Friday, October 16, 2009

Losing Cool

I lost my laptop cooler's cable yesterday and given that hundreds of people must have passed by it by now, I don't have high hopes of finding it. Of course, it may not seem a big deal to you unless you *know* that I treat my laptop more like a mobile desktop (with a bag load of accessories whenever it is mobile); the cooler was one of those permanent attachments. Btw, the worse part than losing something has to be knowing exactly where and how you lost it (I know about crying over spilt milk, but then you probably don't know me ;) )

How I wish there were easier ways to find lost stuff.

The ideal Lost-n-Found?

Wouldn't it be cool if you could have something like a RFID tag on all your stuff and whenever you find something, the finder can use it to identify your stuff and send it back to you? Of course, the finder would get "karma points" every time and when you find something, you can look-up the finder's profile and get some of his "karma" transferred to you. Also, since most of the lost-n-found is "local", there has to be "karma centers" where you could drop off the found item / collect your lost item. These "karma centers" could be anything from Starbucks and Taco Bells to Banks and Hospitals. By being "karma centers" they get free advertisement along with more potential customers. May be the "karma centers" can have their own "karma points" too (with 1-star to 5-star "karma ratings")! Considering how much people get attached to mundane things, and considering how everyone loves getting some "good karma", this would definitely work, no? Is it just me or does this sound like a sure-fire startup?

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Will it... Won't it...

Guess I will find out soon enough.

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Funny Ha Ha

Question: Why should PhD students not use Macs and iPods?
Answer: Macs and iPods delay their graduation cuz "Apple a day keeps doctor away" ;)

A less geekier version:

Question: Which fruit should PhD students stay away from?
Answer: Apples! Apples delay their graduation cuz "apple a day keeps doctor away" ;)
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