In 1965, Gordon Moore, cofounder of Intel, famously stated that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles in about two years. That is to say, computing power doubles every two years. While this a very exciting achievement for engineers and computer scientists alike, it has produced nothing but idiocy on the part of developers and device manufacturers.
My recent reading ventures took me to Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. This is a book that I started a few years ago but left it unfinished. Picking up again, I feel ashamed to have left it unread. A non-fiction, this book is pretty amazing in how it deals with complex ideas of anthropology in straight-forward and lucid way.
Time and again life presents itself in forms that is not only hard to fathom but also difficult to endure. It is one such episode that I am sailing through currently. There are days when life seems so beautiful, so enchanting; then there are those when it feels more gloomy than a dark room with no doors.
Spotify is my go-to app when it comes to music streaming. It’s free, it has a good collection of music. But unfortunately, Spotify is not yet available in India. So, if you are in India and want to listen to your favorite music on Spotify, your only way out is a VPN from Spotify-supported countries. (Spotify needs a supported country IP when a user signs up, but after that you don’t need to use the same country based IP to listen to music, but it logs you out every 14 days if you don’t use an IP from supported country.)
My wife has a beautiful pink iPod shuffle which she loves to listen music from, on her daily commute. She got bored with the songs and wanted a new playlist. I was entrusted with downloading new songs. Yep, all pirated. Now, downloading songs these days is a really boring stuff given the amount of bandwidth and apps like Spotify. So, I decided to automate the whole affair.