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Tumblr - A Faster and More Organised Method of Sharing Content


TL;DR Version: Follow my new Tumblr blog at www.abhiroopbasu.com.

Almost exactly a year ago today, I set-up my Posterous blog. At the time I felt as though my needs were not being served by Twitter or Facebook. The former limited my poetic voice and the latter was not an ideal medium for sharing interesting content with anecdotes. In any event I felt that I wanted a central source for all my content. Anyway, over time I just stopped using the service because it was too much of a hassle to maintain yet another social media platform.

Recently, I have started sharing a lot of content and most of the time I am unsure whether it is on Facebook, Twitter, or somewhere else. Additionally, if I share something on Facebook or Twitter it becomes harder to find later on. Hence, once again I wanted to have a centralised location for all my “shared” content.

To this end I started a new Tumblr blog at www.abhiroopbasu.com. TechComet still remains the primary blog for all my long-form articles and opinions, however, I have actively started using Tumblr for sharing links, videos, quotes, images, and all sorts of other quick bites.

I have been sharing content on Tumblr for the past few months and one of my most recent posts was a live blog of the 2011 Wimbledon Men's Final, which Djokovic won confidentially.

Life of an Undocumented Immigrant in the US of A


Jose Antonio Vargas is a former reporter for The Washington Post who shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings.

In his recent article in the New York Times he "comes out" as an illegal immigrant who has gone through life in the United States with a series of fake documents since he was 12.
One day when I was 16, I rode my bike to the nearby D.M.V. office to get my driver’s permit. Some of my friends already had their licenses, so I figured it was time. But when I handed the clerk my green card as proof of U.S. residency, she flipped it around, examining it. “This is fake,” she whispered. “Don’t come back here again.

I WON the Noise to Signal Caption Contest


Exactly a month ago I entered the Noise to Signal caption contest with the caption:
When Biz Stone called to say he would have me picked up, I assumed he meant a limo.


I entered the contest through the dedicated Facebook app on the N2S Facebook page and earlier this morning I was notified by @RobCottingham himself that I had won the competition!

As someone mentioned perhaps I should have put @biz instead of "Biz Stone".

Thanks to @RobCottingham and Noise to Singal.

How Not To Pitch For VC Funding


Every entrepreneur needs to obtain funding for their project. However, a buzzword-laden product pitch is usually not the ideal way to make a good impression.



Source: Mashable

Facebook Profiles - An Alternative To The Wayback Machine


I was alerted today to an interesting archival project taking place on Facebook.

The Singapore General Election 2011 came to an end in the early hours of Sunday, May 8 2011 when the results for the last constituency was revealed. From nomination day, which was held on April 27, till the votes were cast there was an abundance of political commentary flooding my Facebook news feed. Everyone and their non-voting friend had become an armchair political pundit during this brief period.

To capture this moment in time the architects of the Facebook Archiving GE2011 project aim to collect (not analyse) all your Facebook comments, wall posts, notes and other data created during this period. Their means of doing so are explained in a detailed note and the method is striking for its simplicity. All you have to do is save your Facebook profile as a webpage and mail it to their dedicated email address.

This project raises a number of interesting questions which arise out of using Facebook as a means of data archival. Firstly, the issue of data portability permeates the project as there is no clear method of collecting the information. Secondly, the use of Facebook as a tool for political commentary is an interesting notion in itself. Finally, the relevance of archival itself is questionable.

Unplugged


In a connected world what happens when you have to unplug?

Many GTD experts have pontificated on the benefits of switching off. Is that really what it should take for us to find ourselves or at least feel as though we were connected to the rest of the world? By disconnecting ourselves?

Your life is your own. Rise up and live it. 
-- Terry Goodkind (Faith of the Fallen)

Soundstage Replicates the Sounds of Warfare


Is it ever possible to simulate what a battlefield feels like? Steven Grant of the Missouri University of Science and Technology has attempted to do so by building a soundstage that accurately recreates the sounds of warfare.


There is a World Outside the United States of America


A couple of days ago I was chatting with my Android Police colleagues on HipChat when one of the contributors gasped that the "music.google.com" page was LIVE!

To the uninitiate Google has recently announced that they will be creating an online music market/storage platform for users to buy music and store their already purchased music. Details on the exact workings of this new service are light, however early previews appear to be positive.

Read the multitude of (p)reviews of the service if you are interested. Frankly, I am not. I lost interest a couple of minutes after trying use the service. Since I wasn't located in the grand ol' US of A, I was blocked from even registering.

Watches Are No Longer Obsolete


With smartphones becoming ubiquitous fewer people choose to wear watches. The sole purpose of a watch is to tell the time, and if there is an equally capable device of doing so already on your person the usefulness of wearing a redundant gadget diminishes. In fact for most people today wearing a watch is merely a fashion statement.

Not so, says Fossil the creators of the Metawatch. No longer will the watch be a footnote in the annals of tech history.

Parag Khanna Redraws the World [TED Talk]


TED Talks are an inspiring way to pass the lunching hour, and this time it was no different. I treated myself to an interesting talk by author and geopolitical expert Parag Khanna.