Life is a software, Society is the platform
Body is the hardware, Beware! Load is not uniform

You can’t see a software, you can only experience its output, and so is life.

Life is the software that runs on the hardware – our body.

Hardware is visible. You can measure the load on it and see it wear and tear, and so is the human body.

How a software runs depends on the platform it is installed in. How our life is depends on the society we live in.

How a hardware runs depends on the load it is designed to handle, and how our body performs depends on the fitness it has.

So first things first. Health is Wealth and much more than that. Call it gym, yoga, morning walk, jogging, dieting, fasting, organic stuff, breathing exercise or whatever you can. Make sure a fitness mantra exists in your life.

No matter how good your software is, if the hardware fails or under performs or is unable to bear the load, then so does the software which comes down crashing. Similarly no matter how well planned or well performing your life is, if you don’t take care of your health, your life comes crashing down too.

You can’t eat gold biscuits when you are hungry.

If you want the greatest performance from your software, then greatest should be your hardware too. An odd combination of this causes the system to hang. And so if you want to achieve the greatest heights in your life, then absolute fitness is a must for your body so that you don’t waste your time by resting to overcome an illness. Time is precious, both for a software and for our life. Database Software performance is measured based on how quickly it can run a complex query, and the performance of our life is based on how quickly can we find answers to the most complex questions or problems we face in life.

Make life configurable and alter yourself to accustom to your surroundings. But please note, your life should be configurable by you, not hard coded by somebody else for you.

The best of the breed software which outlive others in terms of generations are the ones which not only run fast, but run everywhere – the cross platform ones like Java which can run on a variety of platforms be it Windows, Linux, Macintosh. So tomorrow even if one platform dies away the software still survives since it can still run on other platforms. But if a software gets tied to a platform, then the death of the platform would also means death of the software. Similarly for you to survive always you should be able to run in a variety of societies.

People, Governments all embrace Open Source Software with open arms, not because they are mostly free, but because they don’t hide anything. To be liked by all, make your life an Open Source. Not to mean give up your privacy, but to mean not to hide your thoughts. Be bold to speak up your mind. But lo beware, most companies and businesses usually do not embrace open source software quickly or readily since they usually don’t have dedicated support. So does being open in life. Established institutions and systems in life do not like revolts or revolutionary ideas. They hate those who oppose the norms. So be careful to strike the balance. Make sure that the quality of the open source software is so great that it doesn’t require any support at all. Make sure your thoughts are solid, have great analysis and factual background. Then it will become a mass movement like Mozilla and Linux. You will find institutions supporting you.

Thorough testing of a software is essential before releasing it to ensure success. Make sure the plans in your life are carefully designed and validated before executing them. Sometimes a revolutionary idea untested till then is used to create ground breaking software. The first database, the first operating system, the first browser, the first smartphone were all created by such untested ideas being tried. Most such ideas failed, but the ones that clicked outshine the failures. So is life. Many a times you will have to take chances to plan and design something which you haven’t done earlier in your life. It may or may not succeed, but you will have to go by your gut feelings. The catch is to take calculated risks, even though nobody can well define this term.

Always keep asking yourself, when was the last time I tried something new?

Too much of memory load causes the software to crash and overloads the hardware. Do not allow memory leaks or memory loads in your life. Past is past and it has to be quickly garbage collected as soon as it goes out of your life’s current scope. Neither a software nor can life handle too many things at the same time. Each thread costs processor cycle, every byte in main memory occupies valuable RAM space. Only what is required for your current activity should be in the main memory of your life.

Stacked Rocks balancing, stacking with precision. Stone tower on the shore. Copy space.

Your one success will outshine your thousand failures. So learn from your failures, and use each failure as a lesson learnt. Each lesson is a step closer towards that one success.

Don’t let your life to be bogged down by unnecessary memory load by wasting your time worrying about the past happenings. Take only the lessons you learnt from your past, not the entire memory load. After all, there is a reason why our brain doesn’t remember every single day of your life. It is not a memory machine, do not make it one.

Too much of work overheats the hardware and will ultimately crash your system. All those carefully built software will be of no use then.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Too much of work overloads and kills your body, and no amount of success you have achieved in life at the cost of your body will be able to save it. So just like the way hardware has cooling systems, just like the way computers are shutdown, give your body regular rest, have vacations, have fun. Software needs a restart and so does our life as and when necessary.

Sometimes we find that a software design is flawed and the entire software is then redesigned and written from scratch. So does life sometimes requires a complete redesign and re-alignment of our goals and we have to start from scratch. There are no hard and fast rules to develop a software as long as it works as expected. You can use either a waterfall model or an extreme programming approach or an incremental build life cycle. So is life. There are no hard and fast rules to succeed as long as you enjoy what you are doing. If you want to get something that you never had before, then probably you need do something that you have never done before.

No design is perfect and all software have bugs. But the catch is to fix a bug as soon as you find it. The sooner the better. So is life, no planning is perfect and you are bound to have issues or bugs no matter how well you have planned it. But the one who succeeds sooner will be the one who addresses issues quicker. Have Plan Bs and Plan Cs whenever possible.

No software will succeed if it is used to do something which it wasn’t built for. A database server can’t be used to serve web pages. There are web servers specially designed to do that job. A virus scanner cannot be used as a firewall, nor a notepad be used to draw pictures. So is life. Do what you know best, if you are a runner, run.. If you are a bell, ring. Do not waste your time and try to get back to your taste as soon as possible if you aren’t already there.

Software has beta life cycles. So should our life. Just like the way a software spends its life in incubation to be tested before being released to the public, so should our life contain incubation periods where we test our plans before making it public.

A software whose requirements and goals are not clearly defined during design is bound to go into long never ending life cycles of development and many a times so long that by the time it is ready it is outdated and hence will never get released. So is our life if we are not clear of where we are, where we want to go, which is the best path for that and do I have time to go so far? Without these considerations we will only go through our life, not grow through our life and will vanish without a trace.

Wishing you the greatest hardware and software combination.

12 COMMENTS

    • Vastu just like astrology is a complicated science with multiple factors, and in either case I dont think one or two attributes can decide the factor, but its a combination of multiple attributes that decides the outcome.

  1. Major component missed?Β  Software(Life) User- The Mind!!!
    With unlimitedΒ rights(Freedom) to change Software itself and hardware by using same s/w and hadware.

  2. Guru, glad to see you coming back πŸ™‚
    I observe that this article can also be viewed in reverse. That is what is created as a Software and Hardware comes out of how humans are created. I vaguely remember from our vedic books that says, every answer to questions you have, lies in our human body.
    Its like, whatever a human ‘creates’ on this earth, can only be within the limits of what is already defined, already existing, within the rule of nature. We can say, if a human mind is capable of creating a computer that is more intelligent than humans, then we are still talking within the limits of human intelligence and NOT beyond it. Its already there. Its given. Nothing can ever go beyond it.
    Software and Hardware came out of how human mind works. We could only apply our own thought process to a machine.
    Zeros and Ones, Exist or Absense, Yes or Nos, Do or Don’t, Possible and Impossible are some of the very basic logical truths of this universe. Humans must and can only ‘create’ within these limits/definitions. Nothing beyond it.

    • Oh Yes Suchin. You are absolutely right. The creativity of human mind is limited by its past experience, knowledge and the surroundings and hence will always be within these bounds. But there is something called an “idea” which even though many a times limited by the above said boundaries, but still many other times transcends these boundaries. Once in a while there will be geniuses like Albert Einstein, Nicolas Tesla etc who will be able to think creatively and innovate beyond these boundaries and hence expand the boundaries of human thought process and creativitiy πŸ™‚

  3. So spirit is software.. and it is under continuous development. right ?.. if the development goes in correct ways s/w becomes powerful ?.. and human can deliver extraordinary results.. so if we study Einstein, Tesla,..etc’s life history we can find some references for better development. ?

    • True, just like we can always refine a software’s logic and comeup with better new versions and new releases, so can we do in our life refining our thoughts, gaining higher knowledge and greater experience.

  4. Gurudev, I have become a fan of yours after just reading few articles..What a lovely writing you do.. .I wish you All the Best and keep writing .Do add my email id nitin.ibm2006@gmail.com for any communication herein forth .

    Thanks much ,
    Nitin Jain

    • Thanks Nitin for appreciating the articles, inspires me to write more πŸ™‚
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