G+ First Impressions

July 12, 2011

It’s been a while since the last post but thought would be good idea to capture my first impressions of Google+.

TL;DR – I really like it and it will become my primary social network over time.

The primary reason I use social networks is to keep in touch with friends and for purposes of discovery. My facebook settings are pretty restrictive with No posting on the wall, No tagging of photos etc. So facebook is used mainly for keeping in touch with friends, people I know IRL (in real life), while twitter is primarily a discovery mechanism for new stuff. But my primary information y mode is still GReader.

With Google+ the whole process of discovery and keeping  in touch with friends is simplified. I had roughly 400 contacts which took me about 3 hours to segregate into friends, acquaintances, followers, etc. So now I have 15 circles with an average of 30-40 contacts in each. Ex-Colleagues, Business Contacts, friends and spouses of friends are now segregated and can be managed in a more sensible fashion and I do not have to wade through lots of junk, I can pick and choose which streams/feeds I want to look at, depending on the time and my inclination.

It’s a lot more streamlined and organised and I foresee that just as I migrated away from Orkut to Facebook and Twitter, a similar process will take place as more and more people come onto G+, I will spend less and less time on Twitter and Facebook. Especially they build better integration with GReader.


Sentence of the day

August 6, 2009

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders.  Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

-Antoine De Saint-Exupery,
Author of The Little Prince

Google Vs. Bing Vs. WolframAlpha search comparison on Factual Questions

June 4, 2009

Just did a quick experiment between the three search engines on a factual question. Results and comments below

I simply asked for the GDP for Malaysia. Google obviously gave the most hits 2.75 million. It also pointed me to the official statistics website for Malaysia in first 3 hits. Bing is far behin with 1.15 million hits but I like their side bar with related searches. It’s more elegant than one at the bottom for Google.

However I found the Alpha results the most useful. The graph trendline is a nice touch, it converts to local currency on current date.

Going forward this is my search strategy for factual questions, give wolfram a try first, then go to Google for comprehensiveness and then maybe Bing.

Will try some more combinations and post results when I more time.

Will Pakistan cease to exist?

March 3, 2009

I predict that over the next five years Pakistan as an entity will completely cease to exist.
I think the shooting at Sri Lankan cricketers will be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
I completely understand the warped logic of shooting at Englishmen, Australians and SA. They are after all white and thus by definition oppressors and should be shot at, Indians also I get, they are THE mortal enemy, but the poor sri lankans.

MC Esher’s Economics Models

February 24, 2009

Absolutely brilliant

Deficit Financing

Deficit Financing

Deficit Financing

To chase away Monday Morning Blues

February 23, 2009

Online Survey

February 20, 2009

Trying to make sure get enough responses for the survey @