- Receiving the first cheque for ApartmentAdda Premium package.
- Cutting the first salary cheque for 3Five8's personnel.
- Registering 3Five8 Technologies Private Limited.
- 10 PM Demo which went till mid night!
- Demos in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad
- The small mentions of ApartmentAdda in print ( Deccan Chronicle ) and media ( CNBC TV )
- And many many more I cannot divulge here - but can do over a CCD cuppa :)
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
- Every one stands up - no slouching, no sitting. Keeps everyone alert and they talk less
- Stand in a circle like rugby teams.
- Give brief updates on what you did yesterday, what is your plan today, and any impediments in doing your work
- Any long discussions do it after the standup.
- The standup is sacred ( start on the same time daily, cut off trolling etc.. ). You have to protect its sanctity :)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Who is lifting the world on their shoulders?
None of the above. The right answer is - entrepreneurs / business folks - they are the ones lifting the world. They create new markets, promote new ideas, blaze new paths by fighting the system, fighting stereotypes, taking risks against all odds.
In this post I will introduce you to "Atlas Shrugged" - a magnum opus by Ayn Rand. This book glorifies the entrepreneurial spirit.
The key players :
These are the scum of the society - apparently holding top positions. The top brass in the Government, the industry lobbying heads - they do not produce anything but they loot - from the business and from the public. They know only to take and not give anything. They outnumber and control the producers.
The producers are the entrepreneurs, the inventors, the innovators. They are the ones fighting the system to introduce new ideas and keep the world ticking and moving forward.
He is a business man who invents a new kind of alloy that is cheaper and stronger than steel. The Government wants it because their research institute cannot produce anything close to this. He refuses and he is threatened with sanctions, taxes, a govt official watchdog is sent to curb his production ( because the steel industry is fast becoming reduntant ). Yet he fights the system to produce his alloy.
A rich man who inherits a copper smelting business owned by his family. However he destroys all his fortune - but before that he lures the looters to buy all his stock and bonds - there by making them lose big.
She runs a rail road. Her brother belongs to the looters group and is the President of the rail road. She fights him and fights the lobby industry to keep the trains running.
He is the key person or the hero of this book. He invents a new type of electric device which can generate electricity from air ( its fiction remember ! ) - but he refuses to share it with the world run by looters. Along with this invention he takes the other producers ( Henry Rearden, Dangy Taggart and there are more - a musician, a writer, an oil digger, a banker etc. ) from the world and moves to a world he builds himself - among the mountains unknown to the world. And he brings the world to a halt.
This book is a fat one. 1000 pages with page after page of philosophy being dished out from different angles - on almost all the professions. Then there is a section where John Galt addresses the public on radio - it is a master piece. It runs for some 40 pages if I remember correctly and has thoughts on all aspects - love, honesty, dignity..you name it.
I had written about this book in my personal blog earlier. If you are interested you can read this post - Who is John Galt?.
If you are a bibliophile and an entrepreneur or planning to jump in - do read this book - it will give you brilliant new insights.
Some memorable quotes from the book:
"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." - This is the oath everyone who joins John Galt should take.
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned.
Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.
The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
and finally the quote that sums it all up beautifully :
Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns--or dollars. Take your choice--there is no other.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
We launched ApartmentAdda with the following UI designed by Cicada Media on Nov 12, 2008. It was a simple yet highly functional UI. Also it has got burnt into my retina - seeing it so many times a day :)
Somewhere down the line we realised it was time to give the site an upgrade. We kicked off the site redesign process with Leafgrafica in August. After a lot of designs and meetings ( and corner house's death by chocolate which was close by) - the following design won our hearts and mind.
I would like to thank both Cicada Media and Leafgrafica teams for having designed these beautiful sites ( and having put up with creativity stifling requirements from us :) )
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I read an article on infoworld where Steve Balmer cited an article by Gartner research how Windows 7 will save money. Now as you all know Gartner is a very trusted and honest research firm. They have earlier published how Linux is actually a wolf in sheep's clothing - Linux claims it is open source and free and all that - but you need expensive system engineers, expensive training, expensive hardware etc. So many ignorant CTOs were saved from making a wrong decision and continued to recommend Windows - because of Gartner..may God be with them ( and Microsoft's funding ).
Anyway, here is what Gartner missed in the report and I am filling in the gap to prove why Windows 7 will save lot of money for a company :
1. Save on Coffee, Milk, Sugar & Snacks
The Vista folks when they come to work and start their day, they switch on their laptop like every one else. But as you all know that it takes some where between 20-30 minutes before the machine is actually responsive, these folks go for coffee. Along with them they pull the other Windows XP, OS X, Ubuntu folks who have already started breaking the build.
With a record 10 second boot time of Windows 7 - these ex-Vista users will become super efficient and will break the build within 1 minute of them starting work. There by the organization can save money on Coffee and snacks - because the whole team will be busy fixing the build.
2. Save on Cooling charges ( applies only to Hotter climates )
In Vista the processor always runs at 100% - it is good because you are using all the GHz you paid for - but downside is machines and the room get hot quickly. Now with the super efficient kernel and indexing - Windows 7 will run lot cooler. If you are in Bangalore, you can turn off the AC and open the Windows ( the physical kind ).
However for our friends in cooler climates where they have to heat their building, I recommend all to switch to Vista - you will save on heating charges.
3. Save on Bandwidth
This is kind of negligible, but the kind of reporting Gartner does even the minimal saving should be reported - because they don't leave even a toothpick behind.
Because Windows 7 is "Vista correctly designed", there will not be any UI confusions like trying to understand UAC, or how to view the file name fully in the explorer window etc. So the users need not do a google ( or Bing ) search to find out how to turn off these annoyances - there by saving a lot of bandwidth.
Guess this makes the report complete.
and Mr. Balmer, you are welcome.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
In the book Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell ( my review ) says "stickiness" of an idea is an important criteria for the idea to tip.
"Made to stick" by Chip Heath & Dan Heath, is an offshoot of the stickiness chapter of Tipping Point where the authors analyze how and why ideas stick. They have even formed a mnemonic for it - SUCCES. Each one by itself will not guarantee your idea to stick - but if rightly applied together, the probability of your idea sticking is higher.
Simple : For an idea to stick, it has to be simple.For that you need to tear apart the unnecessary layers and go to the core of it.
Nike - Just do it.
FedEx - The World on Time
Audi - Vorsprung durch Technik ( ok this is an exception, and being Audi they can make anything stick :) ) Jokes apart it explains very well what Audi does - when tranlated it means - Advancement through technology.
Unexpected : The idea should rattle the listeners up. It should break pre conceived notions. Anything unusual is sticky.
When Apple launched Macbook Air, Steve Jobs pulled the Macbook Air out of an envelope in his keynote address. He did not dish out the numbers about the weight or the thickness of the laptop. Just that image - the unexpectedness of a laptop coming out of an envelope was enough to establish the product in everyone's mind - the thinnest laptop in the world.
Concrete : If your idea is abstract or vague or is like a puzzle, the probability of it sticking is hard. It should be direct and should not have any ambiguities about it.
Ratan Tata made a statement a couple of years back - "We will produce a car under Rs. 1 Lakh". It was a concrete statement with no ambiguities. It motivated his team to build this car and they launched a car - with 4 doors which is quite safe, efficient and adequately powerful. All this for under Rs 1 lakh - an incredible feat.
Credible : The idea to stick needs to have the backing of credible people. Quoting customer testimonials is the best example in this regard. If you notice most of the products will proudly present the awards, experts comments and opinions in their website and product brochure.
Emotional : We associate emotions to every incident,thought,object. If an idea generates emotion in your listener, then the probability of the idea being remembered and spread is higher. Try recollecting your favorite TV commercials - the successful ones will invariably appeal to one emotion or the other.
Stories : No one remembers facts, but we all remember stories. We all remember the moral values found in the stories of Panchatantra, Ramayan and Mahabarath. Imagine if we were just sermoned on just the moral values - will we remember any?
The book is filled with lots of anecdotes and case studies. You will never get bored reading this and it will give you many ideas to make your idea stick :)
Some quotations from the book :
"In Hollywood, people use core ideas called 'high-concept pitches.' You've probably heard some of them. Speed was 'Die Hard on a bus.'"
"Becoming an expert in something means that we become more and more fascinated by nuance and complexity. That's when the Curse of Knowledge kicks in, and we start to forget what it's like not to know what we know."
"Stories are like flight simulators for the brain."
"The most basic way to get someone's attention is this: Break a pattern."
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
What is the zone?
The zone is a state of mind when time stops, creativity flows, your breathing is relaxed and steady, new ideas spring up and it leaves you energized wanting for more. In spite of working for hours at a stretch, if you are in the zone - you never feel tired.
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, Anna Karenina - are two books that I have read where they talk about this state of mind. Zen book says about getting into the zone on any activity that you do - could be washing dishes, could be fixing a motorcycle, could be writing a blog post. In Anna Karenina, one of the characters - Levin goes to cut corn along with his laborers - this chapter in the book is a masterpiece. Leo Tolstoy beautifully describes how it is to be in the zone - proving why he is one of the greatest brains of all time.
It took some time for me to discover this "getting into the zone" thing. Whenever I am in the zone the code that I produce is beautiful and bug free. New ideas, hidden potential bugs show up and I squash them even before they get a chance to show up.
How to get into the zone?
You need a ritual. Here are some of the things that I do to get ready to go into the zone
Either classical music or some movie songs that I have heard a million times before - mostly AR Rahman songs - so they wont distract but will quieten the outside noise.
2. Clear out the feeds and empty inbox
I clear out all the feeds in bloglines, and also empty my inbox - so there is no thread running silently in the head draining resources.
3. Busy status in IM
IM is a big distractor. I educate my buddies not to disturb when I am on busy-status. If they do not respect - I either block them temporarily or sign off from IM.
4. Load up with water
I keep a big jug of water and keep sipping. It will keep the brain hyderated for the upcoming power session !
After this - when I hit the editor I will notice that time would have stopped, and the things around me will disappear and I will not even hear the music. It will be just me and the editor - and things will start flowing. Because now I will be in the zone!
What is your ritual to get into the zone?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Have you seen the movie - 300? It is the story of 300 Spartans who defy all logic and fight against wave after wave of attacks by a much bigger Persian army. Technically it is a well made movie and is a good entertainer - but as an entrepreneur you can draw lot of inspiration from this movie.
The Spartans were severely outnumbered - but they believed in their abilities, their training, the trust they had with one another - sounds familiar? :)
As an entreprenur you will have to fight lot of battles - thought not as gory as Spartans.
Fight against a well established player :
Like the Spartans, when Apple started they had to fight IBM. When Pepsi started it had to fight Coke. You can find so many stories where a small company challenged the giant in the industry. If you are one of those entrepreneurs fighting a bigger player - keep going. If you believe in your abilties, in your team - even if it is small - you can win the battle eventually.
Fight against established norms :
Spartans did not believe that they had to match the enemy one to one in number. If they had stuck to the established military principle - they would have lost the battle even before it began. But they defied the established norm and held the Persian army at bay.
When twitter started, there was criticism. Why will anyone want to limit their thoughts to 140 characters when there are blogs? - and look what is happening today.
In NewZealand, Tendulkar was sent to open the innings, and instead of protecting the wicket and seeing through the initial overs, he took advantage of the open boundaries and accelerated the score. Purists criticised him for rash play - but he changed Cricket forever.
Bend the rules to your advantage :
Spartans bent the rule by making Persians enter a smaller area to fight - so inspite of the Persian army having a larger force they were forced to send only a few at a time to fight with the Spartans - which the Spartans decimated.
This is what all management books say - find out what is your core competency, your strength - and try to focus on that - try and dictate how the battle has to be fought.
Take a couple of hours off - and you and your team watch this movie together - it will be quite an inspiration.
Some interesting quotes from the movie :
"Immortals... we put their name to the test. "
"We did what we were trained to do, what we were bred to do, what we were born to do! "
"Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For tonight, we dine in hell! "
"The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a God-king can bleed."
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
this is equivalent of commenting out the failing test because the entire build was failing ! forgot where I took this one.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
"The Tipping Point" is another interesting book from Malcolm Gladwell. "Tipping points" are the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable. He analyses how social epidemics start and classifies 3 kinds of people you will need - who will help your product/portal/message reach the tipping point.
Connectors : Connectors are passive information passers. "Hi I heard about this cool website..." - is what they will say - and they will say this to quite a few.
Mavens : Mavens are more factual. "Do you know you can get this and this done in this website..." - is what they will say. They analyze threadbare the features/shortcomings and will help the listener make a fair judgement of the product.
Salesmen : Salesmen are more persuasive. "You should be using this website because it will save you time and effort...." is what they will say. They not only do the job of mavens - by giving you facts but they also will list out the advantages in such a manner that will make the listener run and get it.
You have to spot the connectors, mavens and salesmen among your customers. The tried and tested advertising is word of mouth - it is very hard to get this kind of advertising, but this is the only way you can "tip" your business.
So - rethink your strategy. How do you get people to talk about your product - is it through doing more SEO, is it through meaningful articles on a blog, is it by talking more to your customers? Wish I knew the right answer :) - but it does raise interesting questions - and in the answers lie the strategy to help your venture reach its tipping point.
Some interesting quotes from the book :
"The three rules of the Tipping Point -- The Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, the Power of Context -- offer a way of making sense of epidemics. They provide us with direction for how to go about reaching a Tipping Point."
" Acquaintances, in short, represent a source of social power, and the more acquaintances you have the more powerful you are."
"Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do."
Monday, June 29, 2009
"The FountainHead" by Ayn Rand is an eye opener in many ways. Howard Roark is an architecture school student who has a different philosophy on how buildings should be built. He wanted to build structures that will be aesthetically pleasing, economically meaningful, in tune with the environment and the building should make a statement. Whereas the industry was aping what the Gothic and romantic architectures of the past had built - with meaningless arches, facades and wasted space.
He is thrown out of his college because he refuses to design the traditional architecture and struggles for work - but he never once compromises on his ideals. He waits and his time comes and the world accepts his style of architecture. It is one man against a well established industry who tries hard to keep him down. But the harder you push a ball into water - the faster it rises out and with more force - Howard Roark wins in the end.
As an entrepreneur - you might have battles yourself - as you are trying to blaze a new path, a new product, a new concept. You might be told many a times that your idea will not work. Listen to them to retune your product or offering - but do not get discouraged. If you have faith in your idea just stick to your guns - you will win in the end. There are so many success stories out there where perseverance and believing in oneself helped create an industry.
This book is a hard read - 600 or so pages - and it takes a full 100 pages before the pace picks up. And the first half of the book is quite discouraging because Howard Roark goes to the very bottom - but the second half gets very interesting and you can relish his victories. Somewhere in the middle while Howard Roark is fighting a battle, he gives courage to a drama writer - to take the hard path. The advice he gives very much will apply to an entrepreneur.
Some interesting quotes from the book :
"Wheeling his bicycle by his side, the boy took the narrow path down the slope ofthe hill to the valley and the houses below. Roark looked after him. He had never seen that boy before and he would never see him again. He did not know that he had given someone the courage to face a lifetime"
" I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build!"
"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me"
Howard Roark you are my hero :)
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I was in school - 7th or 8th Standard is when I heard about Michael Jackson. I did not know how he looked, how he danced, how he sung - but I was already a fan. My friends who had listened to his music and seen video brought by their Amru uncle - told in such vivid details that MJ was already dancing in my imagination.
Then I caught MJ on World this Week - hosted by Prannoy Roy - the only window to the world I had at that time. And what I saw was better than what I had constructed in my memory.
Over the years I watched him fall from one disaster to another and prayed silently for him. And in 2000 he was awarded the greatest entertainer of the century by Mtv. And in his acceptance speech he said "You ain't seen nothing yet". Gave me hope - perhaps he has turned a new leaf and will produce another amazing album. Sadly the clock stopped for him.
I saw a tweet from someone yesterday - "even my office peon knows about MJ" - that sums it up how great a person he was.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
This book written by the Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho - is a very very bad book - in a good way - because it has the potential to change your life upside down !! You can finish it on a weekend - 160 pages is all it is. It traces the journey of Santiago, the shepherd boy who goes in hunt of a treasure.
This book will have a huge impact on your life. While reading and after reading it will leave you disturbed, questioning yourself, and if you had suppressed a dream - a dream of starting your own business, or learning something like guitar which you keep postponing, or going on a crazy bike ride to another city - anything - these dreams will come alive and will dance before you.
The book teaches you to follow your heart. It is as simple as that. In fact all of Paulo Coelho's books have this recurring theme - do not suppress your dream, you have one life and you have to allow it to go where it is destined to go. Do not restrict yourself saying this is all you were born to do - a 9 to 6 job, slogging at work day in and day out. Take risks, and let your heart decide what is to be done - and 9 out of 10 situations your heart will pick the right path.
Go ahead hunt for the treasure by listening to your heart - your heart already knows where the treasure is.
Some memorable quotations from the book:
"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
"There is only one way to learn. It's through action."
"Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World and it will one day return there."
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."
If you are interested you can read what I wrote about this book a year back on my personal blog - when I was still working 9 to 6 - http://kvrlogs.blogspot.com/2008/07/alchemist.html
Monday, June 15, 2009
I wasted sleep yesterday night to watch Indians play test cricket and lose. And here is my advise to India - stick to IPL and do not bother about playing world cups.
3. Better Prime time
In this world cup India matches start(ed) at night 10.00PM. Given that only Indians watch cricket how can they schedule all India games at 10.00PM? You are wondering about the non-Indians sitting in the stadium? - they were brought to the stadium with beer - like how they do in Indian elections.
With IPL the game bends for you. Games start at 3.00PM to kill afternoon boredom at office and they give a break so commuters can fight the way through traffic and reach on time to watch the next match at 7.00PM. And go to sleep at night 10.00PM. Early to bed and early to rise - IPL is good for your health.
2. Guaranteed Runs
In IPL, any team will have 2 good bowlers and the rest will be like henchmen in movies who are there to be beaten up. So just save your wickets till the henchmen come on the scene. And to support the super star batsmen are the flat pitches. There is guaranteed fireworks in every match.
World cup is so boring. It is like watching a one day - too many dots because of good bowlers. And the pitches are not flat. All the balls keep coming to the chest or face and poor Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Jadeja cannot handle them - so unfair.
1. You never lose
I was rooting for Chennai Super Kings till they lost. And Bangalore, my adopted city, reached finals. I conveniently changed my allegiance. You cannot do this with the world cup. Since India is gone I cannot start rooting for another country - there is no fun in watching a game without rabidly supporting a team.
In IPL and the Amru sports - like the world series or super bowl - no one goes home sad. At times you watch a game supporting for both the teams. I watched a world series once where I supported New York Yankees because of Derek Jeter and also at the same time rooted for Boston Red Socks - because they had flair and their players had unkempt hair and were such mavericks.
So Modi, I hope you are listening. Increase the IPL games and we will all be winners.
Monday, June 01, 2009
PINIP - Pinip is Not iPod. Bloggers will go crazy with this name - Zune never had the hipness to it. Along with a 1000 Million dollar budget, they can use the money to buy it off the shelves and prove Zune has more market share than iPod.
MINO - Mino is not Oracle. With Oracle now owning MySQL the rich and poor use Oracle's databases. By renaming MS Sql server with a jazzy name like MINO - Oracle will have to forego hogging the database market and instead concentrate on reviving the companies it killed by buying them - like PeopleSoft, Sun etc.
VINOSX - Of course you guessed it right - V is not OS X and is actually Vista repackaged. Difficult to pronounce but with a 100000 Million dollar marketing budget with lots of youtube ads, banner ads, television ads, super bowl commercials Microsoft can sell this name..and the OS.
Its all in the marketing folks - poor Sergey,Larry, Jobs, Ellison, Torvalds don't seem to know this and are wasting their energies and R&D Budget.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So here is how I entertain myself.
1. Watch the side actors. Usually the main heroine ( no heroes ) will be talking a few pages of scripts in one go. And time to time the side actors will keep looking at each other. It is so funny. At times one actor will try to look at the other - and she/he will be listening intently and will not look.
2. Watch for mistakes. There are so many. Usually when there is a large crowd there will be 5 or 6 people who will never get a dialogue. Keep looking at them - and they will keep seeing into the camera now and then.
3. Guess the cliche statement that will emerge out of the actor's mouth. You will win all the time.
"Enn uyiruai kuduthaavathu unnai kaapaathuvaen"
"Vaanga. Coffee saapidureengala"
"Nalla mugurtham paarthu sollnuga"
There is more to entertain yourself. Guess what they really wanted to speak.
"Unnoda Call Sheet mudiyuthu. Seekiram sethu tholai"
"Vaanga. Beer saapidureengala?"
"Marriage set innamum ready aagalai - 2 months thalli date iruntha sollunga"
Here is my suggestions to the script writers to hook up people like me.
1. Mix up a few sports news in dialogue.
"Chennai Kings kalakuraangala"
"Chelsea manager sothapeetaan"
"Gilli marana adi adikuraan"
2. Product placements.
For instance, all the actors use a cellphone. Why can't they use it to their advantage -
"Entha Phone ithu? Oh Nokia N97. Cool machi"
"Wow Flat screen - Samsunga - nalla color kaatuthu"
"Oooh Mac Book" ( If a day comes to this Steve Jobs will be selling movie tickets in black )
3. Mix a few PJs
I understand you script writers dilemma. Years of writing cliche after cliche dialogue has blunted the brain. Suddenly you cannot ask them to write jokes - atleast browse on the internet and insert a few PJs here and there.
"Why did the kozhi cross the road pa?"
"Intha Blonde joke kelaaen?"
God save Tamil TV Viewers.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Finally I have made the jump from Windows to Linux - the 3rd time. First 2 times I did it when I was on a J2EE project ( weblogic environment ) and a SOA project ( Tomcat ). Once I rolled off the projects again I had to go back to Windows.
Now this is the 3rd time I am switching and along with it the development environment of Apartment Adda to Ubuntu and I will be here for quite some time - perhaps till I get a powerbook ;) The build and production are already on linux - so it was easy to make the switch - the scripts were all working. A few things were holding me back - like Nokia PC Suite, ITunes, Chrome - but I am feeling better already for having made the choice.
1. Ubuntu 9 is slick, good on eyes and blazingly fast
My thumbrule for judging the performance of an OS is - everything should launch like how a notepad launches in Windows XP ( vista notepad takes longer than XP notepad). In Ubuntu most of the apps meet the critieria. Ubuntu boots really fast and is immediately responsive after desktop comes up and doesn't cheat like XP or Vista.
I had putty for SSHing, a cygwin window for tailing error file, and a command prompt for building, running tests - I know I could have merged cygwin window and command prompt - habits die hard. Now I have one window - with tabs for each of the above. Really neat - and I have switched to the mainframe green - gives me a nostalgic feeling since thats where I started my career.
3. Multiple Workspaces
I am a big fan of multiple workspaces. Missed it in Windows and earlier OS X versions. Helps segregate work and fun. Now with extended desktop and multiple workspace - it is productivity quadrapled. And to switch all I have to do is to move the mouse to the desktop area where there are no windows and scroll the mouse wheel - and it switches.
4. Feeling light
I am not running any of the memory hogs :
1. AVG Anti virus
2. Windows Defender
3. Windows Firewall
4. Spybot S&D
Vi, cron jobs, apt-get ( debian specific though ), pipe, grep - the list of toys is endless. Now when I think back I should have switched in Jan 09 when I got this laptop. But kept postponing the switch thinking it will take time to set things up - apparently it took me half a day yesterday and the time / frustration saved from today onwards will pay back within a week.
What I will miss :
ITunes, Chrome, Nokia PC Suite, Tortoise SVN, HeidiSQL... Do let me know if youknow of some alternatives.
So after crying here : http://kvrlogs.blogspot.com/2009/02/vista-is-a.html and misjudging here : http://kvrlogs.blogspot.com/2008/04/rendezvous-with-vista.html - I have made the switch wholeheartedly and following is the request my machine will be making to the webservers all over the world - doesn't it look beautiful :)
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:220.127.116.11) Gecko/2009042523 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Firefox/3.0.10
Friday, May 15, 2009
It is easy to accurately predict who all will lose in this election. A fractured mandate is bad for the country. Here is my list of losers because of this election 09.
Monday, May 11, 2009
There is this age old debate - should you specialize on a skill, or generalize and become a jack of all trades?
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”