Best waste of money?

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is available for sale on Considering it’s not yet officially launched in India, this has to be a smuggled piece. Nonetheless, at Rs 54,250 for the cheapest option, it seems a tad bit steep to me!

iPhone 5
iPhone 5 for sale on

I could think of a ton of better uses for this money. Would you spend 54k on a phone?


It’s a lighter than usual Friday. I’ve just had a rather heavy lunch on account of it being Friday. Much meat and a dessert that’s good to knock you right out. But I am in office. So can’t snooze off. And as often happens in such states of mind, one starts to ruminate.

As I randomly went through links posted by contacts on Facebook, I came across some good stuff to read. And then I realized that I wasn’t using RSS anymore. There was a time I used to open up my RSS reader (NetNewsWire) along with Outlook/Entourage/Mail when I booted up the laptop. That was when I was a Mac. Since I’ve moved to Windows, I’ve realized that I don’t do this anymore. I had migrated to Google Reader a while back and still have all my subscriptions up there, but hardly ever visit them leave alone adding new ones. Wonder why…

And that got me thinking if devices had anything to do with this. Just last night I held and played around a bit with an iPad. I can’t help but think that it can’t be the best tool for productivity. It could just be me with the need of a keyboard and a screen that doesn’t require me constantly looking down, but I can’t imagine using the iPad for actual work. As an e-book reader or music player or movie player or an internet browser or some such casual activity enabler, maybe. But I may be proved wrong later (notice how I kept a way out of that for myself? Heh!).

Some other things that I’ve stopped using a lot lately include a Twitter desktop tool. I was hooked to TweetDeck for the longest time, but I now (occasionally) use Digsby’s built in tool. It’s lighter, faster and less distracting. As I write this, I was inspired to download an RSS reader and resume the reading. Dangerous since it is a huge distraction… But worth it.

Rather slow in the head, I’m feeling. Must be all that food I ate for lunch. I forgot to mention the state of negligence this blog is in. No tools to blame for this. Except my fingers. Hopefully I’m back. But then, I’ve said that before.


The Dell

I’ve recently upgraded (?) to a Dell Studio 15. And the Windows Live Writer is perhaps the first piece of software that I have always wanted to use.

So I am using it.

And I have to say the 15” screen is quite a positive change. Not to say I’m not missing my Mac already, but I am kicked about the 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD… 😀

Unboxing pics to follow (yes, I know that’s seriously geeky, but so it is!)

Mac versus Windows

To many, there is no winner in this contest. Mac wins hands down. And I belong to this group. I am an Apple Fanboy! But ever since Windows 7 Beta (W7B) hit the scene, I’ve been wavering in my loyalty. And it’s not only about the looks that W7B has brought. Which, for the record, are quite slick.

One of biggest problems with Windows was that BSOD. And so far, I’ve seen only one instance of it come up since the Beta was announced about a couple of weeks ago. Not bad!

Continue reading “Mac versus Windows”

Suckers (aka you, waiting for the iPhone in India)

To all who have been patiently awaiting the launch of the iPhone in India. And also to all those who pre-registered their interest in an iPhone. Vodafone has officially let the cat out of the bag, as it were. There was much speculation about the pricing of the iPhone in India. Despite reports confirming the price, many refused to believe. But now they must.

Vodafone has sent this out today:

The above, if you ask me, the one with the discerning eye, points to the fact that the iPhone will cost Rs 30,000-plus. D-uh! I can’t understand why Apple would position this as a super premium product. Sure the subsidies offered in the US are not available to the Indian consumer but at 31k+, they have driven away the largest potential market of 18-24 for whom this is an uber cool gadget to have. Continue reading “Suckers (aka you, waiting for the iPhone in India)”

iPhone to be beyond most people’s reach

Contact me if you want to buy an unlocked iPhone for the prices announced are astronomical to say the least.

As my favourite humor writer (and now tech as it seems!) points out:

The 8 GB version of the iPhone 3G will cost Rs. 31,000, while the 16 GB version will cost between Rs. 36,000 and Rs. 37,000.

These prices are not inclusive of the plan these phones will come bundled with.

So there. Go cry. If you don’t want to cry, I am selling mine (seems silly, but it still costs about 25% less than the price of the new one) and you can make an offer!

Of course, the above is subject to the prices not being rumors (is the Apple PR machinery at work here?).

Anyways, there isn’t any point in buying the 3G phone at this price when you can’t even use the 3G.

While on the subject, I had recently listed a few things to write on and this is one of them. So may as well!

The reasons I am bored of my iPhone: Continue reading “iPhone to be beyond most people’s reach”

People who read this…

Were so spellbound that they couldn’t read anything else!

Apple launches iPhone 2.0

Now if only I could remember where I read that… or

At 3.15pm today, the spell was still on! The original screenshot was taken on June 10… over a week ago!