• Technology

    Technology for the armchair traveller

    “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” -Oscar Wilde The above quote rings true for me, every time I think about how much of our present has been dictated not purely by advancements in technology, but also by the dreams of those who could paint the future and make it appear so plausible that their dreams did eventually come true. If we were to go back in time, say just 30 years ago, and show some people, videos on how drastically our current lives…

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    Observations of a social networking spy

    You have done it quite a few times, haven’t you ? See somebody’s birthday reminder on facebook and for the life of you, can’t even remember the last time you spoke to that person. Yet you type out a “Happy Birthday dude!” and get a “Thanks ! 🙂” in return. Like clockwork. And considerably boring as well. I sometimes wonder whether we are wasting too much energy (not your fingers, the energy that powers some remote server that stores your perfunctory birthday greetings inside some remote data center owned by the technology behemoths) in getting people to exchange mundane niceties under the pretense of social networking. Most of the routines…

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    Ye Commerce !

    Online shopping has made life so convenient. I ordered a dress for my niece’s first birthday and it was delivered to them in the USA exactly 1 day after the occasion  Today, I was thinking of ordering a shaving cartridge from flipkart. Wait a minute, did I just say shaving cartridges ? Is it a sign of laziness ? I don’t think so, more of a desire to realize savings. Hmm..won’t those savings be applicable on every such item available online ? Quite possible. Imagine a typical scenario in the not-too-distant future: Mom: “Chintu !! That stupid kid is playing video games all day. Did you order rice, tur dal, salt…