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.

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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