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To my dear Subscribers

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Dear Subscribers

As you all already know that i have my own self hosted wordpress site for almost a year or so. I keep it updated. This free site was a great start for me but it was not enough to fulfill my needs and control. So i just left a link so that you could see it. Apparently that did not work. I have requested the jolly good fellows of WordPress to help me move my subscribers to my self-hosted site i.e. design-playground.com (which i have been working on myself). Heres what Carolyn from wordpress.com says

I’m happy to transfer the users who have subscribed to your blog either by email or via the WordPress.com Reader.

Please keep in mind that while your email subscribers will continue to receive email notifications of new posts as before, WordPress.com followers will only see new posts in the Reader. They will not receive email updates unless they subscribe to receive those on your new site. You might want to post a notice on your old site about your upcoming move to keep your readers informed.

 

So how do you subscribe to my new blog? thats easy. Just head over to design-playground.com/blog and you will be able to find the links to the latest post, subscriptions and registrations. If you have any questions just drop me an email at tarantej@design-playground.com or designplaygroundwp@gmail.com

 

Hoping to see you there

Taran

Blog Admin

2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 770 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 13 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Smart ‘Basic’ Phone

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In todays world, It has become almost impossible for us to live without our smartphone.The Smart Phones

It’s nearly like a like a computer that we carry in our pockets all the time. So many functions, so many apps, so much social media. I’m so excited…. I just can’t wait……
TO GET RID OF IT

We have all witnessed the Rise of the Machines, and no, they don’t involve human tissue over a mechanical endoskeleton: it’s The Smartphone.

The Villain In This Story Isn’t The Terminator, it’s Nomophobia

The dependency on smartphones has become so deep, it actually has a name: Nomophobia, which is defined as “the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.” Apparently, the addiction is so strong that most smartphone users don’t even use the washroom without one.

I personally agree with this. I have

  • Turned off notifications for Facebook and Google Plus,
  • Don’t have the Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest or even the WordPress App
  • Got 2 Games: Subway Surf and Fruit Ninja
  • Some useful apps: File Commander, App Lock, Birthday Reminder, Notepad etc
  • Whatsapp for staying in touch with friends

Thats it

And you know what ?? I love it this way.

I dont have to care whos doing what ( as if they personally wanted to tell me anyways )

 

Thats the way i live. I am sure you would  love this too

 

Mail sent by Narayan Murthy to all Infosys staff

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It’s half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on… PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing… And who’s at work? Most of them ??? Take a closer look… All or most specimens are ?? Something male species of the human race…

Look closer… again all or most of them are bachelors… And why are they sitting late? Working hard? No way!!! Any guesses??? Let’s ask one of them… Here’s what he says… ‘What’s there 2 do after going home…Here we get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee that is why I am working late…Importantly no boss!!!!!!!!!!!’

This is the scene in most research centers and software companies and other off-shore offices. Bachelors ‘Passing-Time’ during late hours in the office just because they say they’ve nothing else to do… Now what r the consequences…‘Working’ (for the record only) late hours soon becomes part of the institute or company culture.

With bosses more than eager to provide support to those ‘working’ late in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good feedback, (oh, he’s a hard worker….. goes home only to change..!!). They aren’t helping things too…

To hell with bosses who don’t understand the difference between ‘sitting’ late and ‘working’ late!!!

Very soon, the boss start expecting all employees to put in extra working hours.

So, My dear Bachelors let me tell you, life changes when u get married and start having a family… office is no longer a priority, family is… and That’s when the problem starts… because u start having commitments at home too.

For your boss, the earlier ‘hardworking’ guy suddenly seems to become a ‘early leaver’ even if u leave an hour after regular time… after doing the same amount of work.
People leaving on time after doing their tasks for the day are labelled as work-shirkers…

Girls who thankfully always (its changing nowadays… though) leave on time are labelled as ‘not up to it’. All the while, the bachelors pat their own backs and carry on ‘working’ not realizing that they r spoiling the work culture at their own place and never realize that they would have to regret at one point of time.

So what’s the moral of the story??

  • Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!!
  • Never put in extra time “unless really needed”
  • Don’t stay back unnecessarily and spoil your company work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues.
  • There are hundred other things to do in the evening..Learn music…..Learn a foreign language…Try a sport… TT, cricket……….. Importantly, get a girl friend or boy friend, take him/her around town…
  • And for heaven’s sake, net cafe rates have dropped to an all-time low (plus, no fire-walls) and try cooking for a change. Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad:
  • Life’s calling, where are you??’
  • Please pass on this message to all those colleagues and please do it before leaving time, don’t stay back till midnight to forward this!!!

IT’S A TYPICAL INDIAN MENTALITY THAT WORKING FOR LONG HOURS MEANS VERY HARD WORKING & 100% COMMITMENT ETC.

PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY SIT LATE IN THE OFFICE DON’T KNOW TO MANAGE THEIR TIME. SIMPLE !

Regards,
NARAYAN MURTHY.

Indian student invents shoe that charges mobile devices while walking

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Last Time we talked about that there was no bias for gender when it came to innovation. Now we know that there is no age for innovation either. 12th class Student Rajesh Adhikari has created a marvelous set of shoes..that can charge itself ….while you charge in your walk. Pretty cool Huh ?

Rajesh Adhikari, an ingenious 12th class Indian student has invented shoes that can Shoe-charger-for-mobile-devicescharge
your mobile devices any time you want. All you have to do is walk a mile and you are good to juice up your mobile device. The invention came as a result of heavy snow in the winters last year which left Nainital (hill-town) in Uttrakhand without any power for quite some days, disrupting life and leaving the kid bored with his phone out of power. This is when the idea of inventing a shoe that could charge his mobile came into light and he started working on it. In the end he made a functional version of a wearable shoe that has a small dynamo that charges up and produces 5V electricity as one walks or runs while wearing the shoe. Add to that the waterproofing credentials of the shoe, and you have a mobile charger no matter what the terrain or the weather conditions.

So no matter where you are, the shoe gives you a reason to walk and charge your phone at the same time. Not only charging a phone but the shoe also lights up a LED bulb when the power is out. Rajesh now has plans to upgrade the shoe so that it can wirelessly charge the phone as you walk, meaning that you won’t be seeing the pop up “Battery Low” anytime soon once this shoe is out for purchase.

Clearly the kid deserves some accolades and most important some support for realizing his dream of making a shoe that can wirelessly charge your mobile devices.

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Happy Independence Day

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Design Playground wishes its Indian fans fans and readers a very Happy Independence Day

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Happy Rakhi

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Design Playground wishes all its readers a happy Rakhi, short for Raksha Bandhan

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To know more about this sacred festival, check it out on wikipedia