Madhav's Blog


Random thoughts on technology, books and anything else …

“Cash for Dial-ups”

The recent focus on ‘Cash for Clunkers’ and why it deserves billions of $s has me thinking.   If a populist program like this can become so popular in spite of such narrow scope (aimed at only dealers and auto industries) and dubious long-term environmental benefits, why not design similar programs for other industries

Not sure if this will ever fly, but  may I suggest “Cash for Dial-ups”.  It will help with Universal broadband access and long-term, it will drive innovation by letting more people get Online and do more.


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Weekly Thought (August 3, 2009)

“Swiss Innovation, German Engineering, American Nothing.”

This is the first sentence from Tom Friedman’s Hot, Flat and Crowded and it struck a nerve in me.  Apparently, this is a slogan that Daimler has been using in South Africa to market its Smart cars.  Obviously, Daimler is trying to distance itself from its failed marriage with Chrysler but at the same time I felt that this is very indicative of the beating that the American image has taken.  Gone are the days when America was known as the land of opportunity and where innovation and entrepreneurship ruled.

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