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Stunning Keynote Presentations

Before you continue reading, I’d like to ask you a question:
Have you ever watched a Steve Jobs Keynote?

If the answer is YES: skip the following video and continue reading.
If the answer in NO: do yourself a favour – watch this sample video now!

Apple Keynote presentations are simply stunning!

I’ve always been inspired by them: as they are simple, yet very effective in conveying the message. They could very well be the best corporate presentations you would possibly see, ever.

Apple Keynotes seem so simple, that you could easily be fooled into thinking that they are a cakewalk to design and present. In reality, a lot of hardwork goes into each of these. Apple designers and management work closely for months together, refining and polishing until each presentation is close to perfect. Read this article by the guardian.co.uk: behind the magic curtain

That brings us to the question: Can we create presentations of similar standards, and if yes: how?

In my next article, I aim to answer this exact question. I will take you through various stages of creating the presentation: the workflow, sourcing and integrating quality content, export options, etc. Click here to continue reading…

The Browser Wars!

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I’ll dive straight to the point. There are no winners or losers here.

Each browser has its share of pros and cons. You’ll need to decide depending on what platform you work on, and how extensively you use the internet. However, this is my perspective:

WINDOWS USERS

Firefox is the best option if you are an avid internet user, and if you use a lot of plugins.
- However, if you want a less bloated, simpler, safer and more stable browsing experience, try the new Chrome.
- Steer clear of Internet Explorer. You might however need it if you come across a badly designed site that won’t render properly in both Firefox and Chrome. Internet Explorer takes care of all this crap that does not adhere to web standards.

MAC USERS

Safari is the best bet, as it provides the most seamless experience on the Mac. Also use click to flash, if you want to disable the resource intensive flash plugin.
- If you need to use a number of plugins, Firefox is a better option for you. However, you’ll be compromising on performance, as Firefox eats up most of the available RAM and is known to be a resource hog.
- We’ll have to wait and see how Chrome fares when it launches for the Mac platform this month.

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Verdict:

The most promising: Chrome (PC)
The most integrated: Safari (Mac)
The most extensible: Firefox (PC/Mac)

The Twitter Madness

This is part three of the Twitter series. Check out the rest of the articles:

What is Twitter ?
Why Twitter ?
The Twitter Madness.
- Is (Twitter + Facebook) > (Google + Bing) ?
- Advertising on Twitter !
- and more

Twitter is so powerful as a communicating tool that both Bing and Google felt the need to incorporate twitter feeds into their respective search results. Social Search is the way to go!

Here is a funny take on Twitter!

Twitter is also a phenomemon!

Why Twitter?

This is part two of the Twitter series. Check out the rest of the articles:

- What is Twitter ?
Why Twitter ?
- The Twitter Madness
- Is (Twitter + Facebook) > (Google + Bing) ?
- Advertising on Twitter !
- and more

So, why Twitter?

Twitter is useful for individuals and companies who’d like to broadcast live updates directly to their target audience.

For Individuals

People just do not have enough time to stay in touch with all their friends on a day to day basis. While facebook helps you connect with friends and family in a closed and private way, Twitter does just the opposite: it broadcasts updates for the world to see. This is therefore a great tool of communication for celebrities.

For Companies

Twitter is increasingly being used as a social media tool by many companies to reach out to their audiences directly. This form of informal communication helps companies to build trust and be more informal. Twitter is also a fantastic social media tool to get feedback and live updates.

What is Twitter?

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I always get this question: What is twitter, and what is all the buzz about? In a series of posts starting with this, I aim to cover a wide variety of topics featuring twitter:

- What is Twitter ?
- Why Twitter ?
- The Twitter Madness.
- Is (Twitter + Facebook) > (Google + Bing) ?
- Advertising on Twitter !
- and more

Wikipedia offers a good start: Twitter is a free micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers.

The following video is one of my favorites:

Me and my Macbook – I

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Since i got an Apple Macbook(Unibody) last october, i’ve been using it like crazy. On hindsight, I regret not purchasing one earlier.

Before I got hooked to Mac OSX, I was using Windows XP on a Sony Vaio. While Windows is a decent OS, it absolutely lacks refinement and polish. It was good for system admins and IT guys, but it was way awkward for a design enthusiast like me. Added to this, my new Vaio machine came preinstalled with so much bloatware, that I had to spend so much time just to get rid of all the crap. This was in 2007.

By 2008, the VAIO just died, and it was so expensive to repair, that I opted to buy a new laptop instead. I was on the lookout for better alternatives, and that was how i chanced upon Apple’s Macbook. A friend of mine was using a macbook, and i soon learned more about it. The OS had very strong UNIX underpinnings and the UI was stunning. I instantly liked it. There was however a catch: The lower end macbooks costed around $1100 and had a plastic shell, and the aluminum (read PRO) machines were way too expensive. I wanted the best of both worlds, i.e, an aluminum mac and one that costed $1100. I decided to wait.

Continue reading…

My design guru: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple. He’s fanatical about good design, and it shows in each and every product that Apple delivers. This image says it all!

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Take 2

I initially set up my blog with me.com using iWeb, a Mac application that comes with the OS. Though it is very easy to setup and get started, I found it very limiting. Milind from Smoking Apples suggested me Coda and WordPress, and I find them to be a killer combo!

This website is now powered by WordPress and Modern Clix. I personally love the new look. Let me know what you think via comments.

A snapshot of my earlier template (for posterity):
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A fresh start!

I’ve set up this website as a journal for my thoughts. I’ve opted to use WordPress instead of iWeb this time round, and plan to start fresh!
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Movie Review – District 9

Original. Awesome. Wow!

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