My Hobby

Sunset..Wind.Long.Hair.Balcony.Music.

I like watching people from a distance. Sometimes from my balcony, sometimes from a park bench, or simply in a restaurant sipping my coffee and watching people outside the glass pane.

Some might argue, is it not disturbing to myself, because there is much chaos in the outside world, and I better mind my own business. Well, that is about right.

However, I find my practice very relaxing. Even if something good is happening outside, or is it something bad; in both cases, I can keep myself detached from the situations. I do not involve, I just watch. It makes me realize, that everything happening around me is not explicitly concerned with me. If it is happening, it is happening like the zillion other events in the universe.

Everything happens for its own reasons, we need to look if it is concerned with us, or not. If it does, I get up and fight for it with both hands. If it doesn’t, I would be there, sipping my coffee, watching it all off the glass pane.

Needs

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No one in the world can give us anything. What you possess are the very things you earned for yourself.

And it is not all about having bills and coins, it’s about how we think, how we feel, and ultimately the person we are turning into.

Times change, people change. After 40 years from now, you will look back and laugh at yourself. Not because you were being foolish, but simply because you can. Because then, you will be finally free, you no longer need to act like someone to get something or be with somebody for any reason.

It is our own dependencies which shackle us, and lead us to unwanted situations. If we are content with ourselves, then there is nothing we need from others.

The Quotrons: Inspiration for a UEX Developer

I often wonder, why do people use computers or smartphones at the first place? what is so special about these machines? Besides, they are expensive and often demand electric charging.

I mean, whatever information we need, is in the books, we can always ask directions to locals, and if we need some peace of mind, the thinnest device we can use is always a library card.

Now let me tell you the ancient story behind it. The revolution began with the Quotrons.

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Quotron, a Los Angeles-based company, became, in 1960, the first financial data technology company to deliver stock market quotes to an electronic screen

Early in the 1980’s, the use of electronic systems to collect and display business  information  were becoming very popular. we had computers at every important building. We had computers everywhere: in stock markets, police stations, banks and malls. The company named Quotron systems, was able to show information using a digital screen, and update this information in real time. At 1960, it was a big step ahead, which ensured the growth of information technology (IT) industry till date.

Before the quotrons, computers looked more like this: electronic typewriters, where people had no idea what they are doing until its on paper. But now people could see updated information on a screen. Because of this feature, the company had so many systems sold, that at a point, any commercial computers in use were referred as Quotrons.

The basic usage of a Quotron would be one of these:

  1. Enter the statistical data into a digital format, using an electronic typewriter.
  2. Store this entered information in some encoded form using electronic devices.
  3. Share this information among the other Quotron machines by means of connecting wires.
  4. Update the on-screen information in real-time, using the wired network.

Wait, what did they say? they could update the information in real time? Well of course, we can do the first three tasks using simple pen and paper. But we do not have any paper invented that can change the information written all by itself! That is just like magic!

The magic behind software is in the interactivity!

This ‘magical’ ability became particularly useful for computer programmers. Now they were able to write the program on the screen, and see the result on the same screen ! Now, they don’t have to wait for weeks to see if their program worked or not, they could see it in real time on a screen. This inspired companies like IBM to create CASE tools for their programmers, making programming easier for later generations.

Good for programmers. However, what’s in it for the typical non-tech user?

The key is in the hands of a User Experience (UEX) Developer. The software present on these devices needs to be interactive. Even the Quotrons had keyboards to change the information when the user needed. This led to the PC industry revolution, and now the same phenomenon is driving the smartphone industry. The magic is in the fact that people can interact with the information as well as hey see it. The choice of customized views, themes and different layouts is always a plus for any application.Add interactivity and customization to your software because that’s why people buy their $400 device at the first place.

And if you need some more inspiration, we can always look back again at the history.

Thanks for reading.

The best thing Delhi has taught me

You create your own universe as you go along. – Paulo Coelho

I remember my days in Delhi.

Delhi is the National Capital Region of my country. We also call it the heart of our country, not just in terms of its geographical location, but also for its very welcoming culture.

Delhi is located at the center of 7 different states, each with a unique culture, language and attitude. It is sometimes hard to keep up with the accents and all, However, being in such a mixed culture comes with an added advantage : you can truly be yourself!

Because you never need to learn a particular language, or act in some typical attitude, the best option you have is to just behave as yourself. The famous line saying “While in Rome, Behave like Romans”, fails in Delhi. Instead, “Wherever you go, Retain yourself”.

That is what Delhi has taught me. I still try to follow that.

Thanks for reading.