Google Chrome – Not Prom Queen yet!

Now there is always a fall line for ‘Beta’ products and boy does Google love the word beta. Gmail is still in beta after god knows how long. None the less, Google’s new product the chrome is more of a disappointment rather than a ‘wow product’. I have been using Chrome for the past couple of days and the first thing i noticed and probably the only good thing was the amount of real estate available. Only a tool button towards the right houses all your immediate needs and the interface is light and simple – as Googly as ever.

But thats where the excitement stops. For a browser that was released with the sole purpose of bridging the divide between existing browsers and web based ‘applications’ this browser sure has a long way to go. One look at the Google Chrome Googlegroups site will show you just how many seemingly trivial issues are being noticed. While i agree that the product is still in Beta, this is probably not what i expected to see. And yes i faced my own issues before i decided to outright reject the product in its present state.

While the whole world is gawking at the fact that Google Chrome captured 1% (reports with higher numbers are out there too), i believe its just the hardcore fans and those who were intrigued with the product that downloaded it. The real test ,however, would be to see what the market share would be after 4 weeks of being out there.

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Travelling (2008) – The Movie Review

Being one of the first audiences that were shown the pre production version of the movie Travelling, it would be shame if i were to skip the chance to talk about it. ‘Travelling‘ , a new movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckart is

A romantic drama about a widower (Eckhart) whose book about coping with loss turns him into a best-selling self-help guru. On a business trip to Seattle, he falls for a woman (Aniston) who attends one of his seminars, only to learn that he hasn’t yet truly confronted his wife’s passing

Now when the invitation to view a movie with JA starring in it arrived, i was thrilled enough to actually venture out to see it. But that however turned out to be a rather big disappointment. Although JA appears in about 60% of the scenes, once the movie ends you cant help but wonder where all the JA presence was? Aaron Eckhart, however, does a pretty good job of projecting his character throughout the entire duration of the movie. But what will most likely strike you is the supporting cast. Dan Fogler who plays the role of Burk Ryan’s (Aaron)  agent, and Judy Greer who plays JA’s friend are probably the real reason why you would want to watch the movie. Without their performance this movie would definitely not even be worth afirst look.

Travelling set in the backdrop of Seattle (which by the way could perhaps have been the perfect choice for a location) attempts to take audience through the emotions of loss and the way people deal with it, through what they call a romantic comedy. But truth be told, although comedy could be found rampant throughout the movie, the romance department could certainly have been done better.

WIthout giving away too much detail..for those of you who actually want to watch the movie let me just start closing this post by saying “For the love of god, if i have to sit through one more movie with a communial clapping scene (where one person starts clapping and rest of the civilization follows)… We might be simple folk out here but please enough with the cliches already.” Producers, Directors and writers in hollywood hear me when i say “PLEASE give the communial clap scene a break (at least for a couple of years..or more!)”.

If ever in some freak way you get to read this…Jennifer Aniston,  there might perhaps be more footage that someone decided to edit away but seriously tell someone to get you more air time in the movie/future ones (…hint .. especially towards the end). Would hate to leave a theatre thinking “Mm, now why did they say Jennifer Anniston was in it again”.

Special thanks to the theatre folk, Nielson personnel (these are the guys that do the feedback,demographic analysis what else and what not) for the show.

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Apple Mac “This is why im hot!”

Owning a MacBookPro is no joke for some of us. First you have to come to terms with the amount of money you are just about to spend on a laptop as opposed to the ones you generally get to use for free most of your days. None the less i did shelve out the insane sum of money because at the end of any amount of research you tend to end at only one conclusion ” An Apple is an Apple!”

But my proud ownership soon turned into clinical frustration as my MBP started to act up. It would freeze for no reason even while doing mundane tasks as simple as opening a browser window or moving the cursor right after boot up. With Apple stores sprouting at every corner i soon found one close to where i live and took it to the Genius bar for diagnosis. A couple of visits later i got my Hard Drive replaced but the problems still continued. Last week i had to wait 30 minutes before the OS let me inside.

So i took my MBP one final time to the store and the nice staff graciously offered to replace my laptop and not only that i got a few coll upgrade that i would’ve got had i waited a month to buy my first MBP. So renewed in faith i think i realized personally why Apple’s following is only set to grow over the coming years. With stylish innovative products and first class service they’ve pretty much got the formula all figured out.

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Mac – A Boon and a Bane

When you walk into a group of people who have worked with nothing but Windows driven machines all your life, don’t expect anything more than a raised eyebrow or two when you unveil your Macbook (pro) from its case. Having recently decided to try out something new and join the Apple bandwagon I decided it was time to join the minority of people who dare use a mac as part of their daily lives and the journey so far has been interesting.

  1. “Oh isn’t he the guy with the Mac?!” – In more traditional organizations (the ones without the new  ‘Life 2.0’ crowd) owning a Mac is like having a Rolls Royce Phantom in a parking lot filled with Mustangs and Toyotas. The sheer nature of the car and its uniqueness grabs every ones attention. A boardroom filled with ‘heartless suits’ will stop whatever it is they are doing to see the unveiling of a mac from its laptop bag. A mac is a sure eye catcher. And if you think the cute girl in the other cubicle is giving you the looks, just know “ITS NOT YOU!”. If you own a Mac be prepared to handle all the attention and answer some of the very basic questions “How big a hole did it leave in your wallet?”. “Does it work?” (from a day to day office perspective). And if the attention is not enough, the sheer look out being ‘outdone’ on the faces of everyone else (especially the suits who should in normal circumstances be doing better than you) should be quite satisfying. 
  2. “My mommy said “Life is not a bed of roses” : All the attention and love in the world can’t get you a ‘get out of jail free’ card when it comes to getting your work done. Working on a mac required some patience especially if you are a new convert. So be prepared for the odd ball that comes your way. For example a task of connecting to  a networked printer can be more painful that trying to retrieve data from a crashed windows system. Going ‘cold turkey’ is not recommended for new converts and it might be a better idea to have a windows installation on your mac (just in case!). Mac still has a long way to go before it will be adopted with arms wide!
Conclusion : Owning a mac can be an exhilarating experience and working with it is a pleasure. However its still a long way to go before corporates start accepting it as a ‘common standard’.

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Encyclopædia Britannica – Free for a blogger

Remember the stolen sidekick story that broke out a year or so ago or the jailed egyptian blogger and not to forget the pivotal story of how Yahoo got a chinese blogger arrested. All these stories are a result of blogging. And of course blogging is no joke its a lot of hard work just ask Scoble or Michael Arrington or any of the top guys in the blogosphere.

Blogging being such an important reporting platform as it is, many companies have shown a whole lot of affection to bloggers (both famous and not-so-famous alike). For example, when zooomr came out, they offered free pro accounts for all bloggers

Now Encyclopædia Britannica is offering access to its articles free for a year if you meet their criteria which as per their site goes something like this

Note: This program is intended for people who publish with some regularity on the Internet, be they bloggers, webmasters, or writers. We reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who in our judgment doesn’t qualify.

So if you do happen to post ‘regularly’ on the internet go ahead, register and await the email from Britannica that says “you’ve won gold!”

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I’m gone … I’m back!

Almost a year ago, I decided to experiment getting my own domain space after seeing my good friend Clazh get his own space. But after a while it occurred to me that this ‘own space’ business wasn’t all that glamourous after all – especially not for hobby writers such as myself. Therefore I’m back with the pledge that i will never cross over to the dark side!

Expect more in the days to come from the good ol’ WildGrey!


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Ladies and gentlemen, its my pleasure to bring before you Voizd. This brand new release of a blog will ..ah well read all about it there.

Voizd – let our voices be heard

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Wild Hogs – The Review

Wild Hogs, PosterIs a road trip the ultimate cure for people dealing with mid-life crisis? Like never before, this seems to be the self-prescribed solution. But having said that, a road trip is a fabulous unwinding experience for all.

The movie portrays the lives of 4 individuals who decide its time to change the monotony that has slowly and unknowingly crept into their lives.Although from varied circumstances and lives, there are two things that create an unspoken bond between them:

  1. Mid-life crisis
  2. A love for biking

They agree the latter seemed to be the perfect solution to bring back the spice of life and head out on this road trip that sees them bring out parts of them that they had chosen to suppress through life’s course. With only a ‘no rules’ rule applicable, they set out and it isn’t long before they find trouble before trouble finds them.

Life has made wimps out of these four and its all about finding their true selves back. After ‘losing’ one of their bikes to a mean Del Fuegos biker gang, they steal it back and in the process happen to blow up the gang’s hangout. Running from them the Wild Hogs end up in Madrid, a sleepy town where they are forced to stay for the night. This is when some of the very interesting experiences help them forge the bonds of friendship stronger.

The on screen chemistry between a group of four unlikely individuals – a little comedy from Martin Lawrence, blossoming love between William Macy and the ever so pretty Marisa Tomei, add to that larger than life Travolta and a Tim Allen we can all relate to and you got yourself a pretty potent combination of flavors to keep you enticed for a long time.

All in all a decent watch that has also got me making investment plans for my road trip in a few years from now.

Rating: 7/10

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Its Green Time

It is DIFFICULT to get a man to understand something when his SALARY depends on his NOT UNDERSTANDING IT – Upton Sinclair

An Inconvenient Truth - Poster Global Warming is definitely an issues that’s on our minds, at least our sub-conscious. An Inconvenient Truth certain helps one get a perspective into the seriousness of this problem. Although many people, material have tried to help open peoples’ eyes to this grave concern, none have managed to drive the point home better.

Al Gore has demonstrated through this documentary, without a shadow of doubt, the impending consequences that we are about to face as a result of our ‘ignorant and blind’ actions over the past decades. What captured my attention for the entire duration was the sequence in which his point were stated, adequate use of imagery and video and also his ability to connect with his audience no matter what region of the globe they are from.

The idea of ‘go green’ is not something new. Its been around for quite some time. I remember a show on Discovery that discussed this very issue form a ‘worst case’ perspective. Although i watched this show at least 5 years back, i do distinctly remember the designs of an architect ( i have not been able to research him on Google) who came up with designs for buildings meant to be constructed on water – the designs being inspired by his fascination towards ‘gears’.

In my quest to find anything i could about the architect and his designs, i stumbled upon a few (out of millions) of ‘green designs’ and other ‘green news’ that are worth taking a look.

We have to be able to change the world we will in, for us and for our future and perhaps a renewable resource like ‘political will’ could give us the direction we are looking for to help forge on in this time of uncertain futures.

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Time – A new Perspective

  • How long does it take to get an online shares trading account opened up? I found out that a procedure that should take no more than 2 weeks can extend and extend up to 2 freaking months.
  • It takes more that 30 minutes to try to explain the difference between a blog and a forum to your boss and convince him to go with one.
  • It only takes a second to realize you’ve been a total jacka$$.
  • It might take upto an eternity trying to correct the mistakes that you have made.
  • The 2 hours you spent watching TMNT will never be restored to you. The 30 second video clips 😉 that you watch may yield more emotional and physical stimulation.


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