October Trip to Italy, Spain and Portugal

So Uma & I went on a very nice trip to Europe this October, and I'd like to jot down the itinerary and a few other things that might help people. First off: some general thoughts: Europe isn't too far away. It's like a 10-hour flight, but because you fly…

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Talk: My Experiences with Ruby

This was a talk I gave a few days back at Nippon Kerala Centre, as part of a new effort by IEEE Kerala and ASA Kerala to start Ruby training courses. The audience was mostly new engineering students, and a few good ones :)…

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New Gaming PC

So after a long, long time, I assembled a PC again. The inspiration for this was the untimely demise of my Xbox, and the vigorous urging of my brother Hari who is certainly of the PC Gaming Master Race camp. After Hari's initial list of parts, I went ahead and…

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In which I criticise Steve Blank's Observations about the Fate of Apple

Steve Blank has a pretty articulate post here about why Apple is doomed because Steve Jobs has left. The reasoning seems simple and sound: a brilliant visionary finds as a successor an execution-focused CEO, and the company is left to falter without that stroke of genius. Apple loses the drive…

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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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