Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wishlist features for a Laptop

I hope some laptop maker sees the need of following features and packs them in a laptop:

1. 3G
> it would be nice, if I don't have to plug-in a USB dongle to get internet on the move. And sometimes, when I need the USB dongle the most, I forget to keep it in my bag.

2. USB stick for auto backup of critical data
> a built-in detachable usb drive in laptop on which you can selectively auto-backup critical data.If laptop were to crash, I will have my critical data backed-up by default! Zero time wasted to get working on a loan notebook (very applicable at workplace.)
> following a discipline to do regular backup doesn't ensure I have backup of most up to date critical data

3.FM transmitter
> I often play media on laptop and then for good sound, I need external speakers. And any really good speakers are not really portable. If laptop has a built-in FM transmitter, I could transmit sound over FM frequency and my music system with FM receiver can work as wifi speaker system. (this is what I currently achieve by using an external FM transmitter)

4. 3.5mm TRRS Jack
> a lot of people carry phone earphones which has 3.5mm TRRS jack. Wouldn't it be nice if same could fit into a standard laptop. It would be good if besides the standard audio and microphone jacks, one TRRS jack is also provided in laptop.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Getting re-booted

When I look back at my blog, which I started writing in 2005, it gives me an interesting insight. The number of blog posts are a function of how much I have been busy with other things.
And looking at the 2010 - there has been no blog-post at all.

Indeed, I have been busy at work and personal life, however, it is time to reboot the engines, channelize the energies - to find time for things I love doing.

Friday, December 25, 2009

iPod scratched - due to Apples' unintelligent design



Above is my 1 day old iPod nano (Serial No. 5U943ZM171Y) and it got scratched by Apples' unintelligent design. I had simply kept the device in my jeans front pocket together with the ear-phones as in picture below.( I would consider this a very normal way of keeping the device in pocket ).

iPod got scratched when the metal mesh in the ear phone bud rubbed with it inside my pocket.If this scratching had happened due to any other metallic thing in my pocket - I would not have complaint. However, the scratch is caused by iPod's own ear phones. This is NOT acceptable.

I wanted to complain this to Apple directly. However, I realized that Apple doesn't provide an email at which one could complain. Finally I got this Apple product feedback link - (http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipodnano.html). I have submitted this complaint there - let us see what Apple has to say about this incident and How Apple could rectify my scratched iPod.

P.S. After submitting the feedback in link above, Apple says:

Thank you for your feedback on iPod nano.

We cannot respond to you personally, but please know that your message has been received and will be reviewed by the iPod nano Team. If we need to follow up with you on your ideas for improving the iPod nano, we will contact you directly.

We appreciate your assistance in making iPod nano better.

iPod nano Team
Apple

Looks like Apple has no intentions of responding to my feedback.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

How much data I transact?

Recently I had to make a choice between various mobile broadband plans .
A) Cheap monthly rental with 30 GB data transaction limit per month
B) 35% more expensive plan with unlimited data transaction

I really had no idea how much data my laptop was transacting on a daily or weekly basis. And the sales person was trying to make me believe that 30GB is too little - that's 1 GB a day.

For a moment I too were convinced that may be, as I only turn off my computer while sleeping and get tons of emails , do watch videos and make voip calls - my data usage may be high.

However, I thought no harm going with cheap plan as anytime I could upgrade without penalty.Downgrading the plan attracts unjustifiably high penalty.

Out of curiosity, I found a trial utility(bwmonitor.com) to monitor my data usage and it makes be realize how much 1 GB of data is......In a week, my total data transaction was only 1.5GB. And my cheap plan offers me 1GB of data transaction per day!

Just to get a feel of data -
24 hours of talktime on VoIP phone uses approximately 2.4GB
A typical email with no attachment is about 50KB thats.. 0.00005 GB

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Recession me "Geeta ka Saar"

Got this email forward, interesting and paradoxical.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Evolutionary origin of depression

Read this article in The Economist - quite interesting!

CLINICAL depression is a serious ailment, but almost everyone gets mildly depressed from time to time. Randolph Nesse, a psychologist and researcher in evolutionary medicine at the University of Michigan, likens the relationship between mild and clinical depression to the one between normal and chronic pain. He sees both pain and low mood as warning mechanisms and thinks that, just as understanding chronic pain means first understanding normal pain, so understanding clinical depression means understanding mild depression.

Dr Nesse’s hypothesis is that, as pain stops you doing damaging physical things, so low mood stops you doing damaging mental ones—in particular, pursuing unreachable goals. Pursuing such goals is a waste of energy and resources. Therefore, he argues, there is likely to be an evolved mechanism that identifies certain goals as unattainable and inhibits their pursuit—and he believes that low mood is at least part of that mechanism.

It is a neat hypothesis, but is it true? A study published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests it might be. Carsten Wrosch from Concordia University in Montreal and Gregory Miller of the University of British Columbia studied depression in teenage girls. They measured the “goal adjustment capacities” of 97 girls aged 15-19 over the course of 19 months. They asked the participants questions about their ability to disengage from unattainable goals and to re-engage with new goals. They also asked about a range of symptoms associated with depression, and tracked how these changed over the course of the study.

Their conclusion was that those who experienced mild depressive symptoms could, indeed, disengage more easily from unreachable goals. That supports Dr Nesse’s hypothesis. But the new study also found a remarkable corollary: those women who could disengage from the unattainable proved less likely to suffer more serious depression in the long run.

Mild depressive symptoms can therefore be seen as a natural part of dealing with failure in young adulthood. They set in when a goal is identified as unreachable and lead to a decline in motivation. In this period of low motivation, energy is saved and new goals can be found. If this mechanism does not function properly, though, severe depression can be the consequence.

The importance of giving up inappropriate goals has already been demonstrated by Dr Wrosch. Two years ago he and his colleagues published a study in which they showed that those teenagers who were better at doing so had a lower concentration of C-reactive protein, a substance made in response to inflammation and associated with an elevated risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr Wrosch thus concludes that it is healthy to give up overly ambitious goals. Persistence, though necessary for success and considered a virtue by many, can also have a negative impact on health.

Dr Nesse believes that persistence is a reason for the exceptional level of clinical depression in America—the country that has the highest depression rate in the world. “Persistence is part of the American way of life,” he says. “People here are often driven to pursue overly ambitious goals, which then can lead to depression.” He admits that this is still an unproven hypothesis, but it is one worth considering. Depression may turn out to be an inevitable price of living in a dynamic society.