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What to do with my Android Phone?

In the beginning, it was all about the smartness, of how much more I could do with it than my Sony Ericsson W810i, of how much like an operating system it felt, instead of a firmware. It was a wild journey trying to fish out apps that could justify the smartness of the phone. Then came rooting, which gave more control over it, giving the power of administering the phone to my hands so that I could decide not only what I wanted, but what I did not want as well. That was rooting to me. To remove anything that I did not want. Then came framework mods to alter how a few elements baked into the OS would look and feel.

Somewhere about this time, I changed from a South Korean Galaxy S with paltry support to a Galaxy Nexus; the world of pure Android. It felt more open and submissive than Samsung’s version of Android and I was rather spoilt with choices about what I can make of it. Plain rooting seemed just that, too plain. Enter the world of custom ROMs. Although I had tried a couple of ROMs on my earlier phone, it never really felt that it was different. But with the support available to the Nexus, I could only imagine where the horizon was.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus stayed with me for just the right amount of time before giving way to Nexus 4, a marvel of a phone. It looked deviously simple, devilishly calm but performed with the enthusiasm of a race horse. Tie this with the firm control that I want to exert on what is running on the phone, you get a device which is quick to respond, acts unlike other Androids and becomes an extension of myself. But the problem now is, I don’t know what I can do with it anymore.

I have automated quite a few tasks that I have a false sense of them not working. Dismissing an alarm tracks my sleep and enables the phone to interrupt me now that I’m not sleeping. Shaking it will un/silence it for those moments where you don’t have to fumble with the buttons or worse, icons. Apps and contacts get backed up automatically with BT Sync. It knows that I’m home and disables lock screen, conserves battery by connecting to Wi-Fi/3G only when I want to.

The bottom line is that despite the bland looking interface that I’ve crafted for it, it is a sophisticated automatic setup under the hood. So, now that quite a few things are taken care of, l have to use it like others do: to talk, text, email, play games and listen to music, everything that I could do without a super-smartphone. I want to find a way where I can use it to prove to myself that neither I nor it have reached the horizons of smartphone capability. That clearing the blocks opens the road, and you just have to drive.

But drive to reach where?

That, is the right question without a convincing answer.

Yet.

Flutterbys

It is not everyday that the dormant insides of an unwilling dim witted guy is filled with flutterbys. It required a night at a bar filled with gorgeous women, shouting conversations amidst a sea of noise, and some light alcohol to get things worked up and trigger the chemistry hormones. And need I say, the heart isn’t in its place anymore! Its like there is a source of dull heat inside, akin to mild a high, brimming the rim of the head and bathing you in an anticipatory excitement. Senses don’t seem to be subservient, flooded by their own hallucinations. I was afraid, I would forget that such emotions existed. Goodness gracious, I still am a human.

Goopplebook In the Black Box

So, my close friend online, and a closer friend offline, Manoj retweeted a post saying thus: “RT @lemay: Apple cannot do cloud, Google cannot do social, and Facebook cannot do apps. It’s like the “walked into a bar” joke for tech nerds.” Being a serial entrepreneur in my imaginary world, I couldn’t resist coming up with this cool-sounding, socially not-awkward, easy to remember name for a company that could do great in all the three.

Thus was born Goopplebook : A (as yet) fictitious company that does cloud as good as Google, apps as good as Apple and Social as good as Facebook.

Anyway, the conviction behind each of those claims isn’t very strong. It is all a fad and media magic and social engineering on the part of all the three companies to make you believe so. If at all, the three biggies are, in my opinion, struggling to get things right on their own turf. Google is starting to have apps as great as they are in Apple, Google+ is slowly permeating as a hybrid between Twitter and Blogging and Facebook apparently is struggling the most to live upto its past.

So, what should Goopplebook do right to be the next big thing, and not struggle to be relevant for a long time?

While this is the general public side of things, we would need something that serves the corporate side pretty much the same way, but being extra secure, with not-so-funky sounding name, extra boring and colored blue, black and grey. Clearly, Goopplebook ain’t a name for that! So, which are the players that wannabe social, apps and cloud in the corporate side of the world? LinkedIn (Perfect balance between hardened corporates, and wannabe corporates), Blackberry (resurrecting the dead!!), and Dropbox (well, this one doesn’t suck). So, my imaginary serial entrepreneur self comes out with a name and can’t resist from making it lame, yet catchy and apt.

Thus will be born InTheBlackBox : A (as yet) fictitious company that does the cloud, apps and social for corporates, and doesn’t suck, bore and isn’t blue, black or grey.

Ghost Writer

Its been really long time since I was into blogging. It was a very energetic time when I was brimming with ideas to share with the world, to find people who would think on the same lines. I had a rosy time writing away article after article, and, I had an excellent motivation to write. My best friend was writing, too. He saw my first blog post and started writing. Then, in a sequence of one-upmanships, we were in a positive feedback cycle and tried to outdo each other.
Both were writing about different topics mostly, and at times, we wrote about the same topic too. It was interesting to see the kind of readership that our blogs developed. There were marked differences in the backend though. My blog was getting a lot more discussion than his, and his was getting a lot more traffic than mine. Both of us cribbed about not having what the other had. And so, stats decided our behavior and we slowly stopped working on our blogs regulary.
Funny how things happen. As long there was no expected return/reward, there seemed to be a free flow of thoughts, materializing into works/words of art. The moment we started wondering about the stats, there seemed to be a greed for attention. It dictated our topics, keywords, commenting behavior, and eventually, writer’s block. It’s been more than 5yrs since I started that blog. I still do write very occasionally and keep it from dying. It continues to live today as a residue of my short-bursts of enthusiasm, as a plaque to the Ghost Writer in me.

The Social Network of Taste

Day in and day out, we are sharing what is happening in our lives with the outside world. Sharing personal stuff such as photos, videos and audio has become a strong and silent force in the world. Why isn’t this extended to smell and taste?
Being away from home and becoming the self-proclaimed chef that I am, I’d love to share these two traits of the food that I cook with my Mom and my friends back home. But my audience is restricted to my roomies only. The poor creatures consider themselves as guinea pigs in my lab ;-) But I think they are fine with those experiments as long as the taste buds come calling.
So, what I want is this: A Social Network of Taste. Somewhere I could share the joy of making delicious food and be able to share them with people, not just as pictures or recipes, but, as taste and smell. Unlike the abstract human senses audio and video, I understand that recreating taste and smell requires considerable hacking of nature to make it a reality. But before then, I am afraid my culinary passion will fade and I might not enjoy cooking/eating delicious food as much as I do now.

PS: Being an Indian, “delicious” for me includes variations and combinations in intensities of spicy, tangy, salty and a myriad other spices. I do enjoy the occasional sweet or a dessert, but they seldom incite the bit of the brain that is trapped in my taste buds.