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Tell me all of you – everyone who posts with a lot of pingback links – Do you read the links you are allowing on your post or you just copy the same from the Daily Prompt? Not that I don’t like myself getting published all over the internet posts and I sincerely, from the bottom of my heart thank you all for it!!

I ask this question as I have no one to advise me on these topics and my beloved readers are all I have to educate me.

This part of me is called honesty and it demands honesty too!

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What is ‘net neutrality’ and what is its future after US court ruling?


FAQ: What is ‘net neutrality’ and what is its future after US court ruling? – The Times of India
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An interesting article. I had no clue ISPs could allot specific bandwidth for specific websites so some websites function faster. Well what do you think about it? Isn’t bandwidth everyones right to have? All should have it equal no matter what they do. What if I don’t work on YouTube at all and all I do is blog and read which requires minimum possible bandwidth? And what about torrents? How is bandwidth assigned to this? Also do websites themselves have any say in the allotment of bandwidth? What if YouTube asks for higher bandwidths from ISPs and starts paying them for it? Won’t it be the infringement of user rights?

Online Shopping Furore

Lately in my office, let me be specific and date it to close to 9 months from today, online shopping has become a rage. From things as simple as a pack of handkerchiefs worth Rs. 200 to smartphones and tabs worth Rs. 35000 and above, everyone prefers to make purchases online than go to market stores.

The reasons to buy online include the following –

1. Not having to actually go to a store. This is one reason I don’t  agree with for you are taking a risk being a lazy bum that you are.

2. Online stores taking “guarantee” of the well-being of the purchased goods. Well, you haven’t physically seen anyone taking a guarantee, have you?

3. Huge discounts. One such example was a 3 day offer on Nokia Lumia 920 when it could be bought at Rs. 18000, the real market price for which is Rs. 34000. Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? According to me, these cases only come when the product has a flaw that most people are ready to forgo but realize it only later that the problem is always there and noticeable. In the case above, please check out the weight of a Nokia Lumia 920 from its specifications.

4. Option of Cash on Delivery. Well this one spooks me out a bit. What if the guy coming to collect your cash isn’t safe? What if only a weak female is available at your home to pay? Would you want her interacting with a stranger who may start to feel comfortable at your own home?

Whereas on one hand, I find it very handy to make such purchases for it reduces a lot of pollution and fuel with fewer visits to the real market, on the other I find that you end up spending a lot of time and effort doing research for the product you want to buy. This also comes with the uncertainty that the product could be tampered with and the buyers expectations not met. For example, some smartphones come with extra accessories when bought from the market but those accessories are omitted while buying online which reduces the price.

Then there may be cases when the product is faulty. What if the screen of the smart phone you bought 2 days ago, starts flickering? Whom do you contact and what would be the online stores turn-around time to get the product replaced? Did you pay 35000 bucks to wait for 7 days for it to arrive and then another 7 days after the fault occurs, to start using your phone? The incessant hassles that this procedure carries are sometimes not worth the efforts.

 

Then there could be cases, one that happened with me, that the courier services go on strike or are short of delivery men. I got my stuff in 16 days owing to this problem. There are too many middlemen in this process which makes it even riskier.

Some people even get duped when they haven’t done enough research on the product and the reputation of the online store. I have seen books getting delivered in 20 days. Smartphones being faulty and getting replaced. Someone had to get his glasses changed for the vision of the glasses didn’t match his own. The company had to send their doctors to match the vision and supply another pair of glasses.

Isn’t it better, at least for dearer products, that we go the market store than buy them online? Why not simply indulge in risk-free behavior? Buy the product, open it right there and check it for its quality. The shopkeeper is still fully responsible for the product and will remain answerable till you are satisfied. No confusion. Even if the product is faulty, replacement is assured on the spot. If another piece isn’t available, you may have to wait for another 7 days but then you can sit at home relaxed knowing that there is someone (not virtual) physically on your case. You have someone ass to chase down if required.

I just feel, online stores use our laziness to their advantage. They know that they can never be chased for they don’t exist, until they really show up and you have phone numbers and email addresses and then, the store address itself. Just taking guarantee of the product doesn’t cut the permutations and combinations associated to a faulty product.

Well that’s my opinion. Anyone else has a say on this?

2014: Important Dates & Events

2014: Important Dates & Events

The first post of 2014, well isn’t actually mine. But the days and dates listed above may well serve a lot of people, so I decided to share it. As you may find, exciting sports events pack up this year – ICC T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, FIFA World Cup, India’s Tour of England. This year also marks a lot of landmark product launches including a few by APPLE.

Make sure to go through it!

Is WINAMP dead?

The world’s most favorite music player and organizer is on the verge of death. How I’ve always waited for an update that would bring unprecedented features. That awesome sound quality. That awesome music organizer. And of course the most famous line of all – “WINAMP WINAMP WINAMP… It really whips the Llama’s ass!”.

I remember when I first installed WINAMP, its version was 2.5. I had no clue how it worked then but it was so easy to use and it was way faster and efficient than the ever free Windows Media Player. It always made itself the preferred choice for a million other users. It then started getting a flurry of updates and got the modern theme and it could be docked and that’s when I realized, this software will remain my life long partner. This software forever changed the way I work on my PC. This is the first software I install on my PC, when I get a new one. I point it to my music library and it takes care of all my music on my PC from then on.

It’s always pinned to my taskbar. It’s the first thing I turn on when I switch on my PC. WINAMP is such a huge part of my music taste, I often discard a lot of other softwares for I find them cumbersome.

I was so dearly waiting for an upgrade of WINAMP that would work seamlessly as an app for Windows 8 but a few days earlier, I got the news that AOL would shut WINAMP down if it finds no buyer.

My request, please let WINAMP show the next generation of its software and impressing capabilities. I’ll miss it and so will a million others.

An year of Dilberts!!!

I’ve now been blogging for a year now! I’ve published about various topics but the most important goal I have accomplished is posting daily Dilbert’s on my blog for a year!

How did it help me and I’ll admit it openly –

Some would call it plagiarizing but I’ll call it free publicity – not that Dilbert needs one (it’s an amazingly true and funny comic strip) but it just goes to show how a consistent post on your blog daily or hourly help you get around 450 kind followers.

Why am I telling everyone about all this – I would like to know if there are people with their comic strips that they would like to have published on another blog? Ones that need publicity? Ones who think that their creativity beats a billion minds?

I can give them a platform for publicity for any deal they think can make my blog gain some publicity as well.

The question that most people will ask me is – why don’t I write a lot myself and gain publicity the way million others did? In my year of blogging, I have often found myself falling really short of energy and time which have killed a lot of my thoughts and hence I seek people who have similar constraints and who would like to mutually work with me to gain a further more steps.

There have been a lot of things that I have done wrong – one of them is, not visiting the WordPress reader more often. You have to appreciate other writers and bloggers to gain theirs.

My own aim for this year will include using the WordPress Reader more often, read others and learn their styles. Don’t yet know how I’ll do it but will try to carve out time for it.

For anyone who would like to contact me for any endeavors about posting on each others blog, please mail me at – 05.samir@gmail.com

How to customise Windows 8 manually!!! WTF!

How to customise Windows 8 manually – The Times of India.

This is THE most useless information technology article I have ever read on internet! We have been doing this since childhood and yet Times of India had an urge to push this article on to web! What were they even thinking??? Unless I’m being an absolute nerd about Windows, don’t we all know how to install updates on any version of Windows? Have Microsoft not kept it simple enough for even toddlers to be able to install updates from Windows Update on any Windows? I mean damn… don’t these news websites create any kind of crap to be published on their websites for mere clicks!!!

Shopping and Credit

Yup. We went SHOPPING. We went shopping after SUCH a long while, it felt as if it had been decades before we actually visited a mall leave alone any brand store. Did a lot. BOUGHT a LOT.

Such a RELIEF it was.

Got some bare essentials, some apparel, some accessories and a question – does everyone feel the same, I mean relieved, after shopping? It has never never happened to me before, as the more expensive the products got, the happier I was. It was like a slap on fates face just to show – how it can be done and how things are ever improving. The more I’m being pushed down, the better I’m springing up. It was like a huge stride in my life to buy some of the stuff that I had only dreamt about in my boyhood days. Although, the best relief was to see my wife smiling so much after a very simple affair like a hair wash at L’Oreals. It’s so difficult to forget that face and those hair of course. And she bought a ton of other things too.

It was a beautiful evening with the sun peeping through the clouds. The weather was surprisingly cold for May 11 in Delhi as we were easily able to roam around without any covers and to our comfort, it even rained in the evening making the weather so much cooler and windier. It was like a day meant to start turning the tides in my life. The start of the crests after a prolonged season full of troughs. I don’t say all this on the back of the power of money but all of it felt really positive. I felt I could do something – something to cheer my wife on. It has been so gloomy, the last couple of months that such rays of sunshine were really welcomed. The vibes were good, we had a good time after ages and watched a movie, that too after a while.

Although I spent a lot, for the first time in my life, I wasn’t crying spending all of it. No regrets. And in the parking lot, I just said, fuck the credit. It felt really good to say it for I know how quintessential credit is for a better life but, I am now starting to believe credit is bad and it’s a pain in the ass than anything else. Your whole life starts revolving around the payments that you gotta make the next month or the EMI’s that’ll get deducted every 1st of your month making the joy of a salary credit in your account, so much more flawed and short-lived.

Anyone else feels the same?

From alcohol to kites: An A to Z guide to the Islamic Republic of ‘Banistan’

 

These are amongst the few things banned in Pakistan!

Click on any of the images to read the original article.

Face-lift at Facebook – or another vicious circle?

Face-lift at Facebook, to keep its users engaged | NDTV Gadgets.

Read this article folks. This is the exact same issue I have been facing since the day I introduced myself to the blog world and decided that I wanted to share feeds from my blog with the world.

It seems, in the wake of the intense advertising routines that Facebook seems to have introduced in recent years on our Facebook timelines, we lose a lot of important and valuable stuff we would have wanted to see instead what we actually see are posts that we are in most probability going to like or click ‘Like’ upon.

Lets start from scratch. What would a social network want from it’s users? To keep them engaged and logged in to their website to show and establish it’s popularity. Now, to provide better services to it’s users, they themselves started filtering out the results by noticing the users browsing and clicking patterns from months of their usage basically implying to everyone that all of the other stuff from all our other friends is either unimportant or trash and something that we would never have wanted to read. How does Facebook get to decide if it can filter out our news feed? Isn’t that something absolutely pivotal to my own engagement with Facebook? I may sound like a fool to many who don’t believe in Facebook but then I never said I believed in it either. It’s of use to me only to remain connected to people who are concerned with you and whom you are concerned about and tell the people about my blog. Advertisements are a legitimate way for the company to make revenue to keep serving the millions of it’s users and hence it’s mandatory for them too keep the advertising turned on. But should it come at the expense of user feeds? How can they just randomly fathom our likes and dislikes? Just by using an algorithm that determines the best choice for us, I fail to see the point of remaining connected with around 500 friends of mine who would normally share daily but don’t show on my timeline as they have either remained absent for a while or are reluctant users of technology but they are nonetheless close friends of mine, people whom I won’t call everyday but would like to keep a tap on.

Another face-lift for Facebook or is it merely a new way to introduce advertisement at even higher costs of our privacy and time and motivation to remain on Facebook, to use it to make the best of our lives? Has it gotten the better of us? Has it gotten better than us?

Remains to be seen.

Regarding my own issue with Facebook, I would love to advertise my blog, to show my posts to the world but how will it happen if my posts keep getting suppressed below the barrage of advertisements or bull-shit posts that cloud my timeline and others timelines as well. It’s all a circle – if my posts aren’t visible to others, how will they ‘like’ them and others will never see my posts if they don’t ‘like’ my posts. How is someone ever supposed to get out of this vicious circle? Facebook’s answer will be – buy our advertisement services and we’ll raise your audience by over two-thirds of what they today are.

Is it worth it? Am I wasting my time with Facebook?

Landscape or carscape?

BBC News – In pictures: Landscape or carscape?.

How cars changed our world, literally! We built our world infrastructure around our four wheeled friends. Roads, landscapes, buildings and henceforth, money! Follow the link, look at the pictures and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Cathay crew threaten no smiles, booze on flights

Quite a threat this… Beware passengers. You may be Cathay Pacific borne this holiday season and you may not be provided food, drinks and even smiles!!

I don’t understand this though. Why is it that almost all the time when I hear of a company posting major losses, I also start hearing employees seeking pay raises? Isn’t it unethical to push a company into a further rut? Or is it that employees know their own fate and start pressing onto the wind further extinguishing an already reducing fire?

AP – Cathay crew threaten no smiles, booze on flights.

’China to emerge world’s largest N-power generator by 2020’

Business Line : News / International : ’China to emerge world’s largest N-power generator by 2020’.

These 2 countries – India and China are two of the world’s heaviest users of coal and the way we are eating into our natural reserves, it’s high time that we start producing efficient energy in huge quantities else they will not even be able to build them nuclear plants on their own. Nuclear energy, although unsafe when used unethically, can be a great boon for mankind and should be regularized and customized for our day to day needs to make it more practical and all the more powerful.

Why Google’s Q3 earnings aren’t nearly as bad as you might think

It’s just indicative. Nothing at all can be derived or proven from what Google has received from the third quarter. The best you can make out from this result is that people are scared to accept the concept of Google buying Motorola Mobility and turning it into a profitable unit. But Google normally have made decisions in the past as well that have made people sense only after a few years for example Android!

Can the world keep its promises on schools?

 

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Guess what! India is ahead in atleast one of the fields where rest of the world lags – child education! A mammoth 20% increase in the number of child enrollments in primary education! Brilliant head-start! African countries are being held up the most, probably due to infrastructure limitations but then there should have been South Africa that should have led the revolution but they are one of the poorest performers – I’m amazed at the figures. The figures themselves reveal a sad story even with so much progress. A mere 20% progress in 10 years? Are we in stone age or just loathed in indulgence with no moral responsibility towards the backward classes. Everyone should have done their bit. Children are the foundation of any nation and ignoring their education will lead developing nations like India to go backwards rather than forward. Children establish the identity of the nation amongst the world. We should care for them. Just today Supreme Court released a notice saying every working child should be enrolled in a primary school. A head start I must say!

As PC era fades, good times may be over at Intel

 

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Intel can neither die nor will ever face bad times. They define the processor and chip market. It’s gonna remain the monopoly that they have since long established.

Infosys announces salary hike of 6% effective October

http://profit.ndtv.com/news/corporates/article-infosys-announces-salary-hike-of-6-effective-october-311984

Atleast one company is living up to its promise. What’s left to see is the ingredients in the hike!

Europe suffered 51 ‘severe’ communications outages in 2011, study shows | Internet & Media – CNET News

 

Europe suffered 51 ‘severe’ communications outages in 2011, study shows

In this fast paced world where communication is absolutely pivotal, this is a shocker and to be true, a mandate. You can’t get rid of these faulty softwares or hardwares. What they certainly can try and do is improve the quality of the services to exact the number of failures in the infrastructure.

Why three wheeled cars could be the future of driving

Why three wheeled cars could be the future of driving

Why three wheeled cars could be the future of driving.

Just take away the ease of steering and then look at the case? Isn’t steering easier now as well? And these will be very small. What about the space for your lunch boxes on a day trip or  suitcases when you want to pick up mom and dad from airport?

I believe this will only be a solution where people with low means would want to have a car. Or they can run the way three wheelers are used in India as a local transport where they can be zippy and easy to steer and can carry multiple people if you create large wagons at their backs!

US scientists aim to make human sperm from stem cells

 

BBC News – US scientists aim to make human sperm from stem cells.

And what – make males an extinct species? This will be such a huge fledgling market if it does and quite obviously raise an unprecedented amount of ethical questions.

Biswas: Some good reads for the week

BBC News – Biswas: Some good reads for the week.

This article is about India and the past week. India is being squeezed. Both politically and economically. Both inside and outside. It’s heart rendering the way Indians are being made to pay more for what could be cheap. Currency is bouncing back after a big time stutter against the dollar. The market is going up. But where we are lacking is an understanding of why Indian law makers appear to be so lax to create reforms. Basic necessities are getting out of hand and as I speak, the writer of this blog is reaching the day one-by-one where he will soon be declared below-poverty-line. Not that India is struggling by itself, it is being made to struggle by politicians, filthy politicians who for their own benefits are stopping reforms that’ll stop their own Swiss bank accounts from filling up with dollars. I do not recall even a single reform measure that has been given a go-ahead in the Parliament straight up till date unless there is only one party sitting in the office. Every one has a voice and they fight and debate and create ruckus of all kinds against anything that takes their own money away. Corruption anyone? Yes, big time.

HTC profits slide 79% as competition stiffens

 

BBC News – HTC profits slide 79% as competition stiffens.

Another sufferer of the Samsung and Apple boom.