“The general manager lost his whole family in one of the fires in the building,” Tata said, referring to Karambir Kang, whose wife and two sons — aged 14 and 5 — were killed. “I went up to him today and told him how sorry I was, and he said, ‘Sir, we are going to beat this. We are going to build this Taj back into what it was’.”—Taj hotel was warned of terrorist attack: Ratan Tata-India-The Times of India
“As the events of the terror attack unfolded in front of me, I did something for the first time and one that I had hoped never ever to be in a situation to do. Before retiring for the night, I pulled out my licensed .32 revolver, loaded it and put it under my pillow.”—Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood Legend
“But the best answer to the terrorists is to dream bigger, make even more money, and visit Mumbai more than ever. Dream of making a good home for all Mumbaikars, not just the denizens of $500-a-night hotel rooms. Dream not just of Bollywood stars like Aishwarya Rai or Shah Rukh Khan, but of clean running water, humane mass transit, better toilets, a responsive government. Make a killing not in God’s name but in the stock market, and then turn up the forbidden music and dance; work hard and party harder. If the rest of the world wants to help, it should run toward the explosion. It should fly to Mumbai, and spend money. Where else are you going to be safe? New York? London? Madrid? So I’m booking flights to Mumbai. I’m going to go get a beer at the Leopold, stroll over to the Taj for samosas at the Sea Lounge, and watch a Bollywood movie at the Metro. Stimulus doesn’t have to be just economic.”—Op-Ed Contributor - What They Hate About Mumbai - NYTimes.com (via fred-wilson)
A lot of wishes have been fulfilled with the addition of a few settings.
Reminders There is now an “e-mail” tab under Settings which asks you to officially associate your account with an e-mail address — used for ‘forgot your password’ recovery (coming soon) — and more importantly, gives you the option to set a “daily” reminder. A reminder is essentially a once-a-day e-mail if you haven’t recorded anything for that day yet — useful for forgetters, like me!
Change Password I’ve been bombarded with e-mails by people asking to change passwords, and I was embarrassed at one point that you couldn’t already do so. So, better late than never, here it is.
Twitter Integration I am really excited about this. Here’s how you can set it up:
Enter your username, and if you’d like to have reminders (they work just like e-mail reminders, but send you a direct message instead). Press “Setup”.
Make sure you’re following @memiary and it’s following you back (can take a minute or two).
Dm the activation code given (remember to tweet it like it is.) Example: d memiary #activate fjanj28dj.
Wait for the validation response.
You should be all setup!
You can now add or edit entries to Memiary via Twitter using the following convention: d memiary #[List Item #1 - 5] [Your Memory]. For example: d memiary #4 Went swimming for 40 mins. On a typical day, your tweets will look like this:
d memiary #1 Woke up @ 6, went jogging.
d memiary #2 Went to work, ate breakfast with team, talked financials.
d memiary #3 Went to see ‘Twiilight’ after work w/ Kathy.
d memiary #4 Had dinner at Junnoon.
d memiary #5 Read some ‘Hot, Flat, and Crowded’ before going to bed.
There are a couple bottom-lines to this. First, this means that Memiary will work wherever Twitter works. Twhirl, TweetDeck, Twitterific, iPhone, SMS, you name it. Second, for those who are bad with everyday scheduled tasks, this eliminates your need to have to visit memiary.com every day. Set a daily Twitter reminder, send a few dm’s, visit Memiary weekly or bi-weekly to see what you’ve been doing lately, and you’re set to have your memories catalogued for life!
Export A lot of users reported not being able to find the RSS/iCal links placed on the past week/month/year archive pages. So, there is now an “export” tab in Settings which lays it out for you.
Deploying things like these is the greatest pleasure of one’s life.
“Features tell you what you can do, constraints tell you what to do.”—
After a debate I had with a Memiary user this morning, I’ve been thinking about this all day, and I think that phrase sums up my belief. In the end, none of them is better than the other, but just more suited to the type of product you are creating and the type of user you are serving.
Memiary is supposed to be simple, minimal, focused, and something even my grandmother can use, so embodying constraints into its soul is what’s best for the type of the product that it is — this way, the user is told what to do, and most of them are not left in the dust with things they can, but never will do, creating a mist around what they should be doing with it. Its potential and purpose are best served with its constraints.
On the other hand, some products are supposed to be rich, open, and serve the ‘hacker’ type of user and usage, in which case, constraints are just going to make its users mad, get in their way, and limit the product to its potential — what it could be, but what it isn’t.
The iPhone is a perfect example of a product trapped in the middle of the two types of products and the two types of uses. Steve Jobs’ vision is to serve me and my grandmother at the same time. My grandmother would be amazed at what it can do, and would never want to go beyond it. On the other hand, I want to hack it to the level that it can make calls to the moon while displaying a video wallpaper and tethering to my laptop.
If Steve doesn’t tell my grandmother what to do with it, she won’t use it.
If Steve limits what I can do with it, I won’t use it.
An App Store which lets us make applications, enabling us to use the iPhone to do what we want with it, and go far far beyond its original use and potential, BUT with Apple’s approval.
All the product’s settings hidden under the “Settings” section, never to be seen by anyone who won’t use it and modified like crazy by those who want to use it in their own way, BUT only limited to what Apple wants us to modify, not what we want to.
A computer-based syncing software with a focused experience to enable us to transfer music, videos, podcasts, and what not to the device easily, BUT not any other type of file, and only those files which can be read and seen by iTunes, preferably purchased from their store.
“Obama has chosen to upload the video of his Saturday address to Google’s YouTube, by far the most dominant video-sharing service, and embed the video on his Change.gov transition site.”—CNET, reading a little too much a little too much into the Change.gov/YouTube thing.
Can I just say? I’ve always thought “social media” has been the worst buzzword coined in the history of the Internet. To me, it refers to a bunch of out-of-job consultants who spend their life on FriendFeed and go around pitching stupid companies to use their “social media marketing” services. It’s a marketing ploy created by marketing folks, and one I hope dies before it turns us all into a bunch of “search engine optimizers.” More importantly, it has nothing to do with the real revolution that we’ve seen in the last three to four years, which has embodied itself into the DNA of the Internet and needs no word to differentiate it from what we call ‘the web,’ or ‘the Internet.’
can we perhaps all agree the web, from now on, is inherently social, and referring to social media is akin to referring to the movies (moving pictures remember) as The Talkies in the 30’s, when it was finally commercially viable (not to mention reliable) to synch image and sound. I fee like that is where we’re at right now, and while it is understandable that we seek out terms to define what this “otherness” is, I think we need to move beyond digital being a “thing”, and stop talking like social media and the Internet will ever be separate things.
All four of my grandparents were lifelong General Motors employees and my father worked there when he was young. Accordingly, its recent collapse has been a topic of conversation in my family. Today, its market cap fell to 1.88 billion dollars. That means that my company, IAC, could buy GM with the extra cash sitting in its bank account. Insane.
Here’s the email conversation I had with my Dad today, in case you’re interested hearing a somewhat inside perspective.
Me: My take: take it to bankruptcy, pay the creditors, reorganize. No point in throwing money at something that’s broken.
Dad: Not as easy as it sounds. The late great USA. Dems owe the unions for votes. Reorganization has already been implemented. Legacy costs and union benefits costs are astronomical for Ford and GM. Toyota pays about $47/hr per employee, GM about $80/hr in salary for people WORKING NOW. Health care and retirement benefits are killers for US auto plants, not Jap plants because they are too new for retirees. Which Democrat is willing to tell the unions their negotiated contract is void? Not Obama. He’s too smart for that.
Me: Well, he’s got a smart team of economic advisers assembled. Hopefully people like Warren Buffet and Larry Summers can explain the reality of the situation in clear terms. GM is a health care charity. It needs to turn back into a business.
Dad: Your point that GM is a health care charity is exactly correct. When companies are businesses they do well and make money and everybody thrives. When I was a kid all my health care costs were provided by GM, never a nickel out of my parents’ pocket. GM was referred to as Generous Motors. Our country lived in the immediate post-war era which is almost incomprehensible to people today. No foreign competition (it’s hard to make stuff when someone is dropping atom bombs on you). Our country had a surplus of everything. A 4-year old car was usually in the junk yard or sold to used car dealers from the South. They called it planned obsolescence. All natural resources imaginable.
So the unions said we want more and we really don’t want to work and you can’t really fire us or we will strike and you will be out of business. I know — I was there on the production line turning out crap as a member of the union. So the companies treated the unions the way the drug dealer treats a high priced lawyer - merely a cost of doing business. All were happy for a while.
But as you know that scene did not last forever. But both parties lived in never never land and pretended that all would be OK forever.The government did not help matters either.
So here we are today watching the birth and death of a country and its industrial might. Maybe we are all to blame and just can’t see it. Maybe we became too successful and greedy and lazy. Of all the millions of people you know, do you know of anyone who works in an auto plant or in any capacity where they actually make something? Selling insurance and stock to each other doesn’t count.
The joke in Russia used to be, “We pretend to work and you pretend to pay us.” Maybe our joke should be, “We pretend we WANT to work and you pretend to WANT to pay us.”
“It could even drive a few people to rethink their lives - I can’t help but envision users suffering mid- or quarter-life crises as they realize their days almost invariably consist of the same five activities.”—TechCrunch(having authored a B-grade competing blog for the last few years, it gives me uncanny pleasure to finally feel what it’s like to be TechCrunch’d.) (via memiary)