Human on Mars : Is Curiosity Proof of What’s To Come?

Curiosity Rover’s First Photo

I’m not sure where you have been if you don’t know what Curiosity is or if you haven’t heard of the latest news on Mars but just in case you’ve been living under a rock, NASA sent a robot called Curiosity Rover to Mars and after an 8 month journey from Earth, Curiosity landed successfully and a number of images of from the historic event followed suit.

I’ve been following the news on Twitter, Google+ and on various websites since before it landed and have currently accumulated a number of images taken by Curiosity itself or photos related to the event which I thought I’d share and post here. But here’s a thought, an 8 month journey isn’t impossible for a human to go through, does this mean that travelling to Mars will soon be a reality? Perhaps, the main problem would be the travel. Flying through space seeing nothing but the stars passing by with no sense of direction for 8 long months would not be good for your mental health. Even if you’ve gone through that first 8 months, another 8 months of travelling back would equal 16 (provided that you don’t end up marrying a martian)! Who’d want to travel through vacuum that long? Even we get crazy driving through an open road of nothingness with the same horizon in front for one long hour.

In any case, this is a great achievement for mankind, proof of many possibilities for space travel. We have gone far from Columbus and the moon.

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Losing Microsoft

I’m currently watching Microsoft’s Keynote on their latest hardware line-up, Microsoft Surface, listening to Steve Ballmer’s too long of an introduction before revealing Surface. He’s yammering about how Microsoft is here, Microsoft is there, software this, hardware there, that they believe that “any intersection between human and machine can be made better when all aspects of the experience, hardware and software, are considered in working together” (too late for that! Apple and Google+Samsung are already there!). It’s been 6 minutes into his Keynote and Surface hasn’t even been revealed yet. If I had been there, anticipating any kind of announcements like that, I’d go crazy. I hate long introductions. In fact, I’m not big on introductions.

So there he was, talking on how Microsoft is a big part of anyone’s life today and it hit me, that’s not true. When was the last time I used a Microsoft product? I haven’t used Windows for my work for a very long time since my migration to OSX. I don’t have an Xbox, I have  a PS3. I don’t use Windows Mobile, I use iOS and Sony Ericsson’s OS (I still love buttons!). I don’t bing, I google. I haven’t logged in to my hotmail for a decade and I hate Live. I use Chrome, Firefox and Safari. I use Safari and Opera for mobile. I don’t use Skydrive, I use Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.net and iCloud. I’m on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Instagram, Foursquare… you see what I mean? The only Microsoft product I really use is Microsoft Words but even then I’m slowly moving away from it and have been spending more time on Google Docs and Google Spreadsheet (because Microsoft Live sucks!).

Numbers and stats mean nothing if your collection includes figures from years ago. I think Microsoft is living in their own bubble at the moment thinking that they are still where they were years ago. If they weren’t, then Surface wouldn’t have been a copy of all the other tablets put together.