Let’s start enjoying things again

“Social Network”  is a part of a lot of our lives now. If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re already on twitter and facebook, you go to deviantart for your wallpapers and still lurk around orkut the odd day to see the old “testimonials”. I personally don’t remember the last time I spent a week away from a computer or a smart device that let me go online and at least check my email or facebook. The whole thing is phenomenal and amazing and no one really shuts up about it now. But as we are getting more and more “connected”, it makes us want more speed.

I can’t even imagine going back to my dialup days, when we used to wait for a “picture” to load. Now, it’s all videos and interactive applications and a whole lot more.  All this speed, these high data rates, all this information has had two negatives impacts on us.

For one, there is so much information around us that it’s easy to forget what is important and what was the important thing that happened. One day we are focused on Tunisia, the next it’s Libya; once the earthquake comes we completely forget there was a dispute going on in Africa. We don’t cry anymore when listening about a bomb blast that killed 150 people. We’re getting desensitized because of the amount of information that we go through each day. The bad doesn’t look so grim anymore because there is always something worse waiting to be heard in the next 24 hours.

The second negative impact isn’t that severe but has a long-term effect on us, and by us I mean the modern man as a collective. We are losing the ability to be fascinated easily and that for me is a big thing. At the same time we are losing the ability to enjoy anything fully, because there is always so much of it available and with so much ease.

We own 100Gb of songs, that would take 3 months to play on itunes. We no longer enjoy the concept of a single, we no longer enjoy putting the cassette in a player or a record on a gramophone and sit back, relax and enjoy it. We always have our one hand on shuffle and it’s always used more than it should be.

We have 10,000 images “somewhere” in the computer. Most of  which we won’t ever see again. We don’t sit down any longer as a family and enjoy the 20 photos from our childhood, where we were all a little chubby and were still trying to make sense of these big people making faces, whenever they saw us.

We have 500 channels and our favorite button is the next button. I don’t personally remember watching a full feature on tv without switching. It’s like second instinct now, trying to look for what else is on.

We have 300 facebook friends on average, not even 50 of which we meet or even make an effort to meet in real life. Birthdays even aren’t the same, someone wishing you used to mean something, they took the time out to actually remember your birthdate and those little surprises were amazing. Now, it’s a big list of people I really couldn’t be bothered about spamming my wall and hidden amongst them are the two guys who actually remembered your birth date.

So, what I’m trying to say is the abundance of information, trying to help us learn more, watch more, listen more and be  informed more has somehow taken the fun out of it somewhere in between. We have seen all kinds of explosions Hollywood had to offer. We have taken 3D tours of cities we will never visit and listened to bands that we never knew existed.  It’s getting harder and harder to fascinate us day by day and with that, it’s getting harder to smile and enjoy those little things in life.

Let’s just not download the whole discography, just that one album and put it on repeat. Let’s buy that film and sit down with the family and only watch it on a weekend. Let’s just read the newspaper once in the morning and absorb more stuff than skimming through a million different pages.

Let’s not lose the ability to be fascinated and more importantly let’s not lose the ability to feel.

The Twitter Effect

When everyone hears of twitter or some other social media and jumps on the bandwagon like their other mates. Its usually for a couple of reasons:
I can express myself, my views, my likes
Sharing your work or links
Getting usefull information/News
Hearing about new technologies
Catching up with people
And we all love doing that at first we share we talk we make friends even. Then soon enough we start looking at those tiny little number saying how much followers I have in the bottom. Thats when things start going the wrong way.
A lot of us just loose ourself, our individuality more importantly we forget why we were here in the first place. The next thing you know is we’re in the band wagon of the twitter effect. We’re tweeting about:
Kanye west
Who died
The trending topic  (yes you too #aftersex)
Retweeting because a power tweeter tweeted it.
Tweeting about twitter
How to get more followers
I think this needs to stop, its a pretty nifty and brilliant platform to exchange ideas thoughts, news and what not. So lets please try to get over the Twitter effect and realize why we were here in the first place.
Happy tweeting.

When everyone hears of twitter or some other social media and jumps on the bandwagon like their other mates. It’s usually for a couple of reasons:

  • I can express myself, my views, my likes
  • Sharing your work or links
  • Getting usefull information/News
  • Hearing about new technologies
  • Catching up with people

And we all love doing that at first we share we talk we make friends even. Then soon enough we start looking at those tiny little number saying how much followers I have in the bottom. Thats when things start going the wrong way. A lot of us just lose ourself, our individuality more importantly we forget why we were here in the first place. The next thing you know is we’re in the band wagon of the twitter effect. We’re tweeting about:

  • Kanye west
  • Who died
  • The trending topic  (yes you too #aftersex)
  • Retweeting because a power tweeter tweeted it.
  • Tweeting about twitter
  • How to get more followers

I think this needs to stop, it’s a pretty nifty and brilliant platform to exchange ideas thoughts, news and what not. So lets please try to get over the Twitter effect and realize why we were here in the first place. Happy tweeting.

Connected, do we really need to be?

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Technology Monster

I was reading this article on how this new technology lets your watch and download videos from youtube.com even on your PS2. You can listen to and watch songs directly on your TV from youtube.com using your gaming console. Still doesn’t have the WOW factor in it? Do we agree?

So curiously searching for the wow factor I stumbled upon this amazing wrist watch, which synchronizes you to your outlook or any calendar you use. And downloads your appointments and sets the alarms for you. And I was like wow now that’s something neat. But the WOW factor was still missing, so I went online was looking through my emails and I stumbled upon a photo gallery invitation that a friend sent.

So the pictures were taken from his GPS enabled cell phone, which enabled you to GeoTag your pictures rather GeoTags your pictures for you. So when you upload the pictures to say Picasa , it maps everything on GoogleMaps and you can see every single picture and the route you’re followed and where every picture was taken. You click on it zooms in and you know the pin point location. In addition you can also view pictures from other people. At the same point on the map.

I was like wow, how informative and interesting is that? My Friends can actually know all the places I have been and with photo’s of me at that place. But well here’s the catch do I actually want that? Do I actually want to see videos all the time from the internet? Do I need to be reminded all the time what I had to do?  Or should I actually get off my lazy ass and actually think/work sometime.

After all that the next greatest invention that comes in my head. Is a amazing pot that tells me what I ate that makes my poo look green weighs it calculates what my ideal weight should be and tells me how to gets there. The next thing it does is calculate the average in my area make a statistic and tell me how marijuana is causing bad poo in my area. No No it doesn’t actually stop there. It makes a graph divides people into clusters and tells the marketing people, what sort of products should they be selling in the green poo area. And then I try to find the toilet paper which is nonexistent because the men’s room was never programmed to do that.

So here’s the deal, I don’t really want to know where you went ate. When did you sleep, why did the chicken cross the road and your highest score on crazy taxi. Nor am I really interested in how they assassinated the big fat ugly guy back in Vietnam and now how the soldiers who were involved in the mission are suffering.

I like my coffee dark and that’s how I like it and I like it since childhood just like that. Then I like to watch some Looney toons, go to work come back. Have a chat with mates and sleep. I don’t want to know all that, and nor do you want to know all that about me or my neighbors. So lets just keep our own poo in our own pants shall we?

FireFox Addon , Colorize

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something really cool I found, of course I’m going to say its cool so you download it.There are so many times you drag the eyedropper from photo shop onto the web page thinking maybe its going to select the color this time. Its irritating at times not seeing the color. So this little pluggin is the solution to the copy the color problem.

A really small add-on which is really useful for designers. Just click on the colorize eyedropper icon and hover it over on any part of the page. Its going to you its RGB and that’s about it save it and chill out!

And yes it supports FireFox 3.0

For More Reviews and Tech help : Xakie’s Blog
Loads of Add-ons : FireFox Add-ons

FireFox v3.0 , simpler , faster, Better!

The new Clean 3.0:

Download the third and the best release of Firefox (official Link)
Download it from miniNova.org

Finally something which says like Microsoft’s every single product the new simple and clean version with bla bla usability and crashes at the end. The key features which you feel that really make a difference in the first run are.

Beta vs 3.0 :
When testing the beta version I could not feel much of a difference between the two, the only place where I did feel the difference was when my old addons which now I think they are like a part of my Firefox didn’t really work.

Speed – Actually pretty fast:
The new version takes only 60MB in your RAM and is actually quite light you keep on opening the page and it doesn’t really matter like it used to at times in the previous versions.

Lots of speed issues have been resolved in this version making browsing and switching between windows really fast. Besides browsing the product itself seems to be working more smoothly then ever. When the Firefox team said they removed 300 speed bugs they actually meant it!

Navigation – Smooth as hmm now let me think of a good metaphor
The new Firefox comes equipped with an improved address bar. When you start writing you don’t only see the link in the auto complete but also the icon and the Title of the page, which makes it a lot easier to navigate. Still equipped with the old Google search (never gets old).

The auto complete in the web forms is a also a lot better, or rather lot cleaner than the previous versions and it does not take as much time as earlier.

Resume Download – Yes Finally its here!!!!
The resume option in the download is finally here, now you don’t have to say oh crap after you click yes when Firefox asks you want to close Firefox with two downloads in progress. The downloader is a lot better and smooth than the previous on and well the resume option is a blessing.

Save Your Pages – no Boss Trouble
I so hated the fact when you have like 20 tabs and you have to close the window cause the Boss is blabbing you lost like everything. But now before exiting you can actually save the space :D

Addons – Easy maintenance
Unfortunately you still need to restart Firefox every time you add a new add on. But now you don’t have to push the button I hated the most, get more extensions. Now you can browse for addons simply in the addons pop-up box and download the one’s you like directly.

Conclusion – hmmm
I think even Firefox 2.0 was a lot better than IE but this beat’em all by far.