What to Do If Your Phone Has Taken a Shower?

20 08 2007

After doing all wrong things with my N70 finally I got the process right.

1) Switch the phone Off Immediately. (I know u cant resist the temptation! But, Please Do not try to switch it on!)

2) Do not try to charge the phone or do not place battery in the phone. ( It can damage some circuits inside the phone.. )

3) Remove the Battery, SIM Card and dry the parts for at least twelve hours. (Yes Please.. )

4) Check if its working, else submit it for water logging repair in the service center. (The final Destination!)

Kill The Phone..

21 07 2007

Recently, I was called on for a review meeting on some business scenarios that we were working on for a client. I landed at her desk for the discussion, and when we were about to begin, she received a call from her friend. She kept chatting on for about an hour updating her pal about her recent family outing, her new saris and so on..

Well, I understand that the lines between the personal and professional time is quite blurred. Yet, I wished that she would pause her ramblings to reschedule the meeting so that I could avoid squirming restlessly in my chair. These are the times when I strongly vote for telephone etiqutte classes in those easy chair corporate trainings..

As I write this, another incident flashes in my mind.. My friend was walking in the corridor and there is this guy who is blocking the stairway. She went to him and said, “Would You Please Excuse Me?” he appeared pretty preoccupied and suddenly he shouted, “Just Shut Up, Will You?”.. My friend got really upset, until she has realized that that guy is talking to someone else over his Bluetooth headset and paid least attention to the passerby’s.

Blaring ring tones in the office, buzzing mobiles in the meetings, pop music in quiet discussions.. Yes, that’s pretty much the scenarios that I encounter in everyday life.. Often it feels as if ring tones exist to alert the entire world that you got a call, you can lift the call at slight vibration. We give little respect to our privacy and other’s silence by talking loud in public about the most personal details unaware of the audience..

Dont you think its time we muse on our interactions through mobile.. And the disconnect we share? May be its time we shove our phone to silent mode, and train our voices for hush talk..

Connecting People!

11 06 2007

The first thought that popped up was Oh God! I lost my contacts!!! It made me realize how much this little piece has become a part of my identity. It is so easy to reach to people with just a click that I rarely spare a thought to the convenience and technology thats at work behind the scenes. Guess I got accustomed to the loss pretty soon as I was going through this experience for second time. Guess the effect was palliated by the wooing of so many mobile models in the market with lots of attractive features. Guess that called for an upgrade and I was soon hunting for a new mobile model which could double up as a Music Player and Camera as well.

Yet, I loved my little Samsung mobile.. Its comfortable for SMS, great for calls, with spectacular display and a handy size. More over, I loved the FM and Cam features too. The moment of nostalgia came when I sat beside a person who is chatting her way in that Samsung X620.. Though I had this brand new N70m in my hand, I sighed longingly!!!

Well, A couple of liners about my new N70m.. It got great music, Sudoku game and an OK 2MP camera. Hope it does a decent job in capturing some impromptu moments.. Its a bit bulky and heavy on hand, yet it makes up for it by offering a lot of convenience features. I can tag my thoughts at will and can dispense off my little transend.

Now am currently on a hunting drive to get my contacts back. As my friend puts it, loss of mobile kind of refreshes contacts and relationships. How true! In my 250+ contacts in my old phone, I could remember only 12 numbers (mostly family and closest pals) and am sure that around 20 people will reach me with in a day or two. So, probably those odd 200 people are either collegues, acquaintances, business contacts or far away pals.. (those who call to wish only B’days or special news) Hmm.. Sometimes, its tough to acknowledge all those special people who add a cheer to life. And they needn’t be in close knit circle. They could even be those whom you respect, cherish, love or care for. And Mobile truly connects people! 🙂

Interactive Advertising!

19 05 2006

DAEM Interactive is a software company based in Barcelona which develops “augmented reality” technologies for camera-phones which include an image recognition platform focused on mobile marketing and advertisement campaigns. Their technology identifies advertisements photographed by users and sends back related multimedia contents.

Brands and advertising agencies get to boost their marketing campaigns and promotions without having to make special developments or changes, maximizing their budget. And for users, it’s as easy as taking a picture. Users can interact with brands in a non intrusive way, where and when they want to, by simply pointing their camera phones at an ad (magazine or billboard) and clicking. Then, they can MMS the content to the DAEM server and DAEM software enables them to interact directly with the information and access the contents they are looking for.

Well, the service is based on an interesting concept, yet it needs to mature in the offering. Can this offering be enhanced to offer details just by pointing the mobile over the Ad? Can it host interactive polling, commenting and messaging? Looks like its a long way to go!

Control of Technology on life

20 02 2005

I think apart from increasing convenience of Human Life, Technology has increased dependence of Man on it. It actually has taken control over my life and I am unaware of it and am wrapped in nice little lies that I am technofreak!

Technology has made Man so isolated and lonely that we need its help to get connected and stay connected. Can’t I feel connected to the world if its not through Cellphone and Internet? Can’t I enjoy little joys of life, my interaction with dew covered roses, paper boats and the misty rains? All these questions are best answered within ourselves. The answer lies in not going to primitive ages but being beware and aware of our use of technology. Its a matter of Who is in control of whom and Who runs our life?