It’s a New Year!

It’s a brand New Year. Happy New Year 2015!

It’s another new year. Another year in life. Its normal for people to take “new year” resolutions every year, and not keep them too. I’m a similar person. I used to take resolutions every new year. The most that I’ve kept up my resolutions was 1 month. I have never been able to keep my resolutions. So, 2 years ago, I decided to stop taking resolutions and just take decisions. I’d take decisions to reach a particular target in the following year. If that didn’t happen, the target would get postponed. Its not like someone is forcing anyone to take resolutions and then keep them, but still. Its another new year and I have no resolutions for this year either.

The past year was a very eventful year for me. It is exactly one year today that I started blogging publicly (until then, I used to blog only in my mind). It is the year that I involved myself with mozilla. It is the year that I got to know more about Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) and became a FLOSS enthusiast. It is the year that I became more cautious about my privacy on the web (Digital Privacy). There are so many things that happened this year that changed my life in a different way. One can say that the past year was like a turning point in my life, except that I didn’t turn around, just chose a different path to lead.

Right now, being a FLOSS enthusiast, I look forward to a life without closed, proprietary corporates snooping over my shoulder. I’m attempting to live without any of the evils of the world – Facebook, WhatsApp, Microsoft and of course, the evilest of them all – Google. I was of the notion that one cannot live without Google, and I always exempted Google from my blacklist. Though, it still is not possible for a normal person to live on the web without Google, it certainly is possible to do so virtually, though I have to admit that it is not as easy for anyone and everyone. You’d need some very good experience with web hosting and stuff to get there. But my attempt this year is to isolate everything closed or proprietary. But then again, I’m not a hard-core extremist like Richard M Stallman is. So, I’ll always have a hypocrite side behind my back too. But as much as possible, I’ll try to be as free and open as possible. And when I say ‘free’, it means free as in free speech and not free beer or gratis.

Its better to know what you’re doing and sharing, than to blindly believe someone you don’t even know to treat your data with as much care as you would do to your own.

So, in short, my target for this year (or maybe for 2016 too) is to be completely “free and open” – using only FLOSS technologies for everything I do related to technology – which is basically EVERYTHING I do.

No Facebook or Twitter or Social Media? You don’t exist!

In this world of Social Media, even 10-year olds or maybe even younger kids are on facebook. Technology has grown so much that everyone knows everything today. Kids are in relationships. Babies play with iPads. Its a very weird world. Almost 99% of the world is connected to facebook almost 99% of their time. Then there’s Twitter, Google+ and lots more.

But what if one decided that they didn’t want to be wasting their precious time on such stuff anymore. How do we reach them? How do we communicate to them? eMail? Well, other than business and professional emails, the purpose of an email account is to log into facebook. Well, I think the company that benefited most from the growth of facebook must be gMail or Google because people need email IDs to log into facebook and for that they rely on gMail. And many people have more than one account on either sites. Being in college, I happen to visit colleges occasionally to conduct sessions, I generally ask a few very simple question to the students there:

  1. “How many of you use eMail actively other than for logging into facebook?”
  2. Most of the time the hands that pop up can be counted easily.

  3. “How many of you have a clean inbox? With no spam or facebook mails.”
  4. Not much again.

  5. “How many have 0-5 unread mails in your inbox at any given time?”
  6. None.

  7. “How many of you have heard of IRC / Internet Relay Chat?”
  8. None. Its like Greek to them.

The world has gone into a culture where facebook is everything and nothing else matters. People don’t know what emails are used for. Before facebook or any other instant messaging (IM) service, there was something called Internet Relay Chat (IRC). No one knew that is where all Instant Messaging services evolved.

Well, the question is if you’re not on facebook or Twitter, do you even exist? Is there is another way to reach you? If you’re a tech-savvy, you might reply that you can be contacted via eMail or IRC. But what if you’re not tech-savvy and you don’t know the real use of email or IRC? Are you dead? Are you not alive if you’re not connected online to a social network?

Watch this video and decide for yourself.

A Fresh New Start!

Hi, It’s a perfect time to start something/anything new. It’s the start of another brand new year of the Georgian Calendar. First of all, Happy New Year Folks. 🙂

New Year 2014
Happy New Year 2014 Folks 🙂

Well, I believe everyone starts blogging with an introduction of themselves. I feel it’s simply because they have nothing to express. Atleast that is my case. I’ve been having this idea of maintaining a blog for a long time, but I never had any specific topic to talk about. But then I realized I was kinda good at content writing and reviewing. I finally decided that I MUST start speaking out for my own. And I believe I need to start atleast now. Better late, than never right? 😉 So, as everybody, I too, am going to start “blogging” by introducing myself.

My name is shine. I hail from the state of India which is more commonly and widely known as “God’s Own Country“.  Officially known as ‘Kerala‘, the Malayalam (മലയാളം) speaking state is a hub of budding talent in every field under the sun. It is one state in India that claims 100% literacy (that is because many other states in India are still struggling to educate themselves).

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