Narain is the founder & CEO for 360 Degree Interactive, a web services firm based in Chennai, India. This blog is about his personal views on Web 2.0, RoR, Social networking,Digital media, interactive advertising, SaaS, Service Oriented Architecture, India Inc, rural education, Web standards, mobile 2.0 and more.

Saturday, May 29

Projects... Deadlines.....Caffine's almost 2 weeks, i just write something meaningful in this blog. Was surrounded by project documentation, deadlines, "n" number of coffee & biscuits and a heavy travel around..hope i should be back in 2 weeks to normal position, with right people to handle the projects on behalf of my company.

Tuesday, May 18

Black Monday

With a confusion in the centre about Who will be the PM of india? Will they allow economic reforms ? Will the communists allow disinvestment? and more, the sensex in 2 days dropped 900 points. In money terms, roughly 2 Lakh Crores vanished in 48 Hrs. Horrible to hear. Well effectively, it turned to be a Bloody Black Monday.I donno how the fund managers of large corporations is going to answer this to their investors. It will be a tough job for them.

With things very unclear, there is a potential danger, that We can slip a bit in our International image...and btw, i have just finished a standard compliant web design..lot's of hair picking things to go with..but finished nicely.

Waiting for sometime along with the team to look into the long pending overhaul of the redesign of our website.

Tuesday, May 11


hello, if you are like me who reads a lotta blogs, rss, opml, rdf and xml generated contents, you need to definitely have a feed readers, and i would suggest Abilon, a powerful reader with great features. What's more, it takes feeds directly from 3 major rss feed sites like moreover, myrss and others and you can syndicate your features too.

Worth a download, offlate, it is the most used tool in my machine after my email client, chat client and flash.

Monday, May 10

Flash Easter Eggs

Do you know all software developers when they code a software, will have their own fun part build along with the software. With a search in google for " Easter eggs " (Why is that called as Easter eggs I don't know) for Adobe, you will have thousands of posts. Macromedia Developers on their part has also done that with Flash. I have read somewhere about this inside flash but forgot war it was. But online they have a page to play all the 6 hidden games with flash. View this page

and btw, after years of struggling, finally, flash (.swf) files are getting indexed with Google with a prefix [FLASH] so all those SEOs / SEMs chucking flash can make better usage of flash from now

Thursday, May 6

The future of Automobile (NO sci-fi, but can be possible)

What a thinking of using telematics? These guys literally rock, when it comes to work on take offs of the existing stuff...worth a visit if you a serious online practioner37signals � 37BetterMotors (Telematics)

Wednesday, May 5

Web Standards & Microsoft

This is the most complete article i have come across for sometime, of how much Microsoft is degrading Web Standards initiative. Anything which is of open source & open minded in nature, cannot be taken so seriously by MS, and they will pay the price years later.

Some of the excerpts from the article....

" While Microsoft may pay lip service to web standards, a look at their product line suggests they have no interest in supporting the standards they’ve helped create. Face it, xHTML and CSS just aren’t as sexy as .Net and web services. Microsoft clearly has other priorities and a closer investigation of the facts seems to indicate that support for web standards is hardly a blip on their corporate radar."

"As one developer on Microsoft’s Channel 9 blog recently noted about Visual Studio, “creating xHTML compliant websites is a pain in the”. In the know Microsoft developers speak in hushed tones about ‘Whidbey’, the next generation .Net development tool that will reportedly support xHTML and CSS (no, these same insiders don’t seem to think it’s strange that the current set of tools don’t already support web standards). "

"Microsoft Word: I’ve written at length on a couple of occasions about Microsoft Word’s inability to easily export documents to clean xHTML. "

" Internet Explorer. Standards compliant web developers are well aware of the myriad of hacks required to effectively use web standards in the most popular web browser on the planet. It’s as if Microsoft takes pleasure in making the simplest tasks near impossible. Search Google for Interent Explorer CSS Hacks and you’ll find tens of thousands of pages devoted to working around Microsoft’s browser. It’s been noted that these same hacks will likely come back to haunt us all at some point in the future. It seems quite apparent that IE’s CSS quirks are greatly responsible for many web developers’ failure to embrace xHTML and CSS as the standard method for developing websites. IE’s poor support for standards has given a generation of web designers the impression that the standards are broken. "

" If Opera and Mozilla are capable of supporting web standards, why can’t Microsoft? In fact, it seems like small, independent software developers and the Open Source movement are leading the way, while Microsoft is barely keeping pace, despite its presence in the organization responsible for developing these standards. "

"Regardless of what Microsoft’s excuse may be, the fact is that the current incarnation of their product line lacks any meaningful support for web standards, something that they will have to face head on as they move forward with their recently publicized accessibility initiative. They can’t achieve their goals without addressing the problems they’ve created – and the tools they’ll be using will not help. Considering Microsoft’s dominance in the marketplace, it’s remarkable that the standards movement has made as much progress as it has in the past couple of years."

Get the complete article over here

Long live Microsoft!! and we are giving the next generation a world full of code errors, hacks, quirks & round abouts and not a clean education & info. about how we can utilise the web.