Pushing the impossible when failure is not an option!

These times are eventful. Corporate shakes are everywhere.



From the company I work for, Egypt as a country to HP-Palm to once rival Nokia – Microsoft handshake is intriguing stuff. I’ve been thinking this for a while since I was also going through some rough times, again.

I kinda like the new Microkia merger (or whatever you call it) because it reminds me the MS-DOS, IBM sega at one time which ended up with PC centric world.  Luckily Apple did survived for guys like me to have continuous fun. Even in 2006 no one believed Macs are more human and hassle free (think of viruses) this is after Apple had been running Mac OS X for nearly six years! Likewise I hope these new trends will define the tech landscape for the years to come and create more win-win atmosphere for everyone in the business. Unlike MS created an IBM cloned world, now Apple runs, Google dominated, RIM and Nokia world. All will have formidable counter competition that everyone’s luck will be hard pushed.

The movie “Jurassic Park” says some of this history’s worst things were done with best intentions. So some of these bold attempts may go fruitless without a sound plan, proper execution and support, unfortunately a reason sometimes now I can be reason with when I think of even my company’s perspective.

When corporations battered difficult times and came out, it is always the companies who learn from the past come out sound. Mine were also like that. When this cycles happen again and again, if the management get the illusion of security that things will itself work out “like” any “other” times and attempt to push the envelope further may seem almost committing suicide. These corporate stirs which exactly created the situation called “The Air Sandwich” where it actually hinders even a sound company’s bread and butter operations into a drag.

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When employees had butterflies in the stomach to go for what the management outlines, you see these some of these bold moves collapse,

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The top exec’s strategy doesn’t jive with what employees know to be true, questions stream continuously through people’s minds as internal dialogue:


“Is it just me, or is there a fatal flaw in this strategy?”…“Am I sup- posed to say something?”…“Will I get in trouble if I say some- thing?”…“Will I get in trouble if I don’t say something?”…“If I talk about my concerns, will I be perceived as a troublemaker?”…“If I can’t see how I can make this happen, will I be told I’m being too tactical?”…“Will I have to pay a price somewhere down the line if I look like I’m not on board with this plan?”


Questions such as “Should I say something?” or “Do they care about my opinion?” are whispered between coworkers when the organization lacks the tools for involving people and supporting collaboration in the strategy creation.

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These kinds of unasked questions are a sure sign that a strategy is headed down the path toward failure, because they signal that the strategy wasn’t created properly or vetted deeply enough in the organization to be executed well.

Source:  “The New How” comes from the author Nilofer Merchant. Above is may be the best case study I was looking for. Excellent reading.

On the mobiles, with new developments we will see the rising starts out of this rubble, I wonder how many mobile platforms can survive at the end of the day. Android was a fun product for Google when all it meant was bleeding Microsoft.  But it eventually made Apple into an enemy, and now Nokia.  Android seems unintended bonus and free wheeling for cheap Chinese manufactures to compete with the industry’s top brass. Google made an enemy that even Google itself will blindly get caught in the ripple effect. Google may have increased the display space so waste at the expense of others dime. But time only will say how that industry shake up turns in to sound business.

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The victory, war and obsession, we shouldn’t miss the point again…

This is one of Sri Lanka’s history’s best turn-around.

Decision are made, battles are fought and now the sweet victory sweeping all across the country. There is no doubt we should celibate this.

I refrain from commenting on war, because it’s been mostly showcase as a politicized standpoint, but this time the “War On Terror” is bound with an exceptionally extra-ordinary courage and country’s outshining heroism at peak. So I forget the political mambo-jumbo of liberating Sri Lanka from LTTE terrorists.

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It’s a sheer mammoth achievement of our own war heroes, a near impossible victory over just a 3 years ago standpoint of a 30 year long insurgency.

This brings up the new hope for many things lie stagnant across Sri Lanka’s future. One history is written, the other has to be begin with, right now!

As I write this, the last bastion of LTTE stronghold, Mullativu has fallen. The western media often referred as the most ruthless terrorist outfit, who invented the suicide bombing tactics, LTTE terrorists have now been literally defeated by SL Army.

This brings Sri Lanka back in to the times of pre 1983 where Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim we all lived in a one country in harmony.

For some of our unwise political leadership, many people paid price out of their lives, hands, limbs and eyes while some got their “pockets” swelled by NGOs’ and Peace Broker money who flourished where insurgency rules, they  asks our government to hold “peace talks” while helping LTTE to stiffen their loose-ends. But we are yet to see a single development carried out by these NGOs in the war-torn region in the sake of innocent people, after a whopping 25 years! Where are all those millions of Tsunami aid funds gone to Killinochchi? Evidence show all their money and aid have gone into building LTTE bankers and feed their blood thirsty mouths. Not a single road, bridge or housing scheme was build by any of these 40 odd, so called NGOs worked there so long.

Money laundering, lack of political will and the guts to take on the terrorists crippled the Sri Lankan economy and livelihood for more than 25 years, making LTTE is one the most hyped cardboard terrorists outfits, now defeated by heroic Sri Lankan Army.

So regardless the politics, the credits should go where it’s due rightfully. And I take this moment to hail the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, his brother Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse and the Commander-In-Chief Sarath Fonseka and the heroes who fought in the battle-flied, in and out.

Politically and strategically taking a strong stand which was the turning point of this “War On Terror”, which was never been the case until Mahinda came along.

As my distant memory hold truth to me,

  • President JR signed the Indo – Sri Lanka Agreement and avoided this terrorists issue altogether while he could have sweeped across the entire issue.
  • President Premadasa had vision for the country but anyway killed by the LTTE ultimately
  • President Chandrika was also almost died by a LTTE bomb, She’s never seen as a visionary leader either.
  • Mr Ranil officially gave away some parts of Sri Lanka to terrorists and was never seen as a patriotic man to the common man.
  • Then western-backed LTTE propaganda made it almost certain untruth been told and stays just as the sole truth. Sri Lanka never counter attack the false propaganda until Keheliya Ramukwella started as the defense spokseman and tells the Sri Lankan Official Stand of the story.

So it was seen, a strong political will was the lacking part to defeat the terrorism. 9/11 helped Sri Lanka to open the western eyes to the sheer issue of the problem. The Bush popularised “War On Terror” was an inevitable answer to LTTE.  And luckily just in time we’ve got a strong political leadership so this “War On Terror” can be won in the other side of the world, for the first time in world’s recent history!

Hence I say, the victory, the obsession, all fine. And we all should celibate it!

Anyway we shouldn’t loose the point again that what made possible this insurgency to erupt at the first place that erode Sri Lankan Sovereignty. We have to prevent what happened from happening again. I hope the current leaders have the will and the blessings to make that possible and concentrate on country’s development now the war is won.

So development…development…development…development…

We were more than a sound economy when the British left us in 1948, more than where the rest of the Asia was. Now Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India all gone bypassing us.

Mahinda Rajapakse has just wrote one history already. Now we need another Mahinda to make this transition a full-circle.

Ranil hardly seem to fit the bill, he says he wants to make Sri Lanaka a Singapore, then suddenly change the topic to the King Parakrama Bahu the Great. I guess we need a mix of both worlds. So I fear the war is won, Sri Lanka may loose again in the economic slum for our famous political “neigh” sayers.

So who will fit the bill to be Lee Kuan Yew, the next?

Your comments are welcome… Read more Sri Lankan news here

Your future desktop, Web 3.0 already ?

Yesterday I woke up to a surprise, a surprise I never even believed that it could happen “so fast”. Saying “overnight” even seems literary an overstatement! I always lurk on the web circles but there was not a clue about what’s going to happen. Bingo, here it is!

Google unveiled it’s take on web 3.0 as it seems now introducing the Google Chrome Browser. Re-igniting the famous Browser War, part III is now showing on the desktop near you! There were some hints in the past that Google may be developing a browser, but having seen the heart they have for Mozilla Firefox folks, the idea never took off. Nonetheless as we know it now, Google’s foray in to the Browser War had been under wraps for over two years.

If we forget the direct threat Google Chrome puts on Microsoft’s IE, I guess even the Firefox and other browser guys may feel the pinch much too overwhelming right now. This can be the cold start of dethroning the Microsoft Windows Operating System dominance of the desktop, giving way to now forgotten Sun Microsystems’ Thin Client like concept. The web itself can become the “only” window you ever need for all your computing needs, hence the name Chrome they have given it. The old newsgroup text based web has grown up to a point that developers can no longer push its envelope without rethinking afresh.

The day before yesterday I was happily using Firefox 3 it was as though I was having the best web at my disposal. All these web I scroll, Gmail like web applications I use, the content I consumed on the web. All took a whopping 180° turn in one night. The splash I spilled my milk on keyboard over this “web shock” even isn’t dry yet. I’m wowed by the sheer number of nightmare problems Google Chrome just offered to solve that I hardly knew even existed as a web developer user, overnight, in one shot.

It may lack all the bells & whistle of Firefox 3 to replace it as my primary browser yet. But I guess its almost there and everyone feels the stakes here. Mainly I miss my Firefox Bookmarks Panel and few good extensions that I can’t live without like AdBlock.

Nonetheless, we were nowhere near at the completion of Web 2.0 experience yet, which brought us all the wonderful Zoho, Gmail, Flickr, Facebook to the stage. But suddenly now I’m sure that we gonna skip all that already slow so called asynchronous web 2.0 (Ajax) and “Jump Start” to the Web 3.0, the future and beyond.

Thanks Google for taking me there in overnight!

I am still grasping the scope of this. The sooner I clean up my head over this sudden splash. I may follow up with a post on “Why I think that Google jump started the future of web with this announcement.

Meanwhile I wish all my friends a “speedier browsing” experience with Google Chrome.

Cheers!