Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012

At the time of writing this blog, new year has already arrived in Hong Kong, Melbourne and in all the countries east of India! Soon it will arrive here in Kolkata. On my way home after dinner half an hour ago, I saw people, kids, youth excitedly waiting for the new year to arrive. They were dancing, drinking as the loud speakers blared latest spicy Bollywood item numbers. As the clock hand hits 12, there will be crackers bursting, people cheering!

What amuses me is how we divide time a continuous variable (too technical, eh!) into millennia, years, months, days and so on. I try to imagine how it would have been to live in a world without the cyclical weeks, months and years! But periodicity is in nature's design. Earth rotates and it revolves around the sun - consequently the sun rises and sets, season changes - all these in an unmistakable pattern.

So we get a new day, a new week, a new year to make amends, resolve and move on, though somewhat oblivious of the fact that in absolute terms we have moved quite a bit across the universe and in life!

As a new day of a new year dawns in few minutes, I wish all my readers a happy, prosperous and peaceful new year - 2012.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Major ICT events of 2011

Here is the round-up of major events in the world of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in 2011. Feel free to add more in the comments.

Product Launches 

Apple iPhone 4S

This fifth generation of the iPhone was launched in the US in October. The device runs on iOS5 operating system with A5 dual core processor making it one of the fastest iPhone ever. Siri, the voice recognizing and talking assistant App is the most liked and talked about feature that comes with iPhone 4S. Its 8MP camera allows 1080p video recording.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Pole Star

Among all the stars in the sky, Polaris, the pole star is my most favorite one. Everyday it remains in the same place. If I am watching it through my telescope, unlike for other stars and planets, I don’t need to constantly rotate the lens to keep the star in view. In the past, sailors in the sea used to look at this star to determine direction (North). It’s a reference point – an anchor in life.