Posts Categorized: Experience

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How to buy things

Making major tech purchase decisions is hard. It’s even harder when there are way too many options to choose from with each having way too many differentiating features. Here are the absolutely important features to look into for the most common major purchases that you should be looking for when making a decision. These should be your starting point to filter out the options you don’t need to consider.

Buying a car

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I don't think I am ready to go back

New Normal I don't think I am ready to go back. I think my mind has accepted the new "new normal" as the, well, "normal". I am perfectly fine working with all colleagues remotely. I don't mind the extra work that I have been doing owing to there being no "stop-time" anymore. I don't mind pulling a few extra hours that I need to make up for the lack of close up collaboration. Zoom is OK to me. I don't really miss the office parties that much. I do miss the change of scene I get when I go to work sometimes but that seems like a fair price to pay. I don't want to waste any more life "commuting". I like how sometimes I feel I have forgotten how to drive. I am happy with this slightly cleaner air. I am happy with the true objectivity of work. I am happy with the succinctness of conversations. I am happy to save the time wasted in banter. I am proud that I am eating a little healthier. I feel good that now I have time to exercise. No exercise, but time still.

But most of all I’ve tasted the blood. That I can be a better part of my family. Interactions are a lot more than morning and night. Quality time doesn’t have to wait for the weekend. I get more “me time”. I am writing more. This. I have more time to be alone.

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The Password Puzzle

Passsword Header How many phone numbers do you remember? I remember 10, I think if I exclude the ones that I remember correctly but are no longer used [landline numbers of childhood friends :)]. I think ours was the last generation that even bothered about remembering phone numbers. Anyone born after the landline era doesn't "need" to remember a phone number anyway. Heck, even we don't bother to remember numbers now. It's all there saved on the phone. Always available to us at the touch of a single button.

Who remembers landlines
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My Child left behind

 My Child left behind

Note: This post has been written over a period of 3 weeks. The reason for this had been illustrated in the last post. I implore you to bear with me and read it till the end. If you are reading this post, you are anyways smart enough to understand what I am trying to say.

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How I keep ads away from me

How I keep ads away from me

We live in a world where we are being looked at all the time. I say “looked at” because that kind of sounds less harsh compared to “tracked and surveilled”. The phones and smart devices that we ourselves make sure are with us all the time are always listening to us - even when we are no talking to them. Google and Apple, even Instagram and Tiktok, know where you are all the time even when you are not even using their apps. Google has access to all your emails and can shut you out of your life just because. You cannot escape the Facebook mafia. If you stop using Facebook, they catch you with Instagram. If you don’t use Instagram they will catch you with Whatsapp. If you somehow even escape that. Facebook now owns “Giphy” the gif search engine that is built in your phone keyboard. Hell, let’s say you don’t even use that they can track you with their integrations in every single website and app that you are using. They have a profile of you even if you never made it and it is more detailed than it would have been if you have provided that data yourself.

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Breaking out of the ‘Baby Shark’ trap

Breaking out of the ‘Baby Shark’ trap

There is a very slim chance that you do not know what ‘Baby Shark’ is. I say slim because the numbers actually point in this direction. As of the writing of this piece, the top 3 versions of this “song” have a total of 9.6 Billion views on Youtube, with over 6.7B views to the top single video. Yes, billion with a B. If you consider that the population of the world is somewhere around 7.8 Billion, it becomes very likely that you have heard this song.

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Coronil - What's the harm?

Coronil - Akhil.me

Your phone dings. Considering the time, you know who it is. It’s the first of many WhatsApp forwards that your dad will send you today. You pick the phone up and this is what it reads - ‘Take half a glass of warm water and add to it a pinch of cinnamon, some honey, and lemon. If you drink this elixir every day while facing east you will no longer have problems like constipation, chronic loneliness, EMI’s, and poor work-life balance.’ Well, something like this. Now you know that doing this won’t rid you of the EMI’s and the shitty boss. Constipation - maybe but none of the others for sure. BUT. What is the harm? Even if it does not do anything at all, drinking water with honey and lemon will, if nothing, hydrate you. There is ABSOLUTELY NO HARM in trying at least.

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The curious case of the missing bear

The curious case of the missing bear

Meera loves books. Her bibliophile father, yours truly, had conspired early on to trick her into liking books and with a cunning scheme of always surrounding her with more books than toys and reading to her in hysterical voices - it seems to have worked. She is especially fond of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (recommended) so it was the logical thing to do to order another book by the same author. That’s how her father reads, that’s how she will too.

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Unclutter your life - Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism

Allow me to gloat a little before I get into the meat of the matter. You know that feeling you get when a scientific study comes out that says that some activity, that you have been already been doing for some time, is proven to be good for you. That is exactly how I am feeling right now. Validated. About the choices that I have made. It is a pretty good feeling.

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