Discovery – Spaced out

Ok the safe return of Discovery and its crew gives a sigh of relief to everyone. But one question remained unanswered was it necessary to risk the astronauts in the first place? Ok space technology is essential but sending human in space… I don’t think so it was necessary. We have lots of remote devices/tool such as robots that can be used.
Getting knowledge of universe it essential (especially when you are considered as advanced and successful if you are leader in space technology) in long term and one can surly use the technology to replace human in danger places like this.

I’m also against president kalam view to send an Indian on the moon. C’mon Mr. President, we have more to fix than this *stupid* idea of sending an Indian out there. Please fix or create new technology that can forecast earth quakes, tsunamis and floods warning. Please don’t waste money of honest tax payers on this and if you really would like to send an Indian there then start with robots!

I will be interested to get more views from others.

An Effect of Mumbai cold

Rest of country feels heat when mumbai catches cold. ATMS stopped functioning across country, BSE and NSE stops trading bringing down financial system. And don’t ask about air, road and rail links all of them are halted.

Once again Mumbai is flooded, I don’t understand why the hell in our country we don’t learn lessons from past. Be it earthquakes, floods, epidemics etc our disaster management sucks for sure. And government never wake up in time.

eBooks vs Paper books

Within few days of official release of Harry Potter book an online version is available to download aka eBook.

Both forms of have their own pros and cons. I prefer IT books in ebooks format, because it allows me to do copy past of code or command or even I can search it for particular command or topic. eBooks also gives an opportunity to normal people to publish book (self-publish) which can cross the boundaries very easily. If you are student then ebook is your best friend to save money. These days many universities provides the ebooks to students. You can take printout or carry the ebooks in portable device read it anywhere anytime. No more bookshelf. One think I don’t like about ebooks is its quality in terms of printing as compare to my computers digital screen. Smooth nice white paper with fine picture and printing quality also gives fine reading pleasure.

However, when it comes to collectors items then you I always prefer paper books. It gives best reading experience. Imagine hot cup of coffee and Sunday afternoon in bed with nice paper book, oh boy what else man want? To be frank when I was kid my grandpa everyday forced me to read newspaper and especially cartoons. Later I grown up with lots of story and other books gifted by my dad and mom. In short paper books gives an elite reading experience.

It is better not depend too much on technology as far as books are concerned :)