Back and Gone Again!

Travelling is supposed to be really awesome. I believe in that age-old dictum (rephrased to suit the modern times). But then, too much travel is tiresome. I have been travelling – a LOT! For the past 15 days, I have not known much rest except for the last 2 days of it, I guess.

This trip to Bombay was really something – I actually moved around so much that my whole time table changed. I also understood, in true sense, the meaning of the word hectic.

Giving a full summary of the trip is a pain in the hands that type and on the brain that reminisces to collect enough memories to put into the post. So yeah, I’m basically NOT gonna do that. Suffice it to say that the Inplant Training was basically OK. Not that you expect much from it in any case. The certificates are still pending though.

On the other hand, there are some other more interesting news that I would like to share. I found some true love in life after a long, long time. I am so happy and so sad that my ex will now not be treated with the same reverence. Yes, it is pretty obvious that I’m using metaphors here. But then, here is the real thing:

Isn't she beautiful? *sniff sniff*

Yes, I am now the proud owner of a PS3 – The latest edition as well. After putting tantrums, reasoning and shouting at my parents (all of which I am NOT ashamed of in any way), I have got it!

I also got THIS free:

Yes, that is Kratos - The king of badass!

Yes, I feel all hazy and dream-like 🙂

Anyway, I got the PS3 a day before I left. I played as much of the game as I possibly could. I played it in easy mode (I just wanted to finish it, see?). I got back yesterday and now, about an hour ago, I officially finished the game. It was absolutely phenomenal and TOTALLY worth the ratings.

I can now go to Bangalore with a clear conscience 😀 … There are some more things to do though – search for new games, a HDMI cable at a cheap price (It is absolutely UNBELIEVABLE how much a cable can cost these days) and hopefully another controller. All in good time.

Now that the game is over, I need to get back to some reading. Yes, I have taken up the age-old hobby. I am trying to get a membership card at Crossword so that I can get some discounts on future purchases … but I’m just too busy at the moment.

Read this new book by an Indian author called “The Immortals of Meluha”. It’s about how Shiva may have actually been a human whose karma recast him as God in the books of history. VERY well done book – a little too amateur in some senses but then, it was well worth the read. It is part of a trilogy and I’m waiting for the other 2 parts – “The Secret of the Nagas” and “The Oath of the Vayuputras” … Strikes me that the author – Amish Tripathi – has really outdone himself with the titles 😀 . Thinking of reviewing the whole series once the other 2 parts are out.

I also finished a 4-novel omnibus edition of Miss Marple cases (Agatha Christie is da best!) . I need to get back to “Sea of Poppies” by Amitav Ghosh which was a nomination for the Man Booker Prize of 2008 (yep, that DAMN good!).

I leave for Bangalore tomorrow for a training at BHEL. When? At frickin 4:30 in the morning *shakes head in disbelief*

Oh well, hopefully the net works there. In any case, until I come back, adios!

PS : Did you people see the Apple iPhone 4 signal strength problem? *laughs his head off at Apple Inc* 😀

The iPhone 4 :|

There are some tech companies which are good. There are some which are bad. But then there are others you just cannot classify. Apple, as you may have guessed from the last 3 sentences, falls in the third category.

iPhone 4 – the latest venture by Apple had everyone on their toes and I guess it’ll deliver to the target market. But the Smiley in the title says it all … I am not impressed. Here is some YouTube video my friend posted on Facebook (evidence of permeating social networking)

That is a trademark Apple ad in my opinion – brilliantly made, points put forward as easily as possible in layman language and they also showcase how advanced they really are. All of which is true … and yet insidiously over advertised in most ways.

For example, this FaceTime product their advertisement seems to be revolving around seems to be a big deal for them. Frankly, it isn’t. I live in India (assume I applied emphasis here because putting the country name in italics gives me a feeling of performing moral disgrace) and for me, 3G video calling (which is essentially what it is) is pretty commonplace even though the last time I checked there was just ONE operator providing 3G networks throughout the country – BSNL.

Then their next feature – multitasking. This is when frustration sets in. Multitasking is the most basic feature any respectable OS must have. Android had it from it’s earliest stage of development. The iPhone on the other hand went from iPhone 2G, 3G, 3G S and then 4 to get this feature. I just feel like going to one of their presentations and shouting “Big Deal” when they talk about it.

The HD recording is a new feature though. I find it intriguing. Recording video at 720p resolution from a phone. NOT something I’ve seen before.

The design is worth mention in that advertisement. I dunno if any of the hardware they show is news to the tech world but I trust Apple to at least pioneer design whatever they lack in any other field.

The worst part of the advertisement though is how those executives from the company react to the features. I mean … Did you see how that guy in the black dress made FaceTime look like a feature never seen before? Again, at the end, the fellow with glasses mentions how FaceTime is revolutionary enough to call for the release of a separate iPhone in it’s honour. I feel like punching those people when they show this look of being blown away by this feature and that one … It’s YOUR product for the love of god. Don’t act like it’s some meteor that fell from space and you harnessed it.

My 2 cents? : The user experience will be unbeatable as ever but please … if you want the REAL techies to appreciate the product, add some new features.

PS : Just noticed FaceTime works on Wi-Fi … Is it routed through the AT&T network or the Apple servers? I thought the former was the most obvious but now I have my doubts.