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Devops at SlideShare

Here are the slides which we presented at Devopsdays Bangalore 2011

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SlideShare announces support for videos

SlideShare is announcing video sharing support today. The announcement significantly changes SlideShare’s proposition from the place to share documents to the place for professional media sharing. This is an exciting and novel move into an important space which no other company has even attempted to support.

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The video support is going to be extended to the LinkedIn as well. So, now, you can use SlideShare LinkedIn App to share your professional videos on LinkedIn.

SlideShare CEO, Rashmi Sinha is breaking out the news at Web 2.0 Expo in her keynote. Apart from video support, SlideShare is also announcing better support for iPhone/iPad and other smart devices.

Hope you have a good time using SlideShare!

Press coverage / Blogs:
http://techcrunch.com/2010/05/05/slideshare-now-supports-business-videos-on-professional-content-platform/
http://ross.typepad.com/blog/2010/05/business-video-on-slideshare.html
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/slideshare_goes_beyond_powerpoint_and_adds_video.php
http://www.socialmediatoday.com/SMC/195036

Puppet hackday @ SlideShare Delhi

All sysadmins / backenders: Puppet hackday is happening at SlideShare Delhi office on March 13th. http://www.barcamp.org/Puppet-HackDay-Delhi

Its a 1 day event in Barcamp format. There is a talk by Luke Kanies, founder and CEO, Reductive Labs (guys who make puppet). There is going to be a competition at the end of the event and SlideShare is giving away iPod touch as prize! http://blog.slideshare.net/2010/03/10/luke-kanies-speaking-at-puppet-hackday-delhi-this-weekend/

Sign up here http://www.barcamp.org/Puppet-HackDay-Delhi if you’re coming.

Using SlideShare to promote your business

SlideShare today launches SlideShare BusinessLeadShare and AdShare – two incredible tools to promote your business. This is SlideShare’s business model. After 3 years and some rapid traffic growth, this seems to fit the bill.

Simply put, LeadShare is a way to collect leads for your business while users are watching your documents on SlideShare or embedded anywhere on the web. The information you can collect from the lead is customizable with option of asking upto 5 custom questions. Cost per lead varies with the details you want from the user, starting from as low as $1 per lead.

AdShare lets you promote your documents alongside similar documents on SlideShare. You can think of it as ‘adsense for documents’. So, assuming that a user is watching a document on SlideShare, your business pitch/document will have a chance to show up as the ‘next document’ on the same webpage. A ‘chance’ since your document will have to go through a series complex algorithms based on similarity, category targeting and CTR performance in order to show up at the top. Right now, every click on a promoted document costs $0.25 for worldwide targeting and $0.35 for country specific targeting – pretty darn cheap, IMHO.

Yes guys, this is social media generating business for you! The two products are patent pending and going to see constant improvements based on your feedback and experience. Hope you have a terrific time using them. Go, try ‘em here.

SohilGupta.com is up and running

So, finally, after much hardwork and figuring out how to run a LAMP-based site on a VPS, my brother has been able to put together his blog at sohilgupta.com. Nifty, eh? Here are some learnings he picked up on his way to get this done. Congrats doode and keep writing!

Ghajini: The worst Aamir Khan movie ever

Ghajini PosterI am not much of a movie review guy. But after watching Ghajini, the latest offering from Aamir Khan, I feel I need to let out what I think about it. Especially, since its touted as the best movie of 2008 and a runaway success.

Frankly, I am disappointed with the movie. I think Aamir made a wrong choice this time in signing up for this, much as he did after Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. And it is Aamir’s popularity and trust that people have in him that has made this movie anything next to a hit. I think the producers have used Aamir as a property and cashed on his name. And I have my reasons for why I say so:

- Did someone say this movie is a thriller? Mr. Murugadoss, do you even know what a thriller means? This is a very predictable story of a good guy taking revenge with a bad guy who killed his girlfriend spiced up with some ‘larger than life’ ‘over the top’ action. This is not a thriller. Everyone knows whats going to happen next. And its slow as well.

- The movie has a ‘larger than life’ South Indian tone. Which I particularly dislike. Everything is exaggerated beyond realism, very similar to Rajnikanth movies.

- My biggest disappointment is the screenplay. It is very loose. It’s clear that in order to take story forward, Mr. Murugadoss, has conveniently left many many loose ends in the screenplay. Specifics below:

  • The policeman who enters Aamir’s flat in the Odyssey building was not carrying a gun. While I understand that in order to keep violence low in the movie, no gunshots were fired but still, I wonder how come a policeman is carrying out a mission without a gun?
  • Again, no guns were shown when policemen caught Aamir in the lift of the girl’s hostel. I appreciate that for the sake of keeping violence low. But the policemen actually made no attempt to catch hold of Aamir. The only way he could think of running was to jump right into policemen’s arms.
  • And here’s the best one – no one in the police had any idea who’s this guy whom they have caught inspite of 1 policeman following his lead. No sketch. No identification. Nothing. To top it up, why didn Jiah Khan tell the police whom they’ve caught? If I remember correctly, she was the one who called up police. So, she should have been the first one to be interrogated. No? Well, there was no other way to make Jiah Khan useful in the movie, hence this bullshit. Right, Mr. Murugadoss?
  • A minor one: what was Aamir purpose of visiting the medical college where he met Jiah Khan for first time? That was the easiest way to meet her, I suppose.
  • And, actually, Aamir throwing guys twice his size like snowmans is quite hilarious. No one could hit him. Not even a punch. OMG!

- One last thing: We could make out that the endless dessert in the song Ghuzarish were digitally created. It was damn easy to know that.

The loose ends in the screenplay popout even more since they are the course changing events in the movie. Also, one does not expect absolutely any slack in an Aamir Khan movie since he’s the perfectionist. Sad to say, this one did not live upto his standards.

Having said all that, I must touch upon a few things I liked about the movie:

- Aamir’s acting is par excellence. He’s not let us down. And he looks really good as Chairman, Air Voice when he’s doing business.

- Asin’s good too. Acts well. Looks good. Suited well to the role.

- The entire drama of Asin thinking that Aamir is fake Sanjay Singhania and Aamir enjoying it, is very tickling. Very hilarious and full of sweet spots. Thoroughly enjoyed that.

- Using villain’s screen name (Ghajini) as the movie title is, I think, a first in Indian cinema. Very cool!

Well, that is all I had to say about Ghajini. I would be happy to hear some more point of views, both supporting and contradictory.

Updates:
Another thoughtful review of Ghajini by Nag: http://www.narendranag.com/ghajini-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly.php

SlideShare Tweetup

Hey guys, SlideShare Tweetup is happening at SlideShare’s New Delhi office on Monday, 5th Jan 2009 6PM onwards. And, you’re welcome. Click here to register for the event.

It’s going to be an informal gathering of fans of SlideShare and Twitterers in Delhi. Rashmi Sinha, CEO SlideShare is going to attend the tweetup. It’s a good time to catch up with her and the SlideShare team.

And there are going to be snacks, wifi, gossip etc. I will be there.

More from blogsphere:
http://blog.gauravgupta.in/2008/12/slideshare-tweetup-on-monday-05-jan.html
http://www.webyantra.net/2008/12/27/slideshare-tweetup-on-monday-5-jan-2009-at-600-pm/

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