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The Phenomenon Of The Oddity

Despite all our attempts – I’d even say our programming – to fit in, we have often convinced ourselves that we are outliers, cut off from the world, different from others, in the most miniscule of things. When we look back at ourselves – and it is almost part of our being human that we try and analyse all that we see, we need to create categorisations for people and, as a result, we apply the same rules to ourselves, too – we label ourself the oddity far too often. Continue reading The Phenomenon Of The Oddity

Civilization: Beyond Earth…I Can’t Stop Salivating

Civlization V was a beast, a fun game that actually asked you to use your brain (a feat, indeed, in today’s world of mindless shooters, not that I don’t enjoy those 😛 ) and Civilization: Beyond Earth, dubbed Civilization in Space by some, promises to be just as good – no, better! – and I just can’t wait for September to come around. Continue reading Civilization: Beyond Earth…I Can’t Stop Salivating

The Cloud…What Else Can Be Done

With lower prices, increasing internet speeds and tremendous advantages over physical media, the cloud is becoming more and more attractive as the only storage solution you need, perhaps even making redundant the need for internal hard drives in the near future, as Google is betting on with Chromebooks but there are still major hiccups that need to be addressed before one could really start considering the cloud as a primary storage solution, rather than just a means of sharing files and backing up important documents. Continue reading The Cloud…What Else Can Be Done

Surface Pro 3 and Windows Hybrids: What Microsoft and Tech Writers Can Learn From Hegel

It is, to say the least, quite annoying to see tech journalists and pundits struggling on deciding what to call the Surface Pro line of…devices? – is it a tablet or a laptop? And, having been unable to resolve the dispute, sidelining the product as being good on neither account. And, they aren’t the only ones at fault. Microsoft, as well, hasn’t really provided one, coherent answer to the problem. If only someone had read something about idealism – or even Marxism…

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Microsoft’s Surface: A Role Model For OEMs?

With the recent launch of Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has certainly upped the game – both against Apple and its own OEM partners – and produced the best Surface product to date but, if any of you remember the early punditry following the release of the original Surface products, we still aren’t entirely sure regarding its intentions for in-house manufacture. Did it spend billions and rename itself to a “Devices and Services” company only to guide its OEMs to freedom and glory? I suppose not; they are clearly in the race and, from the look of things, quite serious about it.

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The Order of Chaos

Before getting into the discussion itself, I feel it is necessary to explain where I am coming and discuss the origins of my thought process. In high school, I took Sociology and one of the schools of thought I studied was postmodernism. To give a brief and very simple account of their ideas, they believe in a lack of metanarratives, grand and universal statements that are common, and applicable to, all. And, one of the criticisms of the movement was that in doing so, it was contradicting itself, as it was introducing another metanarrative, a universal truth, with the only difference that this truth entailed that there were no universal truths. The narrative, however, was still accorded the same comprehensiveness that the movement so profoundly resented in other ideologies.

Now, if you were to equal postmodernism to chaos, the same criticism can be applied. In that, within chaos itself, there is an underlying principle, an order of sorts that, albeit much less structured than the notion “principle” brings to our mind, still exists. The principle of being chaotic. Take your calculator, for example. When you want a random number, you use the random function. It produces chaos but is still a function and, like all functions, governed by an underlying principle.

This, in my mind, leads to further questions. Is chaos, then, the ultimate principle? Or, is order more deserving of this privilege? Perhaps it is just a semantic discussion and of no value of itself. What do you think?