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To find out the answer go here – http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Corporate_Trends/In_blogs_start-ups_find_a_voice_of_their_own/articleshow/3083953.cms

How about a python api for slideshare? That too within a single night? Well the answer is here.

http://code.google.com/p/pyslideshare/

Happy slidesharing!

Is gmail crashing your firefox, especially in Linux? Well you are not alone then. Here are some potential reasons.

  • Too many AJAX calls which firefox is not handling cleanly and leaks memory before crashing.
  • sound.swf – A flash file which produces the sound when someone comes online. This flash sometimes causes the flash plugin to run into an infinite loop, hence crashing the browser along with the plugin.

Simple fix is to disable gmail chat or use flashblock to block the particular flash from loading. Or better use opera like me🙂

After using Google A for Enterprise for a while, here are some of my thoughts about that.

Definitely need a way to turn off spam filter

A number of my customer emails go to the spam folder. This makes me check the spam folder more often than the inbox!

Lists functionality is unreliable

Sometimes, my emails to my own lists gets rejected and I get a nice little help link that says “Google has detected that you are trying to spam”. WTF, you are talking about serious business here and sometimes ignoring certain things is better being over cautious. Please learn this dear Google.

Where is group by email feature?

By default, gmail groups by thread. That is fine. But for enterprise, we need more than that. Group by Email, Group by date in ascending order etc. Typical features clients like Thunderbird or outlook provides you.

Centralized Address Book

As soon as the number of employees cross more than 20, it becomes very necessary to have a centralized address book, since a number of contact information change quite frequently like extension number, personal contact numbers, current project etc.

I am sure, others can add more to this list. So overall, my impression is that when you startup, you can use Google A, since the standard edition is free. But once you grow and start to think about business seriously, better setup your own infrastructure.

And Google, if you are thinking of beating Microsoft, then a web based platform is definitely not the way to go. Buy mozilla and see if you can make thunderbird and other collaboration software, enterprise friendly and business ready.

If it is Google Reader!

The beauty of RSS is that you decide when to check the website. Any damn RSS reader out there would have an option for “Refresh interval”. Even if they dont have, clicking a button called “Refresh” would definitely get you the latest posts.

Where as our Google Reader is so adamant that it will keep ignoring your clicks for refresh and sometime doesn’t show up the latest post for more than 3 hours. Apparently, I am not the only one to complain.

Is it so difficult to code this – make an AJAX call to a feed url and render the feed on the fly? Google, do you need any part-time contributions?

A guy in my apartment told me that he has bought a new system with 1 GB Memory. I was thinking whatz the big deal in that. Then he stressed the point 1 GB Graphics Card. I said wow. Do we need such a higher end machine? I have been happily using a 256 Mb RAM (no graphics card) laptop all these days and it runs XP pretty smoothly. Infact, this was the only laptop that was working well with the projector during Webcamp.

Do you think it is time for me to upgrade? If yes, any suggestions for me?

Some of the Insider Information regarding my Indian Startups Blog. Thought it might be useful for someone.

How a topic gets selected?

Usually people asking me to review their site. Or sometimes, I will choose a startup randomly (Based on recent posts in other blogs, Recent buzz)

Anything special about the titles of your posts?

I spend a lot of time, to choose the best title for my post. I usually name the title with something that excited me to write that particular post. Below are some examples.

What will I do if I find a startup promising, but don’t want to blog about it immediately?

I will add it to the Indian Startups Directory, which has become matured enough now.

How many Review request mails am I getting?

One or two request mails per week.

Revenue Model

I am not going to worry about any revenue from this blog for another couple of years. Pure focus on continuing to write something interesting and useful.

Other plans

Just started a new blog focused on UK based startups. No time for podcasting or video interviews. But I will be doing more and more Email Interviews down the line.