• Woolgathering,  தமிழ்

    Using YouTube without signing-in can be revealing

    யூடியூப்பில் உங்களது கணக்கிற்குள் செல்லாமல், பெயரற்று, அவ்வப்போது பயன்படுத்திப் பாருங்கள். பொதுவாக, நமது பெயரில் இருக்கும் கணக்கில் தான், நாம் யூடியூப்பைப் பயன்படுத்துவோம், அது தான் நல்லமுறையும் கூட. அப்படிச் செய்யும் போது, உங்களுக்கென்று, நீங்கள் விரும்பும் (அல்லது கோபப்படும்) விஷயங்களைப் பற்றிய காணொளிகளை மட்டும் தான் கூகிள் கணினிகள் தேர்ந்தெடுத்து உங்களுக்குக் காட்டும். மற்றவைகள் எவ்வளவு சிறந்தாகயிருந்தாலும், முக்கியமானவையாகவிருந்தாலும் யூடியூப் அவற்றைப் பற்றி உங்களுக்கு மூச்சுக்கூடவிடாது. இதற்கு Personalization (தனிப்பயனாக்கம் என்று கூகிள் சொல்கிறது, பிரத்தியேகமான என்று புரிந்துக் கொள்ளலாம்) என்பது அதன் மென்பொருள் பெயர். சுருக்கமாகச் சொல்ல, நீங்கள் உங்கள் கணக்கில் பார்ப்பதும், நான் என் கணக்கில் பார்ப்பதும் வேறு வேறாக இருக்கும். இது தான் யூடியூப்புக்கும், தொலைக்காட்சிக்கும் இருக்கும் மிகப் பெரிய வேறுபாடு. இதைச் செய்ய, இதற்குப் பின்னால் மிக நுணுக்கமான, கணித வித்தைகள் (செயற்கை நுண்ணறிவு) இருக்கிறது. இதனால் பல நன்மைகள் இருந்தாலும், இது நம்மை ஓரிக் கொக்குகளாக, முட்டாள்களாக வைக்கிறது என்று சமூக அறிவியலாளர்கள் கருதுகிறார்கள் – இதற்கு…

  • Events,  Technology

    My impressions of the Facebook’s metaverse presentation

    My impressions of the #Facebook #Metaverse keynote: I have a #OculusQuest2, as a non-gamer I find the software & apps have potential but are not there yet, and I hardly wear it. Only the 360 videos are usable! Convenience & Ease of use has been missing in all VR & AR systems till now. Facebook has managed to deflect temporarily the focus from the leak of “Facebook Papers” by pre-announcing Meta by decades. As a futuristic trend what they showed are exciting but the underlying #VirtualReality #AugmentedReality tech needed is far far away. I felt the important item is the promise around #NFT & Digital Assets in the Metaverse. If…

  • Movie Review

    Carnaval (2021)

    Carnaval (2021) is a Brazilian film about four female friends, who travel to Salvador, Bahia for Carnival celebrations.  There they meet interesting characters and how it changes their life is the story. This is a typical drink-dance-kiss rom-com and was highly predictable. Yet, it gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’, thanks to the breathtaking beauty of the city and the pictures of carnival events. Nina (played by Giovana Cordeiro) is an upcoming influencer on Instagram. After a breakup, she invites her three friends for a week away to experience “Carnival” which will be paid for by a sponsor. In the beginning, Nina is obsessed with posting picture-perfect photos in order…

  • Technology,  Woolgathering

    Download a copy of your social media data as a backup

    A Monday morning tip. If you are active on Social Media and you have been posting a lot, a good idea will be to download all your data as a backup from #Twitter, #Facebook & #Google. These services make it easy to download your data across their services. You request the data, through the services settings page and they will email you once the compressed file containing all your data (posts, likes, images, etc.) is ready. In the email, you will find a link to download the actual file. Remember, the file size can be huge, so do this on a broadband connection. By posting this, I am not implying…

  • Lounge,  Microsoft,  Social Media,  Speeches

    Maintain your social media san(ct)ity

    Today it has become fashionable to hate social media and talk in length about its bad influence. I have been using social media [Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on] from 2007. I consider myself to be active, I have been posting almost every single day most of the weeks and I respond with comments on other(s) posts too. I have benefited from social media, seen and experienced its goodness. In the last few years, the way I see has changed. In this talk, I will share with you what I have learned, my own experience, which will be useful to you in charting your own course. Trust me, I am…

  • Apps

    Not only Facebook & Twitter, Google News can be addictive too

    Last year, I had written about how I was and planning to limit my usage of social media. To refrain from using Facebook app or Twitter whenever there is “free” time, I don’t have them in my phone (Samsung Android). In my older phone, I have got another SIM, installed WhatsApp and moved all my social, professional and friends’ groups to that phone which I was checking only once or twice in a day, unlike my regular number’s WhatsApp where I will receive messages that I care. LinkedIn is the only social media app apart from WhatsApp that is installed in my phone and that’s there for looking up people and…

  • Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Linkedin - Social Media
    Lounge,  Technology

    To limit our usage of social media or not?

    Pretentious and banal was how I felt whenever I heard people removing Facebook & other social apps from their phones. But in the last few weeks, I have seen my view gradually shifting on this subject. No specific reason or a single incident led to this shift. I was noticing that I was defaulting to Facebook or WhatsApp or Instagram many times during the day, after finishing the job on hand I was visiting Facebook and WhatsApp as a habit. It became obvious that I was wasting my time (the most precious asset for humans) – it was a time pass. I don’t feel Facebook and other social media are…

  • Pray for Nesamani
    Lounge

    Praying for Nesamani

    Today being a Friday, the auspicious day in the week according to the Hinduism for prayers, I am starting a temple pilgrimage, praying for the speedy recovery of our beloved contractor Mr Nesamani! #Pray_for_Naesamani #PrayforNaesamani #PrayforNesamani P.S.: For the social media uninitiated, “Pray for Naesamani” is a hashtag topic that is trending for the last two days across India. It is a reference to a Tamil film called Friends (2001) in which comedian Vaigai Puyal Vadivelu appearing as a contractor gets injured when a hammer accidentally falls on his head. Even the BBC had published a story about this trend.