On Death

My aunt passed away today. She was 68, and a happy, lively soul. Heart attack was the initial diagnosis. Some raw thoughts while I still feel them: There is no dignity in death. The instant you die, you become a body to everybody else. “Where are they keeping the body?…

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India Xbox One Support Fail: No Repair After Warranty At All!

I bought my Xbox One around a year ago. It was a good time to buy: Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal were head-to-head trying to outdo each other with offers, and I've always wanted a gaming machine of my own. Hari asked me to build a PC gaming rig instead, but…

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Engineers Do More than Algorithms

Good computer science knowhow and engineering skills seems to be generally thought of like this: The implication of course is that you need to be a computer scientist to be a software engineer. If you remove the words “computer” & “software” from this & make the diagram more general, some…

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Ride from Kochi to Andhakaranazhi Beach, Thaickal Beach & Fort Kochi

Today I took the bike on its first breaking-in ride. Here's quick impressions, route & notes. Trip length: ~100km (to n fro) Route: Map Roads: Good, but not too wide. Traffic: low. Hazards: Few unmarked bumps that might surprise you, and of course the private bus drivers that want to…

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My new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

So I've been dreaming about this one for a long time. Probably ever since Uma & I did a trip to Leh and we rented out some Enfields to go from Leh to Pangong lake. That ride was magical: we saw everything from frozen ice cover (Changla pass), arid desert…

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A rebuttal to the Airtel Zero Press Release & Why Net Neutrality Matters

This is a quoted, point by point rebuttal to the Airtel Zero Press Release, an ingenious piece of writing that can be viewed in its entirety here. Do read that before diving in. Let's do this by the paragraph. It’s only been a couple of days since the launch…

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Moving to Ghost

After a long run with Wordpress, this blog is finally switching to Ghost. Why Ghost? Here are three sweet reasons: Markdown. Probably the single biggest reason by far. Markdown has won the format war for me and it's the easiest and most portable text editing format out there. Wordpress support…

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Android & iOS

I've been a long-time iOS user, and recently when my two-year old iPhone 5 fell down and broke its screen, I bought an interim Android device and used it for around two months. I took notes during these 2 months on what's better about Android & what's worse, and these…

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Two New Talks

Two new talks I gave recently. The first was as a guest speaker at an AWS 101 conference: And the second one was one of my better talks on how to use some freely available tools for quick startup validation:…

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Talk at DTE, Kerala Event

This is a talk that I gave at an event organised by the Department of Technical Education in Thiruvananthapuram a couple of days ago. The audience was campus placement officers, and it was interesting talking to them about campus hiring & letting them know the startup viewpoint.…

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