Links and Notes of the day - 17th June 2018

Cryptokitties sales plummet in popularity People had already spent millions buying and trading CryptoKitties by the time top-tier investors including Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures decided to give the company $12 million. Before the deal went through, one investor in the company told Business Insider that the product embodied

Posted on June 17 2018

Links and Notes of the day - 16th June 2018

Eid Mubarak Eid Mubarak It's Eid in Sri Lanka. Thank goodness for that. This year we've had so much confusion around the moon sighting and when Eid would end up being. The whole concept of moon sighting has become a political dance in Sri Lanka with the ACJU and Grand

Posted on June 17 2018

Links and notes for the day - 15th June 2018

Heads up. Change incoming:One thing that I've noted during the day is that I have lots of little thoughts or comments on somethings that I don't necessarily feel are big enough to expand into an entire blogpost. Generally these end up as tweets. I've been wondering for a while

Posted on June 15 2018

Links of the day - 13th June 2018

Node JS makes its way into Google's App engine environmentThis is significant news. Google's App engine environment has been "dead-ish" for a long time. Node is making its way in only now. Python is still stuck on an end of life version (2). And Google has been pushing hard with

Posted on June 13 2018

Links of the day - 12th June 2018

I found this video particularly fascinating for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the information presented in it. Secondly, because I'm always interested in learning of university/lab experiments that have a direct and visible impact of betterment of people's lives. I came across this channel as a random recommendation from

Posted on June 13 2018

The Road To 100 percent Productivity

How I'm determined to prove that doing more with less time is the antidote to "The Grind". This is a transparent journey towards maximum productivity.

Posted on May 21 2018

Indexing my notebook

And a travel back in time I started indexing my notebook today. The process is: I number each page in my notebook, I turn to the last page in the notebook and create a "table of contents" that basically fills pages in reverse. Eventually the notes and the

Posted on May 03 2018

Links of the day - 26th March 2018

Usability of Key Distribution in BlockChain Backed Electronic Voting I've heard the claim a lot that Blockchains are great for elections. And in theory, I'm convinced that if you get all the external moving pieces right, then yes. It IS a viable and trustworthy alternative to the real thing. The

Posted on March 28 2018

Links of the day - 25th March 2018

Learn Go by writing tests A decent in progress series of learning Go using TDD. As someone who is building his first real Go project using TDD I can affirm it's a great way to learn the language without taking Jacky shortcuts. BBC did a feature on a community of

Posted on March 26 2018

Links of the day - 24th March 2018

From the ycombinator blog, "Congrats Dropbox" Dropbox impressed investors in Boston. It just didn’t impress them enough to write a check. We used to do one Demo Day in Boston in the summer, then fly everyone out to Silicon Valley to do another there a week later.

Posted on March 25 2018

Links of the day - 22nd March 2018

The "Make Everything Better" Button - Terence Eden But every time I get a perky email from my smoke-alarm telling me how wonderful it is, I want to rip it from my wall. Do your job and leave me alone. So, dear app designers, refrain from sending constant,

Posted on March 23 2018

Embracing the development of CRUD

The software world wants to make it seem like CRUD isn't real software development. It's not "sexy". We need to have a conversation about how this attitude is damaging the software world as a whole.

Posted on March 22 2018

I hate cut shots

Directors today make cheap choices. This isn't too long a post. It is about something I could go on at length, but I'd rather stick to what I wanted to say. I watch TV shows and Movies and I keep getting frustrated at how erratically shots jump from one to

Posted on March 21 2018

A long month and a half

Between being robbed and a major city of a country witnessing riots, I'm trying to decide what's next. On January 30th, I woke up at my usual 4 45 AM and went into my office room. I start work early usually so I can take a long break with my

Posted on March 19 2018

Little actions that disturb momentum

Also, how I manipulate social gatherings in Sri Lanka :D We've all been at that gathering. People keep talking to each other. But it's late. And everyone wants to go home. But no one says they want to go home. So the conversation starts up again. Then dies off. Then

Posted on March 07 2018

Lessons from war time by an '88 born

How we know all the lessons but have learned nothing. As infants, we were born into a country embroiled in war. Where previously peaceful neighbours were now mistrustful of each other. Just a few years before we were born, our parents and those who were only children witnessed shops being

Posted on March 07 2018

A promotional scream

What it looks like when companies demand your attention A follow up to my post about real promotions Daily spam which I now swipe away as soon as I see it coming in. If your team has the resources to create marketing spam like this, then it has the resources

Posted on March 05 2018

Real promotions are the opposite of screaming.

They are soft. Subtle. And sustainable. You know it's the end of the month in Sri Lanka now when all the ecommerce outfits and other businesses doing SMS marketing start sending in deals to try and boost sales to meet sales targets. What you may not know is that most

Posted on March 03 2018

Cleaning up my tabs

On trying to maintain focus by keeping my browser tabs to a minimum. I'm starting an experiment. By almost any measure, I'd be considered a power user of browser software. I use some of the edgiest features that are hidden behind feature flags. I know the shortcuts the same way

Posted on February 26 2018