What am I thinking?

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Apple App Store
Apple App Store

Finally the Apple App Store has crossed the outrageous figure of 10 billion app downloads. Well, with the increasing adoption of Apple devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), one would have seen this coming. The 10 billion figure can be a little misleading as it probably includes app update downloads and app re-downloads which contribute to a major part of the aggregate downloads. Whatever it maybe, I was also a significant (lol) contributor with 50 or so apps download on my iPod Touch.

Just thinking about Oracle already infuriates me enough that I sometimes fancy smashing my computer screen when I read about yet another news about Oracle suing somebody. It has become such a suing machine that I doubt it bought Sun primarily for suing others for purported copyright infringements of Sun’s various products. And what’s worse about Orcale is instead of building on (or at least maintaining) Sun’s reputation as an open-source promoter and leader, they are shamelessly destroying it. OpenSolaris and OpenOffice have already got their shares of apathy from Oracle. I wonder what’s next. MySQL? Solaris? Shame on you, Orcale!

The Hobbit
The Hobbit

And finally, I was able to make use of my Landmark discount coupon (I won in a caption contest in office). On Friday, I bought two books – The Hobbit (There And Back Again) and To Cut a Long Story Short. Now, to finish my on-going reads and get to The Hobbit fast before the release of the movie (Peter Jackson‘s) next year. Talking about the movie, I am excited about it. 🙂

6 thoughts on “What am I thinking?

  1. You should also read “The Lord of the Rings” if you like “The Hobbit”. These two or four (because lor is a trilogy) are great fantasy books, worth reading.

  2. Lucas, I have seen the LOTR trilogy movies like 3 times, and enjoyed it each time. And that was one of the motivating reasons behind reading The Hobbit. Maybe I’ll read the LOTR books after I finish The Hobbit. But thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

  3. hello anurag,

    impressive article with nice topics!

    on books i can recomend ‘the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy’ by douglas adams. to me he was a true visionary, especially on computing.
    there’s also a very nice 28 part radio play made from his book by bbc4.

    now to the point: you are a computer specialist and so i dare to put a maybe bit sensitive or even bold question by you:
    when is india becomming a player on the computing market?

    i’ve seen some documentary’s on what india’s it students are capable of and i’m impressed!
    india could, or should, maybe come with a new architecture or at least pc’s with a truely usabele and free (=open) os.

    i dare to put this by you since i have a very small company in the netherlands on open source and free software consultancy.

    here governments and businesses hardly ever consider what open source or free software has to offer, even if it’s at no costs.

    everyone here seems to be stuck on expensive closed source software and absurd licenses.

    maybe this is an topic you are willing to consider to write about sometime?

    if not: enjoy ‘the hobbit’ and maybe in time even ‘the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy’.

    best regards,

    (unity-linux 2010.2 _64 user and enthousiast since 2010)

  4. owiknowi,

    I was, not long ago, planning on going for Hitchhikers Guide, but held on for it was a… err.. bit outdated (or that was what I thought :P). But going by your strong recommendation, I’ll reconsider buying it. 🙂

    Talking about India as a player in computer market, well, India is #1 in IT services in the world at present :D. But yeah, it lags far behind in hardware/software products manufacturing, which I would love to see coming coming out more.

    As for open-source, the government here is slowly adopting the model across institutes. They even have their own custom distro based on Debian, called BOSS.

  5. Great that you decided for The Hobbit, my first fantasy read.
    If your interested on fantasy there is a series by the name “The Wheel of Time”,
    try it, its something that can never be repeated.

    Oracle, my thoughts exactly. The reason I uninstalled OOo, and got LibreOffice.
    Seems like Canonical may do the same thing for 11.04. I just hope MySQL is somehow bought by some other party, before its too late.

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