View of the outside world from inside a fishbowl

July 29, 2010

Bye bye baby …. you go fly.

Filed under: Have a nice Day,insights — coolantz @ 10:05 am

He was a chubby kid, free of worries, and existed in a different world, than the one as we know it. His parents were ever so protective, and for them, he would always be their baby.

They gave him gifts and called him names. Played with him and worried sick when he didn’t feel well. Life for them meant only one thing …. “he should be happy”. He was their only child.

But in the emphatic expression of their love, did they cross the personal boundary? The gap that should have been, as a breathing space, was expunged on the name of closeness and love. The free will was quashed, as they knew what’s right and what’s wrong.

They were only showering on him, their love and affection, but in the bigger picture they seemed a little pushy. Although they did not realize but slowly, they had led him to a feeling of repulsion from their talks, knowledge and ideas. Always meddling.

He had to fly. It’s the nature’s way. He might crash down, or scale the dizzy heights, but he’ll not sleep in peace, till he gives it a try.

Do not know, what it will be, but it’s got to be sans his parents’ expertise.

The birds let their younger ones leave their nest after some time, and the animals also let them kids have a free run, and leave it all to “natural selection” when it comes to grown up offspring. Humans (at least some of them) have a tendency to go against this scheme of natural things.

Think about it. What’s being put to risk here ?

  • For the individual, it’s the freedom of choice. From nature, let’s project this scenario to politics. Does being in China sound like fun ? With information being restricted. I suppose Chinese government believes they know what’s in the best interest of their people.
  • For the parents, it’s the fear of failure. They act in the most appropriate way, as far as their love for young ones is concerned. They act like natural leaders. Except the fact that in nature, leadership needs to be constantly contended and re-established. But to the free thinking, they would come across as oppressors.

I suppose, as parents people should acknowledge and respect the children’s thinking abilities, and understand that as a true expression of love, they should back them and offer base for them, if ever they were to fail.

With responsibility, a certain value (called respect) would settle in due time.


July 20, 2010

So who has got it right?

Filed under: humor,rants — coolantz @ 9:11 am

Well, off late, there has been much hue and cry about apple iphone 4 and it’s shortcomings. If apple is trying it’s hand at alternate marketing strategy, the plan clearly seems to be working.

Amongst the many flaws cited, the battery indicator not being accurate is something I could not raise my eyebrows upon. Despite having had 5 phones (of different brands, must I add), I have come to conclusion that battery indication has never been what user (or I) expect it to be.

I want my charge indicator to be a bar with linear dependency, with the slope indicating my phone’s battery consumption rate.

In not so technical terms :

If I know I can talk for 4 hours, on a full charge, I should be able to assume, that I can talk safely for 2 hours, if I see my battery bar to be 50 %. Well, I’m claiming it has never been so. The time I get before I draw first blood from my phone’s battery meter, is so not an sign of how the phone’s going to behave for the rest of the battery charge. The speed of bars diminishing picks up like a freight train and by the time it reaches its last few, I am pretty sure it’ll not even withstand a 5 minute call.

I have had the chance of observing this phenomena on Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson phone.

Looks like battery charge calculation does not burn down linearly. Imagine the marketing people’s glee when this problem gets addressed.

“Presenting (finally) , the phone which shows your exact battery charge left!”

Wishful thinking! Maybe iphone’s tenth iteration would have that.

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