Friday, March 16, 2012

Three stories; I want everyone to follow

Learn, unlearn and relearn.
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.  ~Alvin Toffler

Are you building a temple?
One day a traveler, walking along a lane, came across three stonecutters working in a quarry. Each was busy cutting a block of stone. Interested to find out what they were working on, the traveler asked the first stonecutter what he was doing. “I am cutting a stone!” Still no wiser the traveler turned to the second stonecutter and asked him what he was doing. “I am cutting this block of stone to make sure that it’s square, so I can make a living.” Still unclear, the traveler turned to the third stonecutter. He seemed to be the happiest of the three and when asked what he was doing, he replied: “I am building a temple.”

A young man who graduated yesterday and stops learning today will become uneducated tomorrow.
John, a woodcutter, worked for a Company for five years but never got a raise. The Company hired Bill and within a year he got a promotion. This caused resentment in John and he went to his Boss to talk about it. The Boss said, "You are still cutting the same number of trees you were cutting five years ago. We are a result-oriented company and would be happy to give you a raise if your productivity goes up."
John went back started hitting harder and putting in longer hours but he still wasn't able to cut more trees. He went back to his Boss and told him his dilemma. The Boss asked John to go and talk to Bill. "Maybe there is something Bill knows that you and I don't."
John asked Bill how he managed to cut more trees. Bill answered, "After every tree I cut, I take a break for two minutes and 'sharpen my axe'. When was the last time you sharpened your axe?"
This question hit like a bullet and John got his answer.
"When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" If you want to progress in life, you cannot rest on your past laurels. You must continuously sharpen your axe of knowledge, skill and expertise, in whatever field of activity you may be! By sharpening your axe appropriately, I wish you to attain your goals.

Hope you get the intended message.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Browser will become irrelevant

I am sure over the past several months, you would have heard how Microsoft is trying to change your browsing experience on Windows 8. Microsoft is bringing metro style apps to main stream Windows desktop OS and IE is not an exception. Firefox too is working on the same lines for its Windows 9 based release.

This news seems to be exciting from technology point of view, however as an end customer I feel the other way round. As an end user if I am working with metro style OS, I would like to have every site that I visit as an application. Today I use Facebook, I would like to see a Facebook app on Windows 8 (People app does that but I am not happy with it). I use various email account, so Microsoft already has gotten Mail app there, though little shoddy (that may be fixed by the RTM). What else I browse? Whatever I browse I would like to have an app for that on Windows 8. After all it is not too much to ask. For example, LinkedIn app on android lets me navigate to almost whole of internet while retaining my feel of still using LinkedIn app.

To me this is where I would like to go. To me browser will become irrelevant in coming future.