Relationships that defy logic

Sun 24 July 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Some bonds transcend logic and blood relationships. When was the last time you experienced this?

This morning, my neighbour's mother whom I fondly called "Paati" (grandmother in Tamil) passed away. She was an active lady who cared for everyone and bore no ill feelings against anyone. She knew my culinary …

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Sharing X display over VNC

Thu 21 July 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Designing for browsers is hard! There are a multitude of browsers that have to be supported and each have their quirks. While there are tools to make this task easy, recently Sai (chief designer at Agiliq) had to checkout how a client's project looked in Chromium and Firefox on Linux …

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Everybody loves a good drought

Mon 11 July 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

The news of the number of Indian billionaires in the Forbes list increasing every year should be heartening, right? Actually not, the major portion of the country (generally dubbed "The other India" by the foreign press) only seems to be getting poorer by the day. They are dispossessed of their …

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The Wanderer and The Prophet

Fri 08 July 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Kalyan recommended these books and need I say more about his recommendations? The Wanderer and The Prophet (two separate books) are a collection of fables and parables by Kahlil Gibran.

"The Wanderer" is a collection of close to twenty stories each spanning a couple of pages and discuss one philosophical …

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Backup SMS database on Android

Fri 29 April 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

While there are ready made apps that backup and restore your SMSes, you can easily backup the database if you have a rooted phone without installing any external software.

The SMSes are stored in an SQLite database available under:

/dbdata/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db

Here is …

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All work and no play...

Sun 17 April 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

As the sun gleamed through the news paper plastered window, he regained his senses but shifted his position and tried to get back to sleep. Ten minutes later, he was awake but struggling to get off the bed. He felt a lump in his throat, eyes burning and his back …

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Hackers and Painters

Sun 27 March 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When I picked up "Hackers and Painters", I didn't believe that I would be bored even for a moment but my premonition was wrong.

"Hackers and Painters" is a collection of 15 essays on startups and programming by Paul Graham, an eminent VC and the founder of Y Combinator.

"Why …

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Catcher in the Rye

Sun 20 March 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The Catcher in the Rye" is J.D Salinger's novel that depicts teen turmoil through the story of the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Holden is a student of Pencey prep school and just like in his earlier schools has been kicked out for failing all his subjects.

The book starts off …

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Time to grow up

Sat 19 March 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

This world is full of immature kids! Kids, who might have grown up physically and hold responsible positions in society but display immaturity by posting your private conversations with them on online public fora. Conversations that are harmless, with titbits of gossip and usually forgotten in a few moments.

These …

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Defence with a difference

Thu 10 March 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya