Excursions by Amit Gawande

Entries tagged “opinion”

October 6, 2019   I'm glad that Android exists   On a recent busy Friday morning, I hopped into my cab on my way to the office. I was about to isolate myself by plugging my ears with an audiobook.
September 25, 2019   I am not a gamer. I cannot play a single-person shooter. I was ok with this particular style of gaming when it was on desktop, with a keyboard and a
September 18, 2019   I wonder what the purists think of the recent computational photography trend. Google started it with its all-in-cloud touch up of the photos. And
September 4, 2019   Effectiveness of Customer Service Representatives   I have met two types of customer service representatives. There is a section that is trained to listen to what the customer has to be say and serve
August 24, 2019   Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits   SpaceX is teaming up with the maker of a space tugboat, which would nudge satellites around, clean up space junk, and do other orbital
August 16, 2019   Terry Pratchett's artistry with words   It is the passages like these from Terry Pratchett that leave completely in awe of his imagination. He can dream up craziest of the crazy, stupid
August 15, 2019   The Promise of “instant”   Patience is a virtue that is rapidly getting extinct within us. Everything digital has trained us to expect everything instant. You want to read,
August 11, 2019   Being Digital Literate towards Privacy   My sister recently bought a new iPhone - her first, switching over from Android - and was happily setting it up with all the apps she had been
July 19, 2019   Apple also wants to serve exclusive podcasts now. This recent craze of everyone coming up with their own exclusive content - movies, shows and
June 28, 2019   With Ive gone, will we see Apple embracing more colors in their designs - especially hardware? Choice of monochrome, aluminum look for all products
April 24, 2019   Are podcasts wasting our time?   Chris Richards, putting his perspective through, does kick a hornet’s nest. Something even I have done earlier. I’m against podcasts. I think
April 22, 2019   Publishing to the open web   I read this note from Dave Winer on state of publishing on the open web. The first part reads like a fact. It’s too hard to publish something to
April 22, 2019   Missed a great innings from MSD yesterday — boy, the man can do anything. He has his own style of working a game of cricket.
April 11, 2019   IPL matches are running too late into the night — I just can’t stay up late on the weekday. I’m sure am not alone and the
March 25, 2019   Discussing Social Networks, Again   Another week, another discussion on the state of social networks on TWiT network. This time it took place on the latest episode of This week in
March 24, 2019   Selecting and Reading Books   I keep mentioning every time I get a chance that I am too picky while selecting the books I read. So it was fascinating to read few suggestions from
February 8, 2019   In an article on how Instagram “travel influencers” are affecting homeownership around the world is hidden a very unfortunate truth. Today
February 3, 2019   Why CAPTCHAs have gotten so difficult   So apparently we, humans, are struggling to prove ourselves as human now - The Verge reports. Figuring out how to fix those blurry image quizzes
February 1, 2019   I attempted to watch Black Mirror: Bandersnatch today. Netflix managed to solve a lot many technical challenges — it is a
January 31, 2019   Bhai: Vyakti Ki Valli - Celebration of a life   I recently watched “Bhai: Vyakti Ki Valli”, a movie I was very eagerly waiting for quite some time now. It is a biopic of a person that I adore, an
January 22, 2019   I love email, more than ever   Martin Weigert talks pretty openly about his love for emails. Over the years, one frequent type of blog post published by tech heavyweights laments
January 5, 2019   Social Networks won't fade away   Irrespective of what the popular belief is, the need for social networks is not going away — more so amongst those who are not technology oriented.
December 21, 2018   The Rise and Demise of RSS   This is such fascinating write up by Sinclair Target on history behind the challenges RSS has faced over the years. And also why it just never
November 1, 2018   How a Month without Computers Changed Me   This is such a fascinating read — so detailed on how Andrey Sitnik planned for and went through this arduous experiment. Then I asked myself if
November 1, 2018   It is so difficult to explore anything that Google announces without passing it thought the lens shaded by their ad business model. It doesn’t
October 30, 2018   Twitter should kill Retweets first   Retweets prey on users’ worst instincts. They delude Twitter users into thinking that they’re contributing to thoughtful discourse by endlessly
October 27, 2018   How China Rips Off the iPhones and Reinvents Android   But what is true today is that not all Chinese phone software is bad. And when it is bad from a Western perspective, it’s often bad for very
October 26, 2018   Things I wish Apple will launch   This is not a post where I be a tech pundit, read tea leaves scattered all over the internet and predict what Apple is going to launch on the
October 24, 2018   iPhone XR Screens aren’t terrible   It’s time for Apple product launches. And so is the time for all the talks of -gates and sheeples and reality distortion. There’s so much noise this
October 15, 2018   On Podcasts, News and Well-being   I have lately felt hindered by the time I am listening to the same repetitive thoughts from other people on podcasts. Experts talking about,
October 9, 2018   Being Social on Web   It’s been some time now that I have started again to regularly write, post my thoughts. Long and short. One of the key reason for this change in my
September 30, 2018   Sorry, Chrome is Not a Google Service   I read this interesting perspective from Bálint where he argues that “Chrome is a Google Service that happens to include a Browser Engine”. I
September 3, 2018   Simplicity of Love   There is a fascinating conversation on episode 97 of the Criminal podcast with the now 99 year old Benjamin Ferencz. He primarily talks about his
August 31, 2018   I believe “all data is anonymised” has to be the biggest lie all these data hoarding and advertising companies tell its customers. With the amount
August 30, 2018   Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media   This is such a fascinating read — I don’t think it is a stretch to think there would be teens who would be overwhelmed by the
August 30, 2018   Twitter is testing a feature where it suggests who to unfollow   I read this. And then I read this again. I checked the source to make sure it isn’t from The Onion. It wasn’t. We know that people want a relevant
August 23, 2018   Your Users Aren't Always Right   There is a lot of chatter recently around the features on Twitter/Facebook that should be incorporated in the new1 social media platforms. Or even
August 20, 2018   Mark Zuckerberg and other big boys don’t have my sympathy   Cathy O’Neil, along with criticizing these “big boys of tech”, feels some sympathy for them. I might be the only person on Earth feeling sorry for
August 14, 2018   Twitter Has Desensitised Us   I have recently observed a lot of anger from people across the world towards social networks of all forms. Especially Twitter. I had also expressed
August 10, 2018   Search Engines need to redesign their results   Dave Winer wrote few of his thoughts on how the search engines need to improve with time. He was focused a bit on how it can make blogging valuable.
August 10, 2018   Why not just quit Twitter?   I am reading a lot of views these days from people I respect deciding to leave Twitter. And this is after a similar exodus from Facebook pretty
August 8, 2018   Bad news: there's no solution to false information online   This is a must read article from Ben Werdmüller where he concisely conveys the problem around fake news1 and also presents how different players in
August 7, 2018   Freeing the Web from the Browser   The Web is, without a doubt, the most powerful research tool currently available to man. No longer must researchers comb through endless indices
August 2, 2018   Techmeme introduced a new form of ads today. This is how the homepage looked. And this how they introduced the prominent change visible out there.