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Digit magazine[india][june 2007]

Digit magazine[india][june 2007]

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 WE NEED FOOD. We need power. We need water. Butif the year 2007 has been declared by the govern-ment as the “Year of Broadband,” we demand anuninterrupted supply of broadband as well. The mayor of San Francisco once said Wi-Fi wasa fundamental human right. I’m going along thoselines—not quite, but close. When our former IT minister Dayanidhi Maranled the DoT (Dept of Telecom) and conceived of anambitious plan to offer free broadband through BSNLand MTNL at 2 Mbps by 2009, it sent newswires acrossthe nation buzzing. Consumers like myself blessedhim and sent him sincere, heartfelt thanks beforegoing to bed. A fortnight later, though, the ministerhad to quit. The best laid plans of mice and men… The figure for broadband connections in Indiastands close to 3 million, while the government plansto take it up to 9 million by year’s end. How? Yourguess could well be better than mine. I’m clueless.Post the exit of Maran (I must admit he has donemuch, much more than his earlier counterparts),another nail-in-the-coffin for broadband dreamscame from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), when it recommended an entry fee forissuing new ISP licences, and a reduction in the for-eign direct investment (FDI) limit to 74 per cent fromthe existing 100 per cent.In its recommendations, the TRAI said the cur-rent free entry of ISPs should be terminated, andthat there should be an entry fee of Rs 20 lakh fornational-level ISPs and Rs 10 lakh for state-level ISPs. The TRAI has also recommended charging anannual licence fee of six per cent of gross revenue to alloperational ISPs. If these recommendations are imple-mented, broadband access is slated to become moreexpensive, leave alone becoming free. So how does thispare up with the earlier plans? Or does the plan nowchange because of the musical chairs being played outamongst the figureheads at our IT ministry? Will the incumbent IT minister announceanother populist scheme, giving us another dream—only to pull it down later?I’d always thought the principal role of the TRAI was to uphold the consumer’s interest and protecthim from monopolistic pricing and cartelisation.Now, it not only strikes down at the hopes of newISP aspirants, it also eliminates competition.In any case, is free broadband sustainable? What we’ve seen is, when you make something free, itruns into the problems of low-quality service andupgrade costs. How concerned have you been whileusing public utilities and transport? Ever caredenough to wipe your seat on a bus, or clean a publictoilet? Free broadband also means we consumers will use as it much as possible. Every house will setpirated movies to download. The pipes will choke. This will again lead to abysmal quality of service.Charging a fixed fee no matter how much band- width a customer uses is as good as giving theservice away for free. So if anyone’s listening,charge us—but give us consistent and quality broad- band, please!
editor@thinkdigit.com
Editorial
Deepak Ajwani
Executive Editor
Bread And Butter… And Broadband
“Is free broadband sustainable?When you make something free, itruns into the problems of low-qualityservice and upgrade costs”
 
June 2007 • Volume 7 • Issue 6
Chairman
Jasu Shah
Printer, Publisher, Editor & Managing Director
Maulik Jasubhai
CEO and Editorial Director
L SubramanyanEditorial
Executive Editor
Deepak Ajwani
Head of Writers
Robert Sovereign-Smith
Writers
Nimish Chandiramani, Samir Makwana,Asfaq Tapia, B G Prakash
Sr. Copy Editor
Ram Mohan RaoTest Centre
Assistant Manager
Sanket Naik
Reviewer
Jayesh Limaye, Michael Browne,Rossi Fernandes
Trainee
Sumedh Phalak
Product Reviews Co-ordinator
Yogendra BagleDesign
Creative Head
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Head - Editorial Design
Solomon Lewis
Dy. Head - Editorial Design
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Chief Designer
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Senior Designers
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Designers
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Photographers
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Co-ordinator
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Content Head
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Content Co-ordinator
Nimish ChandiramaniOperations
Executive Vice-President
Vijay AdhikariSales & Marketing
Vice President
Bibhor SrivastavaMarketing
Brand Manager
Jitendra Soni
Brand Executive
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Marketing Communication
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 walks through the technologymaze to bring you the most relevant, mostresearched stories. If you have an opinion aboutanything published in
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Advertisers’ Index
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DIGIT
 JUNE 2007
YOUR TECHNOLOGY NAVIGATOR
ClientPage
Abacus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41ADP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21AOC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150, 151Apacer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155APC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27Autocar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56Avaya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34-35, 36Bajaj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back CoverBrother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29Canon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back CoverCisco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25Cooler Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181Creative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87, 88, 89, 90D-link . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23Enjay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109Euroclean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95Genius . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141Gigabyte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131Hitachi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121HP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59,60,61,62Hyundai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143Intel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77, 78, 79, 80LG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Reverse GatefoldMaxim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155Microsoft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6MSI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69Nikon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13Rashi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82-83Rediff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119Reliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-9Samsung . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front CoverSamsung . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49, 50, 51, 52Soft Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103Supertrone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147Tirupati . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .171Topgun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101Toshiba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158, 159Viewsonic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97Western Digital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115Wipro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Disclaimer:
For every
 Digit 
contest, there will be only one winner, unless specified otherwise. In the event of adispute, the Editor’s decision shall be final
Printed and published by Maulik Jasubhai on behalf ofJasubhai Digital Media Pvt Ltd,26 Maker Chambers VI, 2nd Floor, Nariman Point,Mumbai 400 021, India
and
Published from Mumbai
Editor:
Maulik Jasubhai, 26 Maker Chambers VI, 2ndFloor, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021Printed at Magna Graphics (I)Ltd,101 C & D Government Industrial Estate Kandivli,Mumbai 400 067
HARDWAREInternal SATA Hard Drives98
Hitachi . . . . .Deskstar 7K1000Hitachi . . . . .Deskstar T7K500Maxtor DiamondMax 10Maxtor DiamondMax 116H500F0Samsung HD080HJSamsung HD160JJSamsung HD300LJSamsung HD400LJSeagate Barracuda 7200.8ST3400832ASSeagate Barracuda 7200.9ST3500641ASSeagate Barracuda 7200.9ST3750640ASWestern Digital Caviar RE16WD1600YSWestern Digital Caviar RE16WD2500YSWestern Digital Caviar RE16WD3200YSWestern Digital Caviar SE16WD2500KSWestern Digital Caviar SE16WD3200AAKSWestern Digital Caviar SE16WD4000KSWestern Digital Caviar SE16WD5000AAKSWestern Digital RaptorWD1500ADFDWestern Digital RaptorWD740ADFDWestern Digital RE2 WD5000YS
External Hard Drives
Iomega . . .Desktop Hard DriveIomega . .Portable Hard DriveMaxtor . .Maxtor OneTouch IIIMini EditionMaxtor OneTouch IIIMaxtor OneTouch III TurboEditionPhilips . . . . . . . . . .SPD5110CCSeagate Pushbutton BackupSeagate ST9100801U2RKWestern Digital My BookEssentialWestern Digital My BookPremium EditionWestern Digital My Book ProEditionWestern Digital My Book ProEdition IIWestern Digital PassportPortable (Black)
MP3 Players . . . . . . . . . .164
Apple iPod Nano 2 GBApple iPod Nano 4 GBApple iPod Nano 8 GBApple iPod Video 80GBCowon A2Cowon D2Cowon iAudio F2Eurone 838SEurone Upro AMP-777Eurone Upro MP-819FEurone Upro PMP-MM5Intex AuraMitashi MPF1001Mitashi MPL1004Mitashi MPS1002MobiBlu DAH-2100MobiBlu DHH-200Philips SA3125Root VJE-1GBSamsung YP-K3Samsung YP-K5Samsung YP-T9Sandisk Sansa c240Sandisk Sansa e250Sandisk Sansa e260Sandisk Sansa e270Sony NW-S203FSony NW-S705FTranscend T.sonic 610Transcend T.sonic 630YES YMP-18 512 MBYES YMP-18 1 GBYES YMP-18 2 GBYES YMP-30YES YMP-35 512 MBYES YMP-35 1 GB
Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116Hardware
Acer PD527DADATA PD7 - 4GB - USB DriveAntec 900Asus LamborghiniBose Intra Ear HeadphonesCanon 400D XtiIntel Student PCKodak EasyShare V803Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000Nokia N95
Software . . . . . . . . . . . . .123
Adobe Lightroom 1.0Site Studio 6 Pro
Products Reviewed This Month
South
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East
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North
Arvind PrabhakarE-mail: arind_prabhakar@ jasubhai.comPhone: +91 9313319279, (011)41608655/56/57/58
International RepresentativeTaiwan
Mr.Marc Sonam, Image Media 2F-2, No.35, Sec. 2,Fushing South Road, Taipei 106, Taiwan,R.O.C.Tel: (886) -2-8773 4199Fax: (886) -2-8773 4200marc@imagemediatw.com
To Advertise
 
14
DIGIT
 JUNE2007
Enter
20
Model and actorShawar Ali talksabout hisgadgetcollection
20
AMD’s Pumagoes on thehunt for Intel’sSanta Rosa
26
Microsoftproves that the“we like Linux”thing was just aphase
30
Programmerslove Lua
th Sense
ContentsMagazine
Expert Opinion
31Communication
 That most fundamentalhuman need...Will we get true broadband? Will we go3/4/5/whatever G? What aboutunderstanding each other?
45An Equal Access
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, VicePresident, Google (APAC & Latin America), on the changing facesof the Internet, search and more
46The Future Of The Internet
George Zacharias, ManagingDirector, Yahoo! India talks about what the Internet means to Indiaand what’s going to change
54Up-Close And “Personal”Technology
 Digit 
reader Abdul Rehman Nooraccepted our invitation, and wrote in about gadgetry of the future
55Mobility, SeamlessConnectivity, And Convergenceis the way ahead
R Zutshi, Deputy Managing Director,Samsung India, talks aboutconvergence, gaming, and expensivegadgets coming home
72Innovation, Imagination,And Emotional Computing
Intel’s Justin Rattner tells us thatthe future lies in technology that we hold dear to us, and thatinnovation will abound
73The IT Industry’sNorth Star
Dr Hector de J Ruiz, Chairman &CEO, AMD, on why Moore’s Lawisn’t as relevant as it was
38 The Web
 What shape will the Webtake next? We mull about better searches, moresocialising and Web x.0
47 Personal Technology
 The gadget of our dreamsmight be closer to realitythan you think
57 Computing
It all comes down tohardware and software—one progresses, the otherfollows, and the cyclecontinues...
85Entertainment
Of high-definiton, on-demand video and thefuture of user-generated T
75 Gaming
 What’ll it be? Enjoyablegames that aren’t all thatgreat looking, or ultra-realistic games in alltheir HDglory?

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