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Idea : Rating Display Card for retail shelves

One big difference between online Vs offline retail shopping experience is its rating experience.

Why not retail shelves include a rating card for for all its items on shelf? Customers can view current rating and enter their rating.

It is challenging, but not impossible.

Some of the challenges

1. How to avoid duplicate rating ?

2. How to authenticate users?

(Adding Finger print based rating will solve both above problems. Again which finger? How sensitive is this finger print data? What are security/privacy implications? How to provide accessibility? )

But all these are solvable and fun to work on.

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Background : I purchased a scrub in QFC (supposed to be better than the one we buy in costco), it cleans OK like in between steel scrub vs sponge scrub but thats where the goodness stops, it spoils everything it touches! For some reason it puts dirty marks on the sink and floor. If the same item is purchased in any online store, I might have read reviews/ratings and may not have purchased the same.

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Idea : Health Insurance for 65+

Apparently one of the biggest concern for retiring is rising health costs.

What if there is a company which collects nominal insurance premium for < 40 years people until they become 60 and starts giving health insurance with zero premium from 65+ ?

Company had more than 25 years to make enough profits on the pre collected premiums.

Company can put restriction of maximum cap on insurance amount per year (Like they do in India) That way it can minimize risk and calculate its costs with confidence.

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USPS use of technology is crazy! (on a good side)

USPS – now you can simply check incoming mails including the photo of the letter from your computer or mobile! Cool. You can visit your mail box only if the letter is important. Easy to ignore those spam covers Smile 

I am pretty sure, all this is automated!

Imagine millions (Billions?) of letters scanned, address is (OCR) recognized, categorized and visible to owner.

Whoever first got this idea Kudos!

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This is now completely different

This is now completely different,

a magical transformation.

An urban setting into rural-

A rural setting into urban.

Like black into white,

like white into black.

Shredding all gray on the way,

This is magical transformation.

Readying journey onto distant worlds,

igniting boosters with pure will power,

taking whole families along with it,

including their hopes and passions.

This is just begging of

exciting journey towards more magic.

Make no mistake,

this is not what you know,

this is nobody named yet,

only those part of it,

can experience this wonder

until ballads are sung,

until books are written,

until case studies are made

nobody knows the magic.

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Sidewalk painting the circles 

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An idea to keep Microsoft Windows relevant for another decade

Microsoft Windows, a must have for every middle class home is no longer true. Everybody is buying phones. Either Android or iPhone and occasionally WinPhone. Windows Desktop is no longer relevant. All the developers moved to Browser or Mobile. All the users happily moved to web or apps. Except office, Adobe no major apps continue to innovate for Windows desktop. Is there any miracle in pipeline to reverse the tide?

Doesn’t seem to be so. Microsoft is trying to move towards single OS for all screens hoping it will somehow solve its developer problem. But no positive signs in that direction.

At the same time Microsoft is concentrating on enterprise market and cloud market. Both of them turning out to be its bread and butter for future. At least stock market thinks so.

What else it can do?

Idea: Introduce Home-Server concept!

No more home-PC, it will be home-server. Or PS – Personal Server! Unlike the past – now middle class homes are generating too much of digital content. Everything is either going to specific clouds or to Google servers! Introduce a concept of MyData, MyHardware, MyControl. Every home will have servers. (no more PCs); Developers can take advantage of APIs and can write data, analyze the data, improve customers life greatly. Data is the most valuable asset. Complete ownership, privacy, security is divine gift one can wish for!

This will nurture a new developer echo system very soon.

For example based on the data in PS’s we could have apps around

  1. What is my ideal sleep time?
  2. How is my health?
  3. Where is my daughter now? Where is my family in past three days?
  4. Most liked photo in my album.
  5. My video dairy
  6. How much time the light is on in past week?
  7. How many times garage door opened?
  8. When is water filter change time?
  9. Auto prepare my shopping cart for the week.
  10. What am I doing 10 years back.
  11. Auto write my auto biography so far!
  12. How to be happy?
  13. what makes me happy?
  14. what makes me sad?
  15. What are my strengths? weaknesses ?
  16. etc..

Taking IOT concept, edge computing into consideration. Allowing sharing of data with friends and family servers. We could have much better app scenarios.

  1. What is the fad in neighbors now?
  2. Who are potential friends I haven’t yet met in my neighbors?
  3. Who had three D printer in my neighborhood?
  4. Display garage sales happening
  5. What is my father doing now in India?
  6. Suggest new hobbies for me
  7. Who can give me training on xyzzy?
  8. who needs training on abcd?
  9. etc..

May be all is not lost yet.

Opportunity: Every damn innovation now a days requires gathering data. But all the data belonging to a home is widely scattered. There is simply no way to cross reference data, unless both solutions are coming from same company. Once PSs comes live any solution can input data to PS in predefined format. Same can be queried by other solutions after proper permissions sharing handling. Of course no direct access to data is allowed only via predefined APIs yadha yadha!

This will also be biggest blow to its competitors. Who’s bread and butter is selling users data in one form or other form. Now Users own their data, it is not straightforward to sell it!

What more? There are thousands of patents as the arena is very new!

Idea2: Phone is PC. (Phone + Docking station + Screen)

Just like after laptops the desktops are optional. after phones we could make laptops/Desktops optional. We need to make docking stations innovative. Everything else we need will be in phone. Phone is new PC. Microsoft should start selling these docking stations which makes any phone (Android, iPhone, WinPhone) as PC! The Phone + docking station + screen (either smart TV or a separate monitor or existing laptop/desktop screen). All the Windows apps will run on docking stations but uses data from phone, writes data to phone. User folder will be on phone. (that is MyDocuments, MyPictures, etc.. will be on phone instead of PC).

 

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Making Sphegatti Indian way

I am not going to write a detailed recipe … 

Simply make tamato curry the usual way

Boil Sphegatti for ten to fifteen minutes 

Mix both 

You have wonderful Sphegatti ready 

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Guacamole a must try snack for Indian taste buds 

First time I saw these in USA supermarkets I am clueless of these fruits. But in frenzy to try new things I bought a bag of these Avocados from Costco. Still clueless what to do with them. They stayed on shelf for a week and became ripe and ripe Avocados looked gross to me. I couldn’t bring myself to try anything with them. My wife is more conservative when it comes to food. She didn’t even pretended to acknowledge their presence but moved them to fridge. After two weeks on a fine Sunday they were relocated to trash. 

Things might have stayed same if not for a visit to Chipotle with cousin. I loved Guacamole. I my God I don’t believe it is not Indian version of some Chat. 

Then did some Google search about guacamole recipe. Surprise! It is made from Avocados. 

To be careful this time got only one Avocado from tradersjoe. Followed instructions. Did video search about how to peel this fruit. 

Pretty easy and delicious awesome evening snack. Loved it with tortilla and even Karappoosa. 

Recipe 

Just cut onions add Avocado squeeze a fresh lemon add coriander leaves. Optionally add a pinch of salt a d couple of green chilies. Mash it to your liking a d eat with tortillas. 

Usually takes 30 minutes 

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Aditya 999 – Story (UnOfficial)

So, it is more or less clear Balakrishna is coming up with Aditya 999 movie.

What to expect in the movie?

  1. Grand graphics. From Bahubali and to some extent Gautami Putra Satakrani Telugu directors figured out a way to include decent graphics cost effectively. Thus we can expect the same grand graphics from Aditya 999.
  2. A great historical war (again with grand graphics, weapons & galore). Aditya 369 the past is more or less with literary wars and internal skirmishes. But Aditya 999 can take us to a time frame with grand war. A caution, Indian cinema never figured out a way to show fighting between Muslim and Hindu kings. It is too sensitive to touch. So they completely made it either one sided or ignored it. For example in Aditya 369 Srikrishna devaraya didn’t go to war, not even to Gajapatulu. In Gautami Putra Satakarni we were taken to pre-muslim era. I know from reliable sources one of the top four heros rejected making a movie on Chatrapati Shivaji, thinking he will loose Muslim fanbase permanently. So we may need to take Aditya 999 into a pre-muslim era. Couple of things come to my mind.  a) Srikakulandhra Mahanishnu era. b) Hala Satavahana era. c) Rani Rudrama era. d) Dasa Raja yudhdha era. e) Srikrishna Devaraya Vs Gajapti yudhdham era.
  3. But if director is more serious, they can take a hit on our caste system. The better era for this is Budhistic era. How come whole of Andhra and Telangana converted to Budhism. We could simply concentrate on one simple incident and show the worst of rigid caste system. One of the titles of most of our Kings are “Varnasrama dharma rakshana” Or something similar to this. What is the impact of it if it is literally implemented?
  4. Now the future session. We need to come up with something good. We could show future Amaravati city. And where will it lead Telugu folks.
  5. But what is this Aditya 999 machine? We know Aditya 369 is time machine. And hero clearly gave his disapproval for its purpose. What could the genius scientist comes up with? He comes up with a timeMachine + Parallel universe travel machine. So not only they can go to past and future, but also to different parallel universes. So the director can take more artistic freedom. Things don’t need to be same.
  6. Also Aditya 999 can actually come to current time from future. Because of incidents in previous film, the professor wants to take extra security. He includes DNA recognition into the machine. So only hero (or one of his descendants ) can actually operate the machine. So in future the villain   kills everybody in hero’s lineage including the small kids and those in womb. (similar to Aswathama killing all Pandavas); The only way left for dying head of the house, is to go past and get help from where all this started. This is where Mokshagna take over mantle from Balakrishna who comes back from future. Mokshagna goes to future a little earlier than villain kills and saves everybody.
  7. We need a disturbance (or trouble, or problem) in current time. and it must be connect to past and future sessions. Perhaps same villain lineage. (Our folks love it)
  8. Grand climax.
  9. We could keep Kodi pandaalu as one of connecting point to all three times. Past, current and future could be played with virtual cocks! Once the movie released we could release a game on mobiles to make more money on advertisements. A better game!
  10. One of the problems with previous movie and Telugu folks didn’t mind much. But we could improve it now. It is never one person’s job to create something so big as time machine. There must be an army of employee to work on it. It could still be one person who designs finishes. The others involves may not even know where that component is going. But in the end it requires an army to finish such great/big projects. And it needs lot of money. So our scientist could invest in stocks after first movie and make hell a lot of money. Hell, he could even have a super computer which invests in stocks and makes money for him. He could even call it some funny relevant name e.g.. Lukky (indeed)
  11. (updated on Jan 29th 2017) – on point ‘2’ above we talked about the past where Aditya 999 should take us. On ‘9’ we talked about how Kodi Pandaalu could be connecting between all three timelines. (Past, future and present). That leaves us with only one beautiful option. The past hero and gang goes to Palnati time! When the Kodi pandaalu is being organized Nagamma Vs Brahmanaidu. Actually Brahmanaidu’s kodi wins the competition then villain uses some invisible weapon to freeze Brahmanaidu kodi and thus Nagamma Kodi wins to the shocking surprise of everybody. This is why history is so vague about how Nagamma Kodi inspite of being so pathetic when compared to Brahmanaidu Kodi wins the competition. The ones who sang Palnati Yudhdham later doesn’t know about invisible weapon and they assumed something fishy being done by Nagamma and settled to poison knife theory.
  12. Palnati yudhdham being the past timeline also solves us villain problem beautifully. The body guard of Nagamma is Veerabhadra. He is the one who is present on all three timelines. Past/Present/Future. He is internal servant of Nagamma and her descendants. Nagamma gives him sanjeevani secret she gets from an Himalayan saint. But he need to go into cryogenic sleep and can wake up only once for 500 years. To make things more interesting he is the one who visits Nagamma in the past and gives Sanjeevani (which is nothing but some advanced medicine, cryogenic engine from future) to her to save her, but Nagamma instead gives it to Veerabhadra. At the time of giving Sanjeevini secret Veerabhadra is not aware that he is the Yogi figure from history. He fulfills his own destiny making him immortal for 1500 years. There is a cult of Nagamma to protect Veerabhadra in cryogenic sleep.
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Who is the Sankranthi winner?

Both Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna came up with their 150 & 100 th movies before us for this Sankranthi.

So who is the winner?

From the collections, Chiranjeevi is clear winner. Of course two things helped him apart from the zeal of his fans. It is wonderful to watch fans go all gala over his comeback. a) The movie released a day earlier got almost double number of theaters than Balakrishna film on the first day. b) in USA the T-Mobile offer of 2$ movie ticket contributed healthily towards first day collections. After the first day Balakrishna never got a chance to meet the collections.

But Balakrishna fans don’t need to read too much into collections. This movie had all reasons for them to celebrate. This is one movie Balakrishna has been waiting for a decade or more, a movie which will attract neutral (and partially sympathetic) audience. Everybody can now wait for Aditya 999! (or Aditya 1116 is better isn’t it?)

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