A short one … hopefully

Am soooo addicted to Pinterest. It’s so much fun. Found such gems … like this one. 

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I mean seriously … who comes up with this genius? 

Been thinking a lot about pricing. How do people price stuff? Is it the product? The raw material used in it? It’s value? Or … ? I mean I want to have hard rates for various services TDL offers but then again … how do I put a price on it? 

And then I stumbled upon a handbag made by a Pakistani designer. Beautiful stuff. But it came with a Rs 20k ($200) tag. I mean it was gorgeous, no doubt, but I can find something similar or can have something similar made for much less. Me being me tweeted out to the designer guy and asked how he priced it. Happens it’s a one-of-it’s-kind bag. No 2 designs are same. So the price tag is for how unique his product is. 

So I guess Apple prices it’s products on …. *thinking* ……………. *thinking some more* ………………. maybe people’s stupidity? We want expensive stuff because it seems so out of reach and if its remotely nice (Yo Apple fans, before you throw a brick at me, I LOVE my iPhone) people will buy it. Could that be it? Coz it’s not unique. It has LOADS of competitors and pretty good ones too. It doesn’t do anything that a much cheaper Android can’t do. So why the price tag? Is it coz they assemble it in California? But it’s made in China. It’s like offering a special price for Ikea furniture to customers in Pakistan because hey, it’s gonna be assembled here. *headscratch 

Think about it and please explain it to me in layman’s language. 

OK byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

A Mighty Fall!

Facebook upgrade

See the big squares with chrome’s msg? Those are the annoying ads that are too heavy for my 3.1 MB Internet connection to load.

Has anyone else got the huge big ads right in the middle of their Facebook profile page? ‘Coz I have and I am happy. Is this a way for Suckerberg to make up for the losses at the stock exchange? I dunno. That seems to be the only plausible explanation. I mean … come on dude … my Facebook profile is NOT a Classifieds page. If that’s what I wanted I would go elsewhere. Why FB?

I

AM

NOT

HAPPY!

Not at all.

In other news, Google won over some patent war against Samsung. Erm … sooooooo …. ??? *HeadScratch
The Rich, Famous and terribly Insecure will always baffle me.

Plus, who is this Romney dude/dudette? See the name everywhere but have never bothered to check. If you know – do tell me.

OK byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Steve ~ You Will Forever Be In Our Memories!

Dedication start coming in at the Apple HQ in Cupertino

Why do I feel like I have lost someone really close to me? That’s the question that keeps popping in my head today. I didn’t know the guy, didn’t have much hope to ever meet him, don’t know much about his life, and yet I feel this strange feeling of loss and emptiness. My love for him has nothing to do with the madness surrounding Apple products. It started way back in 2007 when I first saw the video of him at the Stanford commencement speech. Until then, he was just another rich guy trying to get richer by exploiting the insane consumerism that plagues our society.  Or so I thought.

I just read the blog by Noman Ansari, “Heroes Die, Legends Live Forever“. While I believe everyone has a right to their opinion, yet people’s comments left me a little confused, even a bit angry. They can’t understand what made Jobs a hero, nay, a legend. Was it because he invented the ‘mouse’, several ‘fonts’, the Macbook, iPhone, iPad, and made us all lament our poverty and lack of ‘coolness’? Not at all! The only Apple product I own is an iPhone and I honestly prefer a Nokia 1200 to it – being a mother to a toddler, the torch is really more useful then having a Facebook app. No matter what words I choose, I don’t think I’ll be able to do justice to what Jobs stood for, so I am going to let the following quotes and video do the talking.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Rest in Peace, Steve. You have left young entrepreneurs like me with amazing inspiration and valuable lessons. You are a hero, and a legend, and you’ll be in our memories forever.

Oh No Steve Jobs

5 AM and I lazily look at my iPhone to check what my Facebook friends are up to. Everything is a bit hazy as I look through half open eyes at the screen. Wait, something’s not right! Steve Jobs … OH NO … DEAR GOD NO NO NO! This can’t be. Jobs can’t be dead. He was on the list of people I wanted to meet before I died. At last, at 56 he succumbed to pancreatic cancer that he had been fighting since 2004. The Apple Board of Directors issued a statement about his death, saying:

The Apple Board of Directors wrote:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Twitter is abuzz with people expressing their shock and dismay at the news.

@BillGates tweeted: For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

@TheRockstarCEO writes: At restaurant in NYC, Steve Jobs death announced, people literally crying.

Robert Scoble, a well-known name in the blogging world, is posting live photos and updates from the Apple HQ at Google+. I don’t know if I have the heart to follow, but some of you may want to have a look to stay updated on what’s happening.Below is a photo from his live stream.

Flags half staff at Apple headquarters.

As I sit here in front of my laptop my mind keeps wandering to his famous quote:

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.

Rest in Peace, Jobs. You have been an inspiration to millions of us.