My Affair with Computers

When I was younger I used to spend a lot of hours playing video games. It was the best thing in the world then. It’s the one thing I look forward to most in the morning, and when I was in school bored listening to my teacher. It could be my addiction that has cost me my examination marks. You see, playing computer games was one thing that I thought I want to spend my whole life doing. The idea of being able to play an entirely different life, a hero, appeals to me so much more than my ordinary life. I even thought I will align my life achievements to creating an immersive and multiplayer educational game. Like “The Elder Scrolls Morrowind” but with real plants, real people speaking English, and morals to teach us about society. Of course that never happened. There was no way I could have built such a sophisticated software. Even by today’s standards with all the highly simplified Integrated Development Environments. “Aren’t computers meant to make our lives easier? Didn’t the guy on the Microsoft TV commercial say that?” I would think and it’s partly true.

Then came my teenage years, and the popularity of the Internet started growing. People started being frequently online. Google started becoming relevant and useful. I started searching the Internet for Range Rovers, Defenders, videos on cars off roading and Music Videos. I’d marvel at the ability of the artists to provide free songs on YouTube. Most didn’t have videos like we do today, it used to show only a picture of the album with the music. I grew up with the Internet, learning the culture of the world through it. (Well, maybe the culture defined by the Internet, like the Nerdfighters, Brotherhood 2.0). I started to realise the power one wields in being the Internet service provider. The Internet was unstoppable and everyone benefits in life and work from it. Those who are afraid of technology, has to live through it. I have an innate feeling that our generation will usher in a new age. Different in comparison to previous generations because we have the aid of the Internet.


Grace Hopper on Letterman

The pioneer of computers & computing, an admiral of the US Navy. Her credentials are too long to list…

This lady was know as the Queen of software then. Grace Hopper (1906 – 1992) once walked around with a quote: “Nobody believed that I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic.” As always with all great people, no one listened.

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Just Me Fantasizing My Life With This Technology

Despite how well we are connected with our daily devices, the computers that we surf daily and the smartphones that we read when commuting, they seem to lack a tangible connection.

The operating system on the iPad is so interactive, that even our younger ones who hardly has any form of knowledge on how an electronic device should be used, is navigating the device easily. As technology becomes friendlier and easier for those of little computer experience, we ought to design a User Interface between the two different forms of devices to allow us a way to transfer data simply. An example: if we require the website we are browsing on the computer to be on our smartphone, we simply do an intuitive swipe off the computer screen towards the phone that is beside it.

This allows us to continue our research or reading without the trouble of finding ways to transfer the information over, which we normally would do by self-posting on a social site or sending oneself an email. This data transfer technology that uses swipe should be integrated to the operating system for simple impression and optimal performance. Judging from the upcoming Windows 8 operating system, the market may be looking into idiot-proof computing, and I find that really exciting because my mom will finally be able to use it!, that enables a user with no prior knowledge, experience and whatsoever, to use the information technology as if it was a part of them.

A vicarious attempt:

You were woken on a lazy Sunday morning by the notification alert from the laptop which you left turned-on the whole night because your were very tired the night before. Looking at the post on Twitter, you realises an appointment you’ve made with her. You then realised that you were running late so you scurried to do your morning routine and get dressed. Back to the laptop, you laid flat down on the bed and read the post as you normally would as this was a habit. Written on her wall, she inquired a question she needed help in discerning. So you clicked on the link and read the introduction so you know, at least, what it is all about, for latter you could explain. You looked to the clock above the painting hung above your bed and realised, you should be at the bus stop by now.

You were stuck, your mind was full of thoughts that you were having a hard time remembering how you last transferred the link to your phone.. You did not wish to log into Twitter on your phone all over again because you were too lazy to type on the on-screen keyboard. It’s just too small. You were cumbersome and you were not fully awake. You felt dumb and plain, but worry not because you can now swipe the whole browser you have read on the laptop to your phone with just a swipe. Finally, you were both at the cafe together. Through conversations of your past week’s experience, you realised you bookmarked some of the photo-blog sites you would like to share with her and the photos are best viewed on a large screen. Again, you worry not because all you had to do was to place the phone beside the laptop’s screen and swipe the bookmarked page over to the laptop’s screen. That in turn, triggered the browser on the laptop to search for that website.

How wonderful you thought. How simple my life would be by the power of technology and human innovation. You woke up, realising that it was all a dream but you knew this was the future you had to be a part in.

Perhaps we can integrate physical art as well but…

I guess that’s the fun of being a prospective software engineer. You tend realise how bizarre a person’s behaviour can be…

Linux for human beings

Just days ago, I sat and wonder if computers are perhaps very much like humans. I have to say I’m guilty for wanting to work out how we can implement Artificial Intelligent to computers, to robots. Doesn’t human communication in workplace, considering the inevitable presence of different level of people import, from cogs for simple jobs to coordinators for vital issue that akin to more responsibilities, exactly like how any Operating System would rate their own workload?

Humans do work like computers. When we learn something new, it’s like a computer installing a new program. We learn art, while a computer learns desktop themes or such, that comes in different formats which was made by artists from the latter. In the computing world, there are such a thing as languages and yes they do work like how humans of different cultures have different languages of unique form of logic, or if you so prefer to see it as- of conversing an idea. Some common computer languages are C#, JavaScript, Python, C++ and a thousand more, though only few are learnt by computer geniuses these days depending on their specific fields. Some even learn without the thoughts of expecting cash return. Canonical offers free services to all users who have downloaded the operating system they supported, Ubuntu. But if you so require more assistance or support but from leading experts, you will have to then approach them for their service at a pretty… high price.

As I’m using it for home use and mainly Web browsing, Ubuntu works perfectly fine. It has Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that decodes websites the way Safari from Apple Mac computers or Internet Explorer from Windows computers do. The best part is, viruses weren’t ever apprehended as the market shares for Linux based operating system are too low for those who hoards money. I’m not sure, though, why people still aren’t willing to switch to a different OS since after all, they are pretty much the same and does pretty much the same job at a cheaper and assured manner. Sometimes Linux may be faster than Windows. Quoting from a source, Ubuntu boots in seconds compared to a Windows computer of the same non-volatile memory.

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