Orient Union: the finest dress watch in recent times

Sometimes, when you open a product, it makes you jump uncontrollably with joy. The Orient Union is not one of those; it is a product that will make you straighten up, sit still, and take it in, slowly, calmly, its elegance sinking into you as you realise what you see here is not just another timepiece.

It’s a mechanical — with auto wind — which by itself makes the Union a remarkable timepiece. This is the kind of watch that should survive long, for sentiment rather than build. Although the build is by no means poor.

The Orient Union is a dress watch that borders on a luxury watch. Indeed by your definition, it could be classified as a luxury watch what with its day/date complications. I was interested in a day/date watch when I went for this, so I had to risk giving up the plainness that dress watches are associated with; however, the Union’s white dial, slick numbering, and carefully textured face have all led the watch community to consider it a dress watch.

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Launching Physics Capsule, the online magazine

Long back I was part of an online science update project called The Scientific Papers. Those of you who have followed me there know it ran pretty successfully for three years before I decided to shut it down. Until now, my only presence online has been here, on my personal website; but starting June the 24th, that is about to change.

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How to use Alfred on Mac — an introduction

OS X is certainly built around getting things done in a straightforward manner. The workings of the operating system, its user-friendly approach to everything and the clean interface makes working a pleasure.

However there is still room for speeding up interactions; not the system itself, but the way we go about getting things done. What takes several clicks and wading through window after window to initiate or terminate can be reduced to a handful of clicks.

Alfred is an extremely popular app on Mac that can help you get nearly everything done with just a few clicks, often just two. But a lot of people are either still unaware of it or hesitant to try it out owing to its slightly steep learning curve. That was why I wanted to go over Alfred in this quick introductory article, and share my own experiences of how I became a consistent user of the app.

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5 simple ways Apple could vastly improve iCloud

Apple took the world by storm when it rained on its users access to a thundering 5GB of lightning-fast storage space on the cloud. Now before I get ahead of myself using more weather puns, let us step back and see where Apple’s cloud storage service, iCloud, should be standing, considering it led the cloud storage movement.

But it is simply not where it should have been: iCloud is nowhere near perfect, but unfortunately it is nowhere near useful either, especially if you use OS X and not iOS.

By contrast, Google’s Drive storage is not only superior, but it does not create a fuss about OS. It simply works, much like an Apple product is supposed to. It is the same case with Box, SugarSync, Copy, Dropbox (of which I have never been a big fan) etc. So what can Apple do with iCloud to to make people take notice of it?

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Blookist — not just another blogging platform

Visit Blookist and the most inspiring part of their website is in an obscure place — the address bar. “You don’t need an excuse to be creative”, it reads. Still in beta, Blookist is a new kind of publishing platform. That was how its co-founder and CEO, Adrian Zuzic, described it to me when he got in touch recently, asking if I would be interested in reviewing their startup.

Blookist is the content-appreciative publishing platform we had all been waiting for.

At first, I was confessedly disinterested: was this just another Obtvse, another Svbtle, or another Ghost? At a time when blogging platforms seem to be cropping up at every nook and cranny, why did I have to pay any attention to Blookist? Was this another ambitious platform started with enthusiasm that would lose direction halfway through?

As I looked around, however, it was hard for me not to realise this was not a blogging platform; it was something more, something unique, and, most importantly, something promising. I signed up for free immediately and over the next couple of days began to explore this further. It had caught my attention. // Continue

Tissot Classic: watch connoisseurs’s Dream

As a watch connoisseur, a Tissot simply had to be part of my collection. This was especially after my older Tissot ran out of style with its spin bezel. There were a lot of choices to make among the company’s legendary catalogue, but few caught my eye as swiftly or as effectively as the Classic.

It is an unassuming piece with some impressive fitting and bold crocodile leather. Its stitch runs along the perimeter of its leather strap ending in a steel buckle with neatly folded stitches securing its lug ends.

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Mysore city “Public Eye” project: a few thoughts

Let me begin by stating the obvious: probably nobody from the Mysore city police force will read this, but I will make a few notes here nonetheless.

What we need is not — at least not most of the time — an elaborate online form to make complaints. Like me, I am sure half of the human population hates forms. Call me irresponsible, but I have no idea if a priority-B control centre number exists; it would help spread out emergency calls and increase efficiency of police functioning.

The police in New Zealand, for instance, have a *555 FREE dialling order in place. The idea is that non-life-threatening calls are made to *555 FREE and top priority emergencies are to be reported at 111 — their equivalent of 911, 999, 100 etc.

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