Sunday, March 26, 2006

Trademarks, Not Patents

Came across a very well written article on Apple's intelligent usage of trademarks to gain competitive advantage. Also, I learnt a new term called value transference.

Here is the link to the aricle

A fake heir

This e-mail (which dropped into my inbox this morning) was too hilarious for me to ignore.....

Dear friend,

I am Barrister Dean Hargreaves, a solicitor at law and attorney to the late Mr. Mark Michelle, a national of France who was formerly a contractor to the shell petroleum development company (SPDC) in Saudi Arabia. On the 6th of June 2004,he and his wife with their two children were involved in a ghastly-fatal auto crash during the summer vacation. Since then, I have made countless enquiries with his country's embassy to locate his immediate or extended families to no avail. The deceased passed away leaving in my possession a copy of his will stating his two late children as the direct beneficiaries or a relative as next of kin in their absence.

After several unsuccessful attempts to locate the deceased’s next of Kin, I have decided to
contact you with this partnership proposal to assist in repatriating a huge amount of money before it is confiscated/declared unserviceable by the bank where the deposit is lodged. The deceased has a deposit currently valued at $21 million US dollars and the bank has issued me a
notice to provide the next beneficiary or next of kin before the end of the fiscal year (2006).

Since I haven't had any luck in locating the next beneficiary of the deceased’s will in the past two years, I therefore seek your consent to present you as the next of kin /will beneficiary to the deceased, so the deposit presently valued at $21 million US dollars would be paid into your account for further disbursements.40% to you, 50% to me and 10% for bank transfers and
overhead costs. I have in my possession every legitimate and backing document as handed over from the deceased for every process of the transaction.

Furthermore you have every reason to carefully ascertain the integrity of this proposal, as I require your utmost cooperation, confidentiality and trust. I guarantee that this transaction would be executed with 100% legitimacy and without the slightest breach of the law. You could get in touch by email as I am presently in Ireland furnishing me with the following details.

(1.) Your full name
(2.) Your telephone and fax numbers
(3.) Your contact address

Your urgent response would be highly appreciated as I await your response in earnest.

Best regards,
Barrister Dean Hargreaves

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Online Grievance System in India

I've personally never tried using these systems, do cannot vouch for their effctivness, but I think it is way forward in outlook, and the Indian government must be appreciated for their efforts to maintain an online greivance system.

Here are some I found out last week.

When I visited this site, I saw that I was the 67,000th person to have visited this site. So either this is new or not many ppl have tried this.

Closely linked to this site is the website of the Indian Citizen's charter that explains citizens of their mandate. Check it out. Very informative.

Couple of sites especially for ppl who get bogged by calls from Multinational Banks who thrust credit cards into unsuspecting pockets and burn a hole through them

I was informed there is also a greivance forum but couls not manage to find it on google (let me know if you know)