Sunday, May 31, 2009

Updates - May comes to a close

Its been a hectic past few months. Unfortunately, I have found very little time to focus on my personal projects. And my promise to write regularly did not end up translating into actuality. Well then one night, instead of opening up mono, I opened up google and searched out some blogging tools. Atleast I have a tool to keep writing whenever I have time, in between journeys. And here I'm writing my first blog from w.bloggar.

The recessions ugly face is now being seen everyday and well everywhere. Plus91 has unfortunately been affected to. Its been 5 months since Plus91 commenced its operations in Pune. We are everyday wondering if expanding in the middle of a troublesome economy was a good idea after all. Its been tough and thankfully the burden is being shared by the entire team wholly. Almost every one of our clients has delayed their payments, and well we have passed on some of these delays to some of our vendors.

On the positive side, the marketing efforts are in full swing. Over a 100 doctors in Kolhapur, Solapur, Nasik and Miraj have been sent brochures. Aditya and me are following that up with visits to Kolhapur and Solapur next week. After this we have to make a short trip to Aurangabad where we shall meet Prabal too. The last month has seen new sales for Ultrasite and clinKare. clinKare now is offered for 12 more specializations and now we are testing out the ability of both to directly feed in data into infiniteHealth. Further to that, the Tele-radiology platform is progressing towards a release. The Preview launch for infiniteHealth is just a few days away. Sign up there for invites. As of now we already have over 50 sign-ups. The team is working overtime towards that.

On the non -Plus91 side, I have been helping my cousin Rahul, with Manovega, a venture that he along with one of his friends Raj has launched recently. Read up about them here.
Their concept is interesting, and their success will be a blessing for many verticals in developing nations like India and China. Especially Healthcare :). We will be keen on seeing how our telemedicine platform can benefit from manovega's technology.

More from me in a couple of days.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Applications I can't live without

Sticky Notes
This is a really useful tool on my ubuntu boot. I wish i could email these notes to myself, or sync them up too...

Google Docs
Thank god for Google Docs, It can open both OO and MS Office Files.... Yippee

This, I think is one of the best tools of the post internet era. Allows me to remotely support clients, remotely install applications, and even remotely carry out presentations

Its a lot heavier than GTalk, but i simply love it for voice over any other app in the segment

Simplest Free FTP solution i know of, works like a charm on XP, Vista and ubuntu... Supports SFTP ... for everything else I use Putty

Google Calender
Love the alerts, especially the SMS ones. This coupled with a Note-Taker can kick any Project Management Softwares ass.

Love it majorly for its extensions. I prefer Opera as I always state, but the extensions make this less of a browser, more of a platform

Wow!!! This is one of the best apps of 2009. Basically a music based app; One can search for just about every song ever released. It streams songs and music videos from imeem and you tube, and allows you to access your music on one common dashboard.

Its down, its up, and down again!!! doesnt matter. This silly application is useful. Its simple and effective, and defines a paradign for online group chats.

Has the potential to be a Web Based OS with all those apps floating about it. Its logged onto each time one logs on their PC's nowadays. I use it to communicate, chat, play games, and even search new business leads.

Had to put it here. My fav browser, and also the email client i use nowdays.

Its simply the best tool in its category I've found. Pity it doesnt have a software for my ubuntu boot. For that I have installed dropbox, but havent got around to using it much. I love the fact that I can sync with scribd and google docs...

Love taking snaps, love playing with picassa. Nothing compares with this app.

Love this database. Maybe coz its free :P

Free again, but this is one OS, I would'nt mind paying for.

Windows Media Player
While I love winamp too, it seems to start getting heavier and losing it charm over the years.

Its good.... real good. Heavy compression, quick, free

I still am looking for great apps for image editing (photoshop et all are too heavy), video editing, news reader, personal accounting...