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I wanted to compare the growth of mobile across United States and India. I have witnessed the mobile revolution in India and have often heard that Asia is an emerging market for mobile but never came across any statistics showcasing the same.

United Nations provides some great datasets to play around with. I used the cellular mobile telephone subscribers dataset to create the following graph. The visualization below compares the cellular subscribers over the period 1980-2004 for US and India. As per these statistics US is way ahead in numbers but slower in growth. The orange vertical bars show the point in the timeline where US and India have comparable subscribers (~45 million). It took nearly 15 years for the US market to achieve this number whereas India achieved this in 10 years time.

Since 2004, mobile phones and service plans in India have become even more accessible and affordable. It would be even more interesting to compare the current numbers.

Logging My Life

| April 21st, 2007

Gordon Bell has been recording every bit of his life for the past seven years. His custom-designed software, “MyLifeBits” saves everything it can, from every email he sends and receives, every document he types, every chat session he engages in, every Web page he surfs. The advantages of such a software are obvious: total recall. It gives one the ability to search ones life for any reference of a person/thing.

Inspired by it I have decided to start logging my life as well. As of now its restricted to only my online life as I do not have resources like the SenseCam. The data collected in this process could be used in numerous ways: total recall, recommendations, predictions, and so on. As Peter Norvig says, “Its about the data and not the algorithm”.

Head over to the Life Logger project page, where I am documenting how I have been logging my life along with tools and algorithms for aggregating and analyzing such data.

Happy logging :-)

Click here for the Life Logger Project homepage

I’ll let the statistics speak for themselves.

Larry Page Sergey Brin

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Ah! And how can I forget Bill Gates. Lets see how he fairs in front of the whiz kids.

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