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Shardul Pandey Talks To Dr. Peter Achutha

The first and foremost thing that might interest the most of netizens is your story. So tell our netizens about yourself, your story? Where do I start and what do I say? Do I get into the deep dark wicked ways of mankind and how much lying, cheating, bribery and corruption there is going on in this world and people conniving ways? Or do I make it a diplomatically simple and naive life of a hermit scientist (engineer!). I wish I had a “normal” benign life but that is impossible when Greed is Good and people lust for money and worship billionaires as their gods.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Fahad Mahmood

I welcome you Fahad at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself, your story. Hi, I am Fahad Mahmood (A WordPress Mechanic) the developer of a few famous WordPress Plugins like Keep Backup Daily, Alphabetic Pagination, jQuery Post Splitter, RSS Feed Widget and a recently launched WordPress Plugin WP Header Images. My journey started from a HTML tag <marquee></marquee> which I learned very first even before <html> and <body>. It was really inspiring for me when text was moving from right to left. As notepad was available everywhere so i did a number of experiments in my college’s computer lab during my ICS session 2001. My interest became a passion when I learned about click event of a button in visual basic 6.0. It was purely a magic when I played with it and successfully changed document title, button text, label captions and text in textboxes.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Edison Nica

EdisonNica

I am Edison Nica, a software engineer with over a decade of experience in Software Industry, most of that time at Microsoft and Google. I quit Google to build a business model around true privacy, because without a sustainable business model, privacy can’t survive.

4 moths ago, I put myself in the public service, with the goal to help people have more privacy online.

Lots of efforts started last year around improving users online privacy, my effort tries to add something new, and my vision is based on these core principles:

  • Data resides safely on the end user’s own device and is not stored in the cloud or by the advertisers
  • Data flow is transparent and user is under control
  • We must get Advertisers and Publishers on board, if we want to build a sustainable ecosystem

Tell us more about 0PII, LLC? Its brief history ?

Lots of efforts started last year around improving user’s online privacy, most around encryption. We want to contribute too. Our approach is that instead of fighting the Advertisement industry, we want to co-opt it. I don’t believe we can have more privacy as long as every business in the world stands to lose from better privacy.

So how exactly your idea sparked?

The two key principles are that “one can’t take away something I don’t have” and “privacy must be backed by a business model”.

For us, privacy means that only the user has his/her data – that 0PII stands for, Zero Personally Identifiable Information. So the user data resides safely on the end user’s own device and is not stored in the cloud or by the Advertisers.

If we want to protect user’s data, then we need to make sure it can’t be uploaded. But we live in a connected world, and many applications really need internet access, so for applications that need access to internet, we then need transparent data flow and user control over it. We must know What, Why, How and When an app accesses the internet.

And lately, if we want to build a sustainable ecosystem, we must get Advertisers and Publishers on board.

How it will improve internet life?

The products we build do not require the user to surrender privacy for convenience, free products or free services. You will be able to download a free game, that does not require network access, and still that game will be able to make money from advertisement.

Does it already exist anywhere else? What makes it different from all other frameworks out there?

We are not aware of any other company that does something similar.

Current Internet Giants have monopoly over your data. Your data stays in their servers and it is used to track your behaviour, extract knowledge and improve their services. Unfortunately this keeps the little guy out of the loop. Current small business can’t flourish when Big Players have monopoly over data.

Our solution breaks up this monopoly and lets you, the user, have your data, while we build services around decentralized user data. And without a monopoly over your data, and with true privacy, even small business will be able to offer you quality services.

What philosophy drives you doing this?

People have asked for more privacy, but in the same time they want convenience and free products. We bridge the gap between convenience and privacy.

Also, this is the right thing to do.

What keeps your endeavours unique?

We bring the Advertiser, Publisher and the User together, to show them that we can live in a harmonious world where Users get convenience and privacy, Advertisers can find the right users for their services, and Publisher can make money while protecting user’s privacy.

How other netizens can help you in this regard?

First, help us by contributing to our campaign on IndieGoGo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-privacy-aware-mobile-advertisement-platform/x/6801145 we can’t understate how important is to have financial freedom. We need money to develop our product as soon as possible. Second, tell your friends, Share on Facebook, Tweet about our campaign on IndieGoGo!

Any future plans ?

Our most important plan is to launch our Mobile Advertisement Platform.

Do you own a domain? Where netizens can grab latest news feed about your projects?

www.0Pii.com. We share news on Twitter: https://twitter.com/00pii, but we can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/0PII.LLC LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/0pii-llc and Google+ https://plus.google.com/110689316949777786877

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

Help me so I can help you!

It is that simple.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Dr. Matt Barney

I welcome you Matt at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

I grew up up in the US, and as a child was passionate about Korean Tae Kwon Do, where I started teaching all ages as a 9 year old in 1978. I’m now an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (Ph.D.), and have worked in dozens of countries around the world for firms like AT&T, Motorola, and Merck. For the last 4.5 years, I ran the Infosys Leadership Institute working for the founders of India’s most famous company. My new firm, LeaderAmp, helps leaders accelerate their careers every day through our smartphone app and community based on the latest science. It’s the culmination of all my prior work, and hope it makes gold nuggets that are usually only available to the elite leaders in large multinationals, more accessable.

Tell us more about LeaderAmp? Its brief history and how it works?

LeaderAmp came about after working with thousands of leaders at Infosys where we treated them like Olympic Gold medalists.  We measured, challenged, and supported each one to help them achieve their career dreams.  But it took highly skilled (and scarce) coaches to tailor a bundle of leadership vitamins, minerals and exercise regimens to support their growth.  And coaches could only spend a few hours a quarter with each leader, so leaders would sometimes get distracted and forget to work on their own career development.

When I moved back to the US, I spoke to younger leaders and found that they really didn’t have access to these advanced methods that people at the top of a large multinational get.  So I decided to invent a new, engineering worthy approach to measuring, challenging and supporting leaders, making it “come alive” for them every day on their smartphone.   LeaderAmp’s app starts with you selecting your goals, and then our advanced measurement technology asks questions about your leadership to you and people you trust.  While it’s waiting for others to give you feedback, it shows you early results and recommends a tailored set of actions for you to grow.  Uniquely, you can set your report to remind you every day with new actions you can take to accelerate your development.  It also has a web/mobile based community that has webinars, tweetchats and community support where you can learn from people like you who grew to greatness.  Lastly, it allows you to compare yourself with famous historical leaders.  We’re still building it, and the early adopters on IndieGogo (http://igg.me/at/leaderamp) will be able to select the first famous historical leader that we’ll measure.

So how did you come with its concept? How exactly your idea sparked?

It was, in part, looking at the gaps in the current state-of-the-art of leader development; and the “Quantified Self” movement. Quantified Self is a term coined by the editors of Wired Magazine for the tools people are now using to measure and improve themselves.  It includes fitness (e.g. fitbit), wellness (e.g. AliveCor), and now leadership development (e.g. LeaderAmp).

How it will improve lives of users?

Many leaders are frustrated with their careers and aren’t quite sure how they can get ahead.  Our app will have trustworthy actions they can do to really improve their potential, performance and “promotability”.  Unlike other approaches, we have made practical the 70+ years of science of leadership and persuasion in our app and community.

Does it already exist anywhere else? If yes then what makes it different from all other frameworks out there?

There are other apps out there and other approaches to leader development.  None of them combine the measurement, challenge and support that LeaderAmp does.  They also do not have the latest science for growth. LeaderAmp’s advanced content comes from my latest book, “Leading Value Creation: Organizational Science, Bioinspiration and the Cue See Model”, recently published by Palgrave Macmillan.

How many people got associated for working together on this project?

I’m the founder, and we have an extended team of about 11 people working on various components of the project such as the graphics, the code, or the science.

What philosophy drives you doing this and what makes your endeavours unique ?

We believe in the practical application of science to improve leaders.  Just as people over the decades have been able to become better Olympic athletes through better diet, exercise and vitamins, leaders will be able to avoid their frustrations with their careers by developing every day.  The fact that our app tailors new actions for the leader every day, and is rooted in science, makes our app unique.  Further, it will only recommend actions and provide community support in areas relevant to the leader.  Other solutions have a “one size fits all” for leaders, and cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars without much developmental support.  In contrast, LeaderAmp’s entry-level solution is about the price of a book on IndieGogo.

How other netizens can help you in this regard ?

If there are people you know who are frustrated with their career and aren’t sure how they can get ahead, we would like to help them.  We’re not a magic pill – it’s still up to the leader to work on himself/herself, but if they really want the secrets of what works, we want to help them.

What are your future plans ? Are you working on some other projects also ?

There are some very cool future features we’ll add to make this solution highly useful.   All of our leader development solutions are being built around the app, community and latest science.  We are completely focused on the launch of our new solution, and aren’t working on anything else.

What is you web address? Do you own a domain?

Yes, we’re currently encouraging people to support our IndieGogo campaign http://igg.me/at/leaderamp  and our regular URL is http://www.leaderamp.com

Where netizens can grab latest news feed about your projects?

Our blog is the best way to stay in touch http://www.leaderamp.com/Blog

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

What are you doing with your growth that makes your success unstoppable?

Thank you very much Matt for opting Internet as your place of doing business. I wish you success in upgrading humanity!

Shardul Pandey Talks To Subin, A PHP Programmer & WordPress Developer

Shardul Pandey Talks To Subin, A PHP Programmer & WordPress DeveloperI welcome you Subin at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

My name is Subin. I am a programmer, blogger and a web enthusiast. I blog about programming related subjects, code solutions and the latest tech news. PHP is my favourite language and is a big fan of jQuery JavaScript library. WordPress is my favourite CMS and MySQL is my favourite Database. I create projects, play with code and blog about the problems and solutions I faced in creating projects whether it’s a bug or something else.

At what age what actually brought you up to programming and consequently programming WordPress? Why do you enjoy it?

I started programming when I was 11 years old. I only got into WordPress in 2013 and I created and published my first plugin “Blogger 2 WordPress” in 2014. I enjoy programming, because it relaxes my mind. When I code, I enter into a new world. A world where I forget all my problems in life and focus on the task in hand. Coding makes errors and I try and try to find solutions to those errors. When I find the solution, it is stuck on my mind and I’ll never forget it. Programming is a lot like Maths. You won’t like it first, but when you get around it you will find it enjoyable.

Tell us about the plugins and apps you have created so far?

By far, I have created 2 WordPress Plugins – Blogger 2 WordPress & Code Blocks. Blogger 2 WordPress makes it easy to set redirections from old blogger posts to new WP posts (and pages) after you moved your blog to WP. I have created a lot of web apps. Some of them are online and some of them in localhost. My first online app was Subins which I made it online in 2012. It was just a test app of mine. Nothing serious. I didn’t know much about hacking & cracking when I created it. So, it was vulnerable to Cracking. Soon after 1 year, my friend (Facebook) cracked it. I deleted the data on Subins just a day after it was cracked. Now I’m working on my blog (subinsb.com) and an open source social network called Open (open.subinsb.com). I’m also working on a new project which I can’t say about it now.

Suppose if you were reviewing any new plugin then what are the most important things you look for that indicate a well-designed program?

The most important thing is that the plugin shouldn’t contain any errors. A simple semicolon (;) can make a big error in plugins. Syntax Errors is the main error, plugin developers must notice. Also, plugin developers must make sure the plugin work on almost every versions of the language and server. A well designed plugin will work flawlessly at great speed. If you are running the plugin even on low memory CPUs, it should work well. So there are 3 main factors (maybe more) in a well designed executed plugin :

  1. No Errors
  2. Compatibility
  3. Environment

Your website shows a project section with links to Open & Demos? Tell us about them?

Open is an Open Source Social Network. Anyone can edit the source code of the site. There are no ads, no tracking stuff and anything else on Open. It’s clean, simple and have the ability to post to Facebook & Twitter at one place. Demos is the sub site of my blog. This site contains the demos of the tutorials, code or projects seen on the blog.

You have no Advertisements on your blog? Do you have any plans to go pro in blogging and earn money?

When I started blogging, all I could think about was money ! I placed ads at first. But when I went through the blogging, programming and contributing to Open Source Softwares, I understood that Ads are a distraction to the users. Ads make the site slow too. No one likes ads. So Why put it in a info blog ? Information should be passed free of charge. So, I removed the ads and put on the “Donate” button (subinsb.com/donate). If people really like my content, they will donate. Also, the revenue from ads are low. Google Adsense rejected my application when I had 2 $. That made me angry and it’s also a reason why I’m not putting ads anymore.

How much time you spend working on your domain and writing programs? What philosophy drives you doing this?

When I return home from school and after I finish all the home works and stuff, I turn on the computer and start coding. I make up ideas of posts and projects on the free periods of my school and write it down. Then I do it when I reach home. On holidays, I use the computer from morning to noon (about 2 PM) and from evening (6.30 PM) to night (11.30 or more if I got an error). WP plugins help users to do big tasks with just a plugin. Open Source minded programmers always help people. I’m an open source minded person. WP philosophy “Code Is Poetry” and StackOverflow (http://goo.gl/kCKBGs) helped me into doing this.

How about your parents? Is either of them involved in programming fields?

My parents are normal Kerala persons. My dad is the “Assistant Secretary” of Ayiloor Panchayat, Palakkad, Kerala and my mom is an house wife. She worked as a computer teacher before teaching Windows 98 and stuff. I’m sure that the coding & computer stuff came from my mom. My dad always supported in coding and always made me walk through the right path. He scolds me when I say “I hacked someone / website”. Hacking is wrong and he made me understand about it.

What are you working on today? Any new plugin?

I’m now working on a project like WordPress, but not entirely like it. I can’t say more about it now. When I release my new project, I will certainly invite you. I created about 5-6 plugins. 2 of them WP and others jQuery & PHP. It’s hard to maintain all of them. I’m very very busy in maintaining blog, plugins and school stuff. I will improve my existing plugins and when I get a new idea, I will make another plugin.

Tell us something about your city and your favorite hangout spots there?

I’m from Kerala , a state in India. I’m living in Kunnamkulam, a town (muncipality). Nothing big here. I don’t go out much. But my favourite places are the paddy fields and the streets where I could walk or ride a bicycle peacefully.

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

Never stop working hard. If you work hard, you will certainly accomplish your task. Never copy content from others. Always make your own stuff. Don’t hack / harass any person on the Internet. Always be a good netizen and speak up when you find something illegal or bad behaviour. Never fear. There are millions of nice people in this world who can help you. Don’t hesitate to ask for answers on disucssion forums and Q & A sites (stackexchange.com). Stay safe and simple.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Sergey Golovach

Shardul Pandey Talks To Sergey Golovach

Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Sergey at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself, your story.

Sergey Golovach: First of all, I thank you for your interest in my personality and my projects.

My name is Sergey Golovach. I am Russian but for several years I stay in Asia. I used to stay in China before and now I am staying in Vietnam.

I started my first business in 1999 when I was student. Later I realized what I can do well and what I am interested in. I like to solve problems and find the best ways to optimize business operations and minimize expenses of companies. So I provide consultancy services: private label / OEM manufacturing projects; finding suppliers and buyers; mediatory and negotiations; technologies.

I have imported and exported a lot of products, worked with many suppliers, made different projects so I have good experience and relations in different fields.

I also have one business for my soul: I produce 100% natural coffee in Vietnam (www.oldsaigoncoffee.com)

Shardul Pandey: Why you decided to go for crowdfunding ?

Sergey Golovach: Some time ago I began to watch some projects at Indiegogo, Kickstarter, etc. And I could see that it is a great tool for some business projects to find investment and customers at the same time. Staying in Asia I have some friends who have manufacturing capacities but can not find enough customers to minimize their expenses and production cost. So now I am using crowdfunding platform to collect orders for good quality and rather cheap products. Now I have launched 2 campaigns:

  1. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/another-wireless-micro-hd-camera-ready/x/4697346
  2. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-ultra-portable-wi-fi-camera/x/4697346

I do not tell that these are new inventions made by me or my team. No. By the way, some project teams at crowdfunding platforms offer some known things made in Asia and tell they have developed them from zero. For example, some electronics, wooden accessories, etc. I do not tell the same. All I do is collect mass orders and investment to minimize the production prices. That’s easy to understand and absolutely fair.

After some time I will publish another project: 100% natural wooden and bamboo cases for iPhone and maybe other mobile phones hand-made in Vietnam. With this campaign I will support good local manufacturer and introduce a great product to the world. So watch my crowdfunding activity!

Shardul Pandey: What is your main plan ? Which project are you launching right now ? Where are you spending all your time and energy?

Sergey Golovach: From 2004 I have been in good relation with some teams inventing new technologies. I used to help them promoting their “know-how” and made some negotiations for these great people. Now we have checked with small pilot line and different kinds of raw materials the way of producing high-purity silicon dioxide (SiO2, aka silica), with purity minimum 5N (99.999%) using new environmental friendly and economical technology. We have successfully finished all the test and we are absolutely ready for mass production. I plan to build the factory in Vietnam as it is a great place for raw materials and I have good experience doing business here. It will be a really great project which will help minimize the prices for Si finally. And it will be a great investment opportunity with good return. From now I am ready to communicate with investors who can be interested in supporting this project. And I am ready to collect pre-orders for really cheap high-purity SiO2. Will I use crowdfinding for this? Maybe if I can not find enough investment to launch the project. What will be the perks? Good interest on investments. Is it risky? Absolutely not as the technology has been checked carefully during several years. Is it ready to start? Absolutely, we have all the necessary schemes, plans, calculations, etc. We are ready to build the factory. New SiO2 project will be launched here www.sio2factory.com

You are the first online magazine I have shared these “secrets”.

Shardul Pandey: Would you like to tell us more about Wireless Micro HD ? Its brief history ? How it works ? How did you come with its concept ? What makes it different ?

Sergey Golovach: As I told before and wrote in the comments at Indiegogo page here http://igg.me/at/wireless-micro-hd-camera/ it is just an OEM / re-branding manufacturing project. I do not not tell that it was developed by our team, I do not disassemble it to show how it looks inside to prove it is unique and I made all this myself. I want to be fair. It’s well-developed product and it was not my idea. Crowdfunding just helps to collect mass orders to make the production cost and final price cheaper. It’s good and useful product. It can be used as wearable camera, car DVR, surveillance camera, etc. And it has 2-way voice transmitting. It can work using wireless connection in cloud mode or direct mode and is compatible with iPhone / Android mobile phone and PC.

Shardul Pandey: How it will improve professional lives of its users ? Does it already exist anywhere ?

Sergey Golovach: Yes, it exists already but unfortunately many people do not know this product or consider it expensive. I try to change this situation. As this camera has a lot of possible applications and it’s rather affordable it can help people in many fields: Security monitoring – you can use this camera for real-time remote wireless surveillance directly via your mobile phone or PC, you can use it to control your children’s and pets’ activities and surroundings – because it can be mounted and it’s also wearable, and it has 2-way voice connection function, you can record videos, make photos everywhere you go – just use neck strap and wear this camera with you, or you can mount it in your car and use it as car DVR, it can be used as usual webcam, etc. etc. etc.

Shardul Pandey: How many people got associated for working together on this project ?

Sergey Golovach: Two of us are making this project. Me and my Asian partner. And of course a lot of people at the factory :)

Shardul Pandey: What is your business philosophy ? What drives you doing this ?

Sergey Golovach: When you see an opportunity just do it. Don’t loose time if you are sure you can do it well, and of course if you are sure customers will be satisfied.

Shardul Pandey: What makes your endeavors unique ?

Sergey Golovach: Not sure it is so unique. I just want to give a good product at good price to maximum of people.

Shardul Pandey: How other netizens can help you in this regard ?

Sergey Golovach: Sharing, recommending and sharing, sharing, sharing…

Shardul Pandey: What are your future plans ? Are you working on some other projects also ?

Sergey Golovach: I have one more project launched already with simple and cheaper product, see here: http://igg.me/at/new-ultra-portable-wifi-camera/ This is an ultra-portable WIFI wireless camera that allows users to view and record audio and video wirelessly on their PC or smart phones. It is simple & it has a great price. Soon I will launch another small project to promote products by one good Vietnamese manufacturer, hand-made natural wooden items. Coming soon… All that are manufacturing projects. They help people get good products at good prices but do not change the world generally. But the main project I spend all my efforts on is high-purity Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) production using new environmental-friendly and economical technology. We have spent several years for laboratory works and trial production and now we are absolutely sure for the mass production. We can produce high-purity (minimum 5N, 99.999%) SiO2 with very low production cost. I am not sure whether we will use crowdfunding for this because it’s a very good investment opportunity for potential investor as we give good interest with 100% success of the project. We CAN produce already and all we need is build a full-size factory. The demand for this product is very high, and until now it’s expensive due to old production technology. We will change the situation. What will it give to the world and people? Well, it’s another step to minimize the cost of SiO2 and end products like solar panels, etc. We will go this way also. You can watch this great project at www.sio2factory.com – launching soon.

Shardul Pandey: What is your web address ? Where netizens can grab latest news feed of your projects ?

Sergey Golovach: I have several web addresses for different businesses. As I told you in the last e-mail I am doing several businesses, for example I produce coffee in Vietnam. So I recommend to watch www.sio2factory.com – it will be really great and interesting after launching. Or better follow me in G+ (sergey.golovach) / Twitter (GolovachSergei). I am not active user of social networks but if I have an audience I will do my best to publish more interesting news and information. I will change :)

Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens?

Sergey Golovach: Be active, do what you think you must do, be confident in what you do, be fair and love your family!

Shardul Pandey Talks To Paul Hunter, Inventor Of EZ-CHARGE

Shardul Pandey Talks To Paul Hunter, Inventor Of EZ-CHARGE

Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Paul at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself, your story.

Paul Hunter: I am a qualified Engineer and the Inventor of a device called EZ-CHARGE. I am a British citizen born on the Isle of Wight, having worked on projects such as the Concord Aircraft, hovercrafts, helicopters and various satellite systems. I was also trained as a Classical Organist and used this skill as a professional musician. As a session musician I played with many artists, from the well-known R&B singer Percy Sledge, The Trammps, The Detroit Emeralds, eventually sharing the stage with “The Eurythmics” (Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart) on the Sweet Dreams tour. I left the UK for South Africa in 1989 and became involved in the property market in Cape Town, South Africa. In 1993 I took an idea and developed the Bugz Workshop products (these can be seen on the webpage www.bugz.com) My mission & passion is to provide sustainable employment for the impoverished poor, to give them self-respect and dignity in their communities. I received a Humanitarian Award from the US Doctors for Africa in 2007 for my effort in this respect. Whilst working with Township people around Cape Town we noticed a need for a cellphone charger. A cellphone is critical for communication in the Townships, where there are no telephone land lines and electricity is mostly nonexistent. After talking with people from these communities, it became obvious to my wife and I that this is where my efforts should be focused. There are over 6 Billion cellphones in the World and all have a common challenge….not enough battery life, hence the need for our EZ-Charge device.

Shardul Pandey: Tell me about EZ-CHARGE, it’s story.

Paul Hunter: EZ-Charge, like everything that surrounds us, was just a thought and brought into reality by believing in that thought and focusing on it. Not just with imagination but with practical creativity. My wife and I are involved with a humanitarian project which involves working with people from the Townships (squatter camps) around Cape Town, South Africa. We were inspired by the struggle of the rural poor in South Africa that have a desperate need to communicate with family members who live hundreds of miles away from home, cellphones are critical in the lives of these people. However the electrical grid doesn’t reach many of the rural areas. The Townships that surround the cities also suffer with a similar situation, so the big challenge is being able to recharge a dead or dying cellphone battery.

We needed to design a device that could provide enough electricity to recharge a cellphone without using mains electricity, solar power and mechanical methods. I started this quest about 5 years ago researching into alternative methods for generating electricity. Using my research and some out of the box creative ideas, I have designed a device that we call EZ-Charge. It consists of three electrical circuits that work in harmony, two of the circuits are completed and working, providing an output of 70volts. The third circuit which will complete the device is designed and we are wishing to raise funds to complete the project and get it into mass production. In this regard, we have recently launched a campaign on the Crowd Funding site Indiegogo.com

Shardul Pandey: How it works and how it will improve professional lives of people ?

Paul Hunter: EZ-Charge works by using the ambient energy that surrounds us, converting it into usable electricity. The device is designed to use some of the energy that it produces to power itself. There is no need for batteries, mains or solar power. You will be able to just plug it into a cellphone using a USB cable, it will provide power to recharge a cellphone 24/7 so when you are not using your cellphone, simply keep it connected to EZ-Charge and it will keep your battery topped up.

Although inspired by the challenge of the rural poor to re-charge a cellphone, EZ-Charge device is needed by EVERY cellphone user the WORLD over. The more that cellphones have developed, the more applications that they use, the more power is used to drive them. Even as better batteries and super capacitors are developed, the need for this device is not diminished.  It provides power at no cost and is mobile, it goes where you go; not being tethered to a mains wall outlet, or if the sun is shining or the wind blowing. It gives you freedom and a less stressful life.  In an emergency it is there providing power so that you can still use your cellphone.

My wife and I moved to Connecticut (USA) 2 years ago. It was October when we visited our new home, the plan being to meet with contractors for the weekend. We still had summer clothes and an overnight bag. The house was empty all but for a bed and chair. We arrived and the next day a Blizzard struck!!! It brought down trees and power lines. Leaving us without power, heating and water. The Petrol stations were mostly without power, petrol was in very short, food stores shut with frozen food spoiling in the freezers , without power it wasn’t even possible to get cash out of an ATM!! My wife and I looked at each other and said WE NEED EZ-CHARGE!!!  We  were without power for 10 (very long) days, even in a sophisticated first World Country like the USA when an emergency strikes like a blizzard, or a  Hurricane like Sandy or Katrina you need to be prepared, EZ- Charge can satisfy that need.

How many times have you personally looked at your phone to check to see how low the battery is Is there enough power to make that important or critical call That can be a thing of the past with EZ-Charge!!

Shardul Pandey: So how many people got associated for working together ?

Paul Hunter: My wife and I are the driving force behind EZ-Charge but we are very grateful for the exposure that the Indiegogo campaign has provided. We have been offered assistance by  top marketing experts, researchers  and other inventors that can see the potential of this device.  We will be adding experts to our team as we go forward, these are very exciting times for us.

Shardul Pandey: And what philosophy drives you doing this ?

Paul Hunter: Solving this challenge is an enormous reward for helping others and leaving the World a better place. The technology can be used to power other devices, ultimately bringing down the need for Electricity produced by power stations and that will help in bringing down the production of Greenhouse gases and the dangers of nuclear pollution.

Shardul Pandey: What makes EZ-CHARGE  different from all the other devices out there?

Paul Hunter: EZ-Charge utilizes natural resources and is eco- friendly, it isn’t a FREE energy device. NOTHING in this World is free.  EZ-Charge converts energy that is provided by the Universe as photons and electrons and converts it into electricity.  You have to pay for the device but the energy is provided free of charge by the Universe.

There is no other device like this, other cellphone chargers rely on mains power, batteries , solar, wind, or mechanical means.

Shardul Pandey: Can this power my laptop ?

Paul Hunter: The first generation is designed to provide a 5-volt output suitable to power a cellphone. Once this is established in the market place we will be working on a Laptop charger followed by individual generators that operate using wifi or blue tooth technology to power lighting systems suitable to light a house.

Shardul Pandey: So how other netizens can help you in this regard ?

Paul Hunter: By providing exposure for our device and the Indiegogo.com campaign we hope that people can get behind us. Following our webpage for updates (ez-charge.org) talking to other like-minded people will create a demand for this device and pressure can be put on to retailers to place orders when we are ready to mass produce EZ-Charge. Keeping awareness of EZ-Charge is very important, we need people to talk about our project.   Netizens can become backers and be the first to get their very own EZ-Charge.  They can help make a dent in the Universe. Under Technology EZ-Charge.  We need Netizens everywhere to make a Global Impact by backing us today!

Shardul Pandey: How can you make Internet a little bit more interconnected?

Paul Hunter: We would like all of your readers to help spread the word about EZ-Charge. Social media has the power to topple governments, If we all use this medium we can collectively help change the way we all receive electricity.

Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens?

Paul Hunter: Keep an open mind & follow your instincts. Who would have thought that electricity was possible but thanks to the great inventors like Tesla and Edison we are living in a better World than they inherited. Let us all leave our children and grandchildren an inheritance worth having. Please get behind our EZ-Charge project.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Andrew Lee, Founder Of Envolve

Andrew Lee: Hi! Shardul, Are you a developer? We have some exciting news for you! Envolve has built a new platform, called Firebase, that lets you build real-time, collaborative applications in just a few lines of code. Have you ever wanted to completely customize the way chat works on your site? Now you can.

Firebase lets you build *any* real-time application — from chat apps, to shared whiteboards, to multiplayer games, to collaborative text editors. It’s an API, so you have complete control over how your app works, and you have full access to the data from any device.

For an explanation of what Firebase is and how it works, check out this short screencast. You can also try our quick 5 minute tutorial that will walk you through the API.

Thousands of apps are already using Firebase, including Klout, BitTorrent, TED, Codecademy, and Atlassian. We’d love to power your app as well.

As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions.

Shardul Pandey: Hi!, Thanks for sharing this information. I will certainly go through your new platform.

Klout, BitTorrent, TED, Codecademy, and Atlassian are popular services and I am glad that they are using Firebase.

Great with your success. I wish to congratulate you on this. Good luck to you.

(To be continued…….)

Shardul Pandey Talks To Keith Curtis

Keith Curtis dropped out of University of Michigan to become a proprietary programmer at Microsoft, to quit and become an author and film-maker about free software. He talks on conflicting choices that any user today makes with the State and the Internet.

Shardul Pandey: These days when the world is gripped in to Snowden syndrome, people are getting cautious and confused about the conveniences, internet is giving to them. Sometime back Dr Richard Stallman said to me, “I see that the Internet is turning into a scheme that gives people convenience in exchange for their freedom. Disservices such as Facebook invite people to share lots of personal information with a company that can make use of it, and hand it to the state as well.” Before also he used to say like that more often than not but with Edward Snowden’s act almost all his apprehensions are established as absolute facts. On 11 June 2013 in his political notes he said, “This man is a hero comparable to Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning.” How do you asses it?

Keith Curtis: RMS is right that the Internet is to some extent exchanging convenience for freedom, but that is also a simplistic perspective. The Internet is changing everything: education, business, science, culture. How many know of the Harlem Shake phenomenon? That is a trivial example, but it demonstrates a global mind and that physical distance is no longer a barrier to the exchange of (generally good) ideas. Billions have heard of Wikipedia and benefit from it, either directly or indirectly (you use a Boeing airplane and a Boeing engineer used it).

In the case of Facebook, there is nothing on that site that I wouldn’t post on any other as well, and often do post to multiple sites. If what I write and like allows them to pick custom and more targeted advertising, I have no problem with that. I’d rather someone try to find things interesting to me than just purely random content. Rather than just railing against things, it is better to have more specific criticisms and suggestions. Facebook has greatly improved their privacy settings.

As for Snowden, I am torn between the idea that the government must do dirty things to keep us from getting blown up, and protecting privacy and freedom. Terrorists must talk to each other over the Internet like the rest of us do. I don’t think that mass surveillance is a good idea, but I do like the ability for the government to be able to listen to particular conversations sometimes. If your job was to protect other people from being killed, you’d want some surveillance capabilities. Unfortunately, because it isn’t being run in the private sector, they end up building more than they need. There is absolutely no need for them to listen to my phone conversations. If they are bothering with it, then they are just stupid and wasting resources.

When I think about how the government is taking away my freedoms, I don’t worry about them listening into my phone calls as much as I think about how they are creating massive debts which I will have to repay, they are devaluing the currency to “stimulate” the economy, the retirement systems are going bankrupt, they create policies which have the unintended consequence of making healthcare very expensive, they have stupid energy policies which raise the cost of travel, food and everything, etc. A national healthcare system takes away a lot of freedom.

Shardul Pandey: Internet is not only about taking away freedoms but it has given many unprecedented freedoms to people across all countries. May be it has become a double-edged sword in the hands of humanity so how to further it for not to harm the privacy of individual user ?

Keith Curtis: Yes, the Internet is a double-edged sword. At the same time, we can try to fix things with specific suggestions. If you are worried about Internet freedoms and other freedoms, then vote for libertarian leaders who will do a better job balancing the tradeoffs. Obama is the opposite of a libertarian. A 50-page piece of legislation would fix our healthcare system. Obama’s was 2,700 pages and which puts the government in even greater control and overall makes the system more expensive and worse. Given he doesn’t care about freedom in healthcare, you can be sure he doesn’t care about it for the Internet either. So many people have cellphones because of the free market, not because of any government mandate. We need programs to help the poor, but single payer healthcare controls everyone. Surveillance is a minor issue. Anyone who gets upset about it clearly doesn’t realize all the other ways government is taking our liberty. The lack of freedom, in software, and in society, are the biggest challenges that face us.

Shardul Pandey: Obviously surveillance is a minor issue that certainly doesn’t upsets that much but the major issue, people of all countries are getting upset about, is that the ability of US Government has evidently invaded the sovereignty of independent governments of other countries by compelling American internet companies for stealing and sharing users’ data across all countries alike. For instance as per the laws of land in India, American companies functioning here could even get booked in a strong case of cross-border espionage if political will persists here at any point of time so where it is going to end after all with what ultimate universal solution?

Keith Curtis: I’m not exactly sure what you are referring to. There are terrorists in every nation, and governments need to be working together to listen in on the bad people making plans and recruiting. This can be done in a way that respects the law, and sovereignty of every nation, in a targeted manner, and even with the checks and balances of a judge like what happens with the FISA courts in the US.

One of the consequences of Obama’s expanded drone program is that we are blowing up rather than capturing and interrogating terrorists. Obama is happy to kill where there is no risk of Americans losing their life. Death of Americans brings decreased poll numbers and donations. However, if we aren’t interrogating and getting the contact lists of the terrorists, there is little point in having a surveillance program.

I can imagine that governments will always have the ability to listen in on particular people. Surveillance is a limited but very useful power. Libertarians aren’t anarchists. Instead of the NSA building a $2B datacenter, it could just build a small cluster. How much computing power does it take to track 1,000 dangerous people?

The solution to getting rid of the greatest need for surveillance is to end terrorism. Given this is a problem that goes back decades, it will take a while to fix as well. Today, There are schools and cultures that teach hate. And in the many countries where there is economic stagnation and misery, people are much more prone to be radicalized. Governments use hate to distract citizens from their own misery. The US economy has been pretty stagnant since 2008, but in general the opportunities for an average American are still much better than what exists for most young men in the Middle East.

Many countries have terrible economies because the government has created laws with bad unintended consequences. Obama’s policies are uniformly if unintentionally creating negative economic results. Unlike in software, where you can test if your idea is a good one, an economist would have to run for office or invade another country to learn if their grand scheme is a disaster or a good idea. Therefore, most today are quacks and have no idea what they are talking about. Most of the economists in the world today would be complete failures if their theories were ever actually implemented. Paul Krugman is probably the most famous genius-idiot.

The reason why so many countries have misery and bad economies is because so many countries have Marxists in their economic departments. The philosophy of higher education in one generation becomes the philosophy of government in the next. The key link many don’t understand between freedom and prosperity is that when the government gets out of the way, more people will have jobs and will be happier. If societies could purge themselves of Marxist thought, and the people who govern according to it, happiness for average citizens would increase, and terrorism would mostly disappear.

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of every citizen to pick leaders who will create policies that bring them hope and happiness, but unfortunately, most sources of media advocate liberal economic policies and liberal politicians, and so people often unintentionally vote against their own interests.

Suppose I stated that Sarah Palin would be a better President than Obama. Many reading that assertion would question my grasp of reality to make that statement. I believe it to be true, but the point is that the mainstream media and culture turn some people into a Messiah (ignore the shortcomings) and some people into the devil (exaggerate the shortcomings) and for the most part, even very intelligent people don’t notice propaganda. There is inaccurate and pervasive propaganda and groupthink in every country.

Shardul Pandey: Yes the misinformation has been very much a case along with governments unnecessarily wasting enormous public money. That is why some people are sacrificing all their conveniences just for opening up the governments in public interest. Actually implementation of INTERNET PROTOCOL got a global public trust established by making global networking open, free, fluid, live and ONE although prior to that our governments only failed in building any mutual trust among people across the political geography, while wasted a lot of public money in the name of protecting us from each other. Now if we fail in keeping ourselves one and open, we can not succeed in fighting misinformation that all governments yet use to spread.

One internet is sure to reinvent business, technology and media worldwide. Not only GPL, GNU, Linux or Android but google.com, wikipedia.org or twitter.com are also global faith structures. Ever-growing readership of SANGKRIT.net is getting global. It has already attained far greater internet influence than both major-most political parties of India have despite expending a lot of money for that.

You see people across all time zones have started believing more in internet companies than in their own respective governments as through every crisis caused by this or that government, domain registrants bothered more for not to trade-off social privacy of individual users rather than any respective government did so. Consequently isn’t it a case coming up that domain registrants now be given some sort of limited sovereignty so that they can safely refuse to disclose user information out of their domains?

Whether an international law can help for protecting internet users’ individual freedom and social privacy for ascertaining further growth of internet as open, free, fluid, live and above all as one thing in general?

Otherwise the US usage of concurrent internet for FREE SURVEILLANCE may consequently lead in to BALKANIZATION of INTERNET since it violates the sovereignty of so many independent nations so how to resolve this upcoming threat once forever along with addressing the lack of freedom in software and society as biggest challenges that face us?

Keith Curtis: The Internet exists, and yet lies by governments are still pervasive. Fixing misinformation requires a different strategy than just focusing on an open, etc. Internet. Who decides whether a politician is a Messiah or a fool? Why are so many governments running massive deficits without citizens demanding better?

It is true that in the marketplace of ideas on the Internet, the good ideas will eventually win out, but there are new lies being produced daily:

Here is another reason why bigger government provides a more just and moral society.

Listen to the latest dumb thing a conservative said.

Here is another anecdote that proves the tea party is racist.

There are also generations of journalists who are taught that their job is to report stories that conform to their world-view. A story that Obama is a Messiah is news, an event where he did something poorly is not reported because he’s doing his best and it must be someone else’s fault. Obviously in other countries there are lies with different names and circumstances. Note that the pervasive lies in the news media do infect things like Wikipedia and Twitter.

I think it should require a court order for domains to be forced to give up user information to the government. Otherwise, what information about a user is made public is up to the user and the website. On Facebook, I make my profile public. Other people can make other choices. Facebook would refuse you if you asked for private information about me. Privacy is a bigger topic than government surveillance.

I think there are many laws that could be passed to further improve the Internet in the ways that you desire: laws that would decrease the use of DRM would help with the spread of content. Outlawing software patents and genomic patents would help with the faster spread of science. Governments creating laws that force themselves to use and contribute to free software would also help. Governments getting out of the business of producing news would also help. I think the government could get involved in fostering standards in healthcare, which would help with the sharing important medical records in a reliable, secure and private way over the Internet. Also governments can keep building up more-unified resources of information about medical research like the NCBI (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/). It could require that all public funds for research never be given to a proprietary technology or be patented.

I’d like to pass a law that would outlaw Marxism in universities and government. Of course, such a law is hard to implement, but I do believe that the people who make up the Internet would be much happier if such a thing could magically happen. The more prosperous and free the society, the better the Internet will become.

Shardul Pandey: Massive public usage of Internet certainly curbs down all misinformation. German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger called for new European Union laws on data protection and a ban on American companies that violate them although in recent weeks, German foreign intelligence service BND was under attack for its own collaboration with NSA. German Justice Minister has to say that BND must finally put all the facts on the table. To protect user information, Jimmy Wales challenged entire industry to make encryption a human rights issue.

A few days back in Berlin during ceremony of Internet Hall of Fame, when Aaron Swartz was posthumously inducted, the rest of living inductees gave an standing ovation. He could not be there because US laws didn’t permit his creative freedom. John Perry Barlow accepted his induction on behalf of Assange, Manning and Snowden. Chairman of BJP Parliamentary Party in India L K Advani greeted and complimented Richard stallman for encouraging other champions of freedom like Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. RMS thanked and said he is very gratified that LKA admires them whom he too admires. John Perry Barlow tweeted, “How the hell can we put someone away for most of his life when about half the country thinks he deserves a medal?” Misusing Internet for free surveillance is an international crime since it violates the sovereignty of other independent peoples.

Still how for a free society we can make arrangements of individual freedom with social privacy? Whether encryption be made human rights issue or domains be allocated virtual sovereignty or ICANN be given diplomatic immunity so that internet industry can refuse from compromising any user information on the basis of one international law or should we simply start an Internet Hall of Defame by voting for Obama to start with?

Keith Curtis: It is true that increased usage of the Internet curbs down misinformation, but when there is so much of it produced every day by governments, government-sponsored media, and journalists who advocate for government, that the trends might be in the right direction, but progress is very slow. The Internet is a great mechanism for the broadcast of lies as well as truth, and many journalists don’t even realize when they are unintentionally spreading lies. Students who go to University in the US don’t realize that they are being taught almost exclusively liberal political and economic ideas. There are billions of people who think Sarah Palin is stupid. I can’t defend her here, only use it as an example of how groupthink is pervasive even over the Internet. People in Cuba are “sure” Karl Marx is the best economic philosopher and the Internet hasn’t changed that. There are countless other examples, and different ones in every country.

I don’t think a ban on companies is a great idea. Why not try to work things out? There is a lot of anti-Americanism and anti-capitalism. Don’t quickly follow what some liberal Eurocrat advocates. I don’t think encryption as a human right is a good idea. It is so low on the priority list of ways to make human life better it isn’t even worth discussing. And again, companies are improving. Facebook has dramatically changed their privacy settings over the last years, presumably with input from privacy experts.

Aaron Swartz’s situation is tragic, but the US has laws to protect creative freedom. There is a balancing act, and different perspectives on how to do that. I agree the US government should have lead in pushing for open access, but in general, these are private entities producing the journals, and it is private companies and universities like MIT that got it wrong. The question you have to ask is, why wasn’t everyone at MIT already pushing for open access?

Each case of Swartz, Manning, Assange, Snowden, etc. are different. I’m not going to argue they are all guilty or innocent, only that the question of what someone did is complicated and I think grouping a bunch of people together as all heroes requires a lot of work. You are welcome to your set, but I don’t worry about the increasing freedom achieved by leaking documents, for example, as compared to the fact I live in the world where Social Security has been going bankrupt for decades and yet nothing to reform this 1930s law has been done. This is another infringement on my freedom, much worse. It is common knowledge that half children in Detroit schools are functionally illiterate in the 8th grade. I wish documents would leak that would show the US is bankrupt. Maybe then American liberals would focus on it. You don’t even need leaked documents, the US government publicly announces that it has $100T in unfunded liabilities. Are any of these leaks providing us with any new knowledge that could be used to improve the quality of life for average citizens? Something isn’t valuable just because it was secret.

As for laws to protect freedom and privacy, I don’t encourage many laws that cross countries. It decreases the sovereignty of each nation, and there are many examples of international laws that have made things worse such as the situation in the EU. I really think that governments need to be cooperating to protect us from those who would blow themselves and others up. Laws which pretend that risk doesn’t actually exist are a mistake. Governments need to be trying to cooperate to stamp out terror, but in the meanwhile, we need to be finding terrorists. Can you imagine life if the police disappeared? There are embassies between every country. It seems like working through these issues would be one of their biggest jobs. Doing that in a limited and effective way is key.

Shardul Pandey: I am certainly not carrying a bunch of (my set of) heroes. I always try hard to help so-called great men meet some ordinary self.

Actually it is secrecy and sacrifice that leave awesome effect on everybody else up to the extent that mostly people become hesitant to say anything against the ideals involved. Sometimes an aura gets made around even not so wise things. Hero worship hasn’t ever helped any society in practice. All of sudden America is evolving a lot of heroes only because the US Government has become good enough in playing great villain.

Consequently what you find doing best for America in concurrent circumstance?

Keith Curtis: I think that hero-worship of the right people is a fine thing. It is good for children to be instilled with the right values, done through stories.

The problem is finding the right heroes, and many of today’s ones and the values promoted in modern society are wrong. We live in a technological age, but are culturally devolving. In every big city in America, there are many children who go to a “free” school, but are illiterate. Why aren’t these schools improving? Why doesn’t this get talked about much more than Snowden? Why do history majors at Universities learn that Gorbachev “won” the Cold War? Why isn’t every programmer already writing free software, which is in the tradition of science? Why is a President picked because of the palpable excitement around his skin color? Obama might be popular currently and considered a success, but the biggest thing he’s doing is hastening the demise of the welfare state, which is what he actually believes is the role of government.

Social Security has been going bankrupt slowly for many decades, but faster since he took office. The deficits are even bigger. The unemployment is 2% more than Bush’s average. Many people are part time, and high gas prices, higher food and everything prices, a stagnant housing market, and none of the longstanding social and societal problems are actually being fixed. We are moving towards the abyss faster. One day, there will be a big mess to clean up. Congress is basically dysfunctional with a Republican (libertarian) house and a (Marxist) Democrat Senate. The Republicans in Congress are ready to pass laws to unwind the welfare state, but they couldn’t get through the Senate. Obama believes that the job of government is increase redistribution so he would veto every one anyway.

I think calling the US a villain is over-stating things. A lot can be explained by incompetence. And there are a lot of times with past Presidents where the conventional history on what they did, and what they actually did, are very different. Anyway, whether the US is a villain is complicated because you need to analyze a lot of actions and the results and compare it to what would have happened if the US hadn’t been involved.

Milton Friedman’s solution is to turn the welfare state into a negative income tax, privatize everything, and pass laws that encourage competition (get rid of software and biotech patents) and also cooperation (invest in free software, open access journals, etc.) The idea that teachers should be working for the government is extremely ingrained in culture. There is the list of what needs to be done, and there is also the issue of (re)-educating people on the limited role of government so they can vote in people to do this.

Shardul Pandey: I find you politically very capable to hold on. Our this talk has already become very popular. It is being read globally alike. You make very good statements. Your country should be proud of you.

I do not consider United States as villain. Internet was born with its father’s salary coming from US treasury. Unfortunately US Government has given a chance to an entirely spy-managed state like Russia to become the hero of Internet. Hackers haven’t ever been dangerous guys but the world they tried to help has been dangerous to them.

Once free trade and free speech made American dream possible but now free surveillance has made furthering that difficult. I think US must not be getting short on free speech and free trade. One new book I’ve read is called The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin. He describes some of the political solutions which can help enable the economic ones. It also give more context to some of the problems.

Other countries would require different political solutions, but they might also find some inspiration from this.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Oleksandr Orlov Who Created Torrentus.To, A Powerful Torrent Search Engine

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Isabel Castillo, A PHP Programmer

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Shardul Pandey Talks To L. K. Advani & Richard Stallman

An unprecedented event in the history of internet brought the most respected man of politics and the most respected man of programming together. Very much like Dr Richard Stallman, L. K. Advani also works on his own domain without using so-called social media sites.

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