So, it’s been almost a year since my last post (again!). Reading through the archives of the site, which has been up for a little over 3 years now, I’m tempted to post an update to some of the older posts. What better way to restart blogging?

In November 2007, I wrote about the iPhone and the hype surrounding it. I suggested looking at alternatives. Since then, Apple has released the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4. Some of the issues I had with the 1st iPhone version were that it didn’t support 3G, corporate sync and 3rd party apps. The next iPhone release (iPhone 3G) addresses all these, and so I went out and bought one. I owned it till recently. I now have an Android device – the DroidX on Verizon. As an engineer (a Java one at that), I absolutely love the Android OS. Also, Verizon is so much better than AT&T. I hope Verizon’s networks don’t get clogged when the Verizon iPhone comes out next year. I am waiting for the 2nd generation of iPad though.

Fast forward almost a year to September 2008, when Google Chrome was first released. I posted an initial review of the browser (within minutes of it being available for download). A couple of days later, I discovered that my laptop was randomly BSOD-ing when Google Chrome was playing a video. [BSOD = Blue Screen Of Death]. A lot of other users faced the same problem, and that post is, till date, the most commented post on this site.

Apple was dominant then (PC manufacturing and iPhone apps among others), and Apple is dominant now.

In September 2008, I had a look at the initial draft of HTML5 and decided it was a game changer for the whole web experience.  HTML5 is becoming more common with Apple deciding to shun Flash, and more internet-enabled devices (Google TV, for example) appearing on the scene.

One day before we rang in 2009, I wrote about why Wikipedia should stop appealing for funds and place text ads to generate revenue. This post was slashdotted and brought in over 5000 visitors that week, which was pretty impressive considering it was the holiday season. It’s almost time to ring in 2011, and guess what? Another campaign appealing for funds – and this time, there are bigger banners, more people and more money. They were looking for $6 million back then. They’re looking for $14 million now. Wikipedia is an amazing resource and I would hate for it to close. There are a lot of people out there who would like to help, but cannot afford $50 or $100 (this is like a months salary for the labor class in developing countries). These campaigns are becoming more frequent and more intrusive (even more than a simple text ad display).

That’s pretty much a current update on some of my past posts. It’s interesting to observe that technology is advancing everyday and is become more and more ubiquitous and unified. And then, there are some things that don’t change.

TechieLife turned 1 on 28th August. It has been a quiet year, with only one post – on why the iPhone was a hype phone. The article generated a lot of views, but not many comments (I’m rather disappointed with that). Since then, Apple has release the iPhone 3G, which is so much better. Despite the reports of problems with the 3G service and  third-party applications crashing, the iPhone 3G is the best celll phone ever to hit the market.

TechieLife has been dormant for 9 months now. This has been due to a number of factors, which I shall not get into.

Sine my last post on why the iPhone is hyped, Apple has release an iPhone 3G, which has addressed all my concerns – GPS, Corportate Exchange, 3G, third-party applications. I acquired the 3G iPhone, and will post more details in subsequent posts.

Welcome to TechieLife. So, what is TechieLife? One thing for sure, it’s a blog launched in late August 2007.

A blog is the commonly-used shortened version of ‘weblog’ (which was split to ‘we blog’ ). As opposed to traditional news web sites where content layout is important, blogs are chronologically ordered entries that the author ‘posts’ periodically and appear in that order.

Coming back to TechieLife, what this this blog about?

  • The life of a techie? (Techie is the term used for a person who is highly familiar with computer & digital technology. Note: Not to be confused with ‘geek’ or ‘nerd’)
  • How to get a life if you’re a techie?
  • How technology can be useful in life?
  • All of the above?

Well, this blog is focussed more on the relationship between technology and life. And by technology, I mean computer & digital technology (and this is true throughout the blog). Although, I might touch on the first two topics, since I’m a techie myself (again, not a geek or nerd :-) )

For centuries, it has been widely accepted that the three necessities of life are food, clothing & shelter. In my opinion, we not have a fourth essential – technology. Just think – can you survive without technology? Can we go for a week without our cellular phones, computers, Internets (not a typo), Cable & Satellite television? If you ask me, my answer is an emphatic NO! Not too long ago, there was a Blackberry outage for a few hours. Businesses that depended on the Blackberry started to get nervous. It is reported that a few individuals had to see their therapist.

I intend for this blog to be interactive. Rather than forcing readers to 100% read what I write, I will look to write what my readers want to read. And the best way to indicate this is via the comments section in each post.

OK, enough about the blog. Who is the author?

Hi, my name is Aditya and I maintain this blog. I am a software engineer in Los Angeles, California, USA with a Masters degree in Software Engineering from the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!!).

I’ve been active with computers since the age of 4, and have been on the Internet for the last 10 years (ever since it was introduced in India, where I was at that time). I first started blogging in April 2001. In addition to blogging, I have developed web sites, and written software. I am an early adopter of cool Internet technology (what I find cool may not be cool to others, and vice-versa), and advise people on almost anything related to computers.

I hope that this blog enables me to reach out to more people and help them make full use of this new fourth essential of life – technology!

I can be contacted at aditya [{@}] techielife [.] com (I specified my email in a weird fashion so that spam bots do not pick up my email address).

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