Archive for October, 2010

It is amazing how facebook has become the giant social networking site it is today. Just a couple of years ago, it is a mere alternative to the then popular MySpace site. Now MySpace is a has-been, desperately clinging on, but still bleeding out users month after month, while facebook user base has surpassed 500 million users just a couple of months ago. Now, how many of those 500 million accounts are duplicates I have no idea.

For most of its recent success, facebook has been under fire from the technosphere for the frequent and oft confusing privacy policy changes. With each policy changing behind the scenes, user settings were changed to an opt-out scheme, making more and more private information public, unless specifically set by the user each time a new privacy policy is rolled out. Zuckerberg even went to the extent of decreeing that no one cares about privacy anymore, that user information ought to be public by default. Oh, the arrogance!

As you may imagine, this has drawn more flak towards facebook, and Zuckerberg’s flawed rationalization has been called out and scrutinized point by point by technology and privacy pundits. As my own little way of protesting, I have at first disabled my facebook account. After months of having gone by without it, I decided to just delete the account altogether.

Meanwhile, the world caught on with the popularity of the networking site, with users usually unaware of the issues regarding their online privacy. They’re just happy to connect to their friends and families, eager to put up the most mundane of their daily activities as their status messages, elevating the traffic usage for all facebook users to a level the world has never seen before. Of course, this has also led to the occasional too much information shared, and the perpetual barrage of vanities and at times profanities.

Having been on the outside looking in for a while, I still wouldn’t want to be a part of this franchise, at least not wholeheartedly. I am still skeptical, what with every other site sporting the now ubiquitous “Like” button.

But, and here’s the dilemma of it all, facebook has now grown to be the default online meeting place, used by many in keeping track of their friends and loved ones. Its greatest faults also its biggest strength, people are being drawn to it in droves. There are the occasional YM! or MSN users around, but more often than not, even dates are coordinated through wall posts. Instant messaging, email, and text messaging notwithstanding, a single status update alerts everyone in your circle of whatever the heck it is that you want to get sent across.

So now that I’m moving on to a new job, is it time for me to re-connect to keep in touch with those I’ve left behind? Is it worth all the trouble?

Closing the Book on SP

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Workplace
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It’s been a roller-coaster four-year ride at FTSP, and, it’s finally time to say goodbye. These are shots taken during the last couple of days of my stay at the company.

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All That We Bleed

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Blurbs
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In between the lines there’s a lot of obscurity
I’m not inclined to resign to maturity
If it’s all right, then you’re all wrong
But why bounce around to the same damn song?**

Another year’s gone by. What changed? What’s new? Absolutely nothing and everything.

After four years, it’s finally time to let it go. Time to move on to new challenges, and a huge challenge it is that awaits just beyond the horizon. With luck and His help, perhaps this will be the job that will see me through retirement.

I owe the company a lot. It’s where I first felt that what I know counts for something. But now it’s lost its way. It’s been losing its way for the longest time. It’s been self-imploding, alienating the very people that serve as its foundation. But the sad part is, even now that it’s realizing its recent decisions were absolute mistakes, it won’t admit to it and won’t actively take corrective measures.

It’s bleeding left and right, losing engineer after engineer. Its precious skill pool now almost a vacuum, it attempts to remedy the situation with new blood but still neglects to take care of its old wounds. And so the bleeding goes on.

It’s a very sad state of affairs.

 

[Quote taken from the opening lyrics of I Know You Know by the Friendly Indians.]

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