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Rediff shopping online / my experience

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I had a terrible time shopping online with Rediff. I placed a fairly decent sized order on the Rediff Shop online about a month ago. I first of all never got a confirmation email of my order itself though the website said it had sent it (luckily I took a screenprint of the order itself and sent it to my email).

I know what you are thinking – I checked the spam folder as well. It was just not there. Ok, this is acceptable since emails could have got misplaced however, my woes did not end there. I never got a proper tracking # for my shipment but did get the ‘consignment number’. It said the courier would be “XYZ” but always said the status was “awaiting dispatch”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Naveen Athresh

December 9, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Windows 7 Ultimate – usage review from India

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Windows 7

Image courtesy: http://blogs.ft.com/techblog/files/2009/10/windows7.jpg

It’s early days in my usage of Windows 7 Ultimate but it’s way better than anything I have seen with my last 2.5 years of Vista Ultimate usage.

Let’s come back to some basic items that I feel have improved. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Received Blackberry Bold case from Otterbox

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https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2008/12/25/usps-track-and-confirm-my-experience-with-them/

But was dissapointed with the service of USPS yet again. They took almost 1-month to deliver this case and their ‘track and confirm’ on which I had blogged an year ago on the same issue still does not give a proper indication of the package movement. I know USPS is under losses etc. and they are trying strategies to work out something but this is really poor service delivery. Their packages get delivered by India Post in India and it does not matter whether it is Express mail International or Priority Mail International their service is not meeting my expectations. They also charged duty on this.

Written by Naveen Athresh

November 25, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Coming up: Economics of ebooks/readers – a detailed study

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Watch this space closely as I collate information and present an analysis on this shortly. Someone left a feedback for me that I was totally deviating from the primary objective of this blog – Economics and Finance and I think their point is indeed valid. I have been all over the place again. I need to refocus my priorities on this blog’s original objective with which it was setup 3 years ago and that is to concentrate on Economics and Finance.

Just look at the competition in this field:

1. amazon.com kindle e-book reader

2. Barnes and Noble Nook e-book reader

3. iRex, (a Royal Philips spin-off in 2005) e-book reader

4. PlasticLogic e-book reader

5. Sony e-book reader

and many more!

This will be an interesting analysis.

Written by Naveen Athresh

November 9, 2009 at 8:03 pm

The amazon kindle 2 now available for the Indian market – I am going for it!

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amazon.com kindle2 (India)

amazon.com kindle2 (India)

amazon.com listened to me as I prayed for an International version of the kindle as Jeff Bezos wrote what sounded like music to my ears (rather what looked like a treat to my eye – since I was looking at the screen as I read it!)

This is not the first time that such customer centric companies such as Google, Apple, amazon.com have listened to our concerns and addressed them!

I had blogged earlier here, here and here on how and why the amazon.com kindle is not available for purchase in India and who it’s competitors were and what were the tricks of the trade one had to adopt to lay one’s hands on one of them albeit with access to less than half the features. Now we have ALL the features PLUS an affordable kindle almost at our fingertips! How cool can it get?

I did some quick checks and here are some bare facts before we start counting the chicken before they hatch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

October 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm

IIFT EMIB

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IIFT EMIB 2004 - 2006 (Source: http://www.iift.edu)

IIFT EMIB 2004 - 2006 (Source: http://www.iift.edu)

It’s been exactly five long years since I joined for my EMIB (Executive Masters in International business) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi! I joined it on 9th August 2004. Time flies! But can say for sure that this degree has been my best investment made on education till date. With zero opportunity cost (it was held only on weekends – non stop for one and a half years) and the schedule was honestly grueling with no respite and kept us busy on weekdays with assignments, quizzes every weekend, mid-term exams, classes and of course, the end terms. Read the rest of this entry »

Comparison of revenue per employee/IT products versus IT services

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Take two top companies in their respective sectors:

For a change, for IT products, we don’t choose Microsoft but choose Apple Inc. for IT products. As expected, we choose India’s media IT service darling company, Infosys Technologies Ltd for IT services. Let’s see how they compare on this one metric. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

July 31, 2009 at 4:43 pm