Ranjeet Walunj

October 18, 2008

Awesome day: Sachin’s world record 12K, saurav crossing 7K, sensex below 10K and now vishy anand winning with black against Kramnik

What an awesome day for india:

First sachin played absolutely brilliant innings of 88 (hard luck he did not score another century), and while doing so has surpassed Brian Lara for highest individual test score, then crossed 12000 individual runs in Test cricket.

Remarkable stuff : the kind of commitment which he puts in cricket is amazing. After playing for 19 years at international level it takes greatness to have the same zeal and ambitions of youngster. Bravo sachin … may you cross atleast 15K in test cricket if not more 🙂

Saurav ganguly has declared retirement after this series, and he looks like a man on mission to prove everyone wrong. I like saurav ganguly’s batting when he is in full flow. The kind of innings he has played especially after his comeback are truly admirable.
Saurav, we will miss you.

Absolute mayhem at share market where sensex has closed below 10,000 today. Who would have believed that 10 month’s ago when it was hovering around 21,000.
In my opinion this is a wonderful opportunity to pick up good stocks at very low level.
Many companies are trading below their book value prices.  Excellent opportunity for Long term investments.

And now the epitome, vishwanathan anand has won third match against kramnik with black pieces in world chess championship.

He first played some daring opening using slav and then not hesitated with double pawns and king safety issue, and gone ahead with the amazhing attack which ensured him one full point with black.

This means he has put kramnik under tremendous pressure by taking important early lead. And i’m sure kramnik and his team will come up with some novelty tommorow to try for full point.

This championship match has promised excellent games ahead in store after looking at game 2 and game 3.

Great show vishy … All the best.

WCC Game 3 went like this :

Kramnik,V (2772) – Anand,V (2783)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.0-0 Qb6 14.Qe2 Bb7 15.Bxb5 Bd6 16.Rd1 Rg8 17.g3 Rg4 18.Bf4 Bxf4 19.Nxd4 h5 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Rxd7 Kf8 22.Qd3 Rg7 23.Rxg7 Kxg7 24.gxf4 Rd8 25.Qe2 Kh6 26.Kf1 Rg8 27.a4 Bg2+ 28.Ke1 Bh3 29.Ra3 Rg1+ 30.Kd2 Qd4+ 31.Kc2 Bg4 32.f3 Bf5+ 33.Bd3 Bh3 34.a5 Rg2 35.a6 Rxe2+ 36.Bxe2 Bf5+ 37.Kb3 Qe3+ 38.Ka2 Qxe2 39.a7 Qc4+ 40.Ka1 Qf1+ 41.Ka2 Bb1+ 0-1

You can replay the game here:

And susan polgar writes commentary about the game here (live):

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October 16, 2008

WCC: Anand surprises kramnik by playing 1. d4 — game 2 ends in draw after 32 moves

Vishwanathan Anand chose to play 1. d4 than his usual 1.e4 against Kramnik in second game of WCC.

The psychological warfare has actually begun where Vishy has surprised kramnik by playing d4 whereas kramnik and his crew would have prepared for e4. (kings pawn opening.)

It was vishy’s first white game of World chess championship going on in Bonn.

The position was in favour of white and was complicated where anand sensed an opportunity and tried pressing for a full point. However the usual fast vishy found himself in bit time trouble and accepted the draw offer extended by Kramnik.

My chess software shows that white is ahead after 30 moves by (+1.01) .. could have pressed for win if there would have been some extra time in his hands. But being this as just second game, he would have played bit cautious to judge Kramnik’s play.

The game went like this:

Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772) [E25]
WCh Bonn GER (2), 15.10.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5
f5 9.Qc2 Nd7 10.e4 fxe4 11.fxe4 N5f6 12.c6 bxc6 13.Nf3 Qa5 14.Bd2 Ba6 15.c4
Qc5 16.Bd3 Ng4 17.Bb4 Qe3+ 18.Qe2 0-0-0 19.Qxe3 Nxe3 20.Kf2 Ng4+ 21.Kg3 Ndf6
22.Bb1 h5 23.h3 h4+ 24.Nxh4 Ne5 25.Nf3 Nh5+ 26.Kf2 Nxf3 27.Kxf3 e5 28.Rc1 Nf4
29.Ra2 Nd3 30.Rc3 Nf4 31.Bc2 Ne6 32.Kg3 Rd4 ½-½.

After 32 moves final position is as follows:

World Championship Bonn: Game 2 can be seen and replayed here.

Susan polgar writes here about the game.

October 15, 2008

Anand vs. Kramnik in World Chess Championship: first game starts with draw

I’m sure all indian chess players will be eager to follow the world chess championship which is currently going on in Bonn (Germany).

The long awaited match between Viswanathan Anand (Elo. 2783) of India and Vladimir Kramnik (Elo. 2772) of Russia began today.

The championship match consists of 12 games, from 14’th october to 31st oct 08 (Iff tiebreak-2’nd nov 2008) for prize money of 1.5 M Euro.

I’m sure more than price money, its pride for which kramnik and anand will be fighting for.

Vishy is much stronger player + better human being + much more consistent than kramnik, and I’m following and supporting vishy for a world chess crown.

This entire year (apart from couple of tournaments) vishy has been in phenomenal form and I’m sure that he will show similar form and ensure that the title stays with him.

this is a time for vishy to break his WCC ‘K’ jinx {lost previous matches to Karpov (1992 n 1998), Kamsky (1994) and Kasparov (1995)}.

Coming back to the first game where Kramnik played usual ‘safety-first’ game where both parties were trying to judge the preparation of each other teams. This will continue for first few games after which we should see some agressive play on board by these guys.

First game of WCC is drawn where Kramnik playes white with anand opting for Exchange Slav variation.

Game One:

Kramnik,V (2772) – Anand,V (2783) [D14]
WCh Bonn GER (1), 14.10.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Nf3 e6 8.Qb3 Bb4
9.Bb5 0-0 10.Bxc6 Bxc3+ 11.Qxc3 Rc8 12.Ne5 Ng4 13.Nxg4 Bxg4 14.Qb4 Rxc6 15.Qxb7
Qc8 16.Qxc8 Rfxc8 17.0-0 a5 18.f3 Bf5 19.Rfe1 Bg6 20.b3 f6 21.e4 dxe4 22.fxe4
Rd8 23.Rad1 Rc2 24.e5 fxe5 25.Bxe5 Rxa2 26.Ra1 Rxa1 27.Rxa1 Rd5 28.Rc1 Rd7 29.Rc5
Ra7 30.Rc7 Rxc7 31.Bxc7 Bc2 32.Bxa5 Bxb3 draw.

The complete game can be viewed here (Russian website)

Wish you all the best Vishy 🙂

October 14, 2008

Baba Ramdev using google chrome in billboard advertisement for yoga camp

Filed under: funny, internet technologies — Tags: , , , , , — ranjeetwalunj @ 3:05 pm

I came to know about absolute hilarious billboard sign posted at Gurgoan, Delhi from a friend of mine.

Baba ramdev is probably trying to target the internet users/tech savvy guys from gurgaon in following advertisement.

yoga camp billboard mentioning google chrome

I guess his next camp will be in Bangalore or Mumbai with similar techy billboard 🙂

October 1, 2008

The future of widgets on facebook looks bleak

Filed under: social media, Tech, technology, Web 2.0 — Tags: , , , , — ranjeetwalunj @ 8:36 pm

In the last couple of years there was a big rush of making gadgets/widgets by most of the agencies/companies to have a prominent presence on social media  for the last couple of years.

This involved many widgets being created for Facebook and loads of users adding those widgets to their profile.

One of the goal for the new Facebook design was to make it clean, uncluttered interface by removing few widgets which are not working or not useful.

O’Neil has written : “Widgets have not survived the shift over and my guess is that within a
matter of weeks we will see most top-performing widget applications
practically disappear.”

To drive this point he gives an example of widget created by him called “Bush Countdown Clock” which attracted close to 50K users. It was just a flash badge which allowed users to express. However with the new design it has been added to another box and not prominent on the profile.

Nick O’Neil says ‘Widgets or badges that help users express their personal beliefs,
ideals, and personality are now harder to find with the new facebook design.’

Source of the article is : All Facebook Article

September 29, 2008

All your base are belong to us …

Google has launched the Project 10^100 (”Project 10 to the 100th”) to mark their 10th birthday;
a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible.
The price is around some $200,000 per idea. (they are selecting 5 ideas for $1 Million)

As they have already touched upon most of our daily habits and tracked us completely.

They can go ahead and take following ideas to own us completely 🙂

    – Worldwide Google Security number agency (something like Social Security Number)
    – Run Spy Agency  (They already know many more things about us than probably we know about ourselves)
    – Visa/Passport Agency
    – Start Television channels (They already have satellite)
      I’m sure they can definitely run targeted ads on Set-Top boxes
    – Start Hospitals
    – Start schools (All kind of)
    – Start building military applications and appliances
    – Provide alternate Energy source and make money
    – Run a full fledged financial institution (World needs few more players in this zone — after the current debacle)
        catering to banking needs
        investment needs
        mortgage
        credit authority
        ….and so on
    – Start something on geologists and geophysicists
        First target to find oil mines
    – Start film production house (producing all type of films including adult movies)
    – Start a Soft+Hard Drink manufacturing company
    – And many more …………..

Please check the 10^100 original announcement here.

Please feel free to add your ideas here …. (I assure that I’ll share prize money 😉 )



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September 24, 2008

Things I like about Dell

For the last 5 years, I’ve switched my laptops continuously for the following reasons

  • choice (lemme be clear i can choose my laptop model — but to give me laptop or not is someone else’s choice)
  • compulsion (older laptop gave too many issues)
  • change of job  (pretty obvious reason)
  • due to someone else  (now this is another story … sometime later 😉 )

I’ve used following laptops in this duration

  • IBM thinkpad R40 and R51
  • Apple powerbook (G4 Aluminum 15″)
  • HP 6110nx
  • Dell Inspiron 1520 (Current laptop)

The post is not about laptop models used but kind of services we received from Dell.

I have experience with other dell products (Servers + Laptops) and used them extensively in past in our office/IDC.

Dell Service is been excellent till date and very much above average than the other providers.
(They have tie-ups with service providers and i guess they enforce stringent SLA also)
Dell does not support/service their goods directly in India.

Most of the times if something is wrong with the servers/laptops; we have received service within the same day (for laptops) and within 4 hours for servers.

If any part is found defective or giving some issues then it is replaced without any questions being asked.

My colleague got his wireless lan card replaced within couple of days since it started showing maximum speed of 48 Mbps (than normal 54 Mbps)

And in last week, I’ve replaced my entire screen because it had two small black dots (size of 2 pixel by 1) on it.
Firstly it had only one which I ignored, but when second dot appeared I complained and got the screen replaced.

I launched a complaint and next day Dell’s support engineer walked in with brand new screen. He checked my screen acknowledged the problem and got it replaced immediately.

Screen is one of the costliest item in any Laptop.
And to have it replaced without asking any questions is awesome.

I’ve not experienced similar service with any other providers.

Dell product rocks and their service just complements them. 🙂

September 23, 2008

Indian market tommorow post $25 spike in crude oil prices

I was awake pretty late today and checking yahoo finance site for the global market cues for tomorrows (23 sep 2008) market in India.

Crude oil prices have taken biggest one day jump ever till date; when it spiked more than $25 today in US market.
However it has cooled down to $120.92 from the earlier $130 today. (which is still up by $16)

Yahoo finance says, it is because of an anxiety over the government’s $700 billion bailout plan battering the dollar and creating buying interest in safe investments including crude.

So how will it affect Indian market tomorrow, are we heading for another fall ?

I’ve failed to understand why Indian markets were going down when Indian economy is not doing so bad + Oil prices were going down (barring last 3-4 days) + nuclear power deal is signed off. (I mean lot of positive indications)

Probably thats how the Bearish market treats lot of positive signs just in the same manner Bullish market ignore the negative signs.
(nobody was asking why questions when sensex was rallying to +21000)

September 22, 2008

BarCamp #4 at Mumbai

The long wait is over & BarCampMumbai4 is finally announced on first weekend of October 2008.

What’s new?
* BCM4 is a 2-day camp this time.
* You have to be involved. You can either give sessions or volunteer to be a part of BCM4

When & where?
* 4th & 5th of October, 2008
* SJMSOM, IIT, Powai, Mumbai

I would be attending as usual. I like the atmosphere. (Got few nice memories of IIT Bombay, Powai)
Thinking about whether, I can contribute something, probably a talk or volunteering.

Barcamp Mumbai — http://barcampmumbai.org/

BarCamp4

BarCamp4

BarCamp?? What BarCamp??

Learn more about BarCamps on the following resources:

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp
* http://barcamp.org/WhatToExpect
* http://barcamp.org/TheRulesOfBarCamp

Book Review – Who Took My Money?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — ranjeetwalunj @ 1:38 am

I am personally not fond of writing style/finance concepts by Robert Kiyosaki, however some of his concepts are really cool and worth looking at.

I’ve read few of his books and also tried following his advise on some concepts. Best finance strategy is the one which works best for that individual.

Paddy, the wealth coach has forwarded this book review on AIII.
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Another successful addition to the range of financial books written by Robert T. Kiyosaki together with Sharon L. Lechter, Who Took My Money is a worthy read. It is divided into 2 main parts.

The 1st part aims at to address the importance of having a synergy of advisors as well as taking into account their different points of view.

The 2nd part is about the synergy of various assets and financial forces.

Take a look at the content page below.
Study it carefully, which part does it answer the question of Who Took My Money?

(Part 1)  —  What should I invest in?

  1. Ask a Salesperson
  2. Ask a Cattle Rancher and Then Ask a Dairy Farmer
  3. Ask Your Banker
  4. Ask Your Insurance Agent
  5. Ask The Tax Man
  6. Ask a Journalist
  7. Ask a Gambler
  8. Ask Newton
  9. Ask Father Time

    (Part 2) —  Ask an Investor!

  10. 4 Reasons Why Some People Can’t Become Power Investors
  11. The Power of Power Investing
  12. Gambling Rather Than Investing
  13. How to Find Great Investments
  14. How to Be a Great Investor
  15. Winner or Loser?

It is obvious that the book deals more with investments rather than money loss. In my opinion, Who Took My Money is just a provocative title aimed at boosting book sales. It is human psychology, books with cheeky titles fare better than books with boring titles. If this book were to be titled ‘Investments’, it would be competing with the numerous other books already titled this way. Misleading…because Kiyosaki does not spend many pages explaining where our money is disappearing to (taxes are your single largest expense). Criticisms aside, this book is developed in an unorthodox ‘interview style’, making it both intriguing and engaging at the same time.

Rather than doing a whole summary of the book resulting in a diluted book review, I want to share something I learnt from the chapter ‘The Power of Power Investing’, which I feel is the most important chapter of the book.

Conventional attitudes and wisdom lead us to be working in the E and S quadrant. Usually individuals in this group will only have 1 source of income which is their paycheck and they cannot survive prolonged periods without it. They save, reduce debt, pay off mortgage, buy paper assets first and invest in a long term retirement plan.

Turn your attention over the right side of the Quadrant.

Instead of operating from the E-S quad, the rich operate in the B-I quad. Instead of using their own money & time to invest, the rich also use other people’s money and other people’s time and money! Instead of investing in paper assets first, the rich invest in Business, Real Estate followed by paper assets last.

Professional Investors use various forms of leverage for their own gain. They use banks to leverage their money and keep it moving. An example would be putting 10% down payment of a piece of property and borrowing the remaining 90%. Whatever profits gained would not be shared with the banker, even though the banker has 90% of the risk. Bankers would collect interest, which is paid by the tenants.

While people on the left side of the chart work alone, people working on the right side of the chart have a whole team of advisors working together, ensuring their money is properly managed, leveraged and protected. Essentially, people on the left side PARK their money while those on the right side ACCELERATE their money, ensuring rapid growth.

‘This is the basic plan that the richest investors in the world follow.’

~Big Words from Robert Kiyosaki
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This book can be purchased from Amazon here.

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