The Meaning of Silence

August 2, 2007 at 5:56 pm (Uncategorized)

The biggest gift we seem to have lost is the ability to appreciate silence. The wolrd around is so full of noise silence is sometimes painful.

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Life after death

May 31, 2006 at 5:57 pm (Uncategorized)

Recently a friend asked me:I quote "Do you believe in life after death".

Of course this has been discussed by so many phiosophers, great and not so great, it doesn't really matter what I think about it. However the question having been asked, and she being rather anxious about the answer, I told her, I don't believe in that an alarming predicament. Hanging around  eternally doesn't quite fit in with my idea of fun.

But honestly, I don't have a clue just what death is all about. It cannnot be merely physical. So what exactly happens at death. Is it like a computer shutting down, with the CPU gone bust. The physica corpse can't really be me, can it. Just what left that corpse anyway, when its "owner" died?

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Absolute Power

March 29, 2006 at 2:37 am (Uncategorized)

That absolute power corrupts absolutely has already been discovered. That was in relation to individuals. Is it possible to extrapolate that point of view to communities, countries and maybe even whole civilizations?

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Geography and the Net

March 26, 2006 at 9:04 am (Uncategorized)

Recently a  blog friend remarked to me " It is pity you are not living in the States". That is true as physical domiciles go. But then what is the net for. I mean. I lead a life at one basic physical level in my hometown and another surreal one on the net. My second enitiy has no physical meaning. No physical boundraies. No cultural stumbling blocks. I am human. That is all. So are the people you talk to. Net, the great leveller. Maybe that is one of most the underestimated achievments of the net. After its birth as an arm of the miliatary the net is now a global glue, helping people understand each other in a manner unimaginable without the medium of the net. 

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Civilizations – milestones of development

January 14, 2006 at 6:33 pm (Uncategorized)

Is it possible to determine and designate the time frames of childhood, adolescence, adulthood and senility of civilizations?

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Google Pack – New Google Dispensation

January 7, 2006 at 4:00 pm (Uncategorized)

The search engine behemoth is searching for new pastures. Ever since gmail came on the scene, it was clearly just a matter of time before Google decided to go for the jugular. In this case, that of Microsoft Corp. The Google Pack is the latest release from Google. It consists of nine freeware apps which you can download from the net anyway (except Norton Antivirus). Now Google does the packing for you. I still haven’t quite understood why products like Adobe Acrobat Reader and Ad-Aware need such a retailer. It is not as if these are totally unknown products. The best explanation is that they are banking on the brand appeal of Google. Not that I am sure this is such a bright idea. But then I have never been particularly good at business.

So when is Google going to come out with a G-PC running on a G-OS and a G-Office too. Guys at Google refuse to reveal anything about this.  May be some G-games will be needed for the big bang. I would say that the G-OS if it comes out would be a distributed net-based os with only the barebone OS provided for accessing the net. Further OS installation will be net based. Similarly G-Office.

What would be Microsoft’s answer to this. Actually I don’t think the Redmond guys need to respond at all. (Hey, here I am advising B.Gates on business !).  Windows has too many supporters and close on the heels is Linux (Would G-OS be a version of Linux). MS Office is the best in town when it comes to bundled apps. OpenOffice, the closest second is far behind MS Office as any honest assessment of the two has to concede. Maybe OpenOffice will improve. But then so will MS Office.

So I am inclined to think that, even if Google does come up with a specialzed PC, a specialized, OS and a specialized Office Suite, most Windows users will stick with that. And Google has raised too many security concerns too, thanks to Gmail and the Google desktop search tool.

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Free Information

January 4, 2006 at 2:35 am (Uncategorized)

The basic hypothesis upon which the internet was founded was military. It had nothing to do with free information, free resources, or anything starting with free. Somewhere along the way, the prefix free got tagged on to some of the online resources. Now while most of the stuff out there is online junk, ther are some truly awesome  achievements  for the online freedom lovers.

Blogs for one. This is one tool that has done an amazing job of opening up people’s minds. I mean, how else could an ordinary person, one among the silent multitude, make himslef heard. Of course nobody really listens to a mere blogger with his personal views. But it all adds up.

In the pre-blog days, one had to set up a website. This was far from simple, even on prefabricated templates. Updating the website was even more tough. Now all you have to do is get onto some blog host, like wordpress, and let go.

Which brings me to the question of “free” again. The famous saying about free beer vs free speech needs no mention. However the fact remains that the vast majority of net users cannot afford to pay for a paid blog. Thankfully many sites continue to host free webites and blogs.

How long can such free services remain alive. The world is definitely not getting cheaper. The idea of providing free service of anykind is labelled as idealistic. Actually it is idealistic. But, tags notwithstanding, how long can such services as the Wikipedia survive, inspite all the multitudes contributing  the material as well as the finance. And it is so easy to defeat the aim of such a monumental resource by just inserting some false stories deliberately. It has been done and no matter what precautions are taken it will be done again

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Infinity

December 31, 2005 at 2:26 am (Uncategorized)

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein

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The ‘Science’ of Astrology

December 30, 2005 at 5:41 pm (Uncategorized)

It is not often that the future actually talks to you. I mean, you can see the past. After all, the stars I see in the sky everyday are all outdated stuff, centuries and eons old by the time I get to see them. But future. That is a different story. Predict the next tsunami. The next Katrina.

So how do the astrologer do it. Most of the time they are wrong. And rightly too (Excuse the oxymoron). What is surprising is that sometimes they get it right to an amazing extent. Statistically not significant. But in practise, staggering. No I am not an astrologer. I think the theory of astrology is so poorly developed no scientific study can be done on it as far as I can predict (Forgive the pun).

Is astrology worth any scientific study. Thanks to the butterfly effect and its cousins, regular science is in a fix about future. So how about some exotic ‘science’. The question is : can futurology be made scietific? And I am not talking about elections.

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Blogging is not easy

December 27, 2005 at 6:05 pm (Uncategorized)

I mean, the first part. You know getting started. Basically, it is like this. You know you need to blog. But you have no idea what to blog about. Ok. maybe that is not generally true. Maybe there are great people out there who blog effortlessly. Not me. I have trouble getting my fingers on the keyboard. But trust me I am going to blog. And it is going to get better.

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