My thought process through the Google I/O.

Watching today’s Google I/O keynote evoked a rather familiar sequence of emotional impulses. A trained mind (sensitized from previous Apple WWDC and such) events reminds the enthralled heart to cool it off a little. A level headed wife helps the situation also.

I usually beef up my mental rejection shield before starting to watch such moving presentations. Like when iphone 5s and 5c were being unraveled, at once I thought that this would be a bad idea. I mean same screen size as previous one ? What was apple shooting at ?

The way they talk about the seemingly technological advancements, with the 64 bit processor and all, slow motion camera, finger print sensor and the song Applause  kind of  takes your logical reasoning away for that brief moment.

I mean if they somehow open the sales counter/website at the same time they present the features, I’m convinced the’ll witness a major spike in their sales.

Of course, cooling down a little (and sleeping over it) through the next day does lead me to other conclusions. Except the finger print sensor, the majority of that feature list was a load of crap. I mean, just seeing what the android devices were up to those days. Iphone, for the first time ever seemed to have looked the inferior product.  Fan boys excuse.

Cut to today.

They were using the stuff in such an elegant manner that it seems to look magic, however orchestrated it might be. It was sheer ecstasy watching those devices interplay. The  watch, with notifications. The car with phone, the TV which would whip up so much information as one searches through content.

Apart from the wear stuff, most of us already have much of the interactions happening at home already, right ? I mean a phone controlling your TV, Phone showing directions/entertainment content. My XBMC  rig suddenly seemed like a dated product. Believe me, it’s a setup many folks would term as “advanced”.

I excitedly asked my wife to get one item of each kind as soon as they are available (are they ever?) in India. She seemed to broom the idea under a rug which is where it is right now. Maybe, if I sleep over this , I’d realize this is not as exciting as I currently think it to be.

Maybe, maybe not. What do you think of the Google I/O? I feel android is looking like a very solid platform right now. But then again, I felt the same about iphone immediately after seeing the presentation.

ISP problems, or ISP policies.

Here in hyderabad, beam telecom is all the rage.

Even I quite liked the speeds they offer, for the price they offer it at.  One thing I’ll say is that the downtime is more than airtel (compared to the experience in gurgaon).

However, the recent trouble with them (and I could not explain this to the customer care), is that their DNS server had stopped resolving some of the commonly used web servers.

I first noticed the problem when some of my pod casts failed to download after being released for a substantial amount of time.

I dismissed that as some temporary problem.

After a week of repeated failures, I also began to see some of the very popular sites. I could not open quora.com (to name a few). So, I decided to investigate.

The problem finding lead me to the cause very quickly. These URLs were not getting resolved (can’t do much with routers with a problem as intrinsic).

 

So, for the time being, I’ve started using google DNS.

I haven’t considered any downsides, or tried to contact Beam Telecom’s technical department for escalation on this, but I’ll give this a retry after shifting back to my home which is getting some face lift.