Chiraag is a professional working in the semiconductor and clean technology industries. Also a psuedo-geek and retro animal. Loves old cars, new technology, old technology, still owns an IBM Model M keyboard, has a taste for many musical genres. Gadgets are viewed with a "how can this make my life as easy as possible" stance.
My mobile phone history is varied. I think I can list it in order:Ericsson A1018s Nokia 5146 Nokia 3210 Nokia 3310 Nokia 8310 LG U8120 and Sony Ericsson W850i (I was on two contracts at this time I believe with 3 and T-Mobile UK) Nokia N70 Nokia N95 8GB BlackBerry Bold 9700 Samsung Galaxy S2
All of these phones had their pros and cons. The 5146 was a brick, which meant it was the only weapon you could carry legally at all times. It dropped a number of times and did not break. It probably would have taken a bullet for me.
The LG U8120 and N95 both impressed me by continuing to work after taking a significant amount of water to the [...]
For those of you who follow the financial markets, you will have seen the craziest trends over the past few years. Economic downturns and sporadic hints of upturns have both been a result of uncertainty, and the fuel for further uncertainty.
The UK dropped Value Added Tax from 17.5% to 15%, then brought it back up to 17.5%, and has now increased this to 20%. Inflation is rising and there is no sign of an increase in interest rates for relief! I won’t go into this any more, as sticking to this subject would be an exercise in madness in itself.
Indeed one area which suffered badly was the global semiconductor market. Pre-recession wasn’t even a great time [...]