Techno Slavery

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Apple was supposed to launch a big product in the Mac World in San Fransisco. I calculated the time difference between San Francisco and US and was eagerly waiting for it to began. Engadget.com was constantly updating the site and was giving minute by minute update. And i was following it religeously as i wanted to be a first one to know about Apple’s new touchscreen iPod or iPhone.
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Before that, I spent a night watching live streaming of Microsoft’s CES. I wanted to know Microsoft’s future stratagies and was expecting some anounment for my Zune.

First thing i do after logging onto my office PC is, i visit Live.com which fetches the RSS feeds for me from all the leading technology sites and various blogs.

I have over 15 email IDs, 3 blogs, 7 groups and a dot com domain to maintain. I might turn jehadi if you interrupt me while i’m downloading torrents or leaving scraps on orkut.
 
My friends and room-mates complain when I don’t socialize because I’m tagging the songs or playing with some photo or movie editing software.

I’ve become a slave of the technology.. of the internet. Good part is, i’ve started to realise it now. Trimming my online time was one of my new year resolutions, but you all know about the short life of such resolutions.

What will happen if someday no one will leave a scrap on my orkut profile or i’ll see "No new mails" in my mail client.. What if internet messengers shuts down google becomes a paid service.. What if i loose my mp3 player, my laptop, my external hard disc, my digital camera and all the gadgets that i have.. What if there will be no mobile phones and no gaming consoles in this world..
What would i do then? ….. farming ?
Its really a scary thought.

I don’t know how i’m going to overcome this addiction. But atleast i’ll start working towards it.
Like, now i will not visit BestBuy every week to check for Nintendo Wii.. or i’ll not follow the launch of Vista..  I’ll stop searching the prices of the gadgets that i dont need..

Reserve one place at the pool table.. I’m coming to community center.. 

New Year.. New beginning..

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Times Square, New YorkIts probably a bit late to wish "Happy New Year" to all the readers of this space. I just couldn’t get the time to write since I’ve returned from New York.

I celebrated my 31st eve on the streets of Times Square, New York. Which is supposed to be a biggest new year party on the earth where over 2 million crazy people gather to watch the crystal ball falling.

I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy the show but it was definitely not upto my expectation. Events started at 5pm in the evening. Me n my friends managed to secure a position near the main stage from where the crystal ball was visible. These were performances by myspace.com artists, some renowned singers, some dance and a special performance by Christina Anguilera..  but nothing was that interesting. And there were too many gaps between the performances. It was the high level of enthusiasm of the crowd which kept the interest alive till midnight. It was thrilling to hear the cheer when the final countdown started.

Before that, I’ve been to the famous ‘Madame tussaud’ museum where wax models of various celebrities are kept. So, don’t be surprised with this picture as I’m not holding the real Shakira. It was fun to click photographs with these wax models. They look almost real.

New York city is very happening. And I was surprised to see so many desi people there. Indians were everywhere. We found good Indian restaurants too. No wonder, Karan Johar’s movies do good business in New York. I was bowled over by the huge buildings. It was really amazing.

 
We have also been to the Empire State Building. Which is very very tall. View from the 86th floor was breath taking. I also had the virtual tour of the New York city. We didn’t have enough time to visit the Statue Of Liberty, so we just gave it a glance from Wall Street.

We stayed at Gaurav’s place in New Jersey. While returning, we went to a temple at NJ. It was a nice temple and we had some really authentic south Indian food out there.

All n all the New York trip was memorable and was a lifetime experience.