25 Jan, 2015
Apple had been lauded over the years for its innovative products. But recently, Apple seems to be losing its sheen. The newly launched Apple Watch(Link) was more of a let down. With Apple's standards, the Apple Watch was just like its competitors, and proved to be nothing special. The iPhone 6 and 6+ just goes to show that even Apple will bend over to pressure from the industry for larger devices. Up until that point, Apple was smug over its small, fits-in-the-palm phone.

Move over Apple, here comes Microsoft

The internet world is going crazy with each new release of the demo build of Windows 10. The "Start" button that went missing in Windows 8 is back (thank God!). It also incorporates a new notification panel, much like the Android notification drawer. This would have notifications from applications (like Skype). Probably newer applications can take advantage of this. Calendar notifications, reminders and such. The tablet experience is getting closer to the desktop. Hopefully, Microsoft will be able to achieve with Windows 10 what it wanted to with Windows 8.

HoloLens is the new augmented reality headset that Microsoft announced recently. The marketing video above is exceptional. Google Glass pales in comparison (Link).

Microsoft plans to release the final product within Windows 10's life-cycle, which means no fixed-date yet. However, it's much too early to comment as Microsoft has only showcased prototypes of the thing. For now, it runs demos. (I really, really want to play Minecraft with that thing!)

I, on behalf of us all, plead to Microsoft, please get that thing on to the market. Don't screw this up!

You can head over to the official page here -http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us

05 Jan, 2015

For generations we had used 'Rs.' for displaying prices everywhere. There was no "symbol" for the Indian currency, the Indian Rupee, until 2010 that is. That's when the new '₹' symbol for the Rupee was finally declared, officially, to be the symbol for the Indian Rupee. However, the other nations that use the Rupee for their currency (like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal to name a few) still use the 'Rs.' to specify the currency unit.

For Windows users, you can go over to the Microsoft download website to get the update. Link

After the update and reboot, you can start using the new symbol with the "Ctrl+Alt+4" combination.

04 Oct, 2014
When Windows XP first came out, we were all living with 98 and 95 which were not very dissimilar in appearance to each other. The world (or rather, me) didn't really have much of an idea of what to expect other than a new OS. But when XP came out, I was awestruck. The blue taskbar, the green Start button! Everything was amazing!

The same thing happened with Vista. Transparent taskbar and windows?! How? How much processing power is being wasted for these effects I thought then. But Vista was beautiful, at least when comparing it to XP. It was, I'd say, a beautiful cousin of XP because the underlying mechanics were similar. The "killer" feature was the Windows Aero, the feature that was to cure cancer. However, it was not to be, and it turned out to be just an over-glorified task switcher that hardly anyone uses because it is redundant due to the existing Alt-Tab switcher which works sufficiently well.

When 7 came out, I laughed. I was a Vista user at the time (and I still am). 7 seemed more like a tweaked Vista at the time and never gave it its due credit. However, after using 7 for a while, I have come to appreciate its many feature additions compared to Vista. I'd say, 7 is the best OS out of the Microsoft stable.

When 8 came out, I was not convinced. I liked the idea, seamless experience between phone, tablet and desktop/laptop. But the desktop version is half baked. It's halfway from 7 and the future. It's neither here nor there. The desktop is all 7-ish, but some parts of it have not been done right. Probably my views on 8 will change if I use it extensively like it did with 7. But for now, I would rather bet on Windows 10.

I guess the feedback for 8 was so bad that Microsoft even skipped a whole version number and jumped straight to 10 from 8. Exciting times are ahead of us.

Follow this link for some preview images from the yet to be released Windows 10. Link