Smart(er) Phone

It looks like we’ve been behaving more like those idiots who inadvertently established self-imposed brand loyalty shelling money without self-realization. Stranger than fiction this truth changed the land scape of human relations. People take their brands to their hearts and arguments, debates and comparisons have dominated simple, loving, caring and thriving relationships. I personally do not have a favorite phone, because technology evolves and so does we. My calculations are obviously simple, do we get what we want for what we pay? However simple this may sound, the current smart phone market has changed the way we think about phones. Very unfortunately, Apple the company well known for their quality designs have completely changed the way people perceive their devices. I hate Apple more for making a smart phone a smarter phone. The phone is something that does what we want and how we like, however, we started liking what it does and what it gives. This is sad for civilized people who make decisions based on brands. I don’t own an Apple product because I hate it, it is simply because it is an useless product for me. I would rather prefer to buy a desktop/laptop, printer, web cam, good set of speakers, a 22″ LCD, smooth and wide keyboard and a mouse which responds to the way I want rather than buying a Apple Laptop for double the cost for these combined stuff. The math doesn’t match my requirements, that’s all.

No two people think the same, but when thinking is dominated by stature and the stature is dominated by a brand, you loose yourself. Many of my peers think iPhone is a superior product without even bothering to see if there is competition and how they fair with one another and ultimately what is it that makes more sense to them. Again, there are no comparisons here.

I have a Blackberry Pearl, i picked it up as a choice in one amongst the others that I was getting FREE for signing up a 2-yr contract with AT&T. I never had plans to check my email on a phone nor browse internet over it. And the so called APPS (most people think that Apple invented APPS, dumber!) were available on my Blackberry even then. For some stupid reason AT&T goofed up my monthly charges simply because I gave my BB to my wife as I started using another touch screen phone which I borrowed from my deceased cousin (a memorabilia of sorts). It took me 15 calls and 8 hours of talk-time to fix the issue (hopefully fixed). I bought a cell phone for being able to call someone from anywhere, whether in need or not. The current day so called smart phones have defeated that purpose. People are fascinated with their GPS on their bright LCD, but still carry a stand-alone GPS, they are fascinated by their browsing capabilities on their phones, yet 99% of their browsing is done when a convenient and a faster PC is available within their reach. Or they would simply browse something that makes no sense at all. People are buying APPS for money without realizing if it makes sense or not. Smart phone are now smarter and smarter people are now smart, actually dumb.

Why would a person stand in a line for days to buy a phone? I simply does not get it. I would like to ask that person what is it that made him happy at the end, having that phone or its usage? Of course humans are extremely smart for justifying everything they do. My friends ask me, “if iPhone is really not that great, why would people buy it with such craze?”, I do not have an answer that will satisfy them, but I do have for myself. Because, they are buying a smarter phone and not a smart phone.

Now its my turn. I need a phone, just a smart phone and nothing more than that. Why? Because I could not do somethings that I would like to do over the internet when I am at my office. This is ridiculous because you are supposed to work and not browse when you are at office, isn’t it? Anyway, as I said before, we have our own explanations for everything and anything we do. I am not buying an iPhone because it costs me more, I am not buying an Droid because it costs me more, I am buying a EVO (most likely) because it costs me less.

I hate to see any company dominating the land scape of technology because its simply is not in our best interest. I love Microsoft for not its products but making our lives simple over the period for much less that we get from the competition. Google’s Android is picking up not because its better than iPhone’s iOS4 but because its open and available. Microsoft is coming up with their Windows Phone 7 OS, which promises better integration between APPS which simultaneously helping enterprises incorporate their WAP, wireless based technologies work in tandem. Most managers love to check their emails on their BB, come Windows OS, I guess they would love to check their Outlook directly without mediation.

I hope to see one day we just buy smart phones and become smarter. Long live civilization.

Nikhita’s Dance Performance

Daily Diet

Internet has long transformed into life from technical invention. I have hardly seen a person in my recent past who doesn’t browse on the Internet. Like all others, I have my daily dose of vitamins.

  1. Generic News: Rediff / Times of India / NDTV / Eenadu / Great Andhra / Idlebrain
  2. Tech News: Google News (Tech) / Gizmodo / Engadget
  3. Shopping Deals: Slickdeals
  4. Email: Yahoo Mail
  5. Finance: Wall Street Journal / Yahoo Finance
  6. Sports: Cricinfo

Invite for good

Social responsibility is a privilege and not duty.

Invite for GoodWhen my good friend Probir Goyal told me about Invite For Good, I was floored by his ‘responsible’ idea. Not everyone would have thought about it, even so, very few could have put it in action. He took on a social responsibility who believes in ‘giving’ back to the society and created this website. It is a cross roads between social life and charity, a wonderful idea of giving ‘real gifts’.

I am happy that I have used it in the past and present and will continue to do so and I urge everyone to do so. Again, social responsibility is a privilege and not duty.

Poor Shoes

Its been a ‘trend’ lately to huddle shoes over on political figures in India, even the PM is not spared. I really feel pity for these shoes. One, had they been used ‘regularly’, people could have called it real-value but the otherwise fate of being rocketed on politicians have degraded their status. Two, they do not get any credit what-so-ever! Its the launcher and the target who gets the fame, poor souls.

Anyway, not all flowers abode to the holy feet of God and not all shoes are designated, foot-wear. Don’t worry! Every ‘shoe’ will have its day.

Demo(n)cracy

India is gearing up for its next election. Politics have stared seeping in to the main-stream and people are poised to take a stance. Of course like ever, they are confused. Unfortunately, Indian people seldom had choices. They got used to elect a lesser evil always.

I am no expert on general political scenario, but can at least identify a leader, which the ‘normal’ voter always failed to do so. In my home state of AP, I guess this elections will not only be historical but, will remain as the worst ever. The ruling party has amassed huge piles of cash by looting pubic money all these days is the most corrupt, un-ethical and rowdy party which has ever ruled the state. Unlike Mahabharata where the blind king Dhrutarashtra ignored the state’s harmony for his love towards his pride son, the current king (CM) is not blind and is certainly no Dhrutarashtra. I am afraid that this father-son duo cannot even be compared with Duryodhan as I would choose a trillion Duryodhans over this one CM. Their numero uno ambition of conglomerating resources as their empires and businesses has left the state with minimal resources and strapped wealth. If ever justice can be heard I can bet that this duo will be sentenced to a billion gas chambers and a trillion hangings. If people bring them back to power they can be rest assured; Andhra Pradesh will be renamed to Rajiv Pradesh and there is only one owner for all the land.

On the other side we have TDP, who I should say have some credibility based on their past. However, their new agenda of mixing up TRS makes them equally demon. TRS leader CSR is a broker, pimp and a terrorist. Their Telengana agenda is as clean as Musi River. He gives a shit to the ideology of a sperate state and all he bothers is to become a CM for something, even if it is one small gully. If TDP is like adultrated milk, TRS is poison.

The third front is PRP headed by the charismatic(non) leader Chiranjeevi. He started the party with an agenda to be clean and fight for social justice and there was nothing wrong until he realized that politics in India means goondgiri, bashing, rhetoric, empty promises and power gained by fear. Slowly but visibly, more and more murks have entered its party cadre and they are not only tainted but well known goondas.

Last but definitely least is Lok Satta headed by a ideological brain, JPN. He is straight, clear and a wit. But, alas these words are antonyms for politics and I do not see any future.

The conclusive voice of the lot are the the famously ignorant voters. They have successfully digged their own graves from decades and no one can stop them from doing so this time either. People who think doesn’t vote.

So we get to witness the largest Demo(n)cracy going for elections again. Trust me, it is better than any soap, any broadway, any tony, any golden globe.

…I wept

There is nothing to write except to weep today. Such a horrendous act of terror and all I can do is to weep. I sincerey pray God to give all those strength and fortitude to stand up against this cowardice act.

Long live India!

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