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En Route to Bangalore

October 21st, 2007

Developers PLEASE stop creating beta versions of things that only run on Windows. Mac users by definition are early adopters and tastemakers – thinking about us after the fact is not just super irritating but it would seem to me that it’s bad business. Stop thinking about sheer market size and think about the type of customer you want, oncologist your ultimate adoption curve and the potential to create a lasting brand. Yahoo’s news videos used to be PC only, store I think now they’ve changed, but they lost me as a user. I just tried to download Times Reader. Bad, bad, only for Windows. And not to mention MS’s Healthvault, but that’s at least just plain predictable.

Oh and yes, I just bought a mac that can run windows. But it’s just so distasteful to have to make the switch and not all macs are configured for this anyway.
It’s 10:30 PM EST and I’m somewhere over the Atlantic on a plane, visit web
but it’s no ordinary plane. I’m on a brand new Jet Air flying machine. This company, symptoms
perhaps the Virgin Airways or Jet Blue of India is kicking it’s predecessor’s butt all the way into pre-outsourcing times and at the rate of growth in this economy, psychotherapist
it wouldn’t be unreasonable to ask if that was when giant long necked lizardy things roamed the earth. Jet Air has enough polish and panache to rouse the most closeted of nationalist sentiments within someone of Indian origin – where or where shall I begin?

A bathroom on Air India. You’re better off waiting out the 24 hr. flight.
A bathroom on Jet Air. A bottle of basil and bergamot eau de toilette, hand lotion with essential oils, air freshening spray.

A meal on Air India. A passable Indian TV dinner at best.
A meal on Jet Air: Oh man, it was so good! The meal was served on a pink, orange and yellow striped tablemat with a red and orange brocade cloth napkin tied in a shiny orange ribbon. There was a warm paratha (Indian flat bread), a side of yogurt sauce and tomato salad, mango pickle, mushrooms, and corn in a light curry with ground cashew nuts. The rice was delicious and served with sautéed onions. The dessert was a classic Indian rice pudding in rose flavored sauce with two succulent strawberries. Hot towels were passed both before and after the meals. The crew is super young and gorgeous. They are dressed to impress. Hair, makeup, incessant smiles, the works – it’s enough to make one nostalgic for the days when flying was sexy and stewardesses were glamorous.

Then there’s the in-flight entertainment system. Touch screen, with a remote control hand piece and keyboard, a great selection of features, short films, television, news. There is a ton of legroom and an outlet for my laptop in my armrest. I grabbed copies of the NY Times and the Times of India from right behind me in a convenient magazine rack and settled into my journey back to the city I was born in.

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