Monday, March 20, 2006

Consortium for Educational Communication

Cashing on the benefits of the Internet, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has developed an e-module through which students can watch and listen to lectures by experts on various subjects, and appear for web-based tests from the comfort of their homes.

Programmes of India's Vyas Channel, dedicated to education and managed by the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC), an inter-university centre of the UGC, is now available on its website "The module presents the lectures in a systematic manner”

The CEC has a target of converting all 15,000 programmes into the e-content module.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

GDrive from Google

"With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc). We already have efforts in this direction in terms of GDrive, GDS, Lighthouse, but all of them face bandwidth and storage constraints today." — excerpt from Analyst Day presentation notes.

The Web world was abuzz this week over rumors that Google is preparing a service that will let people store every bit of their data online. Details about the GDrive product leaked onto the Web after Google accidentally posted notes online from a slide presentation given by executives during the company's analyst presentation day.

In a Windows environment, most users know how to use the typical C: in "My Computer". Network drives work exactly the same but are given a different letter and the files within are not stored on the computer. GDrive is simply a network share, most applications could take advantage of this service without modification. The question of course is how Google will monetize a service like this. See screenshot

Online storage with GDrive could be an important part of Google's future plans — universal access to your data will soon become reality.