On Thursday 29 December 2005 00:33, Rony Bill wrote:
The ridiculous part was that DOT guys had a
rule (upto 1987 afair) which made connecting a fax machine a
criminal offence - just like carrying a wireless non gsm cdma
handset is today.
Yes. I recollect, our customers had to apply to mtnl with details
of their fax machine and the guys at the exchange would allow fax
traffic from that number. Luckily all that stopped soon.
The "enabling" was actually disabling of metering pulses generated on
the E-10B and NEC exchanges.
Also I myself saw fax technology as hitting a
deadend in a few
years - notice how color faxes are an expensive oddity and color
scanners are 1/10 the price and x100 the performance of a color
fax. Fax killed telex, the email killed fax, and wireless will
kill GSM / CDMA and the phone companies.
Email was killing my fax business so I had to get into computers.
"If you can't beat them, join them".
Preferably riding a fast bird in a sea full of sharxps.
Precisely these reasons hinder the widespread use
of foss. The
big difference is that foss is not a Company that has to think of
cash infusion today to fund tomorrows market or worry about
someone else's business going phut. All you have to do is focus
Creating a successfull brand is necessary too. Thats where the West
is leading the world whereas even though Indians are talented, we
still aren't good at creating global brands.
We simply did not have the financial and other infrastructure
necessary to go global. Indian companies also did not have an
incentive to go global given the fat margins and lack of competition
in the local market.
Even in open source
software, the world looks towards the West. Even our popular linux
distros and their bundled softwares are created in the West.
That is if u are selling distros or relying on someone else (RH,
Novell) to do the "selling" for installations on hardware u sell.
Otherwise u can say whatever RH is saying and sell your own LFS.
How do we make the turn around? What can we do to
Indian brands globally?
Read Kotler, Ries, and others, make a good product, advertise, sales
promos, press release hope for the best. 10 yrs later u will know
wether u have a good brand. If not jmp 0.