of $75,000 for what would become the core of MS-DOS. (There was a story floating around in the 1980’s that the inventor of CP/M was also contacted but that he never responded to IBM’s inquiries.)

Windows 1.0 first appeared in 1985 with a wide selection of mini-applications.

It wasn’t pretty on a character-based monochrome display, and not nearly as complete as the Apple Macintosh which shipped the same year, but it was a beginning.

Version 2.11 would be the first commercially-successful version of the Windows. It shipped with IBM’s newly announced PS/2 line in 1987. That same year, IBM and Microsoft announced the joint development of OS/2, as a replacement for PC-DOS (IBM’s version of MS-DOS) – utilizing it’s own Presentation Manager. This relationship with IBM would continue until 1990, when it would being to unravel over the relative success of Windows 3.0 over OS/2. While Microsoft continued to co-develop OS/2 through version 2. What was to become OS/2 version 3 instead became Windows NT 3. (Officially, Windows XP (SP2) is version 5.1 of Windows NT.) IBM went on to release their own in-house developed OS/2 Warp v 3 but it was too little, too late.

So how does this little history lead me to conclude that Bill Gates belongs on the list of those who have shaped IT? Just this …

It was Bill Gates’ vision of a single operating environment which came with a wide variety of applications which anyone could use with minimal training that brought personal computing to the homes of hundreds of millions of people.

Did Bill Gates think of it first? No. The engineers at Xerox PARC thought of it first, when they integrated a computer workstation running under their own graphical user interface (GUI) with a wide variety of applications, with the mouse, and with their other invention — the Ethernet.

Did Bill Gates first bring it to the consumer marketplace? Nope. That was Steve Jobs, with the Apple Lisa in 1983.

So why Bill Gates? Because Bill Gates has made IT both accessible and cost-effective to most everyone …

Sure, Apple (the only one of those pioneering companies still in business) is still extolling the virtues of its elegant one-stop solution. But the Apple solution is still expensive by comparison:

Personal computer vendors routinely offer loss-leaders for $300 to $500 with typical configurations under $700 and there are dozens of small ‘white box’ vendors who offer ‘roll your own’ solutions which offer a level of flexibility available nowhere else. What’s more, these solutions are ubiquitous to the point of being available in stores on most any street corner.

By comparison, a complete Apple system starts at $1300 and is only available from Apple or an occasional authorized Apple dealer — at full price.

Ironically, the ubiquity of Windows-compatible personal computers has also greatly enhanced the availability of Linux-compatible platforms. Making way for viable alternatives to Windows on identical hardware.

To be sure many, many people have contributed to the state of IT today but it is clear to me that Bill Gates has played a significant role in the evolution of IT and that contribution should not go unnoticed.

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