December 31st, 2011

With the new year around the corner (few hours literally), sitting down leisurely and writing this blog post is a real blessing. Family is asleep and like my usual monstrous early wake-up jitters, today is no different than others. Being Saturday does not qualify itself to be on the calm morning for me as I am someone who like to waste as much time as possible in a 24-hr slot. Sleeping is like doing NOTHING and for me, WASTING precedes NOTHING.

We will be soon moving into a new home, bigger, probably better in the next few weeks and leaving a home where we’ve been from last 7 years plus does give some sentimental goosebumps. I hope to see that the new year shall bring something which I have been asking, trying, praying, failed-to-get, not-so-successful-at and positively distant; the so called RESPONSIBILITY. My wife works hard, hard enough that kids barely miss me in a given day and things run at their efficient best when I am not around; a strange nostalgia I digest and look at it every time I walk in front of a mirror. I quoted yesterday to my colleagues in my office pantry, “don’t look at the new year adding an year to your age, but think that you are 1 more year wise”, and yet the words stop at the tip of the tongue which I should have gulped with, if not lucid then normal.

Retrospection is a way to cheat one-self so convincingly that you pat your back saying you’ve done it and you are good to go. But actions matter, and I need to sit down and think hard about them. My girl friend days were so ‘magnificent’ , that they branded me ‘versatile genius’ and yet here I am memorizing those days, chewing them hard and look at myself in awe (in more distressful way though). Is this what I am, I was and I will. In all honesty God gave me a wonderful brain and a beautiful heart, but placing them in right place earns one-self, but often not, I failed miserably in putting them at good use.

365 days have passes since my thoughts take shape for yet another new year, but things have improved little and I am not only adamant to change, but would like to see the ‘change’. My biggest bad habit is to ‘argue’, to a point where the opposite gives up because the argument looses its logic and they fear a fight. I know ways to improve and win them, but I hardly try so. My knowledge has hardly transformed into ‘wisdom’ and my passion dies before its born and lately I don’t see eye-to-eye with my own reflection.

Either I started hating stuff too much (like Apple, Inc) or love others too much (too many to list), a concept which is so hard to find in me in my early days. Either I excelled or have not given a try, the only two things I knew I am better yet. I haven’t been to Temple for long, I am at my usual best in arguing if God does exist? But, deep in my thoughts I know what I trust to be God and I go to temple, not to pray for myself but for the rest. It gives me an egoistic satisfaction that God had left nothing from me and gave me enough ego, fortitude and prejudice to pray for others. I have to teach my kids the concept of cultural harmony and why Hindu temples are epicenter of wisdom hubs. Neither of my kids are best at sports and yet have commensurate skill sets and as a father I have failed them.

Parents are thousand miles away, and sometimes you need someone elder and wiser to tap on your head and bring conscience and consciousness. Unfortunately, its been me and myself. My wife often not is the one who does that work for me and I thank her less, may be NOT. Its time that I change and bring peace to myself and everyone around me. Often not I have to keep myself remembering that my Family is a gift to me and not the other way around. Keeping my heart and soul together is what I need to do and continue to do. My wife likes simple things, while I am the most complex person to seek for answers, she often pacifies herself. One remarkable difference I can find in myself is that I have started ‘reading’ and its a good thing to do. It helps me in keeping my head down and utilize unused corners of my brain.

If I go and complain to God, its an injustice, not to me but for God himself. There are more fortunate being than me and even more unfortunate, its a gift that God gave me that I should cherish and live, my life. Great things are often simple and I am convoluted. From a person that I am, its time to be a MAN. I do pray God sometimes for myself, only to be good to others and give me the strength and fortitude to be strong for others and to be selfish in wisdom. So God, come 2012, please watch me over my shoulder, not to inflict pain or difficulty to anyone, good or bad.

From the bottom of my heart I wish everyone a very happy New Year.

Why I hate iPhone?

December 29th, 2011

Now that most of my friend brand me as iPhone-hater, its time to present the case in front of the fools. There is a difference between I don’t like it and I hate it and the later is what I prefer for iPhone, justifiably. I recently got the Sprint’s version of Galaxy SII as my quest for finding a good Windows phone with Sprint yielded zero results. I saw all my I-don’t-know-why-I-bought-an-iPhone friends and could not digest the fact that these so called intelligent people stuck to a phone version after version with zero improvements in its OS and cheats people with appending ‘S’ to its name tag. Its not that I did not give a try to iOS, its great, but its stagnant and its old and simply not ‘smart’. To call a phone ‘smart-phone’ truly needs great capabilities in addressing not only day-to-day stuff, but should be able to provide functionality that truly lives up to the tag ‘smart’. From the very basic calling features to uploading a photograph to cloud-sources, iPhone simply does not have capabilities.

From the very basic, iPhone have antenna problems that makes lives miserable making calls to zero app collaboration, I do see no point in calling that shit (S) a smart-phone. A phone should first perform a basic operation of ‘making a phone call’. The hardware of iPhone miserably failed at it. They have a dumb dial-pad where the alpha characters are similar to my old bell south’s wired phone (somewhere in my junk). On my Android phone, it automatically searches for the nearest match, based on what you are typing, which is not a a ‘must’ feature to call a phone smart, but a very basic feature.

I asked my friend to upload a photo that he took in his iPhone to Facebook and very unfortunately, he has has to go back and open the Facebook app and then select the photo that he want to upload. On my Android, everything that you can do with a Photo comes up in the options and you decide on what you want to do, without leaving the camera app. I think this is something so basic that a company writing OS for past few decades should be able to do. I strongly trust that Apple is dumb with software programming. I had few s/w programmers in India a stone throw away who can write an OS that works on a specific hardware.

There is absolutely no collaboration between apps in iPhone and since the phone has just one button, you don’t know if you go back a screen or go to home every time you press it. Simplicity is not about having one button, your TV still has same # of button since its inception and there is a reason for it. Similarly the keyboard has all the alphabet since its inception. There are certain things that make people’s life complex than making it easier. The very notion that iPhone is easy to use is hipocracy. I gave my Android to my friend who has iPhone and asked him to do a task (mind, he never used and Android before, all I did was unlock the screen). He took 5 minutes to figure out the same stuff in his iPhone and performed the same thing in Android in few seconds.

Now I know the world is filled with dumb people, but I never trusted that a device can make an intelligent person dumb. iPhone successfully did that and continue doing it. Its just sad that they iPhone users are stuck in time and they are not going to come out of it anytime soon. Unless you experience ‘new’ stuff, you will never know how great other things are. Not giving chance to the new water is sticking your feet in the same shit for ever, you eat it and you digest it as well.

I looked at iTouch, iPod and they are great devices in their own ecosystem, no doubt about them and competition did not even try to catch them up now as they are distinct second. However, your so called smart phones diminished the gap between a PSP and a gaming device. These all in one phones pack ‘some’ power underneath and are very well capable of doing lot of stuff. When Apple announced iCloud, everyone thought that it is a brand new concept, which puzzles me. What happened to the technology geeks, have they become dumb. Its like claiming that my Yahoo emails are visible from any computer I log in.

People can be insane yes, dumb yes, stupid yes but loose themselves? Now that is something why I hate an iPhone. It ‘was’ a great device until better ones came out (in few days), but not now nor in the recent past.