Excursions by Amit Gawande

Entries tagged “thoughts”

May 20, 2019   When people declare on Twitter they would be at some place in town and are open for a meet, are they looking forward to meet strangers? Don’t think
April 30, 2019   I do not understand this narrative of folding phones being the smartphones of future. Why would you carry a device which is physically more prone to
April 28, 2019   A hot Sunday Summer afternoon is well spent with the whole family over a game of Dobble. Lots of teasing, lots of fun, lots of laughter. Don’t think
April 22, 2019   I am done binge-watching all the seasons of Brooklyn 99 - it was a refreshing time-out at the end of a work day. I am back sifting through the list
April 15, 2019   I believe Indian selectors went with the safe options, calm heads over fireworks, while selecting the cricket World Cup squad. Most of the team
April 14, 2019   Do people use Anti-virus software, especially on Windows? I never used one on Mac, but since moving to Windows, that is one aspect I am pretty split
April 12, 2019   I realise I have a very different taste in music than majority of the people out there (or so I am made to believe). I enjoy none of the global
April 12, 2019   This week’s episode of Reply All (#140) was pretty interesting. Of course, the issue being discussed itself was intriguing - Ben’s “car stereo
April 10, 2019   “Samsung’s Galaxy A80 is an automated notchless slider with rotating triple camera.” This is getting totally crazy now - that’s too many moving
April 10, 2019   Castro welcomed me today with this screen. Of course, they were expecting an “Aww thanks” from me. But that wasn’t the feeling I had. All I could
April 9, 2019   If there’s a one feature on iOS that has remained in my wishlist for too long now is setting defaults. It was browser earlier, it’s tiring to use
April 9, 2019   The Golden Age of Half-Truths → I would argue that we are living in the golden age of half-truths, thanks in part to the evolution of media as a
April 8, 2019   I am a quarter into Lethal White. Intriguing as always from Rowling, the story moves as the mystery deepens. Of course, the master at work again,
April 6, 2019   When I watched the first couple of episodes of Brooklyn Nine Nine, I instantly gave up. I thought it was too childish — and I
April 3, 2019   State of Mobile Imaging   There has been a lot of positive craze around Huawei P30 Pro’s cameras recently. For me it started with this Twitter thread by Vlad Savov of The
April 3, 2019   Most people have some filler word they fall back to during public speaking/presentation. I have worked hard to reduce my usage of “actually”.
April 2, 2019   Imagination and Creation   I read this wonderful quote by Charlie Chaplin today - I am going to use this leniently to keep the creative corner of my mind inspired.
April 2, 2019   I see iA Writer for Windows finally supports the much needed feature, Library of posts. It’s the one feature that I missed the most from its
April 1, 2019   Joining a new place of work is always full of anticipation, hope for what the day, coming months and possibly years hold. That kind of day today.
March 31, 2019   A visit to a hair dresser is always a frightful experience. With each question they ask, I can’t help but think things are getting messy. Bloody,
March 29, 2019   Pleasing to be back to reading. Keeping my Kindle always next me has helped and I have started carrying it everywhere. I have realised it is
March 28, 2019   The convenience of Bluetooth headphones has stifled the hatred I had for the inherent lag it brings. Sure, it’s still not good enough for videos.
March 27, 2019   I am reversing my judgement on Spotify, I just didn’t like the interface when it launched. I still don’t (though I have started liking the real
March 27, 2019   It is so easy to screw up one’s YouTube experience. Just watch something you aren’t interested in, but are because you need to just this moment. All
March 27, 2019   Does anyone use the Brave browser? I always hear it is just like Chrome, without the ugly parts around privacy and security. That also the reason
March 27, 2019   I use a separate article’s section on my site, different from the blog. Earlier I also used to cross-publish that to Medium. No longer - it’s
March 26, 2019   A very valid point. I need to work on identifying these personalities and make sure I do not spend any more time listening to them criticizing these
March 26, 2019   Today’s Apple event was the first one where I have no opinion on. They showed many services that can potentially be great one day. But that day is
March 25, 2019   This sounds very similar to the idea behind Microsub. I have enjoyed using the clients that support them. Sure, it would be fun if RSS standard can
March 25, 2019   A perception is built around Google now that they do not stick with their products — so much so that it’s a vicious circle now.
March 25, 2019   With growing age, I have become too choosy about the type of movies/shows I watch. There was a time when I used to enjoy intense drama that would
March 25, 2019   When I had found Stoop, the newsletter app, I instantly became a big fan. But I have realized the issues kept piling up as I could hardly get a
March 24, 2019   I’ve been using Spotify for a couple of weeks now. I still hate the interface — it’s barely usable. So difficult to browse
March 24, 2019   The emojis, they are tired now of being so important for all, but always captive to the smartphones. No longer they say 😑 PS: Also my sister needs
February 27, 2019   This is great! Ah, it makes so much sense — I am envious of how you always come up with cool hack projects. Frankly speaking,
February 24, 2019   Lol! It would be fascinating to know how this tale ends. Who gave up first? That is if anyone did give up. Another possibility is airport bar was
February 22, 2019   The homepage design of almost all news publications look very similar these days — rows and columns of jumbled text. I am yet to
February 20, 2019   I agree with Brad Frost’s suggestion to stay boring while desiging login forms. I have indeed dislike every example of don’ts he puts
February 14, 2019   How Focus Music Hacks Your Brain → Different types of music affects your brain in different ways. If you’re trying to focus, there’s scientifically
February 13, 2019   Dave Pell on Amazon buying Eero So now Amazon can run your router, your home security camera (Blink), your doorbell (Ring), your TV (Fire), and
February 12, 2019   Amazon acquiring Eero is a nice reminder of the risk of the technology players getting too big. It becomes extremely difficult for any small players
February 10, 2019   Another fascinating video from CGP Grey on The Better Boarding Method Airlines Won’t Use. I’ve wondered about this every time I’m stuck in a
February 10, 2019   It was discomforting to read Owen William’s account of his failed attempt to add his site to Google News. Not just because how aloof Google acted,
February 10, 2019   Dear Internet, stop throwing more links to Eleventy at me now. It strains my resolve to not try another engine out there to build site with. I am
February 9, 2019   I tend to agree with John Gruber’s thoughts on “On Covering Webcams” The problem isn’t your camera, it’s malware. Don’t install any software from
February 9, 2019   I wonder how many people with iOS devices use any browser other than Safari. I can never convince myself to switch to any other
February 9, 2019   A fascinating story of The First Lady of the Internet A passing glance at this peculiar genealogy reveals how deeply these women’s faces and voices
February 8, 2019   Every now and then I am reminded of the fact that Opera browser still exists — why and how? There was a time when I enjoyed
February 7, 2019   Foxcon’s entry to Wisconsin looks to have affected the town in tumultuous proportions as per a Bloomberg report. There was also a fascinating
February 7, 2019   “Cleaning your room takes effort. Blurring your background on Skype does not.” This is a nifty addition to Skype - bokeh for video calls. And a very
February 7, 2019   Getting rid of the digital clutter is a lot important for me. I have observed it helps me focus on things that matter. I am very aggressive
February 7, 2019   When someone publicises the intended motive behind their service as “to democratize audio and unlock the potential of human creativity”, we can
February 6, 2019   I always believed Anchor was strategically working towards an acquisition. I never thought they would sell out so early. So glad that I did not sign
February 6, 2019   Has the political realm across the world always been this messy? Or is it that I read more about it now and hence am more aware? I am left anguished
February 6, 2019   It is to capture discussions like this that I had initially built Micro.threads. I eventually added many capabilities to it that I wanted to
February 5, 2019   What are the recommended, non-tech, non-news newsletters? Other than NextDraft, of course. I have realised the newsletters I subscribe to tend to
February 5, 2019   Design is not how it looks. Design is how it works. A nice reminder from Patrick Rhone (@patrickrhone) - every designer should hang this over
February 4, 2019   Indian Government wants to put control on Tik Tok - this is a fall-out of the fake-news debacle with WhatsApp. It wants to make sure there are
February 4, 2019   Spending a quality time with close family amidst nature is the most effective way to get rejuvenated.
February 4, 2019   I managed to catch up on two great television series - Doc Martin and The Good Place, both highly recommended by the community here. Need to
February 3, 2019   A great thread by Destin of Smarter Every Day on how crazy minds are fooling YouTube algorithms with AI. I just figured something out I want to
February 1, 2019   I published my thoughts on the wonderful movie “Bhai: Vyakti Ki Valli”. It’s celebration of a life — the movie, the experience
January 31, 2019   Introducing Codeblog - “Why isn’t the internet more fun and weird” → Codeblog makes coding as easy as blogging. It’s an open-source blogging
January 31, 2019   I feel updates to m.b discover feed have slowed down significantly. May be @macgenie too is getting ready with some nice little announcements to
January 31, 2019   In a year marred by media tirade for their sheer disregard for user’s privacy, Facebook continues to grow unhindered. Their income grew more than
January 31, 2019   Just when I thought that I was done with theming my online presence, I’m being tempted to think otherwise. First, this wonderful discussion on a
January 30, 2019   Just a glance down the Twitter timeline and it fills one with rage. There’s just too much negativity on display. And a big source for that are likes
January 30, 2019   Apple finally blocks Facebook from running its internal iOS apps. The ties between the two companies drop to an all time low. Facebook considers
January 30, 2019   I haven’t used any high-end Bluetooth headphones. I have tried ones from Sony, JBL, Jabra and have been unimpressed, especially with music playback.
January 29, 2019   Bluetooth headphones suck big time if used for listening to any form of music. They are good only for podcasts/audiobooks or calls. Videos are more
January 29, 2019   There’s a planned change in how DNS responds to queries from non-complaint systems and it can potentially affect your domain availability. You can
January 28, 2019   Diary and Journals   Derek Sivers wrote a wonderful piece on the benefits he has realized via his diaries and journals. He talks about why he likes keeping his daily
January 28, 2019   I intend to stop publishing the weekly digest from this week onward, at least in its current form. It was turning out to be an effort against a post
January 28, 2019   Surprisingly (or not may be), I was dearly missing the system-wide emojis from Mac as I switched to Windows — before I realized,
January 28, 2019   I understand the argument of this GDPR article on Verge, but, as a developer, I also believe that the data these companies hold on you is very
January 27, 2019   What do you do with your old electronic devices? I find this decision especially tricky with laptops and tablets. They may be unusable for me, but I
January 27, 2019   I am making conscious efforts to avoid the fillers in my writing, and whenever possible in my talking too. I have realised I use them a lot and the
January 26, 2019   It’s been a year today since I became part of the micro.blog community. It was a fascinating year of finding the lost love for writing and of
January 25, 2019   On this day, a year ago   Around a year ago, I got enthralled by the IndieWeb principles and started experimenting with them on my website. Exactly a year ago today, I had
January 25, 2019   Yes, I did receive the webmention now and it is formatted correctly. So you would see your response on my original post now :-)
January 25, 2019   I see a lot of people exploring wiki, especially TiddlyWiki, as a way to capture thoughts these days. There must be some fun and efficiency in it
January 25, 2019   So here’s my advice: check to see if you actually know your password, because you just might not. And, even if you do, make sure you have a way to
January 24, 2019   Apparently, phones with foldable displays are all the rage among OEMs and tech media. I however can’t think of any practical usecase for an
January 24, 2019   Reflecting on the last 10 years   I recently came across the #10YearChallenge that was all the rage among the netizens. And, as is often the case with the memes on social media, it
January 23, 2019   In case you watched the “super wolf blood moon”, you also witnessed “the first known sighting of a meteorite impact” during eclipse. During the
January 23, 2019   I agree with Michael Tsai - Apple needs to get their act together on hardware front. This is just not a good generation of Mac notebooks.
January 22, 2019   To everyone who serves RSS feeds for their blogs, subscribe to them in a feed reader of your choice. Then make an unbiased decision on whether you
January 22, 2019   I haven’t read a better inspiration to write down the thoughts than this quote from Michael Wade. Perfect! Don’t just think it, write it. Staring
January 22, 2019   To Save the Sound of a Stradivarius, a Whole City Must Keep Quiet → The museum (Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy) is assisting with an ambitious
January 21, 2019   I have been a 1Password user for quite some time now. But the recent switch of platforms has given me another chance to reconsider the options
January 21, 2019   I had no idea iA Writer is already launched for Windows. This should potentially address my uneasiness with Markdown editors or lack thereof. I hope
January 21, 2019   After a brief holiday hiatus, Third-Person Voice is back with a new story. Introducing Tikwadi, a town of fools; a town where the creatures that
January 21, 2019   Jack Baty is bang-on when he says this. I subconsciously ignore such posts. I’ve read about quitting are 90% rationale and 10% about what’s next.
January 21, 2019   Switching to Windows   I have finally given up on the hope that Apple will fix their Macbook lineup and have decided to switch to Windows. It was a long time coming, and
January 21, 2019   🗓️ The Weekly Digest [21/01] 🔗 Useful Wordpress Plugin by Tyler 🔗 Effects of Screens via Sameer 🔗 Ethical Hypocrisy by Leah 🔗 We aren’t brands
January 20, 2019   I might have unintentionally polluted the timeline for a few with a flurry of “new” posts — it was a feed issue. I apologise for
January 20, 2019   I am still not sure why would someone report the teaser of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as inappropriate. If anything, it’s the prompt YouTube
January 18, 2019   A thread on Google buying Fossil’s IP on wearables triggers a discussion around watch UX and the round face, gets a response from an ex-engineer on
January 18, 2019   I don’t want to be a brand → When everything becomes a performance, nothing is truly real. Not even our lives. Is it so unacceptable that we simply
January 17, 2019   Given that micro.blog was down most of the day today, I got a feel of how a timeline with just the original posts, no replies, would look like. And
January 14, 2019   Don’t kill my app → Smartphones are turning back into dumbphones. We’ve to fight back! To squeeze little extra battery out of phones, Android
January 14, 2019   Watching the sun set into the expanse of an ocean is a great time to ruminate — it’s therapeutic.
January 14, 2019   I am still in a vacation mood, enough that I may skip drafting the weekly digest this week. However, I look forward to the summaries from others to
January 13, 2019   A cup of evening tea as the waves come gliding along the shore - the soothing sound, the serenity.
January 11, 2019   It is for reasons like this that I never keep my SmartTV connected to internet. It doesn’t matter which brand the TV is (I own a Sony), I just don’t
January 9, 2019   Came across this wonderful, little app MorningPages. It looks like a simple, no bells and whistles personal journaling app. There’s no account
January 8, 2019   “When you remove meaningless words, the power of your words goes up.” - Seth Godin I know I should live by these words. But it is difficult - a
January 8, 2019   New year, new GitHub → GitHub Free now includes unlimited private repositories. For the first time, developers can use GitHub for private projects
January 7, 2019   Pingdom stops their free plan now → (Pingdom) will no longer offer our free plans as of February 6, 2019. To continue enjoying the benefits of
January 7, 2019   It’s really fascinating to me that so much of complex design on web is possible now with CSS Grid. You can really think of content spaces as code
January 7, 2019   Ditching Medium → As you’ve probably heard, people aren’t happy with Medium at the moment. What started as an awesome blogging platform seems to
January 7, 2019   🗓️ The Weekly Digest [07/01] 🔗 A year of kindness by Sameer 🔗 Commonmarks by Matthew 🔗 Word to live by: Jean, Cheri, Manuel, Sameer 🔗 Streets
January 7, 2019   Humble brag alert - Micro.threads used up my free dyno hours on Heroku, for the 1st time. Plus few people successfully setup and used Blotpub. It’s
January 6, 2019   🎥 I finished watching second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - boy, such a wonderful show this is. I don’t remember the last time when I loved
January 5, 2019   Apparently, Nokia is soon going to release a smartphone with five rear cameras. And two flashes. Yes, a total of seven holes at the back of your
January 5, 2019   The iOS Menu → I realised six months ago as I was using my Mac, using the menus, that I need these things — menus — in Codea. (…) So I set out to
January 5, 2019   It is wonderful to slowly rouse from your sleep, you thinking it must be middle of the night, only to realise it is a perfect dawn outside. You know
January 4, 2019   I know am a bit late to share, but I always enjoy parsing through the findings from GitHub Octoverse. This year’s report is no different - some
January 4, 2019   If you need to persuade someone to take action, you’re doing marketing. Seth Godin on marketing. I believe my attempt earlier was to persuade
January 4, 2019   xkcd, as always, gets it bang on why I dislike the smart computers of today correcting and reminding me continuously. And now they also start second
January 4, 2019   It is always exciting to check the Pingdom monthly report. And always see zero outages with response times in 200-300ms range since I moved to a
January 3, 2019   It’s so great to see updates to the Dialog app. It‘s a great app - very well-designed and beautiful to scroll through. And with ability to post
January 3, 2019   Anticipation of any sort is the biggest sleep killer. Your mind wanders around, stitching up every permutation and combination of what’s to happen.
December 31, 2018   A Warm Adieu, 2018   2018, for me, was a year of many firsts. To be frank, I was uncharacteristically active overall — so much so that I startled
December 31, 2018   🗓️ The Weekly Digest [31/12] - Season Special! 🖼️ Celebrations! Sameer 📷, Tones 📷, Steven 📷, Randy 📷, Paul 📷, Rosemary 📷, Gabriel 📷, Andrew
December 30, 2018   Every time I read or watch anything listicle, I cringe. I inattentively fall for the shady tricks from these “evil” people - I am a sucker for such
December 29, 2018   In times like these when I have to fight the winter outside and wake up early to watch a cricket match, I wonder is there no one on my timeline who
December 28, 2018   Black Mirror: Bandersnatch → we could finally see the video-streaming service roll out a new feature that lets viewers use their remote controls to
December 28, 2018   🎥 Finally managed to watch The Last Jedi — I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Of course, I am discounting the fact that some plot
December 26, 2018   We are all poets now → Every word counts. Every breath as well. In a world filled with empty noise, the most important slots are reserved for the
December 26, 2018   The joy of art is in letting one’s mind free to express itself. I need to remind my sister to let that happen more often.
December 25, 2018   The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected Physical books today look like physical books of last century. And digital books of today
December 24, 2018   It’s Christmas Eve. And isn’t it a wonderful time to marvel at the life one has? Here’s a new episode of Third-Person Voice. A tale of two grumpy,
December 24, 2018   🗓️ The Weekly Digest [23/12] 🔗 YouTube Conundrum by Nitin 🔗 Quantum Amplitudes via John 🔗 Like-button and Internet via Fiona 🔗 Themes: Blot,
December 24, 2018   The Fall and Rise of M. Night Shyamalan → In one of the first scenes, the nanny enters the house (..) Taking the step over the threshold, almost
December 22, 2018   Fog Waves Are The Most Beautiful Thing I Captured After 8 Years Of Experimenting - Bored Panda → Shooting fog is a study and takes a lot of
December 21, 2018   Advocating for privacy in Australia → Both the bill itself, and the controversy around the process by which it passed, have damaged the reputation
December 21, 2018   Open APIs and the Facebook Trash Fire → I’m done assuming good faith; I’m done assuming incompetence; I’m done assuming ignorance. Once on
December 20, 2018   So we name the moons of other planets - Titan for example - but our moon is just the “moon”. Not sure what that says about us humans. 🤔
December 20, 2018   It doesn’t matter what is right or wrong, true or false regarding Facebook’s behavior. The constant stream of negative press has to affect overall
December 18, 2018   I, finally, added the links to Third-Person Voice for all the podcast players out there in the about page. So now one can subscribe to the Microcast
December 17, 2018   Another episode of Third-Person Voice is out now. For them, the walk was supposed to be about finding something that was lost. He, however, had a
December 17, 2018   🗓️ The Weekly Digest [16/12] 🔗 On switching to a Pixelbook via Colm 🔗 Forgetting habits learned from online platforms by Alan 💬 ..and
December 16, 2018   I have been on an unplanned official travel for the last week - one full of crazy full day schedules. And boy did it affect my routine. I could
December 12, 2018   I wish there was a way to ignore the limit for Screen Time on iOS at the complete device level, rather than doing for each app. “I want to use my
December 10, 2018   I always loved this quote from Terry Pratchett and just came across this gem again today. If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to
December 10, 2018   I had missed that David has added a new function to Blot “to step around the issues micro.blog was having with images in Blot’s RSS feeds”. This
December 10, 2018   🗓️ The Weekly Digest [09/12] 🔗 CSS suggestions by Josh 🔗 Bob Dylan River by Ron 🔗 Quick story about his mom by Ross 🔗 On Creativity by Annie 🔗
December 10, 2018   12 days of microblogging: linkblogging Micro.blog adds a Markdown link back to the original post with the web page title. Or if there’s text
December 8, 2018   While recording the second episode of the microcast, I realised it is difficult to get a consistent tone in my voice across attempts. Every attempt
December 8, 2018   Social community that you decide to be part of, matters. And this fact remains true even online. Every time I scroll through the Micro.blog
December 7, 2018   The second episode of Third-Person Voice is out. He anticipates this to be the best day of his life. He wants to relive this same day repeatedly.
December 7, 2018   Goodbye, EdgeHTML From a social, civic and individual empowerment perspective ceding control of fundamental online infrastructure to a single
December 7, 2018   I enjoy the cricket matches in Australia. They start broadcasting very early in India, and end conveniently for me to begin my workday. Especially
December 6, 2018   No company launches as many chat services as Google shutdowns every few years. Hangouts first, Allo now. They just can’t their strategy for
December 5, 2018   Aha, the microcast Third-Person Voice is approved by Apple and is available on iTunes now. Do subscribe, of course, only if you want to join me as I
December 5, 2018   I am always split on supporting both a dark and light mode of one’s website, especially for the text-heavy one. I think one should decide what the
December 3, 2018   I subconsciously ignore anything listicle these days, so much so that I do not even read the complete title. Same applies to ads. I guess this says
December 1, 2018   The Weekly Digest [01/12] 🔗 Directory of Hyperlink Nodes by Brad 🔗 Pixelbook experiences by Frank 💬 Sharing Family Photos 🔗 Passive iOS Games by
December 1, 2018   I recently (and nervously) published the first episode of a microcast featuring the short stories by me. I’ve no idea if the experiment would play
December 1, 2018   I attempted recording and publishing a microcast for the first time with Wavelength for micro.blog - boy, @manton has made audio posts so simple.
November 30, 2018   We would soon be able to ask Alexa to play music from Apple Music too. That’s a welcome development, especially for playlists and radio. And so not
November 30, 2018   The 96-year-old painter who saved a village → When a former soldier learned that his village was going to be demolished 10 years ago, he picked up
November 30, 2018   How to Become an Astronaut → Although the most attractive thing about being an astronaut is that they get to go to space, the truth is that they
November 30, 2018   Google keeps struggling with their re-entry in China market - another day, another leak from internal sources against Dragonfly. I do not remember
November 29, 2018   It’s good to see Walt Mossberg try DuckDuckGo and come out impressed. Of all the services from Google, search is the most frictionless for anyone to
November 29, 2018   Tech community looks pretty divided on the benefits of Project Fi, now Google Fi. Few say it’s the best thing to happen to the US telecommunications
November 28, 2018   How Restaurants Got So Loud → Like the open office, the loud restaurant seems to have overstayed its welcome. That’s because loud restaurants are
November 28, 2018   I’m not comfortable with Gmail guessing the next word I may write as I compose a mail - more so as it’s correct more often than not. I hate that am
November 28, 2018   A Former Facebook Employee Said The Company Has A “Black People Problem” → “In some buildings, there are more ‘Black Lives Matter’ posters than
November 28, 2018   Am almost 2/3rd into A Short History of Nearly Everything and I do not think I enjoy every part of it. There are chapters which I just do not have
November 27, 2018   Inspiration and motivation cannot be concocted in any science laboratory. A fact that’s both fortunate and unfortunate.
November 23, 2018   You need neither PWA nor AMP to make your website load fast → Google hardly invented CDNs and async script loading. But nobody cared because old
November 23, 2018   I had no idea the live-action remake of The Lion King was also in works — and the teaser is already out. I am not sure why
November 21, 2018   A great animated video from Apple for Holidays about a creative girl who keeps her creativity boxed in, never letting it get out. And the message to
November 21, 2018   One particular person and his undying coverage on the news media has ruined so many things for me. Every time I use “believe me” now, I feel am
November 21, 2018   It was fascinating to watch this video where Jonathan Morrison attempts to edit an entire video on an iPad Pro. His impressions (and of many others)
November 20, 2018   If true, this is scary. Apparently, “the content of every webpage visited using Google Chrome is sent back to Google”. Even emails. From external
November 20, 2018   All I‘ve been focused on for last few days has been a small homely function - the preparations, the celebrations are simply endless. However a
November 6, 2018   ‪MacBook Air (2018) has made the purchase decision for existing Air owners who are waiting for an upgrade a lot more difficult. There is hardly any
November 6, 2018   Celebrating the festival of lights by illuminating every dark corner of our surroundings and, primarily, of our minds.
November 5, 2018   Techies keep dreaming of a day when iOS and Android can be used for serious console-style gaming. I, on the hand, am always in search for the casual
November 5, 2018   There are some nights that you just can’t go to sleep - you try everything, nothing works. Today’s that kind of night. And it surprising given that
November 4, 2018   An OCR Cliche Romance writers, be forewarned, the child who leaps into her arms or the heroine who leaps into his has almost a five percent chance
November 3, 2018   I’m from a generation that is spoilt by the usability of a mouse. Is it better? Simpler? I won’t comment on that. May be the intuitive interactions
November 2, 2018   I’m always on the look out for some popular, light TV series - comedy, mystery, drama - that I can wind my day down with. I do like intense or
November 2, 2018   I have been using iPad for so long now, and still had no idea that the mode of the keyboard can be changed to “Undock” - basically make it float at
November 2, 2018   I had completely forgotten that Flickr was acquired by SmugMug and had been their property - makes so much sense. Of course, I don’t think Yahoo can
November 2, 2018   The more I think about the account from Andrey Sitnik on how a month without computers helped him, affected him, the more I feel I need to attempt
November 1, 2018   Flickr free accounts are changing → There was a time when I was in love with this service. It was before Yahoo ruined it. I think it is a positive
November 1, 2018   I finished reading Becoming Steve Jobs today. It told few wonderful stories of Steve - chose to focus on sides which the Issacson book didn’t. It
November 1, 2018   Growing up in India, I got introduced to Halloween as a festival pretty late - wasn’t until I was in my late teens. Sounds so erroneous now as my 5
October 31, 2018   Every now and then, I come across stories that makes me realize how little I know about things around me — apparently the iPhone
October 31, 2018   I let the product announcements from Apple distill into a list of stuff I want, not I wish I had. Apple delivered what I wanted - a new MacBook Air.
October 30, 2018   I think may be Apple now need to announce a USB-C to lightning dongle too - for using iPad with iPhone headphones? Or did they already announce
October 30, 2018   I do not like these new fonts that Apple is using on slides to announce specs. They aren’t legible at least on the stream. Not sure what @gruber
October 30, 2018   Mac mini lives. Or is it that it is reborn? Whatever the case, it makes Apple put a lot of push behind it. And thankfully they didn’t go for
October 30, 2018   I wish I understood the compression and streaming of audio better to understand why some form of audio (for example, episodes of a podcast) sound
October 30, 2018   Well, not ironic I believe. Google, for sure, would like to get rid of all the URLs. It would be able to exploit so much via its platforms - mainly
October 30, 2018   I have observed significant reduction in the time for the posts to appear on the Micro.blog timeline. Hope this isn’t an anomaly and @manton has put
October 30, 2018   Less than 24-hours away from the Apple event and we still haven’t seen any credible hardware leaks of actual devices. All we have is hearsay
October 30, 2018   Why haven’t audiobooks gone more mainstream yet? After so many years of existence, Audible remains the only credible global player. Plus the
October 29, 2018   You know what the biggest surprise of any Apple event going ahead will be? An updated iPhone SE. The chances of that happening at this event? Close
October 26, 2018   I wonder what are the simpler ways to pull the data out from Mastodon? I do not think it supports Webmentions yet. Are there any feeds? I mainly
October 26, 2018   Boy, Google’s Night Sight mode looks totally bonkers — if the image comparison by Vlad Savov is anything to go by, his comment
October 26, 2018   With a very different demographic than West, India has an efficient way of solutioning a tech that focuses on local problems first. Mobile-first.
October 24, 2018   At times, you can’t understand why something triggers a positive vibe in your mind. And you don’t need to, always.
October 24, 2018   Double-Check Your Facts   These look like such simple questions, but am sure one can’t get all right. Even when you employ the internet. Is that’s the case, how can complex
October 24, 2018   An investigation reveals many apps were used to dupe brands; revelation, they say, shows “just how deeply fraud is embedded in the digital
October 23, 2018   I don’t get the enmity for Bluetooth headphones. For normal usage, these are very convinient. Are they without any issues? Of course, not. But they
October 23, 2018   There was a time when I used to visit the Wikipedia main page as a routine, every morning. It’s one trove of fascinating information. As I grew, not
October 23, 2018   There are new calls for retraction of Bloomberg’s compromised spy chip story — a story that apparently a lot of background
October 22, 2018   Learnt that “olden” is an accepted English word. It is so obvious, but I never thought it to be a “real” word. I always believed it to be just a
October 21, 2018   YouTube’s recommendation engine is one of the worst out there. It fails to understand long running interests and prefers decisions based on the
October 21, 2018   So OnePlus preferred to postpone their event by a day to “maximize the amount of people we could reach with our message”. Reason? Well, Apple
October 20, 2018   Me: “Let’s go, brush. It keeps your teeth healthy” Daughter: ”We don’t eat brush. Neither do teeth. Vegetable, fruits keep us healthy.” Me: “Well
October 19, 2018   ‪It’s fascinating to read the comments declaring Android EU licensing as a bad move for consumers — saying prices will go up. It’s irrational to
October 19, 2018   ’ Impossible’ is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. -Napoleon There’s so much to learn while you build paperclips 😬
October 19, 2018   Looking at all the personalized invites for the October event, I am sure Apple would have a “made on iPad Pro” story during announcement. I expect
October 18, 2018   “Helm is a personal server that lives where you do. It’s finally incredibly easy to own your online identity, starting with email.” I am not sure if
October 17, 2018   “Wear Space is a wearable device designed to aid concentration by limiting your senses of sight and hearing.” WTF! Just look at those product
October 17, 2018   As we move closer to the end of October, I dread there would be no October event from Apple - so no updates to iPads, and more importantly Macs.
October 17, 2018   Facebook is just being Facebook - “after saying last week no data collected through Portal would be used to target users with ads, Facebook now says
October 16, 2018   Last few weeks have been days of many firsts; it was only apt that I captured all these thoughts. It was time to update the page. I enjoy drafting
October 16, 2018   If you end your review with a question mark, I do not think you are doing your job well. Review is supposed to be objective, fact based. You like
October 16, 2018   I am missing out on too many wonderful posts on m.b written while I was asleep. RSS won’t help, neither will Micro.threads if conversation dies down
October 12, 2018   I don’t understand Google’s call screening feature. How does it solve the spam calls problem? Don’t I have to be equally attentive when the call
October 12, 2018   I finally watched Justice League and I am left with a strange feeling. Sure, the movie is a drag, but it’s a lot better than recent attempts from
October 12, 2018   Watching the hands-on videos of Pixel Slate has been a very strange experience. Every frame suggests how laggy the ChromeOS platform
October 12, 2018   I am loving this new addition to the Discover tab - now I can browse all the emojitags right here. How did I miss this update? Kudos @manton for
October 12, 2018   Thoughts on Google’s Call Screening feature   I don’t understand Google’s call screening feature. How does it solve the spam calls problem? Don’t I have to be equally attentive when the call
October 11, 2018   So Samsung has launched a quad camera smartphone in Galaxy A9? This madness needs to stop - these devices may be becoming smarter by day, we humans
October 10, 2018   I have realised that I am being a lot more “social” on web these days. And I think m.b and efforts I put to enable the IndieWeb principles on my
October 9, 2018   Had a brilliant ambience at the bistro we visited today. Perfect for a chatty evening with family.
October 9, 2018   Watching the #MadeByGoogle event live today would be like going to that one movie which you’ve discussed and debated and heard narration for from
October 8, 2018   Just came across Mixnode which as per the folks behind “turns the web into a giant database”. So basically you can fire SQL-like queries to fetch
October 8, 2018   Another of those articles that triggers a heated debate on how and when to adopt a microservices-driven architecture. It’s one of those topics that
October 7, 2018   I hate shopping - especially shopping for clothes. Especially clothing for myself. I would argue so much mental energy in “wasted” on making
October 7, 2018   Is something wrong with the link between webmentions.io and micro.blog? I used to get replies on m.b as webmentions - but have stopped getting them
October 7, 2018   This story from John C Dvorak is indeed a cautionary tale - for both writers with publishers and the readers of the large publications. Especially
October 5, 2018   Best thing I like about Castro is how it handles chapters. It lists down all the chapters (with easy access to sponsors links), how much time each
October 5, 2018   On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Such a wonderful read. I wonder how the hell have I not yet read this a hundred times. King
October 4, 2018   There is a huge deviation in battery performance on Android devices with and without data connection on. In a way tells you how lenient the platform
October 4, 2018   I admire Aaron for his capability and willingness to be on road, traveling so often. It takes efforts to keep your mind fresh and body energized to
October 3, 2018   Every time I hear someone say “no normal person gives a damn about privacy”, I cringe out of helplessness. No one cares about their data is such an
October 3, 2018   The best thing about Siri Shortcuts is that it can be triggered via text - swipe-down and search. I am always anxious using voice assitants in pubic
October 2, 2018   Sometimes you behave with others, especially your close ones, in a way that you know just isn’t right. And it is times like these that I find are
October 2, 2018   I was a guest today in the pretend home of my daughter. She invited me to her pretend kitchen to make a pretend roll from a piece of napkin which I
October 2, 2018   I was a guest on this week’s episode of @monday - it was a fun experience. Frankly, I was a bit nervous and a lot worried. But then @macgenie is a
October 1, 2018   I‘ve decided to get inspired by my dad and strictly follow a daily routine - doesn’t matter then if I get called a bore. I believe it would be worth
October 1, 2018   Google would like us to believe that Chrome is just one of their many services, not a tool  —  it suits their business model. But I think they
September 30, 2018   I had no idea DuckDuckGo had such a vast list of categories for Instant Answers. It has become the default search engine for me, and it seems am not
September 30, 2018   Procrastination and Routine   I am a serial procrastinator, I am not proud of it. Any hint of a distraction and I go crazy running behind that. I also lack the skill to follow a
September 29, 2018   Though a bit old, this post from Bron Gondwana is such a fascinating view on emails. I’d never looked at them as a memory, your personal copy of
September 29, 2018   I am surprised to read the pushback against Marzipan and the extremely new Apple apps ported from iOS — especially they being
September 27, 2018   Nice, this post from @vasta got a mention from @leo on this week’s episode of MacBreak Weekly — especially “the automation offered in Shortcuts,
September 26, 2018   “Manyverse is a social network mobile app (…) not running in the cloud owned by a company (…) all your social data live entirely in your phone”.
September 26, 2018   This sucks, Google’s screwing with it’s most indispensable services i.e maps — “if you want to save a home or work address in
September 26, 2018   I wonder if anyone successfully follows the Pomodoro Technique - I have attempted the approach so many times and I keep failing at it. I guess it
September 26, 2018   Played a game with a shared AR experience and, oh boy, did we enjoy it! It was a great family timeout — of course ignoring how
September 26, 2018   Frustration dwells in the void between planning and implementing - unfortunately, “just do it” is underrated.
September 25, 2018   There are times when I wish I can mute a thread on m.b - make all the discussions around a topic to not appear on my timeline. Arguments tend to get
September 24, 2018   Smartphones have enabled capturing the fascinating games the light plays.
September 24, 2018   I’m done with Chrome — doesn’t matter if the default signed-in mode is actually that bad or just an indication of a valid
September 24, 2018   I hate spiders. Smaller they are, creepier they get. I think that man with a suit has just made them scarier.
September 24, 2018   I’ve now switched to Castro — this is a wonderful app with some thoughtful design choices. PocketCast is too “formal”, bland but perfectly
September 22, 2018   As I enter the 35th year of existence, I am made to realise that my health is my most priceless possession, one I need to focus on closely. And this
September 21, 2018   Woke up to find that Amazon just brought a bag full of “things”, untied it on stage and started throwing it against the wall. No one has any idea if
September 20, 2018   I find it fascinating that Hello Internet is placed under Education category in Overcast. In the company of Ted Talks, Simplify etc. It would be
September 20, 2018   This is a month of change - I was forced to change the desk I work from. And I thought this is a good opportunity to take it a step further. Change
September 17, 2018   Tranquility of a lake amidst the idling mountains never fails to mesmerise.
September 13, 2018   To be frank, I am left a bit disappointed with today’s event. May be it is about wrong expectations, but nothing that is launched excites me. Not
September 13, 2018   So, iPhone SE is dead then for Apple? Why do these companies keep hating us people who want smaller phones? And they do not ship their “low cost”
September 11, 2018   The fact that Chrome is the only one among the top browsers that does not have a native reader mode tells you about Google’s priorities (others
September 10, 2018   I’m seriously intrigued by Pinboard, the feature set looks promising. And it’s another of those well-supported services run by a single person. I am
September 6, 2018   Aha. Twitter tells me I am part of the “selected group of users” for a survey regarding their services. So, how are we supposed to “celebrate” such
September 5, 2018   I do not think I like this - the deviation’s may be too high for my liking. Time to rethink things.
September 3, 2018   So, there is another leak of Pixel 3 XL now that clearly shows the device? I think at this point Google shouldn’t even wait for an event to release
September 3, 2018   I have two posts in draft, incomplete, for last 5 days - they just need some final thoughts, some commentary. Ah, I hate to look at my drafts posts
September 3, 2018   Is it just me who tries to fit replies on micro.blog within the 280 characters, especially from iOS apps? If it goes beyond, it feels like cheating
September 2, 2018   I believe there are some books which just happen to kill your reading spree — and then you just can’t get back to the same book. I am giving up on
August 31, 2018   “My precious..”
August 31, 2018   So the next Windows major update is going to be called “Windows 10 October 2018 Update”? May be declaring Windows 10 to be last version of Windows
August 31, 2018   I logged out of mastodon today on my browser - a re-login was a deterrent enough to save all the compulsive visits throughout the day. I wish I had
August 31, 2018   Don’t want to brag, but I really find the discover section on Micro.threads helpful. There was otherwise no way I could catch up on posts missed and
August 31, 2018   Due 3.0 looks nice. Rich custom snooze in notifications is a good addition in itself. Options earlier were too limited. Black theme, well not much
August 30, 2018   So now we have this “Olivery - world’s first smart olive oil bottle”, wtf? Can we be smart ourselves first and stop making everything out there
August 30, 2018   There was a reason I stopped reading news throughout the day, I just didn’t want a constant stream of negativity clouding my mind. I would just
August 30, 2018   We need a directory of people who are active microbloggers. It needs to group them by interests, geographies and few other aspects. I had started
August 29, 2018   One thing that Google’s scattered focus - multiple start-ups inside, than a cohesive company with multiple products - and culture allows is to steal
August 29, 2018   Today I decided to remove the Micro.blog app from the dock to a folder on the home screen. Screen Time showed I was hitting the limit for the social
August 29, 2018   Directory of Microbloggers   We need a directory of microbloggers. This fact is clear from the sheer number of discussions that happen on the Micro.blog platform asking for
August 29, 2018   More Tagmojis are supported now, so few proposed ones striked from @burk’s list. Hurrah! That also means more recommendations from the community to
August 28, 2018   I won’t disagree with this poster at a Barbeque place nearby.
August 26, 2018   So Amazon Echo devices are losing market share to Google Home now? All these devices look to be placeholders for now. Things they do are trivial,
August 25, 2018   Why do Linode services and offerings look so .. dated? As if people behind just didn’t look around, look what the competition was offering,
August 25, 2018   Puzzle time with daughter - assembling beauty, a piece at a time.
August 25, 2018   High-resolution logos in just a few clicks. Our logo maker is free to use, so anyone can create stunning, professional logos in seconds - no
August 25, 2018   Every time there’s a story around ads, I grumble knowing that so much talent is wasted on such trivial a thing as advertising — our AI overloads
August 25, 2018   It’s time to catch up on all the lost sleep last week working late on the hobby projects — so much was done, but so much more of the health was
August 24, 2018   The biggest struggle for me while using Mastodon is the fact that it does not recognise Markdown. Like Twitter, statuses are plain text with no
August 24, 2018   Me. Words. And Chai ☕️
August 24, 2018   Apparently, 23andMe had an API that “developers of health apps, weight loss services and quantified self tests” could use to build “services” over
August 24, 2018   Aha, I had no idea Jason Mraz has a new album out - Know. Time to put him crooning in the background, stringing his guitar, get some positive vibes.
August 24, 2018   I am happy that is the case currently. But there is a fear deep within, there always comes a time when network effect kicks in. When users who do
August 24, 2018   It’s been some time now that I have listened to a track that’s so fun and so meaningful at the same time as O’ Meri Laila. The whole album is an
August 23, 2018   There‘re many feature requests for the new platforms that we users are making. To do some inspired by Twitter/FB. To not to do some inspired by
August 21, 2018   Another blogging platform I was fond of, and had self-hosted in between, Ghost is upgrading to 2.0. This is a fascinating
August 20, 2018   Cathy O’Neil at Bloomberg mentioned she felt sympathy for “the big boys of tech”, like Zuckerberg. I, on the other hand, have no sympathy for these
August 20, 2018   I had no idea there is a new Cormoron Strike novel coming. I like the name too, “Lethal White”. Mysterious. I better complete all the
August 20, 2018   Every time I visit Aaron Parecki’s website, I come back with some inspiration - understand why & how he is implementing the things the way he
August 20, 2018   Thank you Daniel for taking time to write the detailed post. Nanopub code and your notes helped me a lot while I was implementing the support for
August 19, 2018   I think I may need a how-to on ActivityPub. The goal and the approach sound so promising. But how do you “implement” this, if that’s even a right
August 18, 2018   I decided today that I do not want to display the , and types of posts on my blog’s homepage. It looked too crowded on there for my liking. I
August 17, 2018   Sleep has to be one of the costliest currencies out there. You borrow some from your daily kitty and you have to pay back with some high interest
August 16, 2018   So is it time now to dust-off our old Tumblr blogs now? I know we are (finally) fed up of Twitter and Facebook policy swings. But that doesn’t mean
August 14, 2018   Meditation   I have been a lot restless these last few days. My mind wanders a lot, it’s cluttered, full of thoughts. Full of things I need to do. Things that I
August 11, 2018   Remember Yahoo! Pipes? I had built so many custom feeds combining different feeds using that service. With my recent pull back to RSS, I really feel
August 11, 2018   Micro.blog - A wish and a fear   I wish micro.blog becomes bigger, more diverse with more voices spread across the world, the timezones, narrate their stories. It becomes difficult
August 10, 2018   I have been reading a lot of views from people who are leaving Twitter. But it is different from the Facebook exodus. They aren’t quitting. And I
August 9, 2018   When you have “magic” in your name, you tend to suffer later. I was always sceptical of the promises Magic Leap was making. Demos looked too good to
August 9, 2018   Another day, another AMP horror story. AMP has to be the ideal use-case on how an incumbent on web muscles its advantage to make others embrace its
August 7, 2018   After an extremely productive last couple of weeks, it was time to reflect on the days gone by and update the page. It is good every now and then
July 10, 2018   Micropub endpoint from the ground up   The recent experiments with blot.im has given the perfect opportunity to explore if I can get a Micropub endpoint created specifically for my needs.
July 7, 2018   Blot's simplicity is useful, but   I am pretty confused at this point. On one hand, I do not think there is any other platform that offers a “publishing” flow as simple as blot.