• Venkatarangan with his new iPad Pro 11 at Apple Store, Orchid Road, Singapore
    Gadgets

    Apple, please treat users as grown-ups!

    I have an #iPhone and #iPadPro, I like their reliability. But it is infuriating how Apple dumbs down & eliminates features in the name of simplicity. Case in Point: To find a text within a #webpage in #Safari, is easy to do (CTRL-F or Menu) on a PC or Mac. In iOS or iPadOS you need to do a summersault! (Actual instructions are here) On which universe, finding a text is sharing?

  • Earthen Buildings Theme
    Microsoft

    Earthen Dwellings Wallpaper for Windows 10

    Microsoft provides a variety of professional wallpapers for Windows 10 from their store for free. Many of them are breath taking views of landmarks, famous places and so on. Today, in a theme called Earthen Buildings I saw this captivating design of houses. They look like Apple’s spaceship headquarters, with the entrance to the houses from the inside, may be to protect themselves from the outside elements, what an ingenuity. Doing an (reverse) image search, I found out the houses are called “Fujian Tulou (Hakka roundhouses)” and they are an UNESCO World Heritage site. They are Chinese rural dwellings, unique to the Hakka in the mountainous areas in southeastern Fujian,…

  • Technology

    The father of Visual Basic – Alan Cooper

    In last week’s Twit Triangulation podcast I enjoyed listening to Mr.Alan Cooper the father of Visual Basic, whose works I admire a lot. His book on “About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design” has had a profound influence on how I have been designing software solutions for the last 15+ years. The computer industry has been built by numerous talented engineers but it has had only a handful of pioneers like Mr.Cooper who have put the users first when they design their products. Mr.Cooper has long argued against software throwing dialog boxes and displaying error messages. He twists the popular saying “Form follows Function” to “Form follows Function to hell” if you apply…

  • Events,  Lounge,  Technology

    Program on Design Thinking

    Arun Jain is one of the business leaders in Chennai that I admire and had the opportunity of listening to few of his talks. As a founder of Polaris Labs and now Intellect Design Arena he has build successful organisations.  So when I saw he was conducting an one day workshop on “Design Thinking” this Saturday in Chennai I registered immediately. The event was titled “UnMukt” the Hindi word meaning Unleashing (the potential). Oh Boy I am glad I came for the event, it was insightful and thought provoking. He started with 3 main examples to highlight the power of Design, answer the question on what can be designed and to what extreme we can push it. 1.Design a religion that survives for three…