Friday, February 19, 2010

Youtube!! I can also Youtube

When did you learn to Youtube? How many days or years ago? YouTube has grown into such an extent that, it has become like the google search for videos. The video streaming has become more bearable as the speed of internet have improved beyond acceptable limits. You can comfortably watch a video on today's broad band network.

To me, learning how to use youtube has never been a big task as I was used to "Graphic User Interfaces"(GUI) before. Very simple user interface means just minutes to learn it. For a person from a computer background you will take minutes nay seconds to learn it. What if you are not well tuned with using computer?

What if you are a person who has not had enough exposure to computer GUI before? It will take sometime to even get the hang of using the mouse. We take it for granted now a days that, when a person touches the mouse he would be able to handle it instantly. I found out that, it is not the case. My mom has started using the computer off late. She is not good with GUI or neither the interface. She finds it difficult to move even the mouse. Her hands take the mouse arrow in an elliptical orbit as compared to the parabolic one we use. :)

She was very curious to see some videos on YouTube. She had not used an Internet Explorer browser before. I taught her how to go to the site. At the beginning, she found it difficult to map things which were happening. As the days went on, she got the hang of using the mouse and also double click.

One day when I came back home from office, she was watching some devotional songs on YouTube. She did surprise me with her computer handling skills on that day. :) She has improved leaps and bounds :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Experience is Wealth

Many a times we live so much in the future, less in the present and don't even think about the past. Our state of mind some years ago was completely different than it is now. The past holds the golden experience, which we seldom realize. The things we do today is actually something we have learned in the past, how not to do things.

Experience is something which comes with us every day. When you look at somebody doing something which you had done several years ago, it sure roles your years backwards. They learn from something like the way you did some years ago. It sure brings a grand smile on your face looking at them struggle to put things into place. Sometimes you can teach them not to make your mistakes in life. Sometimes it is better left to themselves what they make out from the situation.

Mistakes is not all what you learn from. You could have done something really well on the first attempt. There could be things to learn even from the success stories. The mistakes are by and large the things you remember more than your success. But happy memories are there to stay.

When I moved on from my first job to the second job, I was really happy with the surplus and percentage hike in salary I was getting. It was a great feeling. As I was earning more I started thinking about buying better things in life. I bought a bike, a mobile and a watch, the list just grows from there. But the first thing I bought was a better sophisticated mobile. It was my dream mobile which I had an eye on for almost 6 months. I still am using it.

A new joinee at my office was looking for a mobile the other day. He was checking the costly ones. May be his standard of living has improved from his previous job. He is earning more now so he can afford more. How typical are today's young generation, which includes me ofcourse. More money is equal to more expensive toys. And my father always says- "save your money"....... may be he is trying to help me, so that I don't end up repeating his mistakes. :) :)