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.


Anniversaries Taken Granted For

Just earlier this year I have been searching on the net to sooth my hunger for the Range Rover. Looking at it is a plausible cure but unfortunately like all antibiotics, I bound to become immune to it in time to come. Plus, given my current state, I have better avoid it being a surplus.

It seems Land Rover is trying to extort as much cash out of making its cars “limited edition” by celebration their survival of oddities through the years. It happened last year, and it has again this year. Even limited editions are prone to lose it’s opulence. Oh wait, correct me. They only celebrated years of survival in tens. Let us surface the evidence:

First Range Rover – 1970
First Series 1(Defender) – 1983
First Free Lander – 1997
First Land Rover – 1948
First Discovery – 1989

Judging from my quick findings, Land Rover has every one in two years to celebrate if they see fit. Personally, I think that works pretty well with their customers. But wait, then why is there a break out in this “40 Years anniversary” for the Range Rover when it first came out in 1970? It is 2012 now… Is Land Rover hanging on a dire thread of financial bankruptcy? I am not gonna waste my time pondering on this… Shall.Move.On.

Even though the quirk considering Land Rover as a honest company (unless I have gotten these all wrong, which on second thought, perhaps), I have no grudge against them. British nationals are seen and disliked by many for reasons of their arrogance which they themselves have claimed to be misinterpreted and misled by culture.

Maybe it is the way Land Rover held their brand that hit me. I’ve always respected the brand, their videos about their amazing legacy sends shivers down my spine! It sometimes even make me smile! The way they managed their reputation among their discerning customers… are effective. Anyway, quoting from an official motoring website (not Auto Car),  an insider of Land Rover told Auto Car: “Like Bentley, we concentrate on using only the finest interior materials.”. Luxury materials do look luxury too. Perhaps that’s what that made their SUV unique. Did I not mention that Porsche has done well with their SUV sales? That Lamborghini has decided to walk their way and design, while risking their exotic cars only brand, with an SUV that looks pretty cool.

Charles Spencer King, the chief engineer and designer of the iconic Range Rover, passed away last week, leaving us with an extraordinary vehicle that has amounted to forty years of 4×4 firsts. In 1970, it was even exhibited as a piece of superior industrial design at the Louvre. Taken from:Aids to Navigation

Oh oh! On an aside, I found this, behold:”The Range Rover was launched in 1970. In the early 1970s the Louvre museum in Paris, France exhibited a Range Rover as an “exemplary work of industrial design”.”
I’m greatly awed. Saliva’s drooling. And something’s popping..

It’s The Car That Sparks Friskiness in Adventurers

The Defender

The Defender has been the choice for military transport in most countries ever since the first Land Rover disembarked in 1948. It’s simplistic design for extraordinary ability in strength and durability was necessary and the results were overwhelming. It was reported that up to two third of those Rovers still run today.

Back in the days when everything looked huge and great, seeing trucks wading in deep muds were very compelling. Staring at the wave dispersing was more exciting than riding in the truck that created it. Appealing may my dad’s car be with the wave wavering elegantly off the sides and helplessly from the front usually resulted in worried faces. This does not seemed to be the case for Defender owners. They were always spotted confident and assured of their vehicle’s limit for the reason that mother nature has thrown far worst terrains to conquer at it when Land Rover were testing the debuting prototypes.

By the genesis of Land Rover’s forward-thinking philosophy, an overnight sensation was spurred by the original Range Rover. It had all the capability of a Land Rover with the comfort and performance of an on-road car. It was remarkable.

Enough of Defender.

Enough said of its obvious capabilities.

So let’s talk about you experiencing one.

Today, we marvel at the rate of technology increment. Most probably due to a tonne of life-less scientists stubbornly refusing to take a break and have a Kit Kat. In fact, we are often too busy trying to make something out of our lives that we miraculously forget the meaning of vacation.

Here’s a general rule of thumb, if you are looking for something different in your life. Something rather exciting or as thrilling as a roller-coaster ride or even both, get a Defender. Unravel that genre of great technical mysteries and build a Defender you’d love to experience. A Freelander works as well too, that is, if you have the time of the world and the aristocrat’s need for comfort. Or maybe A Discovery, if your life is just too overcrowded with family members but work loads. Or a Range Rover if you’re the Queen of England.