Sep 29, 2010

Filthy Indian Hygiene ..

  Being an Indian i'm sorry to write abt this, but after all we are in a democracy where we don't give a shit about one another and here comes our topic of the day - 'shit'.

  More than half the Indian population doesn't use proper sanitation. According to a recent UN survey, roughly 366 million people had access to improved sanitation. That's less than our mobile penetration: more than 545 million cell phones are now connected to service in India's emerging economy. Clearly, we prefer cellphones to toilets. 

  When was the last time an Indian protested against the lack of toilets in a country of more than one billion population and a GDP of 3.526 trillion. We have been so sanitized that we are no longer troubled by how close we are to garbage and waste in public spaces.

 We  don't mind co-existing with crap. Our tolerance level for rubbish is high compared with first world countries.When i was a child living in kapileswarapuram(a remote village in South India) i used to pass through a stretch of road which was used as an open toilet by hundreds of people,  I am very sure that even now they are very busy unloading at the same place the only difference i can think of is they may be talking on a mobile phone (after all India is developed and they can afford to have a mobile).

  Or consider the 9000 passenger trains of the Indian Railways carrying over 2 million passengers a day. They don't even use proper sanitation system but using the technique of Catch and Throw (just like exception handling in Java).What are these but dumping machines throwing  people crap at over 100 km per hour across the length and breadth of the country, can u believe that they don't even think of changing the system? 

  Even the purest of all Ganges the holy river -where you can find the half burnt corpses drifting in the river, in transit to heaven. If god exists (?) on the banks of Ganga i am sure he would opt to stay in a better place.

Hygiene is not at all a part of the 'quality of life' we are thriving for ...

Sep 14, 2010

Multitasking myth in iPhone

There is no doubt that “multitasking” is one of the best features of iOS 4. But I would like to call it an excellent task switching than using the word multi tasking . Unfortunately, many people have a misconception abt it.So let's dig in.

On your desktop, multitasking means that any application or process can run at the same time as another. Technically, there’s no reason why the same can’t be done on a mobile device. However, from a more practical point-of-view, there is one good reason why you don’t want this: a running app uses energy that decreases your battery life. Running fewer apps means you can listen to music longer, make more phone calls, or call up Maps at the end of the day to find a place for dinner.
But in iPhone when you double-tap on the home button and start another application, the previous application is “paused”(popped out) and put into a state where it’s not running but can be restarted quickly. A part of the freezing process also reduces the amount of memory being used: allowing more applications to fit in the queue stack.
The next time you tap on the app’s icon, it is “jumped out”(pushed in) and put back on your iPhone’s screen while the previous app is frozen. This process is repeated each time you launch an app.
Don't believe me then chk urself by listening to Pandora and the iPod apps at the same time! :)