In today’s day and age, when Apple is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is usually between iPod, iPhone and Steve Jobs. Despite this, Apple has now risen to the 6th largest PC manufacturer in the world, and 3rd largest in the United States, behind Dell and HP, according to Gartner’s latest report on the topic. In the United States, Apple recorded a staggering 38% growth between 2Q07 and 2Q08.

In late 2004, Gartner predicted that 30% of the top PC manufacturers will not survive. In other words, 3 of the top 10 will not survive by 2007-08. Back then, the top 10 was Dell, HP, IBM, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Toshiba, NEC, Apple, Lenovo and Gateway. That prediction was quite accurate. IBM sold their desktop and laptop division to Lenovo. NEC is struggling. So is Fujitsu-Siemens.

Apple may well be on their way to #2. But, to overtake Dell is a tall order. Apple has to do more – especially in the pricing department. Dell’s aggressive pricing is probably the largest contribution towards their #1 position. But, do they want to be that big? At present, it is cool to own an Apple computer. If it become ubiquitous, will it retain the coolness factor? Isn’t that what it’s all about?

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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