Excursions by Amit Gawande

It’s good to see Walt Mossberg try DuckDuckGo and come out impressed. Of all the services from Google, search is the most frictionless for anyone to replace. Other being Chrome.

That doesn’t bode well for Google’s business. And am sure Google’s aware of that.

Thu, Nov 29, 2018 thoughts

How Restaurants Got So Loud

Like the open office, the loud restaurant seems to have overstayed its welcome. That’s because loud restaurants are more profitable.

Unfortunately, fine dining has become synonymous with dimly lit, noisy, cramped spaces today.

Wed, Nov 28, 2018 thoughts

I’m not comfortable with Gmail guessing the next word I may write as I compose a mail - more so as it’s correct more often than not. I hate that am so predictable.

Using Google services is a constant battle - you hope you beat the AI overlords, but you just feed them rather.

Wed, Nov 28, 2018 thoughts

Am almost 2/3rd into A Short History of Nearly Everything and I do not think I enjoy every part of it. There are chapters which I just do not have any interest in. Mainly around Biology. I guess there’s a reason why I gave up studying about internals of my body way earlier.

Wed, Nov 28, 2018 thoughts

Inspiration and motivation cannot be concocted in any science laboratory. A fact that’s both fortunate and unfortunate.

Tue, Nov 27, 2018 thoughts

I had no idea the live-action remake of The Lion King was also in works — and the teaser is already out. I am not sure why Disney is suddenly so inclined to release these live-action remakes of classics. The Jungle Book, Aladdin and now this too.

Fri, Nov 23, 2018 thoughts

A great animated video from Apple for Holidays about a creative girl who keeps her creativity boxed in, never letting it get out. And the message to Share Your Gifts” is perfect. Interesting that it features a MacBook front and center, not an iPad. They still love their Macs.

Wed, Nov 21, 2018 thoughts

One particular person and his undying coverage on the news media has ruined so many things for me. Every time I use believe me” now, I feel am tricking someone. Sigh! 😑

Wed, Nov 21, 2018 thoughts

It was fascinating to watch this video where Jonathan Morrison attempts to edit an entire video on an iPad Pro. His impressions (and of many others) look pretty genuine - for those who look at iPad as a laptop alternative, not replacement, it works. Limitations are by design.

Wed, Nov 21, 2018 thoughts

If true, this is scary. Apparently, the content of every webpage visited using Google Chrome is sent back to Google”. Even emails. From external email solution providers too. Given that, the recommendation not to use Chrome is not too harsh.

Tue, Nov 20, 2018 thoughts

All I‘ve been focused on for last few days has been a small homely function - the preparations, the celebrations are simply endless. However a gathering of family and friends over a night of fun and food is worth all the effort. But boy I’ve missed so much. It’s time to catch up.

Tue, Nov 20, 2018 thoughts

MacBook Air (2018) has made the purchase decision for existing Air owners who are waiting for an upgrade a lot more difficult. There is hardly any MacBook that meets their requirement. I know as I’m one of those people. And am left with no option but to consider Windows PCs.‬

Tue, Nov 6, 2018 thoughts

Techies keep dreaming of a day when iOS and Android can be used for serious console-style gaming. I, on the hand, am always in search for the casual games that I can play one handed, in small bursts for mindless fun. I enjoyed Desert Golfing a lot. Tiny Wings was another.

Mon, Nov 5, 2018 thoughts

There are some nights that you just can’t go to sleep - you try everything, nothing works. Today’s that kind of night. And it surprising given that I’d been working throughout the day - so I should be bone-tired. I don’t think watching Sherlock is going to help me either.

Mon, Nov 5, 2018 thoughts

An OCR Cliche

Romance writers, be forewarned, the child who leaps into her arms or the heroine who leaps into his has almost a five percent chance of ending up elsewhere.

Be wary of Google Books OCR - an amusing, but equally funny account of how the technology fails us.

Sun, Nov 4, 2018 thoughts