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.

Sometime, All It Takes Is A Case | Elago S5 Outfit

I never thought I will buy a case to protect my iPhone from scuffs and scratches. I expected Apple, being Apple, to at least use high grade metal to build the iPhone. I thought Apple claimed, something about coating the glass with some revolutionary chemical that will protect the glass from cracking.

During my outdoor camp I dropped my iPhone on the stone tiles. It wasn’t dropped from waist high height. Rather it was dropped from a height not more than 5 inches away from the ground. I was careless. I left my iPhone clinging precariously for its novelty in my shallow and almost useless pocket. It was the last day of the 3 days camp and I’m almost going to make it out with my phone on its tip top condition as it should be.

How unfortunate. This utterly expensive but incredible phone has finally met its fate that many other iPhones without a case has always been bounded to. The bottom glass at its back has a small crack. The chamfers, both the top left and the bottom right, has scuffs. Its novelty was gone.

Should I be pissed that this phone is feeble, or should I blame myself for not following the ubiquitous trend of matching a case with the iPhone during the purchase? Well. I don’t know. I guess I’ll do what adults do: to circumvent. I decided to buy a phone case, one that can lock this horrifying experience at the back of it and seal it away.

I got myself an Elago S5 Outfit and I have to say, I’m really impressed by the looks of it. I’m also impressed by the inordinate pricing as well. It’s ridiculously expensive, and I don’t know why it has to be. But I just had to get it, I was too enticed.

Elago S5 Outfit Back

Elago S5 Outfit Bottom

Elago S5 Outfit Left

It looks so good. Doesn’t it? SOOO… Good.

Merry Christmas everyone!

The Future is Ours!

It won’t be long before I get to join society as an imperative individual. Contributing my share of hardship, working through long nights and hastily rushing through a presentation to meet its deadline for the next day’s presentation.

Damn! That’d be hell!

Worry not, Myself, because in the future, there’ll be computer screens everywhere, not farther than any individual than 30 meters, which will be as powerful as the high-end consumer desktop computers of today and will have interfaces so interactive that we’ll probably be inputting instructions into it with our minds. Such technology advances could lead to a breakthrough! I mean one that could change the radical ways of our lives, and I don’t normally use the word, breakthrough, so take my words literally, definitely unlike what Apple has redundantly and so often abuse in their advertising videos to capture their prospective customers attention for their latest release: iPhone, iPad mini, iPad 3, iMac. Heck I don’t even think I bother about such new products anymore… Speaking of the future,..

This brings me on to another string of thoughts, The Expansion of Humanity into the Cosmos.

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An astronaut gingerly stepped out of Apollo 11, and slowly places his feet on the moon, before another modern explorer came out. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” proclaimed Armstrong. That’s his most popular words and probably one ever spoken in the modern era. Whatever Steve Job or Bill Gates have said, pales in comparison. Looking up, Armstrong said, “Beautiful, beautiful, magnificent desolation.” Armstrong and his friend were the only two souls on the moon.

*Back to Earth, and a few years later…

Jim Lovell, not untypically, remembered, “Everything that I ever knew—my life, my loved ones, the Navy—everything, the whole world, was behind my thumb.” This sentence hit me hard on the head like a brick. Indeed, we are living in the isolation of this round planet called Earth. We humans are the cause of global warming, and resources is becoming harder and harder to find. Researchers, Scientist or students with sterling results. Screw all that! SO LONG as the world decides Smartphone, to be the best innovation, it will not be long before we start hampering on cynical thoughts of eliminating each other (compare the thoughts of stress-free country men to the busy, fast walking urban dwellers, but at an extreme level.).

What are we waiting for! Worry not, Myself. Because by 2020, in the near future, under our clutching hands, SpaceX the space travel company will be up and fully operational in Singapore. THAT’S JUST WHAT WE NEED. See, this is going to bring on the awareness to the Earthlings that indeed, it would lead to a better tomorrow if we can all come together and contribute in ways like, slowing down our economy proportionally (or whatever), and have our governments place our taxes on planet migration instead. We are looking at Mars, because living on the Moon wouldn’t make that much sense considering it’s much smaller than Earth. Mars is what we need. Mars is where I want to live on.

For further reading on what I’m on about, visit: technologyreview.com

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…

iPhone Swipe, http://themetapicture.com/

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