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Steve Jobs: 1955-2011. Thank You.

Thank you for the personal computer. Thank you for showing us how to listen to music. Thank you for telling us how a phone should be. Thank you for the iPad. Thank you for defining how animated movies should be made.

Thank you, again.

Last year a former Apple employee related his favorite Steve Jobs story to me. I have no way of knowing if it is true, so take it for what it’s worth. I think it nicely captures the man who changed the world four times over. When engineers working on the very first iPod completed the prototype, they presented their work to Steve Jobs for his approval. Jobs played with the device, scrutinized it, weighed it in his hands, and promptly rejected it. It was too big.

The engineers explained that they had to reinvent inventing to create the iPod, and that it was simply impossible to make it any smaller. Jobs was quiet for a moment. Finally he stood, walked over to an aquarium, and dropped the iPod in the tank. After it touched bottom, bubbles floated to the top.

“Those are air bubbles,” he snapped. “That means there’s space in there. Make it smaller.”

[source: In Praise of Bad Steve - D.B. Grady - Technology - The Atlantic]

PS: I have already pre-ordered the soon due official biography, and I think you should go ahead and do the same. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson (Flipkart). I am sure it will be worth it.

A Birthday Wish

Birthday wish from Google

I rarely ever open the page, but today I did and what did I find!! A birthday doodle for me! For at least a few seconds I felt I might have missed something on the front pages today; some achievement, discovery, invention that I might have been responsible for. Good few seconds those were I say.

Clicking on the doodle takes me to my G+ profile page (yeah, I have one). But sorry Google, I am not yet going to be active on a network where my feed averages 2-3 posts a day. But thanks anyway for the wish.

Facebook, you should do something similar. You know my birthday and most wishes anyway arrive there.

Exercise Your Democratic Rights: Vote (for me, actually)

Please vote for this blog!This blog has been nominated for the Best of Indian Blogoshpere (BoIB 2010) by Blogjunta in two categories:

Business and Start Up Blogs – and Technical News and Updates -

If you read my blog and like it, please spare a minute to vote for me.

Update: End of Vacation and Laptop Crash

I returned from vacation yesterday. Was hoping to post the weekly roundup yesterday but the mother board of my laptop died. Which means I cannot do anything at home. I am hoping it would be corrected by the end of the day so I can start posting tomorrow or whenever the next post idea comes to mind.

Meanwhile I had a great vacation. Kolkata during Durga Puja is something else. Nowhere else can you find this kind of enthusiasm, tradition, food, music and art at one place, round the clock than on these five days in Kolkata. Whatever preconceived inhibitions you might have against the city, I would suggest to drop them and make way at least once in your lifetime to witness this spectacle.

You will not regret it.

I will upload some pics to my other blog and my Flickr account once my laptop is repaired and cross-post a link on this blog.

Update: Vacation


I am off on vacation for a week. Heading off to Kolkata to be there for the Durga Puja after 2 long years.

However, this doesn’t mean the posts will stop coming. I have already scheduled a few posts for the rest of the week while I am away. Responses may be delayed though.

PS: Attached is a pic from my last puja trip to Kolkata back in 2007. Keep checking my other blog and my Flickr page for this year’s clicks.

Update on ‘Signals of Noise’

I have decided to move the trivia posts away from this blog to my tumblog. Primarily because those posts were not quite in line with the primary objective of this blog.

I will still continue to post interesting trivia, photos, videos and links at the new blog. I have also syndicated my Delicious shares and Flickr images to the blog. There is also a widget on the sidebar of this blog to show recent updates over there.

Here are some quick links:

Do you like it? Let me know your thoughts.


BloggingWhy do we blog?

We want to share information and knowledge. We want to initiate discussions. We want to make a stand.

Whatever it is, blogging is about selling. The currency of that sell may be tangible and/or intangible. But we are still selling. We sell the information we have, the knowledge we possess, the values we hold true. But successful bloggers have a purpose. Whichever of these (or anything else) it might be.

I started blogging back in February 2006. I wanted to write about my random events of my life – travels, movies, sports, life at ISB. But it was just that. Random.

Waiting for dawnSince I started working in the area of marketing analytics I have been reading a lot of great (and not so good) stuff. I have been making mental and physical notes of those. Some of which have been useful at work. Then there’s so much happening on the internet today that is so very exciting from a marketing perspective. Changing age old views, opening new channels, adapting existing protocols.

This is where I have decided to make those notes from now on. It will not only help me think better but also, and more importantly, help me learn from others who visit this blog. And it is not going to be all about marketing.

So I am back at blogging. But this time I hope I am doing it right.

[image: Flickr/Annie Mole]

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