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10 years of Online bliss! January 28, 2007

Posted by monish in General, Nostalgia.
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We’re coming to the end of January this year already.  This month kinda flew by really fast.  The weather people on TV say there’s just 6 more weeks of winter left.  I’m not too sure about that but what I am sure about is I’d really like to see some sunshine and warm weather soon!

So, I got thinking the other day, its 2007 now.  Its been an exact 10 years since I got my first modem and internet connection.  Personally, it is an occasion for me to celebrate.  My love affair with the internet started in January 1997, I distinctly remember going off to the VSNL (Indias only ISP at the time) office with my dad, after I got a letter from my college stating I was a student.  Back then VSNL offered “Student shell accounts” for about $10 a month.  Accessing the web through a shell account meant there were no graphics, just text, and the account came with an e-mail address.  I think our first e-mail address was “mmdatta@bom8.vsnl.net.in”. A TCP/IP account was just too expensive at the time.  I remember getting our account in no time and then having the person come to our home and install the modem and hearing the sweet sound of the modem for the first time.  Talk about music to my ears!

The excitement of those first few days and weeks of having access to the internet was really special.  There was so much to explore and learn.  It almost didn’t matter that we didn’t get to see a single graphic, those plain words on a dark screen were all that mattered.  None of my friends could understand my excitement.  I was finally connected with the rest of the world.  I craved information of all sorts and the internet hit the sweet spot there.  I knew this was something special.  However, I probably had no idea the level of influence the web would have in the coming years on my life.

My bond with the internet has been a special one over the past decade.  It has delivered answers at crucial junctures in my life.  Everytime I have been at a crossroad in my life, I’ve turned to the internet and its never failed to deliver.  The years between 1999 and 2004 have been especially sweet, one of the best phases in my life and I really have the internet to thank for all of it.  Dotcom boom to bust and boom again, I never ounce doubted the potential this medium had.

Its taken me a while but I think I’m finally commited to a career that involves working with the internet.   A whole 10 years later, I am still excited about the web and what it has to offer, if not more than before!  The internet has so much to offer, and we haven’t even tapped half its full potential.  As nerdy as this sounds, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling thinking about the future of this medium and I want to be part of it.   I’m humbled to be working presently in this field but ‘ve never been one to limit myself.  I’d like to achieve much larger things, fuelled by my passion for all things online. The internet offers a level playing field for everyone, underdogs such as myself appreciate that.  Here’s to many more decades of online bliss!

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End of first week. January 5, 2007

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This is probably an appropriate time to write in this post.  I’m at the end of my first week at my job.  So many things are running through my head right now.  Its been an interesting past few days, there have been moments of anguish and extacy, all coming off the back of a very stressfull last weekend that included packing and making travel arrangements, not to mention saying goodbye to friends.

I still don’t have an internet connection in my apartment so I’m not gonna be online over the weekend, which is a real bitch because I have no idea what else to do! I think I might take a bus and head out to some different parts of the city and just be a tourist.  If not, it’ll be a lot of sleeping in and eating, some of the things I’ve missed out on the past couple of weeks really!

Well, thats pretty much it.  I graduated, moved to Cleveland…AND started my job, all within the space of 3 weeks.  I don’t know how I found the strenght, mental and physical to endure some of the things I’ve ahd to in this time.  I’ll continue believing I have guardian angels looking over me.  I’ve felt them help me out from the day I landed in this country, its been unbeleivable and unexplainable almost.

I look forward to the next weekend.  Its gonna be a long one and I hope to be able to meet up with some BG folks, if I can arrange a car to head over there.  Such is life.

Hello 2007 January 1, 2007

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So the year 2007 is here.  2006 has been a relatively good year for me. The past three years have been the best and the worst years of my life in a strange way. I’ve grown immensely as a person. I’ve been thrown into situations and circumstances which have required me to deal with tremendous maturity and there’s been a lot of lerning about myself too.  Its surprising how you might think you know yourself, but you never really know how you will react to circumsances and situations until you are actually confronted by them.

I’ve been having some problems lately with dtermining goals for my life.  I’ve never been one of those people who’ve been ultra focussed ever since they can remember and went out and got what they wanted.  Well, I’ve been like that in very patchy phases.  Right now, I don’t know exactly what I want from my life.  My mindset is kind of, lets kick back and see where life takes me and I’ll deal with whatever thats thrown in my way.  While that might not be such a bad thing, it always keeps you under supsense and that might not always be so nice.  I have no idea of what I’m going to be working as in say 5 years, or where I’ll be working etc etc. Maybe its nott just me and everyone goes through phases such as this.  I’ve never aimed for the stars, I’ve always had modest goals and I’ve been humbled at times when I’ve met or exceeded these goals. I hope 2007 continues to humble me this way. 

I move to Cleveland tomorrow to start off my first real job “job”.  I hope I meet all expectations on that front and I am at peace with what I’m doing.  I’m not looking forward to making big bucks or becoming a CEO in 10 years or anything like that.  I want to be able to do work that interests me and do it well. 

I just heard this song by Sarah McLachlan and thought it was really beautiful.  I loved the lyrics to the song and so I’ mposting an excerpt from it. They’re such meaningful lyrics, such a rarity these days.  It actually struck a chord with me.

“Fallen” By Sarah McLachlan

We all begin with good intents when love was raw and young.
We believe that we could change ourselves, the past can be undone.
Though we carry on our back the burden time always reveals.
In the lonely light of morning, in the wound that would not heal.
It’s the bitter taste of losing everything that I held so dear.

I’ve fallen. I have sunk so low.
I messed up, better I should know.
So don’t come around here and tell me I told you so.

Heaven bent to take my hand, I’ve nowhere left to turn.
I’m lost to those I thought were friends, to everyone I know.
Oh they turn their heads embarrassed, pretend that they don’t see.
That it’s one misstep, one slip before you know it.
And there doesn’t seem a way to be redeemed.