February 05, 2004

Several months ago I tried to summarise my life in a text message. Today I put a different spin on it: Every morning - I wake up to the sound of Radio 4’s Today programme. More often than not - I fall out of the bed and into the bathroom. Before I’ve even gotten my clothes on properly - I’m online and logged in. A parody of clicking and Ok’ing- all the way to my Outlook Calendar - to help me remind myself where I have to be today - and when. From then on - it’s bus, tube and work - and work, tube and bus - until the very end of the day. There are two images which represent this daily routine. And here they are:

The button that opens the windows first thing in the morning.

And then …

The button that gets me home.

Posted by jag at February 05, 2004 10:01 PM

Your photographs are beautiful. What equipment do you use?

Posted by: Swayframe on February 6, 2004 12:35 AM

Wow! The clarity of the photo images are amazing!

Posted by: Ritu on February 6, 2004 01:34 AM

From “Life in a text” to “Life in two pictures” sums it up.
The start and stop buttons oddly remind me of the same two buttons on my washing machine.
One q : What is that icon next to the “Show Desktop” in the Quick Launch Toolbar?
And you could lock the taskbar in order to make it look slightly neater

Posted by: sat on February 6, 2004 04:12 AM

Swayframe: thanks! I’m using Sony DSCV-1 - I’ve had it for over 1 month now and I’m lovin’ it. You can read about it at: http://www.route79.com/journal/archives/000148.html

Ritu: Yes - the new cam is magic - I really don’t have to do anything in Photoshop at all with this little beaut.

Sat: The icon you ask about is Avantbrowser. It’s the browser I use instead of IE. It actually uses IE engine - but it provides a much more usable and faster browsing experience. http://www.avantbrowser.com

Posted by: Jag on February 6, 2004 09:10 AM

I tried out the Avant Browser. Pretty Neat. I was using IE and wanted a good IE-like browser with MDI capability; tried Opera, but couldnt configure it for dial-up connectivity. Now I will use this browser. The skinning is extremely good, and its pop-up, ads and image blockers are extremely good. Besides, it takes all the settings from IE itself - thats the best part.
What I do miss in this is the mouse gestures that I frequent in Opera in my University Computer facility. I just love the mouse gestures - makes my life more comfortable.

Posted by: sat on February 6, 2004 05:56 PM

Glad you liked it Sat - I’ve been using it for years - and it gets better and better. My favourite features (apart from the MDI and other basic stuff) are:

  • Configuring it so that it opens a new window every time you select a new page from your history, or your favourites, or when you type into the address-bar or when you type into the Google search box.
  • If it crashes - it asks you if you want to open all the pages you had before the crash.
  • Integrated pop-up blocker.
  • It’s exceptionally fast: only one process in the task list: ahttp.exe

Excellent browser - and completely free with no nagging either. I do intend to donate some money to the author some day. An excellent product.

Posted by: Jag on February 6, 2004 09:27 PM

I beg to differ in one aspect. Avant Browser also calls up Internet Explorer as it uses the IE engine, so there is also an iexplore.exe in the task list apart from ahttp.exe.
But the features in it are way above that of Internet Explorer or Netscape or IE

Posted by: sat on February 7, 2004 07:03 AM

Hieeeeee…howwie u? Anyways this is w.r.t. the previous post. That’s so true.…covering things in order to preserve things. Just didn’t realise that it was an Indian-Indian thing coz it is like a second nature to me too.….……Also a new film on racism is being released in bollywood..i.proud to be an Indian.……seems tacky but i guess u shud watch it.…..wud be interesting to know ur perspective abt the movie! :)

Posted by: Shobha on February 7, 2004 06:00 PM

Hi Shobs: Yes - I think it is Indian second-nature to make things last as long as possible - even if part of the pleasure of the thing is obscured by the will to make it last long! :-)

I heard about that film: “I.Proud to be Indian” - The music from the soundtrack is very popular over hear in UK. In the top 10 filmi music charts. I will certainly look out for it when the film itself is released over here.

Posted by: Jag on February 8, 2004 10:32 AM

Thought provoking concept

Posted by: Gert on February 10, 2004 10:02 PM
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